How openBoM automatically tracks every change performed in a Bill of Materials
Yesterday I shared a few examples demonstrating how openBoM can help you control workloads between a manufacturing team and contractors in distributed environments. You can read the post, here.
The theme from the post was that manufacturing companies today tend to operate in distributed environments where work is done by multiple contractors. Moreover, keeping everyone on the same BOM is extremely important. However, collaboration and tracking changes in Bill of Materials can be hard. Having a means to control and track how specific changes are made can be both useful and important. openBOM offer a unique means and functionality for doing so.
Using openBoM, you can share a Bill of Materials and make changes to it. It can be done simultaneously, in real-time. And at the same time, openBOM tracks every single change and keeps track of who did what and when. This tracking functionality is very helpful, for example, for resolving compliance issues. It’s also helpful for tracking possible errors and mistakes.
The following video gives you a taste of how openBoM can track changes in collaborative environments:
What’s more, openBOM’s search and indexing functionality will soon be expanded to provide a way to search for changes made by specific users or in a certain time period. It will provide even more possibilities to get information about your BOM and its changes.
Conclusion. openBoM gives you the ability to track all activities done by engineers, manufacturer planners, contractor and suppliers, etc., to a BOM. This offers important value for maintaining a historical record of data which is often lost in existing manufacturing environments. Manufacturing is moving into a new world where data is the most valuable asset and losing it cannot be afforded. Having historical data instantly available provides you the ability and value to analyze what was done with your product and how future changes are impacted.
Let me know what you think. Would tracking changes to your BOM be valuable in your company? Please share your stories with me where access to historical data was important. I’d love to learn more and even better, discuss them with you.
PS. We should know each other better. If you live in a Greater Boston, please let’s have a meeting (coffee is on me). If you’re located in other places, let’s have a virtual coffee session — I will figure out how to send you a real coffee for our virtual coffee session.