Each stage of the bill of materials (BOM) management process impacts the following step. Any issues in one stage will affect the subsequent action. Consequently, the entire process may collapse like a series of dominoes if the error is not fixed. Engineers cannot select parts intelligently if they lack up-to-date part information.
If purchasing department doesn’t receive correct information from engineering, it won’t be able to respond to engineering with confidence or adequately prepare the production for future demands. As product lines are slowed down or shut down due to incomplete or erroneous BOM information, manufacturing will be the final domino to fall.
However, by exercising control over the bill of materials, you may prevent these issues and keep the construction of your product’s dominoes upright and in place. The following benefits will also result from managing your bill of materials through automation from a central database.
Real-time access to inventory
With an automated bill of materials, engineers can check real-time part inventories from the company to know what is in stock and what they will need to look up and order. The product design cycle can continue without needless interruption if the engineer does not need to send a spreadsheet to buying and wait for them to produce a BOM.
Ability to track changes
Instead of assembling the product at the end of the design cycle, the bill of materials creation, modification, and updating can occur continuously. The capacity to trace changes gives the engineer total revision control. Furthermore, it eliminates the mistakes that can occur when a BOM is made using an engineering spreadsheet by a third party.
Efficient communication among departments
An automated bill of materials represents a central place for controlling the whole process. Consequently, engineering, purchasing, and production will be able to react quickly to requests for parts and modifications to parts by cooperating in the BOM database. Because the BOM is automatically changed, less time is spent going back and forth during the design cycle.
Instead of waiting for individual spreadsheets to be disseminated, the purchasing department will receive real-time engineering part requirements from the BOM database. This method not only decreases the likelihood of mistakes but also saves time.
Efficient inventory control
Instead of waiting for a manually formed BOM from an engineering spreadsheet, purchasing may start the part procurement process while the design is still in engineering using BOM management software. This enables part orders to be placed in advance and part inventories to be stocked and available when the board is produced.
It eliminates manufacturing delays.
Because they have BOM management tools at their disposal, production can plan for special part assembly requirements. This cuts down on the time manufacturing needs to prepare before beginning a run.
By employing BOM management solutions to keep your bill of materials under control, you may shorten the design cycle and cut errors. Ultimately, your business will save time and money, making your product delivery successful.
An automated bill of materials streamlines a product’s engineering, sourcing, and production.