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Freudenberg Group Expands Deployment of Aras APQP Plus.

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TROY, Mich.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--April 28, 2004

Aras APQP APQP Advanced Product Quality Planning  Plus Enhances Business Value of the APQP Process with Real-Time Visibility into Actual Program Schedules, Costs, and Quality

Aras Corporation, a provider of practical Product Lifecycle Product lifecycle or product life cycle is the course of a product's sales and profits over time. The five stages of each product lifecycle are product development, introduction, growth, maturity and decline.  Management (PLM (Product Life cycle Management) A comprehensive information system that coordinates all aspects of a product from initial concept to its eventual retirement. Sometimes called the "digital backbone" of a product, it includes the requirements phase, analysis and design ) solutions, announced today at the fourth annual AUTOe Conference in Troy, MI that Freudenberg SAS (1) (SAS Institute Inc., Cary, NC, A software company that specializes in data warehousing and decision support software based on the SAS System. Founded in 1976, SAS is one of the world's largest privately held software companies. See SAS System. , a leading global supplier of engine oil seals in the automotive industry The automotive industry is the industry involved in the design, development, manufacture, marketing, and sale of motor vehicles. In 2006, more than 69 million motor vehicles, including cars and commercial vehicles were produced worldwide. , has selected Aras APQP Plus to automate its product development and launch processes in adherence with the automotive industry's Advanced Product Quality Planning Advanced Product Quality Planning (or APQP) is a framework of procedures and techniques used to develop products in industry, particularly the automotive industry. It is quite similar to the concept of Design For Six Sigma (DFSS).  (APQP) process for program management. This implementation follows the successful deployment of Aras APQP Plus at Freudenberg-NOK in the U.S.

With Aras APQP Plus Freudenberg SAS has mapped its existing product development process to the five-phase APQP process to comply with the ISO (1) See ISO speed.

(2) (International Organization for Standardization, Geneva, Switzerland, An organization that sets international standards, founded in 1946. The U.S. member body is ANSI.
 / TS 16949:2002 quality standard while maintaining competitive practices. Aras APQP Plus automatically tracks the status of APQP deliverables within the context of a full-featured PLM solution providing real-time status based on rollups of ongoing activities, information, and processes.

"We needed an enterprise solution that would help us manage our development process more effectively and provide APQP status as a result of the business we conduct, as opposed to a separate reporting system that we had to maintain," said Jean-Michel Boujon, Quality, Health, and Safety - Environment Manager, Freudenberg SAS. "Aras APQP Plus helps us improve our business performance by controlling costs, quality, and schedules across our entire portfolio of programs while satisfying each customer's specific APQP requirements."

Unlike other APQP solutions, Aras APQP Plus enables Freudenberg SAS to easily extend application templates to capture and measure critical business metrics such as material expenses, direct labor costs, and parts per million parts per million

mg/kg or ml/l; see ppm.
 (PPM) quality metrics. Freudenberg SAS has enhanced dashboards and scorecards to measure prototype material costing, time tracking for personnel, and production pilot and launch PPM results.

"With Aras APQP Plus in addition to project milestone deadlines, we define our quality and economic goals and closely track each project's progress," said Walid Hamza ham·za also ham·zah  
A sign in Arabic orthography used to represent the sound of a glottal stop, transliterated in English as an apostrophe.
, Project Manager, Freudenberg SAS. "Aras delivers value to our business while fulfilling the APQP requirements to our customers."

Aras APQP Plus brings consistency to Freudenberg's various product development groups and provides executive-level project visibility. According to Hamza, Freudenberg SAS will improve the measurement of program success, enhance product quality, increase communication with customers and suppliers, and meet the ever-increasing demands for product cost reductions.

"By extending Aras PLM to include APQP status reporting and Production Part Approval Process capabilities, we are providing a solution that combines compliance with value for business operations," said Rick Lucier, CEO (1) (Chief Executive Officer) The highest individual in command of an organization. Typically the president of the company, the CEO reports to the Chairman of the Board.  of Aras Corporation. "We are pleased by the Freudenberg Group's expansion and look forward to continuing to contribute to their strategy for customer satisfaction."

About Freudenberg Group

Freudenberg Group is an internationally-oriented family of companies with a broad range of products spanning seals and vibration control components, non-wovens, mechanical household cleaning products and specialty lubricants. The largest customer groupings include the automotive industry and the capital goods Capital Goods

Any goods used by an organization to produce other goods.

Examples of capital goods include office buildings, equipment, and machinery.
See also: Capital Expenditure, Disinvestment

Capital goods
 sector (seals and vibration control technology, acoustic and anti-vibration control, interior trim materials for automobiles, filters and lubricants) and the textile industry (interlinings, technical textiles). With vileda(R) brand household products and nora(R) brand rubber floorcoverings, Freudenberg also supplies the consumer markets. The Freudenberg Group consists of more than 300 corporations in 44 countries.

About Aras Corporation

Aras Corporation is a provider of practical and affordable enterprise Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) software. Aras PLM is an engineering and manufacturing business solution with comprehensive ready-to-use functionality that addresses the rigorous requirements of discrete manufacturing operations. The underlying Aras Innovator(TM) application framework is based on a next-generation model-based service architecture that enables customers to deploy solutions quickly and adapt easily without programming delivering a Total Cost of Ownership far lower than conventional enterprise systems. Customers include Rolls-Royce, Freudenberg-NOK, Ingersoll-Rand, and the U.S. Army. Aras is a privately held company privately held company

A firm whose shares are held within a relatively small circle of owners and are not traded publicly.
 headquartered in Lawrence, Mass. For additional information visit or call (978) 794-7643.
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