Add a combining item

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Add a combining item

To add a new material item to a combining job:

  1. At the bottom of the Combining dialog box, click New.
  2. Define the item properties.

    The visible input fields and their order depend on the settings that you have defined in the Input Fields dialog box. To access the dialog box, go to Maintenance > Combining > Edit Input Fields.

    The properties marked with an asterisk (*) in the following table are mandatory information.
    Option Description

    Item *

    The item number.

    You can modify the item number manually or use the item number automatically determined by Tekla EPM.

    Default item increments are set in Combining Company Standards dialog box, but you can modify them for each job. We recommend leaving spaces between items, so that you can later add items between existing items.

    If necessary, you can reset the item number intervals in Job Maintenance. For more information, see Renumber a combining job.

    Quantity *

    The number of pieces to be added.

    Use the numeric keypad in the quantity field to add, multiply, divide, or subtract numbers to adjust the quantity.

    Shape *

    The material shape of each piece.

    Either click the arrow on the right side of the Shape field to select the shape, or type the shape indicator in the field (for example, HSS).

    Grade *

    The material grade of each piece.

    Depending on the shape, the grade can also be mandatory information.

    Either click the arrow on the right side of the Grade list to select the grade, or type the grade indicator in the field.

    Dimensions *

    The material dimension, or material size, of each piece.

    Depending on the shape, the dimension can also be mandatory information.

    Click the Dimensions field to select an available material dimension, and double-click the desired dimension in the list.

    You can also use a custom material dimension. Note that the dimension is not automatically added to the material database.

    To use a custom dimension:

    1. Click in the Dimensions field.

    2. Click Add Size.

    3. Define the dimension properties.

    4. Click Save.

      You can now select the dimension and use it.


    The length of each piece.

    Default length input settings are set in Company Standards, but you can modify them for each job.

    Mark #

    The mark number of the item.

    Enter maximum 25 characters. The maximum number of characters also depends on the Mark Input Type setting that you have selected in the Combining Company Standards dialog box.

    Reference #

    A reference number that links the items in the advanced bill of materials, or the combining job, to production control items.

    When you load materials from a combining job to Purchasing, this reference number is used. Later, when the purchased items are received and imported to Production Control, they will have the same reference number.

    You can enter maximum 255 characters in the Reference # field.

    Category, Sub-Category

    A class used for sorting items within a job. Categories and sub-categories can be used for filtering the information in the Combining dialog box.

    The available categories and sub-categories are created in Combining Company Standards.

    If necessary, you can also assign quantity multipliers to sub-categories.

    Click the arrow on the right side of the Category or Sub-Category field and select an existing category, or type a new category in the field.


    The sequence number assigned to the item.

    Click the arrow on the right side of the Sequence field to select a sequence number, or type the number in the field.


    An optional comment that you can type for the item.

    Main Piece

    When selected, indicates that the item is a main piece in an assembly. When cleared, indicates that the item is not a main piece.

  3. Click Add.
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