If you work with manufacturing engineers for more than an hour you are going to hear the phrase BOM, which you quickly learn means: Bill of Materials. In its simplest definition, a BOM is the list of parts or components that are necessary to build a product. It may also include the raw materials, sub-components, sub-assemblies, quantities, parts and complete assemblies of a finished product.
When you cook, you can add a little of this and a little of that. When you bake, it is chemistry at work and you need specific measurements of the exact ingredients if you want a successful finished product. The BOM in manufacturing is the recipe to make the perfect product!
Here are our seven tips to create a BOM and what manufacturing engineers are going to want to see:
- Material. If you want a part made of plastic, what kind of plastic or what type of resin? Do you need plastic or ABS? Do you need metal or A380 stainless steel?
- Do you need certain material requirements? Does it need to be flame-retardant? What strength and durability does your finished product require?
- What 3rd party agency or safety compliance will you need (UL, ETL, RoHS)?
- What are the cosmetic requirements?
- Where will you consider alternatives? Example: Does your product NEED to be DuPont Vamac or will a substitute elastomer be suitable, provided it meets your requirements?
- In an ideal situation, providing the weight of each component will reduce the time to provide an accurate response to your RFQ (Request for Quote).
- Remember: Whatever you provide, the more SPECIFIC, the better!
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