Elevating the process of bringing a product from concept to market includes the cleanest possible Bill of Material (BOM) throughout the production lifecycle.
By prioritizing your BOM and developing a proper BOM management strategy:
Part rationalization exercises become easier and increase cost reductions
Efficiencies across product lines improve to the company’s and customer’s benefit
Communications with supply chain partners improve
Eliminate wasteful soft costs like maintaining extraneous parts in your database (estimated at $1,600 per part)
Unite business functions like procurement, supply chain and operations
If these benefits sound appealing, read on and understand what a really good BOM can do for your business:
BOMs Remove the Noise
Parts production needs require accountability from start to finish — something a proper BOM makes possible. We call it a single source of the truth. Accurate BOMs reduce confusion and inefficiencies—and the noise associated with identifying what parts are missing—during production.
Basically, it boils down to ensuring people at your company are communicating with the right people across the supply chain and you’re properly documenting the steps taken throughout the process. The more you can point to your BOM, the fewer possible issues can pop up. This includes part changes that occur throughout the production lifecycle.
By maintaining BOM accuracy, you sustain availability, ensure accountability and create a sense of ownership over the final product — both for yourself and your supply chain partners.
Better BOMs Lead to Better Relationships
Your BOM ensures all departments and supply chain partners are working as one. It is one of the most relied-on documents in manufacturing and accuracy counts.
A well-defined BOM brings order to the production process. It’s common for multiple departments—engineering, purchasing, operations—to all work from the same BOM. For this reason alone, it’s important for product leaders to make sure that the BOM is accurate from the beginning.
You can minimize frustrations by being proactive and designing a BOM that is complete and answers the questions that will inevitably get asked — by production and finance leaders, your supply chain partners, and by even distribution channel executives.
Want More Cost Savings? Strengthen Your BOMs
Cost savings can pop up in any number of ways during the production process. BOMs answer questions about materials, parts, assembly, and quantities. With that information, experts like Optimas’ engineering and supply chain teams can:
Forecast optimal production and labor schedules
Determine accurate product pricing
Adjust usage rate to minimize inventory and part excess
Identify possible parts consolidation
Source more affordable materials
Locate better quality materials
Develop customized solutions to existing processes
Create new processes to expedite production and reduce lead time
Offer re-design options and solutions to ongoing challenges
It’s a real eye-opener when customers see how an accurate BOM can create so many more paths to operational savings and production success. At Optimas, our tagline is Efficiency Up because that’s what we deliver every day. With a detailed and clearly illustrated BOM on the front-end, manufacturers gain access to a mountain of savings down the road.