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Material In Cost Estimates Weight Calculation

By Dave Ferguson
March 29, 2011
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March 29, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
March 29, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
March 29, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
March 29, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
March 29, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
March 29, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
March 29, 2011

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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Manufacturing Costs

By Dave Ferguson
February 15, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
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, By Dave Ferguson
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, By Dave Ferguson
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, By Dave Ferguson
February 15, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
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, 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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Fixed and Variable Costs

By Dave Ferguson
February 10, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
February 10, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
February 10, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
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, By Dave Ferguson
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, By Dave Ferguson
February 10, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
February 10, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
February 10, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
February 10, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
February 10, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
February 10, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
February 10, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
February 10, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
February 10, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
February 10, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
February 10, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
February 10, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
February 10, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
February 10, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
February 10, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
February 10, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
February 10, 2011

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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Job Costing Software

By Dave Ferguson
February 09, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
February 09, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
February 09, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
February 09, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
February 09, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
February 09, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
February 09, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
February 09, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
February 09, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
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, By Dave Ferguson
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, By Dave Ferguson
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, By Dave Ferguson
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, By Dave Ferguson
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, By Dave Ferguson
February 09, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
February 09, 2011
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February 09, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
February 09, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
February 09, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
February 09, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
February 09, 2011

Job Costing has been around for many years to determine the cost of manufacturing a given product.  The process by which the expenses are record is costing.  Job costing software should make the process of recording the transaction simpler and not...
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Techniques for Cost Estimating

By Dave Ferguson
February 08, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
February 08, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
February 08, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
February 08, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
February 08, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
February 08, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
February 08, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
February 08, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
February 08, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
February 08, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
February 08, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
February 08, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
February 08, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
February 08, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
February 08, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
February 08, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
February 08, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
February 08, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
February 08, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
February 08, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
February 08, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
February 08, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
February 08, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
February 08, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
February 08, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
February 08, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
February 08, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
February 08, 2011

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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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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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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How To Estimate Handling Time

By Dave Ferguson
July 07, 2009
, By Dave Ferguson
July 07, 2009
, By Dave Ferguson
July 07, 2009
, By Dave Ferguson
July 07, 2009
, By Dave Ferguson
July 07, 2009
, By Dave Ferguson
July 07, 2009
, By Dave Ferguson
July 07, 2009
, By Dave Ferguson
July 07, 2009
, By Dave Ferguson
July 07, 2009
, By Dave Ferguson
July 07, 2009
, By Dave Ferguson
July 07, 2009
, By Dave Ferguson
July 07, 2009
, By Dave Ferguson
July 07, 2009

Shop estimating is pretty complex and shop estimating software needs to be handle all types of scenarios.    One of those situations is handling time calculations.   Handling time is defined as the time it takes during the cycle time phase of...
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Manufacturing Estimating Cycle Time

By Dave Ferguson
June 29, 2009
, By Dave Ferguson
June 29, 2009
, By Dave Ferguson
June 29, 2009
, By Dave Ferguson
June 29, 2009
, By Dave Ferguson
June 29, 2009
, By Dave Ferguson
June 29, 2009
, By Dave Ferguson
June 29, 2009
, By Dave Ferguson
June 29, 2009
, By Dave Ferguson
June 29, 2009
, By Dave Ferguson
June 29, 2009

One of the most difficult aspects of estimating is figuring out what the cycle time may be for a process.   There are many factors which affect the cycle time which are not fixed including skill level of the person running the machine, reliability...
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