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Solutions for product lifecycle management

Bill of materials (BOM)

Better products start with better BOM management.

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What is a bill of materials (BOM)?

A bill of materials is the listing of items that comprise a product. A BOM includes such details as item numbers, quantities, part descriptions, lifecycle state, and other properties. BOM management helps you document, track, and review every component in your product, prepare a product for manufacturing, and more.

BOMs are too important to leave open to errors

Manage, visualize, and share up-to-date BOMs across your organization.

Comprehensive and structured BOMs

Configure and manage structured BOMs and items in a centralized system where authorized users can access the information they need, when they need it. Ensure component part and assembly information is easy to navigate and understand. Apply revision control to ensure everyone is referencing the correct version and reduce the risk of downstream errors and rework.

Configurable context-specific BOM views

Easily define multiple, configurable BOM views so people can see contextual product information most relevant to their role. Provide stakeholders across your organization with real-time product information for better decision-making and quicker workflows. Include suppliers and customers in specific workflows governed by access control.

Create and share your engineering BOM

Rather than manually managing spreadsheets, create your engineering BOM inside the same PDM application you use to manage your design data. This ensures it’s always up-to-date with the latest product design and development data. Then share your BOM with downstream functions such as procurement, manufacturing, quality, and service, so they are working with a complete definition of the product for better product performance and business results.

Bill of materials management with PLM

File management

Product-related files and documents are uploaded and attached to items and BOMs ensuring that the correct specifications, procedures, and drawings are used.

Search and navigation

Quickly find relevant product information with fast, intuitive search and “where used” features. See exactly what was manufactured or delivered on a certain date.

BOM comparisons

Easily perform BOM comparisons of different revisions and configurations. Quickly identify what’s changed when releasing a new product version. Analyze previous product iterations for compliance measures.

Webinar: Improve BOM management with PLM

During this webinar, you will learn how you can use PLM to configure, manage, and share up-to-date BOMs across your organization; compare different BOMs interactively with visual redlines to see changes; include suppliers and customers in specific workflows for collaboration; manage supplier qualification and approved supplier parts (AML/AVL); release your drawings to manufacturing with metadata; and more.

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Get started with product lifecycle management

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