Intelligent BOM Management for Today’s Product Innovators

Intelligent BOM Management for Today’s Product Innovators

In the world of product design and manufacturing, the bill of materials (BOM) is a critical product information record for both the engineering and manufacturing teams. Managing BOMs with the wrong tools can cause product errors, delays and compliance failures.

BOMs define everything necessary to manufacture products and comprise the core building blocks of the product record. However, too often BOMs are managed across multiple systems by engineering and manufacturing teams. This leads to disconnected development processes resulting in product launch delays, quality issues, manufacturing mistakes, and costly scrap and rework to correct product issues. In this whitepaper, we outline the problems with manual BOM management tools like spreadsheets and email and compare them to a dedicated BOM management system. Topics covered are BOM management challenges such as change, revision and compliance management, communication issues with project teams, suppliers and contract manufacturers, and comparison of manual vs. automated BOM management tools.