Product structures and BOM

Bills of materials are important documents in the production process and must be available and up to date at all times.

The transfer of parts lists to an ERP system often slows down the process and is prone to errors, and the growing number of variants makes it increasingly difficult to maintain an up-to-date overview of the product structures. PRO.FILE supports you in creating, maintaining and updating the parts lists within your company.

Product structures and bills of materials

PRO.FILE accelerates your processes through intelligent management of parts lists

Product structures represent the hierarchical structure of a product. The bill of materials is a detailed list of all components and materials required for its production. Together they provide a complete picture of the production process, from the largest component parts to the smallest nuts and bolts. This combination is essential for accurate planning, purchasing and assembly of products. PRO.FILE is the connecting link here.

PRO.FILE eliminates the need for manual BOM data entry. Bills of materials
in Excel and manually entered into the ERP system is not desirable. It is an extremely time-consuming and laborious process.
The PRO.FILE ERP integration synchronizes all relevant information and systematically prevents typos, different versions and the need to recreate entries. This saves considerably more time.
Consistent parts lists – automatic comparison – error-free production.

BOM Management met de PRO.FILE modules

When producing products, multiple variants of the parts list are often used. The best known are the Engineering BOM (EBOM), the Manufacturing BOM (MBOM) and the Service BOM (SBOM). In fact, these are derived structures that change during the life cycle of the product.

PRO.FILE xBOM-editor

Transfer of structures in an integrated representation of source and target structure, as well as in 3D model. The PRO.FILE xBOM editor allows the user to convert existing PRO.FILE BOMs in a 3D editor and save them as derivatives. Any number of target BOMs (e.g. mBOM) can be derived from a source BOM (e.g. eBOM).

BOM Compare Module

The module compares two parts lists and displays the differences between them.
The PRO.FILE parts lists give you complete insight into your product structures. You can compare differences between the parts lists with the BOM Compare Module from PRO.FILE. At a glance you have an overview of the differences between the versions and variants of a product.

Import XL

Companies often receive data from third parties such as bills of materials or drawings where it is of great importance that they are documented in PRO.FILE in a structured manner. Manual entry of this data requires a lot of time and discipline. Especially for this purpose, PLM Xpert has developed the Import XL to automatically import documents, parts lists and projects into PRO.FILE.
The Import XL is specifically designed for importing files and PRO.FILE objects into PRO.FILE from a Microsoft Excel file. The Microsoft Excel file contains metadata about the relevant objects such as classification, description and the file location according to a specific layout. A new import using the Import XL results in a structure in PRO.FILE with the corresponding files as desired.

What if you get lots of product data, structures and documents in Excel sheets and you need to get it into PRO.FILE?
Import XL offers a fast and easy way of importing files and PRO.FILE objects in 3 easy steps.

  1. Settings: Set the Excel file and choose if existing files shouuld be overwritten or versionized.
  2. Mapping: Map the metadata to the PRO.FILE fields. Using Import XL, it’s possible to automatically create structure betwen projects, documents and parts. Import XL checks if objects already exist and wil overwrite or versionize those object according you wishes.
  3. Start the import: The progess of the import will be shown. After importing, PRO.FILE shows the newly created objects and the predefined structrure as in the Excel. Using Import XL saves time and decrease the chance of faults creating the objects manually.

The added value of PRO.FILE:

  • PRO.FILE automatically creates bills of materials from CAD and keeps them up-to-date during the life cycle.
  • PRO.FILE automatically exchanges bills of materials with the ERP system after approval.
  • PRO.FILE visualises and structures the product structure and translates it into bills of materials to be adjusted and compared with variants and earlier versions.
  • Non-productive hours and errors as a result of incorrect parts lists are avoided.
  • Connecting Engineering to Logistics is seamless and smooth.

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