Consider a manufacturer that has gone out of business or your company has lost the ability to purchase from the manufacturer. In these cases, you do not want to quote or create new orders for the manufacturer. However, you would like to retain access to submittals and similar information in OASIS for future comparison to other products still available to you.
Set the manufacturer entry in OASIS to "Reference". This will stop the manufacturer from being added to quotes and orders. Unlike an inactive manufacturer in OASIS, submittals are still availalbe to all users by selecting the submittal catalog from the submittal editor or from the "Catalog" under the "Manufacturers" icon in OASIS.