Estimating in a Digital World

Episode 250 | Challenges: Process Technology

In the 250th episode of MakingChips, the hosts discuss new factors and trends in the estimation process, especially when utilizing an ERP system. Jim Carr also shares his quoting process, and the tips and tricks he has used over the years that other manufacturing leaders should take into account.

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Segments:

  • 0:00 | Nick shares how he sees ProShop ERP in shops across the country

  • 3:30 | Nick tells a story about quoting

  • 9:00 | Jim shares manufacturing news about the surge in metal prices

  • 12:50 | Jim breaks down the estimation process into 3 factors: the estimator, the tools, and the tactics

  • 19:30 | Jim explains his quoting process

  • 23:30 | The hosts compare a traditional spreadsheet to an ERP system, and what columns to utilize

  • 30:15 | The hosts discuss veteran quoting processes vs newer quoting tactics

  • 34:50 | Jim lists some "red flags" to look out for during the estimation process

  • 38:00 | Jim summarizes his thoughts on effectively quoting a job

  • 43:30 | Nick talks about how Xometry can help during a pandemic.

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