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Material Weight

By Dave Ferguson
March 22, 2011
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March 22, 2011
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March 22, 2011
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March 22, 2011
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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
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March 15, 2011
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March 15, 2011
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March 15, 2011
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March 15, 2011
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March 15, 2011
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March 15, 2011
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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
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February 26, 2011
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February 26, 2011
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February 26, 2011
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February 26, 2011
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February 26, 2011
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February 26, 2011
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February 26, 2011
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February 26, 2011
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February 26, 2011
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February 26, 2011
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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
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February 19, 2011
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February 19, 2011
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February 19, 2011
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February 19, 2011
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February 19, 2011
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February 19, 2011
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February 19, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
February 19, 2011
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February 19, 2011
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February 19, 2011
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February 19, 2011
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February 19, 2011
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February 19, 2011
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February 19, 2011
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February 19, 2011
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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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Material Cost

By Dave Ferguson
February 16, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
February 16, 2011
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February 16, 2011
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February 16, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
February 16, 2011
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February 16, 2011
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February 16, 2011
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February 16, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
February 16, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
February 16, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
February 16, 2011
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February 16, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
February 16, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
February 16, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
February 16, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
February 16, 2011

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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Direct and Indirect Costs

By Dave Ferguson
February 12, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
February 12, 2011
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February 12, 2011
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February 12, 2011
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February 12, 2011
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February 12, 2011
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February 12, 2011
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February 12, 2011
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February 12, 2011
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February 12, 2011
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February 12, 2011
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February 12, 2011
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February 12, 2011
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February 12, 2011
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February 12, 2011
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February 12, 2011
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February 12, 2011
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February 12, 2011
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February 12, 2011

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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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
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February 10, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
February 10, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
February 10, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
February 10, 2011
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February 10, 2011
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February 10, 2011
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, By Dave Ferguson
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February 10, 2011
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February 10, 2011
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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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Techniques for Cost Estimating

By Dave Ferguson
February 08, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
February 08, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
February 08, 2011
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February 08, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
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, By Dave Ferguson
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, By Dave Ferguson
February 08, 2011
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, By Dave Ferguson
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February 08, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
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February 08, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
February 08, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
February 08, 2011
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February 08, 2011
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February 08, 2011
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February 08, 2011
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February 08, 2011
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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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Purpose of Cost Estimating

By Dave Ferguson
February 07, 2011
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February 07, 2011
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February 07, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
February 07, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
February 07, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
February 07, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
February 07, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
February 07, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
February 07, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
February 07, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
February 07, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
February 07, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
February 07, 2011
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February 07, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
February 07, 2011
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February 07, 2011
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February 07, 2011
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February 07, 2011
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February 07, 2011
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February 07, 2011

There are numerous purposes behind cost estimating, including the following:
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Estimating the Costs of Estimates

By Dave Ferguson
February 05, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
February 05, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
February 05, 2011
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February 05, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
February 05, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
February 05, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
February 05, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
February 05, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
February 05, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
February 05, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
February 05, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
February 05, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
February 05, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
February 05, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
February 05, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
February 05, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
February 05, 2011
, By Dave Ferguson
February 05, 2011

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...
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