How Cost Rates Advisor Works

In just 3 easy steps, Cost Rates Advisor will determine the minimum cost rate you must charge for production equipment and services in order to break-even:
Step 1 - Enter
Enter or import your expenses, employees,
and other cost items into the user-friendly screens.
Step 1
Step 2 - Allocate
Select how you would like to allocate your expenses using numerous built-in industry best
practice formulas. Expenses can be allocated to overhead, based on the area occupied by
equipment, shared by a department, directly to equipment, and several other ways.
Step 2
Step 3 - Finished
The innovative calculation engine automatically figures the manufacturing and
administrative break-even out-of-pocket cost of your equipment or services using
built-in industry best practices and formulas.

Rates can be computed for prepress, mailing, sheetfed presses, web presses,
large format, flexographic, ink-jet, copiers, rewinders, cutters, folders,
gluers, binders, handwork, kitting, warehousing, and more.

Use the rates in your MIS/ERP software for estimating, pricing, and tracking job costs.
You can use CostRatesAdvisor to calculate Budgeted Hourly Cost Rates for any of the following:

Equipment and services: prepress, design, proofing, sheetfed presses, web presses, flexographic presses, digital printers, large format printers, screen presses, high volume production printers, extrusion, inspection stations, rewinders, cutters, folders, stitchers, perfect binders, collators, folder gluers, die cutters, foil stamping, embossing, grommeting, sewing, cellophane windowing, film laminating, drills, shrink-wrapping, handwork, fulfillment, warehousing, hand assembly, kitting, packing, delivery…

Businesses and processes: lithographic printing, digital printing, large format printing, flexographic printing, label printing, packaging, folding carton printing, corrugated printing, UV printing, newspapers, publication printing, POP printing, banner printing, sign printing, screen printing, rotogravure printing, in-plant operations, mailing, prepress trade, finishing trade, photography studio…


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Larry Onsted, CFO
"Cost Rates Advisor gives us a clear picture of our costs and supports our pricing strategy. It’s a key component to continuing to grow and profit."
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Martin J., Accounting Manager., Accounting Manager
"Figuring our cost rates was such a big ordeal that we only updated them every 2-3 years using spreadsheets. CostRatesAdvisor is so easy; we now update them every few months."
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MT, Owner
"Easy to use, flexeble, great online help. Does the job better than any spreadsheet we've used."
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J Kovacich, Estimator
"It's fairly simple to use and has helped us estimate better. We were using a spreadsheet but Cost Rates Advisor is much better for updating and reporting."
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Patty L., Controller
"Best on the market! Love that it's in the cloud, there's no software to install, and I can access from any computer. I was also very easy to learn. The owner of the printing company likes the reports. Buy this and you won't regret it!"
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Peter H., Owner
"Made creating and updating our equipment rates easy!"
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