Most manufacturers are grappling with speed and agility in the face of growing numbers of product options and variants. Homegrown tools and processes make it very challenging to find and ensure traceability and associativity of the right product information.
By adopting a parts-centric approach to managing the BOM, manufacturers can foster collaboration from the point of product conception through manufacturing, device connectivity and field service.
By transforming your BOM, you reduce the risk of errors and rework by eliminating the reuse of obsolete data. Not only does this save time in development and industrialization, it also ensures that suppliers, factories, sales, and service are always aware of changes with automated synchronization between the respective BOMs. The result is faster time to market, higher operational efficiency, greater component availability, and lower costs of non-quality.
With PTC’s BOM management and BOM transformation capabilities, product designers create and manage a part-centric digital product that can be leveraged at every step of the product lifecycle. Now mechanical, software, electronic parts and related artifacts can be integrated into the Engineering Bills of Materials. This provides organizations a single interface to collaborate between domain systems such as CAD, PLM and ERP. The PLM system ensures that everyone from the shop floor worker to a service technician to a seller configuring a customer order are using the correct product information.
Comprehensive out-of-the-box configuration management for a “model based” digital thread. Downstream digital content is associative (not copied) with traceable links to manufacturing, service and more.
BOM Driven Visualization: Incremental loading, color coded search in structure, 3D visual compare, all fully leverageable downstream (ex. interference, process plans, catalogs, AR)
BOM Editing: Copy/paste, inline editing, auto-complete, replace, save-as, import from spreadsheet, build from CAD, etc., within large structures
BOM Compare: Textual and 3D comparison by configuration or similar BOMs
Part Superseding, Alternate, & Substitute: Supersede with new or existing, one- or two-way substitute
Part Classification: Thumbnail navigation (graphical Search), configurable rules to ensure that classified part names follow a uniform format
Options and Variants: Manage text/3D configurations for interference checking and downstream deliverables (i.e. process plans)
Part AML/AVL: BOM with AML/AVL, scorecard, assign preferences based on rules-approved, preferred, do not use
Part Types: Subtyping to provide more flexibility when defining attributes and attribute layout
Part History: Timeline history, compare information and part structure directly from history table
Learn How Your Peers Have Optimized Their BOMs
Explore PTC’s Windchill enterprise PLM solution. With its breakthrough PLM capabilities, Windchill enables you to adopt a parts-centric approach to managing your BOM with a single source of truth to all product data. Experience true closed-loop lifecycle management from early concept through all iterations, design cycles, and stages until your product is fully released.
Give stakeholders throughout your organization quick and easy access to product data. Windchill, PTC’s product lifecycle management solution, helps break down organizational silos leading to:
Windchill offers organizations the performance and scale they need to manage large data sets and with subscription pricing, you only pay for what you need. Plus, with easy integration to the ThingWorx IoT platform, data from smart, connected products in the field can be leveraged for a digital twin.
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