Cost Insight

5thAnnual aPriori STARS Product Cost Management Conference

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Networking with the World’s
Foremost PCM Experts

including more than 20 of aPriori’s Product Managers, Professional Services Consultants and more than 100 of your peers from industry leaders in Aerospace & Defense, Automotive, Industrial Machinery, Consumer Durables and High Tech Electronics martkets.

Practical Workshops

This conference will offer more than 20 highly practical workshops dedicated to helping you improve your product cost management and product profitability practices the moment you return to your office. Presenters and Workshop leaders will include aPriori Product Managers, Business Consultants and Implementation/Technology Engineers plus an array of Subject Matter Experts from other leading Software Technology firms, Global Consulting Firms, Industry Analysts and University program leaders.

Keynote Presentations on Hot Topics in Manufacturing

Advanced Materials, New Manufacturing Technologies, Industrial Internet of Things, the rise of Simulation in the earliest design stages. COST INSIGHT 2017 will include several key speakers that will educate our audience on the latest trends that should be on your radar.

Insightful Case Studies

Past Case Study headliners have included Honeywell Aerospace, General Electric, Whirlpool, American Axle & Manufacturing, ThyssenKrupp and Celestica. Check back regularly for announcements as new Case Studies are added to this year’s agenda.

Rosen Shingle Creek

Rosen Shingle Creek

9939 Universal Blvd.
Orlando, Florida 32819

Contact +1 (866) 996-9939
Reservations +1(866) 996-6338

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  • Really like the fact that there was three tracks depending on the role attendant is playing in his company. The game night to beginning was really great, it helps breaking the ice and give a relax mood.

    Marc-Andre Patry, Soucy
  • In my eyes the 2016 NA STARS conference was another huge success for the aPriori team. I was brought back together for face time with many now familiar faces in the industry to talk cost estimating. The presentation by Soucy was my favorite as it resonated well with my use case of the tool and shed some light on ideas and approaches to tackle the issue.

    John Allen, Celestica
  • STARS 2016 was a valuable event, personally and professionally. Professionally...Learning about current and future capabilities within aPriori, networking with other companies and users, and engaging with the aPriori leadership. Personally learning how to play Craps. The hotel selection provided a balance between focus work environment and summer vacation.

    David Ondrias, Whirlpool
  • Sunday | February 5
  • Monday | February 6
  • Tuesday | February 7
  • Wednesday | February 8
9:00 – 5:30 p.m.
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18 Holes of Golf at Rosen Shingle Creek

Shingle Creek Golf Club in Orlando, FL presents challenges to players of all levels and has consistently been rated as one of Orlando’s best golf courses since opening in 2003. For more information or to book a tee time at the group rate, send an email to rburke@apriori.com

6:00 p.m. – Onwards
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Super Bowl Party

TBD vs TBD, will your team be in it? Party with us at Café Osceola, starting at 6pm

9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
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aPriori User Council Meeting

By Invitation Only. For more information, please contact Rick Burke, rburke@apriori.com

8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
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Training Workshop #1: PCM for Sourcing

Hands-On, Instructor Led Workshop

8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
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Training Workshop #3: Cost Estimation for Engineers

Hands-On, Instructor Led Workshop

6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
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Welcome Reception

Open to All Registered Attendees

Cocktails, Appetizers and Conversation

8:00 – 8:30 a.m.
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CONFERENCE KICKOFF

8:30 – 9:30 a.m.
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PRODUCT COST MANAGEMENT CASE STUDIES

  • Model-Based Cost Management Case Study, by Honda Powersports
  • Achieving a More Collaborative Relationship and Better Pricing with Your Suppliers, by BRP
9:30 – 10:15 a.m.
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COSTING OF ELECTRICAL & ELECTRONIC SYSTEMS

Introduction to Automated Costing of Wire Harness & PCBAs
Mark Dignum, aPriori

10:15 – 10:30 a.m.
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Coffee & Networking Break

10:30 – 11:15 a.m.
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DESIGN TO COST CASE STUDY

Spirit AeroSystems, David McGinley & Jason Edmunds, aPriori

11:15 – 12:00 p.m.
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THE SUPPLIER NETWORK

  • Supplier Panel Discussion: Automated Costing for Quote Generation
  • Featuring Panelists from Soucy and SFI, moderated by Dr. Carsten Hochmuth, aPriori
12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
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Lunch Break

1:00 – 4:30 p.m.
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Advanced Technology Workshops

(for Experienced aPriori Customers Only)

Design to Cost Solution Track

1:00 – 1:45 p.m.

Providing Expert Advice and On-Boarding Support to New Users

(Mackenzie Merrick, aPriori)

1:45 – 2:30 p.m.

Advances in Cost Driver and Manufacturability Guidance for Engineers

(Mark Dignum, aPriori)

2:30 – 3:00 p.m.

Break

3:00 – 3:45 p.m.

Reporting on Projects and Value Tracking with Engineering

(Rick Hyde, aPriori)

3:45 – 4:30 p.m.

Pardon the Interuption: Engineering Edition

(Michael Knox, aPriori)


Should Cost Solution Track

1:00 – 1:45 p.m.

Understanding the Black Box, Where Did that Number Come From

(Chris Catalini, aPriori)

1:45 – 2:30 p.m.

Negotiating with Should Cost Data

(Abe Chaves, aPriori)

2:30 – 3:00 p.m.

Break

3:00 – 3:45 p.m.

Deriving Insights from Large Data Sets

(Brian Driscoll, aPriori)

3:45 – 4:30 p.m.

Pardon the Interruption, Sourcing Edition

(Julie Driscoll, aPriori)

1:00 – 4:30 p.m.
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PCM Discovery Track

(for All Registered Attendees)

1:00 – 1:45 p.m.

How to Justify PCM and Track Value in Deployments

(James Jorgenson, aPriori)

1:45 – 2:30 p.m.

Defining a PCM Strategy to Amplify Your Cost Engineering Program

(Tobias Tauber, aPriori)

2:30 – 3:00 p.m.

Break

3:00 – 3:45 p.m.

Using aPriori for Spend Analytics, Supply Base Benchmarking and Negotiations

(Abe Chaves, aPriori)

3:45 – 4:30 p.m.

Deploying PCM into Engineering Development Processes

(Rick Hyde, aPriori)

4:30 – 6:00 p.m.
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Free Time

6:00 – 10:00 p.m.
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Customer Appreciation Dinner

Featured Performance by Dan White, The Magician

8:30 – 8:45 a.m.
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DAY 2 KICKOFF

8:45 – 9:30 a.m.
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KEYNOTE PRESENTATION

It’s a secret!!

9:30 – 10:00 a.m.
Heath Wall

PRODUCT COST MANAGEMENT CASE STUDY

Whirlpool Corporation, Expanding Your Product Costing Deployment, Heath Wall & Dave Ondrias

10:00 – 10:30 a.m.
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Coffee & Networking Break

10:30 – 12:00 p.m.
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aPriori Customer Track

10:30 – 11:00 a.m.

USER COUNCIL UPDATE

Status Update on User Council Activities
David Ondrias, Whirlpool, UC Chair

11:00 – 11:30 a.m.

TECHNOLOGY INSIGHT

aPriori Product Roadmap Presentation
Julie Driscoll, aPriori

11:30 – 12:00 p.m.

PANEL DISCUSSION

The Value of Expert Services for Accelerating Your Deployment
Panel Participants from Pratt & Whitney, Celestica
Moderator, Erik Borreson, aPriori

10:30 – 12:00 p.m.
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PCM Discovery Track

10:30 – 11:00 a.m.

TECHNOLOGY INSIGHT

Design of Experiments: Integrating FEA & PCM for Multi-Variant Optimization
Amanda Bligh, aPriori

11:00 – 11:30 a.m.

TECHNOLOGY INSIGHT

Building a Digital Factory: An Introduction to Virtual Production Environments
Ray Ford, Solar Turbines & Rick Hyde, aPriori

11:30 – 12:00 p.m.

TECHNOLOGY INSIGHT

Model Base Definition: How is Your Company Implementing it? And What Are the Potential Benefits?
Karen Gold, aPriori

12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
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Lunch Break

1:00 – 2:30 p.m.
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aPriori Customer Track

1:00 – 1:45 p.m.

Reporting and Analysis to Track Value and Support Use Cases in Engineering & Sourcing

David Gay & Pat O’Brien, aPriori

1:00 – 1:45 p.m.

Costing Machined Components & Modeling Tips For Automated Cost Analysis

Frank Iacovelli & Karen Gold, aPriori

1:45 – 2:30 p.m.

Taking Advantage of aPriori’s Enterprise Capabilities for a Global, Distributed User Base

David Gay & Pat O’Brien

1:45 – 2:30 p.m.

Costing Complete Assemblies

Mark Dignum

1:00 – 2:30 p.m.
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PCM Discovery Track

1:00 – 1:45 p.m.

PRODUCT COST MANAGEMENT CASE STUDY

Wuzheng, China's Largest Manufacturer of Agricultural and Construction Equipment Equipment

1:45 – 2:30 a.m.

PRODUCT COST MANAGEMENT CASE STUDY

Circor, PCM Case Study

2:30 – 2:45 p.m.
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CLOSING REMARKS