Feb 17, 2011

Aras Enables Fox Electronics to Speed Time to Market

ANDOVER, Mass – Aras® today announced that Fox Electronics, a global leader in frequency control products, has expanded its deployment of Aras to become the company’s end-to-end PLM backbone, including concept development and engineering with CAD management and change management, through enterprise quality management, compliance and closed-loop shipping and tracking.

Fox Electronics provides a diverse line of high precision, high quality frequency control products to the worldwide electronics markets with some of the shortest lead times in the industry. The company continually strives to make dramatic cycle time improvements for ever-faster delivery. In product development, Fox rolled out Aras for better collaboration and control with document and CAD file management, Bill of Materials management and online engineering change workflows to speed time to market. For example, the Fox Electronics XpressO product line has redefined industry lead times from more than 10 weeks to 10 days or less, for both standard and custom frequency oscillators.

Fox has also extended Aras to manage the complexity of international shipping processes with a sophisticated solution that integrates directly to the cloud-based online systems of leading carriers including FedEx, UPS and DHL. Aras includes the pre-cartonning and permit processes required by the U.S. Government for exporting goods, as well as customer-specific barcodes, labeling and shipping requirements on a country-by-country basis.

Aras is also integrated with the company’s ERP system from Infor to enable full traceability and tracking from product order and inventory selection, to global delivery. Aras automates quality assurance processes across the company to provide a single version of the truth for continuous improvement and ISO 9001 compliance.

“The global electronics market is highly competitive and Aras is critical to the development of quality products and our ability to achieve on-time delivery within the increasingly complex requirements of Customs and other International regulatory agencies,” said Gene Trefethen, CEO of Fox Electronics. “Aras enables us to seamlessly integrate numerous internal and external systems to improve productivity and meet the unique needs of each customer around the world.”

“Fox Electronics is an excellent example of how PLM can deliver value across the enterprise to compete more effectively,” said Peter Schroer, President of Aras. “Too many companies get bogged down on PDM CAD management and never get to the PLM processes in global product development, quality, manufacturing and the supply chain, where real business results are achieved. Aras changes that dynamic.”