Expands Capabilities to Facilitate Global Deployments and Costing of Complex Product Platforms
aPriori 2012r2 delivers expanded capabilities that further enable the platform to be deployed across global manufacturing organizations, continuing the company’s mission to drive product cost awareness upstream into the earliest stages of new product development. aPriori 2012r2 also enables customers to more effectively leverage data hosted in other critical enterprise applications such as ERP and PLM systems, and communicate product cost information between all functional organizations involved in product definition and delivery.
Key New Capabilities in aPriori’s 2012r2 Product Cost Management Platform Product Cost Rollups
Most product manufacturers today, especially those dealing with complex machinery, have strategic platform strategies that involve sharing a set of common design, engineering, and production efforts, as well as major components, over a number of distinct models. This necessitates the ability to compare estimated costs for product design alternatives at the functional group (e.g., powertrain) and product levels (e.g., complete assembled vehicle). In addition to the BOM import mentioned below, aPriori 2012r2 provides a number of new capabilities in this area that enable users to:
- Begin an NPI project by loading an initial BOM, including preexisting component attributes (e.g., cost target, supplier etc.) and costs, which can be used to support project execution, cost anlaysis and tracking.
- Import Functional Group hierarchies that create logical rollup structures within the BOM that can be used for comparison and analysis between BOMs
- Track project changes month-to-month or compare new vs. existing BOMs.
- Easily share cost knowledge between PLM and ERP systems enabling a more complete, accurate and real-time view of product cost across the organization.
Import complex engineering Bills of Materials (BOMs) from ERP, PLM or other enterprise applications; BOMs can then be organized by unique functional groups, end users can leverage the core aPriori cost engine to calculate costs for new component and subassembly designs and compare with target cost, then the updated product cost can be shared across the enterprise so that all functional organizations operate from the same product cost playbook.
Virtual Production Environments (VPEs) can now be configured to inherit data (material and machine data) and cost model logic from other VPEs (aPriori’s digital representation of a real-world manufacturing factory); this allows customer to more easily expand cost scenarios, study the impact of new tradeoff decisions, and streamline system maintenance.
Simplified creation and refinement of cost estimates by consolidating inputs into a single menu panel; this helps design engineers and other cost novices more efficiently produce a cost estimate when evaluating early stage design and sourcing alternatives.
Expanded capabilities to override preliminary data inputs; cost engineers and sourcing specialists can more easily refine cost estimates for developing internal factory time standards or better supplier negotiations.
Authenticate users from different functional groups and geographic locations via LDAP (Lightweight Directory Access Protocol)
Updated Regional VPEs now accommodate European material naming conventions and machine preferences driven by increasing demand for product cost management in Europe.
Enhanced Progressive Die model improves automated calculations for machine selection, material utilization, die station estimation, and tooling estimation
Expanding on the major upgrade to Machining cost calculation introduced in November 2011, the new aPriori 2012r2 release provides additional improvements for precision machining & sensitivity to geometric tolerances; low volume, complex product manufacturers are finding aPriori’s automated machining capabilities accelerates creation of cost estimates for milled and turned parts.
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