Costing Without Complexity
aPriori is a software application that helps you answer cost questions faster than you could ever imagine:
- What happens if I change the Product Design? Did the cost go up or down?
- What happens to the cost of my design if we change the Material from Aluminum to Steel?
- How much savings can we get if we make 50,000 vs. 100?
- If I use a Die Casting Process instead of a Sand Casting process, will this reduce my cost?
- What will happen to the cost if we move the manufacturing of our product from Mexico to China?
Until now, most software applications that attempted to provide the cost of a manufactured part required large amounts of data input each time a new quote was required. Furthermore, these products could only be used by a handful of specialists that required extensive training to be productive with the application. aPriori is an entirely different cost management solution that is dedicated to providing our customers “Costing without Complexity”.
Costing Across the Enterprise
aPriori is a product designed to be used by people throughout your company, requires very little training to become proficient, and provides a cost estimate in real-time simply by opening a 3D CAD design, picking the type of manufacturing process from a drop down menu, entering the volume of production, and selecting the virtual factory that will be used to generate the cost. Groups that would find great value in using aPriori include:
- Design Engineering
- Manufacturing Engineering
- Manufacturing Process Planning
- Cost Estimation, Value Analysis/Value Engineering
- Purchasing, Procurement, Sourcing
- Program and Project Management
These people are required to answer cost questions like the ones above every single day. How they answer those questions will ultimately impact the profitability of your products – quite possibly in a negative way. Today, your employees are flying blind. Most companies do not have a product cost management platform available to them. As a consequence, they make their decisions based on the traditional criteria of Form, Fit or Function. What would happen if throughout their day, as they were making those tradeoff decisions, they could immediately know the cost of that decision?
The aPriori Product Cost Management software platform unlocks this hidden economic opportunity by providing product cost visibility and by answering cost questions early and continuously during the product development and production delivery process. By answering these cost questions in real-time, aPriori enables users to quickly understand the cost consequences of their design, manufacturing or sourcing decisions, and find the least expensive solution while meeting their various functional requirements. Users are still free to make their own decisions; aPriori is simply answering the very difficult question of what is the cost impact of each decision they make.