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Why engineering Bill of Materials is complex

Why engineering Bill of Materials is complex

For the last year, I had chance to talk many manufacturing companies in range from small hardware startups to large manufacturing companies with billion dollar revenues and production facilities across the world. I’ve learned that one simple question that can help you to understand all engineering and manufacturing processes in…

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openBoM for hardware startups and contract manufacturing

openBoM for hardware startups and contract manufacturing

Manufacturing is changing these days. For the last few months, I’ve been observing many changes in manufacturing environment driven by factors such as globalization, additive technologies, distributed global manufacturing networks, one-click manufacturing, maker movement and hardware startups. Thinking about modern manufacturing challenges brought me together with my partner, Vic Sanchez,…

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The death of EBOM vs. MBOM divide?

The death of EBOM vs. MBOM divide?

In a traditional engineering, “over the wall” approach is a reflection of sequential operations – marketing, design, manufacturing, testing and production. Each stage of development process is carried out separately. As you done with one stage, you can move the the next one. Pieter Hamans‘s article Creating a Manufacturing Bill of…

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Intelligent part number is dead. Long live meaningful attributes?

Intelligent part number is dead. Long live meaningful attributes?

Part numbers are hard. What started as a simple number and references to a part company usually purchase from a supplier, turned out as a complex data management problem with high level of integration complexity. Part number is a fundamental element of all processes in manufacturing company – started from design…

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Who needs single source of truth for BoM?

Who needs single source of truth for BoM?

One of my best blogging buddies in product lifecycle management and President of Lifecycle Insight Chad Jackson open 2016 with a very provocative statement – A Single Source of the Truth for the BOM Still Doesn’t Exist. The article speaks about complexity of BoM management between different engineering disciplines –…

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Google Sheet Add-ons and PLM Excels in the cloud

Google Sheet Add-ons and PLM Excels in the cloud

Excel is the world’s number 1 tool for PLM and BoM management. Excel is beloved by engineers for its simplicity, flexibility and ability to absorb any type of data. Excel ownership and control is easy to get – just save Excel file on your disk and you have full control of…

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Spreadsheets vs PLM dilemma to manage BoM

Spreadsheets vs PLM dilemma to manage BoM

Bill of Materials (BoM) is a vital part of every product definition. In engineering and product development everything starts and stops with the development of BoM. It is essential for complex products such as aircraft and automobile. But BoM is equally important for small hardware startup just getting off the…

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Component, costs and BoM collaboration

Component, costs and BoM collaboration

Cost is one of the most important drivers to optimize manufacturing and operations. But at the same time, this is not a single criteria when you think about optimization of your product design and component selections. The way to look about it is to think about complete ecosystem combining manufacturing,…

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