Posts Tagged ‘labor estimating’

Job Costing Software

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

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

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

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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Cost Estimate Types

There are different types of cost estimates including “Rough Approximation” of cost which can be a conceptual design, preliminary design and then a detailed estimate or quote. Rough Approximation The rough approximation is really prepared for informational purposes only.   This type of estimate may not have geometry or even materials but just a rough idea…

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Cost Estimating Versus Cost Accounting

What is the difference between cost estimating and cost accounting? Cost estimating is a precursor to cost accounting because it done at the beginning of the process.   Lets define cost estimating as the estimation of the cost of a goods or services  prior to the actual production of the goods or services.  Cost estimating…

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Estimating is more than Setup and Run Time Part 2

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 Software Guide

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

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

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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