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Cost Estimating Purchased Parts Or Materials

By Dave Ferguson
December 08, 2009
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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

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

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
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, 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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Machine Shop Rates Part 2

By Dave Ferguson
September 02, 2009
, By Dave Ferguson
September 02, 2009
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September 02, 2009
, By Dave Ferguson
September 02, 2009
, By Dave Ferguson
September 02, 2009

Welcome to the MIE Solutions Job Shop Estimating  blog.   Fabrication software as in sheet metal software and manufacturing software deals with shop rates extensively for costing.
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Machine Shop Rates Part 1

By Dave Ferguson
August 24, 2009
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, By Dave Ferguson
August 24, 2009
, By Dave Ferguson
August 24, 2009

Welcome to the MIE Solutions Job Shop Estimating  blog. MIE Solutions ERP system provides a comprehensive job shop software to deal with the many problems issues a job shop encounters.  Estimating has become a critical factor in many job shops in...
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Standard Shop Rate

By Dave Ferguson
August 10, 2009
, By Dave Ferguson
August 10, 2009
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, By Dave Ferguson
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, By Dave Ferguson
August 10, 2009
, By Dave Ferguson
August 10, 2009
, By Dave Ferguson
August 10, 2009

Do you remember when it was time to quote and you sat down with your specifications, pencil and paper and started to write down how long each processes would take to manufacture the given specifications.   You would add up all the setup time, then...
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Calculating Cycle Time with Estimating Software

By Dave Ferguson
July 16, 2009
, By Dave Ferguson
July 16, 2009
, By Dave Ferguson
July 16, 2009
, By Dave Ferguson
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, By Dave Ferguson
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, By Dave Ferguson
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July 16, 2009
, By Dave Ferguson
July 16, 2009
, By Dave Ferguson
July 16, 2009
, By Dave Ferguson
July 16, 2009

Calculating the entire operation costs depends on both setup and cycle time.   In order accurately estimate your costs to complete a job you must be as accurate as possible during the estimating process.   If you spend too much time estimating you...
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Price Quote Software Handles Inspection

By Dave Ferguson
July 11, 2009
, By Dave Ferguson
July 11, 2009
, By Dave Ferguson
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, By Dave Ferguson
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, By Dave Ferguson
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, By Dave Ferguson
July 11, 2009
, By Dave Ferguson
July 11, 2009
, By Dave Ferguson
July 11, 2009

Job shop estimating is not the most complex job in the job shop, but it does have a lot of little details which should be dealt with during the estimating process.   Inspection is a category of the cycle time which is not normally considered during...
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Quoting Dependencies Between Operations

By Dave Ferguson
June 24, 2009
, By Dave Ferguson
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June 24, 2009
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, By Dave Ferguson
June 24, 2009
, By Dave Ferguson
June 24, 2009
, By Dave Ferguson
June 24, 2009

I talked previously about job cost estimating setup time.   The four areas that were spoken about where staging time, setup time, transit time and tear down time.   Each one of these 4 processes actually would add costs to an estimate.   Lag time...
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