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The BOM Module is responsible for bills of material and for the material requirements planning process. There is support for twenty-five levels of

  • Parent bills of material.
  • Components (children) on each BOM.
  • Indented BOM levels.

Treevision® is used to graphically display bills in an Explorerlike format. With Treevision® you can

  • Construct complete indented bills on one screen.
  • Drill down through the indented bill structures directly to the lowest level components.
  • Do an on-line “where used” and find the parent bills or even the top level item of lower level assemblies and components.
  • Edit or delete items on the bill just by right clicking on them.

The children on BOM’s type bills can have negative quantities which allows processing of by-products or add and replace functions.

Modular type bills contain a list of choices instead of children, which compresses the number of bills required to make a configured product.

Variable type bills allow numeric information to be entered, such as how many inches, pounds, or units are needed to make a product.

Kit type bills support kitting at the sales order level by automatically allocating the components in inventory when an order is taken for an item that is a kit.

Phantom type bills will pass the demand through to the components without creating a demand for the phantom item. You can also select to have stocking or nonstocking phantom items in inventory.

Bills of material can have revision levels with active and inactive dates. Each bill has a revision note field to document changes made on that revision. The field can be stamped with the user, the time, and the date.

A report compares the list of components on a BOM revision to another revision to help the user identify changes. Individual components can have active and inactive dates to facilitate the replacement of components that do not affect the form/fit/function of a bill and thus do not warrant a new revision level.

A bill can be set up to behave as a normal component type of bill or as a bill which can be configured before it is used.

BOM’s can be locked so that changes can not be made without proper security rights. How a bill will allocate its components when it is used on a work order can be set based on:

  • The starting quantity of the item being made.
  • The finish quantity of the item, which may be less or more than the starting quantity.

A bill can be set as Peg Exclusive, which forces any on hand inventory for the item being made by the bill to be ignored when MRP is run and forces a work order for each sales order for that item.

On the Indented BOM Report components on a bill can be arranged in part number order or by the find number sequence that you define. Each component on a bill has an unlimited scratch pad area for entering notes. Scratch pad notes are printed on the indented bill report and can be used for things such as specifying circuit board locations for the component.

Top level bills, which use modular and variable bills as part of their structure, can take the place of many bills. This approach improves bill accuracy which can reduce inventory and reduce the overhead associated with creating and maintaining bills.

Bills can have any number of predefined configurations associated with them and have unique item numbers assigned to the different configurations. The configuration capabilities of the BOM Module are used to support

  • Sales order configuration.
  • Work order configuration.
  • Costed bill configuration.
  • Material and route associations.

Each bill can have up to two images assigned to it. The format of the images on bills can be ICO, BMP, JPG and GIF. Each image on a bill can include an unlimited description. Each bill can have a note with unlimited text attached to it.

A mass replace functions allows a component part to be superseded by another component part in all or in a selected number of BOM‘s where it is used. Using the “Update Work Orders” screen, material lists on work orders may be updated after a bill of material has been changed. Work orders may be updated provided they have not been completed. Work order updates may be based on new or past revisions of a BOM. New items added to a bill will be added to the work order material list.

Item quantities that have been increased will be increased on the work order. Items quantities that have been decreased will be reduced on those work orders where the unused quantity to be issued is equal to or greater than the change on the bill. Items removed from a bill will be reduced to zero on the work order if the used quantity is greater than zero.

Work orders updated will have their allocations adjusted. Material orders can be processed in the BOM Module. A material order is a light duty work order that is designed to quickly process shop orders that do not require labor reporting or scheduling.

Material orders can be used concurrently with the standard work orders. Material orders can be easily converted to work orders if the demands of the order change.

A Disassembly procedure permits items to be quickly disassembled/dekitted and their component parts returned to inventory. Disassembly supports the use of inverted bills of material where there is an “explosion” of one raw material into a wide range of end-, co-, and by-products.

Materials Requirements Planning (MRP) is done within the BOM Module. The MRP process supports both bucketed and bucketless planning and can be run for any range of dates. The bucketed process develops time-phased data and accumulates it in either weekly or monthly time periods.

The bucketless approach develops time-phased data and displays it using dated records instead of buckets. This method permits you to see the detail of the MRP process such as the purchase orders, sales orders and work orders. MRP may be run for

  • Groups of locations.
  • A single location.

MRP may be limited to

  • A single item.
  • A single order number.
  • A single product class.
  • Only manufactured items.
  • Only purchased items.

The MRP process can be used as a material shortage report by including only records that fall below safety stock levels or zero on hand stock. The MRP report can integrate the recommended orders from the Plan Module to show their effect on the material planing process.

Synchronous Manufacturing is supported by including the production floor schedule in the MRP report. The Costed BOM report will roll up costs based on either

  • Inventory costs only.
  • Costs developed from route, overhead and component costs.

Other Applications

The following applications are designed to work hand-in-hand with BOM:

"BOM" is part of the ALERE Manufacturing line of products, developed by TIW Technology.

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