Arena Solution’s Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) software is a cloud-based system that helps original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) of any size improve their manufacturing processes. Modules include everything from demand analysis to project management within a stringently secured suite.
Arena PLM keeps current bill of materials (BOM) data centralized within its system, so users have no trouble reviewing up-to-date lists and making edits. Companies automatically manage compliance regulations and standards across safety, process, and environmental fields, and also helps make sure certificates are maintained and not expired.
Arena PLM also includes an Arena Demand feature, which lessens purchasing costs by totaling the usage of individual components across multiple products, providing businesses key negotiating leverage to use with supply chain partners.
Arena PLM’s Scribe feature gives users the complete history of a single product and gives everyone involved in the supply chain a way to record and share knowledge.
This product can be purchased on a per user per month basis.
Jonathan from TekTeam LLC on behalf of Acclarent
Employees number: 2-10 employees
It provided the client, Acclarent with a platform for management of documents within their product life cycle.
(Relative) ease of use. I am stating this based on a requirement to say at least one positive thing about SAAS.
Product claims that are marginal at best. Ability of the organization to maintain a validated state.
kim from Apical Instruments
Employees number: 11-50 employees
Going from an access database and manual ECO system to ARENA was a change that provided so many benefits. Our ECO turn around time decreased, we were able to make changes to parts and various BOMs quicker and easier. Changes made to parts/BOMs are fully traceable and the changes are available on ARENA via redlines.
The various quality modules provided us with a more streamlined approach to CAPAs, NMRs and Device Returns.
Our purchasing function has improved as access to necessary files is all provided via ARENA.
Overall the ARENA PLM System is very user friendly and a very powerful tool.
The change module, items module, and quality module, ease of use, and customer service at ARENA
No cons at this time.
Roget from Aperia Technologies, Inc.
Employees number: 51-200 employees
For a decade and a half the various modules and services of Arena PLM have been at the hub of my engineering activities. At multiple companies and across several industries this software has been able to deliver powerful, enterprise level cloud-based lifecycle management solutions in a reliable and user friendly manner, and I am amazed by the quality of support. As far as I'm concerned, Arena is one of my core suites in ANY venture, the one quantity I can depend on because it just *works*.
The sheer flexibility and ease of use, combined with a low barrier to entry and learning curve. Combine that with both desktop and mobile accessibility and you have a best-in-class offering.
There are a couple of feature enhancements that I've been waiting for a while now, but I also recognize that 1) there are workarounds for those missing elements that are functional, just not pretty and 2) Arena support has shown a clear track record of listening and responding to customer feedback, so I'm fairly confident I'll see those new addons someday.
A bit of thought early on about workspace configuration and setup makes scalability downstream much, MUCH more efficient.
Michelle from Nimble Storage
Employees number: 501-1,000 employees
I have implemented Arena PLM over the years. The basic PLM information is easy to create and control. The new features and functionality always make for a centralized location for all information on Products in all lifecycle phases. Supplier access allows seamless communication for critical changes incorporation to product lines throughout various product lifecycles. Change Order/Deviation/ Corrective Action Request interface for contract manufacturer to collaborate actions to take on factory floor with critical actions for inventory dispositioning, for material planning and procurement. Centralized location for compliance documentation associated to items within a product. Workflow for Change Orders and Change Requests. Redlines for all Change Order controlled revisions on BOM's. The system is easily modified for unique requirements per company policies. Cloud application eliminates maintenance and hardware requirements which reduces IT cost. Incorporation of best business practices for the release and controlling all product data. New enhancements make this PLM a gem in a fast pace industry.
Ease of use and all the features to control changes of product lines. On cloud enhancements and maintenance done by software provider. Many ways to make this software
Spellcheck. Minimal issues
Great support fast response times.
Brian from Teleflex
I used Arena for 4 years at a medical device company. We used Arena for document control (PLM) and BOM management. We did not use Arena for ERP / supplier management. Compared to the other PLM I have used, Arena is the most intuitive and easiest to use. Only thing I would update is the ability to limit particular users from accessing older revisions of documents.