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David Ferguson | CEO and Founder of MIE Solutions

Fixed and Variable Costs

By Dave Ferguson | Feb 11, 2011 | 0 Comments

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 or 1000 pieces.  Some of these costs would be…

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Job Costing Software

By Dave Ferguson | Feb 10, 2011 | 0 Comments

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 more difficult and time consuming.  Job costing software is not like cost accounting because it does…

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Techniques for Cost Estimating

By Dave Ferguson | Feb 9, 2011 | 0 Comments

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 the basic steps, you will have all the cost information required for the estimate. 1.…

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Purpose of Cost Estimating

By Dave Ferguson | Feb 8, 2011 | 0 Comments

There are numerous purposes behind cost estimating, including the following: 1. A manufacturer can determine if the project or product is cost-effective to the manufacturer prior to the manufacturing process. 2. There are various alternatives to manufacturing and cost estimating can determine the economic feasibility of manufacturing the project or product by different methods 3.…

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Estimating the Costs of Estimates

By Dave Ferguson | Feb 6, 2011 | 0 Comments

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 you will do almost anything to keep your machines busy.  This is a…

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