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Product Cost Managment Provides Visibility, Consistency & Throughput for the Entire Product Team

Watch our Enterprise Product Cost Management video to see our Vision of how aPriori can be deployed and successfully utilized across the entire product lifecycle.

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Whitepapers

European Automotive Facts and Myths: Recessions and Emissions versus Efficiency and Technology

The European automotive industry remains in fragile recovery as the region continues to recover from widespread recent recession. And yet Europe is still a bright crucible for the production of new vehicles.

How Automotive Manufacturers Can Navigate the Cost of Increased Government Regulation

New laws enacted in recent years in both North America and Europe require automotive manufacturers to meet increasingly stringent standards for fuel efficiency, vehicle emissions and vehicle weight on many new models. This paper discusses these issues and their impact and lays out strategies to help automotive manufacturers navigate the cost impact of these requirements across the entire product development process.

Creating a Profit-Centric Business Culture

Many companies lack adequate Product Cost Management capabilities and do not have a corporate-wide focus on increasing overall profit. This paper will discuss the foundations for creating a corporate-wide
culture of profit.

The Anatomy of Product Cost

Manufacturing a component requires tangible physical resources — the material mass, the labor time, time on machines, life of tools, machines, factories, energy, shipping, warehousing costs, and a whole lot more. The fair-market economic cost of these resources, in a truly efficient market, with zero mark-up at any point in the supplier chain is the True Economic Cost of manufacturing the item.   Learn more about the Anatomy of Cost in this whitepaper.

Improving the Quality of Product Cost

Many people evaluating Product Cost Management systems obsess about how accurate is the system.  Learn about the difference between Accuracy and Precision and how the later is far more important to establishing a reliable, repeatable product cost management program at your company.

Reducing Cost of Goods Sold with Product Cost Management

Learn about how reducing Cost of Goods Sold (COGS) can have a profound impact on the financial results of your company, and improve your competitiveness in a challenging global conomic environment.

New Product Introductions (NPI) and Target Costs

New Product development Initiative (NPI) often mean increasing pressure to develop products within specific cost, weight, market and quality targets under very tight timeframes. Learn how a modern Product Cost Management solution can help you address these challenges.

What Will My Design Cost to Produce?

When you are working in your CAD program, every change you make to a design has an impact — positive or negative — on how much producing the finished product will cost.  Learn how Product Cost Management can help you very quickly understand what your Design will cost to produce.

Are You Overpaying for Your Outsourced Parts?

With few sourcing personnel, complex dynamics and grueling deadline pressures, it is nearly impossible for companies to know if they are paying the best possible price on every one of their outsourced parts.  Learn about how Product Cost Management helps Sourcing teams avoid overpaying for outsourced parts.

Reducing Current Product Costs: Challenges & Opportunities

Product Cost Management systems help you to identify the parts with the highest potential for cost savings, investigate various design, manufacturing or sourcing alternatives and quickly the cost savings opportunities they can provide.  Learn more about how this works in this whitepaper.

Controlling the Cost of Tooling in Your Manufacturing Environment

Large tooling expenses are a significant capital expense for many discrete manufacturers, especially in automotive, industrial equipment and consumer goods.  Learn how Product Cost Management systems help you to understand and control tooling costs.

Implementing an Effective Product Cost Management Program

The benefits of a systematic product cost management program are significant, yet many manufacturers struggle to implement these initiatives effectively. This paper discusses some of the obstacles involved and outlines key considerations and best practices for initiating an effective product cost management program

The Network Effect and its Impact on Product Cost & Cycle Time

In economics and business, the Network Effect is the impact that one user of a good or service has on the value of that product to other people. When the network effect is present, the value of a product or service is amplified as the number of other people using the product increases.  Learn how Product Cost Management can help your network improve.

Datasheets

Conference Room Pilot

aPriori’s Conference Room Pilot (CRP) is a short-term, proof-of-concept engagement with our team of expert consultants which confirms the value of the aPriori Enterprise Cost Management Platform prior to a larger scale deployment. Usually completed over four days, a Conference Room Pilot applies aPriori’s enterprise product cost management system and process to an organization’s own people, parts and facilities to find real savings in product costs.

Manufacturing Processes

aPriori supports costing for a wide range of discrete manufacturing processes. This datasheet provides an overview of the processes currently supported.

Spend Analytics Service

aPriori’s Spend Analytics service helps companies identify cost outliers from groups of hundreds or even thousands of parts. The outliers represent those parts that have the highest likelihood of producing a significant cost reduction for your company.

Project Cost Tracking

Project Cost Tracking (PCT) is an enterprise costing solution brought to you by aPriori. With Project Cost Tracking, you can easily automate the aggregation and analytics of granular cost data to offer real-time cost visibility for entire products, enabling a new breed of informed critical business decisions.

Cost Model Work Bench

aPriori’s Cost Model Work Bench (CMWB) provides customers with the capability to configure the cost model logic included within baseline VPEs to match that of an internal manufacturing environment, a specific supplier or a group of regional suppliers. The CMWB also provides customers with the capability to create their own cost models to represent manufacturing processes not available in aPriori baseline VPEs.

Regional VPEs – Data & Assumptions

This document provides detailed information on the data sources and cost model assumptions that are included as part of aPriori regional baseline VPEs.

Bulk Cost & Analysis

The aPriori Bulk Costing and Analysis Module provides a set of powerful yet easy-to-use tools for costing and analyzing large groups of components. To learn more, download this datasheet.

Cost Insight

aPriori Cost Insight delivers an enterprise quality business intelligence solution providing your employees with the information necessary to make faster more informed decisions

Product Overview

aPriori’s modular software enables manufacturers to scale deployments to match their enterprise product cost management (EPCM) initiative requirements with a variety of flexible software modules.

Subscription Maintenance Services

Leverage the expertise of aPriori Professional Services consultants to advance your product cost management
program and maximize the value of your aPriori investment.

Videos and Demos

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Case Study: Going Global with ThyssenKrupp Elevators

Mattijn deGraaf talks about their strategic approach to implementing a consistent enterprise product cost management strategy across their global R&D organization using aPriori’ technology platform and expert services as the foundation for achieving their vision.

Examples of benefits described include:

  • Why aPriori – Mattijn describes the specific reasons why they chose to partner with aPriori after evaluating all major PDM solutions
  • Product Cost Savings – hear about the initial business case where TKE saved almost $50,000 on a simple project to evaluate design alternatives for a bracket
  • Implementation Support – aPriori’s expert Professional Services are a critical element to every deployment.  Listen how TKE formed a strategic business partnership with aPriori’s PS team to achieve success in their initial rollout.
  • Going Global – Mr. deGraaf describes the current status of their deployment after several years of using aPriori, with more than 100 system users, deployed at 13 R&D centers located in countries across the globe.
  • Future Plans – Learn about how TKE plans to push the success of their deployment even further by expanding their deployment to other organizations with the company, and how they are planning to implement an advanced reporting system that will keep Executive Management informed of Product Profitability trends.

Video Length: 7 minutes, 39 seconds

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Whirlpool Corporation – Customer Case Study

David Ondrias of Whirlpool Corporation talks about their strategic approach to enterprise product cost management using aPriori’ technology platform and expert services as the foundation for achieving their vision.

Examples of benefits described include:

  • Faster Wire Harness Costing – Whirlpool can now cost wire harnesses 96X faster than with their previous system
  • PCBA Costing – David describes how aPriori has helped them accelerate PCBA costing from 3 days down to 1 hour
  • Technical Support – aPriori has provided exceptional technical support across all their implementations around the globe
  • Consistency – migrating from their former Desktop solution to aPriori’s Enterprise Product Cost Management platform has enabled consistency of costing practices across all product teams around the globe

Video Length: 4 minutes, 27 seconds

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American Axle & Manufacturing – Customer Case Study

Ravi Desai of American Axle & Manufacturing (AAM) talks about their strategic approach to enterprise product cost management using aPriori’ technology platform and expert services as the foundation for achieving their vision.

Examples of benefits described include:

  • Faster Cost Estimates – the ability to rapidly generate cost estimates during the earliest design phases is critical to achieving AAM’s enterprise PCM vision
  • Architectural Design Studies -aPriori’s capability to rapidly generate cost estimates from a 3D CAD model now enable AAM to quickly understand the cost differences between design alternatives
  • Material Cost Optimization – one of the key benefits aPriori is delivering for AAM is the ability to refine designs and produce significant material cost savingsPlatform for All Members of the Cost Request Process – aPriori enables product team members from Sales, Engineering, Sourcing and Manufacturing to understand cost implications of key decisions at every step of the product lifecycle

Video Length: 12 minutes, 14 seconds

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Honeywell Aerospace – Customer Success Video

Bret Armstrong of Honeywell Aerospace talks about 3 different examples of how his company has driven significant value through their deployment of aPriori’s enterprise product cost management platform.

Examples of benefits described include:

  • 12% Savings on collaborative cost engineering & mechanical design project to cost down sheet metal component
  • Fact-Based Negotiation significantly improved with strategic suppliers
  • 15% Savings on joint project between cost engineering & mechanical design to cost down machined forging component
  • 28% Savings on complex new product design for a ladder assembly
  • Design for Manufacturing benefits of aPriori

Video Length: 5 minutes, 45 seconds

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NMHG Customer Success Video

Rick Goldsmith of NMHG talks about how aPriori has been consistently delivering value to their organization since they became a customer in 2006.

Benefits discussed include:

  • Reduced Cycle Time – no more waiting for Quotes to come back from Purchasing or Suppliers for new product designs
  • Rapid Time to Value – new users are almost immediately productive (new user identifies savings of $60,000 in 30 minutes)
  • Global Expansion – smooth expansion of aPriori to users at 8 different sites around the globe over the past 9 years as a customer

Video Length:  2 minutes 12 seconds

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Cost Insight Overview Video

aPriori’s Cost Insight provides Executives and Program/Project Managers with visibility into cost trends and status of projects via configurable reports and dashboards.  Learn more by watching this short overview video.

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User Guided Costing Demo

For those use cases where you need to calculate a cost estimate, and you don’t have a 3D CAD model, aPriori can provide User Guided Costing.  Watch how this flexible cost modeling solution can help your costing program in this short overview video.

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Our Vision of Enterprise Product Cost Management

Watch this short video to learn about aPriori’s vision of how product cost management should be deployed across your entire enterprise to help team’s collaborate on important tradeoff decisions.

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Costing without Complexity

Watch this short video to see how aPriori Product Cost Management can help you reduce product costs

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Using Product Cost Analytics to Keep Engineering on Schedule and Budget

Hear Michelle Boucher of Aberdeen discuss the findings of their comprehensive research study that describes how industry leaders are leveraing Product Cost Management to improve time to market and profitability.

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Reduce Product Costs with aPriori

This video provides a general overview of how the aPriori Product Cost Management platform helps leading manufacturers reduce product costs.

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Launch New Products at or Below Target Cost

aPriori’s Product Cost Management platform helps companies launch new products at or below target cost by giving them real-time feedback on every single design change they are considering, as they are considering making the change.

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Maximize Savings on Redesign Projects

For re-design projects, aPriori provides design engineers with instant cost feedback as they attempt to cost-reduce production parts. Designers can simply load parts to see what they cost today and then evaluate cost-saving, alternative designs using aPriori’s precise product cost information

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Avoid Overpaying for Outsourced Parts

aPriori makes it possible for companies to ensure consistently optimal pricing for their outsourced parts and products. With aPriori’s real-time product cost information, sourcing professionals always know precisely how much a part or product “should cost” to produce

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Increase the Speed & Accuracy of RFQ Responses

OEMs are looking to outsource business to suppliers, but demand accurate and detailed quotations. From the supplier’s perspective, it’s challenging to keep up with the number of business opportunities because generating accurate and detailed quotations is a manual, resource-intensive process. With aPriori, the time required to generate a detailed cost estimate can be reduced from days to minutes.

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How aPriori Works

Learn the basics about how aPriori produces a detailed cost estimate with a just a few basic inputs in just a few seconds.

Case Studies

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ThyssenKrupp Elevator Case Study

Mattijn deGraaf talks about their strategic approach to implementing a consistent enterprise product cost management strategy across their global R&D organization using aPriori’ technology platform and expert services as the foundation for achieving their vision.

Examples of benefits described include:

  • Why aPriori – Mattijn describes the specific reasons why they chose to partner with aPriori after evaluating all major PDM solutions
  • Product Cost Savings – hear about the initial business case where TKE saved almost $50,000 on a simple project to evaluate design alternatives for a bracket
  • Implementation Support – aPriori’s expert Professional Services are a critical element to every deployment.  Listen how TKE formed a strategic business partnership with aPriori’s PS team to achieve success in their initial rollout.
  • Going Global – Mr. deGraaf describes the current status of their deployment after several years of using aPriori, with more than 100 system users, deployed at 13 R&D centers located in countries across the globe.
  • Future Plans – Learn about how TKE plans to push the success of their deployment even further by expanding their deployment to other organizations with the company, and how they are planning to implement an advanced reporting system that will keep Executive Management informed of Product Profitability trends.

Video Length: 7 minutes, 39 seconds

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Whirlpool Corporation – Customer Case Study

David Ondrias of Whirlpool Corporation talks about their strategic approach to enterprise product cost management using aPriori’ technology platform and expert services as the foundation for achieving their vision.

Examples of benefits described include:

  • Faster Wire Harness Costing – Whirlpool can now cost wire harnesses 96X faster than with their previous system
  • PCBA Costing – David describes how aPriori has helped them accelerate PCBA costing from 3 days down to 1 hour
  • Technical Support – aPriori has provided exceptional technical support across all their implementations around the globe
  • Consistency – migrating from their former Desktop solution to aPriori’s Enterprise Product Cost Management platform has enabled consistency of costing practices across all product teams around the globe

Video Length: 4 minutes, 27 seconds

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American Axle & Manufacturing – Customer Case Study

Ravi Desai of American Axle & Manufacturing (AAM) talks about their strategic approach to enterprise product cost management using aPriori’ technology platform and expert services as the foundation for achieving their vision.

Examples of benefits described include:

  • Faster Cost Estimates – the ability to rapidly generate cost estimates during the earliest design phases is critical to achieving AAM’s enterprise PCM vision
  • Architectural Design Studies -aPriori’s capability to rapidly generate cost estimates from a 3D CAD model now enable AAM to quickly understand the cost differences between design alternatives
  • Material Cost Optimization – one of the key benefits aPriori is delivering for AAM is the ability to refine designs and produce significant material cost savingsPlatform for All Members of the Cost Request Process – aPriori enables product team members from Sales, Engineering, Sourcing and Manufacturing to understand cost implications of key decisions at every step of the product lifecycle

Video Length: 12 minutes, 14 seconds

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Honeywell Aerospace – Customer Success Video

Bret Armstrong of Honeywell Aerospace talks about 3 different examples of how his company has driven significant value through their deployment of aPriori’s enterprise product cost management platform.

Examples of benefits described include:

  • 12% Savings on collaborative cost engineering & mechanical design project to cost down sheet metal component
  • Fact-Based Negotiation significantly improved with strategic suppliers
  • 15% Savings on joint project between cost engineering & mechanical design to cost down machined forging component
  • 28% Savings on complex new product design for a ladder assembly
  • Design for Manufacturing benefits of aPriori

Video Length: 5 minutes, 45 seconds

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NMHG Customer Success Video

Rick Goldsmith of NMHG talks about how aPriori has been consistently delivering value to their organization since they became a customer in 2006.

Benefits discussed include:

  • Reduced Cycle Time – no more waiting for Quotes to come back from Purchasing or Suppliers for new product designs
  • Rapid Time to Value – new users are almost immediately productive (new user identifies savings of $60,000 in 30 minutes)
  • Global Expansion – smooth expansion of aPriori to users at 8 different sites around the globe over the past 9 years as a customer

Video Length:  2 minutes 12 seconds

ThyssenKrupp Elevator Americas Reduces Product Costs with aPriori

Detailed cost visibility across the product development lifecycle drives cost efficiencies, accelerates time to market.  Learn more in this case study

NMHG Drives Down Product Costs with aPriori

Product cost management platform provides key insights to help lift product innovation and accelerates time to market.  Learn more in this case study.

SFI Speeds Response Times and Business Growth with aPriori

More accurate and timely project quoting sets SFI apart from its competition.

aPriori Customer Use Case eBook

This compilation of Customer Use Cases documents millions of dollars of savings our customers have realized by implementing aPriori across their product development, sourcing and manufacturing teams.

Semiconductor Equipment Manufacturer Gains Double Digit % Savings on Parts Using aPriori

Early cost visibility identifies big savings on machined and cast parts

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