WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass., April 12, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- MTI Systems, Inc. announced today that Kitchen Craft, LLC has dramatically improved their quoting turnaround times since implementing Costimator, the company's cost estimating software.
"Prior to Costimator, we were facing challenges in terms of consistency and efficiency of our quotes," said Shane Goerzen, Sr. Design & Tech Support Supervisor at Kitchen Craft. "We were using a home-grown estimating method that was cumbersome to maintain and quickly losing its effectiveness."
Kitchen Craft (Winnipeg, Manitoba), has been manufacturing semi-custom cabinetry for kitchens and bathrooms throughout North America since 1972. Recognized as one of the leaders in its industry, they offer a wide range of models to best meet their customers' specific needs. In 2002, Kitchen Craft expanded their product lines to include custom and modular cabinetry. In order to keep up with the increased demand for estimates, Kitchen Craft purchased Costimator and has seen significant improvements in their estimating process.
"The biggest benefit has been from its 'Cost Modeler' feature. Cost Models increase our estimating speed," said Goerzen. "Previously, we'd measure cabinets against a standard measure, now we quickly calculate and cross-reference measures according to the product, providing consistency and more accurate estimates."
In addition, to improving our turnaround times, Goerzen found that Costimator is also easier for employees to use.
"Instead of taking months to train individuals, now a layman estimator can hit the ground running," said Goerzen. "Opposed to, thumbing through price guides, they're now handling some of our more intricate, detailed jobs in minutes."
Read more in their Case study – "Quoting Turnaround Times Reduced for Kitchen Craft."
Since 1982, Costimator has been helping to make cost estimating more effective for manufacturers. It calculates cycle times and the cost of manufacturing a part or assembly based on equipment and shop rates. The Estimating Program also helps meet the estimating and cost reduction needs of a wide variety of OEMs – ranging from the defense & aerospace industries, to medical, electronics, automotive and consumer product manufacturers.
About MTI Systems, Inc.
MTI Systems provides estimating software and services to suppliers and OEMs worldwide. Contact information: MTI Systems, 59 Interstate Drive, West Springfield, MA 01089, 800-644-4318, www.mtisystems.com.
SOURCE MTI Systems, Inc.