I'm planning on changing the pricing model of my company from an hourly rate to a fixed rate. If that's not clear enough here's an example:
My current model is: customer asks us to install a power supply for an equipment, I'll charge 1 hour for that. If the customer asks us to install a power supply and a CPU for an equipment, I'll still charge 1 hour for that. But if it's a conveyor belt replacement, I'll charge 6 hours for that.
My gripe with my current model is, the man-hours for the job can be "different" from job to job. Instead of having a fixed charge per labor done.
New labor I want is similar to the way car dealers work when it comes to repair, for example: install power supply = $5. install CPU = $10, replace conveyor belt = $125.
So I guess what I'm saying is that, depending on the part to be installed/replaced/serviced, I'd like to have a fixed charge for that so all my engineers/sales has to do is add things up instead of having a man-hour estimate.
Now, what I don't know is how this is identified WITHOUT having a machine and doing multiple "time attacks" on servicing a certain part as this will involve tremendous investment of time and resources both on employees and the training equipment.
Hope this was a clear explanation and I hope you guys can help me out.