PLM is Not a Dead Market: Display Giant EIZO Bets on Aras Innovator as PLM Backbone
It is hardly surprising that the number of transactions in the PLM area has decreased as a result of the Coronavirus crisis. However, the market is far from dead. For example, Aras PLM continues to reap success for its PLM platform.
The Japanese company EIZO, known for its visual solutions around displays and monitors, is a good example. The company recently announced that it has chosen Aras Innovator to handle technical projects and documents, creation of eBOMs (engineering Bill of Materials), mBOMs (manufacturing Bill of Materials), workflows and process design.
Innovator will also be used to handle the transfer of the eBOMs to the ERP system, as well as handling the links between Bill of Process (BOP) and Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES) on the manufacturing side.
This means that Aras Innovator will form the backbone of EIZO’s product development system. To a large extent, EIZO’s platform includes most of what is included in a complete collaborative Product Definition management cPDm (PDM) solution.
IMPROVING INTERNAL PRODUCTIVITY. EIZO claims that their current infrastructure and processes lacked some functionality and flexibility required to keep pace with the development of their business strategies. The digitalization trend is something that has left its mark in this context. The company also recently launched a digital transformation initiative with the goal of improving internal productivity and sharpening the responsiveness to changes in the company. In the future, Aras PLM’s Innovator Suite will be the backbone of the company’s product development system.
Masahiko Hisatsugu, the head of Aras Japan, commented that EIZO’s platform selection was based on the flexibility and open nature of the Innovator suite. This flexibility also plays a crucial role for a number of major global corporations possessing the intention to sharpen the flow and allocation of product and process data in connection with product development.
Hisatsugu also points to the value of the low-code nature of the platform. Although that the software itself is complex and advanced, that complexity lies beneath the surface—which means that those who want to use the software don’t need to code in the programming, because the software takes care of it. The user should basically be able to “drag and drop” to build a custom dashboard, for example.
“The Aras platform allows users to quickly meet business needs by easily adapting to new processes—which adds even more value to their current system,” says Hisatsugu.
Available in More than 90 Countries
This is no small player which Aras has picked up. EIZO, which means “image” in Japanese, develops and manufactures advanced visual display solutions. Their products cover a wide range of display solutions—from EIZO’s total image processing solutions with a variety of screens and software, to video capture, processing and distribution solutions, cameras and advanced integrated technology.
The industry segments that EIZO is targeting are creative areas, healthcare, air traffic control, maritime, security and surveillance and more.
Headquartered in Hakusan, Japan, EIZO has R&D and manufacturing facilities in Japan, China, Germany and the United States, as well as representatives in more than 90 countries.
Why Did EIZO Invest in the Aras Platform?
EIZO’s press material states that it has invested in Aras Innovator in order to “increase its ability to adapt to business changes and support mass customization for its customers.”
EIZO claims that their current infrastructure and processes lacked some functionality and flexibility required to keep pace with the development of their business strategies. The digitalization trend is, of course, something that has left its mark in this context.
The company recently started a digital transformation initiative, with the goal of improving internal productivity and sharpening the responsiveness to changes in the company. The choice of Aras came “after an extensive market study,” according to EIZO.
EIZO has chosen Hitachi Systems as their implementation partner. Hitachi Systems’ assignments include helping with a wide range of technical support, including compliance with laws and regulations necessary for the manufacture of medical equipment, technical documentation and workflow management.
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