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Posted by  Max on October 07, 2003 at 12:50:00:


I'll attempt to explain this problem the best I can.....

I am dealing with a complex product consisting of a large number of sub-assemblies (total number of parts anything up to 15,000), for which an overall Bill of Materials or "cutting list" needs to be produced.

I am looking for a way to group individual parts from different sub-assemblies on the BOM by using an identifier or similar (eg, parts X and Y are different and from different sub-assemblies but are both "bolts", and need to appear consecutively on the BOM).

To illustrate it another way, the best I can achieve internally to SW2003 is:

Sub-ass. 1

Sub-ass. 2

whereas I am looking for:

Ass. 1

At the moment I am getting around the problem by exporting the data into an Excel sheet and applying filters that way, but I can't believe this is the only solution. I know that one can give a part a custom attribute to identify its "type", but as far as I know these cannot be used to filter/sort by?

This is driving me nuts, so any help would be very greatly appreciated.

Many thanks,


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