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TOOL AIDS IN BID ESTIMATION.

Citation Custom Products, a job in Menomonee Falls, Wis., has installed 20 seats of computer-aided estimating software to perform quick estimates of job costs. The software is expected to help Citation employees make timely and reasonable quotes to potential customers, said Art King, senior project manager at the company.

In the first year of use, Citation Custom Products used the software to make more than 600 estimates, King said. He worked with employees in the machine-tool department to enter equipment data and parameters into a company-specific library within the software. King also customized the software by adding historical data from the shop floor into a section of the software library called the speeds and feeds library. This personalized information is accessed during the quoting process.

"Because of that information, our speeds and feeds library is almost like a historical document that is continuously updated, depending on the opportunities we have to work with each piece of equipment and the data collected at that time," King said.

Some of the processes included in Citation's customized database include new machine tools. King created high-speed and low-speed scenarios in the speeds and feeds library for each tool and included a directory for each machining style.

Historical data captured within the software also helps in making job estimates. When orders come in for repeat jobs, the company has the previous estimates on hand and can update the bid quickly.

Citation Custom Products uses Machine Shop Estimating software from Micro Estimating Systems of New Berlin, Wis.

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Author:Thilmany, Jean
Publication:Mechanical Engineering-CIME
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Date:Aug 1, 2001
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