SOURCE: Arena Solutions

April 30, 2008 08:00 ET

SunLink Chooses On-Demand Arena PLM to Help Shorten New Product Introduction Times and Greatly Improve Supply Chain Collaboration

The Company's Highly Engineered and Photovoltaic (PV) Mounting Systems Help More Organizations to Go Green With Solar Power Without Compromising the Rooftop

FOSTER CITY, CA--(Marketwire - April 30, 2008) - Arena Solutions, the leading provider of on-demand product lifecycle management (PLM) software for manufacturers of all sizes, today announced that SunLink Corporation, a leading provider of highly engineered, aerodynamically designed, solar electric mounting systems for the commercial market, has chosen Arena PLM to help scale its rapidly growing business. The company will use Arena PLM to help shorten new product introduction (NPI) times, collaborate more effectively with their supply chain partners and better manage product revisions.

Arena PLM will be instrumental in helping SunLink boost its competitive position and scale to serve an industry that is poised to triple in the next three years. By delivering its advanced solar mounting systems, SunLink helps lower the price of solar panel installations, so a growing number of mainstream companies will be able to reduce their need for conventional energy and more easily adopt solar energy -- a more sustainable way to meet the world's energy needs and protect the environment. As SunLink grows, it can take advantage of Arena PLM's flexibility, which allows it to easily scale the software accordingly, adding unlimited users any time the company's needs evolve.

"Arena PLM will help us accelerate our time to market and improve our NPI project execution. It will also ensure that our entire supply chain has all the revision information they need to build products on time and on budget," said Ranjan Prasad, director of operations and supply chain management of SunLink. "We're already seeing tremendous demand for our non-penetrating module mounting system, and we expect it to grow exponentially. As a result, we look forward to strong company growth and are glad to know that our Arena PLM implementation can scale with us. We may only have a handful of Arena PLM users today, but I expect that number to be much higher in just a few years."

SunLink evaluated two other PLM systems, but selected Arena PLM after participating in the company's unique try-and-buy program, which gave SunLink a chance to use Arena PLM with its own data and determine whether the software was a fit. Because Arena PLM is delivered on-demand, it is turned on from day one -- requiring no additional hardware or IT staff -- and offers manufacturers a lower cost of ownership and ease of deployment and use.

"SunLink joins an extensive list of green technology companies choosing Arena PLM for support in bringing products to market faster and more efficiently. By using Arena PLM to reduce costs associated with the development of their products, these front-running companies have been able to play an even bigger role in the sustainability movement," said Craig Livingston, chief executive officer of Arena Solutions. "We are happy to support SunLink as the company delivers its innovative solar solutions to market and, in the process, breaks down the barriers that have prevented the use of this earth-friendly, renewable energy resource."

About SunLink

SunLink designs, manufactures and markets the solar industry's most advanced engineered products for integrating solar electric systems into buildings and sites. The company's flagship product, an aerodynamically designed, non-penetrating module mounting system for flat roofs is the industry's leading solution for adding PV to commercial buildings. Ease of installation, engineering support, cost efficiency, and reduced impact on the building are a few of the reasons integrators and building owners prefer SunLink, For more information contact Mike Pile at 415-272-9655 or

About Arena Solutions

Arena Solutions is the leading provider of on-demand (SaaS) product lifecycle management solutions for manufacturing companies of all sizes. As the only true on-demand, secure Internet-based PLM service, Arena PLM provides a superior alternative to complicated, lengthy and expensive traditional PLM software deployments. Through its award-winning service, Arena enables product manufacturers and their global supply chains to streamline outsourcing, improve operational efficiencies, collaboration and speed time-to-market. Arena PLM has been adopted by more than 15,000 users across companies at all stages of development, including industry leaders Foundry Networks, Color Kinetics, Intuit, Sierra Wireless, Align Technology and more.

Arena Solutions' market-changing approach to PLM has received significant recognition in the industry, including Manufacturing Business Technology's Top 40 Emerging Vendors, the Supply & Demand Chain Executive 100, Industry Week's "Technology of the Year - Notable Innovators" and Start-IT Magazine's "Hottest" Companies and Top 50 Manufacturing Technologies.

Founded in February 2000, Arena Solutions is headquartered in Foster City, California. For more information, please visit the company's website at

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