Recently I was working with a customer for their overall PLM Audit & giving direction for their future direction for PLM. One interesting thing I observed is the way this customer manages the whole product BOM.
They have concept of Modules which are associated with the features which determines the product. So the whole Structure of a BOM is more like structure of Features. While the change in Part changes & EC process runs at the individual Module level, the whole BOM need not go through the change processes for changes at the sub Module level. What this gives as a flexibility to develop each Module separately based on the Feature requirements and don’t worry about rest of the system till integration. All these features can be used in any other product as is.
My feeling is that this is a good approach but has limitations, like not having clear view of BOM till very late in the lifecycle of the product which can be detected only during integration or there can be a tendency to misuse features in other product, to name a few.
Conclusion: My view is this is a good concept and can be developed in a good strategy for simplifying BOM management. These are my observations….