2018: A Year in Retrospect

Summing up major developments in PartsBox that happened last year (2018):

  • All tables in PartsBox became searchable
  • ID Anything™: to help you keep track of physical items, PartsBox assigns a unique ID code to every item (part, lot, storage location, build, or order). This ID can be printed on a label as a QR code. When you scan the code, PartsBox will identify (ID) what it represents (Anything!) and take you directly to its information page. The code is universal: you can scan it from within PartsBox, or use any mobile phone or tablet.
  • Lot Control: a „lot” is a batch of identical parts. With lot control, every time you add stock, lot information gets stored along with it. This gives you full traceability: from orders to manufactured devices and back: from devices to specific orders of parts. It’s important in many markets, and especially when building medical devices (please contact PartsBox if you need US FDA Title 21 CFR Part 11 compliance).
  • Orders: an "add stock" operation can now be connected to an order, keeping track of where and when parts were bought. In plans with lot control specific lots of parts are connected to orders, so that when you build, you know which order the parts you are using came from.
  • Multi-stage builds: for each build stage, it is possible to select the components that are to be assembled. Stock will be removed only for selected parts. Builds that are in-progress are listed in a separate section. Very useful for placing SMD components first and tracking the partially-completed boards!
  • PartsBox acquired ecDB.net (electronics component DataBase), offering significantly better user experience and automatic data migration for ecDB users.
  • Lots and lots of usability improvements and performance fixes, way too many to list individually!
Later blog posts: KiCon 2019 (2019-03-27)

PartsBox is an online app that lets you take control of your electronic parts inventory, BOM pricing, and small-scale production. It keeps track of where components are stored, what the current stock levels are, and which components are used in which projects/BOMs.

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