Product lifecycle management (PLM) controls the data, processes, and people needed to design, build, and service your organization's products.

This enterprise-wide strategy creates a "single source of truth"  for product information that lowers costs, boosts quality, and fosters innovation.  The vdR Group partners with Aras, the industry leading PLM solution provider,  to address today's most critical PLM needs. 

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PLM Business Objectives

Reduce Product Cost

Drive efficiency across the product lifecycle through accelerated quoting, eliminating design rework, and reducing manufacturing scrap. 

Boost Customer Lifetime Value

Optimize service and maintenance operations to drive higher customer satisfaction and a tighter customer feedback loop.  

Accelerate Time-to-Market

Control and predict your time-to-market through repeatable processes and tightly integrated project management functionality.

Accurate & Timely Quoting

Streamline quoting and ensure you deliver what you quote by using a modern and integrated configuration, price, and quote (CPQ) solution. 

Increase Product Quality

Management quality related processes, tasks, and problems during design, manufacturing, and across the supply chain.   

Foster Systemic Innovation

PLM is not just about managing costs! Drive top-line revenue through a PLM-supported culture of innovation. 

PLM Operational Objectives

Manage Change Processes

Struggling with spreadsheets and sign-off forms to keep track of ECOs and problem reports? Standardize and automate workflow processes. 

Bill of Materials Management

Manage the bills of material (BOM) across mechanical, electrical, and software disciplines while seamlessly extending into manufacturing. 

Data and Parts Management

Manage parts, documents and CAD files in a single, controlled repository with versioning, collaboration, lifecycles and full search.

Connect Business Systems

Integrate development (PLM) and execution (ERP) with an API layer that includes MS Office, mCAD, active directory and much more.

Visibility and Collaboration

Aras PLM ensures that local or distributed teams have the tools to seamlessly work against a single instance while maintaining audit trails and history logs.

Project Management

Whether you’re introducing a new product or coordinating a broader initiative, leverage fully integrated project management tools. 

Supply Chain Management

Manage your supplier network with self-serve tools, drawing distribution, supplier corrective action, demand forecasting and AML management.

Quality Management

Implement APQP processes to meet regulatory and internal compliance with failure mode analyses, process controls, ISO workflows, and much more. 

Requirements Management

Verify completion of requirements that are linked to specs, parts, BOMs, test plans and more.  Aras supports CMMI level 5 requirement processes.

Mapping PLM Into The Business


  • Proposal Management
  • Requirements Management
  • CPQ Management
  • ECM/MDM Integration
  • CRM Integration

Design & Develop

  • Project Management
  • BOM and Parts Management
  • Change Management
  • CAD & EDA Integration
  • Configuration Management


  • Supplier Management
  • mBOM Management
  • Quality & Compliance
  • ERP Integration
  • Mfg. Execution System (MES) 

Delivery & Support

  • Technical Publications Mgmt
  • Problem Reporting (PR) Mgmt
  • Customer Feedback Loop Mgmt
  • IOT Data Feedback Loop Mgmt

The Product Lifecycle Continuum

The traditional domain of PLM is no longer confined to engineering. It now extends into virtually all business functions from sales to services.  This scope has implications for how PLM’s is modularized, how people access information and how data is stored and integrated.  This accompanying PDF helps identify, with added detail, where PLM maps into an organization.  


Getting Started With PLM

About the vdR Group Inc.

The vdR Group has three decades of experience serving the needs of engineering, manufacturing and owner/operators with solutions and services focused on PLM, PDM, CAD and ERP.  As a full service Aras partner, The vdR Group’s solutions are driven by deep experience and best practices while leveraging Aras Innovator® as a technology foundation.  This solution-oriented approach includes workshops, end-to-end implementations, application integrations, product development and ongoing support.  Today, over 200 companies and 230,000 users leverage The vdR Group’s engineering and manufacturing solutions.

The van der Roest Group Inc. Locations

California Offices

  • 1592 N Batavia St.
  • Building 1
  • Orange, CA 92706
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  • 3290 West Big Beaver Rd 
  • Suite 315 
  • Troy, MI 48084
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