A BOM, also known as the product structure or the bill of materials, is one of the most important documents for the production of a wide variety of products. Simply put, the BOM includes a list of all the sub-components, parts, intermediate assemblies as well as sub-assemblies and quantities that you need in order to create a finalized product. An accurate BOM is at the center of nearly all manufacturing projects.
There are many ways you can use a BOM. They are used as a means to communicate between multiple manufacturing companies or internally within a single manufacturing plant. The BOM provides the instructions not only for what materials need to be acquired but often where those materials fit into the production process.
Usually, the BOM is seamlessly connected to a production order. This will either generate component reservations or it may even lead to some requisitions, in case the component is out of stock.
There are many ways a BOM can define products. Simply put, products can be designed as they are built, ordered, designed or maintained. There are multiple types and styles of BOM, each one pertaining to a different industry. A BOM is somewhat like an ingredient list, recipe, or a formula.
BOMs are regularly used in electronics. Here you will include all the components that are used to populate the circuit board. There will be a wide array of options here, each one with its own set of benefits depending on the situation.
Certain applications will involve multi-level BOM, modular BOM, or even configurable BOM options. Nothing is impossible if you have the right approach here.
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