A components library for engineers in Microsoft Excel can be created by following these steps:
- Define Components: List out all the components in separate columns in Excel.
- Assign Unique IDs: Assign unique IDs to each component to enable easy tracking and referencing.
- Detail Components: Expand each component with additional details such as specifications, suppliers, and part numbers.
- Categorize Components: Categorize the components into different groups based on their type, complexity, and criticality.
- Cost & Availability: Add columns to track the cost and availability of each component.
- Suppliers & Contacts: Add columns to store the contact information for the suppliers of each component.
- Search & Filter: Use Excel’s search and filter tools to easily locate specific components based on their type, cost, supplier, or any other criteria.
- Update & Track Changes: Keep the library up-to-date by tracking and incorporating any changes that may occur during the project lifecycle.
But instead of using Excel, you could use a tool that connects components and requirements to your precious engineering data and do proper parametric design…