To work with Materials, click the button in the Main Toolbar or select the menu item "File > Inventory > Materials" or use [Ctrl+2] keyboard shortcut.
Click the Materials master tab to add new material and/or change descriptive information about existing materials. When new material is added you can continue in defining of sources, parts and cut settings.
Click the Sources tab to define sources of actually set material. These sources are your real inventory and you can associate them to the concrete Storage through the field "Storage". If no Storage is defined, default storage will be used implicitly. You can enter a short description of source to the field "Description". The field "Cost/unit" represents the cost of material. The field "Length" represents the length of the source and the field "Qty" represents total number of available sources.
NOTE! Every line (record) in Sources represents unique micro batch with unique ID called "Origin ID". When defining a new source "Origin ID" is automatically set by program and is equal to "Source ID" displayed in Working area. All parts and remnants being cut from this micro batch share the same "Origin ID". It is extremely useful for tracking purposes of given material from original source through sub-sources or remnants to final parts. "Origin ID" is not displayed in the program, however it can be utilized in filters and reports.
It is possible to import sources of materials from any file with any structure or from clipboard.
NOTE! Sources which are defined in Materials are your real inventory. When you define and use them, you get a transparent overview of movement of materials and overall inventory in storages.
IMPORTANT! Sources with unlimited "Qty" represent pre-defined or virtual ones! Such sources are not part of your real inventory!
Click the Parts tab to define parts for given material. Defining of parts in Materials can be useful in cases when these predefined parts are frequently used in plans, so that copying these parts from Materials may save time and simplify preparation of new cutting plan.
Settings List tab
Settings list tab allows you to define list of pre-defined plan settings for given material. See more in chapter Entering Setting for the Plan.