What is Colour of your EBOM?

Bill Of MaterialOn of the biggest challenge and discussion point related to Bill-Of-Material management is how and where to colour the colour parts. Colour parts are parts which get the vehicle decided colour shades during manufacturing. If we look at colour as a Variant Option on the product, then in that case the colour should be mentioned on EBOM. But is Colour a option or a function of Manufacturing?

Ideally colour should be function of Marketing, so it can be on the Variant Configuration, where Marketing can decide the colours of vehicle. Engineering’s job is to only identify which parts need to be coloured. So in my view EBOM should be only Black & White & not coloured.  One simple reason for Colour shouldn’t be on EBOM is, if there is a change in colour at Planning or Manufacturing, there is no impact on functionality or there is no change request required on EBOM.

Engineering should pass colour part information to Manufacturing. It is Manufacturing & product planning, who needs to decide which parts should have what kind of colour and how many such units need to be manufactured. So ideally in my view Colour information of Part should be on Variant BOM and Manufacturing BOM. Even we can define colours in ERP than in PLM. Because colouring of Part is totally a manufacturing function in my view.

In my experience, I have seen organizations maintaining Colour options on Engineering BOM. I feel that is a unnecessary overhead on EBOM.

Conclusion: in my view… EBOM should be black & white and only Colour parts should be identified. Colour of parts can be maintained on MBOM & in ERP.

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Rahul Deshpande

Rahul is Principal Consultant at Brainwave Consulting Group – a cutting edge domain consulting group for New Product Introduction and Product Lifecycle Management.   Rahul brings over 16 years of experience in developing Technology and Business Solution for the Manufacturing Industry. He has worked with several clients in the manufacturing space in multiple roles spanning consulting, account management , Solution Architect and Program Management roles across the New Product Value Chain from Requirement / Enquiry management to launch of Product. He brings in cross functional experience covering Pre-Sales& Marketing, Business Planning, &IT Solution deployment. Rahul has worked along with the PLM ISV & Customers to define innovative solution and developed products for BOM Cost analysis and Sourcing Analytics on ENOVIA platform. He has penned different papers on usage of PLM for different processes & industries while addressing their business challenges. He brings a unique 360o view of the IT industry, and has significant contributions in the areas of IT Strategy, Program Management & Product Management.   Apart from holding a Bachelor of Technology in Electronics Rahul holds a Management degree from SIBM(Symbiosis Institute of Business Management). Rahul is associated with SIBM as visiting faculty for Innovation Management & International Business

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