User-customizable units 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:
- Use-As Unit – This specifies how the part is used on a project. Typical part units would be: each, minutes (labor), liters (fluids), inches (wire).
- Buy-As Unit – This is used to specify any difference between a part usage quantity and purchase quantity. This is associated with a vendor part number. For example, 40-oz. bottle (fluid), 80-pin strip (breakaway headers).
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.