In the Equipment timeline of your project, you can see the current availability of your planned equipment items. When an item is in stock, the amount will displayed in green. If there is a shortage of an item, this will be displayed in red. In this article, we explain how to view the equipment availability and how you use it in Rentman.-
- Open your project, and go to the Equipment tab.
- Click the Timeline button to view your equipment on the timeline.
When you have overbooked equipment in your project the respective item will be marked red, signaling an equipment shortage. If you create a subhire this will show in the equipment timeline as a blue bar. The timeline in the Equipment tab of your projects displays inventory data of the selected articles.
Equipment name: The upper part of the timeline displays the amount of an item that is (un)available after planning. Subhires will also be taken into account for this quantity. You will see a red bar when you have planned more than you have available.
Warehouse stock: This section shows you how much of the equipment you have available in your warehouse stock (excluding any subhires).
Projects: The projects part shows you all projects on which you have planned the specific equipment within the respective time frame. The dark gray bar is your active project; lighter gray bars are all other projects on which the equipment is planned. The number in the bar signals the quantity of planned equipment for that project.
When hovering over a timeline bar a tooltip will pop-up, showing you more in-depth details about the equipment stock.
If the status of your project is Option, equipment will not be automatically reserved for this project.
Select a period of time
The time shown for a project in the timeline is the entire rental period of the project. In the equipment section a period time can be selected by clicking on 'Period' in the timeline. It is also possible to zoom in the timeline by clicking on the magnifying glasses.
If the period of time is larger than what is shown it is possible to sroll trough the dates horizontally or trough the items vertically.
When you add an equipment item to a project, it is automatically planned on that project. However, if you have planned more of an item than you have in stock, your project will have a shortage of this item. In your availability timeline, a shortage will be marked with a red line.
Item shortage on multiple projects
It may occur that two (or more) projects have a shortage of the same item, in the same time period.
For example: You have planned a DJ booth on 2 different projects. If these projects are planned within the same time period, you have planned 2 DJ booths at the same time. If you only have 1 DJ booth in stock, you therefore have a shortage of 1.
In this example, both projects have a shortage of the same item. You can give one of these projects priority for this item. You do this by reserving this equipment item for that project.
Reserve equipment for a project
By reserving equipment, you can give project A priority over project B if they both have a shortage of the same equipment item. The items that you reserve will then be confirmed for project A first. In this case, you don't have to worry about the shortage on project A growing even bigger when this item is planned on even more projects.
Manually reserving an equipment item is only possible when your project has the Option status. When your project gets the Confirmed status, all planned equipment is automatically reserved for this project. For more information, read our article about project statuses.
- Open your project, and go to the Equipment tab.
- Select the item that you want to reserve.
- Click the Timeline button to view this item on the timeline.
In this example, our item is planned on two projects at the same time. In this time period, there are only 3 of our item in stock. However, both of these projects need 3 of our item.
- Double-click the project that you want to reserve equipment for.
For this example, we will choose DJ Sven Tour.
- In the column Reserved for project, enter the amount of this item you want to reserve.
- Click Save.
3 pieces of our item have now been reserved for the project DJ Sven Tour. As you can see below, the warehouse stock in this time period has now become 0.
Change equipment allocation for projects
When clicking on the plus (+) icon next to 'Warehouse' in the reservation screen you will get a view of where your equipment is located.
You can change your equipment allocation between projects when periods overlap. In this case you can remove your items from project A and assign them to project B. The way you do this is by clicking on the project bar and change the number of items you want to reserve in the pop-up screen. You can select the amount of equipment you want to reserve from your warehouse stock by setting a number in the “reserved for project” field and save.
Creating a subhire order
You can generate a subhire order within a project. Select the equipment that you want to hire, click on shortages and select ‘subhire’ to create an order. This subhire can be used to cover the needed amount of planned equipment.