Working with Rolls and Lots

Utilize multiple rolls of varying lengths and, optionally, divide them up according to lots.


When a roll product is allocated, Measure generates as many rolls as necessary and places all cuts onto the rolls. The length of these default rolls is determined by one of two settings:

1.  The product's "mfg std length" as set in the Product List. This is the first place Measure looks when determining how long a system-generated roll should be.


2.  If no "mfg std length" has been entered, system rolls are set to the "Default standard roll length" located under the "Estimating" section of the Measure Options window.


Click the "Rolls & Lots" button under the Ribbon Bar's "Estimate" tab to begin working with custom rolls and lots.

The "Roll Information" Window


The majority of the Roll Information window is occupied by a hierarchy, or tree, for each roll product in use. The trunk of each tree is the product itself (1). From each product, any number of lots can be generated (2). Rolls are then assigned as a property of an individual lot (3). Click the Collapse.png button next to a category to collapse it, or the Expand.png button next to a collapsed category to restore it.

  • Show
    • Products in use
      Only display products, lots, and rolls that are being used in the current project.
    • All goods that support lots
      Display all roll-based materials from the Product List whether they are in use or not, and include any custom lots and rolls.
    • Just Base Products
      Fully collapse the tree so that only products are listed.
    • Include Lots
      Display products and lots, but collapse all roll information.
    • Include Rolls
      Restore the tree to its default view in which products, lots, and rolls are all visible.
  • Product (1)
    The product name, a color swatch, and the numerical value of its color is displayed under this heading. All fields are non-interactive.
  • Lot (2)
    When a product has no user-defined lots, items under this heading are non-interactive. They simply display the product's default color and indicate that no lots are being utilized. If a user-defined lot is present, it will have a Custom_Lot.png icon in place of the standard System_Lot.png. Additionally, the lot's color and name can be changed by left-clicking in either field.
  • Roll (3)
    • Roll Icon
      User_Roll_In_Use.png User-defined roll with material allocated to it.
      User_Roll_Not_Allocated.png User-defined roll with no material allocated to it.
      System_Roll.png System roll.
    • Roll Name
      System rolls are named automatically and their names cannot be changed. If the line represents a user-defined roll, then the name field can be edited.
    • Total Length
      The total length of a system roll is based on one of the two settings listed in the section above, and is non-interactive. The total length of a user-defined roll can be adjusted directly in this text field.
    • Length Used
      Non-interactive text field displaying how much of the roll currently has material allocated to it. The unit of measure used in this field is set under the "General" section of the Measure Options window.
    • Balance
      Non-interactive text field displaying the length of the remaining, unused material on a roll.
  • Add Roll
    Add a new roll under a lot. The function requires that a product, lot, or roll is selected first. See "How To Use Custom Rolls" below.
  • Add Lot
    Add a new lot under a product. The function requires that a product, lot, or roll is selected first. See "How To Use Custom Lots" below.
  • Delete
    Delete the currently selected lot or roll. If the deletion of a roll results in insufficient material, a new system roll will be generated the next time the material is allocated (typically when the Roll Information window is closed). Lots that are in use on the project cannot be deleted.
  • Move Roll Up / Down
    Select a user-defined roll and move it up or down. For more information, see "How To Use Custom Rolls" below.

How To:

Use Custom Rolls

1.  Select the lot under which the new roll(s) will be assigned. If no custom lots are being used, select the "base product" placeholder lot.


2.  Click the "Add Roll" button in the lower-left corner of the window.


3.  (Optional) Click within the "Roll Name" text field and enter a name for the new roll.


4.  Click within the Total Length text field and enter a length for the new roll.


5.  Repeat steps 1-4 for each user-defined roll that needs to be added to the project.

6.  Click "OK" to close the Roll Information window. Roll products will automatically be re-allocated and cuts will be placed onto the user-defined roll.


Rolls are utilized in the order in which they appear in the Roll Information window. User-defined rolls are always placed at the top of the list and are thus utilized first. Any remaining balance of material is placed on system rolls. If the combined length of all user rolls is sufficient for the project, no system rolls will be created.


Tip: When multiple user-defined rolls are present they can be reordered by selecting one and clicking the Roll_Information_Up_Arrow.png or Roll_Information_Down_Arrow.png button at the bottom of the Roll Information window.

Use Custom Lots

1.  Select the product under which the new lot(s) will be assigned.


2.  Click the "Add Lot" button in the lower-left corner of the window.


3.  (Optional) Click within the "Lot Name" text field and enter a name for the new lot.


4.  (Optional) Click the "Lot Color" drop-down box and assign a color to the new lot. By default, it will use the color that was assigned to the material in the Product List.


Tip: Rooms that have been assigned material from a user-defined lot will be rendered on-screen and in printed reports according to their lot color. Assign different colors to lots in order to clearly indicate where each one belongs.

5.  (Optional) Follow the steps in the "Use Custom Rolls" section above to create custom rolls under the new lot. If a user-defined lot containing no rolls is assigned to a room, the software will simply create a new system roll under that lot.

6.  Click "OK" to close the "Roll Information" window.


7.  Select one or more rooms to which the new lot will be assigned.

8.  Click the Product Selector drop-down box and choose the custom lot from the list. User-defined lots will be listed directly under their base product name.


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