Arena Solutions Announces Winter '09 Release of Arena with New Arena-SolidWorks Integration

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Foster City, Calif., Feb 3 - Arena Solutions, a provider of on-demand software that helps small and mid-size manufacturers manage their complex and constantly changing product record, today announced it will go live with its new Arena Winter

The new integration enables engineers to access and update the latest product information in Arena—and share updates with key stakeholders in engineering, operations, purchasing, quality, contract manufacturing and the supply chain—without having to leave the SolidWorks design environment. From within the SolidWorks application, for example, engineers can now assign new intelligent part numbers and link SolidWorks parts, assemblies, configurations or drawings to new or existing Arena items. They also can update linked Arena items with information from SolidWorks properties. Using the Arena-SolidWorks Integration, these manufacturers can reduce the risk of product record disparity, make earlier and better-informed decisions, avoid scrap and rework and significantly improve productivity by streamlining the hand-off of important product information.

“SolidWorks and Arena are both critical to our business’s success, and this integration is like a marriage of two best-of-breed systems. As a new Arena customer, we’re excited to use the integration from the start, to make sure our data is in order from day one,” said Todd DeVore, director of product development and quality at AcuTemp Thermal Systems, which delivers high-performance temperature management solutions for the pharmaceutical, biomedical and logistics markets. “Anything that promises to reduce time spent doing manual, error-prone and time-consuming data entry and that, frankly, lets our engineers be engineers, will be embraced by users and will have tangible benefits for our counterparts in operations and the organization as a whole. We believe that will certainly have a positive impact on us getting our products to market on time and on budget.”

“A tool like Arena is most effective when high-quality data is fed into it—after all, that’s the data that operations teams use to get their products to market. If their engineering counterparts are reluctant to enter design and change information—because doing so would require double work—the whole system breaks down,” said Marc Escobosa, vice president of product design at Arena Solutions. “By letting engineers enter information one time, in one place, from within the SolidWorks design environment where they spend all of their time, the Arena-SolidWorks Integration goes a long way toward removing the roadblocks to a clean, complete, up-to-date product record.”

On Thursday, February 5, 2009, from 10 to 11 a.m. Pacific, Arena Solutions will host a one-hour webcast to demonstrate how the Winter ’09 release, with the new Arena-SolidWorks Integration, helps companies meet and exceed their time, cost and quality objectives when bringing products to market.

In addition, Arena Solutions will be demonstrating the new Winter ’09 release of Arena software and the Arena-SolidWorks Integration at the SolidWorks World 2009 Conference, February 8-11, 2009 in Orlando, Fla. Show attendees can come to the Arena booth (#305) to learn more about how Arena, in conjunction with SolidWorks software, simplifies how product information is shared across organizations and throughout the supply chain. Along with software demonstrations, Arena experts, who have helped hundreds of manufacturers improve the way they bring products to market, will conduct complimentary 20-minute, one-on-one business process improvement consultations. Each session will center on the individual’s company’s particular challenges and offer concrete advice about how to solve pressing product development issues and transform internal and external product communications.

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