When all sources are entered, you can start to enter parts you want to cut.
You can enter parts in one of the following ways:
Entering parts directly
Click the Parts tab to open Plan Parts form. To add a new cutting part, click the button in the Data navigator.
"Length" and "Qty" are mandatory fields. Fill in desired length of parts to the field "Length" according to pre-defined Length format in Options. Fill in desired number of parts you want to cut to the field "Qty". Value from the field "Qty" will be automatically copied to the field "Uncut". This field is used to show uncut parts in case of insufficient sources. Then you can fill in the other fields like "Order #", "Description", "Note 1" and "Note 2". Filling of this field is optional, but it gives you better overview about the parts in the plan.
Copying predefined parts from Materials
If you often use the parts with the same parameters, you can predefine them in Material Parts. Whenever you need them, you can copy them into the plan.
By clicking the button [Material], the form Material Parts with predefined parts opens.
You can mark one or more parts and import them to the plan by clicking the button [Copy to plan].
TIP! Click the button [Mark all] to mark all available parts.
After clicking the button [Copy to plan] following confirmation form appears:
After clicking the button [Yes], parts are copied to the plan.
Now you can change and edit fields as you need.
Copying predefined parts from Assemblies
Assemblies allow you to define multipart products in Inventory and to work with them. Parts in Assemblies represent bill of material for given end product. Working with assemblies simplifies preparation work when defining new cutting plan. When preparing a new cutting plan for given material you can copy all Assemblies containing parts made from given material to the plan.
You are preparing plan for material Demo – U 40x3 mm because your customer ordered 20 ladders from your catalogue.
First, have a look at how the parts of Demo-Ladder are defined in the Assemblies:
NOTE! Notice that assembly Demo-Ladder contains parts made from different material, so that you have to prepare separate cutting plan for every material in order to cut all needed parts.
Now you can define cutting plan for material Demo – U 40x3 mm and copy related parts to the plan by using Assemblies. Define a new plan and click Parts tab.
Next click the button [Assemblies] to open Assemblies Parts form. Then click the button [Mark all] to select all parts for copying into the Plans Parts form and click the button [Copy to plans].
Now click [Copy to actual plan].
Enter number of assemblies – in our demo case we want to cut parts for 20 Ladders - and click the button [OK].
NOTE! Notice that only matching parts with the same material as defined in given plan will be copied!
Importing parts from external source of data
The fourth way how to enter the parts to the plan is to import them from the external source.
It is possible to import parts from any of following structured files: TXT, CSV, MS Excel file, MS Access file, from clipboard or from an external database via connection string definition.
You can import sources from external source by clicking the menu "File > Import" or by pressing [Ctrl+I] keyboard shortcut. Read more about import in chapter Import.
TIP! It is possible to combine above mentioned ways of entering the parts, however keep in mind all consequences!