Posts Tagged ‘shop rate calculation’

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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Direct Labor Costs

Direct labor costs are those costs which are performed during the production of some product.  The product can be any type of item from a machined part, computer and vehicle.  Labor is required to change a raw material into a product that may be sold or given away.  Direct labor is calculated by taking the…

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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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Material Cost

Material cost is a big subject and will be handled in multiple blog entries.  Material costs are costs that go directly into producing the desired product.  Material costs can be divided into both direct and indirect material costs.  We will focus on direct costs because they directly affect the product’s price. Material can also be…

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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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Fixed and Variable Costs

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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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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