Virtual Production

Digital Factories Simulate Real World Product Manufacturing

aPriori Virtual Production Environment (VPE)

World Class Factory Simulations Deliver Benefits From Design Through Manufacturing

The aPriori VPE gives both design firms and manufacturing firms valuable information upon which to base their design and manufacturing decisions.

Improve Manufacturability Early in the Design Phase

Use VPEs for directional costing and give design teams and engineers an incentive to design for manufacturability (DFM), reduce engineering change orders (ECOs), and launch products on schedule.

Real-World Manufacturing Simulation

Compare production environments across an extensive range of manufacturing criteria to evaluate fully burdened manufacturing costs and inform site selection. For a given product design, use VPEs to identify and select cheaper raw materials, cheaper manufacturing processes offering faster cycle times, and alternative finishing options.

Data-Driven Factory Site Selection

Choose factory locations and configurations that offer the lowest manufacturing costs to manufacture parts and assemblies.

Inform Strategic Decision Making

Expedite make-vs-buy decisions with detailed cost estimates generated for different manufacturing environments represented by VPEs.

Real World Factory Configurations Simulate Real World Manufacturing Environments

Design firms and contract manufacturers can configure a VPE for every production site available to the firm. The Virtual Production Process Logic uses Geometric Cost Drivers (such as part features, size, weight, tolerances, and surface finish) and Non-Geometric Cost Drivers (such as material, process group, factory, and production volumes) to compute physical costs. Physical costs are utilized by the Cost Model Logic to calculate the financial cost of producing the part or assembly.

  • Manufacturing Process Groups, Processes and Routings

    Manufacturing processes, and sub-processes that can be performed at the factory, and the allowable sequences of these processes.

  • Manufacturing Feasibility Rules

    Rules that determine whether a given process, machine, or entire routing is applicable to a certain part or assembly.

  • Materials

    Material compositions available to the factory (e.g. 1020 cold-rolled steel, ABS 30% glass, etc.), their forms (e.g. bar, sheet, billet, etc.), sizes (e.g. 2000mm x 1000mm sheet), and costs (e.g. $1.30/kg).

  • Machines, Machine Capabilities, and Constraints

    Machine specifications such as speeds, feeds, yields, material utilization, and maximum stock dimensions.

  • Machine Time Standard Information

    Machine setup time, operator utilization ratios and other time standards enable the aPriori Process Engine to compute labor time.

  • Machine and Tooling Accounting Rates

    Accounting rates such as labor rates, overhead rates, and tool component costs for each machine or tool shop. These rates are used by the Cost Model Logic to calculate fully burdened costs.

Simulate Manufacturing Environments Across the World

Regional Data Libraries for Geographically-Dispersed Factories

Utilize aPriori’s Regional Data Libraries to evaluate manufacturability and estimate fully burdened product manufacturing costs in up to 79 different regions around the world.

Faster Time to Value with Starting Point VPEs

Modify aPriori starting point VPEs to fit regional manufacturing criteria like material types, labor rates, shop floor skill sets, fixed and variable costs, among others.

Advanced VPE Customization

Use the aPriori Cost Model Workbench to build and edit cost models and VPE logic such as routings, tooling, material, and cost calculations.


Product Cost Estimation in Global Currencies

Estimate product costs in location-specific currencies for individual factory sites.

Benefit from Production and Supply Chain Efficiencies

Determine production efficiencies with the use of overlay VPEs configured with costing logic, materials, machines, and tool shops from other VPEs.

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