Aras recently announced the release of their Aras Component Engineering solution to help product developers make better component decisions early in the product lifecycle. The key value in the Aras solution is exposing the millions of components available in the IHS CAPS Universe Electronic Component Database to designers via their natural interface, the PLM system, instead of via a web search. Putting this information at engineers’ and designers’ fingertips speeds decision-making about a variety of topics including materials compliance, part substitution, and more.
The IHS database contains more than 100 million commercial electronic components from more than two thousand manufacturers. Aras Component Engineering embeds these components directly into an Aras PLM environment, without requiring one-off custom integrations. Developing products in a live, populated PLM environment provides engineering and purchasing with a single point of truth for design, procurement and sustainment.
This integration of data also provides a unique capability for engineers to be able to manage changes and impacts of cost, availability and compliance without the typical amount of digging for this information. Because of the volume of information available in IHS’s CAPS Universe database, the solution can address multiple types of compliance: materials compliance, environmental compliance, and regulatory compliance. There are three editions available for Aras Component Engineering: Open, Standard and Advanced (coming soon).
The Open edition is free for use. It provides the ability to search by manufacturer information and access the latest datasheets. You can also compare parts side-by-side and launch new part / new supplier workflows in Aras Innovator.
The Standard Edition adds access to additional manufacturer information. The functions that drive the benefit for this subscription based edition are: parametric/faceted search of the component database and red/yellow/green indicators for approved manufactures and in-use parts.
The Advanced Edition, also subscription based, will go even further by adding in materials compliance documentation and MSDS sheets. It will bring notifications and alerts to the table with automated workflows for product change notices and end of life alerts. There will also be some ability for analysis and reporting on the managed data.
For those interested in mechanical components in addition to electrical components, know that this is planned to be addressed by Aras. While the functionality is not a published roadmap item yet, it does sound like this is planned to be added in future releases.
The ability of Aras Component Engineering to put component information at your fingertips, including cost and alternate sourcing options, certainly has the potential for significant gains in time-to-market and new product design efficiency as well as on-going product maintenance. If this solution is of interest to you, you can contact us, or have a look at some of Aras’ additional information about the solution: