The nature of the typical BOM is that the component quantity is fixed per unit of the parent item. Consider, instead of a chair, a lighted sign.
While some installations attempt to convey the selections specific for a given BOM in a "smart" product ID, the item master codes almost always ends up becoming unwieldy, inconsistent and ultimately confusing.
One should be able to imagine that in an organization with dimensionally variable products featuring a wide variety of options, maintaining BOMs for each unique combination could become burdensome and error-prone, or else a process is introduced to create a temporary, shop-order BOM to use in filling the order.
It is not always practical for a true product expert to be involved in the preparation of all quotes, so products are often quoted using basic formulae with additions and reductions for certain options. When a quote is accepted, the creation of the BOM for the product should be a cooperative process involving sales, purchasing, and manufacturing staff, but too often the cooperative process takes longer than optimal, so it falls to sales staff to create the BOMs to get their orders into the production process.
When sales agents create BOMs, too often the quoted price proves to have insufficient profit in it, and the accuracy of the BOM proves to be low, which may make inventory inaccurate to the point of untrustworthiness.
Last, many small companies innovate to compete. The combination of innovation in offerings of dimensionally variable products rich with options, relatively small staff to execute operational processes, and short time frames to learn new products, brings challenges in quoting, costing, and inventory tracking that can be prohibitively expensive to overcome.
|Awning Window||Frame Material||2 * (@ParentWidth + @VinylWeldingWaste) + 2 * (@ParentHeight + @VinylWeldingWaste)||mm|
|Awning Window||Glass||(@ParentWidth - 135) * (@ParentHeight - 135)||mm2|
|Awning Window||Sash Material||2 * (@ParentWidth + @VinylWeldingWaste) + 2 * (@ParentHeight + @VinylWeldingWaste)||mm|
..thus, a system which allowed a product designer to enter a formula in the quantity required value for a component could save entry of a new BOM for each size of product. One of the key innovations in FM is the substitution variables in the formulae. The variables allowed in formulae are provided by a configurable part of FM, so the list can be tailored to fit your products.
|Awning Window||Frame Material||2 * (@ParentWidth + @VinylWeldingWaste) + 2 * (@ParentHeight + @VinylWeldingWaste)||@ParentWidth + @VinylWeldingWaste||@ParentHeight + @VinylWeldingWaste||true|
|Awning Window||Glass||(@ParentWidth - 135) * (@ParentHeight - 135)||@ParentWidth - 135||@ParentHeight - 135||true|
|Awning Window||Sash||2 * (@ParentWidth + @VinylWeldingWaste) + 2 * (@ParentHeight + @VinylWeldingWaste)||@ParentWidth + @VinylWeldingWaste||@ParentHeight + @VinylWeldingWaste||true|
|Awning Window||Steel Insert-W||2||@ParentWidth - 80mm||@ParentWidth > 800mm|
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