Job Estimating Software MIE QuoteIt Has New Features

Quoting and estimating software can be found in many products.  One of the industries that have the most estimating software packages is construction where you see a plethora of options available.  Job shop estimating software is also common but it is usually tied directly into the companies ERP/MRP system.  MIE QuoteIt from MIE Solutions has an estimating package available that can be linked to different ERP systems because it uses SQL Server which many systems can extra the data from.

MIE Solutions developed MIE QuoteIt  as a system as a system specifically designed for sheet metal job shops but has now expanded into a wide variety of manufacturing plants because of the unique ability to create customized formula’s.  Customizing your formulas for how you want to quote creates consistency within your company.

A simple example is countersinking.  One way to create a consistent formula is using a formula like  # Of Holes To Countersink divided by 3

(NUMBER OF COUNTER SINKS)/3

This is the exact formula you would create if you were wanting counter sinks to be costed at 20 seconds per countersink.

You can make a more complicated example which would be as shown below where we do not fix the number of seconds per minute but rather change it dynamically.

(NUMBER OF COUNTER SINKS)/(COUNTERS SINKS PER MINUTE)

The negative to the 2nd approach is you get back to the consistency of estimating where different people would not come up with the same figure.

Another more refined option is to not ask for the speed but ask for the size where the speed would be pre-populated based on the size of the countersink being created.  MIE QuoteIt will actually allow you to create tables to create consistent quotes and estimates without opinion of the estimator because the thickness and size of the countersink is not a guess.

In the next few blogs I will go into detail on some different formulas and how to create them in order to not guess when estimating.

 

Author: MIE Solutions

David Ferguson has over 20 years of experience in the manufacturing and fabrication industry. David Ferguson has been to over 100 manufacturing companies helping and guiding them to be more efficient and cost effective. As a child in Junior High School David Ferguson found a passion for the early computer systems, which would drive much of his future work. David Ferguson created and sold his first computer program, Arrow Data Systems, which was an early CAD/CAM system for the Apple 2e Computer. In the late 1980's after seeing his father (a sheet metal manufacturer) come home many nights estimating, David Ferguson saw an opportunity to optimize his effort through computer technology. Shortly thereafter the FabriTRAK Production Control package was developed. The Quote It! estimating package was developed out of the FabriTRAK system to become one of the leading sheet metal estimating packages in the world. David Ferguson has always had a passion for developing software to make the manufacturing process simpler, faster and more efficient. Prior to founding MIE Solutions David Ferguson worked with his father at Alco Sheet Metal, METALSOFT Inc. and was a consultant at Toyota Motors Sales. David Ferguson has his Masters in Computer Science and Mathematics from California State University, Long Beach.

2 thoughts on “Job Estimating Software MIE QuoteIt Has New Features”

  1. Sheet metal parts manufacturers
    Sheet metal fabrication is a classification of manufacturing processes that shape a piece of sheet metal into the desired part through material removal and/or material deformation. Sheet metal, which acts as the workpiece in these processes, is one of the most common forms of raw material stock. The material thickness that classifies a workpiece as sheet metal is not clearly defined. However, sheet metal is generally considered to be a piece of stock between 0.006 and 0.25 inches thick. A piece of metal much thinner is considered to be “foil” and any thicker is referred to as a “plate”. The thickness of a piece of sheet metal is often referred to as its gauge, a number typically ranging from 3 to 38. A higher gauge indicates a thinner piece of sheet metal, with exact dimensions that depend on the material. Sheet metal can be cut, bent, and stretched into a nearly any shape. Material removal processes can create holes and cutouts in any 2D geometric shape. Deformation processes can bend the sheet numerous times to different angles or stretch the sheet to create complex contours. The size of sheet metal parts can range from a small washer or bracket, to midsize enclosures for home appliances, to large airplane wings. These parts are found in a variety of industries, such as aircraft, automotive, construction, consumer products, HVAC, and furniture.

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