Purchased Components Overview
What are Purchased Components?
Purchased components are parts of an assembly that you will not actually manufacture, but instead purchase from a vendor. Purchased components usually take the form of screws, nuts, bolts, and other fasteners. These purchased components are then inserted into an assembly.
Here is what some hex fasteners would look like in the part viewer:
How Do I Quote Purchased Components?
The way you quote purchased components in Paperless Parts is by associating parts in an assembly tree to purchased components you have set up in your account. Here is what it looks like to have parts in an assembly "assigned" to purchased components in your account:
Based on the purchased component linked to the part, pricing formulas will calculate a price for that part based on the properties of the purchased component and the logic in the formula.
Where Do I Manage My Purchased Components?
You can set up and manage your purchased components from the "Purchased Components" page of the "Processes" tab.
By default, all purchased components in Paperless Parts will have three fields: component name, internal part number, and piece price. Both component name and piece price are mandatory for each component.
You can add as many additional columns as you want to your purchased components "schema" through the "Edit Columns" button.
These additional columns will be present for every purchased component, and must either be a number, string, or a Boolean value.
In your pricing formulas, you access the value of these fields on a purchased component using the "dot" operator. Here is a very simple example of how you could price purchased components based on the piece price value:
Read on in the Purchased Components category to learn how to setup your purchased components, how purchased component pricing logic works, and how to assign or add purchased components while quoting.