A new product lifecycle management platform from Aras Component Engineering has been selected by Desktop Engineering as its Editor’s Pick of the Week for October 15, 2014.

According to editor at large for Desktop Engineering, Anthony J. Lockwood, Aras Component Engineering embeds access to the cloud-based IHS CAPS Universe electronic component database inside the Aras Innovator PLM platform, enabling designers, engineers and sourcing professionals to get ready access to data on some 100 million commercial electronic components from 2,000 manufacturers directly from Aras PLM.

Describing it as a secure, single point of access connection, Lockwood observes that separate browsers or applications need not be launched since the database is always ready to access when required.

Lockwood explains that the Aras PLM platform offers the potential to boost productivity, simplify component selection processes and ease approvals for new parts as well as new manufacturers, adding that its ability to help the user find new sources for components alone is enormous.

A monthly publication by Peerless Media LLC, a leading business-to-business publishing company covering the supply chain, logistics, materials handling and manufacturing industries, Desktop Engineering has a readership of 60,000, which is 100 percent involved in upfront design processes. Desktop Engineering’s website, deskeng.com, is a valuable resource updated regularly with breaking news from the global engineering, design, and manufacturing industries.

Managing editor Jamie Gooch comments that Desktop Engineering covers MCAD, simulation and analysis, reverse engineering, and rapid technologies for design engineers and engineering management, with a focus on computer technologies that enable 3D modelling and simulation.