How-to guide: Efficient BOM (bill of materials) management in aerospace
In this BOM management in aerospace ebook, learn how your team can:
Synchronize multiple data sources to secure BOM information from all design domains
Provide easy access to the most up-to-date version of the BOM
Use the BOM to track product variability for differently manufactured aircraft
Overcome BOM creation and management challenges
Adopt a collaborative BOM creation process in aerospace
BOM management in aerospace is crucial to the entire design process. The BOM connects engineering, manufacturing, procurement, sales, finance, servicing and management. Therefore, it’s critical for your aerospace business to adopt a collaborative BOM creation process that's accessible, visible and effective. Accurate BOM management is made easier using product lifecycle management (PLM) software.
Synchronize many BOM types in aerospace
A complete and accurate BOM for today’s aerospace and defense products may contain mechanical, electrical, electronics and software parts and components. Manually implementing all this data into a centralized location is time-consuming and prone to human error.
Modern PLM solutions solve this issue by synchronizing many BOM types. These solutions automatically generate a BOM based on current inputs whenever design changes are made. This data can then be accessed across your aerospace organization – even by remote teams – to make better business decisions from a single source of truth.
Manage product variability in aerospace
It’s not uncommon for products to come with different variations. There are aircraft for civilian, military and commercial uses. There are variations in size, engine type, flight range and control options. These differences affect procurement, inventory management and sales.
This is where the BOM plays a critical role in managing product variability in aerospace. Trying to manage the BOM with traditional methods like spreadsheets further complicates an already complex process. By implementing PLM-based BOM management, your BOM can take care of variability, saving additional costs and significantly reducing any chance for errors.
Bill of materials software within a cloud-based PLM solution
PLM software via the cloud offers a cost-effective BOM solution for businesses of every size. The benefits include:
Efficiency: Tailored solutions to meet specific needs
Productivity: In-depth understanding of the company workflow
Fast implementation: Immediate access through a browser
Distributed total ownership: Subscriptions don’t require a large upfront technology investment
Extended collaboration: Enable input from internal and external stakeholders
Security: Intellectual property remains secure
With bill of materials software within a cloud-based PLM solution, everyone from engineering to service gains easy access to the BOM from wherever they may be working. Download the ebook now to learn more.