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PLM-Seminar at Gardermoen: How the idea of single BoM can fit variant and configuration management


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PLM-Seminar at Gardermoen: How the idea of single BoM can fit variant and configuration management

  1. 1. Oleg Shilovitsky @ Beyond PLM Copyright © Beyond PLM 2015 How the idea of single BoM can fit variants and configuration management?
  2. 2. Who am I? 1990s: Selling and developing Autodesk apps in Israel 2000s: SmarTeam, Enovia, Dassault… platform and applications for PDM and PLM 2010-12: Inforbix (acquired by Autodesk): Developed tech for cloud search and data analytics 2012-14: Autodesk: joined the team working on PLM 360 and search technologies 2015… Beyond PLM consulting and social media After 20 years with SmarTeam, Dassault Systems and Autodesk, I’m consulting engineering and manufacturing companies about PLM and technologies Copyright © Beyond PLM 2015
  3. 3. Beyond PLM Copyright © Beyond PLM 2015
  4. 4. Beyond PLM… I started to blog in 2008 and didn’t stop… For the last 6 years I wrote ~1800 blogs about PLM and related topics - technology, engineering, manufacturing... It is more than 1’000’000 words …and I learned a lot: What I learned about PLM from six years of daily blogging Copyright © Beyond PLM 2015
  5. 5. Why BOM is a boring topic to present? Copyright © Beyond PLM 2015 This is really cool stuff you would like to present image source:,
  6. 6. Why BOM is a boring topic to present? Copyright © Beyond PLM 2015 image source: microsoft, SAP These pictures are less cool…
  7. 7. BOM is everywhere… ….because you cannot do much without BOM Copyright © Beyond PLM 2015 image source:
  8. 8. Even “simple” products are complex today Copyright © Beyond PLM 2015
  9. 9. Demand for mass customization Copyright © Beyond PLM 2015 Customers’ demand custom-build product for the mass production cost
  10. 10. Examples of Configurable Products Copyright © Beyond PLM 2015 Picture credit: McKinsey article – How technology can drive the next wave of mass customization
  11. 11. True & Co. - customer driven configurations Copyright © Beyond PLM 2015 picture credit:
  12. 12. Value chain economics Build to order, speed, engagement with consumer Copyright © Beyond PLM 2015
  13. 13. Supply Chain MRP, ERP, PLM ... Where is “The BOM”? Manufacturing Design & engineering Sales & Marketing material procurement shopflow planning product control & planning material planning demand and scheduling Design Product planning Engineering Contract manufacturing Sales configuration Compliance & regulation BOM MBOM EBOM XBOMSBOM Copyright © Beyond PLM 2015 BOM connects all engineering and non-engineering processes
  14. 14. Design Eng Mfg Service Refab Product Lifecycle Disciplines Mechanical Electric Electronic Software Services ECR ECO ECN Changes CAD and other content creation tools… Data and lifecycle tools (PDM, PLM, MRP, ERP, SCM….) BOM Multiple dimensions of BOM complexity Copyright © Beyond PLM 2015
  15. 15. Bill of material and product lifecycle Design Engineering and Manufacturing Physical product Require ments Design Engineering Planning Planning Planning Ordering As-built As-Built-SNMBOM Support Kit Spec Copyright © Beyond PLM 2015 How to synchronize BOM data across the product lifecycle chain?
  16. 16. ● Complete data representation ● Unique part numbers ● Synchronized changed ● To use only “part numbers” (no doc#...) ● Include all scheduled items for mfg ● Decrease # of levels ● Complete approval process What about “single BOM” idea? Copyright © Beyond PLM 2015 “Single” BOM Design BOM Engineering BOM Supply BOM Regulation BOM Production BOM Support BOM
  17. 17. Why industry invented 150% BOM? Reasons: Variant structure Configurable BOM BTO process Also: Custom development
  18. 18. Duplication is inefficient Copyright © Beyond PLM 2015 Variant 1 Variant 2 Variant 3
  19. 19. Generic BOM with modules, classes, options Configurations: Products Modules Classes Options Rules ... Generic BOM Custom BOM Copyright © Beyond PLM 2015
  20. 20. Vision of single “Configurable BOM” Copyright © Beyond PLM 2015 CONFIGURABLE BOM RESOLVED BOM GENERIC BOM
  21. 21. Why companies are not ready for “single BOM”? Copyright © Beyond PLM 2015 Multidisciplinary design tools No agreement to shareData controlling behavior
  22. 22. 3 important questions about BOM Copyright © Beyond PLM 2015 Q1: How to share configured BOM? Q2: How to stop syncing BOM between silos? Q3: How CAD, PLM and ERP will share BOM ?
  23. 23. Got a question? Call me… Thank you! Copyright © Beyond PLM 2015