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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 Shearing (Sheet Metal Cutting)

By Dave Ferguson
January 02, 2013
, By Dave Ferguson
January 02, 2013
, By Dave Ferguson
January 02, 2013
, By Dave Ferguson
January 02, 2013
, By Dave Ferguson
January 02, 2013
, By Dave Ferguson
January 02, 2013
, By Dave Ferguson
January 02, 2013
, By Dave Ferguson
January 02, 2013
, By Dave Ferguson
January 02, 2013
, By Dave Ferguson
January 02, 2013
, By Dave Ferguson
January 02, 2013

The basic definition of shearing is cutting metal into smaller pieces.  If we define shearing as cutting material then not only a shear can do this process but metal scissors, lasers, punch presses, etc can also do the same function.  The shearing...
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Classification Of Costs - Fixed and Variable Costs

By Dave Ferguson
June 14, 2012
, By Dave Ferguson
June 14, 2012
, By Dave Ferguson
June 14, 2012
, By Dave Ferguson
June 14, 2012
, By Dave Ferguson
June 14, 2012
, By Dave Ferguson
June 14, 2012
, By Dave Ferguson
June 14, 2012
, By Dave Ferguson
June 14, 2012
, By Dave Ferguson
June 14, 2012
, By Dave Ferguson
June 14, 2012
, By Dave Ferguson
June 14, 2012

There are many facets of costing and breaking costing into these four categories helps in understanding
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Engineering Costs

By Dave Ferguson
April 26, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
April 26, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
April 26, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
April 26, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
April 26, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
April 26, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
April 26, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
April 26, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
April 26, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
April 26, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
April 26, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
April 26, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
April 26, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
April 26, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
April 26, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
April 26, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
April 26, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
April 26, 2011

Engineering costs for many years have basically been included in the standard burden rate of the shop.  There are many situations now in this world where manufacturing is very competitive and technical that the standard burden rate of the shop...
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Material Weight

By Dave Ferguson
March 22, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
March 22, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
March 22, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
March 22, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
March 22, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
March 22, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
March 22, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
March 22, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
March 22, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
March 22, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
March 22, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
March 22, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
March 22, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
March 22, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
March 22, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
March 22, 2011

Material Weight In order to estimate the cost of material it is essential that you know the weight of different material gauges and types of material.   Below you will find a list of some common weights dealing with the metal industry and metal...
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Material Estimating

By Dave Ferguson
March 15, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
March 15, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
March 15, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
March 15, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
March 15, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
March 15, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
March 15, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
March 15, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
March 15, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
March 15, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
March 15, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
March 15, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
March 15, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
March 15, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
March 15, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
March 15, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
March 15, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
March 15, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
March 15, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
March 15, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
March 15, 2011

Material estimating can be simple to complex depending on the particular job you are estimating.   Raw material is a commodity which could include metal sheets, wood, bars, plastic, plates, block of metal, etc.  These items are purchased from a...
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Material Cost Calculation

By Dave Ferguson
March 10, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
March 10, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
March 10, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
March 10, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
March 10, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
March 10, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
March 10, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
March 10, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
March 10, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
March 10, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
March 10, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
March 10, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
March 10, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
March 10, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
March 10, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
March 10, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
March 10, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
March 10, 2011

Material cost calculation potentially involves a lot of information.  In my previous blog I mentioned many of the data points involved in the material cost calculation including Parts Size, Blank Size, Stock Size, Safety Stock Size, and others.  One...
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Raw Material Sheets Cost Calculation

By Dave Ferguson
March 05, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
March 05, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
March 05, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
March 05, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
March 05, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
March 05, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
March 05, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
March 05, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
March 05, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
March 05, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
March 05, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
March 05, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
March 05, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
March 05, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
March 05, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
March 05, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
March 05, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
March 05, 2011

Raw material sheets include plates, sheets, plywood and any other commodity item which is x,y and thickness dimensional.  Raw material is usually purchased by weight and is a commodity.  I'm going to define commodities as items where their price...
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Indirect Material Costs

By Dave Ferguson
February 19, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
February 19, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
February 19, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
February 19, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
February 19, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
February 19, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
February 19, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
February 19, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
February 19, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
February 19, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
February 19, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
February 19, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
February 19, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
February 19, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
February 19, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
February 19, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
February 19, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
February 19, 2011

Indirect material costs are those that are not directly added into the product. There are many times where materials are required to manufacture a part but are not put directly into the product.  Examples of this may include oils, lubricants for...
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Direct and Indirect Costs

By Dave Ferguson
February 12, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
February 12, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
February 12, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
February 12, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
February 12, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
February 12, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
February 12, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
February 12, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
February 12, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
February 12, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
February 12, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
February 12, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
February 12, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
February 12, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
February 12, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
February 12, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
February 12, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
February 12, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
February 12, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
February 12, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
February 12, 2011

Fixed and variable costs can now be broken down into two more cost types: direct and indirect costs. These classify the costs of parts being manufactured and are critical to calculating shop overhead rates.  Direct costs are those costs that are...
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