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Custom Attributes

What are Custom Attributes?

Custom Attributes are just one of the many evolutions in WithoutWire’s inventory program that now allows customers to extend their data collection activities to include fields that are beyond the standard.  Attributes can be added to basic, serial tracked, lot tracked, and date tracked items. We use attributes for collecting and managing data points such as temperature upon arrival, vendor related data points such as scoring, vendor lot numbers, and even elements like MAC Address which are becoming more relevant as IoT-enabled medical devices are coming to market.  These attributes can also be locked in so the user doesn’t have to enter in the same information for 1,000 serial numbers!

Custom Attributes can be assigned to items at two levels, Globally and/or at the Item level. If one of these custom attributes is assigned Globally then all item types that share that item type will also share that attribute. If a custom attribute is assigned to the Item level, then this attribute will only be specific to that particular item. It is also important to mention that Custom Attributes placed at the Item level will supersede any global attributes for the item type.

 

Creating Global Custom Attributes

Custom Attributes are first created or assigned to an item in the Web Console, but can later be edited via the handheld and web console. To first create a Global Custom Attribute for items follow these steps.

  1. From the Web Console navigate over to the Inventory Operations > Item Tools > Global Attribute Maintenance.
  2. The user will then be brought to the summary page showing the four item types as well as any global attributes associated to this item. To create a new attribute select Attributes on the far right of the item type you wish to assign an attribute too.
  3. On this next page, the user is prompted to enter in the following criteria in the required fields of Attribute NameAttribute LabelAttribute Type as well as specifying the optional fields of  Default Value in addition to if the attribute is Required or Locked.
  4. Once these fields have been entered, and the information looks correct the user can the press ADD to add the attribute to the system.
 

Creating Item Level Custom Attributes

  1. From the Web Console, navigate to Inventory Operations > Item Tools > Item Maintenance.
  2. After being brought to the Item Maintenance screen the user can add attributes by selecting Attributes on the far right of the item they wish to assign an attribute.
  3. Next, the user is brought back to the Add Attribute page where they then can create a new attribute by filling in the required fields of Attribute NameAttribute LabelAttribute Type as well as specifying the optional fields of  Default Value in addition to if the attribute is Required or Locked.
  4. Once these fields have been entered, and the information looks correct the user can the press ADD to add the attribute to the system.

Editing/Deleting Custom Attributes

  1. Use the above steps to get to either the Global or Item Level Custom Attributes page where one can create a new attribute.
  2. Once at the screen where the user can see the attributes locked for Global or Item Level Attributes, the user can edit an attribute by selecting EDIT on the far left of the attribute line.
  3. The following fields then become editable to the user: Attribute Label, Attribute Length, Default Value, Required, and Locked.
  4. after the changes have been made, the user should click UPDATE one the far left of attribute line.
  5. Note: To Delete an attribute, press the DELETE button next to EDIT, next a second message will appears asking if the user wishes to delete the attribute. If so press OK.