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Estimating Software Guide

By Dave Ferguson
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There are many different type of software estimating package for made to order manufacturing Made to order manufacturing includes any custom job shop type work including sheet metal, machining, wood working, stamping, press work, printing which all...
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Job Shop Quoting Labor Hours Accumulation

By Dave Ferguson
January 25, 2010
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January 25, 2010

Labor time is very difficult to measure accurately when determining manufacturing time for a custom item.   If you ask 10 people to estimate how long it will take to cut a piece of wood, pipe, etc you would most likely find 10 different answers.  It...
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How To : Manufacturing Hourly Rate Calculation

By Dave Ferguson
January 20, 2010
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January 20, 2010

Sheet metal, CNC shops, machine shops and many other job shops provide a valuable service to their customers.  For a job shop to be a profitable business, the service rate should cover the cost of doing business plus have a certain amount of...
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What is Forward and Backward Scheduling

By Dave Ferguson
January 15, 2010
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January 15, 2010

MIE Solutions offers a made to order job shop ERP system designed for the manufacturer of goods and products.  Most accounting systems are designed for the basic AR, AP and GL side of financials where a manufacturing software product deals with the...
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Introduction To Job Shop Scheduling

By Dave Ferguson
January 11, 2010
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January 11, 2010

    Welcome to the MIE Solutions Job Shop Scheduling blog. MIE Solutions ERP system provides a comprehensive job shop scheduling software to deal with the many problems scheduling a job shop encounters.
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Exploded Bill Of Materials

By Dave Ferguson
December 29, 2009
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December 29, 2009
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December 29, 2009
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December 29, 2009
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December 29, 2009

Estimating large projects requires an exploded bill of materials in order to get a good understanding of the requirements.   The larger the project you have to estimate the more in depth the bill of materials will be.   If you are estimating you...
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What Are Bill Of Materials?

By Dave Ferguson
December 12, 2009
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December 12, 2009

A good definition of Bill of materials comes from wikipedia
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Cost Estimating Purchased Parts Or Materials

By Dave Ferguson
December 08, 2009
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December 08, 2009

Bill of material items are those items which are purchased as raw materials and used to combine with other products and services to produce a new product.   Job costing bill of materials is a critical step in the estimating and quoting process....
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Manufacturing Efficiency in Estimating

By Dave Ferguson
November 09, 2009
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November 09, 2009
, By Dave Ferguson
November 09, 2009

How many of you have estimated a job and wonder how anyone could do it any cheaper and make money?  Well your not alone in your thinking.   There are manufacturers that are using reverse auctions in order to try to get more work and pick up new...
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Job Shop Hours Defined

By Dave Ferguson
October 15, 2009
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October 15, 2009
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October 15, 2009
, By Dave Ferguson
October 15, 2009
, By Dave Ferguson
October 15, 2009
, By Dave Ferguson
October 15, 2009

In job shop estimating where does efficiency play a role?  When you are estimating generally ask yourself how many "Man Hours" are required to producing the part or performing a specific operation.
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