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Cycle Time Wizard™ added to Product Line.

February 28, 2014 ( Brookfield, WI ) - Micro Estimating Systems,  Inc.

Micro Estimating Systems, Inc., world leader in Engineering based costing software is proud to announce a new addition to it's product line, Cycle Time Wizard™. Cycle Time Wizard

Cycle Time Wizard is a process planning, easy to use machine layout software system. Designed specifically for machine builders, resellers, and application engineers who are interested in cycle time only.


Cycle Time Wizard provides true machine based cycle times by manufacturer for CNC Machining Centers, CNC Lathes and Mill/Turn machines. The software includes tooling types, robust speeds and feed database, total cycle time, and setup hours.


The system also contains  built in reports and graphs allowing easy analysis for optimizing cutting times. The system comes pre-populated with millions of speed and feed combinations and thousands of materials. Cycle Time Wizard replaces labor-intensive spreadsheets with an accurate, easy to use product.

CNC Lathe Cycle Time Wizard Graph

 Turn your "Guesstimates" into Estimates and sell more equipment.

ShouldCost is now a service

ScholdCostOct 27, 2010(WEST BRANCH, MI) - Micro Estimating Systems, Inc., world leader in Engineering based costing software and ShouldCost, LLC. an engineering based service provider, have announced a strategic business alliance to offer Engineering as a Service (EAS). provides a service that includes pricing of manufactured parts and assemblies to the OEM, Automotive, Aerospace, Medical, Defense industries. also provides answers for procurement agents, validation specialists and costing engineers. The company uses state of the art technology combined with superior engineering talent to provide the end user with a true ShouldCost from prototype to production.

"ShouldCost will assist in all aspects of manufacturing from small to large companies. One benefit to manufacturers is that ShouldCost will help with a temporary backlog of estimates, strengthen your negotiating position with vendors and ultimately gives you the ability to increase profit through a more effective use of your resources,̏  Michael Holland, ShouldCost CEO, said.

"This break from the traditional way of determining what a part ShouldCost prior to committing to accepting a purchase order is a necessity in today's competitive marketplace,̏ said Bernard Woods, MicroEstimating Systems CEO. "With ShouldCost manufacturers are now able to validate their vendor and internal pricing with confidence."

For information on ShouldCost, or to ask about our Partner Program, call 586-261-1910, email to, or visit us online at

Micro Estimating partners with DS SolidWorks Corp. December 2, 2009

SolidWorks PartnerBROOKFIELD, WISCONSIN - Micro Estimating Systems announced today it has joined the SolidWorks Solution Partner Program.

"Micro Estimating Systems delivers the state-of-the-art estimating tool that engineers need," said Nick Iwaskow, SolidWorks Manager, Alliances. "Together, Micro Estimating and SolidWorks  give engineers the innovative tools and productivity to streamline product development and be more successful."

MES is the industry leader in Manufacturing Process Management, Computer-Aided Estimating, and Process Optimization for the machining, fabrication, and metal service center industries. It strives to stay abreast of changes in the industry by constantly adapting its state-of-the-art product line, as evidenced by its upcoming launch of Version 12.0.

MES President Mike Holland is excited about the opportunity to work with DS SolidWorks more closely. "By partnering with DS SolidWorks, the customers of our organizations will now have the benefit of our expertise in estimating and Feature Recognition, as well as the distinctive, parasolid based approach to design models and assemblies that SolidWorks uses to stay successful in a highly competitive environment."

Holland is confident the partnership will assist customers of both organizations as they strive to be more competitive in the bidding process. "This is an exciting time to be involved in manufacturing," Holland added. "We're looking forward to the challenges of the future with DS SolidWorks as our working partner."

SolidWorks is a registered trademark of Dassault Systemes or its subsidiaries in the US and/or other countries. Other brand and product names are trademarks of their respective owners. Copyright 2009 Dassault Systemes SolidWorks Corp.

 Micro Estimating announces it is offering a new product: DFMPro. March 2009

DFMPro is an easy-to-use Design for Manufacturability (DFM) tool for designers, cost estimators, and manufacturing engineers. By utilizing this revolutionary software in conjunction with Micro Estimating's Feature Recognition Estimating, the  hidden cost of manufactured items are identified automatically.
A DFMPro product overview available here.

MazakMazak Corp. (Florence, KY), the worlds largest machine tool builder, has purchased Micro Estimating's engineering software for performing advanced process planning and time studies at its newly expanded National Technology Center. Mazak plans to use the software in all of its North American Technology Centers (Los Angeles, Houston, Atlanta, Chicago, and Hartford), networked to the National Technology Center in Florence.

Mazak worked with Micro Estimating Systems, for more than a year to fine-tune the system to the special needs of Mazak machine-tool users. Micro Estimating provides Mazak a refined presentation tool that produces precise machining calculations for Mazak customers using job layouts typically found in their own shops. "The newest generation of Mazak’s Integrex multi-tasking machines can perform CNC milling, turning, drilling, threading, boring, grinding, and many other functions in a single setup. These advanced machining features can overlap two spindles and four live turrets with full milling functionality on all."

Thus, the Micro Estimating software monitors all of the spindle and turret RPM, feed, horsepower, and torque limits. Spindle acceleration and deceleration between operations are overlapped with turret indexing times.

"We are using Micro Estimating to establish machine cycle times, using the software primarily as a time-study tool," said Mike Kerscher, National Applications Manager at Mazak. "Features of the Micro system capture and display complex data, such as simultaneous cutting with upper and lower turrets," Kerscher points out. "This provides increased accuracy and productivity." Kerscher continues: "We also see the benefits of having common engineering databases, so everyone is using the same numbers. If a time study is generated in a Mazak satellite office, and one in Kentucky, they are comparable."