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Aras Announces Alternative Structure Browser for Large Assemblies


Advanced Search Solution Provides Unified Access to Disparate File System Structures Enabling Users to Quickly Search, Find, Retrieve and Act Upon Content Located Throughout the Enterprise

ANDOVER, Mass. and Solothurn, Switzerland – November 17, 2011 – Aras®, the leading enterprise open source Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) software solution provider, today announced the Alternative Structure Browser for Large Assemblies add-on solution for the Aras Innovator PLM platform. Developed by Aras gold certified partner Minerva of France, the Alternative Structure Browser creates an interactive graphical representation of the Bill of Materials (BOM) with advanced visualization and navigation capabilities within Aras. The Alternative Structure Browser for Aras is ideal for companies with large electro-mechanical product structures such as aircraft, automobiles, ships and sophisticated industrial equipment.


The Alternative Structure Browser enables Aras users to zoom in and out on complex product structures, as well as drag and drop the structure nodes to re-orient the data for optimal viewing. Users click on a node (i.e. Part, Drawing, CAD model or other item) to view the related description and all the associated properties. A simple click also enables users to drill down to the part master, document or whatever the item being viewed deep in the structure. User security is controlled so individuals can only see and access the data and files for which they have permission. The Alternative Structure Browser leverages the Cytoscape Web graph library, a powerful open source platform for visualizing complex networks and integrating any type of attribute data.


“The Alternative Structure Browser is a great example of the power of an open source and community development,” said Peter Schroer, President of Aras. “Aras’s open architecture enables partners like Minerva, as well other corporate community members and users, to develop and deploy advanced solutions that would otherwise not be possible. Our enterprise open source format gives global companies complete control over their PLM environment.”


The Alternative Structure Browser for Aras is available from Minerva
To learn more & view a recorded demo visit http://aras.com/plm/001371



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, Rolls-Royce, Textron and TEVA Pharmaceuticals. Aras is privately held with global headquarters in Andover, Mass. For additional information visit www.aras.com or follow us on Twitter @aras_plm