Lesson 10 Assigning Labour Units
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What You Will Learn
How to add labour units to a single item.
What is a Labour Unit?
Labour Units are an estimate of the "time to install" an item. Labour Units can be expressed in fractions of a hour (i.e. 0.100 for 1/10th of an hour or 6 minutes) or in hours and minutes (i.e. 0:6 represents zero hours and six minutes). Winpriser can total Labour Units for a list of materials in the same way that it totals pricing. Total Labour Units give an estimate of the number of man-hours in a job.
You can obtain labour units from industry organizations such as the Mechanical Contractors Association of Canada or you can develop your own.
Winpriser can store up to six different systems of labour units for each catalogue item.
Use of Labour Units in Winpriser is optional.
Do I have to enter Labour Units one item at a time?
No. Winpriser gives you the ability to assign Labour Units to a collection of items at a time. See Lesson 11 Assigning Labour Units by Size for more details.
Open the RedBook Catalogue Lookup window. If you are not sure how to open the RedBook Catalogue Lookup window refer to:
Lesson 1 To open the RedBook Catalogue Lookup window
Assigning Labour Units to a Catalogue Item
1 Using the Catalogue Lookup window, select a catalogue item:
2 Change the Catalogue Detail window to Labour Units Properties view. Use the View Selection box at the top right corner of the Catalogue:
3 The right side of the Catalogue Lookup window should now contain a Labour Units Detail window similar to this:
4 With the right mouse button, click on one of the Labour Systems listed in the Catalogue Lookup detail window. This will activate a local popup menu. Select the Edit Labour menu option:
The Edit Catalogue Item dialog will appear on your monitor:
You have 6 possible slots or systems in which to assign labour units to the current catalogue item. The system names that appear in this window can be changed if you wish to use your own descriptions. Changing labour system descriptions is done in the System Setup windows Labour tab.
5 The Labour Unit field
is used to select how each labour unit is applied to the material being laboured. For example, this control can define 1 labour unit as the labour time taken to install 1 material unit (per each), or 100 material units (per hundred). Make sure "per Each" is specified for this example.
6 Winpriser provides two different methods to help you enter labour unit values Decimal or Hours/Minutes:
You click on the radio button to select the method that you wish to use.
You can record your preference for using Decimal or Hours/Minutes in the System Setup windows Labour tab.
7 Using the "Hours/Minutes" input method, enter a labour unit value of 2 minutes for "System 1",
8 Click on the "Decimal" input method radio button. When you switch from one input method to the other, the labour unit values are automatically converted for you:
9 To accept the changes that you have made, click on the Ok button. You will be returned to the Catalogue Lookup window. The right side of the Catalogue Lookup window will be refreshed with the new Labour Units value that you have just assigned to the current catalogue item:
Further information about using Labour Units in a job can be found in Lesson 12.
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