3 Replies Latest reply on Jul 13, 2012 9:24 AM by philmodjunk

    Asset Grouping/Parenting?



      Asset Grouping/Parenting?


      Hello All,

      I am at a dead end. I am creating an inventory database for my work with over 14,000 items. We have about 600 MacBooks each going into one of 24 rolling carts. The carts as well as the laptops are entered into inventory. I am trying to figure out the best way to handle these "groups" of items. I would really like to just check out the cart, and that checks out all the computers assigned to that cart. Any thoughts or ideas is greatly appreciate!


      The tables I have are Assets and Employees, with fields in the Assets table being AssetID, Checked Out To, and Parent Tag. if that helps any...


        • 1. Re: Asset Grouping/Parenting?

          You can add a table where one record represents a group of assets.

          You can link one asset to a group of other assets.


          Assets::_fkAssetGroupID = AssetGroups::__pkAssetGroupID

          When you select an asset, a script can check _fkAssetGroupID and if it is not empty, it's part of a group and the script can then use this information to select all the other members of the group at the same time.

          • 2. Re: Asset Grouping/Parenting?


            Can I just put you on my payroll for the day? lol. All of this scripting has me seeing double. Can you be a little bit more specific? I'm officially dumb today. I created a new table called Asset Groups, but what fields does it require? Forgive me for being such a novice today.



            • 3. Re: Asset Grouping/Parenting?

              The only field it has to have is the one I already listed:


              This would be an auto-entered serial number and need not appear on any layout or report.

              Or you can add a text field to name the group if you find that helpful.

              I'm assuming that members of an asset group still all need individual asset tags and still need to be tracked in inventory. As I understand it, what you want is the abilty to checkout one item--say the cart and the script used to check it out contains these steps (but you'll need to fill in some of the details).

              If [Assets::_fkAssetGroupID] //I'm assuming this field is of type number
                 #Find all assets with the same group ID
                 Set variable [$GroupID ; value: Assets::_fkAssetGroupID ]
                 Enter Find Mode [] //clear the pause check box
                 Set Field [Assets::_fkAssetGroupID ; $GroupId ]
                 Perform Find []
                 #Check out all Assets in found set--this is all assets in same group.
                 #Check ou the single asset that is not part of a group here
              End IF