User Guided Costing

No CAD Model? You’re Covered With Apriori User-Guided Costing

aPriori provides powerful user-guided costing capability to perform comprehensive cost estimation and analysis on parts that do not have associated CAD models.

This is useful in a number of applications such as:

  • Early design phase products when design concepts and specifications can be evaluated for costs and manufacturability before committing resources.
  • Legacy parts, and parts within assemblies that do not have 3D CAD models.
  • Electrical components and wire harnesses that are not modeled in 3D CAD.
  • 3D CAD models of specialized components with unique geometry requiring unique production environments

aPriori’s User Guided Costing is a useful complement to the automated 3D CAD costing capabilities. By combining both costing approaches, customers can develop bottom-up costs for complicated product assemblies that are comprised of carry over parts, new product designs modeled in 3D CAD and parts from suppliers that may have no CAD model.

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THE APRIORI USER GUIDED COSTING METHODOLOGY

USER FRIENDLY CONFIGURATION FOR OUTSTANDING RESULTS

User Input

User inputs give the user guided cost model the information it needs to accurately cost the part. These inputs are used in user-defined formulas to measure process variables and bottom up cost. Examples of user inputs are material dimensions and inputs that define cycle time.

ROUTING STRUCTURE

The routing structure defines possible routings and processes available in the manufacturing cost model. The routing structure specifies rules to determine routings that will be automatically evaluated, alternative available routings, and both mandatory and optional processes in each routing.

MATERIALS

Materials and their specifications can be added to the Virtual Production Environment (VPE) and utilized by the user defined cost model to cost the part. Examples of material specifications include its type (steel, aluminum, etc.), cost/unit, density, and scrap/unit.

MACHINES

Machines can be defined for each process in the user defined cost model, and a process can have multiple machines with appropriate machine selection logic defined to determine the machine selected for the process. Machine specifications can be added and removed as needed.

FORMULAS & FIXED VARIABLES

User inputs along with fixed variables are used in defined formulas to calculate essential process attributes such as cycle time and labor time, and cost outputs such as labor costs and overhead costs. Fixed variables are defined values used in process calculations.

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