What is a Component?
For a detailed tutorial on Components, please see our Introduction to Components
A component is a way to create a new material from other raw materials. This component material can then be used in other products. This is also commonly known as a sub-assembly.
When you create a component, a material will automatically be created and linked directly to the component. This is called a component material.
Components can have recipes of other materials in exactly the same way as products. When a manufacture is created for a component, the quantity of the component material is increased. The component itself doesn't hold stock and acts much like a factory to produce more component materials.
Example: For a baker, a component could be Buttercream Icing, as a single batch could be prepared for use on all the cakes made that day. For a jeweller a component could be clasps that are prepared in advance and used in a variety of different products.
Unlike materials, components can not be increased in stock by creating expenses as they cannot be directly purchased. The only way to increase stock of a component is to create a manufacture for it or set a starting adjustment (if you are bringing forward stock from a previous tracking system).
Only one level of components can be created - it is not possible to add a different component material to a component recipe.
Components are available for PRO and above plans.