Product cost management platform accelerates response time and
enables increased collaboration with customers
Sunset Metal Works has relied heavily on “tribal knowledge” and experience in its cost estimating efforts. The process was thorough, but lengthy, making it difficult to respond quickly to RFQ’s on new projects. At the same time, its existing customers were also looking for greater transparency in the cost estimating process. This put additional pressure to document what were highly manual processes managed by a select number of product cost experts in the organization.
With aPriori’s product cost management software platform, Sunset has a flexible and powerful costing engine that can instantly and precisely determine the cost of a part or product from a 3-D CAD model based on the materials to be used and the manufacturing environment where it will be produced. With a click of a button, users can get a precise, real-time cost assessment at any time during the process. As changes are made, aPriori automatically re-assesses and provides an updated product cost in real time. In addition, the software enables users to leverage product cost data hosted in Sunset Metal’s other enterprise applications including the import of complex engineering Bills of Materials (BOMs) from its ERP and PLM applications.
“We looked into other tools, but they didn’t offer much improvement over our existing process,” said
Sunset also anticipates synergies with OEMs who utilize aPriori and hopes to connect during design and production costing projects to share their product cost management assumptions and metrics via the aPriori platform. This will enable true, known cost vs. best practices estimates and eliminate unnecessary back and forth with the customer.
“Sunset Metal Works competes on its ability to meet its customers’ unique manufacturing and product lifecycle challenges,” said
For more details on Sunset Metal Works’ deployment of aPriori, download the case study here.
About Sunset Metal Works
Sunset Metal Works is a contract manufacturer of painted metal weldments and fabrications to Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs). It serves a variety of segments in Agriculture & Construction Equipment, Aerial Work Platforms, Vertical Transportation,
The company is a veteran-owned small business and its employees and management leverage more than 500 years of manufacturing experience to provide superior quality, competitive pricing and on-time delivery for its customers. Many of the company’s employees have been together as a team for more than 25 years. Sunset is ISO 9001:2008 certified and anticipates achieving ISO 14001 certification in 2014. In Q1 2014, Sunset will open a sister company, Sunset Industrial Applications (SIA), a world-class liquid and powder coating finishing facility. The companies employ 100+ people on 2 campuses with 100,000 square feet of facilities. Visit www.sunsetmetalworks.com for more information.
aPriori software and services generate hard-dollar product cost savings for discrete manufacturing and product innovation companies. Using aPriori’s real-time product cost assessments, employees in engineering, sourcing and manufacturing make more-informed decisions that drive costs out of products pre- and post-production. With aPriori, manufacturers launch products at cost targets, maximize savings in re-work projects and avoid overpaying for sourced parts. To learn more about aPriori and its product cost management solutions and services, visit www.apriori.com or call 1.978.371.2006. To see an overview demonstration of aPriori, click here.
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