The Client

Benchmark Electronics

BEI Penang operations are located in the Free Industrial Zone of Bayan Lepas, the main industrial hub of Penang, Malaysia. The operation spans two facilities; combined they offer the broadest range of services of any contract manufacturer in Penang. The facilities are 103,000 and 180,000 square foot factory buildings, respectively. Their first site is their Asian regional Design Engineering Center, with Product Design Engineering services, SMT manufacturing, box-build and comprehensive electronics assembly and test services. Their second site offers complete metal fabrication and complex equipment assembly capabilities. As a Precision Technologies site, this facility provides precision mechanical manufacturing services.

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The Problem

Benchmark ElectronicsWhen using a basic Excel spreadsheet, labor hours were calculated based on experience and engineering input. The company's Global Director of Sourcing and Supplier Engineering explains, "The main issue was there were no linkage between quotes, so even when we had common material from one quote to the next we might not be aware, we had no facility to input catalogue pricing to save time. In effect, every individual quote was a one off event. This resulted in slow quote turn times and inconsistent pricing."

How Costimator Helped

Since purchasing the system in 2015, Costimator has done wonders for BEI. The combination of the system's speed and simplicity were instrumental in the success of the implementation.

Due to the fact that we now have a centralized system, we have been able to implement standard costing for many things such as fasteners, plating and finishing, and raw materials. The result is a process that is much faster and the pricing we provide to the customer is much more accurate and consistent. - says their Sourcing Director. Costimator strikes a great balance between being practical, easy to use, and giving us the desired results we are looking for.

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"At The Will-Burt Company, the key to winning new business is quick response to our customers' requests for quote. Through the years, Costimator has been our answer for providing quick, accurate quotes with a relatively small group of estimators. Missing important details on an estimate is a hazard when working quickly, but Costimator's IQ Builder elements have allowed us to automate some of our repetitive operations. We're also excited about further improving our turnaround with the Cost Modeler feature now available."

- Kevin Baldwin, Process Engineering Supervisor, The Will-Burt Company

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