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.

Supported Operating System(s):
Mac OS , Web browser (OS agnostic) , Windows 8

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  • Anthony from Cadence Design Systems

    June 2018

    Recent Updates Have Improved it, but still missing bulk vendor permissions update

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    Pros

    Approval signature flow works very well. Analytics is very powerful, but of course it comes at extra cost

    Cons

    The notification emails are too frequent and can be very cryptic as one learns the system. There is not bulk permissions update, so when vendor has a new person come on board, that person has to be manually added one-by-one to every Engineering Change Order they need to view.

    This reviewer was invited by us to submit an honest review and offered a nominal incentive as a thank you.
    Review Source: Capterra
  • Yuliya from Welbilt

    Number of employees: 501-1,000 employees

    February 2018

    Easy to use, very user friendly software.

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    Pros

    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

    This review was submitted organically. No incentive was offered
    Review Source: Capterra
  • Steve from VisionGate

    Specialty: Medical Products

    Number of employees: 11-50 employees

    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.

    This reviewer was invited by us to submit an honest review and offered a nominal incentive as a thank you.
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  • Verified Reviewer

    Number of employees: 51-200 employees

    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.

    This reviewer was invited by us to submit an honest review and offered a nominal incentive as a thank you.
    Review Source: Capterra
  • Bradley from Xavier.University

    Specialty: Other Industry

    Number of employees: 501-1,000 employees

    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).

    This review was submitted organically. No incentive was offered
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  • Tara from Katerra

    Specialty: Other Industry

    Number of employees: 501-1,000 employees

    October 2017

    Arena can be tricky to navigate

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    Pros

    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.

    This reviewer was invited by us to submit an honest review and offered a nominal incentive as a thank you.
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  • Sue from AccuVein Inc.

    Number of employees: 51-200 employees

    July 2017

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

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    Automation of document control and training.

    Pros

    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

    July 2017

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

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    Pros

    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

    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

    Good

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    Pros

    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

    Ease to use the software

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    Pros

    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

    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

    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

    June 2017

    Arena is a FANTASTIC solution for the small to midsize company

    Ease-of-use
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    Value for Money

    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

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

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    Pros

    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

    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

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

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    Pros

    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

    Intuitive, easy to use and flexible

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    Pros

    - 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

    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

    May 2017

    Review Arena PLM

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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
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