In case the product requires some materials (e.g. liquids, oils, resins, raw material) to run or generate the outcome, it is possible to monitor the consumption of these materials through the concept of Consumable.
For instance, consumables can be used to:
Calculate the electric energy costs.
Calculate the operating costs (e.g. consumed water, gas, ink, oil).
Generate consumption reports.
Purchasable consumables are associated with a price (e.g. $ per unit), and this allows costs computation and their sale directly within the application.
In case a consumable is stocked, so subject to a shortage, the DPS application allows to:
Configure thresholds and alerts for consumables shortage.
Manage the stock on the Customer level.
Perform manual consumable reordering based on a custom threshold.
Defining new Consumable
Here you will find how to configure a Consumable from scratch.
To create a new Consumable, you should:
- Enter the Catalog / Consumables page.
- Click on the top right Add Consumable button.
- Edit the available fields.
- Press the Save button.
Editing a Consumable
Within a Consumable definition, you can configure the following properties:
The name of the consumable (e.g. Electric Power, Ink, Water).
The consumable description which can be displayed within pages.
The measuring unit of the consumable (e.g. kWh, liter).
The flag indicating if the consumable is based on customer stock (e.g. Ink, Wrapper Film) or it is continuously supplied (e.g. Electric Power).
How to use a Consumable
Consumables are used by Thing Definitions, for more details refer to the Consumption Definition article.