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Paperless MRP System

By Dave Ferguson
February 20, 2019


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How to Manage RFQ's

By Dave Ferguson
February 14, 2019


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Estimating For Paint Lines (Part 2 of 2)

By Dave Ferguson
December 10, 2018
, By Dave Ferguson
December 10, 2018
, By Dave Ferguson
December 10, 2018
, By Dave Ferguson
December 10, 2018
, By Dave Ferguson
December 10, 2018
, By Dave Ferguson
December 10, 2018
, By Dave Ferguson
December 10, 2018
, By Dave Ferguson
December 10, 2018
, By Dave Ferguson
December 10, 2018
, By Dave Ferguson
December 10, 2018
, By Dave Ferguson
December 10, 2018

As technology has improved over the years, paint lines have become more commonplace throughout job shops. The ability to estimate how much a part costs is now more complicated due to the batch process and automation of paint lines. This entry will...
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Estimating For Paint Lines (Part 1 of 2)

By Dave Ferguson
December 04, 2018
, By Dave Ferguson
December 04, 2018
, By Dave Ferguson
December 04, 2018
, By Dave Ferguson
December 04, 2018
, By Dave Ferguson
December 04, 2018
, By Dave Ferguson
December 04, 2018
, By Dave Ferguson
December 04, 2018
, By Dave Ferguson
December 04, 2018
, By Dave Ferguson
December 04, 2018
, By Dave Ferguson
December 04, 2018

What is a paint line?
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Costing Product Capacity Of A Facility and Demand Affects

By Dave Ferguson
December 21, 2015
, By Dave Ferguson
December 21, 2015
, By Dave Ferguson
December 21, 2015
, By Dave Ferguson
December 21, 2015

Do you wonder what your shop's burden rates are for working 8-hour days but having only 4 hours of work to do? Do you charge your customer for all 8 hours? There are some companies that will charge for 8 hours of work even when there was only 4...
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Job Quoting Key Aspects

By Dave Ferguson
October 28, 2015
, By Dave Ferguson
October 28, 2015
, By Dave Ferguson
October 28, 2015
, By Dave Ferguson
October 28, 2015
, By Dave Ferguson
October 28, 2015

Here are some key aspects to quoting and estimating.
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Punch Press Estimating and the First CNC Punch Press

By Dave Ferguson
July 10, 2015
, By Dave Ferguson
July 10, 2015
, By Dave Ferguson
July 10, 2015
, By Dave Ferguson
July 10, 2015
, By Dave Ferguson
July 10, 2015

Punch press estimating is a very common way to put wholes in sheet metal parts. Punch presses have been around since 1955.  The Wiedemann Machine Company was established in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1916 and over the years developed and produced...
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Laser Cutting Estimating

By Dave Ferguson
April 21, 2015
, By Dave Ferguson
April 21, 2015
, By Dave Ferguson
April 21, 2015
, By Dave Ferguson
April 21, 2015
, By Dave Ferguson
April 21, 2015
, By Dave Ferguson
April 21, 2015
, By Dave Ferguson
April 21, 2015

Laser cutting sheet metal parts is very common in the industry.  Not too many years ago laser cutting was new and estimating the costs was new.  Now, laser cutting estimating has become much more accurate through software simulations.
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Saw Operation Standards

By Dave Ferguson
April 05, 2015
, By Dave Ferguson
April 05, 2015
, By Dave Ferguson
April 05, 2015
, By Dave Ferguson
April 05, 2015
, By Dave Ferguson
April 05, 2015

The standards for estimating saw operations includes both the actual sawing operation and the setup of the jig, clamps, etc.  The times below are in seconds.  These process times may change based on the machine and if its a manual process, etc.  In...
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Engineering Standards For Estimating

By Dave Ferguson
March 29, 2015
, By Dave Ferguson
March 29, 2015
, By Dave Ferguson
March 29, 2015
, By Dave Ferguson
March 29, 2015
, By Dave Ferguson
March 29, 2015

Engineering standards for estimating is critical in order to come up with a consistent way of quoting.   Standards are based on time and not dollars because shop rates are different based on each individual company.  Standards are different based on...
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