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How to Create a Successful ERP Implementation Plan

Communication is the Key Implementing an enterprise resource planning (ERP) system is a huge task, no matter the size of the company or the industry in which it will be utilized. Although thousands of ERP implementations are planned each year, unfortunately, not all are successful. What makes some plans work, while others fail? Communication. “What…

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What the future holds for ERP for the Manufacturing Industry

What the future holds for ERP for the manufacturing industry “Going digital” is a phrase that many businesses throw around to prove they are on trend and ready to keep up with society’s ongoing digital transformation. And companies in the manufacturing industry must also embrace this evolution. ERP for manufacturing must be primed to leverage…

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Benefits of Job Shop Manufacturing Software | MIE Solutions

Benefits of Job Shop Manufacturing Software MIE’s founder and original software developer, David Ferguson was born into the manufacturing family by virtue of his father, owner/operator of a fabrication job shop that is still in operation today. Now, with over 25 years of first-hand experience, he is considered an expert in the job shop arena.…

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Job Quoting Key Aspects

Here are some key aspects to quoting and estimating. 1. Material costs This includes both raw material and purchased components like nuts, bolts, screws, etc. 2. Tooling costs 3. Welding fixture costs and other fixture costs 4. Burden rate of the machine(s) the part runs on 5. Overhead (Indirect Labor) 6. Insurance 7. Depreciation 8. Labor…

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Punch Press Estimating and the First CNC Punch Press

Punch press estimating is a very common way to put wholes in sheet metal parts. Punch presses have been around since 1955.  The Wiedemann Machine Company was established in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1916 and over the years developed and produced a variety of machines. Wiedemann unveiled the world’s first NC turret punch press at a machine…

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Laser Cutting Estimating

Laser cutting sheet metal parts is very common in the industry.  Not too many years ago laser cutting was new and estimating the costs was new.  Now, laser cutting estimating has become much more accurate through software simulations. The simplest way to estimate laser cutting time and material is using the actual laser programming software…

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Saw Operation Standards

The standards for estimating saw operations includes both the actual sawing operation and the setup of the jig, clamps, etc.  The times below are in seconds.  These process times may change based on the machine and if its a manual process, etc.  In your software you should enter the different processes into the saw operation…

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Engineering Standards For Estimating

Engineering standards for estimating is critical in order to come up with a consistent way of quoting.   Standards are based on time and not dollars because shop rates are different based on each individual company.  Standards are different based on machines and skill which are relatively consistent. Engineering standards shown are for the metalworking…

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Estimating Engineer Tasks

The estimating process is just that, its an estimate or an educated guess.   Companies many times will add to the beginning of a quote a process step called Engineering.  Engineering can mean many things including CNC Programming Design Work Creating Solid Models Creating Prototypes During the estimating process it is key to include these…

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