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Quick Start

Go to the Factory Superstar App and login.

Company Settings

Go through the Settings (click on your name on the top right, and click Settings). You can change these later, but best to check that you're happy with the units, currency, and tax settings in particular. See Company Settings for more.

Default Fields

When you log in to Factory Superstar for the first time, you'll notice we've added 'default' fields. You can use these for now, or you can easily add your own (or rename the existing ones). The default fields we've added are:

  • Default Location
  • Default Category
  • Default Supplier
  • Default Process
  • Default Courier
  • Default Sales Channel
  • Default Label

Add a Component

You can sell things that you make, or things that you buy from someone else.

So the main thing you'll need to do when first starting Factory Superstar is add something to sell, or to use as a subcomponent to make something else.

Any component that you add can be either sold, or used as a subcomponent. You add them by going to Inventory -> Add Component.

Add the Component.

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The most important things to note here are the fields:

  • 'For Sale' (if the component can be sold directly to a customer, select this option)
  • 'Primary Component' (if you want to use it as a subcomponent, keep this box checked)
  • 'Each Unit Contains' and 'Units' (if the component can be broken down further, enter a number that isn't 1 into this box. So if it is a barrel that contains 5000 ml, type '5000' for each unit contains, and select 'millilitre' for the units. If it's a plank of wood, it might be '100' 'inches').

Have a quick read into what these mean here: Bought Components.

Note that the component is now in the system, but the stock level is zero. You'll need to get some in stock. Go to Inventory. You'll see the component you've added in the list. Type a number in the 'adjust' box to the right, and at the bottom of the page click either 'Stock Count' (if you already have some in stock), or 'Add to Re-Order' if you want to create a Purchase Order for the component.

Add Something You Make

Now that you've added some components, you can now use them as potential subcomponents in something that you make.

Things you make are called Definitions. A Definition can be used to make either one variety of item (e.g. a dining table of a certain size and colour), or an item which can vary (e.g. a dining table which comes in a variety of colours and sizes).

Basically, a Definition combines several subcomponents using a Process.

Go to Inventory -> Definitions -> Add Definition.

Input the name, category, and location, and if it's 'For Sale' (if not, it can still be used as a subcomponent) and select a Process. (Remember you can add processes by going to Production->Processes).

Now you're taken to the Definition you've just created.

To keep things simple, the main things you need to note are:

  • Variables. Can this item vary in some way? If it can vary in length, you could add a variable called length, leave the value blank, and select units centimetre. When you're ordering this component in future, the system will ask you what length it's to be. You could then use this length to work out what subcomponents are required.
  • A Process Time (how long does it take to make this component? This is in hours, but if it's in minutes you can type 5/60 i.e. divide by 60 since there's 60 minutes in an hour).
  • Sub-Components. Anything you make modifies an existing item. It does this by applying a Process to any number of subcomponents. So you need to add a subcomponent. Click 'Add Subcomponent' and select a subcomponent. Fill in the fields.

Read more on definitions here.

Add a Sales Order

Go to Sales -> Add Sales Order. Add the details required. Now click 'Add Item to Order'. Select the Definition you've just added (as long as you clicked 'This item is For Sale' it will appear). Enter in the quantity, and select Made-to-order?. If any variables need defined it will show you a page where you can define them. Click Submit.

You've now added your first Sales Order, and Production Order.