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The Best BOM resources from Arena

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Throughout our many years of working with manufacturers and their supply chains, we have developed quite the collection of BOM management resources.

Today I wanted to do a bit of a round-up, and share some of our most popular “BOM” blog posts and downloads from the Arena website.

Enjoy! And if you have any additional questions about BOM management you’d like us to answer on this blog, post to the comments and I will be sure to get back to you.

Engineering BOM: the ins and outs

The EBOM is the starting point for any product. Learn how the EBOM differs from the MBOM, and download the Arena BOM Master Kit—one of our most popular downloads.

The manufacturing BOM: critical for successfully building a product

Unlike the EBOM, which is organized according to the design of a product, the MBOM is structured to support how a product is assembled. Here are tips for better MBOMs and a link to the Arena BOM Master Kit.

Beyond BOM 101

This free download discusses:

  • Current BOM management processes and their associated challenges

  • Current BOM management tools

  • New automated tools to manage BOMs

  • Benefits of selecting the right PLM tool

Sample BOMs

Need a visual? Here’s how a GPS navigation product BOM would look in both Excel and a dedicated BOM management system like Arena BOMControl.

Three tips for building better BOMs

The best BOM management system in the world won’t help you if you don’t create correct and complete BOMs from the start. Here are three tips I originally shared on the Arena Blog about building better BOMs.

10 tips for better Excel BOMs

If you are managing your BOMs in Excel, here are 10 tips to help you keep your data organized.

When is the right time to embrace a BOM management tool?

A successful startup shares how early adoption of product management tools fostered innovation.

What should you look for in a BOM management tool?

Not all BOM management tools are created equal. We highlight three key features that are must-haves in any BOM tool.

Should you manage your BOMs with ERP?

ERP systems are NOT optimal for managing product data during the design stage—find out why.

Why is it so hard to move a BOM from Engineering to Manufacturing?

An in depth explanation of common disconnects between engineering and production—particularly when it comes to managing the bill of materials.

Sharing BOMs with your supply chain?

Use the PDX File standard to share your BOMs in a clear, structured format.

About the Author

Alex Gammelgard

Alex managed social media marketing and communications at Arena from 2011 to 2012. Although coming in fresh to the manufacturing industry, Alex is married to an engineer and is well ...

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