Units of Measure
User-customizable units of measure are provided by Aligni in order to resolve ambiguity between what is used on a part list, what is ordered on a purchase order, and how certain parts are costed. Depending on the application, Aligni distinguishes between two contexts of units:
- Unit of Measure – This is the “native” representation of an item and specifies how the part is used on a BOM. Typical part units would be: each, minutes (labor), liters (fluids), inches (wire).
- Display Unit – In some instances, it may be more convenient to represent the quantity of an item in a different unit of measure. For example, the native unit of measure for a particular adhesive may be milliliters. But it may be more convenient to show the current inventory as 2.7 40-oz. bottles rather than 3,193.9 mL. Aligni provides such conversions as a convenience.
When you enter units in Aligni, you need to provide conversion factors between any pair of units that are convertible. Unit conversions tell Aligni how to convert between buy-as units and use-as units, when appropriate. They also establish which units are available as buy units for a particular part.
For a more detailed look at units and how to utilize them most effectively, please visit the Units Documentation Page.