Release 1.1.6: What’s New

Release 1.1.6, officially published on March 5, 2013 introduced two new features:

Tracking Physical Storage Location of Parts

In addition to tracking the quantities of parts at two separate general storage locations — “Office” and “Contract Manufacturer” — Parts-in-Place now also has the ability to track more specific physical locations of your parts in storage.

Tracking Physical Storage Locations

This is done via the Storage field on the Parts Library screen. The field is implemented as a drop-down list allowing you to enter new items as well as search “Google-style” by typing in the first few characters of a name and then choosing from one of the suggestions. You can create hierarchical storage identifiers such as “Case #1 Shelf #4 Bin #001,” and they will be sorted appropriately in the drop-down list.

Verifying Whether New Parts on a BOM Are Actually New or There Are Existing Equivalents in the Library

You’ve seen how Parts-in-Place can highlight new parts on a Bill of Materials. However, the search for existing parts was based solely on the Company P/N field values, so it might be that some items on your BOM were not assigned company part numbers (yet) and hence were considered new by Parts-in-Place, while in fact there were already equivalent existing parts in your library.

Naturally, you want to identify such existing parts and update your Bill of Materials to reference those, instead of adding new, essentially duplicate parts to the library. Here is how Parts-in-Place can help you match “new” items on a BOM to existing parts in your library.

Select a part on a Bill of Materials and click Find in Library:

Find in Library

This will open a pop-up window with a table listing several (up to ten) “similar” parts from the library. The similarity of parts is determined by a special algorithm, and the chosen library items are sorted by a similarity score with more likely matches shown at the top.

Review the short list of similar parts in the library and see if there is a match to your BOM item.

Now it should be easy to review the short list of possible matching library parts and determine if one of them is in fact equivalent to your BOM item. If you see a matching part, select it, and then click Set Company P/N or Set All Fields. The first button will populate the Company P/N field with the selected value from the library. The second one will copy over (replace) all non-BOM-specific properties of that BOM item with the data from the library, such as Description, Supplier P/N, etc. Of course, the Reference Designators and Quantity will be left unchanged.