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Estimating For Paint Lines (Part 1 of 2)

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

What is a paint line?
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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
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January 02, 2013
, By Dave Ferguson
January 02, 2013
, By Dave Ferguson
January 02, 2013
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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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Analysis Of Overhead Expenses

By Dave Ferguson
July 13, 2012
, By Dave Ferguson
July 13, 2012
, By Dave Ferguson
July 13, 2012
, By Dave Ferguson
July 13, 2012
, By Dave Ferguson
July 13, 2012
, By Dave Ferguson
July 13, 2012
, By Dave Ferguson
July 13, 2012
, By Dave Ferguson
July 13, 2012
, By Dave Ferguson
July 13, 2012

Overhead expenses are all the costs not directly associated with the manufacturing of a specific product.  Raw material costs and direct labor are two examples which do not fall into the category of overhead expenses.  These costs are incurred by...
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Classification Of Costs - Direct and Indirect Costs

By Dave Ferguson
June 26, 2012
, By Dave Ferguson
June 26, 2012
, By Dave Ferguson
June 26, 2012
, By Dave Ferguson
June 26, 2012
, By Dave Ferguson
June 26, 2012
, By Dave Ferguson
June 26, 2012
, By Dave Ferguson
June 26, 2012
, By Dave Ferguson
June 26, 2012
, By Dave Ferguson
June 26, 2012
, By Dave Ferguson
June 26, 2012

Direct and indirect costs are two more costs which are involved in running a business.  Direct costs are those costs directly associated with the manufacturing or production of a product.  This includes labor that is directly related to making the...
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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
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March 22, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
March 22, 2011
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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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Direct Labor Costs

By Dave Ferguson
February 26, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
February 26, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
February 26, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
February 26, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
February 26, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
February 26, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
February 26, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
February 26, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
February 26, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
February 26, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
February 26, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
February 26, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
February 26, 2011

Direct labor costs are those costs which are performed during the production of some product.  The product can be any type of item from a machined part, computer and vehicle.  Labor is required to change a raw material into a product that may be...
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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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Manufacturing Costs

By Dave Ferguson
February 15, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
February 15, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
February 15, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
February 15, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
February 15, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
February 15, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
February 15, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
February 15, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
February 15, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
February 15, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
February 15, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
February 15, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
February 15, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
February 15, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
February 15, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
February 15, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
February 15, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
February 15, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
February 15, 2011

Manufacturing costs consist of multiple elements which arrive at the full cost.  When estimating a product to be manufactured the entire costs are distributed between the following elements.
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