Builds are used to coordinate the conversion of individual component inventory into completed assemblies. At a basic level, builds reduce inventory counts for components when those components are assembled. On a more advanced level, builds provide resource requirement information for multiple assemblies over time.

Build Manager

The build manager is displayed on your Aligni welcome page in the Supply Chain perspective.  It provides an at-a-glance view of all current planned, scheduled, allocated, and reserved builds along with pertinent information about each build.

Build Manager - Calendar View

Additionally, a graphical calendar view of the build schedule is shown above the list of current builds.  Place the mouse cursor over any of the calendar days and Aligni will highlight the corresponding builds in the list.  Similarly, you can place the mouse cursor over any of the builds in the list and Aligni will highlight the corresponding date(s) in the calendar view.

Build Process

Every build is a four-step process that starts with setting up the build assembly and parameters (planning stage) and ends with inventory counts being updated and committed (commit stage).


1. Schedule

Schedule a single, one-time build or multiple recurring builds, specifying the assembly part number and quantity to be built.


2. Allocate

Allocate parts and quantities to be consumed for the build for resource planning purposes.


3. Reserve

When the actual assembly begins, reserve specific inventory units to make them unavailable for inventory transfers or other adjustments.


4. Commit

Commit the build and Aligni makes all final adjustments to the component inventory and optionally adds the finished good to inventory.


lampAs an example, we’ll go through the build process for the ASSY_TESTUNITS assembly in the demo database. You can see the partlist at this link. This assembly is composed of the following:

  • 3 each of a capacitor C0402C104K8PACTU
  • 3.5 inches of wire
  • 4 2-pin headers which a broken off from a separable strip of 40-pins or 80-pins

The example illustrates how Aligni handles units through the build process. The wire is specified in use-as units of inch but typically purchased on a 100-ft spool. The spool is held in inventory as fractional units, so 1 100-ft spool would mean 1,200 inches are available. 0.25 100-ft spool would mean 300 inches are available. Inches may also be specified as a fraction.

The 2-pin unit is a base unit and is integer-only. It is setup to convert to 40-pin strip and 80-pin strip since these headers are typically purchased as separable strips.