The New Part Request dialog is used to send a request to a member of a librarian-nominated role for one or more parts to be created. You can supply as much key information as possible to support your request (manufacturer and part number(s), description(s), any relevant datasheet (PDF or URL), etc.).
The dialog is accessed from the Search tab of the Explorer panel by clicking the Submit Request button then choosing New Request from the available selections in the drop-down menu.
The Submit Request button is accessible only if, when searching for a particular component, no results are found.
Manufacturer - this is a mandatory field to indicate the manufacurer of the part.
Manufacturer Part Numbers - this is a mandatory field indicating the specific part number(s) of the part(s). Multiple part numbers must be separated by a comma (,).
The Manufacturer and Manufacturer Part Numbers fields are the two key pieces of information with which the assigned librarian can find the correct part(s) requested so they are the only two mandatory fields. All other information is a bonus and/or allows your input on what certain attributes of the component should be (e.g., parameters and component type).
Name - this area can be used to attach any useful files related to the requested part. For example, a PDF datasheet, an image, or a document. Click Add to locate the file(s) through a standard dialog. Click Remove to delete the selected entry.
Files of any format can be attached up to 2GB in size.
Description - use this field to supply additional information for the request, including URLs to manufacturer websites, device family information, package information, etc.
Request ID - an ID is automatically generated and assigned to the request, enabling you to easily track the request's progress.
Required To Date - use this field to specify the date you need the component(s) to be ready. Click to open a calendar window to specify the required date.
Part List - use this region to specify any existing component item(s) in the server that you have created as temporary sub-components. Click Add to open a dialog to search for and select the required item. The librarian can then use the information to fulfill your request. If no sub-part exists, the librarian will create a new component item in the server along with requisite domain model Items. Click Remove to delete the selected entry.
State - use to specify the status of the request.
For a new part request, this field displays as New and is not editable. While there are five default states that can define a request, you are free to customize these states or add more to suit company requirements.
Assignee - displays which librarian is currently working on the request. The drop-down field lists all server users who are part of the nominated librarian's role(s).
This field should typically be left unspecified unless a librarian is creating the request and knows who should work on the part from the outset. Initially all librarians will see the request and one can step forward to assign the request to themselves. Librarians also can pass the request between each other if another has a little additional bandwidth to accommodate the request.
Component Type - this field can be used to specify the type of component being requested. The server supports the following explicit component types: Capacitor, Resistor, Inductor, Transistor, Diode, LED, Crystal & Oscillator, Fuse, Transformer, Sensor, Connector, Switch, IC, Amplifier, Memory, Processor, Interface, and Power Supply.
Parameters - this area can be used to add a set of specific parameters required for the part(s). Click Add then use the Name and Value fields to provide that information for the parameter. If no parameters are specified, the librarian will likely fall back to addition of the parameters in a related datasheet for that part in accordance with organizational policy. Click Remove to delete the selected entry.