Todd Drummond

Estimating Truss Labor Using Board Footage Versus Proper Man-Minute Time Standards

Todd Drummond

For many years, I have been beating the drum that board footage (BF) is an imperfect unit measurement that our industry should abandon. The better alternative is the proven method of time estimations which uses man-minutes (MM). Man-minutes are derived from time-in-motion practices that have...

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July 2018
Issue #10228
Page 22
Todd Drummond

Are Your Salespeople Selling Your Company into Eventual Bankruptcy?

Todd Drummond

Most people have a mistaken belief that my services are all about making component manufacturing more efficient. Actually, more than half my time during a consultation is taken up reviewing things like management practices and the sales process. Fact is, sales—correction, healthy...

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June 2018
Issue #10227
Page 30

Good Bones

Dave Pasolli

If you enjoy watching any of the many home improvement shows where the hosts pick an older home to renovate, you notice they always talk about the “bones” of the house. In their opinion, this is one of the most important features of any potential renovation job. Typically, they...

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March 2018
Issue #10224
Page 74
Todd Drummond

Change Your Pricing Formula for 2018 and Make More Net Profit

Todd Drummond

Let us assume that you are having problems with a truck’s transmission and it must be repaired or replaced. The local mechanic explains the hourly rate for service and that the cost of any parts needed to fix the transmission is extra. The hourly charge he is billing is to cover his...

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January 2018
Issue #10222
Page 30
Joe Kannapell

Robotics, continued

Joe Kannapell

Automation is advancing around the world, but will it yield the quantum leap promised? And how big a margin will it provide over conventional processes? Let’s first assess how various systems affect non-direct-labor inputs to the production process. Later we’ll balance these against...

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June 2017
Issue #10215
Page 6

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