The Part is the core element of the InvenTree ecosystem. A Part object is the archetype of any stock item in your inventory. Parts are arranged in heirarchical categories which are used to organise and filter parts by function.
Part categories are very flexible and can be easily arranged to match a particular user requirement. Each part category displays a list of all parts under that given category. This means that any part belonging to a particular category, or belonging to a sub-category, will be displayed.
Each part category also shows a list of sub-categories which exist underneath it.
The category part list provides an overview of each part:
- Part name and description
- Part image thumbnail
- Part category
- Part stock level
The list of parts underneath a given category can be filtered by multiple user-configurable filters, which is especially useful when a large number of parts exist under a certain category.
Clicking on the part name links to the Part Detail view.
Each Part defined in the database provides a number of different options which determine how that part can be used. Configuring these options for a given part will impact the available functions that can be perform on (or using) that part).
A Virtual part is one which does not physically exist but should still be tracked in the system. This could be a process step, machine time, software license, etc.
A Template part is one which can have variants which exist underneath it. Read further information about template parts here.
If a part is designated as an Assembly it can be created (or built) from other component parts. As an example, a circuit board assembly is made using multiple electronic components, which are tracked in the system. An Assembly Part has a Bill of Materials (BOM) which lists all the required sub-components. Read further information about BOM management here.
If a part is designated as a Component it can be used as a sub-component of an Assembly. Read further information about BOM management here
Trackable parts can be assigned batch numbers or serial numbers which uniquely identify a particular stock item. Trackable parts also provide other features (and restrictions) in the InvenTree ecosystem.
Read further information about trackable parts here.
If a part is designated as Purchaseable it can be purchased from external suppliers. Setting this flag allows parts to be added to purchase orders.
If a part is designated as Salable it can be sold to external customers. Setting this flag allows parts to be added to sales orders.
By default, all parts are Active. Marking a part as inactive means it is not available for many actions, but the part remains in the database. If a part becomes obsolete, it is recommended that it is marked as inactive, rather than deleting it from the database.
Parts can be imported by staff-members on the part-list-view (this feature must be enabled in the part-settings), in the part-settings or on the admin-page for parts (only accessible if you are also an admin). The first two options provide a multi-stage wizard that enables mapping fields from various spreadsheet or table-data formats while the latter requires a well-formatted file but is much more performant.