Within Smart RFX, users can search for Alternate MPNs and Alternate Suppliers while creating an RFQ. When parts shortages occur, or lead times get too high, users need the option to look for broader alternatives within their cost range.
To find an Alternate MPN and the respective supplier, the user can (1) select the desired CPN and then click into the (2) Quick Action menu (lightning bolt icon) to get to (3) Explore Alternatives:
Upon clicking on Explore Alternatives, a dialog appears with matching MPN results:
By having the Reference MPN, which is the original MPN used to Explore Alternatives, additional information is provided to the user to evaluate the alternatives, including:
- Matched MPN
- Matched Manufacturer
- Matched Supplier
- Years to End of Life (EOL)
- Financial Health Rating
- Lead Time
- and Status
Within the Invite Suppliers prompt, the user can select one or more Matched MPNs and invite the respective Matched Suppliers to participate in the RFQ. After clicking on the Invite button, the new line item(s) get added to the RFQ Scope with the alternate MPNs and suppliers:
Once the modifications are completed, by selecting the newly added line items, the user can proceed to the RFX preview page to verify all details before finalizing and sending.
Note: Only one CPN can be selected at a time for Exploring Alternate MPNs. When trying to (1) select multiple rows, (2) an error is displayed, and the action cannot be completed.