the next leader in enterprise Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) software,
today announced that the Schaeffler Group, a global integrated automotive
and industrial supplier, has selected the Aras Innovator® platform to
support its Engineering Cockpit application. Schaeffler´s Engineering
Cockpit provides up to 20,000 users with role-based access to information
across multiple disciplines, interfaces, systems, and authoring tools to
make better decisions. The collaboration with Schaeffler is the first
result of the partnership between Aras and IBM that was announced in
December last year.

Digital transformation is one of the key issues at Schaeffler. The
Engineering Cockpit application is one of the central tools to connect all
disciplines and systems. The Engineering Cockpit is a web-based application
allowing direct access to development data for a large number of
development centers. It supports the company-wide configuration and change
management in the initial phase.

To achieve Schaeffler’s requirements for the Engineering Cockpit and to
align with the overall digital transformation strategy, the company was
looking for a platform that addresses the business needs on the one hand
for flexibility, extensibility and redundancy-free project documentation,
and for full support of tasks along the product lifecycle on the other

Schaeffler will use Aras Innovator to improve the following key areas:

  • deliver a company-wide solution for the configuration and changemanagement process for the Engineering Change Process in six months
  • enable Schaeffler’s data integrity and product configuration controlcompany-wide for the product engineering domain
  • efficient management of service requests
  • cross-disciplined communication as product data and engineeringprocesses are spread over the whole supplier chain
  • overarching project coordination
  • management reporting and decision support
  • integration with enterprise systems (SAP, PTC Windchill etc.)

With its PLM platform, Aras ensures flexibility to connect the different
systems of each discipline within a data-based product development process
creating the conditions for the Digital Thread and for integration of the
IoT platform. The Aras solution delivers a deep integration between systems
engineering and the embedded software development tools (ALM/MBSE) within
the Engineering Cockpit product configuration control. Additionally, the
solution enables analytics from and with the digital platform focusing on
system development metrics initially.

“With Aras, we are entering a new sphere of data integration. At
Schaeffler, we want to digitally optimize processes and procedures as well
as create new service-oriented processes. The next logical step is a deeper
integration of our current systems and the data exchange related to that
company-wide,” says Dirk Spindler, Senior Vice President R&D at

“Our platform integrates current systems and enables Schaeffler to preserve
investments. By integration we are able to deliver access to all
disciplines and processes of the Business of Engineering as well as a
configuration and change management,”, says Peter Schroer, Founder and CEO
of Aras. “Aras is proud to support, in cooperation with IBM, one of the
largest automotive suppliers’ digital agenda.”

About Schaeffler

The Schaeffler Group is one of the world’s leading integrated automotive
and industrial suppliers. The company stands for the highest quality,
outstanding technology, and strong innovative ability. Its precision
components and systems for engines, transmissions, and chassis as well as
rolling and plain bearing solutions for a wide range of industrial
applications make the Schaeffler Group a key contributor to the “Mobility
for tomorrow.” The technology company generated sales of approximately 13.3
billion euros in 2016. With around 85,000 employees, Schaeffler is one of
the world’s largest companies in family ownership. It has a worldwide
network of manufacturing locations, research and development facilities,
and sales companies at approximately 170 locations in over 50 countries.

About Aras

We offer the best Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) software for global
businesses with complex products and processes. Resilient PLM platform
technology makes Aras more scalable, flexible and upgradable for the
world’s largest organizations, and a full set of applications provide
complete functionality for the business of engineering. Customers include
Airbus, GE, Hitachi, Honda, Huntington Ingalls, Kawasaki, Motorola and
XEROX. Aras is privately held with global headquarters in Andover, Mass.
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