Arena PLM Software


 

Arena Solution’s Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) software is a cloud-based system designed for original equipment manufacturers (OEMs). It enables users to manage design, production and delivery of the products.

Arena PLM stores current bill of materials (BOM) data centralized within its system, which enables users to review up-to-date lists and make edits. Companies can meet compliance regulations and standards across safety, process and environmental fields and check if the certificates are maintained and not expired.

Arena PLM also includes an Arena Demand feature, which helps users to calculate purchasing costs by totaling the usage of individual components across multiple products.

Arena PLM’s Scribe feature provides users with history their products and offers people involved in the supply chain a portal to record and share knowledge.

This product is priced on a per user per month basis. Support options include via phone and email.

 

Arena PLM - Bill of materials
 
  • Arena PLM - Bill of materials
    Bill of materials
  • Arena PLM - Item specs
    Item specs
  • Arena PLM - Arena analytics
    Arena analytics
  • Arena PLM - Material substitutes
    Material substitutes
  • Arena PLM - Redlines
    Redlines
  • Arena PLM - Octopart details
    Octopart details
Supported Operating System(s):
Mac OS, Web browser (OS agnostic), Windows 8

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Steve from VisionGate
Specialty: Medical Products
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

February 2018

February 2018

Feature rich Web 2.0 application for product lifecycle management

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Product is continuously improving

Pros

Greate once you understand how to use it. Easy to use, reliable, cloud provisioned.

Help and support are available online, training videos, too.

Cons

Hard to learn, difficult for users who are familiar with rich application interfaces.

It's a hard sell for people used to modern applications.

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Bradley from Xavier.University
Specialty: Other Industry
Number of employees: 501-1,000 employees Employees number: 501-1,000 employees

November 2017

November 2017

Great for planning an expansion without risking huge CapEx.

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Overall this is a really great product. The high level actions are easy to understand, and there are even graphics that can be used as specific inputs and outputs so that a presentation can have products rather than widgets. Also, the negatives of the strange statistical anomalies really are not a big deal. An experienced operations manager or engineer will know what to pay attention to and what is noise.

Pros

This program's biggest upside is its ability to provide a testing ground for potential upgrades, expansions, or new factories, facilities, etc. without needing to spend huge dollars on a physical pilot or building or the labor cost of a time study or statistical analysis from a Black Belt or other highly paid employee

Cons

Some of the random variables do not take into account reality well enough. I understand that true AI is not possible right now, but the fact is that purely statistics based tools can produce results that would never occur in the real world (i.e. A factory only attempts to build 3 units in an entire day and 3,000 the next day because it is possible in a Poisson Process).

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Tara from Katerra
Specialty: Other Industry
Number of employees: 501-1,000 employees Employees number: 501-1,000 employees

October 2017

October 2017

Arena can be tricky to navigate

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Arena is available to store a lot of information and if used properly, should be able to house all of the documents and product data one might require.

Cons

The search function in Arena is difficult to use and is a little too particular, especially if the wording isn't exact.

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Yuliya from Welbilt
Number of employees: 501-1,000 employees Employees number: 501-1,000 employees

February 2018

February 2018

Easy to use, very user friendly software.

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I use the software since 2014 and I love it. As I already mentioned, it's super user friendly and it takes no time to work comfortable with it. I contact support service few times and received the feedback in less then 24 hours. I like that developers listens users inquiries and improve Arena in new releases. Also it's very important that they provide webinars before software updates and send video that Administrators can share to all users.

Cons

It's hard to say because the product is great. However I wish it would be less limitation with number of items mass uploading. For example sometimes our ECOs have more then 100 items but we can not upload more then 50 in one shot

Review Source: Capterra
 


January 2018

January 2018

It needs some efforts to start with it, but it worth it.

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Good product organization, and control of the history of all revisions for all components, even their end of life.
Suppliers use it as well.

Pros

THat after you add your products, then easily you can find each detail in it and the history review.

Cons

The time it needed to learn the process, and start to implement it. but it is like that when you start to learn a new process.

Review Source: Capterra
 

Sue from AccuVein Inc.
Number of employees: 51-200 employees Employees number: 51-200 employees

July 2017

July 2017

Software has automated the training function well however still missing certain features.

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Automation of document control and training.

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Trackability. I can keep track of who has been trained, when and what is open. Can eliminate paper training records, especially since the system is managed on 2 coasts.

Cons

Document control, change control a bit complicated-too many steps. Not very intuitive. Have to go from one screen to another.

Review Source: Capterra
 

Sam from Senseair AB
Number of employees: 51-200 employees Employees number: 51-200 employees

July 2017

July 2017

Good to can organise the project and everything involved in it.

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Good organised, and after a while can find everything I need, good with this notification list so I can follow all emails I received from ARENA and the action point I have there.

Cons

Needs continuously use to can remember all functions and features, sometimes it is too many steps to go through before adding any item.

Review Source: Capterra
 

Robert from Accuvein
Number of employees: 51-200 employees Employees number: 51-200 employees

July 2017

July 2017

Very good system once you learn it, routing a bit complex for change orders.

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Esig with all records and as EDMS both for Design and Production, Training records consolidated for those records, now ad hoc capability for external training records.

Pros

Training system now available, configurable for design and production environment. The company appears to listen and be responsive to problems when encountered in the released product.

Cons

Training system does not allow cloning for job specific tasks to be combined for higher level employees that perform multiple functions.

Review Source: Capterra
 

Caroline from Simco-Ion

July 2017

July 2017

Good

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Simple and easy to use and access. Our users easily to find information and document they looking for.

Review Source: Capterra
 

TAN from GoPro Hong Kong Pte Ltd

June 2017

June 2017

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Visibility on key information that we need and ease in the set up of new account for access . Turn around time is short and approval process is easy to manage

Cons

No historical record on pricing and Arena pricing could only keep the price of one source , does not allow weighted cost for dual or multiple sources .

Review Source: Capterra
 

Ryan from Cobra Puma Golf
Number of employees: 201-500 employees Employees number: 201-500 employees

June 2017

June 2017

Arena has been a great tool for transitioning from no PLM to being able manage our products globally

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Organization. The software has helped me organize and manage all of our part numbers. It has also allowed me to share the most up to date, and controlled information with our suppliers.

Pros

The learning curve is not too steep and the Arena team is regularly improving the functionality.
Additionally the customer support has been top notch

Cons

Management of suppliers and sharing information (especially files) with suppliers leaves some room for improvement. Another key improvement would be improving the already useful search function to be able to exclude items from a search.

Review Source: Capterra
 

Phil from Zodiac Inflight Innovations
Number of employees: 201-500 employees Employees number: 201-500 employees

June 2017

June 2017

Easy to use cloud-based PLM system provides a stable and reliable source for controlled data

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Reliable PLM controls

Pros

Mature software with many quick views and links to related information. Easy to train users, intuitive interface

Cons

Report writer is old and awkward and needs overhaul. Inability to provide searches/filters/reports based on stage of route for change orders.

Review Source: Capterra
 

Jeff from Mimosa Networks Inc.
Number of employees: 51-200 employees Employees number: 51-200 employees

June 2017

June 2017

Arena is a FANTASTIC solution for the small to midsize company

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Ability to manage the product record and collaborate with supply chain partners

Pros

In the startup environment with fewer than fifty employee Arena is simple to deploy, maintain, and exceptional for collaborating with key supply chain partners. Arena's ability to scale with the growth of the company and our expanding supply chain is critical to our success.

As the company evolves and grown to more that 200 employees, Arena can evolve and keep pace when your business model. The ability to add additional features such as Quality, speaks well for the capability of the Arena Solution to grow.

Cons

As an Arena system administrator and user I would like to see more flexibility to develop custom work flows. The stage one, stage two methodology is perfect for managing the review and release process gates. However, I need the ability to customize the workflow after the change orders has been released and locked.

There is a need for review and approval after release with supply chain partners that can not be addressed and part of the Implementation process.

Review Source: Capterra
 

Matt from Miovision

June 2017

June 2017

Great support thru the initial setup process, no issues at any time with the system after.

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Ease of use for new users. Full customization of all fields to meet our specific needs without having to develop anything.

Cons

The inability to create new items in bulk. Ie. if you create this type of part you also need these 4 other parts no matter what. The ability to have a macro type option to do some of these multiple part creations would be great.

Review Source: Capterra
 

Michel from Safescan
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

June 2017

June 2017

Very easy to get started and arrange Arena standard systems to match our way of working

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All documentation in one place with all spec's and info attached to the BOM. Creates overview, peace of mind, reduces time to search for info, reduces confusion in the organization etc etc

Pros

Minimal set up, only create settings to match our need, and all files, data and info is linked to items so all info is in one place

Cons

Some User interface details, like the multifunction back key, top right corner is not so intuitive, i often need to explain the function. Moving from one item one level up in the BOM is not so easy, so moving between multileve partlists is not so intuitive. Editing BOM/spec can only be done when you in that level, so you have to first go into the subassy to be bale to add/remove items. There must be a way that this is not needed so you can do it anytime as long as you see the item you want to modify.

Review Source: Capterra
 

Veena from Bestronics

June 2017

June 2017

Had a positive experience using the software, and keeps a great record of the history of changes.

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Ties items and assemblies together to find full history of the changes, ECO's, and Deviations. The new changes included a header change to show the progress of the ECO, which helps to view the status.

Cons

Sometimes hard to navigate and search for requested items. The "Changes" View doesn't show a list of items, so unless you know what you're searching for specifically, it is hard to see it on the changes tab.

Review Source: Capterra
 

Kay from Cooledge Lighting

June 2017

June 2017

Intuitive, easy to use and flexible

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- The advanced search tool I like the most. It helps me to filter what I need for change orders or part numbers regarding to any given attributes.
- I also like the that you can customize attributes for ECRs, ECOs and items

Cons

Product revision control is a bit too manual (no auto-rev-up for parent items). Some GUI at the request level is confusing.

Review Source: Capterra
 

John from Qorvo
Number of employees: 10,000+ employees Employees number: 10,000+ employees

June 2017

June 2017

Arena provides a high degree of value; lots of functionality relative to the cost.

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We aren't using all the potential benefits at present, but are working to take advantage of them. It is a solid tool for Configuration Management; we are just starting to use some of the capabilities that go beyond classic CM.

Pros

This tool allows an organization with limited Configuration Management experience to do an effective job of CM.

Cons

Some of the user interfaces could be improved to be more intuitive for those unfamiliar with CM or databases, but this is more a user training issue.

Review Source: Capterra
 

Jonathan from TekTeam LLC
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

May 2017

May 2017

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It provided the client, Acclarent with a platform for management of documents within their product life cycle.

Pros

(Relative) ease of use. I am stating this based on a requirement to say at least one positive thing about SAAS.

Cons

Product claims that are marginal at best. Ability of the organization to maintain a validated state.

Review Source: Capterra
 

kim from Apical Instruments
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

October 2016

October 2016

Excellent PLM System!

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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.


Pros

The change module, items module, and quality module, ease of use, and customer service at ARENA

Cons

No cons at this time.

Advice to Others

NA

Review Source: Capterra
 

Roget from Aperia Technologies, Inc.
Number of employees: 51-200 employees Employees number: 51-200 employees

October 2016

October 2016

Proud customer for fifteen years

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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*.

Pros

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.

Cons

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.

Advice to Others

A bit of thought early on about workspace configuration and setup makes scalability downstream much, MUCH more efficient.

Review Source: Capterra
 

Michelle from Nimble Storage
Number of employees: 501-1,000 employees Employees number: 501-1,000 employees

September 2016

September 2016

PLM Project Mgr

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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.

Pros

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

Cons

Spellcheck. Minimal issues

Advice to Others

Great support fast response times.

Review Source: Capterra

  Response: Arena Solutions, Arena Solutions

Date: September 2016

September 2016

 

Thank you for providing us with the review! We appreciate the feedback and look forward to continuing our relationship with you as well as Nimble Storage.

 

Brian from Teleflex

August 2015

August 2015

Great PLM

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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.

Review Source: Capterra

  Response: Arena Solutions, Arena Solutions

Date: August 2015

August 2015

 

Thanks for the great review and helpful input Brian!