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Manual "Find suppliers" report

In the course of supplier consolidation or standardization, the comparison of purchased parts is interesting. The result shows a matrix where you can see at a glance which purchased parts are provided by which suppliers.

  1. In the index tree select a directory or project.

    [Note] Note

    The generation time depends both on the size of the own parts pool to be searched and on the amount of supplier catalogs (directories) to be searched. In order to get a quick overview on the functionality best select a single own part and 2 or 3 supplier catalogs to be searched.

  2. Under Extras menu -> Purchineering -> Find suppliers call up the command Create report....

  3. -> The settings dialog is opened.

    You can search for suppliers via:

    • Geometrical similarity:

      Searching for geometrical similarity is the standard case at all reports. At the supplier search a textual search is possible instead or in addition. See next point.

    • Norm numbers:

      A textual search in all available part information concerning reference statements to standard parts is performed.

    Under Threshold in % choose 90 for example.

    In the search in following directories section select the desired catalogs, directories or subdirectories.

    Settings dialog for "Find suppliers"

    Settings dialog for "Find suppliers"

    Details on the settings dialog are found under Section, “Setting options for "Make or Buy", "Find suppliers", "Cost mockup"”.

  4. Confirm with OK.

    -> The analysis is started. In the dialog Running report generations on server, you will get informed about the progress.

  5. Once the report has been created it is automatically displayed on its own tabbed page. The tab label (here "Supplier search") is analogously to the entered name in the settings dialog. You can easily switch between the different tabbed pages and so call reports again anytime.

    In the dialog area on the very top you can see a listing of catalogs with hits, below a matrix showing which parts had been found in which catalog.

  6. Click on Results or Go to search results.

    On the left, you can see a listing of search parts and on the right, for each the found comparison parts of different suppliers.



    Depending on whether you have searched for geometrical similarity or for reference statements in the settings dialog or both, now you can see information on norm number and/or Geom. Search at the found parts.

    A description on the single icons is found under Section, “Icons in "Make or Buy", "Find suppliers", "Cost mockup", "Unmachined / Finished part report"”.

    A description on the single buttons is found under Section, “Buttons ”.