aPriori Product Cost Management

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aPriori software and services generate hard-dollar product cost savings for discrete manufacturing and product innovation companies.It change the way companies calculate and manage product costs, enabling more informed design, manufacturing and sourcing decisions that drive significant cost out of products, both pre- and post-production.

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aPriori review by Andrew Arul Rose A.
Andrew Arul Rose A.
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"It is a very good tool for the business in the area of product cost management"

What do you like best?

I like the accuracy of the process cost details available in apriori. The in depth data in calculating the costs in all the cost models are excellent. This software helps to create impact faster which is the requirement in the current competitive business scenario. The process costing edge is very interesting & can be tuned to our requirements.

The continuous improvements is applicable for all the products/software. In aPriori they enhance the processes very well which helps the customers to be more accurate for the cost calculations. Also they are going digital for collaboration perspective eg., the Cloud platform which have recently introduced.

What do you dislike?

Cost modelling is bit requires more training to start. In this challenging world, impact or cost savings is the important need of the hour. Creating customized cost model is the need of the hour. Apriori should come up with the solution so that we can create the cost models on the fly.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I will recommend apriori to all OEMs who having complex product lines. Software will help to create a good insight on the product cost & manages the cost excellently.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We could able do get the cost insights of the product lines. We could able to cost the products faster with greater accuracy.

The design to cost capability is very good & helps the R&D engineers with the right cost visibility so that the cost avoidance could be done at the early stage.

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aPriori review by Pankaj R.
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"Advanced costing Tool with reliable data and cost models..!!"

What do you like best?

aPriori costing tool gives us leverage to do the costing with CAD model itself. Well-designed , easy to use interface and updated data for different regions help us to validate all cost drivers and refined our should cost as per the actual practice. Cost models are built with reliable logics and can be used as explanation for negotiation with suppliers.

What do you dislike?

Some of the cost models like milling,electroplating etc need to be reviewed and refined with updated logics and parameters.

Super finishing processes like lapping, honing etc. need to be added.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I strongly recommend aPriori to all manufacturers specially OEM's in order to have excellent understanding related with Major cost drivers in product costing and management.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Usually use for value based negotiation (VBN) with suppliers and also for cost down/NPD projects where we need to evaluate the cost with respect to design.

What PLM solution do you use?

Thanks for letting us know!
aPriori review by Heath W.
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"Customizable, helps fill in the gaps"

What do you like best?

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.

What do you dislike?

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.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

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.

aPriori review by Tony M.
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"Best product on the market for modeling cost with user enabled features"

What do you like best?

I like the comprehensive nature of the product throughout all the different types of materials and process types.

What do you dislike?

Errors that have very little detail or explanation as to why they occur. Troubleshooting can be an issue, or just take a while to resolve.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Reach out to the sales team and make sure it fits your needs. Scope out what you are presently doing, what processes you need help with, and how accurate are you today. aPriori can help you understand what they can bring to the table. They are a really good service provider, as well as thought leader in the practice of cost comprehension.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Better costing visibility of projects to engineering and commodity management.

aPriori review by User in Mechanical or Industrial Engineering
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"Costing on the FLY"

What do you like best?

Design to Cost Validation Tool

Directly interacting with 3D model for the tolerances

Fast Feel the Part or Product Cost

Helps to know what it could cost for various Locations in the globe

Gives a Basic idea cost in (Most economic Production)

Further it can be plotted for a supplier specific as per the Supplier Circumstances on the Shop Floor at Supplierl

What do you dislike?

Dislike is the editing the over ride for every GCD take time, we need to find solution to select few GCD and edit the feed rate for the same .

Also one report says with drop down for various location for the Cost Change, i.e. do costing in one base line and drop down the location and see cost how it varies for other locations.

Recommendations to others considering the product

* Accurate and fast Costing

*Digitization as there is option of Web Based costing i.e Cost Insight which is developed and implementation

*Quick Customer Support

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We use aPriori for the Idea Generation Workshop, to validate the Idea Savings , also we use the facts for the Value Based or Fact Based Negotiations. We also use the same for the Target Cost in terms of New Product Development and Resourcing Idea for various dual sourcing project

aPriori review by Marc-André P.
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"Accuracy, speed and ... Fun"

What do you like best?

Being able to get quick price at early stage of our developement process. Can even give quote to a customer in less than an hour

The company is always trying to imporve the software.

Support team is just too quick !

What do you dislike?

Learning curve is a little long and upgrade are not that easy to install if you are not an IT person.

Personal configuration is complicated (Exemple : VPE calibration, Report personalization, etc..)

Recommendations to others considering the product

To be intimidate with the subscripition fee... it worth it !

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Cost visibity hard to get at an early stage.

Get simulation of chinese supplier quote quickly

aPriori review by Steve C.
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"Past experience, ongoing recommendation"

What do you like best?

The ability to run cost evaluation from the earliest stages of concept, in defining data driven targets, incorporating internal manufacturing, logistics, post assembly process, procurement, supply chain, etc. differentiates aPriori from the other tolls in the marketplace. I have been to various other conferences - and the focus of presentations is "what you can do to estimate cost," while aPriori has an ongoing focus on "how can we improve our tool to make your job better."

What do you dislike?

Because of the advanced level of logic and data integration, the time to release for new features - particularly earth-shattering innovations, is long - but in the need to balance frequency of releases and training to use the new technology there is a customer call for less frequent upgrades. I also see a disconnect between user customization and sharing of "missing" data (particularly expansion and incorporation of machines and/or materials not currently in the OOTB databases) in a timely and efficient manner.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Get confirmed buy-in and support from the top executive level, integrating it into existing processes with the recognition that cost is, first, a factor in optimizing returns along with other engineering or manufacturing factors.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

My current position is with a company that, while interested in the use and application of aPriori, is an Engineering Services provider and, as such, does not own a subscription to aPriori. Part of my role is to demonstrate the usability and returns of aPriori with companies who already have it and can provide a temporary seat. My major focus as a consultant, then, is to find a way to bridge the gap between making the case for more inclusive and far ranging application to Senior and Executive Management while most of the existing activity is with middle-management.

aPriori review by Laura S.
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"aPriori as a cost tool"

What do you like best?

That it takes in to account various factors that probably you could miss by accident, such as packing, painting, engraving, labeling, and it's helpful that the software let's you change the costs of them.

What do you dislike?

That some changes that you make in the GCD's doesn't affect the whole price as they should, such as the Roughness. Also, sometimes it's a little difficult to use the wright material for the cost models because not all the processes have all the materials in their material libraries.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I would really recommend the software, but I would also say that this probably isn't for all the companies, before buying it, they should make an study of it and check it's capabilities.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

The overcosting of the raw material for some parts, which sometimes gives us a quick win in some parts. Also sometimes it gives a different approach for the manufacturing of some products, which sometimes it's helpful to review.

aPriori review by User in Mechanical or Industrial Engineering
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"aPriori as cost tool"

What do you like best?

aPriori is developed in a well thought and strategic manner. Interactive User Interface and quick cost report. It helps the designer to understand how a component will be manufactured, and which cost for each feature. help manufacturing engineer to decide a process. and Procurement team to understand the cost behind a component. it gives more learning on mfg side. It also help to understand cost behind a particular feature.

What do you dislike?

Cost summary contains a lot of data and can not be customized. So you need to fetch out relevant information. You need an understanding of the manufacturing process to leverage the tool more effectively. you need basic training so that you can use this tool more effectively.

Recommendations to others considering the product

NA

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Creating Transparency inside the organization and more realistic cost. Greater efficiency/faster with greater accuracy.

aPriori review by Paul  I.
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"Explore the hidden world using aPriori "

What do you like best?

Its usually what we imagine and dream about a product that we like, But when it comes to cost we take a wild guess to estimate the cost, Being more realistic considering all the parameters is an essential feature required by any customer in modern days, which is being fulfilled by aPriori

What do you dislike?

Little competency is required to get into the detials of parameters behind the cost model, If aP makes it simple. This tools can

Recommendations to others considering the product

Very user friendly

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Creating Transparency inside the organization and more realistic cost. Greater efficiency/faster with greater accuracy.

aPriori review by Rakesh S.
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"Most Efficient Product cost estimation tool of recent times!!"

What do you like best?

The detailed data base of different manufacturing processes is the biggest strength of this tool. The cost models are neatly built relying on this huge data. Customization of cost model is simple and the user is able to generate several insight over a cost model with out much effort. When we go for discussion on the table with the suppliers, the clarity in the cost model serves as a key for a successful negotiation.

What do you dislike?

The cost building logic is not in depth or vague in few areas. Still there is huge scope for improvement.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Apriori helps us in resourcing activities. It helps us in various cost down projects by enabling us to visualize the cost in different perspectives at a time.

aPriori review by Prateek U.
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"its good tool, which gives direction towards right cost"

What do you like best?

I like the customization part of it. the tool is not limited to one fixed method, we have user-guided option to make it flexible.

What do you dislike?

I particularly dislike the speed part, it should be faster for PCBA. Many processes are missing and need more enhancement.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I am supporting for Value base negotiation cases, I provide the should cost of the product to The purchaser which gives a good idea about the cost, which in turn help negotiation

aPriori review by PREMKUMAR C.
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"aPriori tool to explore the costing"

What do you like best?

It works with 3D model, user friendly. Required minimum inputs to run the costing at the same time offering flexibility to give lot of manual inputs also,

What do you dislike?

Special processes and some of the advance manufacturing machines and tools are not part of the current apriori. I hope apriori is working to adding this in the future versions.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I use aPriori for cost down projects to maintain the contribution in the challenging business environment. I am also using it for the new product development to meet the target cost.

aPriori review by Isaac A.
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"Great Software"

What do you like best?

It is amazing how fast you can get a cost for a part using different processes and materials.

What do you dislike?

Secondary processes sometimes are not a realistic cost.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We are getting new quotes from our suppliers and obtaining better prices.

aPriori review by Saravanakumar G.
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"The best companion for a Product Cost Management"

What do you like best?

The ease of costing with the centralized database for different mfg. process groups. Supports the business in getting the impact faster with accurate facts.

What do you dislike?

Customization to the users requires a lot effort, where it could be made much easier with the users to create the customized reports according to the need, Lack in doing Electronics

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Recommended for all manufacturers, especially to the OEs.

aPriori review by User in Machinery
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"Great tool for cost modeling."

What do you like best?

friendly enviroment , easy to use and very accurate results. It cames with average rates for local suppliers and machines / processes avaiable

What do you dislike?

some cost analisys demands a lot of data form the process to be done (example = thermoformig sheet plastic ) , it could have an average information for the process and you jsut changes the specifics from your project

Recommendations to others considering the product

Great tool

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

NPI , cost analisys , target for negotiation, etc.,

aPriori review by Internal Consultant in Electrical/Electronic Manufacturing
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"aPriori PCM solutions review"

What do you like best?

Getting early cost driver insight and instant feedback using aPriori during concept design

What do you dislike?

Depending on the characteristics of your product line, the out of the box manufacturing process logic and VPE logic needs configuration and calibration, requiring you to do data gathering and translating expert knowledge into formulas logic.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Launch new products at or below target cost, avoiding overpaying for outsourced parts, maximizing cost savings on re-design work, increase speed of request for quote responses.

aPriori review by Administrator in Construction
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"Unique software package with 10+ Process groups"

What do you like best?

Well analyzed cost practices coverage in Sheet metal process

What do you dislike?

Still need to get some low priority costs like supplies cost details for process & salvage values of machines

Recommendations to others considering the product

It is a unique software that covers 10+ process groups, Quick results to design changes & cost driver changes

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Giving a starting point for our Suppler negotiations + Design implementations

aPriori review by User
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"aPriori Cost REVIEW"

What do you like best?

The output of information that provides, the accuracy on most of the things it performs

What do you dislike?

Lack of secondary processes and have more accurate ones

Recommendations to others considering the product

Good support

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Supply Chain, savings negotiating with suppliers

aPriori review by Industry Analyst / Tech Writer
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"Stéfano"

What do you like best?

It's easy and fast. I got a lot of results with aPriori.

What do you dislike?

I would like to create more VPE, special to Brazil.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Wrong quotation - Cost reduction

aPriori review by User in Mechanical or Industrial Engineering
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"aPriori Costing"

What do you like best?

Process cost calculation methods are good

What do you dislike?

There is no redo options on this aPriori tool

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Realistic costing for the products on or before manufacturing

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