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Major Milestone Achieved with Launch of aPriori in the Cloud

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aPriori,
a leading provider of product
cost management
(PCM) software featuring design
for manufacturability and cost
solutions, today announces the
release of a new version of the company’s flagship product, aPriori
Professional 2019 R1. The new release expands the company’s portfolio of
out-of-the-box (OOB) manufacturing
cost models
, introduces an expanded collection of design to cost
(DTC) guidance and reports, and includes more than 200 individual
product enhancements driven through collaboration with the company’s
expanding customer base.

Furthermore, the company is announcing the achievement of a major
milestone with the introduction of the first suite of costing
applications available in the cloud. The new Software as a Service
(SaaS) offering includes aPriori Professional and a new application, Cost
Insight Design
. This lightweight web application was developed in
collaboration with a group of key customers who were looking for a
streamlined version of aPriori that was easy to deploy, easy to learn,
and can be utilized by design engineers to quickly identify and
eliminate manufacturability and cost drivers in the earliest phases of
design and consider cost and manufacturability in trade studies.

Watch
a short video about Cost Insight Design

Highlights of aPriori Professional 2019 R1

New and Enhanced Cost Models
With aPriori
Professional 2019 R1, the company continues its commitment to expanding
the suite of OOB manufacturing cost models that enable quick and easy
analysis of product designs. New and enhanced cost models available with
this release include:

  • Plastics – new insert molding and over molding cost models [watch
    video
    ]; expanded DTC feedback
  • Machining – automated analysis of pockets and slots on
    components that require machining and tool size selection improvements
    to make these features
  • Welding & Bonding – new TIG welding and adhesive bonding
    cost models. Along with MIG welding updates and improvements to
    automatically read ProWELD and estimate the welding process for these
    welds on a component
  • Mechanical Assembly – new lockbolt and threaded inserts cost
    models
  • Casting – die casting and sand-casting updates to improve the
    cycle time estimate precision and expand DTC feedback to include more
    manufacturability checks
  • Secondary Processes – new vibratory deburr, shot peening and
    hot isostatic pressing cost models now available

Design to Cost Reports
aPriori Cost Insight Report
2019 R1 now provides access to DTC metric data from major manufacturing
process groups. aPriori Professional and Cost Insight Design simulate
the physical manufacturing process and identify potential
manufacturability issues and cost drivers. Cost Insight Report then
captures and stores counts, ratios and other time related metrics from
several categories, including violations of design standards, geometric
cost driver counts, tolerances, slow operations, manufacturing issues
and more. Data generated from this analysis can be presented to the end
user via a suite of OOB or ad hoc reports.

The four new OOB reports included in aPriori Cost Insight Report enable
project leaders to quickly identify parts with high DTC scores that
would be good candidates for redesign to improve manufacturability or
reduce cost.

View
a short video about DTC Machining Reports

aPriori Cloud
aPriori’s innovative product cost management
platform is now generally available as a SaaS solution – fully managed
by aPriori. The company has chosen to partner with Amazon® to leverage
the security, scalability and value of their Amazon Web Services®
platform. Manufacturers choosing the cloud deployment approach will be
able to access all applications from a browser – securely, at anytime
and anywhere.

The benefits of deploying aPriori in the cloud are numerous, including:

  • Collaborate with global teams on a shared database
  • Role based cost insights with tailored views and applications
  • Faster deployment and faster time to value
  • Lower total cost of ownership

Seamless collaboration between cost engineers and other stakeholders
(such as the design engineering team, sourcing, or even external
suppliers) has the potential to deliver a significant boost to product
profitability. Expert cost engineers can now be digitally connected to
the entire product development process. They can help other members of
the product team evaluate and mature early cost estimates by updating
default values with more current material costs, manufacturing volumes,
place of manufacture, shipping and logistics costs, etc. This approach
could help your company avoid significant cost and time errors, reduce
the overall design cycle and get your innovative new product designs to
market faster.

“The demand for manufacturability and cost analysis in the earliest
phases of product design is growing rapidly,” reported Julie Driscoll,
Vice President of Strategic Marketing and Product Management. “Our
customers realize that identifying and eliminating cost drivers as early
as possible in the product lifecycle is the best way to hit target costs
more consistently. Furthermore, being able to offer these advanced
manufacturing simulation capabilities in a cloud deployment makes it
that much easier for our customers to achieve value quickly.”

About aPriori
aPriori software and services generate
hard-dollar product cost savings for discrete manufacturing and product
innovation companies. 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. With aPriori, manufacturers launch products at cost
targets, maximize savings in re-work projects and avoid overpaying for
sourced parts. aPriori PCM solutions are now available in either
on-premise or cloud deployment configurations. To learn more about
aPriori and its product cost management solutions and services, visit www.apriori.com
or call 1.978.371.2006.

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