The Sheet List is where all sheets and remnants in your inventory are listed and managed. Similar to the Parts List, you can add, edit, or delete stock and remnants as needed. You can also distinguish between consignment, reserved, and general inventory (see Allocating or reserving stock to learn more).
All inventory sheets are stored in the SigmaNEST database, meaning that multiple workstations can share the same sheet data if needed.
Adding rectangular sheets
When using the SigmaNEST inventory features, the first thing you'll want to do is add new sheets to your sheets list. Typically, these will be rectangular, but there can be exceptions.
To add rectangular sheets:
- On the Workspace tab, click Sheet List
- Click the New button on the right, and enter the sheet parameters.
- When you have finished, click Add to create the sheet.
Note: You can also add new (rectangular) stock sheets from the Sheets List tab in Task Setup, when creating a task.
Adding non-rectangular sheets
If you need to add a non-rectangular sheet, you need to first create the geometry using SigmaNEST's CAD tools, import a 2D CAD file without actually creating a part.
To add non-rectangular sheets:
- After the sheet geometry is in the workspace, go to the Workspace tab and click Create Sheet.
- Use the selection tools to highlight the geometry, then right-click to accept your selection.
- Enter the sheet parameters, then click OK to create the sheet.
About sheet data
Aside from the normal dimensions, quantities, and parameters, each sheet also has additional fields that can be used to aid in tracking your physical inventory.
- Use the Heat Number field to track a sheet's origin, as per industry standards.
- Easily locate your sheet on the shop floor with Location and Bin Number.
- Need to track information not listed here? Use any of the four Sheet Data fields for any additional information you want to store.
You can also import sheet data from the Sheets list by clicking Import. This requires a text file with comma-separated values (each comma separates values that correspond to the fields in the Sheet Parameters).
Each row of the text file indicates a new sheet to be added to the list. The following is an example of a sheet that is added to SigmaNEST. The first line is the list and names of each field and where it belongs in the sequence. Note that there are some blank commas that are still required. The second is an actual sheet that would be added to the sheet list.
Note that when importing sheet data, the only required fields are:
- Sheet name
- Inventory type (0 = new stock sheet, 1 = remnant, 2 = coil)
All other fields are optional.
Editing and deleting sheets
Sheets can be edited by double-clicking them in the list, or by selecting the sheet and clicking the Edit button (on the right).
Sheets cannot be mass-edited. But you can select multiple sheets in the list and click Edit to open the Sheet Parameters for each selected sheet.
Sheets can be removed by selecting them and clicking the Delete button (also on the right).
Like part, task, and nest reports, SigmaNEST also offers inventory reports that provide detailed information about the sheets used. These are useful if you need to verify whether your physical inventory matches the SigmaNEST inventory.
For more information, view our articles on Reports.