FISHER/UNITECH Becomes First SolidWorks Value-Added Reseller to Partner with Aras for Enterprise PLM

Partnership Provides Manufacturers with Advanced Solutions for Complex PLM Processes Across the Lifecycle.

Andover, MA, June 30, 2011 --( Aras, the leading enterprise open source Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) software solution provider, and Fisher/Unitech, an engineering software, hardware and services provider of product lifecycle management solutions, today announced a partnership to deliver enterprise PLM to companies of all sizes that need to achieve global product development, accelerate time to market, and improve product quality. Fisher/Unitech is the first SolidWorks Value-Added Reseller (VAR) to join the Aras partner program.

Fisher/Unitech provides PLM solutions to discrete manufacturing companies across the Midwest United States with a focus on product development process improvement including industrial design, engineering and manufacturing planning. Fisher/Unitech specializes in the integration of advanced software and hardware-based solutions to replace legacy systems with applications for computer-aided design, analysis and manufacturing, product data and lifecycle management, reverse engineering and rapid prototyping. Experienced professional services are available for design automation and data management providing a full service, one-stop source for complex PLM systems.

“To successfully grow their businesses in todays global economy manufacturers recognize the need to extend their PDM environment with enterprise PLM to coordinate processes across the lifecycle,” said Charles Hess, President and CEO of Fisher/Unitech. “Our partnership with Aras enables us to offer an easy-to-use enterprise PLM solution that complements a company’s existing engineering system.”

“Through this partnership Fisher/Unitech will be providing manufacturers with advanced PLM functionality that addresses complex processes like comprehensive Bill of Materials / BOM management, event-driven enterprise change workflows, phase-gate project portfolio management and quality management,” said Peter Schroer, President of Aras. “We are excited about the partnership and see the opportunity to deliver a new level of PLM expertise to companies of all sizes that run SolidWorks.”

About Fisher/Unitech
Fisher/Unitech, established in 1993, provides Product Lifecycle Management solutions to discrete manufacturing companies. The company's focus is on process improvement for product development. Process improvement is obtained through the integration of advanced software solutions to replace legacy systems. The applications are focused on design, engineering and manufacturing. Professional services are offered for design automation and data management which provides customers with a full service, one-stop source for complex PLM systems. The company offers advanced web-based delivery of education programs with its interactive, instructor-led 3DU. Please visit the company's website at ( or call 800-816-8314.

About Aras
Aras is the leading provider of enterprise open source Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) software solutions. Freedom from licensing eliminates up-front expenses and per user costs while superior technology makes Aras the most advanced enterprise PLM solution suite available. Customers include Motorola, Rolls-Royce, Freudenberg, Lockheed Martin, Ingersoll Rand, Klöckner Desma, Hi-P and ACCO Brands. Aras is privately held with global headquarters in Andover, Mass. For additional information visit or follow us on Twitter @aras_plm

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