aPriori (Concord, Mass.) has announced that NACCO Materials Handling Group (NMHG) has expanded its deployment of aPriori. The company uses aPriori software to quickly and easily understand the cost impact of different design options, so that when changes are made, the software automatically provides an updated product cost quickly and easily. According to the companies, this helps open up new possibilities for cost optimization alternatives, and enables engineers to evaluate more design options.
“Like many things, success in product cost management comes down to leadership and execution,” said Rick Goldsmith, manager of corporate manufacturing engineering and tooling for NMHG. “aPriori is vital in that regard. It provides the tools the design team needs to take responsibility for product cost and highlights the need to do something about it — in black and white detail.”
aPriori’s Product Cost Management software platform enables design engineers to determine the cost of a specific design by pulling information from a computer-aided design (CAD) model. It uses intelligent cost models based on the manufacturing process, materials and the plant where a part or product will be produced.