Inventory management is done on a by job basis. It is simplest if you have done all or at least some of the fabrication drawings before you start entering inventory. Start by selecting Fabrication Material Control, then build the inventory table by selecting Tools, Inventory Update Only.
It is not necessary to do this every time you access inventory view unless drawings are actively being added to the job.
Display the Inventory table by selecting Tools, Job Inventory/Pricing, Items.
If you have not received any items yet, the Received column will contain only zeros. In the screenshot below, some items have already been received.
You can enter received materials directly by double-clicking on the relevant row in the Received column. Or you can place the focus on the relevant cell and press F2.
You should fill in at least the Qty. Received and the Heat No. If multiple heat numbers are involved, click the Add Line button. You may want to also fill in MTR No. and PMI No. but these are not required.
If you have received an item that is not listed, it means that none of that item have been drawn yet. Or it might mean it’s time tore-run Inventory Update Only. Suppose the missing item is a 6” 150#Blind Flange. To put it on the list, bring up a Fabrication drawingand add a 6” 150# Blind Flange. Save the drawing and re-runInventory Update Only.
Some users like to keep a drawing 000000 for the purpose of adding to inventory items that have not yet otherwise appeared on a drawing.
A good approach is to first enter all the received materials that do appear on the list. Then add any unlisted items on drawing 000000,save and Update Inventory so that you can receive the remainder of the items.
Entering received materials forms the basis for the following: