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aPriori Product Cost Management

On the fly costing is one of the good things aPriori has. Once the engineer does the design, he can check the cost immediately. So the cost avoidance part is very good. An engineer can optimize the design to cost. This helps to avoid engineering wasting time and supplier settlements will happen on time. The negotiations also will be very much fact based & supplier agreement happens faster.
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I work for a contract manufacture and we use Arena for all changes to BOM. This is helpful for customer owned designs and our in house designs. Any company that needs to keep tight revision control of a product should use Arena. It also gives approved employees access to files and documents important to the product.
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Pros

  • Sheet Metal-Process Group, Transfer Die is at the Best, which gives detailed operation setup for the Parts as well as shows the number of parts in the Sheet i.e nested Loop thereby reducing the Scrap as well (Scrap Management)
  • Forging-Steel: Very good for for medium and complex medium Hot Forging type parts. Machine overhead data is very detailed where facts are used for the negotiation i.e Electricity Rate, Power, Labour Rate, Maintenance rate, etc.
  • Surface Treatment / Other Secondary Process such as powder coating, wet coat, electro plating: These all work well. We can also use masking options the treatment, In the event of of any leak tests or X-Ray inspections, we can add the process which will then account the pre/post operation time for the treatments
  • 2-Model Machining: Machines and routing combinations are huge and can be used to determine the most economic way to produce these parts. We can also override to find the supplier methodology and cost. It gives very detailed information on the feed rate, speed rate, and power capacity.
  • Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerating (GD&T) can be added on the GCD's which will help detect the super finishing process, which is another advantage. In the current 2016 R2 SP, aPriori can detect it from the CAD Models
  • Design to Cost feature, provides the design engineers as well as cost engineers to understand the which feature take most cycle time and whether changing that feature reduces the complexity in machining thereby cycle time can be reduced
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  • Links between requests, changes, and parts are easy to view and audit.
  • Files are easy to attach for engineers and easy to find for everyone.
  • Notifications for changes and required actions are sent to the right people.
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Cons

  • Investment Casting Model: We have a basic model where we have captured all the processes involved, but when logic is being missed in the same in process, we have to fine-tune it to make it as effective as other process groups.
  • Powder Metal technology: Similarly, we need more process setup options in order to provide more logic for manufacturing. It does have the basic manufacturing setup
  • Mass Volume Machining: Transfer machines, swiss lathes need to be incorporated for Mass and high-speed machining
  • Forging: Hollow Forging as well as forging of Non-Ferrous metal need to addressed as the Forging cost is too high
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  • BOMs... Too many standard BOMs that don't show you the whole picture. Sourcing, Costing, and Purchasing BOMs should NOT be 3 separate things.
  • BOMs... customization to show exactly what you want (or exactly what a particular vendor requires) is simply not possible because the fields allowed for customizing your BOM are woeful
  • Costs, especially with new designs, are too confusing for most users. We find it hard to view a rolled-up cost estimate for a new BOM because a sub-assembly somewhere got accidentally set to 'quoted + rolled-up' - which is useless and completely screws up costing.
  • Options for exporting data. Assumption seems to be made that you will just set up your supplier with access to your Arena workplace and everything will work well. When you have a multitude of suppliers/vendors across the world speaking many languages and possessing different levels of technology, this is definitely not always easy. Some simple data I have been giving to vendors for 20 years are not easily available from Arena.
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Likelihood to Renew

aPriori Product Cost Management8.6
Based on 2 answers
  • Not to Lose the Position of Product Cost Management Importance
  • Make Costing Simple and Ease
  • Traceablitlity of Previous Costed
  • Helps Design Engineers to actually look for the Which Feature contributes for the Most Cycle Time and help Design Engineers to re-design the CAD Model and look for the changes in the Cycle Time and the Machining parameters
  • Interactive Cost Insight
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excellent PLM system, if only it had ERP module for procurement and inventory management
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Usability

aPriori Product Cost Management8.2
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Rating is due to below exciting factors which one can feel when we use aPriori;
  • Cost engineer need to know "What the part "Should" cost?" instantly.
  • One need to understand the cost in various Process group such as casting, forging, machining, additive manufacturing,etc...
  • One need to have comparison of various process group in single window
  • Ease of finding cost for various location for various currency in single platform
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Support

aPriori Product Cost Management8.1
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  • Easy Tracking of Status -Request
  • Automatic Follow-up mail in case we forget about our request
  • Response within 24 hours for our request
  • We will be assisted with single point contact or account holder
  • Quick response and follow-up for the request
  • In case the request are not able to complete on specified time line, they will ask for the request in time stretch
  • Easy to contact or have a Skype call for the request discussion with technical panel
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Implementation

aPriori Product Cost Management7.7
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aPriori team helped a lot for the implementation, as they were on remote and helping for the file run and implementing the same on remote. aPriori team extrended full support for the implementation resolving the bottleneck and bugs if any during installing the software's also, they provide professional services in order to resolve some technical issue
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Alternatives Considered

I have not used other similar , but this feel that aPriori is highly effective for agility and improving the speed, along with innovative reporting.
  • aPriori shares reports in innovative way. It uses cost insight where we can analyze the report and share stake-holders much more quickly
  • It also improves the project implementation by achieving targets and making sure the cost of the product is not above target, all the way up to launch
  • Provides more Fact to have strong arugmentation with suppliers
  • Detail Cost Break-up and various report such as Manufacturing Tool Summary, Assembly cost report can be generated
  • Add-on features help to more strong usage of tool in daily work culture to main the Cost culture in my Organisation
  • DTC-Design to Cost feature is new add on in 2017 version where we can see the features which take most cylce time and this make the Desgin Engineer to alter and see the Cycle time reduction thereby Cost
  • User-Friendnly
  • Cost Insight Reporting-Awaited Interative Reporting to our need
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Having worked previously with Windchill, I found Arena to be far more intuitive and easy to use, needing much less customization. Though the use of Windchill was at a much larger company, Arena was clear and flexible and able to meet our needs with only a fraction of the time needed for mere introduction of Windchill to its large user base.
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Return on Investment

  • No Negative Impacts
  • At our Organization, ROI is calculated in terms of time, speed, and value
  • Time: We can reduce the project implementation by a few days
  • Speed: Delivering the cost in a few hours compared to weeks in the past
  • Capacity: Tool helps to make things run parallel i.e bulk costing increases capacity
  • Value: Negotiations have resulted in savings with respect to list price
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  • Time to getting BoMs into the system and under control has been halved
  • Training module supported ISO-9001 and ISO-13485 audits where there had been findings previously
  • Project template for design and development GATE process has reduced time to market
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