Who is this service for?

Arena PLM helps over 1,300 high-tech, consumer electronics, and medical devices companies design, produce, and deliver innovative products to market fast.

About Arena PLM

Arena product lifecycle management (PLM) software helps high-tech and medical device companies design, produce, and deliver innovative products quickly. Arena enables every participant throughout new product development (NPD) and new product introduction (NPI) to collaborate more effectively while ensuring regulatory compliance for FDA, ISO, ITAR, EAR, and environmental compliance. For more information, visit ArenaSolutions.com.

Average rating 4.1/5

Total score
4.1
“Ease of use
3.8
User support
4.2
Features
4

Product details

Starting price:

1usd / per month
more about prices

Free trial:

Yes, get demo

Desktop & Mobile Platforms:

Mac

Windows

Cloud, SaaS, Internet

Training:

Documentation

Online

Support:

Working hours

Online

Software Developer

Arena, a PTC Business
http://www.arenasolutions.com
Set up in 2000
United States

Features

Audit Management
Complaint Management
Compliance Management
Corrective and Preventive Actions (CAPA)
Defect Tracking
Demand Forecasting
Document Coding & Control
EDI
Equipment Management
Import/Export Management
Inventory Management
ISO Standards Management
Maintenance Management
Order Fulfillment
Risk Management

Sales & Operations Planning
Shipping Management
Supplier Management
Supplier Quality Control
Training Management
Transportation Management
Warehouse Management

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Ryan B.

«Arena has been a great tool for transitioning from no PLM to being able manage our products globally»

Usability

Support

Features

5

Overall rating

Benefits:

The learning curve is not too steep and the Arena team is regularly improving the functionality. Additionally the customer support has been top notch

Drawbacks:

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.

In sum:

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.

September 23, 2021
Feedback source: the Internet
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Brian F.

«Arena for a Small Materials Start-Up»

Usability

Support

Features

5

Overall rating

Benefits:

We primarily utilize ARENA for part and document management. The main feature of ARENA that makes it an efficient tool is the ability to easily connect related parts. If a new part is generated, it is very easy to build out a BOM and attach all relevant documentation. And from the other side, it is easy to locate these items when searching for a particular part. Generating new items and documents is simple and straightforward, and the reviewing system is simple to use (and includes notifications for those who need to complete reviews).

Drawbacks:

The search function can be tricky to utilize, and is occasionally glitchy. Sometimes searches for known item numbers of document names will return no results, and wild-card searches seem finicky at best. On occasion, the behavior of the Changes functions can make Revisions somewhat difficult. Depending on whether a change has been rejected or withdrawn, it is sometimes impossible to make further edits to a revision until that change is "deleted", even though it had already been rejected. So there are a few minor issues that can impact the ease of use of the system.

September 7, 2021
Feedback source: the Internet
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Yuliya L.

«Easy to use, very user friendly software.»

Usability

Support

Features

5

Overall rating

Benefits:

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.

Drawbacks:

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

August 15, 2021
Feedback source: the Internet
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Bradley C.

«Great for planning an expansion without risking huge CapEx.»

Usability

Support

Features

4

Overall rating

Benefits:

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

Drawbacks:

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).

In sum:

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.

August 13, 2021
Feedback source: the Internet
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TAN E.

«Ease to use the software»

Usability

Support

Features

4

Overall rating

Benefits:

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

Drawbacks:

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 .

August 5, 2021
Feedback source: the Internet
V
Verified Reviewer

«The best PLM & QMS software you can get»

Usability

Support

Features

4

Overall rating

Benefits:

No learning curve, super easy to start working on the tool. Item Management: With item management you can easily switch between the current and previous revisions

Drawbacks:

Interface can be improved. In future, they can focus on mobile version of the software. Apart from that I think it is really a nice tool.

In sum:

We use Arena for PLM activities and also as document management system. Definitely you need to try it once.

July 27, 2021
Feedback source: the Internet
S
Sam A.

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

Usability

Support

Features

4

Overall rating

Benefits:

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.

Drawbacks:

Needs continuously use to can remember all functions and features, sometimes it is too many steps to go through before adding any item.

July 25, 2021
Feedback source: the Internet
B
Brandon H.

«VERY FLEXIBLE AND POWERFUL, BUT ALSO CUMBERSOME»

Usability

Support

Features

4

Overall rating

Benefits:

The thing I liked most about the product was the ability to customize it to fit our needs. Once you understand how to use it the software can keep an excellent record of your product, parts, documents etc. that is easy to navigate.

Drawbacks:

The thing I like least about this product is the number of steps required to complete a task. Updating information for lots of items is cumbersome and the import tool that is meant to speed this up lacks documentation making it frustrating to learn. While I understand that some of this might be related to the flexibility that it offers there are a few features that could greatly improve efficiency, specifically related to making the same change to a large batch of items.

In sum:

Arena has served us well as our PLM. It does what we need it to do!

July 16, 2021
Feedback source: the Internet
T
Tara H.

«Arena can be tricky to navigate»

Usability

Support

Features

3

Overall rating

Benefits:

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.

Drawbacks:

The search function in Arena is difficult to use and is a little too particular, especially if the wording isn't exact.

June 16, 2021
Feedback source: the Internet
V
Veena D.

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

Usability

Support

Features

4

Overall rating

Benefits:

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.

Drawbacks:

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.

June 7, 2021
Feedback source: the Internet