Q: We want to start maintaining BOM; what data format should we use?

A: To maintain BOM we have to design according to the kind of format BOM is stored in. It is very difficult to design from zero any format that will be used for a long time. That is why we recommend starting from the BOM format in the Advanced Planning and Scheduling System that has achieved excellent performance results in operation in many plants and factories. It reduces the time and trouble of design. You may well have properties (data items) that are insufficient. This software can add properties for those that are deficient.

One thing we have to watch out for in BOM maintenance is making the BOM design overly complicated. It is important that BOM maintenance have continuity. If the design becomes too complicated the first draft may be fine but it might not be able to keep up with the maintenance