A comprehensive job-quoting software package for injection molders is designed by a plastics engineer with over a decade of industry experience. Jeff Barboza started his company, PlastiQuote, LLC, in Somerset, Mass., last August to sell his Windows-based software, also called PlastiQuote. He says, “I have combed the industry for years, and I know there is no product like it, which is what prompted my development effort. Most other software does not ‘speak plastics.’ And this is not only a job-quotation application but also a powerful cost-analysis tool.”
Each user prepares databases of customers, raw materials (including inserts), machines, and molds. These databases include prices and minimum purchase quantities of all materials, costs and profit margins for molds and fixtures, costs of secondary and outsourced operations, and packaging requirements. The software estimates part weight and cycle times and optimum number of mold cavities for different run sizes. It also compares the efficiency of hot- and cold-runner designs. The program calculates cost and profitability of different production quantities, and also analyzes the various cost and time factors in a job. Users can “dial in” different profit margins (profit per part, per run, or per hour), value-added percentages, or other parameters and view the results graphically.
The program generates a quote with a user-customized cover letter. If the quote is accepted, PlastiQuote also generates a bill of materials and work instructions. The software costs $2500 for the first one-time license and $1800 for additional licenses.