Fed up with not being able to buy estimating software that
would perform the basic functions and offer flexibility this commercial
casework shop needed, Island Precision Cabinets set out to create its own
program. The shop has succeeded in developing a simple-to-use, graphical
estimating program called takeoff™.
The intuitive Windows-based program works
in front of many companies' manufacturing software, the data generated for the estimates can
be downloaded directly into manufacturing software for seamless
integration between estimating and manufacturing.
Brian Timothy, president of Island
Precision, says this software is unique because it doesn't approach the
takeoff from the drawing's perspective: it takes a platform and lets the
users build on it.
The program relies on user-defined icons,
file folders, and pick and drag format to build a project library tree
quickly and accurately.
Information can then can be quickly sorted
according to different criteria such as product prices, man hours, materials,
configurations, and job phases. Takeoff™ also lets users get an overview
of the manufacturing process. Basically its a listing tool that lets users
manage a project quickly.
"It gives a great deal of control on
the production of a cabinet," says Axel Wagner, operations manager.
"We can echo any changes on a cabinet down to our production software
so we don't have to change
anything by hand".