Posts with tag: ‘BOM’

Why You Should Streamline Network Coordination Between Engineering and Production

The main goal of all manufacturing companies is to deliver the product on time to the customer.

Sounds simple, yes, but it is not. You can create the greatest design, but it will be worthless if it includes expensive parts or parts you cannot get on time. Long lead times means risk to production milestones. Think about two important activities for every manufacturing company:  1) designing a great product and 2) purchasing parts and outsourcing the work to subcontractors. These processes are heavily intertwined and require coordination (which is often lacking in existing tools) and transparency.

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How to Create a Bill of Materials (BOM) for Your ‘Smart Product’

Thanks to the internet and cloud technologies, we live in an increasingly connected world. Technologies we see in the consumer products we buy are just part of this growing trend. There’s a plethora of sensors everywhere we look (and don’t look) monitoring almost anything that can be detected or measured. Mobile devices are an ubiquitous part of our lives, both at home and at work. And of course, there’s the Internet of Things (IoT) which tries to create dependencies between all manner of connected devices. In short, a connected world will have an increasing impact on our choices, behavior, and, yes, how we, as engineers design and manufacture products.

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BOMs Away! Workbench Adds BOM Management

Sorry, I couldn’t resist a little BOM humor. But the new Workbench capability is no joke - we’ve added an easy-to-use BOM export capability to Workbench, enabling any Workbench user to generate a Bill of Materials with just a few clicks. This means that your engineering team and manufacturing team will always be on the same page.

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BOM Find Numbers: Don’t Get Too Attached

What are Bill of Material (BOM) find numbers and why do they exist at all? Find numbers are a feature of the very first BOMs, a simple method to individually distinguish BOM lines in order to explicitly identify or "find" the corresponding callout and depiction on an engineering drawing. In other words, find numbers are a BOM index.

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Free Bill of Materials (BOM) Excel Template

A Bill of Materials (BOM) is a list of the raw materials, parts, assemblies, and quantities you will need to manufacture your new product. A BOM is a powerful and essential tool for complete and effective engineering documentation. Since BOMs are such vital tools in manufacturing and product development, GrabCAD is providing a free BOM Excel template to get you started with managing your bill of materials, but read on for some important tips.

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150% BOM: Buy Two, Get One Free

Sometimes Bill of Material (BOM) terminology can be rather confusing. Case in point:  “the 150% BOM”. What does that even mean? It’s a rather enigmatic term when you think about it, so let's bring some clarity to the concept and practice.

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It’s time to drop the Excel BOM

Microsoft Excel is no doubt one of the most beloved of all engineering tools, it's easy to use, almost infinitely adaptable, and yet extremely accessible. With 1 billion licenses of Office now in the wild, chances are Excel is lurking somewhere nearby. Unsurprisingly, Excel spreadsheets often become the default choice for bill of material (BOM) authoring at small engineering firms. But at what cost?

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