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3 Ways Windchill 11 Improves BOM Management

Posted by Emma Rudeck on 22-Mar-2016 11:33:00

BOM_Management.pngIn today's world of evolving product complexity, especially with smart, connected products, product development processes themselves need to evolve. Companies must now manage a complete product definition, including all aspects of electronic, mechanical and software. This definition must be understood across all disciplines contributing to product development. It must be understood and viewed across the entire lifecycle, from to release to obsolete.


It needs to be understood and viewed with the different configurations and variance required for a specific customers and markets. A product's definition must be understood across the organisation’s engineering, manufacturing and services functions. With Windchill 11, PTC delivers greater Bill of Materials (BOM) management, with improved product structure capability, greater access to 3D information, and a new user interface to unleash PTC's sophisticated manufacturing capabilities. Here are three ways that Windchill 11 improves BOM management


#1 Improved visualisation of relevant informaiton


Daily users need direct access to product information, in order to understand what they're working with. However, they rarely need to see the entire product. Windchill 11 allows users to select from the product structure and view only the information they need to see. This makes it much more efficient - especially for users with large, complex assemblies.


#2 Understand the complete product definition


This includes the CAD information, the drawings, documents and other requirements that make up the complete product definition. Once we have this information, being able to interrogate and understand it, including dimensions and mass properties, makes it very easy and efficient to make important product decisions.


#3 New user interface for engineering and manufacturing BOM


In Windchill 11, a new user interface for the engineering and manufacturing world that shows exactly how the engineering BOM and the manufacturing BOM are related. This allows users to work in parallel between engineering and manufacturing, reducing errors, speeding time to market and speeding time to production.


Windchill 11 Datasheet