Where is your Shipping BOM?

Today most of the industrial manufacturers are not delivering final product from their factory to the customer. The whole product is shipped in parts to the end customer and assembled there. Many times when assembling, it is realized that some parts are not shipped. This leads to major delays to the project.

Shipping BOM

Shipping BOM

So it is imperative for organizations to maintain Shipping BOM & it should be derived from Engineering Information to avoid any missed items.

Shipping BOM is a flat structure of Assemblies / Sub-Assemblies which are shipped directly to customer site, which then can be used for assembling the final product. A Shipping BOM can also contain all the equipments / Tools / phantom parts which will be required to assemble the items at customer site.

A quick search on Google yields no results for Shipping BOM, this shows there is almost no focus on this critical item either from PLM or ERP. Ideally a Shipping BOM should originate in PLM & ERP can maintain the information about as shipped BOM for a particular order. A Shipping BOM should be derived from EBOM / MBOM in a similar way as a Purchase BOM can be extracted and then used to ensure all required items Manufactured internally or Bought-out are delivered to customer site before final assembly.

Conclusion:  Shipping BOM is a very critical item of overall Product’s Lifecycle Management especially in Industrial Machinery sector. There should be a mechanism built to extract shipping information early in lifecycle and used to reduce shipping slippages.

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About the Author

Rahul Deshpande

Rahul is Principal Consultant at Brainwave Consulting Group – a cutting edge domain consulting group for New Product Introduction and Product Lifecycle Management.   Rahul brings over 16 years of experience in developing Technology and Business Solution for the Manufacturing Industry. He has worked with several clients in the manufacturing space in multiple roles spanning consulting, account management , Solution Architect and Program Management roles across the New Product Value Chain from Requirement / Enquiry management to launch of Product. He brings in cross functional experience covering Pre-Sales& Marketing, Business Planning, &IT Solution deployment. Rahul has worked along with the PLM ISV & Customers to define innovative solution and developed products for BOM Cost analysis and Sourcing Analytics on ENOVIA platform. He has penned different papers on usage of PLM for different processes & industries while addressing their business challenges. He brings a unique 360o view of the IT industry, and has significant contributions in the areas of IT Strategy, Program Management & Product Management.   Apart from holding a Bachelor of Technology in Electronics Rahul holds a Management degree from SIBM(Symbiosis Institute of Business Management). Rahul is associated with SIBM as visiting faculty for Innovation Management & International Business

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