Heads up: Creating Purchase Orders using OpenBOM

In a nutshell all manufacturing projects are about 2 fundamental things — (1) do right design; (2) order parts and make an assembly. And if you’ve been involved into manufacturing, you probably know that at the end, you are always have missing screws, bolts or nuts to finish your assembly process. Lot of focus and energy is usually focused on the design process, but ordering process is not something that engineers like to focus on and as a result things are falling between cracks.

At OpeBOM, we are working on how to help you with this second process — ordering parts, components and everything else you need to be delivered to your shop-floor to perform assembly process on time. OpenBOM is a big recepie of the product that allows you to collaborate and to insure everything is in and ready to go. Then you create purchase order (or how we call it now — Order BOM).

These days we are working to improve OpenBOM functionality related to management of catalogs and creation of purchase orders for Parts.

The improvements and new features will be coming gradually in the next few releases. Meantime, I wish to ask you “how you are managing items today?”. These are topics I’m very much interested to learn more about. If you want to collaborate with us and share more about what you do and how you manage part catalogs, please contact me and answer on the following questions.

1- How many parts do you manage in the company or project?

2- How and where do you store this list of parts?

3- How or do you control inventory levels (quantity on hand)?

4- How do you generate a list of part (items) which need to be purchased to build your product?

5- What purchasing software are you using today?

The following video shows you current Order BOM process in OpenBOM. Check our documentation here for more info.

Here is a quick video about existing process of going from BOM to Release to Purchase Order BOM:

Conclusion.

We are going to make purchase order a first class object in OpenBOM. It will be built on top of existing Order BOM functionality. Once created Purchase order in OpenBOM will have the same level of collaboration as any other data in OpenBOM (Bill of Materials, Part Catalogs, etc.). We will also integrate purchase orders with variety purchasing software.

If you’re interested in purchase order process based on BOM, please reach me out to discuss more (oleg [at] openbom [dot] com)

Best, Oleg

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