The initial view of the hardware screen provides an overview of all part catalogs you have access to. From here you can browse the part catalogs for parts and view your cost and retail pricing for those parts. If you have access to edit parts you will also be able to access the part maintenance screen.
Part catalogs provide access to hardware items such as hinges, clamps, handles and towel bars but also to other consumables such as seals and miscellaneous items.
Depending on the scenario you may receive cost pricing from your supplier or you can edit the cost pricing of the catalog items yourself.
Editing Catalog Items
The image on the immediate left shows a shot of the part maintenance screen. You can access this screen by clicking on the "Edit Catalogue Items" button from the initial hardware screen. Part maintenance allows you to edit and add parts, finishes, cut-outs and series for any particular catalogue.
Double clicking on any part in the grid will display a screen for editing the options that that particular part, the same options are also displayed when adding a new part. Depending on what type of part you are adding or editing, different editable properties will show in the edit screen.
From here you also have the option to upload an image of the part in question. The tabs for images allow you to upload a different image for a picture of the item, a drawing of the item and a technical drawing of the part.
To assign finishes to a particular part you must already be in the edit screen for the part. From here you can click on the finishes tab where a list of available and selected finishes are shown. Available finishes are finishes which have been added as part of the catalogue offerings which the part belongs to. You can use this list and the arrow buttons or by double clicking to select which finishes will be available for this particular item
Adding a finish to a part catalogue is done from the Finishes tab. New Finishes can be added by clicking the new button and existing finishes may be edited by clicking the edit button or by double clicking on an existing finish in the grid
Like Finishes, Cut-outs can be added or edited from the tab called "Cutouts". The items added in this tab will be made available throughout the program as a default setting for a cut-out. The cut-outs will be made available via a library which is accessible whilst editing parts on in the shower builder. Adding pre-defined cut-outs saves you time by not having to enter the dimensions of the cut-out on every single part or job.
The part series editor allows you to group a list of parts together for common use in eShowers. Using the series editor you can define a group of parts that can be used to automatically apply hardware to a shower.
To add items to a part series simply select their details from the drop down menu's against each item type.
The pricing for items in a Hardware catalog can be edited by clicking on the edit pricing button. Cost pricing comes directly from your supplier in which case you will not be able to edit the cost or will need to manually enter. A message will display indicating if the supplier is supplying the cost pricing. The retail prices are always entered. You can choose to apply a global markup or margin percentage which will apply the given value to all cost prices and save the result to the corresponding retail field.
For more information see the Pricing section.
Overriding Manufacturer Defaults
Hardware items in eShowers can be customized and tailored to suit your own fabrication requirements. Properties of parts such as the cutout details and clearances can be edited to your needs.
To edit a hardware item
- Click on the hardware menu item
- Select the required catalog that the item resides in and double click the item
- Click the "Override Defaults" button to enable editing of the default values. These can be reset later if required
- You can now edit the clearance values and cutout information for your selected part. Once you have finished making your changes click OK to save the item
- Your new values will automatically be reflected in any future shower configuration
In order for your updated hardware properties to show on an old shower item you will need to open the shower design and click on the recalculate button.