Posts Tagged ‘labor estimating’

Estimating For Paint Lines (Part 2 of 2)

As technology has improved over the years, paint lines have become more commonplace throughout job shops. The ability to estimate how much a part costs is now more complicated due to the batch process and automation of paint lines. This entry will show you a sample formula for estimating “time per part”. Variables FeetPerMinute VerticalParts…

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Estimating Shearing (Sheet Metal Cutting)

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 that is discussed hear is a machine which cuts metal with a blade.…

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Classification Of Costs – Fixed and Variable Costs

There are many facets of costing and breaking costing into these four categories helps in understanding Fixed and Variable Costs Direct and Indirect Costs Costs are generally classified as to whether or not they vary with the quantity of parts being manufactured.  Many times this can be described as a Setup Cost because it does…

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Engineering Costs

Engineering costs for many years have basically been included in the standard burden rate of the shop.  There are many situations now in this world where manufacturing is very competitive and technical that the standard burden rate of the shop cannot include all the costs associated with the engineering costs. Direct Engineering Costs Direct engineering…

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Material Weight

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 fabrication.  One of the key factors is knowing the weight factor…

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Material Estimating

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 supplier and are usually priced at a per unit weight price. A few examples 1.…

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Material Cost Calculation

Material cost calculation potentially involves a lot of information.  In my previous blog I mentioned many of the data points involved in the material cost calculation including Parts Size, Blank Size, Stock Size, Safety Stock Size, and others.  One of the reasons you need the part size is raw material is usually a commodity.  The commodity is usually priced in…

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Raw Material Sheets Cost Calculation

Raw material sheets include plates, sheets, plywood and any other commodity item which is x,y and thickness dimensional.  Raw material is usually purchased by weight and is a commodity.  I’m going to define commodities as items where their price fluctuates constantly based on market forces.  Some commodities you have heard of is soybeans, wheat, oil,…

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Indirect Material Costs

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 machines, sandpaper, molds, and castings. There are some situations where the molds and castings…

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Direct and Indirect Costs

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 directly associated with the production of the product.  Indirect costs are those costs which…

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