FOSTER CITY, Calif. — Arena Solutions, a pioneer in cloud-based, unified product lifecycle management (PLM) and quality management system (QMS) solutions, recently released highlights of its success in penetrating the automotive component supplier industry.

Automobiles are rapidly becoming at least as intricate and interactive as a smartphone. From deep wireless device integration to driverless automobiles and the software defined car, vehicles rolling out of the factory are many times more complex than they were just a few years ago. The Internet of Things (IoT) plays a central role, Arena Solutions says in its release. With hundreds of IoT companies already in its stable of customers, Arena reports that it is gaining traction in this white hot market segment.

Competitive pressures and the need for rapid innovation are forcing auto component suppliers, many of them young companies, to rapidly produce completely new modules and subcomponents. Even more challenging, suppliers must do so in high-mix and high rate-of-change production runs while simultaneously improving quality and functionality with every release as they sprint to be first to market, Arena says.

Aperia Technologies, based in Burlingame, California, began using Arena PLM in 2013. The company was founded in 2010 and released its first product in mid-2015. Its device, the Halo Tire Inflator, monitors tire pressure for the trucking industry and, when it becomes low, automatically inflates the tire.

“Arena is our master repository of record,” said Roget Ratchford, principal engineer at Aperia, in the release. “One of the greatest benefits of Arena is it reduces ambiguity down to zero. You can always get the right answer no matter where you are, on the ground, in the office, in the air, on the phone. If you need current rev, information on parts, go to Arena. It’s the pivot on which all of our other databases run.”

Steve Chalgren, executive vice president of product management and chief strategy officer at Arena, said that the automotive industry is in the midst of a “technological transformation.”

“Both new startups and established suppliers are creating highly complex, innovative components,” he said in the release. “They’re recognizing that traditional, mechanical focused, on-premise PLM solutions can’t deliver the electronic high-tech PLM and QMS capabilities that are required by the electrical, firmware, and software development teams. As a result, they’re increasingly turning to Arena Solutions.”

Arena’s ( holistic suite of PLM, supply chain, and QMS software is reported to enable innovative OEMs with complex electronics to manage their bills of materials, facilitate engineering change orders, and speed prototyping to improve margins and reduce time to market.

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