cost insight conference 2020

THE FUTURE OF MANUFACTURING IS DIGITAL

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aPriori, the leading provider of Digital Manufacturing Simulation software featuring design for manufacturability (DFM) and cost (DTC) solutions, is very pleased to welcome you to event page for the 8th Annual Cost Insight Conference. This conference is open to both aPriori customers and the general public.

The venue for this year’s event is the World Wide Web – conveniently located on a laptop computer, tablet or mobile phone near you! No need to get on a plane and travel. This year, we are bringing the conference directly to your home office.

Whereas the Cost Insight conference historically requires a registration fee of $800 per person,
this year the entire 2-day conference will be free of charge.

For more information on the conference agenda, please scroll down to view the wide range of case studies, special interest group presentations, product innovation presentations and workshops, plans for the technology showcase and more.

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HOT ANNOUNCEMENTS

October 8 –  We’re excited to announce that Craig Gerulski, Supplier Technical Engineer at Caterpillar Solar Turbines will be delivering a case study at this year’s Cost Insight Conference.  Craig will be discussing how Solar Turbines has been using aPriori manufacturing data to negotiate more effectively with supply chain partners to identify and secure savings in excess of $1M.

October 8 – Cost Insight Conferences are renowned for delivering a top shelf “work hard, play hard” experience.  This year will be no exception.  However, we must admit we were seriously challenged in the “play hard” department given the fact that we will all be geographically distributed across the world wide web.  Nonetheless, the aPriori Marketing Team is excited to announce that on the evening of November 17, from 5:00pm to 5:45pm (Eastern US Time), we will be introducing the amazing Digital Deception magic show for your entertainment pleasure.  Invite your friends and family to watch an amazing interactive show that fuses magic & technology.

October 8 – For the first time ever, aPriori will be featuring a case study from one of our early Cloud customers – Signify, from Eindhoven, The Netherlands.  Mr. Joris van den Boogaard, DfX Expert & Global Cost Master, will talk about their experience migrating from aPriori’s on-premise solution to the Cloud.

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2020 CONFERENCE SCHEDULE

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

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8:00 AM - 8:15 AM

Kickoff

Welcome to the 8th Annual Cost Insight Conference! Listen in to this opening address to gain valuable insight into the broad array of presentations, case studies and product oriented workshops that will be delivered at the 2020 Cost Insight Conference.

Rick Burke, VP Marketing, aPriori

8:20 AM - 8:50 AM

The Future of Manufacturing is Digital

The future of manufacturing is digital. Digital Twins. Digital Thread. Digital Factories. In this hallmark session of the Cost Insight conference, hear aPriori's CEO talk about the company's vision for working side-by-side with our customers to enable a digital transformation that will accelerate new product development and delivery, reduce manufacturing costs and maximize product profitability.

Stephanie Feraday, President & CEO, aPriori

8:55 AM - 9:25 PM

Case Study: Expanding from Cost Engineering into Design

Stay tuned for an exciting announcement about our lead-off case study.

Speaker TBA

9:30 AM - 10:00 AM

Case Study: Improving Your Ability to Negotiate Effectively with Supply Chain Partners

Solar Turbines, a wholly owned subsidiary of Caterpillar Inc., designs and manufactures industrial gas turbines for onshore and offshore electrical power generation, for marine propulsion and for producing, processing and transporting natural gas and oil. Join Craig Gerulski as he discusses how he and his team are using aPriori manufacturing simulation data to conduct more effective negotiation with suppliers, saving millions of dollars in the process.

Craig Gerulski, Supplier Technical Engineer, Caterpillar Solar Turbines

10:05 AM - 10:35 AM

Case Study: Cost Illumination at Signify

Signify is the world leader in connected LED lighting systems, software and services. Join this session to hear the Signify team share insights on their cloud-based installation of aPriori (PHILIPS, Hue, and interact brands) which has been running since 2019, with flagship business application of Software as a Solution (SaaS), across multiple business segments and component types. This includes pilot programs supported in R&D (DfM), procurement (RfX), and manufacturing (recent process models). Lessons learned by Signify will benefit all who attend.

Joris van den Boogaard, DFx Expert & Global Cost Master; Nat Jarvis, DfX Manager Europe, Supply & Process Innovation; Robert Ottens, DfX Expert Mechanical, Supply & Process Innovation

10:35 AM - 10:45 AM

Coffee Break

10:45 AM - 11:15 AM
10:45 AM - 11:15 AM

Case Study: Re-Inventing the Product Design Process

Learn how aPriori Customers are leveraging the platform to identify and eliminate manufacturing cost drivers early in the design lifecycle with design for manufacturability (DFM) and design to cost (DTC) capabilities.

Speaker TBA

10:45 AM - 11:15 AM

Case Study: Alstom Transportation "Zero RFQ" Process 1 Year Later

For those of you who were not able to attend the 2019 Cost Insight Conference, one of the highlights of the event was the presentation about the Zero RFQ process that was implemented at Alstom Transportation. This year, we will hear again from Sebastien Girardot about progress they've made in the past year. But this year, we will add a twist to the conversation. This year Sebastien will be accompanied by one of his suppliers in the United States who will talk about how the process has helped their company win more business, reduce costs and improve consistency of their bids.

Sebastien Girardot, aPriori Super User, Alstom Transportation

10:45 AM - 11:15 AM

Panel Discussion: Migrating to the Cloud

Since it's initial launch in 2019, aPriori's new Cost Insight web-based applications are being adopted by new customers at a rapid pace. Learn about why manufacturers are quickly migrating to the cloud so they can continue to develop innovative product designs no matter they are located.

Speaker TBA

11:20 AM - 11:50 AM
11:20 AM - 11:50 AM

Re-Inventing Your Product Design Process with aPriori

Learn how aPriori's hottest new products like Cost Insight Generate and Cost Insight Design help product teams identify and eliminate cost drivers early in the design process instead of waiting until the end of the design cycle for cost engineering to investigate and issue ECOs for problems identified.

Tobias Tauber, Enterprise Success Manager & Pat O'Brien, Director of Product Management, aPriori

11:20 AM - 11:50 AM

Creating More Strategic Supplier Relationships​

aPriori provides sourcing professionals with an extensive array of manufacturing data each time a new simulation is run. Learn how our customers are using this data to conduct more effective fact-based negotiations with suppliers that reduce product costs and improve profitability.

Speaker TBA

11:20 AM - 11:50 AM

Migrating to the Cloud

Connect anywhere and at anytime for manufacturing and cost insights across your enterprise with aPriori's secure scalable cloud platform. Collaborate with new role based applications for design and sourcing, and leverage automated workflows connected to your PLM system.

Carsten Hochmuth, PhD, Director of Product Management, aPriori

12:00 PM - 12:45 PM

Special Interest Groups

12:00 PM - 12:45 PM

Best Practices for Capacity Planning

How to analyze an incoming RFQ to understand the optimum routing and equipment necessary to make the parts. Identify the annual capacity constraints the bid package will require in order to reduce risk by ensuring you have enough capacity across all machines to deliver the order on time.

Evan Roux, Expert Services Consultant, aPriori

12:00 PM - 12:45 PM

Reducing Supply Chain Risk While Increasing Understanding of Available Regions, Suppliers and Routings

Do you know the cost impact of sourcing your parts via multiple suppliers, regions and available routings? Or, do you understand the cost impact of in-house manufacturing capabilities vs multiple suppliers? In this presentation you will learn how to evaluate new and existing sources and regions, reducing supply chain risk, and optimizing cost. We will also discuss how to aPriori provides the ability to analyze and review alternate process routings and/ or machines. This enables both the increase in the number of available suppliers in the supply chain and/or the availability of in house manufacturing .

Michelle Harvey, Expert Services Consultant, aPriori

12:00 PM - 12:45 PM

Exploring aPriori's Cloud Solution: Migrating to the Cloud and Leveraging the Advantages It Offers

aPriori's cloud offering is a fully managed SaaS solution that offers streamlined workflows and increased capabilities. Learn how to efficiently utilize this solution to meet cost targets and speed up the design process. Discover what can be expected from our cloud solution and gain insight on transitioning to the cloud from an on-premise installation by reviewing best practices.

Emily Wright, Expert Services Consultant, aPriori

12:00 PM - 12:45 PM

Best Practices for Reducing Cost of Current Production Products

Do you or your users struggle to identify over-designed parts, or to prioritize their redesign time on the most value-add products? aPriori has a solution for engineers in the value engineering space that employs a curated selection of specific, value-add applications (plays) of aPriori. Specifically created to be used with the software out-of-the-box such to significantly reduce the time to value seen in using aPriori. Armed with the plays discussed, you will be able to quickly and efficiently drive cost out of products with aPriori throughout the VA/VE process.

Matt Roy, Expert Services Consultant, aPriori

12:00 PM - 12:45 PM

Fact-Based Negotiation - Step-by-Step Recipe for Success

Recommended practices for conducting collaborative, fact-based discussions with suppliers. Follow these steps and see your discussions with your suppliers become more fruitful in terms of increased savings and better relationships.

Abe Chaves, Principal Applied Services Consultant, aPriori

12:00 PM - 12:45 PM

How to Quickly Evaluate Multiple Sourcing Options

Increasing Throughput - Learn how aPriori's new matrix costing tools can help you work smarter, increase your efficiency and generate more success with cost reductions.

Paul Hesketh, EMEA Expert Services Team Lead, aPriori

12:00 PM - 12:45 PM

How to Track and Achieve Design-to-Cost Targets

See how aPriori's rich design feedback data and business intelligence cost tracking functionality can be used to effectively target design issues that can cause unnecessary part cost and commercialization delays - all while being clearly presented to engineering managers to guide effective prioritization.

Andy Clarke, Expert Services Consultant, aPriori

12:00 PM - 12:45 PM

Eliminating the Time-Consuming and Costly RFQ/Quoting Process

Eliminate the RFQ process by using aPriori cost estimates as the quoted price. Supplier teams can guarantee margin and establish a long-term business relationship while sourcing teams can get predictable pricing and visibility into cost drivers, and both teams will save a lot of time! Learn how to set up a Digital Factory in aPriori that represents your strategic suppliers.

Alex Armstrong, Expert Services Consultant

12:00 PM - 12:45 PM

Best Practices for Implementing DFM & DTC [for Prospective Customers]

Interested in reducing time to market for NPI projects and minimizing ECOs related to manufacturability and cost issues? In this session learn how DFM & DTC features in aPriori can help achieve these critical objectives without negatively impacting precious time for innovation.

Patrick Hartnett, Strategic Success Manager & Marc Bakuniec, Application Engineer

12:00 PM - 12:45 PM

Best Practices for Getting Started with aPriori in Sourcing [for Prospective Customers]

In this session you will learn how aPriori helps sourcing teams leverage manufacturing simulation data to quickly analyze a wide variety of cost effective sourcing options and negotiate more effectively with supply chain partners.

Nikita Shah, Sr. Customer Success Mgr & Daniel Patterson, Corporate Application Engineer

1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

[OPTIONAL] Usability Labs & Product Management Meetings

Schedule an appointment in our virtual conference platform with members of our Product Management team to provide feedback on the functionality of the current product and get a sneak peak at some new product concepts planned for future releases of the software. More details on how to schedule meetings will be provided in the week leading up to the show.

Product Management Team

5:00 PM - 5:45 PM

Live Entertainment | Digital Deception

Join us for an exciting evening of entertainment with Digital Deception. Using high-tech wizardry involving text messaging, phone calls, emails, and video, Digital Deception has built an arsenal of interactive magic that will confound and astound you. Featured on CNN Tech, Doug McKenzie and Ryan Oakes’ world-renowned blend of tech and magic allows participants to not only watch magic, but experience it firsthand – right on your screens, on your phones, and in your own hands. Invite your friends and family to join for what will undoubtedly be a fun-filled 45 minute show to cap off our first day of the Cost Insight Conference.

8:00 AM - 8:40 AM

aPriori Product Roadmap Presentation

In one of the premier highlights of the Cost Insight conference, hear aPriori's Chief Product Officer describe plans for delivery of some exciting new capabilities planned for future releases of the software.

Julie Driscoll, Chief Product Officer, aPriori

8:45 AM - 9:15 AM

Cost Collaborate from Check-In

A real time demonstration of a new product’s development using aPriori to collaborate across departments throughout the product’s life cycle – from initial design check in to manufacturability, cost, and sourcing analysis. Join a design engineer, sourcing professional, cost engineer, and project manager as they leverage Cost Insight Generate’s automated analysis and dive into aPriori’s suite of applications.

Mark Dignum, Barton Phinney, Nikita Shah, Samantha Scaglione, Team aPriori

9:20 AM - 9:50 AM

Incorporating Costing of Electronic Systems into Your Product Development Process

The cost for Electronics and Electrical Systems can have a significant impact on the cost of your entire product. In this session we will cover the capability to cost these systems standalone as a Printed Circuit Board Assembly or Wire Harness or as a part of an Electronic Assembly. We have made recent improvements to our data matching from Silicon Expert in our Electronic Data Collection tool that enables faster and more complete estimates for electronics assemblies. Our electronics toolset has also been enhanced with updates to our PCBA cost models, and we are excited to share our plan to include PCB costing as part of this suite coming in early 2021.

Stephanie Mills, Technical Consultant, aPriori

9:50 AM - 10:30 AM

Networking Break - Connect with Your Peers

Take some time to catch up with your colleagues by scheduling one-on-one or small group meetings within our Virtual Conference platforms. Find out what other companies are doing as part of their deployments. Interested in someone using aPriori for Electronics, our platform will let you search for people that have included that in their profile. Want to learn more about our latest Multi-Shot Injection Molding cost model, connect with a product manager.

10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Case Study - Working Collaboratively with Suppliers To Share Costs & Optimize Transparency

Harman International Industries is a manufacturer that produces, designs and engineers connected products for automakers, consumers and enterprises worldwide, including connected car systems; audio and visual products, enterprise automation; and connected services. In this presentation, Daniel Nagy will talk about how they have leveraged aPriori technology, along with a change in process and mindset, to significantly improve relationships and financial outcomes with key supply chain partners.

Daniel Nagy, Director, Best Cost Analytics

10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Aerospace Case Study

Our team is busy conspiring with customers in the aerospace industry to deliver a great case study.

Speaker TBA

10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Industrial Equipment Case Study

We are on the brink of a big announcement about a case study that will knock your socks off. Just getting final signoff from the customer. Stay tuned!

Speaker TBA

11:05 AM - 11:35 AM
11:05 AM - 11:35 AM

Automotive Manufacturers: Accelerating Vehicle Development with Manufacturing Cost Simulation

Government mandates for continued reduction in CO2 emissions is driving a shift from powering vehicles with traditional internal combustion engines to batteries and alternative fuels. This evolution in vehicle architecture introduces new manufacturing processes, lightweight design options and ever-increasing electronics content for vehicle management. In this session we’ll explore how aPriori can transform the digital development process to incorporate manufacturing and cost simulation to ensure new vehicles are launched on schedule and achieve profitability targets.

Steve Peck, Vice President, Application Engineering & Solutions, aPriori

11:05 AM - 11:35 AM

Aerospace Manufacturers: Navigating Through the Wake of COVID

Passenger air travel took a huge hit in 2020, but is expected to return to pre-pandemic levels in three years. Meanwhile the industry continues to become more competitive with newer entrants such as Comac and their narrow-body C919 entering the market in China. These challenges present unique opportunities for aerospace companies that embrace digital manufacturing. Learn about aPriori’s unique capabilities in aerospace and how we can help you succeed.

Craig Fischer, Product Manager, aPriori

11:05 AM - 11:35 AM

Heavy Industrial Equipment Manufacturers: How to Contain Costs without Impacting Time for Innovation

In a diverse industry with demanding customer requirements, regulations and safety considerations, how do we keep costs down without compromising sales revenue. We can look at ways in which we can take an unobtrusive approach to cost reduction - Creating 'breathing space' for innovation to protect or expand global market share

Dave McDermaid, Business Consulting Director, aPriori

11:45 AM - 12:45PM

Technology Showcase in the Exhibition Hall

11:45 AM - 12:45PM

aPriori for Suppliers

Learn how suppliers can leverage simulations within digital factories in order to win new business, stay competitive, and maintain margins.

Erik Osvold

11:45 AM - 12:45PM

Investment Casting

Overview and demonstration of the new Investment Casting Cost Model

Marc Bakuniec

11:45 AM - 12:45PM

Latest Advances in Machining

In This session we will explore the latest advances in stock machining including hex stock support, nesting in plate stock, improved cycle time estimates and more accurate tool diameter estimations.

Frank Iacoveli

11:45 AM - 12:45PM

Latest Advances in Plastic Molding

In this session, we will explore the latest advances in Plastics including: 2- Shot Molding, 3-Shot Molding, and Insert Molding. Geometry recognition and cost results will be discussed.

Daniel Patterson

11:45 AM - 12:45PM

Matrix Costing

Tired of simulating different manufacturing scenarios one by one? aPriori’s Matrix Costing provides manufacturing simulation for multiple production locations, annual volumes, and batch sizes in a single workflow. The functionality automatically evaluates all production combinations enabling more informed decision making with dramatically less effort compared to previous aPriori versions.

Matthew Hinshaw

11:45 AM - 12:45PM

Reports & Dashboards

This product demonstration will touch upon some out-of-the-box report options for both the sourcing and engineering teams. Next up, we will jump into the ad-hoc reporting data base and show some custom reports for sourcing and engineering, wrapping up with a dashboard example of how to combine multiple reports / data points to a single screen.

Patrick O'Brien

11:45 AM - 12:45PM

Simulating Manufacturing with Composites

For applications that require high strength and light weight, composites are often the material of choice. Fully understanding the manufacturing requirements and cost implications can help ensure the sucess of your project. In this session we'll demonstrate the latest capabilities to analyze a 3D CAD design and quickly simulate the build process and estimate the cost of a composite part.

Steve Peck

11:45 AM - 12:45PM

Intro to Sourcing [for Prospective Customers]

Basic principles and demonstration of how aPriori can be used to drive savings and lower supply chain risks (for prospective customers)

Abe Chaves

11:45 AM - 12:45PM

Intro to aPriori for Designers [for Prospective Customers]

Learn about the basic principles of how aPriori can help identify and eliminate cost drivers in the early stages of product design (for prospective customers)

Dave McDermaid

1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

[OPTIONAL] Usability Labs & Product Manager Meetings

Schedule an appointment with members of our Product Management team to provide feedback on the functionality of the current product and get a sneak peak at some new product concepts planned for future releases of the software. More information on how to schedule meetings will be provided in the week before the conference.

Product Management Team

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8:00 AM - 8:15 AM

Kickoff

Welcome to the 8th Annual Cost Insight Conference! Listen in to this opening address to gain valuable insight into the broad array of presentations, case studies and product oriented workshops that will be delivered at the 2020 Cost Insight Conference.

Rick Burke, VP Marketing, aPriori

8:20 AM - 8:50 AM

The Future of Manufacturing is Digital

The future of manufacturing is digital. Digital Twins. Digital Thread. Digital Factories. In this hallmark session of the Cost Insight conference, hear aPriori's CEO talk about the company's vision for working side-by-side with our customers to enable a digital transformation that will accelerate new product development and delivery, reduce manufacturing costs and maximize product profitability.

Stephanie Feraday, President & CEO, aPriori

8:55 AM - 9:25 PM

Case Study: Expanding from Cost Engineering into Design

Stay tuned for an exciting announcement about our lead-off case study.

Speaker TBA

9:30 AM - 10:00 AM

Case Study: Improving Your Ability to Negotiate Effectively with Supply Chain Partners

Solar Turbines, a wholly owned subsidiary of Caterpillar Inc., designs and manufactures industrial gas turbines for onshore and offshore electrical power generation, for marine propulsion and for producing, processing and transporting natural gas and oil. Join Craig Gerulski as he discusses how he and his team are using aPriori manufacturing simulation data to conduct more effective negotiation with suppliers, saving millions of dollars in the process.

Craig Gerulski, Supplier Technical Engineer, Caterpillar Solar Turbines

10:05 AM - 10:35 AM

Case Study: Cost Illumination at Signify

Signify is the world leader in connected LED lighting systems, software and services. Join this session to hear the Signify team share insights on their cloud-based installation of aPriori (PHILIPS, Hue, and interact brands) which has been running since 2019, with flagship business application of Software as a Solution (SaaS), across multiple business segments and component types. This includes pilot programs supported in R&D (DfM), procurement (RfX), and manufacturing (recent process models). Lessons learned by Signify will benefit all who attend.

Joris van den Boogaard, DFx Expert & Global Cost Master; Nat Jarvis, DfX Manager Europe, Supply & Process Innovation; Robert Ottens, DfX Expert Mechanical, Supply & Process Innovation

10:35 AM - 10:45 AM

Coffee Break

10:45 AM - 11:15 AM
10:45 AM - 11:15 AM

Case Study: Re-Inventing the Product Design Process

Learn how aPriori Customers are leveraging the platform to identify and eliminate manufacturing cost drivers early in the design lifecycle with design for manufacturability (DFM) and design to cost (DTC) capabilities.

Speaker TBA

10:45 AM - 11:15 AM

Case Study: Alstom Transportation "Zero RFQ" Process 1 Year Later

For those of you who were not able to attend the 2019 Cost Insight Conference, one of the highlights of the event was the presentation about the Zero RFQ process that was implemented at Alstom Transportation. This year, we will hear again from Sebastien Girardot about progress they've made in the past year. But this year, we will add a twist to the conversation. This year Sebastien will be accompanied by one of his suppliers in the United States who will talk about how the process has helped their company win more business, reduce costs and improve consistency of their bids.

Sebastien Girardot, aPriori Super User, Alstom Transportation

10:45 AM - 11:15 AM

Panel Discussion: Migrating to the Cloud

Since it's initial launch in 2019, aPriori's new Cost Insight web-based applications are being adopted by new customers at a rapid pace. Learn about why manufacturers are quickly migrating to the cloud so they can continue to develop innovative product designs no matter they are located.

Speaker TBA

11:20 AM - 11:50 AM
11:20 AM - 11:50 AM

Re-Inventing Your Product Design Process with aPriori

Learn how aPriori's hottest new products like Cost Insight Generate and Cost Insight Design help product teams identify and eliminate cost drivers early in the design process instead of waiting until the end of the design cycle for cost engineering to investigate and issue ECOs for problems identified.

Tobias Tauber, Enterprise Success Manager & Pat O'Brien, Director of Product Management, aPriori

11:20 AM - 11:50 AM

Creating More Strategic Supplier Relationships​

aPriori provides sourcing professionals with an extensive array of manufacturing data each time a new simulation is run. Learn how our customers are using this data to conduct more effective fact-based negotiations with suppliers that reduce product costs and improve profitability.

Speaker TBA

11:20 AM - 11:50 AM

Migrating to the Cloud

Connect anywhere and at anytime for manufacturing and cost insights across your enterprise with aPriori's secure scalable cloud platform. Collaborate with new role based applications for design and sourcing, and leverage automated workflows connected to your PLM system.

Carsten Hochmuth, PhD, Director of Product Management, aPriori

12:00 PM - 12:45 PM

Special Interest Groups

12:00 PM - 12:45 PM

Best Practices for Capacity Planning

How to analyze an incoming RFQ to understand the optimum routing and equipment necessary to make the parts. Identify the annual capacity constraints the bid package will require in order to reduce risk by ensuring you have enough capacity across all machines to deliver the order on time.

Evan Roux, Expert Services Consultant, aPriori

12:00 PM - 12:45 PM

Reducing Supply Chain Risk While Increasing Understanding of Available Regions, Suppliers and Routings

Do you know the cost impact of sourcing your parts via multiple suppliers, regions and available routings? Or, do you understand the cost impact of in-house manufacturing capabilities vs multiple suppliers? In this presentation you will learn how to evaluate new and existing sources and regions, reducing supply chain risk, and optimizing cost. We will also discuss how to aPriori provides the ability to analyze and review alternate process routings and/ or machines. This enables both the increase in the number of available suppliers in the supply chain and/or the availability of in house manufacturing .

Michelle Harvey, Expert Services Consultant, aPriori

12:00 PM - 12:45 PM

Exploring aPriori's Cloud Solution: Migrating to the Cloud and Leveraging the Advantages It Offers

aPriori's cloud offering is a fully managed SaaS solution that offers streamlined workflows and increased capabilities. Learn how to efficiently utilize this solution to meet cost targets and speed up the design process. Discover what can be expected from our cloud solution and gain insight on transitioning to the cloud from an on-premise installation by reviewing best practices.

Emily Wright, Expert Services Consultant, aPriori

12:00 PM - 12:45 PM

Best Practices for Reducing Cost of Current Production Products

Do you or your users struggle to identify over-designed parts, or to prioritize their redesign time on the most value-add products? aPriori has a solution for engineers in the value engineering space that employs a curated selection of specific, value-add applications (plays) of aPriori. Specifically created to be used with the software out-of-the-box such to significantly reduce the time to value seen in using aPriori. Armed with the plays discussed, you will be able to quickly and efficiently drive cost out of products with aPriori throughout the VA/VE process.

Matt Roy, Expert Services Consultant, aPriori

12:00 PM - 12:45 PM

Fact-Based Negotiation - Step-by-Step Recipe for Success

Recommended practices for conducting collaborative, fact-based discussions with suppliers. Follow these steps and see your discussions with your suppliers become more fruitful in terms of increased savings and better relationships.

Abe Chaves, Principal Applied Services Consultant, aPriori

12:00 PM - 12:45 PM

How to Quickly Evaluate Multiple Sourcing Options

Increasing Throughput - Learn how aPriori's new matrix costing tools can help you work smarter, increase your efficiency and generate more success with cost reductions.

Paul Hesketh, EMEA Expert Services Team Lead, aPriori

12:00 PM - 12:45 PM

How to Track and Achieve Design-to-Cost Targets

See how aPriori's rich design feedback data and business intelligence cost tracking functionality can be used to effectively target design issues that can cause unnecessary part cost and commercialization delays - all while being clearly presented to engineering managers to guide effective prioritization.

Andy Clarke, Expert Services Consultant, aPriori

12:00 PM - 12:45 PM

Eliminating the Time-Consuming and Costly RFQ/Quoting Process

Eliminate the RFQ process by using aPriori cost estimates as the quoted price. Supplier teams can guarantee margin and establish a long-term business relationship while sourcing teams can get predictable pricing and visibility into cost drivers, and both teams will save a lot of time! Learn how to set up a Digital Factory in aPriori that represents your strategic suppliers.

Alex Armstrong, Expert Services Consultant

12:00 PM - 12:45 PM

Best Practices for Implementing DFM & DTC [for Prospective Customers]

Interested in reducing time to market for NPI projects and minimizing ECOs related to manufacturability and cost issues? In this session learn how DFM & DTC features in aPriori can help achieve these critical objectives without negatively impacting precious time for innovation.

Patrick Hartnett, Strategic Success Manager & Marc Bakuniec, Application Engineer

12:00 PM - 12:45 PM

Best Practices for Getting Started with aPriori in Sourcing [for Prospective Customers]

In this session you will learn how aPriori helps sourcing teams leverage manufacturing simulation data to quickly analyze a wide variety of cost effective sourcing options and negotiate more effectively with supply chain partners.

Nikita Shah, Sr. Customer Success Mgr & Daniel Patterson, Corporate Application Engineer

1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

[OPTIONAL] Usability Labs & Product Management Meetings

Schedule an appointment in our virtual conference platform with members of our Product Management team to provide feedback on the functionality of the current product and get a sneak peak at some new product concepts planned for future releases of the software. More details on how to schedule meetings will be provided in the week leading up to the show.

Product Management Team

5:00 PM - 5:45 PM

Live Entertainment | Digital Deception

Join us for an exciting evening of entertainment with Digital Deception. Using high-tech wizardry involving text messaging, phone calls, emails, and video, Digital Deception has built an arsenal of interactive magic that will confound and astound you. Featured on CNN Tech, Doug McKenzie and Ryan Oakes’ world-renowned blend of tech and magic allows participants to not only watch magic, but experience it firsthand – right on your screens, on your phones, and in your own hands. Invite your friends and family to join for what will undoubtedly be a fun-filled 45 minute show to cap off our first day of the Cost Insight Conference.

  • Legend:
  • Track 1
  • Track 2
  • Track 3
  • Speaker
  • Room Location
8:00 AM - 8:40 AM

aPriori Product Roadmap Presentation

In one of the premier highlights of the Cost Insight conference, hear aPriori's Chief Product Officer describe plans for delivery of some exciting new capabilities planned for future releases of the software.

Julie Driscoll, Chief Product Officer, aPriori

8:45 AM - 9:15 AM

Cost Collaborate from Check-In

A real time demonstration of a new product’s development using aPriori to collaborate across departments throughout the product’s life cycle – from initial design check in to manufacturability, cost, and sourcing analysis. Join a design engineer, sourcing professional, cost engineer, and project manager as they leverage Cost Insight Generate’s automated analysis and dive into aPriori’s suite of applications.

Mark Dignum, Barton Phinney, Nikita Shah, Samantha Scaglione, Team aPriori

9:20 AM - 9:50 AM

Incorporating Costing of Electronic Systems into Your Product Development Process

The cost for Electronics and Electrical Systems can have a significant impact on the cost of your entire product. In this session we will cover the capability to cost these systems standalone as a Printed Circuit Board Assembly or Wire Harness or as a part of an Electronic Assembly. We have made recent improvements to our data matching from Silicon Expert in our Electronic Data Collection tool that enables faster and more complete estimates for electronics assemblies. Our electronics toolset has also been enhanced with updates to our PCBA cost models, and we are excited to share our plan to include PCB costing as part of this suite coming in early 2021.

Stephanie Mills, Technical Consultant, aPriori

9:50 AM - 10:30 AM

Networking Break - Connect with Your Peers

Take some time to catch up with your colleagues by scheduling one-on-one or small group meetings within our Virtual Conference platforms. Find out what other companies are doing as part of their deployments. Interested in someone using aPriori for Electronics, our platform will let you search for people that have included that in their profile. Want to learn more about our latest Multi-Shot Injection Molding cost model, connect with a product manager.

10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Case Study - Working Collaboratively with Suppliers To Share Costs & Optimize Transparency

Harman International Industries is a manufacturer that produces, designs and engineers connected products for automakers, consumers and enterprises worldwide, including connected car systems; audio and visual products, enterprise automation; and connected services. In this presentation, Daniel Nagy will talk about how they have leveraged aPriori technology, along with a change in process and mindset, to significantly improve relationships and financial outcomes with key supply chain partners.

Daniel Nagy, Director, Best Cost Analytics

10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Aerospace Case Study

Our team is busy conspiring with customers in the aerospace industry to deliver a great case study.

Speaker TBA

10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Industrial Equipment Case Study

We are on the brink of a big announcement about a case study that will knock your socks off. Just getting final signoff from the customer. Stay tuned!

Speaker TBA

11:05 AM - 11:35 AM
11:05 AM - 11:35 AM

Automotive Manufacturers: Accelerating Vehicle Development with Manufacturing Cost Simulation

Government mandates for continued reduction in CO2 emissions is driving a shift from powering vehicles with traditional internal combustion engines to batteries and alternative fuels. This evolution in vehicle architecture introduces new manufacturing processes, lightweight design options and ever-increasing electronics content for vehicle management. In this session we’ll explore how aPriori can transform the digital development process to incorporate manufacturing and cost simulation to ensure new vehicles are launched on schedule and achieve profitability targets.

Steve Peck, Vice President, Application Engineering & Solutions, aPriori

11:05 AM - 11:35 AM

Aerospace Manufacturers: Navigating Through the Wake of COVID

Passenger air travel took a huge hit in 2020, but is expected to return to pre-pandemic levels in three years. Meanwhile the industry continues to become more competitive with newer entrants such as Comac and their narrow-body C919 entering the market in China. These challenges present unique opportunities for aerospace companies that embrace digital manufacturing. Learn about aPriori’s unique capabilities in aerospace and how we can help you succeed.

Craig Fischer, Product Manager, aPriori

11:05 AM - 11:35 AM

Heavy Industrial Equipment Manufacturers: How to Contain Costs without Impacting Time for Innovation

In a diverse industry with demanding customer requirements, regulations and safety considerations, how do we keep costs down without compromising sales revenue. We can look at ways in which we can take an unobtrusive approach to cost reduction - Creating 'breathing space' for innovation to protect or expand global market share

Dave McDermaid, Business Consulting Director, aPriori

11:45 AM - 12:45PM

Technology Showcase in the Exhibition Hall

11:45 AM - 12:45PM

aPriori for Suppliers

Learn how suppliers can leverage simulations within digital factories in order to win new business, stay competitive, and maintain margins.

Erik Osvold

11:45 AM - 12:45PM

Investment Casting

Overview and demonstration of the new Investment Casting Cost Model

Marc Bakuniec

11:45 AM - 12:45PM

Latest Advances in Machining

In This session we will explore the latest advances in stock machining including hex stock support, nesting in plate stock, improved cycle time estimates and more accurate tool diameter estimations.

Frank Iacoveli

11:45 AM - 12:45PM

Latest Advances in Plastic Molding

In this session, we will explore the latest advances in Plastics including: 2- Shot Molding, 3-Shot Molding, and Insert Molding. Geometry recognition and cost results will be discussed.

Daniel Patterson

11:45 AM - 12:45PM

Matrix Costing

Tired of simulating different manufacturing scenarios one by one? aPriori’s Matrix Costing provides manufacturing simulation for multiple production locations, annual volumes, and batch sizes in a single workflow. The functionality automatically evaluates all production combinations enabling more informed decision making with dramatically less effort compared to previous aPriori versions.

Matthew Hinshaw

11:45 AM - 12:45PM

Reports & Dashboards

This product demonstration will touch upon some out-of-the-box report options for both the sourcing and engineering teams. Next up, we will jump into the ad-hoc reporting data base and show some custom reports for sourcing and engineering, wrapping up with a dashboard example of how to combine multiple reports / data points to a single screen.

Patrick O'Brien

11:45 AM - 12:45PM

Simulating Manufacturing with Composites

For applications that require high strength and light weight, composites are often the material of choice. Fully understanding the manufacturing requirements and cost implications can help ensure the sucess of your project. In this session we'll demonstrate the latest capabilities to analyze a 3D CAD design and quickly simulate the build process and estimate the cost of a composite part.

Steve Peck

11:45 AM - 12:45PM

Intro to Sourcing [for Prospective Customers]

Basic principles and demonstration of how aPriori can be used to drive savings and lower supply chain risks (for prospective customers)

Abe Chaves

11:45 AM - 12:45PM

Intro to aPriori for Designers [for Prospective Customers]

Learn about the basic principles of how aPriori can help identify and eliminate cost drivers in the early stages of product design (for prospective customers)

Dave McDermaid

1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

[OPTIONAL] Usability Labs & Product Manager Meetings

Schedule an appointment with members of our Product Management team to provide feedback on the functionality of the current product and get a sneak peak at some new product concepts planned for future releases of the software. More information on how to schedule meetings will be provided in the week before the conference.

Product Management Team