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  • Managing Supply Chain Disruptions Using Digital Manufacturing Simulation Software

    Managing Supply Chain Disruptions Using Digital Manufacturing Simulation Software

    What if you could have real-time feedback for estimated supplier costs based on geographical location; for educated, fact-based supplier negotiations; and for building a more resilient supply...

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  • 3 Ways the Pandemic is Driving Digital Transformation in Manufacturing

    3 Ways the Pandemic is Driving Digital Transformation in Manufacturing

    The manufacturing industry has been under construction over the last decade as design engineers rode the innovation wave that accompanied rapid technological advancements. But all too often, the...

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  • Design for Manufacturing Examples: Real-Life Engineering Case Studies

    Design for Manufacturing Examples: Real-Life Engineering Case Studies

    I need to optimize the cost of a part. Where do I start? A substantial majority of a part’s cost (70% or more) is effectively locked in once a design is finalized. Once a design is complete,...

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  • Designing for Manufacturability is a Game Changer

    Designing for Manufacturability is a Game Changer

    Designing for manufacturability is proving to make a significant difference in cost reductions at a global agricultural and construction equipment company. Tom Lefebvre, Product Cost Manager at...

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  • 6 Steps to Overcoming the Supply Chain Crisis

    6 Steps to Overcoming the Supply Chain Crisis

    How using digital factory models in product cost management software can help your company overcome the supply crisis from the global pandemic and ensure disruption is mitigated in the future In...

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  • When Should Buyers Conduct Reverse Auctions?

    When Should Buyers Conduct Reverse Auctions?

    A reverse auction is used in sourcing between buyers and suppliers. Sellers compete to win the business of the buyer, rather than the other way around.

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  • How to Get Lean: Cost Saving Tips for Manufacturers

    How to Get Lean: Cost Saving Tips for Manufacturers

    How can manufacturing companies control costs? From procurement professionals looking to optimize their supply chain, to product makers looking to improve profitability, this question is more...

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  • Cost Drivers in Manufacturing: Managing Complex Interactivity

    Cost Drivers in Manufacturing: Managing Complex Interactivity

    Manufacturers are under more competitive pressure than ever before to adopt robust design-stage cost management practices like Design-to-Cost. Traditionally, engineers have been asked to deliver...

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  • How This Automotive Engineering Company Developed a Cohesive Cost Reduction Strategy

    How This Automotive Engineering Company Developed a Cohesive Cost Reduction Strategy

    Getting to market quickly with a high-quality product can sometimes come at the expense of a cohesive cost reduction strategy. Hailing an iconic black cab in London has long been considered a safe...

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  • What is Design to Cost? An Overview with Examples

    What is Design to Cost? An Overview with Examples

    For manufacturers, cost-cutting is an ever-present goal: achieving lower costs while retaining the desired functionality means higher profit margins, more market share, and happier customers....

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  • What to Look for in Manufacturing Costing Software

    What to Look for in Manufacturing Costing Software

    For manufacturers, inadequate cost modeling capabilities can drive serious business problems. Many manufacturers, for instance, are forced to no-bid potentially valuable work solely due to a...

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  • Six Key Trends and Takeaways that Affect Profitability and Time to Market

    Six Key Trends and Takeaways that Affect Profitability and Time to Market

    We recently conducted a survey of Industry Week’s and Machine Design’s discrete manufacturing audience. The primary goal of the survey was to better understand product lifecycle trends and their...

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  • Design-to-Cost Strategy Succeeds at Jabil

    Design-to-Cost Strategy Succeeds at Jabil

    On September 25, 2018, aPriori sponsored a regional meeting in California for manufacturers of high tech electronic equipment who expressed interest in learning how to easily identify and...

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  • Case Study:  Implementing a Culture of Cost Awareness

    Case Study: Implementing a Culture of Cost Awareness

    How a High Tech Electronics Company Saved Millions by Attacking their Mechanical Spend The aPriori Customer profiled in this Case Study is in the High Tech Electronics (HTE) industry vertical, and...

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  • Is Your Cost Management Software Implementation Destined to Fail?

    Is Your Cost Management Software Implementation Destined to Fail?

    A few years ago, IBM Systems Magazine did some interesting research on the characteristics that led to a successful software implementation.1 The findings were somewhat surprising. Of the...

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  • There is Something Missing from Engineering Optimization

    There is Something Missing from Engineering Optimization

    This post was co-authored by Ansley Barnard, ESTECO and Amanda Bligh, aPriori In more and more cases, optimization is being used to solve engineering problems. This includes examples of...

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  • Product Cost Plays a Significant Role in Driving Cultural Change at GE

    Product Cost Plays a Significant Role in Driving Cultural Change at GE

    General Electric is one of the largest diversified industrial manufacturers in the world. The company designs and manufactures aircraft engines, locomotives and other transportation equipment,...

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  • My Story: From Evaluating Cost Engineering Solutions to Building a Global Costing Methodology with aPriori

    My Story: From Evaluating Cost Engineering Solutions to Building a Global Costing Methodology with aPriori

    I was an aPriori customer before I joined the team at aPriori four months ago. Now that I am part of the company, my experience as a customer will quickly become discounted going forward. My...

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  • How Caterpillar uses aPriori in its New Product Introduction Programs

    How Caterpillar uses aPriori in its New Product Introduction Programs

    Caterpillar has been a customer with aPriori for many years. They have aPriori product cost management deployments going on at the different divisions around the company and around the world....

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  • Aerospace Industry Trends: Supplementing an Aging Workforce

    Aerospace Industry Trends: Supplementing an Aging Workforce

    In light of an aging aerospace workforce, do you have a plan for supplementing the knowledge that will disappear with your retirees? How do you plan to arm the next generation with the tribal...

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