Rick Burke

  • 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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  • 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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  • Thought Leaders of Product Cost Management

    Thought Leaders of Product Cost Management

    Introduction A lot of stories have appeared in the news lately about the role of automation in manufacturing.  In particular, companies that manufacture robotic systems that improve the efficiency...

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  • Gaining a Competitive Advantage Through Cost Management Software

    Gaining a Competitive Advantage Through Cost Management Software

    aPriori customer Soucy International designs and manufactures aftermarket parts for the power sports vehicle market.  Back in 2015, they were facing a challenge that was making it increasingly...

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  • Gaining a Competitive Advantage Through Cost Management Software

    Gaining a Competitive Advantage Through Cost Management Software

    aPriori customer Soucy International designs and manufactures aftermarket parts for the power sports vehicle market.  Back in 2015, they were...

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  • Circor Successfully Implements a Cost Savings Strategy

    Circor Successfully Implements a Cost Savings Strategy

    Even best-in-class manufacturing companies can miss their cost targets when launching new products.  Design changes can often lead to costly...

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  • Innovative Design-to-Cost Program Unlocks Massive Savings for Wuzheng [Video]

    Innovative Design-to-Cost Program Unlocks Massive Savings for Wuzheng [Video]

    The Wuzheng Group (Shandong Wuzheng Group Co. Ltd) is an established automotive and agricultural industry leader in China with annual...

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  • Cost Estimators:  Feel Like Your Ship is Sinking?

    Cost Estimators: Feel Like Your Ship is Sinking?

    Adopt a Carrier Group Battle Strategy for Product Cost Management I was recently watching a classic WWII movie about the...

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  • [Video] Learn How to Improve Your Design-to-Cost Strategy

    [Video] Learn How to Improve Your Design-to-Cost Strategy

    Featuring Spirit Aerosystems Spirit AeroSystems [NYSE: SPR] designs and builds large aerostructures, including fuselages, pylons, nacelles and wing components, for...

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  • COST INSIGHT 2017 Preview – You Can Feel the Momentum Building

    COST INSIGHT 2017 Preview – You Can Feel the Momentum Building

    There’s one word that keeps bubbling to the surface of my mind as I prepare for next week’s COST INSIGHT...

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  • Top 10 Reasons You Should Attend Our European STARS PCM Conference

    Top 10 Reasons You Should Attend Our European STARS PCM Conference

    There are probably about 20 or 30 good reasons why you should attend the 3rd Annual European STARS Product Cost...

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  • Highlights of the 4th Annual STARS Customer Conference

    Highlights of the 4th Annual STARS Customer Conference

    If You Missed It… The aPriori STARS Customer Conference is becoming THE most important event of the year for leading...

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  • The Principle of Granularity and Product Cost Management

    The Principle of Granularity and Product Cost Management

    After 25 years in the business of marketing manufacturing software, I still remember one of my early job interviews where...

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  • Honeywell Aerospace Boosts Savings with Early Visibility to Product Cost

    Honeywell Aerospace Boosts Savings with Early Visibility to Product Cost

    Cross Functional Team Collaboration Drives Product Cost Savings Early visibility to product cost drivers helps companies eliminate problems before they...

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  • The Network Effect and its Impact on Product Cost & Cycle Time – Part 3

    The Network Effect and its Impact on Product Cost & Cycle Time – Part 3

    As we’ve described in our first two installments of this series, in economics and business, the Network Effect is the...

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  • The Network Effect and its Impact on Product Cost & Cycle Time – Part 2

    The Network Effect and its Impact on Product Cost & Cycle Time – Part 2

    First, Find Synergies Between Departments As we discussed in Part 1 of this series , in economics and business, the...

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  • The Network Effect and its Impact on Product Cost & Cycle Time

    The Network Effect and its Impact on Product Cost & Cycle Time

    What is the Network Effect? In economics and business, the Network Effect is the impact that one user of a...

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  • Driving Organizational Alignment Around Your Enterprise Product Cost Management Initiative

    Driving Organizational Alignment Around Your Enterprise Product Cost Management Initiative

    Interview with Ed Zraket, aPriori Client Engagement Manager Effectively aligning an organization around a strategic initiative is a challenge for...

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  • Effective Product Globalization Requires Transparency to Costs

    Effective Product Globalization Requires Transparency to Costs

    Manufacturers are struggling to efficiently deliver innovative products to customers around the world with different requirements and budgets. To combat...

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  • Negotiate More Effectively with Suppliers Using Manufacturing Process Data

    Negotiate More Effectively with Suppliers Using Manufacturing Process Data

    In direct conversations with customers and according to the TechValidate research study below, one of the most significant sources of...

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