Steel Fabrication: FabTrol MRP Version 3.5 Adds Model-Based Estimating Tools

From model to bid proposal: FabTrol Systems augments its already highly-automated estimating functions to support quick, accurate model-based estimating

Online PR News – 21-October-2010 – – Building on FabTrol Systems’ 20-year track record of helping estimators quickly produce accurate estimates and bid proposals, the release of FabTrol MRP Version 3.5 adds labor synchronization features to the software’s proven Estimating module.

By leveraging FabTrol MRP’s existing ability to synchronize material data and deliver automated labor calculations, the new labor synchronization tool takes maximum advantage of existing BOM and/or labor information available in a model while maintaining FabTrol MRP’s ability to automatically add labor and handling time during the import. Auto-connect labor data can be imported from KISS files to further enhance FabTrol MRP’s material and labor synchronization functions.

Once an import is complete, the new model-based estimating features in Version 3.5 allow a user to select a part mark, finalize the labor and material details for that part, then automatically push all changes to parts with the same mark. (Note that data can be pushed forward from one instance of a part mark to all like part marks whether the data is derived from a model import or a manual takeoff.) These new labor synchronization tools also make it easy to update all parts affected by revisions as well as identify any parts that are out of sync or that don’t have labor held against them. These capabilities further streamline the model-based estimating process and provide significant time savings.
Steel fabricators and estimators who currently use FabTrol MRP will appreciate the additional time savings and accuracy provided by these new features. Fabricators who do not use estimating software, or who use an alternative package, can quickly realize similar benefits with a move to FabTrol MRP.

For more information about FabTrol MRP Version 3.5, visit or call 541-485-4719.

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FabTrol Systems, a proud member of the Dowco Group, has been the leading supplier of steel fabrication management software for 25 years. In one modular integrated solution, FabTrol MRP provides management tools for estimating, drawings, materials, production, and shipping. Founded by steel fabricators, and still built around a core team of former steel fabricators, the company continues its commitment to the industry by actively seeking feedback from its customer companies—over 1,000 globally—and by working with other industry leaders to address existing and future needs.

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