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Quick Bid Manufacturer Database - Armstrong®

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Armstrong® Ceiling Solutions Database and Assembly Packs

Armstrong is the worldwide leader in manufacturing and marketing acoustical ceilings and suspension systems for commercial applications including offices, healthcare, education, retail, and transportation segments.

With Armstrong’s help, On Center Software is now able provide hundreds of Armstrong ceiling materials within it’s database along with over 125 Armstrong Ceiling System Assemblies into the latest version of Quick Bid.

Pricing and Production
Material Pricing must be verified by your distributor/supplier and should not be considered to accurately reflect current/prevailing pricing.
Production Rates must be reviewed as they will not represent your unique or prevailing production rates.
Distribution

The database and the Assembly packs are free to all clients under a Maintenance Subscription with On Center Software, and running the latest release of Quick Bid. If you've let your maintenance subscription expire, just contact your Customer Success Manager at 866-426-2447 to renew today.

Download

There are a few options available, from downloading the entire Armstrong database, to just those Condition Assemblies you need, based on Armstrong's product lines. You are welcome to download whatever makes sense for your estimating needs.

Entire Armstrong Database

To download the entire Armstrong database for use with Quick Bid, click the button below. The database includes all Condition Assemblies and Items available from Armstrong at the time this database was created.

 Download Armstrong Database

(If that button is blocked or does not work in your browser, copy and paste the following URL into your browser's URL field: https://downloads.oncenter.com/Downloads/partner_downloads/armstrong/2022/US-QB-Armstrong-2022.zip )

You may be prompted to save the ZIP file someplace or your browser may be set to save downloaded files automatically. Either way, save the downloaded ZIP file someplace where you can find it easily - your "Downloads" folder is the easiest place.

After downloading, the next step is to install and open this database.

Individual Armstrong Condition Assemblies Packs

You can also download specific sets of Condition Assemblies, if you don't need the entire database. The links below allow you to download a "qba" file that you can double-click to import the Assemblies into the current database.

You may be prompted to save the *.qba file someplace or your browser may be set to save downloaded files automatically. Either way, save the downloaded file someplace where you can find it easily - your "Downloads" folder is the easiest place.

Installing

Extract the Armstrong Database

After you download the ZIP file, 

  • Double-click it to peek inside the zip archive.

Note
You can also use your favorite ZIP file handler to "open" the zip archive, the instructions below are geared toward using Window's default File Manager to extract the mdb file from the ZIP archive.

  • Right-click on the file named "US-QB-Armstrong-2022.mdb"

Peek inside zip file

  • Click Copy
  • Navigate to wherever you store your Quick Bid databases (by default, are stored in "C:\OCS Documents\Quick Bid")
  • Right-click in blank space within the folder
  • Click Paste to copy the mdb file into your "databases" folder

paste database into your databases folder

Opening the Armstrong Database 

We assume you have already installed and licensed Quick Bid, if not, see Related Articles.

  • Open Quick Bid,
  • Click the Open icon, on the Main toolbar, or
  • Click File > Open, or
  • Right-click anywhere in the Bids Tab and select Open - the Open Databases dialog box opens:

paste database into your databases folder

  • Place a checkmark in the "Open" box next to the database named "US-QB-Armstrong-2022"
  • Click OK to close the dialog box and open your database

You may be prompted to update the database to work with your version of Quick Bid, click Yes and follow the additional prompts to update the database.

upgrade database prompt

The new database is shown in your Bid Navigator...

Armstrong database shown in Bid Navigator

Using the Armstrong Database

You can start bidding in this new Armstrong database, but we do not recommend that. This database does not have your Master information in it - such as Payroll Settings, Payroll Classes, Markups settings, etc. So, we recommend that you create a new database and synchronize the Armstrong database into that new database, first, then synchronize your existing Quick Bid database into the new database - this updates the database Masters to match whatever you have in your existing, working database.

Why not use synchronize my database into the Manufacturer's database?
Great question! While you could do that, then you'd be left bidding in a database named after the Manufacturer, which wouldn't be the end of the world but likely does not meet your company's naming convention for databases. If you'd like to shortcut this process though, there's no reason you cannot create Bids in the Manufacturer's database, after synchronizing your existing Masters into it.

For information on Synchronizing databases, see Database Maintenance - Synchronizing Databases

Projects/Bids are not copied during synchronization - you'll do that separately after synchronizing - see Copying and Pasting Bids from One Database to Another

After synchronizing, you need to check a few other things:

  • Default Markups and Indirect Expenses - under Tools > Default Markups and Indirect Expenses, you need to configure your new database to match your existing database - these settings copy over when synchronizing database, however, it is best to err on the side of caution before you start bidding.
  • Payroll Settings - You also must make sure your Payroll Settings (Tools > Payroll Settings) are configured correctly. Again, Payroll Settings are copied from the "Source" database during synchronization.
Warning

Do not synchronize the Armstrong database into your existing database (making your existing database the "Destination") - you may overwrite custom Items or other Master records, or update pricing on Items unintentionally.

The Source database's information is always what you'll see after synchronizing database - the Destination's is updated/replaced.

Individual Assembly Packs

After you have downloaded (saved) the Assemblies Pack(s) you want to add to your Quick Bid database, just follow the steps below: 

  • Open Quick Bid, (again, we're assuming you have Quick Bid installed and licensed, if not, see Related Articles)
  • Select the database into which you want to import (install) the Assembly pack(s) (make sure it is the selected/active database (it is  important that you select the database into which you want to import the Assemblies - they are imported into the "current" or "active" database)
  • Locate the qba file(s) you previously downloaded
  • Double-click that zip file to extract the QBA file inside
  • Double-click that QBA file - the Assembly pack should import into the active database automatically
If double-clicking the qba file does not import it into Quick Bid automatically, that's OK, you just need to import a different way...

In Quick Bid,

  • Click File > Import
  • Select "Quick Bid Assembly File (*.qba) and click OK

Quick Bid Open Databases dialog box open

  • Browse to where you saved the QBA file(s)
  • Select the Assembly Pack you want to import
  • Click Open



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