“I don’t know where to begin; except, maybe, that I love Aligni! We had suffered for so long with a number of sub-optimal solutions to our procurement needs. With Aligni, most of these issues have been relegated to the wastebasket of the past.”
– Ian Wristbridge, JPW Associates
“Aligni has dramatically improved our regulatory, compliance, productivity, and quality control.”
– Jon Henderson, Viscell LLC
Easy to Use
Specifically created for engineering companies or departments, Aligni is logically designed, fast to set up and easy to use. Realize ROI within days and benefit from dramatic time savings.
Aligni enables real-time collaboration and extends visibility of parts, components, and vendors across your extended team (including contractors and outsourced manufacturers) with a single, accurate view accessible to everyone (with permission), anytime, anywhere.
Leverage On Demand
Gain all the advantages of on demand – no software to install, no database to configure, no IT to support; all you need is a supported browser.
The security of your company’s confidential information on the Aligni service is a top priority. An SSL-enabled browser is required for all access to the Aligni service and no one can access your data without securely logging in. All data transfer between your browser and our servers are encrypted to prevent eavesdropping.
Plans and Pricing
Try Aligni for Free
Every plan includes a FREE 30-day trial period. You can also try Aligni with a populated database by visiting our Demo Site.
You Own Your Data – ALWAYS
Your data is yours — we just provide a convenient way to enter and organize it. At any time, you can extract your data into a CSV or XML file for archival or import into some other software. You could also retrieve all your data through our API for a more programmatic approach.
Changing Service Plans
You can upgrade, downgrade or cancel your plan at any time. Visit your site account settings and choose the new desired plan.
Aligni provides an easy-to-use relational database that allows you and your colleagues to store, search, find, and manage hundreds to thousands of discrete parts including multiple sources of manufacturers and vendors for each part. Easily collaborate on parts and projects from small teams to enterprise-wide engineering organizations.
Approved Vendor Lists
Manage your approved vendor list (AVL) within the database and communicate effectively with suppliers using ActiveQuote and purchasing integrated into Aligni.
Find parts fast, filtering by manufacturer, part type, value, and a host of other time-saving techniques.
Effectively manage interchangeable components such as resistors, capacitors, screws, and provide a part alternate report to manufacturing for efficient communication.
Detailed Part Information
See all your part detail information on the part radar screen including custom parameters such as strings, booleans, SI numbers, and options.
Attach notes, URLs, and files to any part, supplier, or build in the database. Store your datasheets, user’s manuals, Gerber files for manufacturing, design diagrams, and so on.
Projects and Assemblies
Manage Part Alternates
Built-in part alternate management makes it easier to make substitutions based on available inventory or price changes.
Kit List / Drill-Down
The Kit List shows a complete drill-down of all parts required for an assembly, including sub-assemblies, conveniently sorted by part.
Tag subparts as “No-Load” and the part will no longer be shown on short-lists and cost-sheets, but stays on the bill of materials for reference.
Quickly see a concise run-down of the costs of an assembly including costs based on minimum quotes, maximum quotes, inventory prices, and even quoted pricing based on a specified quantity.
Keep track of non-material assembly costs such as PCB assembly or testing by assigning non-material parts to the assembly. These “parts” get the full benefit of other parts in the system including ActiveQuote.
Carefully track every part from order receipt to finished goods production at multiple locations, including your contract manufacturer.
A quick glance at the Short List will show exactly which and how many parts you need to buy to complete the build. Aligni organizes the view for one or more assemblies and in a particular build priority.
Sequence project builds and manage them every step of the way from scheduling and part allocation to completion. Store attachments such as purchase orders, deviation approvals, and certificates of compliance.
Customize and print inventory asset labels to Dymo LabelWriter printers.
All inventory changes are stored as inventory history items that you can review at any time. If there’s ever a discrepancy, your complete inventory history can help quickly get to the root of the problem. History records link back to consumption orders or transfers for easy reference.
Use the PartCart to compile an inventory transfer, print a packing list, and indicate the parts that are in transit. When they arrive at their destination, you will complete the transfer.
Automatic Report Emails
Setup periodic inventory reports to have Aligni automatically compile inventory manifests and email them to you in CSV or PDF format.
Quotes and Purchases
“Aligni’s ordering and purchasing functions automate our buying process. Aligni tells us when and where to order parts, providing buy-lists and vendor contacts. Aligni significantly reduces our expenses by increasing productivity in the purchasing process and freeing up this time for the engineers to use in real development work.”
– Garrick Kremesec, Jova Solutions
ActiveQuote™ helps you create RFQs, submit them to vendors, and receive quotes from vendors, all within the convenient Aligni parts management database.
Get quotes from vendors and submit purchase orders in multiple currencies. Currency exchange rates are applied for cost analysis and receiving to inventory.
Quickly build RFQs and Purchases using the context-aware Part Cart and eliminate data entry errors — just like a shopping cart at an online store.
Price and Quantity Helpers
Handy helpers integrated into the quote and purchasing forms minimize clicks and put all the information you need right in front of you.
With a link in their email, vendors get direct, secure access to your RFQ and Purchases. They can enter quote pricing, lead-time, min/mult quantities, and comments directly into your database and acknowledge POs with a salesorder number and delivery promise dates.
Aligni makes it easy to compare vendor quotes on the same screen, saving you time and money.
When parts arrive, receive inventory directly into your database.
Suppliers, Customers, and Contacts
Suppliers and Customers
Manufacturers and Vendors are critical to your part database, but you can also keep customer information as a one-stop shop for term sheets, purchase agreements, and other key information.
Keep company contacts in the database and link them with a vendor (and possibly multiple manufacturers). Use this link the send quotes and purchase orders to these contacts via email.
Vendor Part Numbers
Specify vendor part numbers and buy-as quantities so you can best handle purchasing from your vendors. Store multiple vendor part numbers to indicate different packaging options.
Approved Vendor List (AVL)
Your Aligni Approved Vendor List makes it easy to see where to purchase any given part. Aligni also lets you manage approval dates and expiration for vendors for compliance purposes.
Use ActiveQuote to get a handle on efficient quoting. Stop searching hundreds of emails and accurately manage project costs.
Keep track of vendor references, ordering procedures, purchase agreements, and anything else that makes your operation more efficient.
CSV Import Utility
You can import CSV (comma-separated values) files into any Aligni assembly. For example, many CAD tools will produce bill-of-materials output in CSV format that can easily be imported to your component database on Aligni. You won’t need to rearrange the columns from your CAD package — the import utility can help with that!
Automatic Site Backups
With an associated Amazon S3 account, Aligni can automatically archive and back up your data for you. Your data is exported as human-readable XML, compressed, and stored in your S3 account on a weekly basis. Aligni will even send you an email notification when a backup is complete.
Part List Comparison
Compare two part lists using Aligni’s part list comparison tool and easily see version differences and assembly variants..
Export any project view (part list, kit list, or cost sheet) into a CSV file for easy transfer to a contract manufacturer or spreadsheet for further manipulation.
You can use the Web API to create custom interfaces for import and export tasks. This can be helpful if you need to migrate data from another system or extract data in custom ways.