Product design in a time of supply chain instability

Pandemic-era events have spotlighted – and strained – weak links in operational strategies and associated supply chains. With an increased focus on the strategic importance of supply chains, how companies develop new, and optimize aging, products is key to determining both product profitability and supply chain resilience.

How products are designed will play a critical role in determining downstream manufacturing costs and how quickly companies can reroute supply chain operations when needed.


Brands that can design new products with a readily available and interchangeable bill of materials (BOM), and optimize manufacturing and assembly, will be well-positioned to address future supply chain disruptions quickly and decisively.


aPriori’s digital manufacturing software allows design engineers and sourcing teams to work with granular cost and manufacturability insights while a design is still in development. By directly analyzing a CAD model or digital twin by simulating production in a fully configurable digital factory, aPriori enables design engineers to:


  • Gain early manufacturability insight during design to mitigate manufacturing surprises
  • Design for procurement efficiency
  • Access on-demand cost and manufacturing insight while product is in design
  • Involve teams like cost engineering, sourcing, and suppliers earlier in the process
  • Easily identify and mitigate cost outliers and DFM risks


Continue reading to learn how you can reduce cost and supply chain risk…