Applied Parameters: ObjectKind=DatabaseLink|Object=SupplierLinks
This command is used to access the Supplier Links dialog, which provides controls to add or remove supplier links for the selected component in the active DbLib/SVNDbLib file. A Supplier Link provides the live link between an Altium Designer component and a real-world manufactured item in a supplier's database of electronic components.
This command is accessed from the Database Library Editor, and SVN Database Library Editor, by right-clicking on the required part on the Table Browser tab, and choosing the Edit Supplier Links command, from the context menu.
First, ensure that the database table, containing the required part record, is selected in the Tables region of the main document window. Also, ensure that the Table Browser tab is the active tab.
After launching the command, the Supplier Links dialog will appear. The dialog lists all of the currently defined links for the component. The upper pane shows information for added supplier items, including Manufacturer, Manufacturer Part Number, Description, and Unit Price. You can add or remove supplier items to/from this area. The lower pane shows the detailed Parameters, Documents, Pricing and Stock information for a selected item in the upper pane.
To add an additional Supplier Link, simply click on the Add button. The Add Supplier Links dialog will appear, from where you can search for, and add a link to, the required item.
To delete a Supplier Link for the component, simply select its entry, in the upper region of the Supplier Links dialog, then click the Remove button.
Once you have finished editing supplier links as required, click OK. The record for the component in the database will be updated, with additional fields for Supplier n and Supplier Part Number n added, for each newly added link. These field pairings carry the interger suffix n, to distinguish multiple defined supplier links.
- If an existing supplier link is removed, the fields relating to that link will still remain in the database, but their values will be cleared. If a new supplier link is added in the future for that same component, those empty fields will be reused, rather than additional fields being added.
- Many suppliers offer discounts for bulk orders. Use the Order Quantity field to see how pricing changes, per unit, based on quantity of item ordered from the supplier. In addition, you can also change the currency used for the Unit Price - simply select from a range of supported currencies in the drop-down field to the left of the Order Quantity field. Currency conversion will use the latest daily rates, provided you are signed in to your Altium account.