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Dematic Selects aPriori for Product Cost Management

Written By: Predrag Jakovljevic
Published On: March 24 2014

Dematic, a supplier of automated warehouse logistics and material handling systems, selected aPriori to control new product costs by providing real-time insight to cost projections in design and sourcing.
 
Dematic designs, builds, and supports logistics solutions that optimize material and information flow, from receiving to shipping. A typical Dematic solution is built around process improvements, material handling technology, and software, whereby system configurations may be manually operated, mechanized, or automated.
 
In its product costing solution search, Dematic looked at other products, particularly Siemens’ Perfect Costing. There were many reasons for picking aPriori, but the two in particular the company voiced were as follows:
  • The ability for stakeholders other than manufacturing and engineering experts to leverage the capabilities of the system
  • The ability to extract geometry from computer-aided design (CAD) files
Dematic’s engineering and strategic sourcing professionals should now be able to receive a real-time cost feedback on 3D CAD drawings and continuous visibility into product cost performance as designs develop and change. The aPriori software leverages 3D CAD files and intelligent cost models to quickly and automatically generate detailed manufacturing analysis and cost estimates that quantify the impact of changes to product design, materials, manufacturing processes, volumes, and location in real time.
 
The software also enables users to leverage product cost data hosted in other critical enterprise applications to communicate product cost information between all functional organizations involved in product definition and delivery. This includes the import of complex engineering bills of materials (BOMs) from enterprise resource planning (ERP), product lifecycle management (PLM), or other enterprise applications.
 
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