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Information.  It’s better to have too much than too little.  This should be obvious, and yet there are still people out there that do not want to give out enough information.  In the fabrication industry, this is not good.  Sure, there is a certain freedom in having fabricators do what they want and what they consider the best practices or the way they feel it should be done.  Unfortunately, this lacks structure and thus makes it difficult to plan the job and give an accurate account of when the job will be completed.  This also makes fabricating the project difficult as there are details missing and the customer saying “just put it anywhere”  doesn’t help matters at all.  The difficulties may “end” at the fabrication process, but having a lack of information also disrupts the “start” of the project during the quoting process.  Giving a general idea of what needs to be done to a company will result in a “general” quote.  Again, this may work initially, but once details start coming in and changes are introduced to the project, both sides start getting rubbed raw as the customer wants to know why the changes result in him spending more money for change orders and the fabricating company wants to quit using man-hours working on the changed designs and putting change orders together.  If you are a company looking to get a job done, remember to give as much information as you can or your job may take longer than you think.

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