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aPriori v6 Extends Integration to Leading 3D CAD Systems

By DE Editors

When you open up a part or assembly in the aPriori interface, aPriori will determine how much it will cost to manufacture the part within seconds, and will update costs in real time when changes are made.

aPriori (Concord, MA) announced the availability of aPriori v6, the newest version of its product cost management software platform. With capabilities that provide real-time, predictive, and precise product cost assessments, aPriori v6 empowers manufacturing organizations to reduce product costs and direct material spending by identifying quantifiable savings in material, tooling, labor, and overhead while evaluating alternative designs, processes, and sources.

aPriori v6 support additional 3D CAD file formats with integration to CATIA v5, and Siemens PLM NX. Combined with its existing integration to Pro/ENGINEER Wildfire and enhanced support for industry standards including STEP, aPriori v6 extends its ability to cost parts and products automatically and instantly from solid model files. By extending CAD file support, aPriori v6 enables both CAD-users and non-CAD users to cost parts and assemblies in real-time.

aPriori v6 also introduces the ability to cost parts and products manufactured through Bar & Tube Fabrication processes. In addition, aPriori v6 includes new tools to help sourcing, manufacturing, and engineering including    one-click costing, enhanced welded assembly costing, factory data maintenance tools, 3d assembly visualization, and usability enhancements.

aPriori also announced that Excel Industries (Hesston, KS; http://www.hustlerturf.com), a manufacturer of commercial and residential lawn care equipment that selected the aPriori Product Cost Management Platform to support its product cost reduction initiatives was able to identify more than $800,000 in potential savings across just some of the company’s products.

For details, contact aPriori.

Previous DE coverage, “aPriori Previews Product Cost Management Platform COE 2008,” (May 2008).

Sources: Press materials received from the company and additional information gleaned from the company’s website.

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