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Estimating is more than Setup and Run Time Part 2

By Dave Ferguson
September 24, 2010
, By Dave Ferguson
September 24, 2010
, By Dave Ferguson
September 24, 2010
, By Dave Ferguson
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, By Dave Ferguson
September 24, 2010
, By Dave Ferguson
September 24, 2010
, By Dave Ferguson
September 24, 2010
, By Dave Ferguson
September 24, 2010
, By Dave Ferguson
September 24, 2010
, By Dave Ferguson
September 24, 2010
, By Dave Ferguson
September 24, 2010
, By Dave Ferguson
September 24, 2010
, By Dave Ferguson
September 24, 2010
, By Dave Ferguson
September 24, 2010
, By Dave Ferguson
September 24, 2010
, By Dave Ferguson
September 24, 2010
, By Dave Ferguson
September 24, 2010
, By Dave Ferguson
September 24, 2010
, By Dave Ferguson
September 24, 2010
, By Dave Ferguson
September 24, 2010
, By Dave Ferguson
September 24, 2010
, By Dave Ferguson
September 24, 2010

In the not to distant past many manufacturing processes were very labor intensive.  In countries such as China and India there is still a great deal of manual labor intensive manufacturing.  I remember as a child I worked in my Father's sheet metal...
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Estimating is more than Setup and Run Time Part 1

By Dave Ferguson
July 19, 2010
, By Dave Ferguson
July 19, 2010
, By Dave Ferguson
July 19, 2010
, By Dave Ferguson
July 19, 2010
, By Dave Ferguson
July 19, 2010
, By Dave Ferguson
July 19, 2010
, By Dave Ferguson
July 19, 2010
, By Dave Ferguson
July 19, 2010
, By Dave Ferguson
July 19, 2010
, By Dave Ferguson
July 19, 2010
, By Dave Ferguson
July 19, 2010
, By Dave Ferguson
July 19, 2010
, By Dave Ferguson
July 19, 2010
, By Dave Ferguson
July 19, 2010
, By Dave Ferguson
July 19, 2010
, By Dave Ferguson
July 19, 2010
, By Dave Ferguson
July 19, 2010

Many estimators put a lot of time into figuring out how to estimate setup time.  Setup time is a key component when doing estimates for basic operations like shearing, forming, laser, punch presss or any other operation which requires a setup...
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Estimating Software Guide

By Dave Ferguson
February 01, 2010
, By Dave Ferguson
February 01, 2010
, By Dave Ferguson
February 01, 2010
, By Dave Ferguson
February 01, 2010
, By Dave Ferguson
February 01, 2010
, By Dave Ferguson
February 01, 2010
, By Dave Ferguson
February 01, 2010
, By Dave Ferguson
February 01, 2010
, By Dave Ferguson
February 01, 2010
, By Dave Ferguson
February 01, 2010
, By Dave Ferguson
February 01, 2010
, By Dave Ferguson
February 01, 2010
, By Dave Ferguson
February 01, 2010
, By Dave Ferguson
February 01, 2010
, By Dave Ferguson
February 01, 2010
, By Dave Ferguson
February 01, 2010

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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How To : Manufacturing Hourly Rate Calculation

By Dave Ferguson
January 20, 2010
, By Dave Ferguson
January 20, 2010
, By Dave Ferguson
January 20, 2010
, By Dave Ferguson
January 20, 2010
, By Dave Ferguson
January 20, 2010
, By Dave Ferguson
January 20, 2010
, By Dave Ferguson
January 20, 2010
, By Dave Ferguson
January 20, 2010
, By Dave Ferguson
January 20, 2010
, By Dave Ferguson
January 20, 2010
, By Dave Ferguson
January 20, 2010
, By Dave Ferguson
January 20, 2010
, By Dave Ferguson
January 20, 2010
, By Dave Ferguson
January 20, 2010
, By Dave Ferguson
January 20, 2010
, By Dave Ferguson
January 20, 2010
, By Dave Ferguson
January 20, 2010
, By Dave Ferguson
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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Exploded Bill Of Materials

By Dave Ferguson
December 29, 2009
, By Dave Ferguson
December 29, 2009
, By Dave Ferguson
December 29, 2009
, By Dave Ferguson
December 29, 2009
, By Dave Ferguson
December 29, 2009
, By Dave Ferguson
December 29, 2009
, By Dave Ferguson
December 29, 2009
, By Dave Ferguson
December 29, 2009
, By Dave Ferguson
December 29, 2009
, By Dave Ferguson
December 29, 2009
, By Dave Ferguson
December 29, 2009
, By Dave Ferguson
December 29, 2009
, By Dave Ferguson
December 29, 2009
, By Dave Ferguson
December 29, 2009
, By Dave Ferguson
December 29, 2009
, By Dave Ferguson
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
, By Dave Ferguson
December 12, 2009
, By Dave Ferguson
December 12, 2009
, By Dave Ferguson
December 12, 2009
, By Dave Ferguson
December 12, 2009
, By Dave Ferguson
December 12, 2009
, By Dave Ferguson
December 12, 2009
, By Dave Ferguson
December 12, 2009
, By Dave Ferguson
December 12, 2009
, By Dave Ferguson
December 12, 2009
, By Dave Ferguson
December 12, 2009
, By Dave Ferguson
December 12, 2009
, By Dave Ferguson
December 12, 2009
, By Dave Ferguson
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
, By Dave Ferguson
December 08, 2009
, By Dave Ferguson
December 08, 2009
, By Dave Ferguson
December 08, 2009
, By Dave Ferguson
December 08, 2009
, By Dave Ferguson
December 08, 2009
, By Dave Ferguson
December 08, 2009
, By Dave Ferguson
December 08, 2009
, By Dave Ferguson
December 08, 2009
, By Dave Ferguson
December 08, 2009
, By Dave Ferguson
December 08, 2009
, By Dave Ferguson
December 08, 2009
, By Dave Ferguson
December 08, 2009
, By Dave Ferguson
December 08, 2009
, By Dave Ferguson
December 08, 2009
, By Dave Ferguson
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
, By Dave Ferguson
November 09, 2009
, By Dave Ferguson
November 09, 2009
, By Dave Ferguson
November 09, 2009
, By Dave Ferguson
November 09, 2009
, By Dave Ferguson
November 09, 2009
, By Dave Ferguson
November 09, 2009
, By Dave Ferguson
November 09, 2009
, By Dave Ferguson
November 09, 2009
, By Dave Ferguson
November 09, 2009
, By Dave Ferguson
November 09, 2009
, By Dave Ferguson
November 09, 2009
, By Dave Ferguson
November 09, 2009
, By Dave Ferguson
November 09, 2009
, By Dave Ferguson
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
, By Dave Ferguson
October 15, 2009
, By Dave Ferguson
October 15, 2009
, By Dave Ferguson
October 15, 2009
, By Dave Ferguson
October 15, 2009
, By Dave Ferguson
October 15, 2009
, By Dave Ferguson
October 15, 2009
, By Dave Ferguson
October 15, 2009
, By Dave Ferguson
October 15, 2009
, By Dave Ferguson
October 15, 2009
, By Dave Ferguson
October 15, 2009
, By Dave Ferguson
October 15, 2009
, By Dave Ferguson
October 15, 2009
, By Dave Ferguson
October 15, 2009
, By Dave Ferguson
October 15, 2009
, By Dave Ferguson
October 15, 2009
, By Dave Ferguson
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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Fabrication Workcenter Overhead Rates

By Dave Ferguson
September 17, 2009
, By Dave Ferguson
September 17, 2009
, By Dave Ferguson
September 17, 2009
, By Dave Ferguson
September 17, 2009
, By Dave Ferguson
September 17, 2009
, By Dave Ferguson
September 17, 2009
, By Dave Ferguson
September 17, 2009
, By Dave Ferguson
September 17, 2009
, By Dave Ferguson
September 17, 2009
, By Dave Ferguson
September 17, 2009
, By Dave Ferguson
September 17, 2009
, By Dave Ferguson
September 17, 2009
, By Dave Ferguson
September 17, 2009
, By Dave Ferguson
September 17, 2009
, By Dave Ferguson
September 17, 2009
, By Dave Ferguson
September 17, 2009
, By Dave Ferguson
September 17, 2009
, By Dave Ferguson
September 17, 2009
, By Dave Ferguson
September 17, 2009

When you quote a job and its operations you need to make sure you quote it accurately. Its very important to know that when you quote a job that your rates are high enough to actually turn a profit.
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