Adjust labor standards

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2021
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Adjust labor standards

In the Labor Standards Maintenance dialog box, you can view the labor time spent in each material operation by material dimension and shape. If necessary, you can modify the labor times, or add new labor times, shapes and material dimensions. You can also delete shapes and the applied labor time from Labor Standards.

Note:

Before making changes to labor standards, we recommend that you create a new shop setup based on the original labor database. Then, modify the new shop setup, so that the original labor information remains untouched.

To access Labor Standards Maintenance, do the following:

  1. Click the Maintenance ribbon tab.

  2. On the menu, select Estimating > Labor Standards.

The Labor Standards Maintenance dialog box opens.

(1) You can browse the existing material shapes and dimensions on the navigation tree on the left.

When you click a dimension in the navigation tree to select it, its labor times by labor operation appear on the right side of the dialog box.

(2) The standard length and the number of standard clip holes of the selected material dimension are displayed at the top of the dialog box.

According to your needs, see any of the following instructions:

View the compiled labor time of a dimension

Note:

Remember to view the compiled labor time by labor code before and after making changes to the labor time by labor group.

  1. Select the material dimension whose properties you want to view.
  2. Click the Labor Standards Maintenance ribbon tab.
  3. On the menu, select View Labor Code Labor Values.

    The Labor Code dialog box opens.

    The total labor time is shown at the top of the dialog box. The information on shop bolts, field bolts, weld cost, and weld weight are shown at the bottom of the dialog box. All these properties are added to an estimate when the labor code is added for an item.

  4. In the labor code list on the left, click a labor code to view the labor times of the material dimension when that labor code is selected.
  5. To view the labor operation times and the total man hours without standard clips, clear the Include Standard Clips check box.
  6. To close the dialog box, click the Close button (X) in the upper-right corner.
  7. If necessary, make changes to the labor times in the Labor Standards Maintenance dialog box.

Add shapes and dimensions

  1. At the bottom of the dialog box, click Add.
  2. In the Shape list, select a shape.
  3. In the Select the sizes to add dialog box, click the arrow buttons to move the dimensions that you want to add to the Included list.
  4. Click OK.

    The dimensions are added for the shape.

  5. Use the Global Edit - Operations command to add labor times for the new dimensions.

    For more information, see Copy labor times to multiple material dimensions.

After the dimensions have been added, you also need to add their pricing and combining length to the pricing database in Pricing Maintenance. For more information, see Add a single material dimension to pricing.

Modify the number of standard clip holes for a single dimension

  1. In the shape list, select a shape and a material dimension.
  2. In the Holes in Standard Clip field, type the desired number of holes.
  3. Click Save.

Modify the number of standard clip holes for multiple dimensions

  1. While in the Labor Standards Maintenance dialog box, click the Labor Standards Maintenance ribbon tab.
  2. On the menu, select Global Edit - Holes in Standard Clip.
  3. To automatically filter which shapes and operations are modified, select a filter in the Filter Group list, or click Edit Filter Groups to create a new filter.
  4. On the Shapes section, use the arrows to move shapes whose standard clip holes you want to modify to the Included list.
  5. On the Dimensions section, use the arrows to move the dimensions whose standard clip holes you want to modify to the Included list.
  6. Click OK.
  7. Type the desired number of holes in the Holes in Standard Clip field.
  8. Click Save.

    The number of standard clip holes of the selected material shapes and dimensions is updated.

Copy labor times to multiple dimensions

  1. Change the labor times of labor operations for one dimension according to your needs.
  2. In the navigation tree, select the material dimension whose labor times you want to copy to other dimensions.
  3. Click the Labor Standards Maintenance ribbon tab.
  4. On the menu, select Global Edit - Operations.
  5. To automatically filter which shapes and operations are modified, select a filter in the Filter Group list, or click Edit Filter Groups to create a new filter.
  6. On the Shapes section of the Global Edit - Operations dialog box, use the arrows to move shapes whose labor times you want to modify to the Included list.
  7. On the Dimensions section, use the arrows to move the dimensions whose labor times you want to modify to the Included list.
  8. Click OK.
  9. Click the arrow buttons to move the operations whose labor times you want to copy to the Included list.
  10. Click Save.

The labor times of the selected operations are copied for the material dimensions that you selected.

Remove an individual material dimension

You can remove all labor standards connected to a material dimension. The dimension will remain available in the Shapes / Grades / Sizes dialog box and Pricing Maintenance, and you can add it back to Labor Standards Maintenance at any time.
Note:

If you remove a dimension from Labor Standards Maintenance, you will need to add labor times for all items of the dimension manually when you use that dimension in an estimating job.

  1. Select the dimension that you want to remove.
  2. At the bottom of the dialog box, click Delete.
  3. To permanently delete the selected dimension, click Yes in the confirmation dialog box.

Remove a shape and all of its dimensions

If necessary, you can remove all labor standards connected to a shape from labor standards. The shape and dimensions will remain available in the Shapes / Grades / Sizes dialog box and Pricing Maintenance. You can add the shape and dimensions back to Labor Standards Maintenance at any time.
Note:

If you remove a shape from Labor Standards Maintenance, you will need to add labor times manually for all items that use the shape in estimating jobs.

  1. Select the shape that you want to remove.
  2. At the bottom of the dialog box, click Delete.
  3. To permanently delete the selected shape and all its dimensions, click Yes in the confirmation dialog box.

Create labor standard reports

  1. In the Labor Standards Maintenance dialog box, click the Labor Standards Maintenance ribbon tab.
  2. On the menu, select Reports, or press Ctrl+R on the keyboard.
  3. To only show specific shapes or dimensions, select a filter type in the Type list, and click Select.
  4. Click the arrow buttons to move the shapes and dimensions that you want to modify to the Included list.
  5. Click OK.
  6. Click Make Report.
  7. In the Report Selection dialog box, do any of the following according to your needs:

    To

    Do this

    View the labor standards list

    • In the Report Selection dialog box, click View.

    Print the labor standards list

    1. In the Report Selection dialog box, change the number of the printed copies by clicking the + and - buttons.

    2. If necessary, click Select Printer, select which device you want to use for printing, and click OK.

      You can also select Default Printer to always use the default printer with this report, or No Printer to reset the current printer.

    3. Click Print.

    4. Click Yes.

    Export the labor standards list
    1. Click Export.

    2. In the Export Format list, select an export format.

    3. Click Browse.

    4. Browse to the location where you want to save the exported file, and click Save.

    5. Modify the file name according to your needs.
    6. To attach the exported file to a Microsoft Outlook email and send it to a recipient, select the Attach to Email check box.

    7. To open the file after exporting it, select the Open Exported Document check box.
    8. To export the labor group list, click Export.

  8. To close the dialog box, click the Close button (X) in the upper-right corner.
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