Aras Announces VPLM for Autodesk Vault

Solution Provides Companies that Run Autodesk Inventor and Vault with Packaged Functionality Out-of-the-Box for Corporate-wide PLM Business Processes

Andover, MASS. and Munich, Germany – November 19, 2012 – Aras®, the leading enterprise open source Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) software solution provider, today announced the launch of a new solution designed specifically for companies that run Autodesk® Vault with Inventor and AutoCAD. Aras VPLM™ for Autodesk Vault provides packaged functionality out-of-the-box for corporate-wide PLM business processes, enabling global companies that run Autodesk software to improve product quality, accelerate time to market and achieve greater profitability.

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Global Cross Functional Processes
Built on top of Autodesk Vault Professional, Aras VPLM extends the capabilities of Autodesk Vault to drive PLM processes throughout a company and its supply chain for collaboration across organizations including product development, operations, quality, purchasing, sales and marketing, and other groups worldwide. Scalable and secure, Aras VPLM is a business-ready solution for New Product Development and Introduction (NPDI), Complex Configuration Management, Enterprise Change Management, Outsourced Manufacturing, Quality Compliance and more.

“Companies expect their Enterprise PLM solution to exhibit the power and capability necessary to meet the demands of hundreds and even thousands of people throughout the extended organization, especially their partner / supply chain. Power, capability, and accessibility are core Enterprise PLM requirements common across all industries,” notes Autodesk in the Gartner research newsletter ‘Autodesk Extends Benefits of PLM to Everyone at Anytime, from Anywhere’.

“We’ve been working with Autodesk users for years and know that Autodesk Vault is by far the best CAD file manager for designers using Inventor and AutoCAD. Companies are looking for a way to keep what’s working and preserve their investment while they address cross-functional, enterprise-wide PLM business processes,” said Peter Schroer, President of Aras. “So, we’ve taken our open source PLM solutions, included new out-of-the-box functionality that connects directly to Vault Professional and is optimized for those designers, and we packaged it all up to create a totally new commercial offering that provides companies that rely on Autodesk design software with an option they can run on their own servers and network.”

Easy-to-Use & Powerful
Web-browser screens with a familiar Microsoft look and feel make the application easy to learn and use for everyone, and the highly flexible pure Web architecture includes robust scalability, advanced security and multi-site replication for deployments with users located around the world.

“With VPLM Aras is delivering a powerful PLM extension to Autodesk Vault,” said Martin van derRoest, President of the vdR Group and Autodesk Partner. “The ability to manage complex electro-mechanical product structure configurations and enable cross-functional processes for everyone enterprise-wide is a huge gain for global manufacturers.”

Business Ready Out-Of-The-Box
Item-based and process-oriented, Aras VPLM is designed for the most demanding and complex PLM requirements.

In addition to Inventor and AutoCAD comprehensive multi-CAD capabilities include CATIA, NX, Pro/ENGINEER, SolidWorks, Solid Edge and more, as well as, EDA systems such as Allegro, OrCAD, DxDesigner / DxDatabook, PADS, Expedition, Altium, Zuken CR-5000 and others.

Product Structure & BOM Management:

  • Product Structure & BOM Management
  • Classification
  • Item-based BOMs
  • Multi-level Indented BOMs
  • Revision & Version Control
  • BOM Redlining
  • Lifecycle States
  • Alternates & Substitutes
  • Effectivity
  • Baselines
  • Design-to-Goal
  • Product Costing
  • Make vs. Buy Parts
  • Approved Vendor / Manufacturer List (AVL / AML)
  • Where-Used
  • Flat Parts Lists
  • Customizable BOM Reports
  • Search
  • Unlimited User-defined Attributes & Customization Capabilities


Enterprise Change Management:

  • Graphical Online Change Processes
  • Multiple Affected Items
  • Include Unlimited Files & Items
  • Impact Analysis
  • Cost of Proposed Change
  • Effectivity & Release Date
  • Fast Track Option
  • Email Notifications & Alerts
  • Role-based Assignments
  • Escalation and Delegation
  • Group Voting
  • Executive Veto
  • Configurable Security
  • Real-time Status Visibility
  • Audit Trail
  • Reports, Dashboards and Scorecards
  • Customizable Processes
  • Robust Integration Capabilities


Integrated Project Management:

  • Project Portfolio Dashboard
  • Stage-Gate Project Management
  • Backward, Forward or Milestone Scheduling
  • Gantt Charting
  • Integrated PLM Deliverables
  • Milestones
  • Tasks & Activities
  • File Attachments
  • Project Collaboration Workspaces
  • Role-based Team Assignments
  • Resource Scheduling
  • Team Member Work Progress Tracking
  • Configurable Project Templates
  • Traffic Light Indicators
  • Email Notifications & Alerts
  • Configurable Security
  • Reports and Custom Reporting
  • Comprehensive Customization & Integration Capabilities


Extensive additional functionality is included for Configuration Management, Supplier Collaboration, Quality Compliance and much more.

Aras VPLM for Autodesk Vault is a commercial offering available from select Autodesk resellers. Additional details, videos, screenshots and more at

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About Aras
Aras is the leading provider of enterprise open source Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) software solutions. Freedom from licensing eliminates up-front expenses and per user costs while superior technology makes Aras the most advanced enterprise PLM solution suite available. Customers include Motorola, Freudenberg, GE, Hitachi, Lockheed Martin, Textron and TEVA Pharmaceuticals. Aras is privately held with global headquarters in Andover, Mass For additional information or follow us on Twitter @aras_plm