Cost Insight

6th Annual aPriori Product Cost Management Conference

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HOT ANNOUNCEMENTS

May 16 - Here’s a big one! We are very pleased to announce that Mr. Brian Schwartz of Pratt & Whitney will be delivering a case study on Tuesday, June 12 about their aPriori implementation titled: “The Cost Maturity Index: Developing a Strategic Plan to Understand and Accelerate Your Company’s Cost Culture”. Joining Brian on-stage will be aPriori’s Client Engagement Manager, Mr. Rick Hyde.

April 11 – Another great case study to announce! Day 2 of the Cost Insight conference will feature a Case Study from Tonni Rasmussen, Senior Cost & Value Engineer, Purchase Excellence & Cost Out team at Grundfos. Tonni’s presentation will reveal how aPriori was used successfully to simulate suppliers manufacturing process cost on both cast and machined parts, making it possible for them to more effectively challenge suppliers on cost quotes, and ultimately reduce overall product cost.

March 5 - aPriori is pleased to announce that Heath Wall, Senior Analyst, Cost Systems at Whirlpool will lead a workshop session “Cost Model Work Bench for the Non-Programmer”. Whirlpool has deployed aPriori across their Global Cost Team and has extensive experience configuring aPriori to meet their unique requirements.

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.

New Technology Showcase

aPriori is always pushing boundaries to discover and deliver new capabilities. New this year will be a Technology Showcase where aPriori’s top technical experts will be demonstrating the latest software advancements. Share tips & techniques and ask questions about planned enhancements. Dedicated stations will include Design for Manufacturability, Design to Cost, Reporting & Dashboards, Machining Cost Models, Casting Models, Plastic Molding Models and much more.

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.

Event Registration Fees invested by Prospective Customers will be refunded in full if the company becomes an aPriori customer within 6 months of the closing date of the conference.

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Wentworth by the Sea

9588 Wentworth Rd.
New Castle, NH 03854

Contact +1 (603) 422-7322

Group Rate Available: $234/night
Email Link for Hotel Reservation will be
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2018 conference schedule

Agenda will change and evolve as additional session details and speakers become available.

  • Track 1
  • Track 2
  • Track 3
8:00am
9:00am
10:00am
11:00am
12:00pm
1:00pm
2:00pm
3:00pm
4:00pm
5:00pm
6:00pm
7:00pm
8:00pm
9:00pm
10:00pm
11:00pm
User Council Meeting
By Invitation Only

Room: Wentworth A
Training Class:
Cost Estimation for the Design Engineer


Room: Wentworth B

Lunch for User Council & Training
Solarium

Lunch for User Council & Training
Solarium

Lunch: APAC Partners
Room: Garden C

User Council Meeting
By Invitation Only

Room: Wentworth A
Training Class:
Designing Machined Parts to Optimal Cost (Design-to-Cost) Training
Training Class:
Product Cost Management for Sourcing

aPriori All Hands Meeting
Room: Wentworth C

Welcome Reception

Room: Grand Ballroom

8:00am
9:00am
10:00am
11:00am
12:00pm
1:00pm
2:00pm
3:00pm
4:00pm
5:00pm
6:00pm
7:00pm
8:00pm
9:00pm
10:00pm
11:00pm

Coffee & Continental Breakfast

Kickoff Address & Agenda Review by Rick Burke

Intro Address by Stephanie Feraday

Case Study
General Electric, Daniel Caratini

The Cost Maturity Index: How to develop a strategic plan to mature your company's product costing culture
Presenter: Brian Schwartz, Pratt & Whitney & Rick Hyde, aPriori

Morning Coffee & Networking Break

Caterpillar Case Study: Proactive Cost Modelling Through New Product Introduction (NPI)
Steve Vito, Caterpillar & Ryan Burgan, aPriori

Technology Showcase
See product demonstrations of the latest & greatest developments across all of aPriori's manufacturing process groups

Lunch Break / Special Lunchtime Program: Meet the Developers

Grand Ballroom

Design It Out
Learn how the latest developments in DTC & DFM Help Identify & Eliminate Cost Drivers

Karen Gold, aPriori

Supplier Collaboration
Working with suppliers for early visibility to cost & manufacturability and streamlining the quoting process.
Abe Chaves, David Ondrias, aPriori

Panel Discussion: Selecting, Adopting & Integrating Cost Estimating Software

Moderator: Carsten Hochmuth

Cost Optimization Early in the Design Cycle
Using aPriori with FEA to optimize Form, Fit, Function AND Cost
Amanda Bligh, aPriori

Bulk Costing in aPriori
How to Increase the % of Parts You Cost Optimize
Nadia Bhatti, Michael Doyle

How to Get Started
An Introduction to aPriori Solution Playbooks
David Gay, aPriori

Afternoon Break

Tracking Your PCM Progress
How to most effectively monitor Projects
Presenter: Rick Hyde, aPriori

Leveraging aPriori Data,
Part 1: Supplier Negotiation

Presenter: Brian Driscoll, aPriori

Expanding Your Cost Engineering Team
Implementing aPriori in Engineering
Tobias Tauber, aPriori

Rolling on Up
Streamlining the costing process for engineers
Mark Dignum, Steven Millar, aPriori

Leveraging aPriori Data,
Part 2: Gaining New Insight Through Reporting

Presenter: Pat O'Brien & Abe Chaves, aPriori

Break for eMail/Vmail

Customer Appreciation Dinner

Pool Deck Party

8:00am
9:00am
10:00am
11:00am
12:00pm
1:00pm
2:00pm
3:00pm
4:00pm
5:00pm
6:00pm
7:00pm
8:00pm
9:00pm
10:00pm
11:00pm

Coffee & Continental Breakfast

Welcome & Agenda Review

Product Roadmap Presentation Julie Driscoll & Partners

aPriori User Council Update by David Ondrias, Whirlpool/aPriori

Keynote Presentation: A Path to Product Excellence & EBIT Improvement
Brent Ross, Practice Manager, AT Kearney

Morning Coffee & Networking Break

Using Apriori to Support Supplier Negotiation
Tonni Rasmussen, Grundfos, Senior Cost & Value Engineer

10 Other Ways to Use aPriori
Marc-Andre Patry, Cost Engineer

Cost Model Workbench for Non-Programmers
Heath Wall, Whirlpool & Nikita Shah, aPriori

Rafael Case Study: 0 to 100 in 10
Eyal Siryon, MCAD IT Manager

The Value of Model Based Definition for PCM
Joe Wackerman, Cisco

Case Study from JLG: Updating & Managing Your VPEs
Nithin Shetty, Cost Engineering

Lunch Break

Machining I: A deep dive into analyzing machined castings
Anthony Giuffrida, aPriori

Additive Manufacturing: Costing Additive Parts and Comparing to Traditional Processes
Mark Dignum, aPriori

Deployment Leaders: Collaborating with IT as You Scale
Pat O'Brien and Rick Hyde aPriori

Machining II & Forming:
Aerospace Machining & Forming
Karen Gold, Barton Phinney

It's Electrifying!
Wire Harness & PCBA Tutorial
Stephanie Mills, aPriori

Deployment Leaders:
Best Practices for Mainining Your VPE
David Ondrias, Nikita Shah

Conference Wrap-Up
8:00am
9:00am
10:00am
11:00am
12:00pm
1:00pm
2:00pm
3:00pm
4:00pm
5:00pm
6:00pm
7:00pm
8:00pm
9:00pm
10:00pm
11:00pm
Product Training Class:
Customizing aPriori Cost Models


Room: Garden A

Lunch Break

Product Training Class:
Customizing aPriori Cost Models

8:00am
9:00am
10:00am
11:00am
12:00pm
1:00pm
2:00pm
3:00pm
4:00pm
5:00pm
6:00pm
7:00pm
8:00pm
9:00pm
10:00pm
11:00pm
Product Training Class:
Customizing aPriori Cost Models


Room: Garden A

Lunch Break

Product Training Class:
Customizing aPriori Cost Models


  • 8:30am to 5:00pm :
    User Council Meeting
    By Invitation Only
    Room Location: Wentworth A

  • 8:30am to 12:00pm :
    Training Class:
    Cost Estimation for the Design Engineer

    Room Location: Wentworth B

  • 12:00pm to 1:00pm :
    Lunch for User Council & Training
    Solarium

  • 12:00pm to 1:00pm :
    Lunch: APAC Partners
    Garden C

  • 1:00pm to 5:00pm :
    Training Class:
    Designing Machined Parts to Optimal Cost (Design-to-Cost) Training

  • 1:00pm to 5:00pm :
    Product cost management for Sourcing

  • 5:00pm to 6:00pm :
    aPriori All Hands Meeting
    Wentworth C

  • 6:00pm to 9:00pm :
    Welcome Reception
    Grand Ballroom

  • 8:00am to 8:30am :
    Coffee & Continental Breakfast

  • 8:30am to 8:45am :
    Kickoff Address & Agenda Review

  • 8:45am to 9:15am :
    Intro Address by Stephanie Feraday

  • 9:15am to 9:45am :
    Case Study

    General Electric, Daniel Caratini

  • 9:45am to 10:15am :
    The Cost Maturity Index: How to develop a strategic plan to mature your company's product costing culture

    Presenter: Brian Schwartz, Pratt & Whitney & Rick Hyde, aPriori

  • 10:15am to 10:45am :
    Morning Coffee & Networking Break

  • 10:45am to 11:15am :
    Caterpillar Case Study:

    Proactive Cost Modelling Through New Product Introduction (NPI)
    Steve Vito, Caterpillar & Ryan Burgan, aPriori

  • 11:15am to 12:00pm :
    Technology Showcase See product demonstrations of the latest & greatest developments across all of aPriori's manufacturing process groups

  • 11:15am to 12:00pm :
    User Experience Labs
    Provide feedback to aPriori Product Management on the product UX and User Assistance features (Help, Documentation, etc.)

  • 12:00pm to 1:00pm :
    Lunch Break / Special Lunchtime Program: Meet the Developers
    Grand Ballroom

  • 1:00pm to 2:00pm :
    Design It Out

    Learn how the latest developments in DTC & DFM Help Identify & Eliminate Cost Drivers
    Karen Gold, aPriori

  • 1:00pm to 2:00pm :
    Supplier Collaboration

    Working with suppliers for early visibility to cost & manufacturability and streamlining the quoting process.
    Abe Chaves, David Ondrias, aPriori

  • 1:00pm to 2:00pm :
    Panel Discussion:
    Selecting, Adopting & Integrating Cost Estimating Software
    Moderator: Carsten Hochmuth

  • 2:00pm to 3:00pm :
    Cost Optimization Early in the Design Cycle

    Using aPriori with FEA to optimize Form, Fit, Function AND Cost
    Amanda Bligh, aPriori

  • 2:00pm to 3:00pm :
    Bulk Costing in aPriori

    How to Increase the % of Parts You Cost Optimize
    Nadia Bhatti, Michael Doyle

  • 2:00pm to 3:00pm :
    How to Get Started

    An Introduction to aPriori Solution Playbooks
    David Gay, aPriori

  • 3:00pm to 3:30pm :
    Afternoon Break

  • 3:30pm to 4:15pm :
    Tracking Your PCM Progress

    How to most effectively monitor Projects, Value Tracking and Costing Activity
    Presenter: Rick Hyde, aPriori

  • 3:30pm to 4:15pm :
    Leveraging aPriori Data,

    Part 1: Supplier Negotiation
    Presenter: Brian Driscoll, aPriori

  • 3:30pm to 4:15pm :
    Expanding Your Cost Engineering Team

    Implementing aPriori in Engineering
    Tobias Tauber, aPriori

  • 4:15pm to 5:00pm :
    Rolling on Up

    Streamlining the costing process for engineers and using component insights for product costing
    Mark Dignum, Steven Millar, aPriori

  • 4:15pm to 5:00pm :
    Leveraging aPriori Data,

    Part 2: Gaining New Insight Through Reporting
    Presenter: Pat O'Brien & Abe Chaves, aPriori

  • 4:15pm to 5:00pm :

  • 5:00pm to 6:00pm :
    Break for eMail/Vmail

  • 6:00pm to 10:00pm :
    Customer Appreciation Dinner
    Pool Deck Party

  • 8:00am to 8:30am :
    Coffee & Continental Breakfast

  • 8:30am to 8:45am :
    Welcome & Agenda Reviewby Burke

  • 8:45am to 9:45am :
    Product Roadmap Presentation by Julie Driscoll & Partners

  • 9:45am to 10:00am :
    aPriori User Council Update

  • 10:00am to 10:30am :
    Keynote Presentation: A Path to Product Excellence & EBIT Improvement
    Brent Ross, Practice Manager, AT Kearney

  • 10:30am to 11:00am :
    Morning Coffee & Networking Break

  • 11:00am to 11:30am :
    Using Apriori to Support Supplier Negotiation

    Tonni Rasmussen, Grundfos, Senior Cost & Value Engineer

  • 11:00am to 11:30am :
    10 Other Ways to Use aPriori

    Marc-Andre Patry, Cost Engineer

  • 11:00am to 11:30am :
    Cost Model Workbench for Non-Programmers

    Heath Wall, Whirlpool & Nikita Shah, aPriori

  • 11:30am to 12:00pm :
    Rafael Case Study: 0 to 100 in 10

    Eyal Siryon, MCAD IT Manager

  • 11:30am to 12:00pm :
    The Value of Model Based Definition for PCM
    Joe Wackerman, Cisco

  • 11:30am to 12:00pm :
    Case Study from JLG
    Updating & Managing Your VPEs
    Nithin Shetty, Cost Engineering

  • 12:00pm to 1:00pm :
    Lunch Break

  • 1:00pm to 1:45pm :
    Machining I:

    A deep dive into analyzing machined castings
    Anthony Giuffrida, aPriori

  • 1:00pm to 1:45pm :
    Additive Manufacturing:

    Costing Additive Parts and Comparing to Traditional Processes
    Mark Dignum, aPriori

  • 1:00pm to 1:45pm :
    Deployment Leaders:

    Collaborating with IT as You Scale
    Pat O'Brien and Rick Hyde aPriori

  • 1:45pm to 2:30pm :
    Machining II & Forming:

    Aerospace Machining & Forming
    Karen Gold, Barton Phinney

  • 1:45pm to 2:30pm :
    It's Electrifying!

    Wire Harness & PCBA Tutorial
    Stephanie Mills, aPriori

  • 1:45pm to 2:30pm :
    Deployment Leaders:

    Best Practices for Mainining Your VPE
    David Ondrias, Nikita Shah

  • 2:30pm to 2:45pm :
    Conference Wrap Up

  • 8:30am to 12:00pm :
    Product Training Class:
    Customizing aPriori Cost Models

    Room: Garden A


  • 8:30am to 12:00pm :
    Product Training Class:
    Creating Reports & Dashboards with Cost Insight Report

    Room: TBD


  • 12:00 pm to 1:00pm :
    Lunch Break


  • 1:00am to 4:30pm :
    Product Training Class:
    Customizing aPriori Cost Models


  • 8:30am to 12:00pm :
    Product Training Class:
    Customizing aPriori Cost Models


  • 12:00 pm to 1:00pm :
    Lunch Break


  • 1:00am to 4:30pm :
    Product Training Class:
    Customizing aPriori Cost Models