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  • How Material Cost Increases Are Affecting Manufacturers

    How Material Cost Increases Are Affecting Manufacturers

    This article is to address how inflated material costs are affecting manufacturing and design cost targets and supplier selection today. We discuss who should absorb the costs, and how you (and in...

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  • The Future of Manufacturing is Digital Transformation

    The Future of Manufacturing is Digital Transformation

    An In-Depth Analysis of the Manufacturing Response to the COVID-19 Crisis and Why Digital Transformation has Become the Future of Manufacturing An excerpt of this article also appeared in Supply &...

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  • How to Reduce Time to Market for NPI with Digital Manufacturing Simulation

    How to Reduce Time to Market for NPI with Digital Manufacturing Simulation

    Behind each break-through technology on the market today is a complicated web of interconnected teams all charged with a singular goal: push the boundaries of innovation to deliver the right...

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  • It’s Time to Modernize Your Manufacturing Cost Estimating Strategies

    It’s Time to Modernize Your Manufacturing Cost Estimating Strategies

    Demand for smarter machines and technologies is an ever-pressing burden for engineers in all sectors. With increased need for innovation to meet the demand comes shorter product life...

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  • Reinventing the Aerospace Industry with Digital Manufacturing Simulation

    Reinventing the Aerospace Industry with Digital Manufacturing Simulation

    It is no secret that the aerospace and defense industry has been deeply affected by COVID. In this article, co-authors Craig Fischer and Pete Tarbox delve into some of the specific impacts, how...

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  • Managing Supply Chain Disruptions Using Digital Manufacturing Simulation Software

    Managing Supply Chain Disruptions Using Digital Manufacturing Simulation Software

    How to use digital factories to manage supply chain disruptions. Read now.

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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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