A Bill of Materials (BOM) guides engineers on the components and procedures to use for a given project. Due to its comprehensive nature, electrical designers prefer editing their existing BOMs to creating new ones. Updating a BOM makes it easier for electrical and mechanical engineers to keep track of both product and data lifecycles.
Professional engineers working on two or more projects may find it challenging to update their BOMs. Each project has specific material requirements and phases hence the design team creates various BOMs.
Here are some guidelines to follow when updating multiple Bill of Materials at the same time.
1. Label source folders correctly
When working on two similar projects, you may end up using similar bills of materials. It’s easier to update both BOMs from one source folder due to similar components requirements. You may also use the same mechanical design dimensions hence eliminating the need of separate calculations.
One must never assume a one-size-fits-all approach despite the presence of similarities between two projects. Store your components according to their respective projects’ folders to avoid mix-ups that arise out of updating a BOM with the wrong components.
2. Store all updates on a common drive
Sound data management principles require electrical product designers to manage all information from one source. Working with scattered files is time-consuming and can easily lead one into uploading wrong BOM updates or lose track of certain components. A project manager may end up tracking partial changes to the BOM.
You’ll save time and energy by locating your source folders in a common disk drive. This enhances better data management because it’s much easier to track new updates from one source than from different offline sources.
3. Label your downloaded components correctly
Sometimes, engineers rename downloaded open source components in order to match their BOM data policies. This may require the use of customized tags to enable project data managers to identify and categorize components based on their designated bill of materials. Tagging also makes it easier for electronic manufacturers to have better insights on prototype products.
You can use the automatic part generator number to create unique tags for each BOM library component. Another advantage of using this feature is that you can edit the tags anytime.
4. Confirm whether the updates appear in each BOM
It’s advisable to go through each BOM to ensure that you uploaded the correct components. Verification will also help you to notice if you skipped certain updates intended for your BOMs. This usually takes place if one is relying on unstable internet to update their BOMs from online drives.
5. Ask for guidance
Do you belong to an active online community for engineers? Joining an online forum gives you access to a large and deep pool or reliable advice on how to go about BOM management. By posting a question in your forum, the members will teach you nifty shortcuts you can use to upload multiple BOMs within a short time.
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