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https://dudodiprj2sv7.cloudfront.net/product-logos/UA/da/7QKD9198O8TD.JPEGNever turning back!Presently it is being used within our Cost Modeling organization. The data and results are interpreted and fed into our engineering and procurement organizations. It addresses the desire to design and procure to specific profit points or better.,Ability to model costs in multiple countries. Ability to self develop processes whereby customizing to our own industry. One of the best support organizations I've ever dealt with.,Branch into more process groups for cost modeling capability. Make system updates easier to integrate. Revise the material libraries to be globally centric instead of regional centric. This is for an update simplification perspective of data.,9,The main purpose is to understand and manage costs as early as possible in a project cycle. The software has done this exceptionally well.,DFMA,TIBCO Jaspersoft, SAP Business Warehouse,125,3,Cost reduction New product introduction with target costs Flexibility to create new processes,Multi department collaborations on assessing anticipated product cost,Take the "should cost" mentality to a "could cost",9,Yes,Product Features Product Usability,Our process was quite rigorous. There is little likelihood that we would change any part of our selection process or criteria.,Implemented in-house,No,Change management was minimal,Validating processes against our supply base Learning the coding aspects Developing our specific processes that were not included with the OOTB product,8,No,8,Yes,aPriori is always very exceptional during times of our major release updates. Their support level is great, and they make sure they are available when we need them, even when it has been outside of their normal working hours. I've even had weekend resolutions, and one year over the Christmas holiday they were there to support me.,GCD costing with CAD models Synchronization applications for global teams Sheet metal stamping for progressive stamped parts,Database manipulations Cost Insight reporting,Yes, but I don't use it,8Fact-based costingProduct Cost Management : At my organization we started product cost management two years ago, and I am responsible for all "cost down" related activities across all organization segments. We are also responsible for cost avoidance and target costing for the new products. we are all familiar with the tagline "Cost Before It Matters" and had a few workshops where we found the tool is very agile and able to cost using facts and data, which is critically important for survival in this fast moving-world and for being the best in the industry. aPriori is essential in our department for activities such as: Potential for current partsProviding target cost for new productsBulk costing for many categoriesSpeed, innovation, capacityGenerating the Technical Ideas during the Supplier workshop , Idea Generation WorkshopsBusiness Problem: To meet the Negotiation Target for the suppliersSupplier Rationalization (Supplier Bench-marking)Cost Break-up for the Parts (Quote Missing)Most Economic ways of Producing the Parts in machining could be analysedFact Based NegotiationNegotiation with suppliers Keeping the target cost for the new products i.e. cost avoidanceRFQ benchmarkingProducing results quicklyReducing amount of time spend on costing activities,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,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,9,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,,aPriori Product Cost Management,21,1,Achieved Annual Savings of over 1.5m USD with use of Should Cost Analysis Target Costing Provided to decide the New Project Development as the Concept Target Cost was far high than expected estimated cost, Which saved the Huge resources and Time for the Organization Reporting- Cost Insight helps to know the potential % with current Prices,Integrating the ERP System with aPriori PLM with aPRiori to directly access the models and run the costing Mail Trigger for the Costing and Once Costing is completed to Reply with acknowledgment for requester,ONE POINT CONTACT to evaluate the Current Product and to Decide the COST for New Product Helps various functions to understand the COST involved in the function via aPriori PCM,10,No,Product Features Product Usability Positive Sales Experience with the Vendor Analyst Reports,Look for One Platform for all Process GroupLook for the Costing of Powder Metal, Fabrication as separate Process GroupEase editing of Process Set-up Options in case of separate TabAble to easy Link to ERP systems and PLMWeb-Based SolutionsUser-Friendly with Minimum input the Costing is done for the Process GroupSuggestions -How the Part would cost in various Locations?,Implemented in-house,No,Change management was minimal,Need to have compliance with internal IT security, which was time consuming for the network security check,9,9,Yes,When we have enhanced process of "Melting" we had a support on-site where they had come to our Organization and worked with Our cost modeller and made this Process enhancedSimilar such Process which we have enhanced where we had direct support from aPriori Support Team-"Transfer Press"Support Team also helped for regional data update other than available regions provided by aPriori,Process Setup Options for customizing the routing operations Routing Operations to choose the Machining method according to the Supplier routing Override function is most useful one to override the actual specification,More Process setup options need to be used in Secondary process for better routing,Yes,10Awesome aPrioriaPriori is used in our cost management team. We are support functions in our organization that are responsible for the cost analyses. Our analyses are used across the organization. The cost analyses used for value-based negotiations, New Product Development pricing, spend optimizations for suppliers, reverse engineering, and value tracking for various commodities etc.,,Speed and capacity Bulk costing Detailed cost analysis involving complex geometries of parts Cost insight design Product Cost management support,Customization of the cost logic is tricky. Full products costing & process involved in the proprietary parts are less or not available for costing Sheet metal logics for costing may be improved. Focus on Electronics Cost models,9,We are able to set value based negotiations with the suppliers based on the facts or analysis generated by aPriori We get good savings based on the facts provided. We are good & consistent on the savings.,,AutoCADNo time to waste on waitingaPriori is mostly used by two differents engineering development teams to know in real time the cost of a part/assembly/product. We have a costing simulation department who uses aPriori to give this feedback cost to the development team. So, it helps in many ways: Be quicker and more confident when we have a design decision to make for in-house development projectGive a fast quote to our customer in a build to print productRemove the number of RFQ to our suppliersWe are also starting to use aPriori to set our manufacturing rate,Give visibility to cost really quickly Be able to benchmark other regions of the world or other process/equipment that can be used to do the same part Easily visualize the Geometric Cost Drivers that are more important GIve some hints on where to work to get the cost down,Be more easy to customize without that much IT knowledge Give more hints on how to reduce cost Be able to build customize report,9,It helps decrease our time to market. So more projects are done than before. Being quick to give a quote to a customer is a business advantage. Customers know they can rely on Soucy to get a quick quote. First in gets the business. No time spent on concepts that are too expensive anyway!,,MS SharePoint, GoToMeeting, Infor SyteLine,No,Product Features Product Reputation,It will stay the same since we are really satisfy !,No,10,Yes,Oh Yeah, i had a crash after an installation of a newer version. A person form aPriori support give me 1 hour of is time to resolve it even if the problem was becasue of usaPriori Cost Modeling Software ReviewaPriori's ability to be calibrated and customized to our specific uses allows us to fill in the gaps. We especially like and use the Cost Model Workbench for the ability to create User Guided models which are not available as well as models we can use when 3D files are not available. One business area we have been able to work on is identifying gaps where we could not model costs in the past. Now we can build cost models to do those. This provides extra resources in providing target costs and is useful in supplier discussions.,The ability to create User Guided models which are not available as well as models we can use when 3D files are not available.,aPriori gives a lot of data as outputs. Would like to see a cleaner interface and one where we can get to the fields I want to see easier. Customizing reports more simply would be a benefit as well.,9,It has allowed us to turn around requests in record time It has allowed us real time collaboration and trade off analysis It has allowed us to support engineering and BOM development earlier in design phase,DFMA,No,9,Yes,During our greatest amount of User Guided cost development, Support provided code and logic to help us grow our capability.
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aPriori Product Cost Management
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Tony Molica profile photo
October 30, 2018

aPriori Product Cost Management Review: "Never turning back!"

Score 9 out of 10
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Presently it is being used within our Cost Modeling organization. The data and results are interpreted and fed into our engineering and procurement organizations. It addresses the desire to design and procure to specific profit points or better.
  • Ability to model costs in multiple countries.
  • Ability to self develop processes whereby customizing to our own industry.
  • One of the best support organizations I've ever dealt with.
  • Branch into more process groups for cost modeling capability.
  • Make system updates easier to integrate.
  • Revise the material libraries to be globally centric instead of regional centric. This is for an update simplification perspective of data.
Great for running through multiple scenarios of parts for cost opportunities.
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Narendran Dhanasekaran profile photo
October 23, 2018

aPriori Product Cost Management Review: "Fact-based costing"

Score 9 out of 10
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  • Product Cost Management :
At my organization we started product cost management two years ago, and I am responsible for all "cost down" related activities across all organization segments. We are also responsible for cost avoidance and target costing for the new products. we are all familiar with the tagline "Cost Before It Matters" and had a few workshops where we found the tool is very agile and able to cost using facts and data, which is critically important for survival in this fast moving-world and for being the best in the industry.

aPriori is essential in our department for activities such as:

  • Potential for current parts
  • Providing target cost for new products
  • Bulk costing for many categories
  • Speed, innovation, capacity
  • Generating the Technical Ideas during the Supplier workshop , Idea Generation Workshops
Business Problem:

  • To meet the Negotiation Target for the suppliers
  • Supplier Rationalization (Supplier Bench-marking)
  • Cost Break-up for the Parts (Quote Missing)
  • Most Economic ways of Producing the Parts in machining could be analysed
  • Fact Based Negotiation
  • Negotiation with suppliers
  • Keeping the target cost for the new products i.e. cost avoidance
  • RFQ benchmarking
  • Producing results quickly
  • Reducing amount of time spend on costing activities
  • 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
  • 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
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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Andrew Arul Rose A profile photo
October 23, 2018

aPriori Product Cost Management Review: "Awesome aPriori"

Score 9 out of 10
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aPriori is used in our cost management team. We are support functions in our organization that are responsible for the cost analyses. Our analyses are used across the organization. The cost analyses used for value-based negotiations, New Product Development pricing, spend optimizations for suppliers, reverse engineering, and value tracking for various commodities etc.,
  • Speed and capacity
  • Bulk costing
  • Detailed cost analysis involving complex geometries of parts
  • Cost insight design
  • Product Cost management support
  • Customization of the cost logic is tricky.
  • Full products costing & process involved in the proprietary parts are less or not available for costing
  • Sheet metal logics for costing may be improved.
  • Focus on Electronics Cost models
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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November 30, 2017

aPriori Product Cost Management Review: "No time to waste on waiting"

Score 9 out of 10
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aPriori is mostly used by two differents engineering development teams to know in real time the cost of a part/assembly/product. We have a costing simulation department who uses aPriori to give this feedback cost to the development team.

So, it helps in many ways:

  • Be quicker and more confident when we have a design decision to make for in-house development project
  • Give a fast quote to our customer in a build to print product
  • Remove the number of RFQ to our suppliers
We are also starting to use aPriori to set our manufacturing rate
  • Give visibility to cost really quickly
  • Be able to benchmark other regions of the world or other process/equipment that can be used to do the same part
  • Easily visualize the Geometric Cost Drivers that are more important
  • GIve some hints on where to work to get the cost down
  • Be more easy to customize without that much IT knowledge
  • Give more hints on how to reduce cost
  • Be able to build customize report
[It's] very powerful and useful. It became a must-have/"cannot live without it anymore" [tool[ very quickly throughout all the company. We were at ease waiting 1 or 2 weeks to get a price/quote and now, when people wait more than a day, it's too long for them. So far, we only use 20% of the software and cannot wait to see what we will do with it in the future. It could more be more customizable.
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Heath Wall profile photo
November 30, 2017

aPriori Product Cost Management: "aPriori Cost Modeling Software Review"

Score 9 out of 10
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aPriori's ability to be calibrated and customized to our specific uses allows us to fill in the gaps. We especially like and use the Cost Model Workbench for the ability to create User Guided models which are not available as well as models we can use when 3D files are not available. One business area we have been able to work on is identifying gaps where we could not model costs in the past. Now we can build cost models to do those. This provides extra resources in providing target costs and is useful in supplier discussions.
  • The ability to create User Guided models which are not available as well as models we can use when 3D files are not available.
  • aPriori gives a lot of data as outputs. Would like to see a cleaner interface and one where we can get to the fields I want to see easier.
  • Customizing reports more simply would be a benefit as well.
I am continually impressed with all the features aPriori allows and has. The more you know...the more you can do. This is especially true within Cost Model Workbench and User Guided cost models. We are creating more and more capability by leveraging what we know along with aPriori's ability to let us code our own logic.
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Isaac Alvarenga profile photo
December 01, 2017

aPriori Product Cost Management Review: "Awesome Software"

Score 10 out of 10
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By a department Supply Chain.
  • Great calculating machining times
  • Good definition for part nesting
  • Easy way to compare different types of process
  • Lack of common processes, like roll threads
  • Weak for some sheet metal parts
  • List of materials is limited
The perfect scenario would be a machined piece with simple features and standard stock. Sheet metal without complex bends. Machining from a casting is a great example of the capabilities of the program and how well it can do it.
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Sakthivel Chandran profile photo
May 26, 2017

aPriori Product Cost Management Review: "aPriori - A way to develop organization cost knowledge"

Score 9 out of 10
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aPriori helps us to clearly understand the cost structure and to establish the should cost models globally through our department. As it has the capability to calculate the cost directly from 3D models so we can have cost models for a wide range of configurations.
  • Fast cost calculation
  • Wide coverage of process group
  • Good frequency of data update
  • Sourcing
  • New product development
aPriori is well suited for organizations which has a demand in their cost structure.
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About aPriori Product Cost Management

aPriori software and services are designed to generate hard-dollar product cost savings for discrete manufacturing and product innovation companies. According to the vendor, using aPriori's real-time product cost assessments, employees in engineering, sourcing, and manufacturing make more-informed decisions that drive costs out of products pre- and post-production. The vendor’s value proposition is that with aPriori, manufacturers launch products at cost targets, maximize savings in re-work projects and avoid overpaying for outsourced parts.

aPriori Product Cost Management Competitors

Siemens – Teamcenter Product Cost Management, SolidWorks Costing, Facton, BDI - DFMA, Costimator, DFMPro

aPriori Product Cost Management Technical Details

Deployment Types:On-premise
Operating Systems: Windows
Mobile Application:No