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Now that we have been investigating many of the details of material costs in quotations, we will now take a look at the mathematical calculations required.
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Material costs in job estimates can come in a variety of ways.   When you are estimating the cost to manufacture a product and the product is made out of either plate material, sheets, tubing, etc there are a few calculation methods that may be...
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February 19, 2011
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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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Material cost is a big subject and will be handled in multiple blog entries.  Material costs are costs that go directly into producing the desired product.  Material costs can be divided into both direct and indirect material costs.  We will focus...
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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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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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There are two main types of costs - fixed and variable.  If something is being manufactured, it consists of both fixed and variable costs.  Fixed costs are those that do not change based on a quantity.  This means the cost is fixed if you produce 1...
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The basic cost estimating techniques involve analyzing all factors that make up a cost estimate. The first technique I would follow is to go through the following steps, systematically, and costing each one out in detail. Once you have gone through...
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There are numerous purposes behind cost estimating, including the following:
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An interesting situation when creating estimates is determining which estimates to spend time on and which estimates are too costly to put the effort into.  In a tough economy, your company takes on jobs that don't lead to a reasonable profit, but...