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aPriori Product Cost Management

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aPriori Product Cost Management

I am using aPriori 2016 R2 SP1 currently and it has undergone a lot of updates since I started using it, and I strongly recommend for designers, and strategic buyers to estimate the cost of parts and products. It integrates with CAD systems and is particularly useful for estimating costs for the following industrial processes:Forging:
  • Excellent for medium size and medium complex parts
  • Weight range: 2-50 kg
  • Material: Steel
  • Forging: Hot Forging
Die Casting:
  • Best with good routing and machine selection according to the die size and part size
  • Melting Model need very little logic
  • Separate components for Melting and Casting i.e. cost can be derived for each activity
Machining of Casting/Forging:
  • Process group is the best for machining
  • Many routings where we can play with activating the turning setup / setup axis activation
  • We can experiment with different Routing and aPriori tells us why it cannot be done and gives useful data for redesign
  • Gives all Machining parameters i.e machine name, feed rate, speed running, power capacity, etc.
Surface Treatment:
  • We can use the Parts in the barrel or in rack for heat treatment
  • Masking can be done for painting parts
Other Process:
  • Testing processes also available i.e. X-Ray test, leak test etc...
Above all it is really great tool, and big thanks aPriori for enhancing the current technology and digitalization landscape!
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Siemens PLM

NX is a world-class CAD software used by many of the larger companies in the Aerospace Industry. For larger vendors that deal with these companies, I'd recommend use of NX to maximize compatibility with the engineering models supplied by the customers. However, due to the cost of the software, many smaller companies should earnestly evaluate lower-cost CAD packages, (because many of those may be found to be just as effective for their needs.)
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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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  • 3D CAD review works really well in VisMockup. It allows for a virtual representation of the product.
  • Sectioning in 2D works well for tolerance checks.
  • The ability to move and rotate components allows engineers to see how the components interact and how they perform in different positions.
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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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  • Within the NX CAD package, there are often various little bugs and glitches that we come across in daily use. We generally submit incident reports to Siemens on these.
  • In general, the Teamcenter software package lacks ease of use, general users within the department require frequent intervention and help from higher users for seemingly simple tasks.
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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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Siemens PLM8.8
Based on 8 answers
It can be configured any way you like.
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Usability

aPriori Product Cost Management8.2
Based on 2 answers
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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Siemens PLM7.6
Based on 2 answers
It depends on how easy the sysadmin has when customizing it. it can be as easy to use as you want.
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Support

aPriori Product Cost Management8.1
Based on 4 answers
Nothing really bad to say. They are with me as soon as i need it !
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Siemens PLM9.0
Based on 1 answer
GTAC services were excellent!
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Implementation

aPriori Product Cost Management7.7
Based on 2 answers
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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Siemens PLM8.0
Based on 1 answer
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Alternatives Considered

The way the program has the capabilities to read the CAD model and creates a route to process the part is amazing, and the help support center is incredible.
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Inventor wasn't mature enough. Solidworks was too small. Catia and Enovia was too confusing.
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Scalability

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Siemens PLM9.0
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It's a very robust and mature tool. The only thing that would make it better is the have a version embrace the cloud, which I'm sure is underway, but it's complicated, so it will take more time. But when it's done, look out. It will be near-perfect!
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Return on Investment

  • The main purpose is to understand and manage costs as early as possible in a project cycle. The software has done this exceptionally well.
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  • It allows us to quickly problem solve and not miss timing.
  • It allows us to reduce the need for a physical property to review.
  • It allows us the ability to markup the CAD for proposals for design.
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aPriori Product Cost Management

General
Free Trial
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Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
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Siemens PLM

General
Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
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