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Score 7.6 out of 101
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Likelihood to Recommend

Arena

As the primary electrical design engineer, I was the individual who created all EE parts, loaded all EE documentation, created all EE BOMs, and also administer Arena for ECOs as well as communications with our CEM. Arena was straightforward and easy to work with right out of the box. The default categories for parts were mostly a good fit, and easily changed for the few categories that were not. Datasheets were easy to load and BOMs straightforward to set up. Overall, it's been a great tool for the small to medium companies that I have recently worked for.
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Siemens PLM

It is well suited in an engineering environment when reviewing CAD data. It is less appropriate to use Vis Mockup when truly accurate measures are needed.
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Pros

  • BoM control is intuitive and easy. Importing works beautifully. The previous system we used was a BoM control disaster.
  • Training management has made tracking our training nearly painless. This was key in our recent audits.
  • Quality processes and their easy links to suppliers, supplier items, items, changes, requests, and other quality projects is a very powerful tool.
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  • 3D CAD review works really well in VisMockup. It allows for a virtual representation of the product.
  • Sectioning in 2D works well for tolerance checks.
  • The ability to move and rotate components allows engineers to see how the components interact and how they perform in different positions.
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Cons

  • Although Arena has vendor access it is at times very time consuming to set up access to all the parts that they can see (large new assemblies in particular).
  • When very small errors occur during a change (ones that wouldn't affect the content that was approved by the approval group) it would be nice to be able to have a super user that can correct these.
  • All items and fields on an ECO are locked down once a change is routed for approval. It would be nice to have some fields on a change available to edit for users on the approval group and have the materials disposition open to update these for the approval group's area of interest. These changes would also need to be able to have the approval group a tiered concept vs just one whole one.
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  • Within the NX CAD package, there are often various little bugs and glitches that we come across in daily use. We generally submit incident reports to Siemens on these.
  • In general, the Teamcenter software package lacks ease of use, general users within the department require frequent intervention and help from higher users for seemingly simple tasks.
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Likelihood to Renew

Arena8.2
Based on 1 answer
excellent PLM system, if only it had ERP module for procurement and inventory management
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Siemens PLM8.8
Based on 8 answers
Siemens PLM software is a complete packgage that fully inegrates PLM, CAD, CAE, and CAM. It drove effciency, innovation, and workflows within my organization.
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Usability

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Siemens PLM7.6
Based on 2 answers
It depends on how easy the sysadmin has when customizing it. it can be as easy to use as you want.
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Support

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Siemens PLM9.0
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GTAC services were excellent!
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Alternatives Considered

At the time, our only customer was General Motors and they used Siemens TeamCenter. As a result, we considered implementation of that application. Ultimately, the cost of Arena, the ease of implementation, and cloud-based solution were the factors that guided our decision to choose Arena.
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Siemens PLM software is a complete packgage that fully inegrates PLM, CAD, CAE, and CAM. It drove effciency, innovation, and workflows within my organization. Each individual piece of software is either the leader in its own area of functionality or comparable to the competition that I have used previously.
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Scalability

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Siemens PLM9.0
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It's a very robust and mature tool. The only thing that would make it better is the have a version embrace the cloud, which I'm sure is underway, but it's complicated, so it will take more time. But when it's done, look out. It will be near-perfect!
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Return on Investment

  • For new product development, keeping drawings up to date and file sharing.
  • Supplier information and cost roll up.
  • BOM control.
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  • Increased Engineering lead times for design work
  • Very expensive (Licensing and maintenance)
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Pricing Details

Arena

General
Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Yes
Entry-level set up fee?
Required
Additional Pricing Details
Arena offers flexible packages to fit your team’s needs ensuring you get the right capabilities to meet your specific business requirements so you never overpay. Our cloud-based PLM and QMS solutions include role-based subscriptions to meet your diverse team needs with the necessary security to protect your product information. Our fixed-fee QuickStart™ implementations help us deploy rapidly to provide the lowest total cost of ownership.

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Siemens PLM

General
Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
Additional Pricing Details

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