These systems, for instance, ensure that bills of materials
are generated by product designers rather than by the manufacturing engineers.
The interaction among the color options and between the options and t product number are the essence of rule based bills of materials
. Of course, this ca all be done manually by calculating co one bill of material at a time (different color paints, fabrics and veneers can drastically change costs) and then individual pricing each product variation.
To keep our current system running in the meantime, we turned off the assembly screens and printed standard bills of materials
Other uses include bills of materials
estimating, equipment lists, or any other common database application.
These functions include automatic relationship tracking of part numbers, documents, and bills of materials
; version control for documents and parts; exploded or indented bills of materials
; export wizards for integrating the thinkdesign bill of materials with external MRP or PDM systems; and export in Excel or other file formats.
The engineers now design in the CAD system and the company automates its process for generating bills of materials
through use of the tied-in PDM system, also from Dassault.
The detailed estimates within the materials category are ultimately transformed into purchase orders, inventory updates, and bills of materials
, all of which the software can generate automatically, thanks to its link with TMM.
To manage bills of materials
and other documents, and to share information with these subsidiaries--in short, to track paperwork across this complex noperation-the company uses a product data management software, Obbligato, from its parent, NEC Corp.
It contains several integrated modules that perform every function from quotation and sales orders to purchasing, inventory control, bills of materials
, scheduling, job tracking, and accounts payable and receivable.
The program also generates bills of materials