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.

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9939 Universal Blvd.
Orlando, Florida 32819

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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
  • Day 1, February 7, 2017
  • Day 2, February 8, 2017
7:30 – 8:00 a.m.
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Registration, Coffee and Time for Networking

8:00 – 8:30 a.m.
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Conference Introduction

Burke & Feraday

8:30 – 9:00 a.m.
David Burge

Model-Based Cost Management Case Study, by Honda Powersports

David Burge Chief Engineer Powersports Honda R&D Americas

Hear how Honda has partnered with aPriori to define and is in the process of implementing their long-term vision of a model cost management system in the Powersports division where changes to the design model are automatically reflected in all downstream deliverables: the drawing, manufacturing process plans, purchasing plans, etc. David has more than 24 years of experience in the automotive industry. His vision, plan, aPriori deployment and progress will provide a compelling story for the audience.

9:00 – 9:30 a.m.
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BRP Case Study

Martin Vigneault Director, Quality Assurance and Supplier Development

Understanding what is a reasonable price to pay your suppliers for parts that they design and/or manufacture is not an easy task. Automoated product cost management technology enables Sourcing Managers to very quickly generate both a detailed should cost estimate, and, a comprehensive analysis of the manufacturing process. Hear how BRP uses aPriori to conduct more fact-based onversations with their suppliers in order to achieve a more collaborative relationship and better pricing for purchased components.

9:30 – 10:00 a.m.
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Turbocharging Your Quote Generation Process Panel Discussion

Marc-Andre' Patry, Engineer, Cost Simulation, Soucy International Kristy Allen, Estimating Manager, SFI LLC

More and more suppliers are using automated product cost management technology to accelerate the response to an RFQ from their Customers. Automated PCM technology also provides accuracy and consistency across cost estimates generated by different members of your business development team. Hear how these 3 suppliers are using PCM to address these and other challenges related to the Quoting process and in doing so, winning new business and growing their company.

10:00 – 10:15 a.m.
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Coffee Break / Networking

10:15 – 10:45 a.m.
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Introducing Costing for Printed Circuit Board Assembly

10:45 – 11:30 a.m.
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Reigning in the Cost of Wire Harnesses

11:30 – 12:15 p.m.
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Advanced Manufacturing Technology Update, Guest Speaker to be Announced in December

12:15 – 1:15 p.m.
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Lunch, Networking, Small Group Meetings

1:15 – 3:00 p.m.
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Back to the Feature

Maximizing your Leverage of aPriori for Designers

3:00 – 5:00 p.m.
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Back to the Feature

Using aPriori to Drive More Productive Supplier Negotiations

5:00 – 6:00 p.m.
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Free Time

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

8:00 – 8:10 a.m.
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Agenda Review/Plan for the Day

Rick Burke

8:10 – 9:00 a.m.
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aPriori Product Roadmap Presentation

Julie Driscoll, Vice President, Strategic Marketing & Product Management

9:00 – 9:30 a.m.
Heath Wall

Expanding Your Product Costing Deployment, Whirlpool Corporation

Heath Wall, Senior Analyst, Cost Modeling Whirlpool Corporation

Having the right tools in your Product Cost Management “arsenal” is the best way to ensure you are maximizing your cost savings, hitting target costs, and meeting cost savings goals. aPriori offers several tools including Cost Model Workbench and User Guided Costing. Heath Wall and Dave Ondrias will share how Whirlpool has leveraged these tools globally. They will discuss how they have bridged capability gaps, developed capability to meet specific and unique manufacturing processes, and how using these tools has opened up a wide range of customization.

9:30 – 10:00 a.m.
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PCM Case Study, Wuzheng

Smith Thepvongs Vice President, International Business Development Wuzheng Group

Wuzheng is one of China's largest manufacturers of Agricultural and Construction Equipment. They are the first company headquartered in China to adopt and deploy aPriori. Wuzheng has implemented aPriori to assist with costing a wide array of Sheet Metal components and highly complex machined parts. Hear about their early deployment process, the results they have produced from their efforts to date, and how engineering is working on their next step to use aPriori for Design for Manufacturing and Design for Cost (DFM/DFC).

10:00 – 10:15 a.m.
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Coffee Break

10:15 – 10:45 a.m.
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Panel Discussion: Accelerating Your PCM Deployment with Expert Services

So many things to do, and not enough time to do it. aPriori's Expert Services provide manufacturers with an economical way to secure a specific quantity of flexible service hours every month. These services can be used to help refine VPEs, mentor new users, assist with deployment planning or virtually any other service required to keep moving your deployment forward and achieve greater levels of success. Listen to a panel of aPriori customers describe how they are using Expert Services in their environment and the value they have received from this investment.

10:45 – 11:15 a.m.
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User Council Update

The aPriori User Council is comprised of leaders from some of the most forward thinking deployments in our customer base. David Ondrias will report back to attendees on the results from Monday's user council meeting and discuss plans going forward.

11:15 – 11:45 a.m.
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Breakout Sessions

  • Track 1: Case Study, TBD
  • Track 2: Building a Digital Factory: An Introduction to Virtual Production Environments
  • Track 3: Roundtable Discussion: Model Based Definition, "Will Model-based Definition replace engineering drawings throughout the product lifecycle?"
11:45 – 12:15 p.m.
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Breakout Sessions

  • Track 1: Case Study, TBD
  • Track 2: Regional Data Libraries: The Value of Comprehensive, Global Material, Machine & Overhead data for Sourcing Trade Off Studies
  • Track 3: Roundtable Discussion: 3D Printing, Who is Using It, What Types of Products are You Building, Limitations of the Technology and How to Overcome Them
12:15 – 12:45 p.m.
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Breakout Sessions

  • Track 1: Case Study, TBD
  • Track 2: Accelerating Time to Market: Top 10 Ways PCM Helps You Beat Your Competition to the Finish Line
  • Track 3: Roundtable Discussion: Industrial Internet of Things: Has IIoT Invaded Your Company Yet? What are Some Examples of Where it Has Been Successfully Implemented?
12:45 – 1:30 p.m.
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Lunch & Concluding Comments by aPriori CEO