How to Save Time and Effort Integrating PLM and ERP?

Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) and Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) are two major supporting software for most leading manufacturing companies.

Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) and Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) are two major supporting software for most leading manufacturing companies.

PLM revolves around product structure and changes whereas ERP helps to manage financial aspects of the business – including purchasing, ordering, even planning and managing manufacturing. Neither ERP nor PLM alone will handle all your business requirements. A successful business relies on real-time data from both ERP and PLM. So, it’s vital to keep these systems in sync.

The most common means of integrating PLM and ERP is to maintain Bill of Material (BOM) between the two systems. So, let’s look at what a Bill of Material is, and how easily we can bridge the BOM management gap between PLM and ERP.

What is a BOM?

A Bill Of Materials (BOM) is an extensive list of raw materials, components, and assemblies required to construct, manufacture, or repair a product or service. A bill of materials usually appears in a hierarchical format, with the highest level displaying the finished product and the bottom level showing individual components and materials.

Below we see the components of a chair in hierarchical format along with component quantities:

Bill of Materials

For many companies, BOM is derived from PLM and imported into ERP once the BOM is released in PLM. This can be a time-consuming task as there are daily changes going on in PLM platforms. In fact, it usually demands manual intervention to get a BOM from your PLM. 

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Introducing the “Automatic BOM Export” Functionality

This functionality exports BOM files to configured locations on certain events such as Freeze and Release of assemblies.

  • Companies can configure the BOM Export to their requirements, providing the following advantages:
  • Companies can export various types of BOM e.g. Engineering BOM (EBOM), Manufacturing BOM (MBOM) etc.
  • They can add any number of attributes and custom attributes for export
  • We can export the BOM on a chosen operation (usually on Freeze and Release operations of assemblies).
  • BOM is automatically copied on configured network location with provision of copying in structured manner, e.g. Based on Projects, it will be copied to respective location.
  • We can export BOM in either .csv or .xml formats.
  • We can configure the functionality to produce both Multi-Level BOM and Flattened BOM.
  • BOM file name is configurable e.g. we can mention if the BOM is for Frozen or Release assembly.

Automatic BOM Export Benefits

  • Considerable time and resources savings.
  • Eliminate manual intervention.
  • Get real-time BOM at any point in time.
  • No overnight operations needed to sync data.
  • No maintenance needed as this is not a third-party application, but simply a customization.

Well, this is only one of the common problems we are providing solutions for. The next step will be to import this BOM to your ERP to save further hassle. Happily, the possibilities are endless in this area of functionality.