VIDEO: Bill of Materials, Parts and Part Instances

Oleg Shilovitsky
Oleg Shilovitsky
29 May, 2020 | 2 min for reading
VIDEO: Bill of Materials, Parts and Part Instances

In this video today, I want to talk about the fundamental elements of the Bill of Materials data model and how to manage it in OpenBOM. 

There are 2 main elements of BOM model:

  • Part (contains information about an abstract part including all attributes such as Part Number, Description, Manufacturer, Cost, Supplier, etc.) It is essential to have it in a single place centralized. Otherwise, you will have the same problem as you might experiencing with Excel when you forced to copy it from Excel to Excel). 
  • Part Instance (contains information about specific instances of the Part in a BOM). In such a case if I create an instance of the Part, the information about Part will be referenced from a single location, and information about the instance will be variable for each instance. 

Check out the diagram below to get an idea of what I’m talking about.

At OpenBOM, we allow managing both part and instance information in the most flexible form. You can add any property (attribute) to a catalog. Any number of properties can be added at any time. Instance information is managed in BOM(s) and we can always add properties there to create “instance” properties. 

Watch the video

Conclusion

OpenBOM gives you a flexibility to customize parts and part instance information on a granular level by defining properties for parts (in catalogs) and instances (in BOMs). In such a way, OpenBOM gives you the power to create the most sophisticated data models for products you’re developing. 

Check OpenBOM now by registering an account here

Best, Oleg @ openbom dot com.

Want to learn more about PLM? Check out my Beyond PLM blog and PLM Book website

Read OpenBOM customer reviews on G2 Crowd to learn what customers are saying about OpenBOM. 

Related Posts

Also on OpenBOM

4 6
25 June, 2024

At OpenBOM, we are committed to enhancing our customers’ experiences by forming strategic partnerships with companies that provide deep knowledge…

22 June, 2024

In the rapidly evolving landscape of manufacturing, data is the new gold. Yet, many organizations find themselves entangled in outdated…

21 June, 2024

Imagine running a manufacturing business where everything relies on a smooth and efficient supply chain. A key player in this…

20 June, 2024

In today’s fast-paced and highly competitive market, the complexity of products impacts every aspect of their development and lifecycle management….

19 June, 2024

As we reach the midpoint of 2024, it’s a perfect time to reflect on the journey and growth of OpenBOM….

18 June, 2024

In today’s fast-evolving business landscape, the importance of serialization is growing. Companies are increasingly shifting from a traditional model of…

14 June, 2024

The Bill of Materials (BOM) serves as a key component of the manufacturing process. The BOM is a comprehensive list…

14 June, 2024

Change is the only constant thing you can see in every engineering and manufacturing process in your organization. Despite the…

13 June, 2024

In every manufacturing business, cost is a critical factor that can determine success or failure. Efficient cost management is essential…

To the top