Cost Insight

6th Annual aPriori Product Cost Management Conference

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HOT ANNOUNCEMENTS

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.

March 1 - Announcing another great Case Study! Joe Wackerman, Technical Leader - Global Engineering Operations at Cisco Systems will be discussing how his team has driven significant benefits through their deployment of aPriori over the past 4 years.

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
sent to you after you Register for Tickets.

  • 41Days
  • 21Hours
  • 11Minutes
  • 29Seconds
  • This is the place to be when you are talking about product cost management. Whether you are a user of the software, a VPE manager, a cost engineer or in sourcing, you will find something in it for you that you cannot miss!

    Marc-Andre Patry, Soucy
  • Wherever you are at in your aPriori journey, still deciding, early user, or seasoned user, there are many things to gain by attending. Through learning tracks, networking, and case studies, there is incredible information and insight anyone can use.

    Heath Wall, Whirlpool
  • The Cost Insight Conference provides multiple benefits for those who attend and engage in the spirit of the event. The opportunity to network comparing product cost management strategies is equally valuable to the direct product knowledge provided by aPriori.

    David Ondrias, Whirlpool

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

Room Location: TBD

Cost Estimation for the Design Engineer

Room Location: TBD

Lunch Break: Grand Ballroom

Designing Machined Parts to Optimal Cost (Design-to-Cost) Training

Room Location: TBD

Product Cost Management for Sourcing

Room Location: TBD

aPriori All Hands Meeting
Room Location: TBD

Welcome Reception

Room Location: TBD

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

Case Study
Company, Speaker TBD

Morning Coffee & Networking Break

Case Study
Company, Speaker TBD

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

Simulation-Driven Design
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, Chris Catalini, 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

The Cost Maturity Index
Strategic plan to mature your company's cost culture
Presenter: Rick Hyde

Break for eMail/Vmail

Customer Appreciation Dinner

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 by Burke

Product Roadmap Presentation Driscoll

Case Study
Company, Speaker TBD

Morning Coffee & Networking Break

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

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

Cost Model Workbench for Non-Programmers
Heath Wall, Whirlpool

How to Avoid Overpaying Suppliers for Outsourced Components
Tonni Rasmussen, Grundfos, Senior Cost & Value Engineer

Case Study
Company, Speaker TBD

Case Study
Company, Speaker TBD

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 (How to Leverage SSO, LDAP, Access Control, VPE Sync, Integrations)
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
Chris Catalini, Nikita Shah

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
Creating Reports & Dashboards With Cost Insight Report

Format: 4 hours lecture/hands-on, instructor led training Follow the story of Ross, a manager at Big Global Manufacturing (BGM) headquartered in Wichita, Kansas USA. Students will see and then perform hands-on exercises on how to export data from the aPriori operational database to the Cost Insight Report database; create ad hoc views (source files for custom reports) using fields and OOTB or custom calculations for target components; publish reports that give your authorized Cost Insight Report users actionable aPriori business intelligence; conditionally format data for easier identification and interpretation of results; and combine reports and internal/external web sites into powerful dashboards that truly enable your enterprise to manage product cost.
Price: $399.00 USD

Customizing APriori Cost Models

Formate: 2 Days, combination lecture/hands-on, instructor led training aPriori manufacturing cost models are packaged and used within an aPriori computer model of a virtual factory called a Virtual Production Environment (VPE). This course teaches how to modify cost model logic using aPriori’s Integrated Development Environment called the Cost Model Workbench (CMWB).
Price: $1,599.00 USD

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
Customizing APriori Cost Models

Formate: 2 Days, combination lecture/hands-on, instructor led training aPriori manufacturing cost models are packaged and used within an aPriori computer model of a virtual factory called a Virtual Production Environment (VPE). This course teaches how to modify cost model logic using aPriori’s Integrated Development Environment called the Cost Model Workbench (CMWB).
Price: $1,599.00 USD


  • 8:30am to 5:00pm :
    User Council Meeting
    Room Location: TBD

  • 8:30am to 12:15pm :
    Cost Estimation for the Design Engineer
    Room Location: TBD

  • 12:15pm to 1:00pm :
    Lunch Break: Grand Ballroom

  • 1:00pm to 5:00pm :
    Designing Machined Parts to Optimal Cost Training
    Room Location: TBD

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

  • 5:00pm to 6:00pm :
    aPriori All Hands Meeting
    Room Location: TBD

  • 6:00pm to 10:00pm :
    Welcome Reception
    Room Location: TBD

  • 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 :
    Case Study

    Company, Speaker TBD

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

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

    Company, Speaker TBD

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

  • 12:15pm to 1:00pm :
    Lunch Break / Special Lunchtime Program: Meet the Developers

  • 1:00pm to 2:00pm :
    Simulation-Driven Design

    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, Chris Catalini, 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 :
    The Cost Maturity Index

    Strategic plan to mature your company's cost culture
    Presenter: Rick Hyde

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

  • 6:00pm to 10:00pm :
    Customer Appreciation Dinner

  • 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 Driscoll

  • 9:45am to 10:15am :
    Case Study
    Company, Speaker TBD

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

  • 10:45am to 11:15am :
    The Value of Model Based Definition for PCM

    Joe Wackerman, Cisco

  • 10:45am to 11:15am :
    10 Other Ways to Use aPriori

    Marc-Andre Patry, Cost Engineer

  • 10:45am to 11:15am :
    Cost Model Workbench for Non-Programmers

    Heath Wall, Whirlpool

  • 11:15am to 12:15pm :
    How to Avoid Overpaying Suppliers for Outsourced Components

    Tonni Rasmussen, Grundfos, Senior Cost & Value Engineer

  • 11:15am to 12:15pm :
    Case Study
    Company, Speaker TBD

  • 11:15am to 12:15pm :
    Case Study
    Company, Speaker TBD

  • 12:15pm to 1:00pm :
    Lunch Break

  • 1:00pm to 2:00pm :
    Machining I:

    A deep dive into analyzing machined castings
    Anthony Giuffrida, aPriori

  • 1:00pm to 2:00pm :
    Additive Manufacturing:

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

  • 1:00pm to 2:00pm :
    Deployment Leaders:

    Collaborating with IT as You Scale (How to Leverage SSO, LDAP, Access Control, VPE Sync, Integrations)
    Pat O'Brien and Rick Hyde aPriori

  • 2:00pm to 3:00pm :
    Machining II & Forming:

    Aerospace Machining & Forming
    Karen Gold, Barton Phinney

  • 2:00pm to 3:00pm :
    It's Electrifying!

    Wire Harness & PCBA Tutorial
    Stephanie Mills, aPriori

  • 2:00pm to 3:00pm :
    Deployment Leaders:

    Best Practices for Mainining Your VPE
    Chris Catalini, Nikita Shah

  • 3:00pm to 3:15pm :
    Wrap Up

  • 8:00am to 12:00pm :
    Creating Reports & Dashboards With Cost Insight Report
    Format: 4 hours lecture/hands-on, instructor led training Follow the story of Ross, a manager at Big Global Manufacturing (BGM) headquartered in Wichita, Kansas USA.
    Price: $399.00 USD


  • 8:00am to 5:00pm :
    Customizing APriori Cost Models
    Formate: 2 Days, combination lecture/hands-on, instructor led training aPriori manufacturing cost models are packaged and used within an aPriori computer model of a virtual factory called a Virtual Production Environment (VPE).
    Price: $1599.00 USD


  • 8:00am to 5:00pm :
    Customizing APriori Cost Models
    Formate: 2 Days, combination lecture/hands-on, instructor led training aPriori manufacturing cost models are packaged and used within an aPriori computer model of a virtual factory called a Virtual Production Environment (VPE).
    Price: $1599.00 USD