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Quality Touches all Areas of the Lifecycle – it Should not be Treated Separately

Quality is involved in all aspects of the product lifecycle. That is why it should be incorporated throughout the lifecycle.

Minerva PLM, powered by Aras, connects and combines quality throughout the entire product lifecycle into a single solution. Supporting both reactive quality management with Corrective and Preventative Action (CAPA), Non-Conformance Reporting NCR, etc., and proactive quality management with risk management, Failure mode effect analysis (DFMEA & PFMEA), and more. Minerva PLM integrates multiple aspects of quality management into the product development processes and data in a unique solution.

Minerva PLM also optimizes regulatory compliance with efficient management of regulatory documentation package for medical and environmental compliance through extended information on approved manufacturer parts and compliance roll-up reports.

Learn more about how Minerva PLM supports Quality Assurance for medical device manufacturers.

Key Business benefits for Quality


Detect quality issues before they become problems. Minerva PLM enables you to track and manage decisions and changes in quality processes including the product record, requirements, issues, and related processes.


Improves quality process visibility

Provides visibility between your quality processes, product record, requirements, issues, and related processes. Records the history of quality processes including CAPAs, DMRs, DHFs, and more

Accelerate issue resolution

Speeds resolution of quality issues with links to related changes. Provides historical audit trails to speed compliance quality connected directly to product development

Cross-functional teams enablement

Cross-functional teams can easily collaborate to identify, resolve, and prevent current and future quality issues. Automated closed-loop quality processes provide enhanced visibility and traceability from concept through commercialization

Full visibility 

Quality is connected directly to product development. No more wasted time searching multiple locations or legacy systems to find related data

Relevant applications for Quality specialists


With a single Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) software you can have many disciplines integrated into one system.



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Most Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)


Here you can find answers to some of the most frequently asked questions we receive from R&D and Engineering. If you still have any questions, get in touch here

In short, to have full traceability, ensure there are no broken audit trail links and have the process that identifies the problem and the process that rectifies the problem in the same system as the product data.

The Risk Management capability in Minerva PLM, powered by Aras provides the functionality needed to manage risk as part of the product development lifecycle, including risk assessment.

Organizations can analyze, evaluate, and control risks in a structured workflow. It supports determining ways to eliminate a hazard or limit the risk of the hazard happening.

Yes, the solution includes all relevant Quality Management System (QMS) processes and functionalities. Such as:

  • Problem reports, complaints, and other quality events
  • Audits
  • CAPA
  • And much more

Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) includes aspects of the business that manage, consume, or use product data. PLM is used to connect, organize, control, manage, track, consolidate, and centralize information that affects a product.

Just as important, PLM offers a process to streamline collaboration and communication between internal and external product stakeholders such as engineering, design, manufacturing, quality, partners, and other key disciplines.

Product lifecycle management is the foundation for the digital thread.

Product lifecycle management (PLM) software provides relevant parties of your complete supply chain with secure access to real-time data.

The most common benefits our customers experience from implementing PLM include:

  • Decrease human error
  • Improve R&D efficiency
  • Faster lead time for product changes
  • More time for innovation
  • Lower costs of non-value added processes
  • Improved quality
  • Faster time-to-market / new product introduction

Two of the most common tools in the enterprise software system toolbox for manufacturers are Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) and Product Lifecycle Management (PLM).

ERP is a transactional system. It supports transactions on a specific version of product data, updating stock, forecasting, etc.

PLM manages the definition of a product. It is very good at baselining data, versioning data, etc.

Where PLM has its strength in product innovation, product definition, and engineering processes, ERP shows its strength in production planning and sales and invoice tracking, as well as other non-product-related areas such as accounting, human asset management, etc.

Both play an important role for the business, and when properly aligned, play complementary roles to help manufacturers achieve desired business results.


You can read more about the two systems in the white paper "ERP and PLM: How They Can Complement Each Other"

Minerva PLM, powered by Aras is an OEM version of Aras Innovator where Minerva has added solutions and functionality based upon our experience of more than 100 Aras implementations. In addition, we took the standard Aras solutions and preconfigured them so they reflect how the majority of our customers work. Our aim is to provide a PLM system that can be implemented quickly with as little implementation effort as possible while still providing you with the flexibility required to secure the system for future demands that may arise. Minerva PLM is targeted for the mid-size market (50-1000 users).

Technology depreciates. To stay current and not fall technologically behind, system upgrades should be done periodically.

How often these upgrades should be done is a rather individual decision. There are multiple factors influencing this decision like are the latest released features and capabilities relevant to our business; how well the organization has adapted to the software; how significant is the change over the current version; do you need to upgrade so close to the implementation completion; etc.

The flexibility of the Minerva PLM, powered by Aras platform is designed to have business-specific requirements built into the solution while still offering the ability to upgrade at a fixed cost when your business needs it.

With Aras Innovator subscription, Aras guarantees and executes regular platform upgrades as part of the subscription including all customizations.

Here you can find the planned roadmap and release notes for Minerva’s Solutions. The planned dates and planned functionality may change, so remember to check in regularly.

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