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Attribute - Part Association
The number of rules admins are required to write decreases dramatically with Attribute-Part Associations.
Using this feature, the admin can associate a Configuration
Integer Attribute or a Boolean Attribute to a single Parts database
record, without the use of Recommended Item Rules.
At run-time on the user side, the associated part is added to the Mandatory Recommended Items if the:
- Integer Attribute value is >0
- Boolean Attribute is “True”
The quantity of the Part added to the Mandatory Recommended Items varies:
- Integer Attributes add Mandatory Parts with a quantity equal to the value of the Attribute.
- Boolean Attributes add Mandatory Parts with a quantity of 1.
Creating an Attribute-Part Association
- Navigate to the Configurable Attributes Administration List page.
Click Admin to go to the Admin Home Page.
Click Catalog Definition in the Products section.
The Supported Products page appears.
In the Navigation column, select Configurable Attribute and then click List.
The Configurable Attributes Administration List page appears.
- Enter a Name and Variable Name.
Select a Data Type.
Attribute-Part Associations are only available for Integer and Boolean Data Types. Once Integer or Boolean is selected, the Part Information fields appear.
Begin typing in the desired associated Part Number. The Part Number field will auto-suggest Part Numbers from the Parts database.
A green check mark indicates the entered part is valid.
A red X icon indicates the entered part is invalid because it does not exist in the Parts database.
Enter a Comment. The Comment field is grayed out if the Part Number is invalid; it will remain uneditable until the Part Number is valid.
If the Part Number field fails
validations upon either Attribute creation or editing, an error message
appear when you try to Add or Save.
- Click Add, Add and New, or Cancel.
Return to the Configurable Attributes Administration List page, to view the Associated Part Number column. This column shows which parts are associated with which Configurable Attributes.
Managing Attribute-Part Associations
below information will highlight how sales user will manage
Attribute-Part Associations on the sales-user side of the application.
Sales users will configure their products as they normally would.
If a part is recommended by an Attribute association, it is added to the Recommended Items as a Mandatory Part.
This only occurs when the Boolean Attribute value is set to “True” or the Integer Attribute value is >0.
If an associated part attempting to be added becomes
invalid (for example, it has been deleted from the Parts Database), but
the Attribute has not been updated, the part will have a red X next to
it within the Recommended Items grid.
Since the part is added as Mandatory, the sales user will not be able to proceed to Commerce.
If an Attribute with an associated part is migrated
when the associated part does not exist on the target site, the
Migration will succeed with a warning.
The Attribute and missing part will be referenced in the Migration Log.
- Only Direct Buy and Buy as Recommended Item Only parts are available for Attribute-Part Associations.
- The Pipeline Viewer has a special Rule Type for Part Association Rules, called “Part Association.”
Attributes with an associated part may have Auto Update applied. If the Attribute’s Auto Update setting is set to True, the Recommended Items will update automatically when the user changes the value of the Attribute.
To roll up part quantities and prices, select the Sum Recommended Items Quantities — Yes
radio button in Configuration Settings. This applies to all parts added
to the Configuration, not just parts added using Part-Attribute
Bulk download of Configuration Attributes may be filtered by associated Part Number and/or Part Comment.
Bulk upload of Configuration Attributes supports adding Part Number and Comment for Integer and Boolean data types only.
Configuration Attribute functionality can be defined at multiple levels:
1. All Families
2. Product Families
3. Product Lines