A bill of materials is the comprehensive list of all required parts, items, raw materials, and assemblies that you need to manufacture a product. A BOM is one of the most important documents for a custom manufacturer—think of it as a recipe.
Do you know that up to 20% of the total engineering time in your shop is taken up by transferring Bills of Materials (BOMs) out of your CAD system? This is an especially time-consuming task for ETO shops where every item you manufacture is truly custom.
Engineering is a key component in ETO manufacturing environments — it’s part of the name for goodness sake! — but engineering is all too often left out of ERP software systems.
Most ERP systems, even those designed for the manufacturing industry, leave engineers out of the loop—making these systems less than ideal to handle the demands of the Engineer-to-Order (ETO) manufacturing environment.
In many engineer to order (ETO) and manufacture to order (MTO) environments, there appears to be some tug-of-war between data and, in rare cases, information, between the master project schedule and the master production schedule...
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