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Estimating is more than Setup and Run Time Part 2

By Dave Ferguson | Sep 25, 2010 | 0 Comments

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 shop and the machine of choice was a Strippit 30/30.  I have…

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Estimating is more than Setup and Run Time Part 1

By Dave Ferguson | Jul 20, 2010 | 0 Comments

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 process before a production run.  Many estimators still think in $’s versus time which…

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Estimating Software Guide

By Dave Ferguson | Feb 1, 2010 | 0 Comments

There are many different type of software estimating package for made to order manufacturing Made to order manufacturing includes any custom job shop type work including sheet metal, machining, wood working, stamping, press work, printing which all require customized quotes.   Quotes include both operation and bill of material.  Below you will find a checklist…

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Job Shop Quoting Labor Hours Accumulation

By Dave Ferguson | Jan 25, 2010 | 0 Comments

Labor time is very difficult to measure accurately when determining manufacturing time for a custom item.   If you ask 10 people to estimate how long it will take to cut a piece of wood, pipe, etc you would most likely find 10 different answers.  It even gets more extreme between the answers when there are…

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How To : Manufacturing Hourly Rate Calculation

By Dave Ferguson | Jan 20, 2010 | 1 Comment

Sheet metal, CNC shops, machine shops and many other job shops provide a valuable service to their customers.  For a job shop to be a profitable business, the service rate should cover the cost of doing business plus have a certain amount of margin or profit built into the price customers pay. If this is too low,…

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What is Forward and Backward Scheduling

By Dave Ferguson | Jan 16, 2010 | 0 Comments

MIE Solutions offers a made to order job shop ERP system designed for the manufacturer of goods and products.  Most accounting systems are designed for the basic AR, AP and GL side of financials where a manufacturing software product deals with the actual production of the goods and services.   MIE Trak is a full…

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Introduction To Job Shop Scheduling

By Dave Ferguson | Jan 12, 2010 | 0 Comments

Welcome to the MIE Solutions Job Shop Scheduling blog. MIE Solutions ERP system provides a comprehensive job shop scheduling software to deal with the many problems scheduling a job shop encounters. Scheduling has become a critical factor in many job shops in order to determine their capacity for more work and be able to schedule…

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Exploded Bill Of Materials

By Dave Ferguson | Dec 29, 2009 | 0 Comments

Estimating large projects requires an exploded bill of materials in order to get a good understanding of the requirements.   The larger the project you have to estimate the more in depth the bill of materials will be.   If you are estimating you want to make sure all the bills of materials are entered…

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What Are Bill Of Materials?

By Dave Ferguson | Dec 13, 2009 | 0 Comments

A good definition of Bill of materials comes from wikipedia Bill of materials (BOM) is a list of the raw materials, sub-assemblies, intermediate assemblies, sub-components, components, parts and the quantities of each needed to manufacture an end item or final product. All products have bill of material from engineering bill of materials, manufacturing bill of…

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Cost Estimating Purchased Parts Or Materials

By Dave Ferguson | Dec 9, 2009 | 0 Comments

Bill of material items are those items which are purchased as raw materials and used to combine with other products and services to produce a new product.   Job costing bill of materials is a critical step in the estimating and quoting process.  Classic ERP and MRP software provides tools to help estimating the bill…

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