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ArasProduct Overview

  1. About Aras
  2. Pros of Aras
  3. Cons of Aras
  4. Breakdown of core features

Aras product overview

Aras, or Aras Innovator, is an open-source, enterprise product lifecycle management platform for managing products and launching product campaigns. The platform has features for Bill of Materials management, change management, document management, CAD, workflows, dashboards, and business intelligence.

Aras is built to help businesses in every stage of the product life cycle including requirements, engineering, manufacturing, and operation. It enables businesses to undergo a digital transformation and innovate and adapt to the market. Aras offers an open system architecture that is both flexible and scalable.

This software is designed to help businesses in aerospace and defense, energy, life sciences, transportation, automotive, high-tech electronics, medical devices, consumer packaged goods, industrial manufacturing, and shipbuilding industries in managing the end-to-end product lifecycle.

The platform enables maintenance and engineering teams to leverage multiple views of digital twin information side-by-side, such as service bulletins, serialized part history, and problem reports to gain strategic visibility across all assets.

Pros of Aras

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  • Aras automatically synchronizes all data, eliminating manual processes and improving efficiency.
  • The platform is highly customizable and can be configured to meet every system and business requirement.
  • Since it is a low-code platform, it reduces the amount of coding necessary to build applications.

Cons of Aras

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  • Implementation of Aras can be cumbersome and some users have reported its customization is time-consuming and complicated.

Breakdown of core features

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Aras provides features that enable an entire enterprise to share information and collaborate.

Document management

Aras allows product teams to manage documents involved in the product creation process. This feature includes version and change control for files in multiple formats in a secure, searchable repository. Users across multiple teams and locations have easy access to critical information. Teams can simplify the creation of documents, such as catalogs, maintenance manuals, regulatory filings, and training manuals. Aras lets users pull data from multiple sources.

BOM management

BOM management with Aras helps connect and manage multiple sources of information in a single database so the right data gets to the right people. The software allows teams to create and maintain structured, multi-level bills of materials for each stage of the product life cycle. Teams can synchronize EBOMs and MBOMs for clear visibility into cross-disciplinary change statuses through, design, manufacture, and service. Aras manages BOM in the context of design, manufacturing, and technical documentation.

Change management

Aras lets product teams control change throughout the enterprise. Teams can leverage the platform to manage change processes and ensure enterprise visibility, traceability, and consistency. Aras manages change requests, assessments, plans, and orders to a product or system with clear visibility into how they impact other parts of the system. Product change histories are automatically captured and recorded as part of the product development.

(Last updated on 02/02/2022 by Liz Laurente-Ticong)

Quick Facts

  • Industry Specialties
    All Industries
  • Pricing
  • Works Best For
    Enterprise Businesses, Mid Sized Businesses




  • Product Management
  • Project Visibility
  • Technical Publications
  • Documentation
  • Systems Engineering
  • Configuration Management
  • Component Engineering
  • Bill of Materials
  • Resource Management
  • Cross Discipline Collaboration


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Pricing Model

  • Subscription-based


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