Inventory management SW adds purchasing function

Portland, Ore. — Aligni has added full purchasing functionality to its SaaS-based inventory management software, along with a new feature for part list versions. With these new capabilities, Aligni says it delivers enterprise-level functionality for electronics manufacturing workflow management at small-to-medium size companies.

Many of these companies use a variety of systems including spreadsheets, RFQ emails, sticky notes, and client-based software, or they use accounting packages, such as QuickBooks, to manage inventory and purchasing, which results in inefficiencies and errors as the company grows, said Aligni.

In part to solve these challenges, Aligni has added the purchasing function to its inventory management solution that houses the database of parts, bill of materials (BOM), inventory requirements, and inventory tracking.

The purchasing feature is an addition to Aligni ActiveQuote, which generates RFQs, submits them to vendors, and receives quotes from vendors, all within the part management database. The new purchasing feature completes the workflow for part purchasing by managing order placement and inventory receipt directly from the part database, said Aligni. This allows buyers to select from vendor-submitted quotes, email purchase orders to vendors, and receive inventory against the purchase orders.

Aligni also has added functionality to its part list management capabilities to tag versions of a BOM for reference, record keeping, documentation, and comparison to other part lists. The enhanced software provides part entry and management, BOM management, part quoting, purchasing, multiple-location inventory management and build management with inventory shortage reports and consumption.

Aligni offers a free demo, a 30-day free trial and pay as you go pricing. The demo doesn’t require forms to complete or an email address or password.

The solution is priced as a monthly subscription fee based on the number of parts in the database and product features. The “Starter” version supports one user and 100 parts and costs $15 per month. Service plans, with purchasing, ActiveQuote, and part list versions, start at $79 per month.