Aras®, the leading enterprise open source Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) software solution provider, today announced that PCC Structurals, a division of Precision Castparts Corp. (NYSE: PCP), an international supplier of industrial castings to the aerospace & defense, power generation, industrial equipment, automotive and medical industries, has selected Aras for product lifecycle management. The Aras implementation provides PCC Structurals better visibility into product information across the lifecycle and drives advanced product quality planning (APQP), while integration with the ERP system will strengthen global vendor management.
Before selecting Aras, PCC Structurals evaluated a number of PLM offerings against its extensive requirements. “The PLM solution we chose had to adapt to our needs and processes, not the other way around. If it wasn’t flexible, it wasn’t going to work for us,” said Dave Rajkumar, IT Applications Manager at PCC Structurals. “We looked at SmarTeam, Oracle Agile and other PLM systems, but believe that Aras would be easier to customize and integrate to our existing applications. Aras meets our business needs. The Aras PLM software suite is extremely flexible, so we can easily tailor it to our specifications, and Aras scales up really well.”
PCC Structurals’s initial implementation initiative features automation of engineering change processes; CAD file management of SolidWorks, NX, CATIA and other CAD systems; and integration with the existing ERP system. In the future, PCC Structurals will implement stage-gate project management and quality management processes. Deployment will be rolled out in stages, extending to more than 3,000 PCC employees across 10 locations.
The ability to prove out Aras without buying PLM licenses was also a plus for Rajkumar. “Being able to download Aras, test its capabilities and see how it will work in our environment made a big difference,” said Rajkumar. “We knew Aras would work for us.”
“Companies like PCC Structurals are the reason we moved to an open source format,” said Peter Schroer, President of Aras. “They recognize the value of the Aras enterprise open source model and the power of our PLM architecture, and they know how to make it work for their unique environment. Out of the box or highly custom; implemented on your own, by Aras or by a partner; Aras is all about providing options so that you can get exactly what you need – no more, no less.”
When asked what advice he would give other companies evaluating PLM systems, Rajkumar said “Don’t buy based on brand name. Don’t buy a PLM system because Oracle makes it or PTC sells it. Before you commit, you need to know that the PLM solution will work for your company’s specific requirements from both a technical and business case standpoint.”
About PCC Structurals
PCC Structurals (pccstructurals.com) is a division of Precision Castparts Corporation, a worldwide, diversified manufacturer of complex metal components and products. Headquartered in Portland, Oregon, PCC Structurals manufactures large and small castings in stainless steel, nickel-based superalloy, titanium, and aluminum for aerospace, land-based turbine, airframe, armament, automotive, medical, nuclear, locomotive, and other general industrial applications.
Aras (aras.com) 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, Rolls-Royce, Freudenberg, Lockheed Martin, Ingersoll Rand and ACCO Brands. Aras is privately held with global headquarters in Andover, Mass.
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