I’m just coming up to speed with ERPNext, and there is a lot to digest. I’m starting with parts inventory and specification. We design circuit boards that are built by a Contract Manufacturer. We purchase some strategic parts to consign to them, but the CM purchases most of the components (like resistors) based on our specifications.
The manufacturer & part number for the components we use is our Approved Vendor List. A commodity like a resistor could easily have six or more manufacturers on the AVL. So the BOM that we provide to the CM includes the QTY of each component required to build a board, and also this component AVL so they know what to buy.
In going through the Item fields in ERPNext, I see a spot for multiple vendors, but only one place for a manufacturer & part number. A vendor in this case would be a distributor who might carry several of the manufacturers on our AVL. And there are multiple distributors we might choose from based on price and available inventory. So I see the utility of having multiple vendors. I just need a similar capability for the MFR and part number.
Is there is a straightforward way to add multiple manufacturers to an Item, perhaps in much the same way that we can have multiple vendors?