The Quality and Compliance Challenge


With increasing product complexity and shortening development cycles, ensuring product quality and regulatory compliance can be challenging for companies focused on fast innovation.

However, many business use stand-alone systems and spreadsheets for managing quality, creating information silos and process gaps.

The result of this disconnected approach is reflected in the growing number of product recalls, leading to costly fines and damage to brands.

Integrated Quality and Compliance Management

The Aras® Quality Management System application addresses this gap in quality management processes by integrating the proactive and reactive aspects of quality into PLM. By bringing quality into the Aras® PLM Platform it can be linked to product designs, manufacturing plans, and business-critical processes such as change management.

The result is a comprehensive solution that provides cross-disciplinary teams and the extended supply chain with powerful closed-loop capabilities to identify and manage risk, improve quality, meet customer requirements, and attain environmental, safety, medical, and other forms of compliance.

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Key Features

  • Implement Advanced Product Quality Planning (APQP) processes to achieve compliance with regulatory requirements and quality standards including TS/16949, AS9100, FDA QSR
  • Closed-loop corrective action/preventive action (CAPA) and Root Cause Analysis (RCA) to accelerate identification, containment & analysis of issues, and tracking of affected items>/li>
  • Create and maintain critical quality documents, including:
    • Design/Process Failure Modes Effects Analyses (DFMEA/PFMEA)
    • Process Control Plans (PCP) & Process Flow Diagrams (PFD)
    • Fault Tree Analysis, Fishbone, and Five whys
  • Manage libraries of critical characteristics, failure modes, effects, and control mechanisms
  • Integrate quality throughout the concept, design, and manufacturing lifecycles and related change processes
  • Coordinate quality reviews through Visual Collaboration, business rules & workflow, and aggregation & packaging of CAP items
Freudenberg-NOK: Secrets to Eliminating Disparate APQP Systems with Aras

Freudenberg-NOK: Secrets to Eliminating Disparate APQP Systems with Aras

Read how Freudenberg-NOK achieves Advanced Product Quality Planning (APQP) compliance success and develops higher quality products faster with Aras Innovator.

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  • Reduce risk by exposing potential quality issues and defects before product release
  • Increase efficiency when reacting to quality issues when they occur and drive product changes to remove future quality escapes.
  • Manage compliance from product design through to product delivery
  • Save money, improve product quality, and meet customer requirements by integrating quality management with product development and process planning
  • Streamline quality management and improve the productivity of quality management personnel by maintaining consistent quality processes across products and in the supply chain


The Aras® Quality Management System is an Aras Innovator application. It is available on an open-access basis or through an annual subscription, which comes with additional features, full support, training, and upgrades.

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Related Capabilities

ALM Integration

Creates complete system view of multidisciplinary products by linking embedded software deliverables into enterprise processes while source code is managed in ALM.

Aras Impresa MRO

Aras Impresa MRO gives Manufacturers the ability to connect PLM and MRO on a single, modern platform and extend the Digital Thread to the field. By making the connection to MRO, Manufacturers can lay the foundation necessary for Digital Twin by connecting product configuration with design intent to enable new breakthroughs.

Bill of Materials

Manage complex MBOM and EBOM structures with Aras across mechanical, electronics, and software to assure consistency and control through the product lifecycle.

Change Management

Change management with Aras streamlines change requests, assessments, and orders and ensures visibility across disciplines and in the extended supply chain, reducing errors and avoiding delays.

Component Engineering

Simplifies selection, approval, sourcing, and compliance for externally sourced electronic components.

Configuration Management

Provides a comprehensive closed-loop system using CMII and CMPIC certified methods for managing the configuration of a product or system throughout its life.


Provides document management including version and change control for files in multiple formats in a secure, searchable repository.

Manufacturing Process Planning

Provides an integrated approach to managing manufacturing data and processes in PLM, bridging the gap between engineering and manufacturing with a digital thread.


Ensure consistency of information by automatically managing relationships between part items and relevant CAD models, drawings.

PDM Integration

While Aras provides full PDM capabilities, integration with other PDM environments which manage CAD, parts, BOMs and documents is also available.


Providing visibility into projects and programs, enabling enterprise organizations to plan and manage resources, mediate risk and maximize profitability.


Enables the creation of a single, multi-discipline requirements hierarchy, critical for designing complex products which combine hardware and software.

Systems Engineering

Provides management of the lifecycle of complex multi-disciplinary products from requirements, through development, manufacture and support.

Technical Publications

Enables cross-discipline authoring, visualization, sharing and publishing of topics-based, modular documentation within a secure, managed environment.

Variant Management

Aras enables you to capture variability in one structure with the product data.