Who Uses This Software?

Hardware design & production companies, small CM/EMS contract manufacturers, R&D labs, hardware startups.


Average Ratings

19 Reviews

  • 5 / 5
    Overall

  • 5 / 5
    Ease of Use

  • 5 / 5
    Customer Service

Product Details

  • Starting Price
    $39.00/month
  • Free Version
    Yes
  • Free Demo
    Yes
  • Deployment
    Cloud, SaaS, Web
  • Training
    Documentation
  • Support
    Online

Vendor Details

  • PartsBox
  • partsbox.io
  • Founded 2015
  • Poland

About PartsBox

PartsBox is tool for managing electronic parts and production. It keeps track of where components are stored, what the current stock levels are, and which parts are used in which projects. It displays specs, allows for attaching documents (datasheets, 3D CAD models) to parts, and searches the entire database quickly. With lot control, it is possible to track where specific batches of parts came from and where they were used, providing full two-way tracking for Medical/Pharma applications.


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PartsBox Features

  • Alerts/Notifications
  • Barcoding / RFID
  • Forecasting
  • Inventory Optimization
  • Kitting
  • Manufacturing Inventory Management
  • Mobile Access
  • Multi-Channel Management
  • Reorder Management
  • Reporting/Analytics
  • Retail Inventory Management
  • Supplier Management
  • Warehouse Management

PartsBox Reviews Recently Reviewed!


Manage your parts inventory without a software learning curve

Feb 15, 2019
5/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support
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Pros: I most like the intuitive nature of the PartsBox software. The user interface is well designed. You won't be searching for functions or trying to remember where to find a feature. If you are trying to keep track of a parts inventory, nearly all the things you need are there when you need them. Simple and intuitive!

I also like the fact that I don't have to concern myself with defining, building, and managing a database. There's no server to manage. No tables to build. No networking. This is not ERP software. It's focused on inventory management. Just an efficient user interface with the right stuff behind the scenes For example, if you search for a part, you get a list of the parts in the database. But, what if you got your search wrong or your data was inconsistently labelled? Not a problem. Toward the bottom of your search results, partial matches are also listed with a slightly different color so you can easily find those lost or mislabeled parts. The user interface is well designed to anticipate what the user needs. Functions and results always seem to be there when and where you need them.

Cons: The most disconcerting feature is that the user has no direct access to the database. No way to mass load the data yourself. (In paid versions, you can get a mass load service.) No way to run scripts against the database. No user written reporting capabilities. Only one way to download the data -- in a JSON format. But, once you recognize that you really want the ability to manage your inventory rather than managing a database system, you'll appreciate that the software gives you the functionality you need without the burden of database management.

Overall: Shortly after getting involved doing volunteer STEM work in the local schools about 4 years ago, I found that our electronics activities and projects required maintaining and tracking thousands of parts. We were having problems ensuring we had adequate quantities of parts for projects -- and often wasting money buying parts that we already had stored in a box somewhere.

Research into inventory management options led to solutions that were too complex, too costly, or just difficult to learn and manage. PartsBox provided the right answer. Simple to learn, free -- with paid alternatives, and no database management skills needed. The internet-based inventory data is readily accessible from the classroom, the workshop, or anywhere else with only a browser.

PartsBox met all of our needs from the start and has continued to expand its feature set. The occasional bug or question is quickly addressed by the developer. Performance has been great. I can't recall any problems with availability or responsiveness of the application. Though I've used only the free version, I've seen many additional features added to the paid versions over the last few years. If I were to commercialize any of our designs, I wouldn't hesitate to upgrade to one of the commercial versions.

PartsBox is one of those rare applications that quickly becomes an indispensable tool. You'll find that it greatly eases your inventory management and allows you to focus on your business or hobby instead.

Restored my faith in web based software

Feb 27, 2019
5/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
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Pros: Everything about the underlying design, layout and operation of the software is logical and well thought out with sensible defaults. The fuzzy searching, tagability of parts, ability to export YOUR data in JSON format, project building which can automatically match builds against existing local inventory and then generate purchase lists for any outstanding parts, the ability to track inventory with "ID Anything" 2D bar codes autogenerated for each part, connecting new inventory additions to vendor orders, and many more than I can pack into this text box. PartsBox is incredibly powerful software for mere _pennies on the dollar_ of what you would have to shell out for WAY less intuitive and user friendly Enterprise Resource Planning software. It fills the hole in the inventory software market that Parts&Vendors left when they exited.

Cons: Does not support scanning of 2D bar codes out of the box. IIRC this is due to limitation regarding the way that web browsers process data streams, it's not a PartsBox issue.

Overall: This has allowed us to get a handle on and fully document our existing inventory on hand. We're no longer ordering all new parts for each board build because now we can see what components we already have in stock and order just what is needed to round out the Bill of Materials. It's also been very flexible in allowing us to create records for and digitally track our inventory of in house and outsourced custom made parts, which are unique to our business. It functions as a sort of extended memory or digital brain that makes it easy to record and look up product details for just about anything we need to order in the course of our business.

Great System

Dec 06, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
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Pros: Well written, easy to use system. Everything is pretty self-explanatory and the owner is quite quick to respond to questions. Very flexible system. While designed predominantly for electronic components, could be used as an inventory system for other products with very little difficulty. The option to find data on parts using OctoPart is very useful.

Cons: At the moment, if you get part data using OctoPart, it is 'linked' to that database (cannot be seen by others that you have the part, but is still linked). It would be nice to be able to obtain the initial information from OctoPart and then 'unlink' the part as some things are difficult to change/update on a linked part.

Overall: Originally when we were looking into setting up an inventory for our engineering team, we were looking at using a spreadsheet, or maybe a database like Access. Quickly realized this would be a cumbersome system. A short investigation of available systems led us to PartsBox. After a few questions, we decided to try the 7 day trial period. We quickly realized PartsBox not only efficiently handled our current need, but easily allows for expansion when we need it.

Partsbox for building race cars

Jan 14, 2019
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Octopart part matching.

Import BOM from EDA software.

Automatically priced purchase list.

Ultra fast part search.

Barcode scanning.

Meta parts.

Storage locations with grid layout.

Cons: No support for scanning from smartphone.

Overall: At FST Lisboa we rely on Partsbox for part storage and catalogue. FST Lisboa is a formula student team with an electronics department consisting of over 10 people. Partsbox is the only way we can keep components organized.

With Partsbox part insertion into the catalogue is seamless. The catalogue not only helps us find the parts we need quickly, it also allows us to streamline the process of checking the properties of the components.

Every year we develop more than 20 different PCBs for our car. The acquisition of the components for so many PCBs would be much more difficult without the help of the import BOM from EDA software feature of Partsbox.

Compilation of purchase lists is automatically done by Partsbox and this is just great.

Overall Partsbox is a very positive addition to our design and manufacturing workflow. It allows us to be quicker, more efficient, more organized and save money while building a race car.

A Perfect Tool for the Hobbyist Maker

Mar 05, 2019
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: + Ease of use

+ Quick and immediate interface

+ Number and placement of features

+ Kicad import

+ Data export

+ Author responsiveness

Cons: - Lack of a low-cost paid plan

- Cannot easily move parts from the Storage View

Overall: I am a hobbyist maker and had never felt the need for a stock management tool for my components until a few months ago, but as the number of different parts reached the hundreds, I started to keep forgetting to order what I had run out of or could just not remember where I had put that particular component. Of course this led to delays in assembly and shipping of the boards I sell, so I started to think I needed some help in managing my stock.

So I looked at what I could find on the web. Being a Linux user, desktop applications were basically ruled out, as most are Windows-only. There were a few web-based solutions and PartsBox looked the most interesting: it had a free plan and most of its features seemed to match what I was expecting out of this kind of tool, so I registered and started populating my virtual warehouse. This took literally days (and is not 100% done yet, after three months!), but it was definitely worth it, as now I know exactly what I have in stock at any moment, I know how many of my boards I can build and I can check what I am running out of in a pinch.

What I liked most about PartsBox is that it seems to have all the features I need, and they are all easy to get used to. As I said before, I had never used a stock management tool, but I did not need to study and invest a lot of time in learning to use PartsBox, as everything I feel a need for is there, only a few mouse clicks away. This means that the interface was carefully designed to match the needs

Very Pleased With PartsBox

Dec 06, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
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Pros: Very easy to use. Web-based so I can access from 2 locations. Support is excellent. Frequently being updated to add new (and useful) features. We are a small electronics manufacturing company--PartsBox is perfect for us.

Cons: All of the data is in the cloud. But there is a feature that allows the database to be downloaded from the cloud to your local PC. I do this regularly. However the download format is JSON which is not as easy to work with as say a spreadsheet file.

Overall: Our products are set up as Projects in PartsBox. It is easy to track inventory. When we ship a product, stock counts for all parts used in that product are automatically deducted. The inventory storage locations are very flexible. We have one supplier who stores large items for us in his warehouse. We have one storage location defined for that warehouse. We have another location defined for our factory. It is easy to transfer (move) stock from one location to another.

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Finally, a solution to managing my parts inventory

Dec 13, 2018
5/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
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Pros: It taps into a huge catalog of parts so that you simply enter the manufacturer's part number and the system provides all the linked information you need. It took some time to enter my parts into this system but, it has been well worth it. Now, I can avoid buying parts I already have, can check for parts even when I am not at home, and can create detailed build lists and price estimates.

Cons: It is a slog to get your existing parts inventory into the tool, particularly if you are starting at the free their as I did. I also wish the footprints field were populated in the linked information as this information is typically already in the part description.

Overall: I now know what parts I have, where they are and what I need to order to complete the next build. Avoiding buying unneeded parts and reducing the chance I will need to pay expedited shipping for that "ONE PART!" I need to complete the build will make my investment in time and treasure well worth it. I recommend Parts Box to anyone who is serious about electronics.

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Best way to maintain electronics inventory online

Feb 08, 2019
5/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
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Pros: PartsBox does exactly what it aims to do - it makes you WANT to use it, rather than feeling obliged to because of managerial/oversight reasons.

I swear by it now, and it's saved me tonnes of time ordering parts, and also money as I never over-order parts anymore.

Reasons:

- Very simple UI

- Intuitive UX, no onboarding needed

- It's fast

- Awesome use of visuals -> part images, icons, colours. Infinitely more engaging than a spreadsheet

- Real-time reports of everything important; especially low stock

- Makes it easy to translate costs of project to business teams

Cons: Setting the 'low stock' rate.

I needed to go into every part to set it individually which takes a while.

It would be better to have a feature where you can set low stock values based on desired capacity for an existing project.

ie., I want to have enough stock to build 100 units of X project at all times. So instead of going to each component in the BOM and setting low stock rate to "amount*100", it would be great to have an option to automate this on a per-project basis.

Overall: See above answer to "Pros"

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Good solution for BOM and parts management without the bulk

Dec 06, 2018
5/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

3 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
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Pros: Simple but capable. ParstBox focuses on a specific aspect of managing components and BOMs and does it really well. It does not need to be tied it a bigger or more complex system to be functional and provide value. It was easy to setup and was helpful within hours.

Cons: There are some features for management of components that would be helpful. Leveraging Octoparts usually very helpful, but there is just so many parts out there having consistency with naming, ratings and other values sometimes makes feel more complex. The developer is always improving and extremely responses though.

Overall: A good experience that is just getting better. I feel like it started as "good enough", and just continues to grow and improve rapidly, and with amazingly responses support form the developer.

Great tool

Mar 05, 2019
4/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
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5 / 5
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Pros: It was easy to get up and running. It is really great for electronic parts bought from distributors. It reads the bag labels from DIgi-key and others which makes it quick to enter parts into inventory.

When we do a production run we can quickly see what we need to order and generate purchasing orders. There is decent support for production (called builds). The tech support is fantastic.

Cons: We use quite a bit of fabricated parts, i.e. parts like molded plastic enclosures, stamped or extruded metal parts etc. that we order from subcontractors or factories. The support for these kind of parts is much less complete.

Overall: We have been using PartsBox for 5 months to keep track of inventory and to plan production runs. It has made a huge difference and gone are the days of trying to do production planning in Excel.

PartsBox has quickly become a central part of running our business.

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PartsBox changed our life

Dec 14, 2018
5/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
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Pros: It's perfectly suited to medium and small size companies involved in electronics. It's super easy to use and help you keeping organized.

We also often use it to pinpoint the location of a component in the inventory.

It's a very serious software, hidden behind a user friendly interface.

Cons: It's a little slow, but we can live with that

Overall: We're finally on top of our inventory, for the first time since many years!

PartsBox took us to the next level

Feb 07, 2019
5/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
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5 / 5
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Pros: For years I had a vision about how I would like to control our inventory, kept checking different solutions and did not find anything that would work for us until PartsBox. every feature we could think about, it is already there.

Cons: So far did not find anything we do not like

Overall: Using PartBox give us control over our inventory, our work flow of creating kits and ordering parts is much more efficient now

The best solutions for electronic components stock

Apr 07, 2019
5/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
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Pros: Easy to use.

It's free for hobbyists use.

Fast search to find references.

Cons: Don't have the posibility to use categories.

A litle bit expensive the paid options.

An electronics oriented stock management software

Jan 10, 2019
5/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
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Pros: Partsbox is specifically designed for electronics parts stock management, and does this job very well.

It allows us to directly find the best prices automatically for our BOM.

Plus the metapart feature allows you to use equivalent parts automatically.

Cons: I would like to have the possibility of running scripts through the database

Overall: Partsbox allow us to reduce dramatically the time needed to build electronics PCB prototypes. It is very usefull for parts management.

Best part management system

Feb 08, 2019
5/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
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Pros: Online: access wherever you are.

Fastest part search I've ever seen.

Linked parts makes the component creation very ease.

BOM import allows efficient board assembly planning.

Cons: No mobile app.

No API for Altium Designer / Nexus Client and Server.

Overall: Started testing last year and now can't live without it.

Saves me a lots of money.

Use it at home and the office.

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Part management for distributed teams!

Dec 13, 2018
5/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
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Pros: Modern UI really like not having to refresh the whole website every time we change a part.

Cons: Lack of integration with eda tools. I know is hard but I wish to be able to either export directly from my eda tool to partsbox or check the inventory/parts database from the design tool.

Would make the engineers know exactly what parts we have in stock.

Overall: We use partsbox to track all the parts we have in stock and make it available to distributed team members.

This allows for them to see what we have which ones we need to order without being physically there.

So glad I found PartsBox

Feb 07, 2019
5/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
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5 / 5
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Pros: Easy of use, features, and free for makers.

Cons: I wish there was a paid option for makers with a few more features

Overall: I love it.

Good for Makers and Professionals

Feb 08, 2019
5/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
Customer Support

4 / 5
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Pros: I love how streamlined it is and how easy to add parts.

Cons: subscription based licensing is a disappointing part of it. I'd love to have a one time license option for personal use.

Overall: Overall it's very good and I'd highly recommend it to anyone.

Best inventory management software I could find

Feb 10, 2019
5/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
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Pros: The software is very simple to use - there's no learning curve. The application is very fast and responsive. It has one of the best search implementation I've used to date. Also features direct integration with Octopart, which makes adding components much easier task.

Cons: I'm using free plan which is perfect for me as a hobbyist/maker. It is missing all of the productivity improvements (like barcode scanner, ability to attach custom files to parts, etc.). It would be great if there were a cheaper plan which allowed casual/hobbyist users to have access to those plans.