|[January 09, 2014]
Sunset Metal Works Deploys aPriori to Speed RFQ Response Time
CONCORD, Mass. --(Business Wire)--
a provider of enterprise product
cost management software solutions, today announced that its
platform has been successfully deployed by Sunset Metal Works, a
contract manufacturer of metal weldments and fabrications for original
equipment manufacturers (OEMs). The company is using aPriori's software
to automate its product cost estimating processes and reduce the time it
takes to respond to requests for quotation (RFQ) from its OEM customers
in the agriculture/construction equipment, aerial work platforms,
vertical transportation, oil/gas equipment and defense industries.
Sunset has already seen improvements of 300% in their quote times with
3-D models. Once aPriori is fully implemented, their goal is to turn
around weldment packages within five days for OEM 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 Laura Nicklas Sponseller, head of business
development at Sunset Metal Works. "With aPriori, we saw an opportunity
to really differentiate ourelves and strengthen our ability to win more
new business. The platform offers a much more in-depth product costing
capability that enables us to respond to customer RFQs more quickly and
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 Stephanie
Feraday, president and CEO of aPriori. "By automating the product cost
estimating process with aPriori, the company can deliver higher service
levels and gain an important advantage over its competition. It
immediately elevates their position and their responsiveness while also
improving their profitability."
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, Oil & Gas Equipment, Department of Defense (DoD) and
custom work. Its services include shape cutting of all ferrous and
non-ferrous materials, forming, machining, tube bending, materials
joining, finishing, assembly and reverse engineering.
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
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