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Costing and Quoting

Do you know what it costs to produce a single part, complete a single process or ship your product out the door?  Have you considered labor cost?  Machine cost?  Over-runs, non-conformances and work delays in this number?  

If you have all this information at hand, do you also track it over time and across your product line(s)?  If you don't have access to it, do you have enough information to estimate the cost and price each product you make accordingly? Can you provide accurate estimates to your customer or do you rely mostly on instinct while padding your estimates to ensure on time delivery? How much business do you miss out on if you don’t have an accurate estimate of your cost and lead times?

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Upgrading Your Legacy System(s)

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Are You Ready to Move Your Workforce to the Cloud?

You come to work this morning and your workforce is ready to go.  Do they have everything they...

How Do You Deal with a Retiring Workforce

For more than a decade, economists and experts have hypothesized about what will happen when the...

How to Get Started Again in Manufacturing

Post COVID, targets are different and work has changed for almost everyone.  This is nothing new...

Critical Numbers in Manufacturing (Part 4)

In the first 3 parts of this piece on the numbers you need to know in order to be effective at...

Critical Numbers in Manufacturing (Part 3)

Machines are just a resource for your shop, right?  Nope.  Not even close.  When you are talking...

Critical Numbers in Manufacturing (Part 2)

Last week, we talked about run rates in manufacturing: how critical and complex they are, how...

Critical Numbers in Manufacturing

No matter what you make, there are critical numbers you have to know if you’re going to be in...

How Distributed Work Gets Done in Manufacturing (Part 3)

You know that manufacturing is a bear.  Things never go as planned.  Machines go down.  Orders...

How Distributed Work Gets Done in Manufacturing (Part 2)

Last week, we talked about how manufacturing has been operating under a distributed work force...

How Distributed Work Gets Done in Manufacturing (Part 1)

There is so much talk now about the newness of a distributed workforce model; in reality, it's...

What Questions Should You Ask?

We’ve been talking about the business model the last few weeks.  We’re determined to interject...

How Do You Prioritize Customers?

As we climb out of this economic fall, every company will be faced with tough decisions on how...

How Do You Prioritize Your Customer Base? Further, Why Would You Need or Want To?

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