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| March 28, 2012
New Products to Help Engineers Go From Prototype to Production
New, lightweight applications extend the benefits of cloud PLM to a new audience. The Autofill feature enables engineers to complete documentation for an entire BOM in one click.
Arena Solutions (www.arenasolutions.com), a provider of cloud bill of materials (BOM) and change management software, has announced the launch of two new applications designed to make it easy for manufacturers of all sizes to capture, communicate and share product data as they move from prototype to production—-Arena PartsList, and Arena PDXViewer.
PartsList and PDXViewer are flexible applications that require no set up, are simple to use and give engineers more control over their prototyping projects.
PartsList is a lightweight BOM management app, and PDXViewer is an easy-to-use build package viewer. Using PartsList and PDXViewer together, engineers can import designs from ECAD, automatically complete documentation, then share completed BOMs or PDX build packages with anyone.
Arena now fully supports teams and organizations of any size—-and with any budget-—as they go from prototype to production and back again. According to Steve Chalgren, vice president of product management and strategy for Arena, “We already offer a scalable product that whole organizations and their supply chains can use to centralize BOMs, manage product changes and revisions and securely share up-to-date product information. We are just extending the benefits of the cloud to a wider audience by creating products that can help OEMs document and share their designs with CMs earlier in the process. With PartsList and PDXViewer, startups and small tech companies finally have a way to get up and running with no set up costs, and no hassle.”
Ken Bozzini, chief financial officer for Arena, added, “Whether you’re a large business, or two guys in a garage, the success of your product depends on your ability to manage it from prototype to production. By launching this new solution at a lower price point, we hope to encourage small manufacturers to adopt the tools they need to get their products to market on time, and at cost.”
PartsList is a BOM documentation application that makes it easy to quickly create and share simple BOMs. Engineers can use PartsList to complete documentation for an ECAD or spreadsheet BOM or collect datasheets for a list of parts in one click. PartsList can also be used to comparison shop for critical components or create a new bill of materials from reference designs. PartsList exports BOMs to CSV or PDX—a navigable, easy-to-read file format for build packages.
PDXViewer is a free cloud application that displays and filters PDX build packages in an easy-to-read, navigable format. PDXViewer can also be used to break build packages up into supplier specific part bundles, or remove unwanted or private files, items, contract manufacturers and contacts from the build package for clear, unambiguous communication.
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