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How to inventory components that we make for our assembling line?

We are a small manufacturing company and we buy raw material (Aluminum) to make our own components for our assembled products. Once the components are made, we move them to the assembling line and become part of the finish product. 


Since we do not buy these components but we make them, we do not have a bill to enter.  We know there is the "Receive Inventory" option, but we have not used it. Would this be the correct way to enter these components? Would it be okay to enter them without price?


We do need to track those components due to we need to know when to make more and how we use them in the assemblies, etc. 

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Re: How to inventory components that we make for our assembling line?

Glad to have you here in the Community, @Cookysofia1.


I can walk you through in tracking the components that you made in QuickBooks Desktop.


To track parts that you produce in making the product, you'll need to create a non-inventory item to handle the raw materials that you used. Make sure to check the "This item is used in assemblies or is purchased for a specific customer" option so it will reflect on your assemblies.


Once done, make a new inventory assembly item for the components that you've produced, and add the item for the raw products into the bill of materials. After that, create another inventory assembly for the assembled product that you have.


I've attached some screenshots below for your reference about the set up:

assembly one.PNG assembly 2.PNG assembly 3.PNG


Therefore, every time you want components in the assemblies, you'll just need to build an inventory assembly using the procedure above.


To give you more details about items and assemblies in QuickBooks Desktop, please see these articles: 

If you need additional assistance with the process, feel free to reach out to our Customer Care Team. 


I'm just a reply away if you have further questions about this. I'll be around to help you out. Enjoy your weekend!

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Re: How to inventory components that we make for our assembling line?

Seems like you got the answered you needed here, but in case anyone from the QBO world stumbles here I thought I'd mention that you can use apps like Katana to have a more dedicated manufacturing module.


Means your materials and finished goods will be managed automatically alongside your production schedule, invoices/bills pushed to QBO. You can can create product recipes which matches components to your assemblies and products.


Re: How to inventory components that we make for our assembling line?

Hello roy241,


I appreciate you for joining the thread and sharing your ideas regarding an app that would help QBO users as well. Your post will be a great help for anyone who needs to have a more dedicated manufacturing module.


Aside from checking QuickBooks Apps from a web browser, please know that you can also do it directly within QBO. Here are the steps:


  1. Log into your QuickBooks account.
  2. On the left panel, go to Apps.
  3. Go to the Find Apps tab.
  4. Use the search bar to look for apps.

I'm attaching the screenshot below for your visual guide:



If anyone here want to know more on the apps and integrations that Intuit provides support, please refer to this article:


Apps that work with QuickBooks.


I look forward to serving you to the best of my ability, so feel free to reach out to me for any concerns about using apps. Wishing you all the best.

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