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 their bill of materials, manufacturers can foster collaboration from the point of product conception through manufacturing, device connectivity, and field service.
By utilizing BOM management software, 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 bills of materials. 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 transformation solution, 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 for collaboration between domain systems such as CAD, PLM, and ERP. The PLM system ensures that everyone from the shop floor worker to the service technician to the 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.
Visualization: See product configurations in 3D including loading components on demand, perform interference checking, color coded search and visual compare in Creo View, while fully leveraging these viewables in downstream in process plans, work instructions, catalogs, AR, etc.
Editing: Create and manage product designs including inline editing, autocomplete search, save-as, import from spreadsheet, and driving BOM built from CAD
Compare: Compare product structures including differences in parts, bill of materials, CAD, documents, etc. View differences and explore in 3D
Part replacements and supersedes: Define relationships of interchangeability including alternates, substitutes and part obsolescence
Part classification: Define attributes that streamline finding parts using graphical navigation or attribute searching. Ensure part standardization through classification driven naming
Options and variants: Build configurable product platforms and create configurations and 3D deliverables for design and downstream needs such as MBOM and process plans
Part AML/AVL: Tie supplier part information to product design and allow definition of preferred suppliers for commodity parts. Enable part request process for supply chain and engineering collaboration
Integration for embedded software: Link software deliverables from SCM tools to BOM to provide a complete product definition including software
Part types: Define parts definitions that help describe and capture different business needs with varying attributes, lifecycles and access control.
Part history: Timeline history; compare information and part structure directly from history table
Learn how these companies have adopted a parts-centric approach to managing their BOMs in order to drive their digital transformation.
To ensure stakeholders were receiving maximum value from bill of materials management, iRobot adopted a quick-win approach to deploy projects in three- to six-month increments.Hear the story
Explore PTC’s Windchill enterprise PLM solution. With its breakthrough PLM capabilities, Windchill enables you to adopt a parts-centric approach to managing your bill of materials 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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