A bill of materials is a critical part of any company, but there are many types to choose from. This article will give you an overview of some different BOMs and help you decide which type would work for your business.
Manufacturing Bill of Materials (MBOM)
A manufacturing bill of materials displays the raw, and in some cases pre-processed resources needed to produce a finished good. These are broken down into assemblies and subassemblies that will be combined with other parts or pieces until they ultimately become one product.
Engineering Bill of Materials (MBOM)
An engineering bill of materials is meant to define the design for a finished product and differs from manufacturing BOMs in that it focuses more on specific designs rather than production. It is usually created using computer-aided design or CAD software such as Solidworks or, in the case of an electrical assembly, with electronic design automation (EDA).
An EBOM should include a list of parts, components, and materials with detailed engineering information such as specifications, tolerances, and standards.