Thanksgiving BOM (Bill of Materials) for Vic’s turkey

One of my best BOM and manufacturing learning experience had to do with comparing a manufacturing BOM to restaurants. Food processing is easy to understand. And restaurant operations are very similar to custom manufacturing with lot of optimization options that connect to real life.

Here is my best example of lead time for custom made assemblies. Think about a custom made lobster with many flavors and options. A cook can prepare some ingredients, but without knowing a specific menu item (recipe), he cannot make a final assembly and he needs time. A fancy restaurant will offer you free salad and during the time you will be consuming salad and bread (much cheaper than buying more lobster), a chef will create a custom built lobster menu.

Our COO, Vic Sanchez, is a great cook. He loves cooking. I had a chance to attend his Turkey cooking ceremony yesterday. I promised that we share his BOM online using OpenBOM.

Here is the thing… let’s start from OpenBOM part catalog. We add all components here and assign Part Number to each of them.

We are going to create two BOMs: an Engineering BOM (how the Turkey dish is assembled) and the manufacturing assembly BOM with the sequence of operations. We will use all components we defined in the part catalog:

Engineering multi-level BOM:

The Manufacturing BOM is a flat single level BOM with an operation order property to sort all lines based on the sequence of operation. The item used is either manufactured part or tool.

I hope you enjoyed our Turkey BOM. We will make it available to everyone as soon as the new Read only link feature in OpenBOM will be available; read about that, here. You will be able to enjoy the best Thanksgiving Turkey BOM from OpenBOM.

Conclusion. I hope you had fun. As you can see OpenBOM is robust. Send me improvements to our Turkey manufacturing process. The new feature of “read only” BOM link is very promising. It will allow you to share your BOMs for reference with people without an OpenBOM account, such as suppliers and contractors. But, what’s more, now you can share your BOM on Facebook and Instagram with a link. And now, we move to buying parts for the next BOM: Black Friday is here.

Best, Oleg

PS. Let’s get to know each other better. If you live in the Greater Boston area, I invite you for a coffee together (coffee is on me). If not nearby, let’s have a virtual coffee session — I will figure out how to send you a real coffee.

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