vdR Establishes Focus on Automotive Suppliers
Since early 2017, vdR has been working with Aras' Troy office to help extend the value of Innovator into the tiered automotive supplier space. In April, Lloyd Rogers joined vdR as a dedicated account manager focused on automotive suppliers and brings with him over 30 years of experience in the industry. He's currently working out of Aras' Troy office alongside Sam Abu-Hamdan and his team. To support these efforts, vdR is developing aras-based capabilities that collectively represent a complete solution for suppliers. The core functional areas address quoting, advanced program management (APQP), and issue management.
vdR Acquires Assets of EbD Advisors
Over the years, vdR has worked closely with Terry Quan, founder of EbD Advisors. As many of you know, Terry recently (re)joined the Aras team. As a part of this transition, vdR has acquired the assets of EbD Advisors. This includes two current subscribers: POET and South West Electric and Energy (SWEE). Since the transition, which occurred following this year's ACE event, vdR has visited both accounts to address subscription renewal and growth opportunities.
New Subscribers and Renewals
Caltex Oil Tools - Houston, TX
Caltex Oil Tools is a build-to-engineer (ETO) manufacturer that became a Tier 50 Subscriber in May of this year. vdR is leading the implementation which is focused on BOMs, documents, drawings, change management, and project management. They manufacture “down hole” instruments that minimize ecological and monetary loss in the event of well failure or shutoff. Caltex is subsidiary of a global organization that represents significant opportunity going forward.
Planet Labs - San Francisco, CA
Planet, a successful aerospace start up, renewed their subscription in June 2018 and represents promising subscription growth forward. Planet builds and operates the world’s largest constellation of Earth-imaging satellites for applications in agriculture, mapping, emergency response, and supply chain monitoring. Planet subscribed in June of last year after an unsuccessful Teamcenter implementation. This coming year they plan on implementing MPP and CE capabilities.
CSP - Auburn Hills, MI
CSP is an automotive supplier of plastic and composite components. vdR is working with them to prototype an end-to-end solution to support quoting and advanced program management. The success of this prototype is a key factor in pursuing an Aras subscription and implementation.
Ingalls Shipbuilders - Pascagoula, MS
vdR has been contracted thru Aras to augment the professional services team at Ingalls Ship Building. We've been supporting this project since it's launch in 2015 and have worked extensively with aras integrations to Ship Constructor and Autodesk’s Navisworks
OptoSigma - Santa Ana, CA
Optosigma is a global Build-to-Order (BTO) manufacturer of optics. vdR is building an Aras-based solution that includes a quoting module leveraging the new variants and options capabilities. Completion is targeted for September and to be followed by a possible roll-out at their offices in Japan and France.
Phoseon - Portland, OR
Phoseon is an Engineer-to-Order (ETO) manufacture of epoxy curing solutions. vdR implemented and supports their Aras-based solution for parts, BOMs, documents, change management. and an integration with SolidWorks via FocusPLM's connector. Go live was in Q1 2018. We are now implementing project management functionality.
Prime Wheel - Glendora, CA
Prime Wheel is a global automotive supplier of high-end wheels. Their annual volume is around 16 million wheels. vdR recently kicked off an multi-phase pilot as a precursor to subscription. This pilot is focused on implementing solutions for issue tracking and document management at their California, China, and Mexico plants. We started phase 1 in May, 2018.
Walters & Wolf - Fremont, CA
As a Build-to-Order manufacturing of custom “skins” for high rise buildings, they has asked vdR to conduct an assessment to identify key opportunities for improvements in their product lifecycle from quote to delivery. This assessment is nearly complete and a pilot implementation is targeted for Q3 2018