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Keep Your Supply Chain on the Same Track


Many partners such as suppliers and design partners contribute to product development. Ensure stronger collaboration and make better use of data across systems with Minerva PLM, powered by Aras.

Processes function optimally when data is also available across organizational and system boundaries. Minerva PLM simplifies data flow through intelligent sharing and supports end-to-end processes.

Strong collaboration functionalities inside Minerva PLM are particularly suitable for working together across the organization as well as ensuring secure collaboration with external partners.

Key Business benefits for R&D and Engineering 


Myth: Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) is for designers and CAD files; supply chain only needs ERP.

Fact: Company processes function smoothly when relevant data is available across systems. Communication with third-party systems is essential and requires powerful interfaces. Our technology secures this data flow with standard interfaces for company applications such as ERP, Microsoft Office Suite, CAD, and legacy PLM to name a few.

Work seamlessly together

Work seamlessly together in joint ventures and projects, with efficient integration of suppliers and partners

Streamlines supply chain collaboration

Ensures accuracy of latest design throughout product lifecycle. Protects your intellectual property (IP) with role-based access

Ensure product quality

Effectively communicate the latest designs, supply chain data, and product information to suppliers and contract manufacturers to ensure the right components are delivered

Cross-company collaboration

Cross-company collaboration through intelligent data sharing

Relevant applications for Supply Chain


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

With Minerva Permissions Manager, you can easily grant and revoke external partners' access to product data that has been approved for sharing with them specifically. Permissions Manager enables online collaboration with the partner by providing access to approved data in the system. This way the collaboration can happen even in real-time.

Minerva Data Export tool supports offline collaboration where the partner receives an information package extracted from the PLM software in a PDX format. The PDX package can be viewed by downloading the Minerva Data Viewer for free. Each package contains all the product information required by the partner and offers the functionality to compare versions of a product and highlight changes between them. 

With Minerva Permissions Manager, the partner has limited access to the PLM software online, while with Minerva Data Export, the external party

Yes. Minerva provides with an integration to one of the largest component databases (IHS) where you can search for, add, and evaluate components you need. Further, the system provides you with change notices and end-of-life notices for components that you use.

Both Minerva PLM, powered by Aras and Aras Innovator also provide relevant quality and compliance data as well as technical data for your components.

Read more about our Component Engineering function.

With Manufacturing Process Planning inside Minerva PLM, powered by Aras and Aras Innovator, design and manufacturing engineers can develop and manufacture products by aligning manufacturing plans quickly based on changing product configurations. 

Read more about Manufacturing Process Planning.

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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