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Aras Announces Digital Twin Core

ANDOVER, MA, July 8, 2020 – Aras, the only resilient platform provider for digital industrial applications, announced the release of a new application, Digital Twin Core, adding to the set of Aras low-code capabilities for creating and managing digital twins. The Aras Digital Twin Core application provides powerful new functionality for defining the digital twin configuration – the virtual representation of a specific physical asset or unique product instance. This provides the necessary context to interpret and analyze Internet of Things (IoT) sensor data for complicated scenarios such as predictive maintenance, performance optimization, over-the-air software updates and others.

Current digital twin initiatives focus on maintenance effectiveness, recalls, closed-loop quality, product innovation, and production throughput. Problems occur during analysis due to a lack of context or inaccuracies about that asset or product.

“As a real-world asset is maintained, updated and retrofitted, companies need the ability to easily reflect the real-time accurate status of the digital twin configuration,” said Peter Schroer, founder and CEO of Aras. “Without an accurate configuration twin, companies risk analysis misinterpretations that lead to incorrect actions, safety issues and liability scenarios.”

Aras Digital Twin Core creates and manages the exact digital representation of an individual physical asset and its changes over time. This digital twin configuration mirrors a specific unit in operation such as an individual vehicle by VIN or aircraft by tail number. Digital Twin Core provides a low-code editor for modeling, adapting and extending highly sophisticated configuration twin representations. When combined with Aras 3D dynamic product navigation and graph views users gain advanced visualization to see digital twin relationships throughout the product structure.

Related Aras functionality further extends Digital Twin Core capabilities for complex scenarios. Connectors to existing systems – such as ERP, PDM, CAD and others – provide connectivity to derive and persist configuration twin data from other sources and ensure digital thread traceability across the lifecycle. Open APIs enable connections with IoT cloud services and data lakes to bring together configuration twins with time series sensor data for analysis. Then, simulation management with Aras enables the combination of configuration twins in simulations with real world loading data for insights into wear & tear, stress impacts, and other effects that result from ongoing operation of the asset.

“As manufacturers continue to digitally transform and product, supply chain, and operation complexity increases, manufacturers and owner operators are using digital twins to optimize product and asset quality and improve the customer experience. The ability to manage an assets configuration as it changes overtime is a foundational element to an effective digital twin strategy,” said Jeff Hojlo, program director of product innovation at IDC.

About Aras

Aras provides a resilient platform for digital industrial applications. Its open, low code technology enables the rapid delivery of flexible, upgradeable solutions for the engineering, manufacturing and maintenance of complex products. Aras’ platform and product lifecycle management applications connect users in all disciplines and functions to critical product data and processes across the lifecycle and throughout the extended supply chain. Airbus, Audi, Denso, GE, GM, Honda, Kawasaki, Microsoft, Mitsubishi, and Nissan are investing in the platform to manage complex change and traceability. Visit to learn more.

ASME Appoints Bryan Erler as President

Three Members of the Board of Governors Announced

NEW YORK, NY, June 26, 2020 – Effective July 1, 2020, Bryan Erler, P.E., will begin his term as the 139th president of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), the Society announced June 16 during its virtual annual meeting. An active member of ASME since 1991, Erler has been an executive and expert in the nuclear power industry for more than 45 years with significant leadership roles and responsibilities in the designing of electric power plants as an owner and senior vice president of Sargent & Lundy. He is the recently retired president of Erler Engineering, Ltd., where he served as a consultant to the power industry.

Erler has held a number of leadership positions with ASME including as a member of the Society’s Board of Governors, as a member of several ASME codes and standards committees, including as vice president of ASME’s Nuclear Codes & Standards and past chair of the Board of Nuclear Codes and Standards, and as chair of ASME’s Boiler & Pressure Vessel Section III Division 2. He also served as the Society’s secretary/treasurer.

“It’s the honor of my career to be able serve you as ASME President in what will surely be an exciting and extraordinary year. I am confident that together, we will turn a time of unprecedented challenge into one of unmatched opportunity,” said Erler during his inaugural remarks. Outgoing president, Richard Laudenat, P.E., expressed his thanks to the Board of Governors and ASME Executive Director/CEO Tom Costabile for their support throughout the past year, while acknowledging the unique challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. “As always, our collaboration, passion and devotion to ASME are what make this organization so robust, and in these times, so resilient,” said Laudenat.

During the same event, Mahantesh Hiremath, Ph.D., P.E. was introduced as ASME’s president-nominee for the 2021-2022 term. Dr. Hiremath, an ASME Fellow, has been an active member of ASME since 1997. He served as a member of the ASME Board of Governors from 2015 to 2019. With a distinguished career spanning more than 30 years, he is one of only a few engineers in the world to have designed and engineered systems in four different environments – deep underground, off-shore, on-ground and in space.

In addition to Erler and Hiremath, three new members of the ASME Board of Governors also will begin their terms on July 1, 2020 and serve through June 30, 2023.

Andrew Bicos, Ph.D., a member of ASME for more than 25 years, is an independent consultant, recently retired from The Boeing Company after more than 31 years. At Boeing, he worked in executive management in the R&D organization where he served as director of systems engineering and previously as chief engineer of the aeromechanics research group and director of flight sciences technology strategy.

Richard Marboe, Ph.D., a member of ASME since 1982, is the recently retired director of engineering services at the Applied Research Laboratory of The Pennsylvania State University. He has been responsible for facilities, design and fabrication, public release, export compliance, and safety. His research has included propulsor design, two-phase flow acoustics, turbomachinery noise, and hull flow-induced noise. He has held leadership positions at ASME for the past 25 years.

Paul Stevenson is executive vice president of McCormick Stevenson Corporation in Clearwater, FL, an engineering services provider serving government and industry clients developing systems for the U.S. Department of Defense. He has been an active member of ASME since 2001. He received a Distinguished Service Award from ASME in 2019 and was the Florida West Coast Section’s “Engineer of the Year” in 2009.

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About ASME

ASME helps the global engineering community develop solutions to real world challenges. Founded in 1880 as the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, ASME is a not-for-profit professional organization that enables collaboration, knowledge sharing and skill development across all engineering disciplines, while promoting the vital role of the engineer in society. ASME codes and standards, publications, conferences, continuing education and professional development programs provide a foundation for advancing technical knowledge and a safer world.

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