Is there a way to create a symbol that includes the attribute for quantity? I am looking for the 'quantity' as shown in the Device ID prompt, not the 'quantity per' as listed in the parts database.
UPBOM-RADIO.DwgI've created a symbol that shows our customer the upper level parts of our system. It is not related otherwise to any other schematic or layout symbol within the project. Each line item of an upper level I've made with an individual device ID so that the primary p/n loaded in each line pulls in the description/manufacturer etc. There are also sometimes custom items or p/ns that are not in the parts database that are entered by hand and so i have overlapping symbol text over attribute text loaded from the parts database. These parts are often times used once and we refrain from loading them into the database as this will just dirty up the database. I know this can be confusing. I've attached my symbol for your reference.
If you need quantity, then I think your best bet is to run a Quantified Bill of Materials report in Run Reports. This will list the manually entered part numbers as well but since they do not exist in the parts database they would display no description and other information. To deal with that, you could consider adding such part numbers to the database with some special identifier that would allow you to find and delete them easily. You can filter on Parts Database Manager to find them, or you could run a Delete statement in Access or SQL Server Management Studio as the case may be. For example:
DELETE * FROM parts_database WHERE Detailed_Description5 = "temporary";
would delete all the part numbers where the value for Detailed_Description5 was "temporary".
Or, you could continue not entering such part numbers into the parts database and fill in the missing information on the BOM report manually, or maybe using your symbol for that purpose.