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Estimating Shearing (Sheet Metal Cutting)

By Dave Ferguson
January 02, 2013
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January 02, 2013
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, By Dave Ferguson
January 02, 2013
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January 02, 2013
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, By Dave Ferguson
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, 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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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
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
, 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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Estimating is more than Setup and Run Time Part 2

By Dave Ferguson
September 24, 2010
, By Dave Ferguson
September 24, 2010
, By Dave Ferguson
September 24, 2010
, By Dave Ferguson
September 24, 2010
, By Dave Ferguson
September 24, 2010
, By Dave Ferguson
September 24, 2010
, By Dave Ferguson
September 24, 2010
, By Dave Ferguson
September 24, 2010
, By Dave Ferguson
September 24, 2010
, By Dave Ferguson
September 24, 2010
, By Dave Ferguson
September 24, 2010
, By Dave Ferguson
September 24, 2010
, By Dave Ferguson
September 24, 2010
, By Dave Ferguson
September 24, 2010
, By Dave Ferguson
September 24, 2010
, By Dave Ferguson
September 24, 2010
, By Dave Ferguson
September 24, 2010
, By Dave Ferguson
September 24, 2010
, By Dave Ferguson
September 24, 2010
, By Dave Ferguson
September 24, 2010
, By Dave Ferguson
September 24, 2010
, By Dave Ferguson
September 24, 2010

In the not to distant past many manufacturing processes were very labor intensive.  In countries such as China and India there is still a great deal of manual labor intensive manufacturing.  I remember as a child I worked in my Father's sheet metal...
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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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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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What is Setup Time?

By Dave Ferguson
June 17, 2009
, By Dave Ferguson
June 17, 2009
, By Dave Ferguson
June 17, 2009
, By Dave Ferguson
June 17, 2009
, By Dave Ferguson
June 17, 2009
, By Dave Ferguson
June 17, 2009
, By Dave Ferguson
June 17, 2009
, By Dave Ferguson
June 17, 2009
, By Dave Ferguson
June 17, 2009
, By Dave Ferguson
June 17, 2009
, By Dave Ferguson
June 17, 2009

In order to begin a detailed look into quoting and estimating I'm going to start by giving some definitions.
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