Bill of Materials and Neo4j meetup in Boston

If you’re interested in Neo4j and manufacturing and you happen to be in Boston next week, I’d like to invite you to a meetup organized by Neo4j, one of the leaders in graph databases development. Check details, here.

OpenBOM will be joining the meetup and will talk about Bill of Materials and connections in the manufacturing world. To unlock the value of connections, relationships and help people to collaboration is one of the missions of OpenBOM.

At the meetup, we will talk about Bill of materials, product structures and how Neo4j can be used to manage connected data. A Bill of Materials or product structure (sometimes bill of material, BOM or associated list) is a list of the raw materials, sub-assemblies, intermediate assemblies, sub-components, parts and the quantities of each needed to manufacture an end product.

This presentation will discussion Neo4j implementation of Parts and Bill of Materials domain model to track part usage and user access in openBoM. We will discuss our challenges with Cypher and data modeling in support of our access control and data access requirements. We will also talk about our usage of Spring Data Neo4j and our future plans.

Graphs are very powerful. One very valuable advantage of OpenBOM is the ability to analyze graphs of multiple products to glean intelligence about how to improve product design, supply chain, product cost and reliability. You can get some ideas in our earlier blog, OpenBOM and advantages of global BOM graph.

The following video gives you an idea of how OpenBOM automatically detects “where used” information for Parts in multiple bill of materials:

We live in an era where data is everywhere. Individuals and companies produce data at every moment of every day. The same applies to manufacturing companies. The Bill of Materials is the lifeblood of every manufacturing business. Knowing how to optimize a bill of materials can provide huge benefits. In the near future, data-driven manufacturing companies will succeed because they will be able to apply data science to product structures and bill of materials.

Conclusion. Connections are everywhere in manufacturing world. We will talk how to use connection to build software that can be used by multiple companies and users across the globe. Hope to see you next week.

Best, Oleg

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