Discrete advisory: aPriori delivers “should cost” assessments to reduce product cost

By Manufacturing Business Technology Staff October 17, 2008

aPriori v6 product cost management platform delivers real-time product cost assessments to enable discrete manufacturers to reduce direct material spend by identifying quantifiable savings in material, tooling, labor, and overhead while evaluating alternative designs, processes, and sources.
aPriori v6 features support for additional 3D CAD file formats with integration to CATIA v5, and Siemens PLM NX . Combined with its existing integration to Pro/ENGINEER Wildfire and enhanced support for industry standards including STEP, aPriori v6 significantly extends its ability to cost parts and products automatically and instantly from solid model files. By extending CAD file support, aPriori v6 enables both CAD-users and non-CAD users to cost parts and assemblies in real-time.
“When your employees know the cost impact of the product decisions they make—as they make them—they drive more costs out of the products you manufacture. aPriori enables real-time cost feedback to everyone in the enterprise—from engineering to manufacturing to sourcing—so that employees can make faster, more-informed decisions that ultimately result in lower product costs,” says Eric Arno Hiller, chief product officer, aPriori. “With support for additional 3D CAD formats and manufacturing processes, aPriori v6 will help even more manufacturing organizations achieve their internal product cost targets and external spend reduction goals.”