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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


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


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

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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.

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aPriori Customer Use Case eBook

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

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