“We had never used quoting software before,” said Robert Marschke, Estimating Engineer at Gardner Manufacturing. “A lot of our quoting process was doing things the old-fashioned way – like using hand-written routings during the estimating process. But clearly, things got to a point where we really needed our quoting program to be more consistent and accurate and that’s when we found the Costimator software.”
Gardner Manufacturing is best known for its custom sheet metal manufacturing;
Having been mired in time study charts and data conversion for too long, the company set out in 2007 to search for a new quoting software. That’s when it became apparent that the demand for estimates and quotes had outpaced their ability to deliver them. Costimator became an instant difference-maker, finally providing Gardner with an effective quoting solution that could meet all their needs in one, easy to use platform.
“Costimator is a complete game changer for us,” said Marchke. “With this software we can view multiple estimates and quotes at the same time, improving our decision-making process making it more analytical instead of relying on guesswork. It’s not only helping us manage our quotes better -- It’s giving our customers better prices.”
Read more in Gardner’s Case study – “Gardner Manufacturing Gains Total Process Improvement”.
Costimator, originally designed for suppliers, helps to reduce estimating and quoting time, while not compromising accuracy or consistency for manufacturers who do machining, fabrication and mechanical assembly. The software calculates cycle times and the cost of manufacturing parts based on the capabilities of the suppliers’ equipment and their shop rates.
About MTI Systems, Inc.
MTI Systems provides cost estimating, quoting and process planning software, as well as estimation services for manufacturers, serving both suppliers and OEM's. For more details contact: MTI Systems, 59 Interstate Drive, West Springfield, MA 01089, 800-644-4318, www.mtisystems.com.