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Should Costing

Material costs account for about 70% of a typical manufacturer’s cost stack, and therefore, any effort towards increasing profitability needs to take a close look at ways to reduce these costs. Further, majority of the product costs are committed early on in the product development cycle, at a time when product details are least known and cost drivers least understood.

cINSIGHT, our Should Costing offering provides a framework that enables a systematic focus on opportunities to reduce costs right from the conceptualization stage through the production stage of the product.

Our Key Strengths

  • Experience of working with leading OEMs and setting up Global Engineering Centers
  • Own IP driven technologies for automation and decision support in cost modeling
  • Experience on leading estimation tools
  • Highly skilled associates in manufacturing methods / processes and VAVE
  • Global execution and delivery capabilities
We help global manufacturers increase the impact of their should costing programs by increasing the consumption avenues of the cost models. Early cost modeling provides the basis for cost reduction and waste elimination, prior to production by triggering the evaluation of alternative designs, processes, tools and sources to achieve quantifiable savings in material, tooling, labor, and overheads.



Product development demands a careful consideration of costs; however, design engineers usually lack a reliable method of managing and understanding these. Through cINSIGHT, Geometric helps to keep the design teams aware of movements in product cost, enabling them to review each part of their design for potential cost reduction opportunities. Should costing during engineering change provides precise cost impact assessments on design alternatives.

When the product reaches industrialization, our cost modeling team empowers the customers’ purchasing team to effectively negotiate with suppliers and to ensure that these negotiations are based on analytical information. The costing analysis provides a basis to seek out and develop the right supplier, by comparing the actual procurement and manufacturing costs with the cost models and reconcile differences through improvements.


Productivity Tools for Should Costing

Geometric leverages its knowledge of the product realization cycle to bring in ready tools or create productivity solutions that complement contemporary engineering tools. Our proprietary tools and technologies help generate useful data during the cost modeling process to ensure greater accuracy, reliability and efficiency in the should costing process.

DFMPro – Identifies manufacturability issues in product designs against best practices and organization and supplier capabilities.

NestLib – Helps optimize sheet-metal utilization to reduce material costs and bring in standardization.

Feature Recognition – Automatically recognizes the manufacturing features from 3D models and automates for cost correlation.

Impact of cINSIGHT for our customers:

  • Improved ability to launch new products at target costs
  • Process with integrated tools is almost 2X faster compared to conventional process with better repeatability and accuracy
  • Complete recognition and understanding of component cost drivers
  • Proliferation of Should Costing in design stage for early optimization
  • Drives VAVE savings opportunities through design optimization, simplifications, and improvements in manufacturability
  • Cost discussions based on facts and reason transfers pricing power from the supplier to the purchaser
  • Offshore scalability for supporting global manufacturing centers