Building Bills of Materials (BOMs) is a cornerstone in asset management, but inefficiencies in this process can impede smooth operations. Enterprise Asset Management (EAM) solutions, while robust in many aspects, often fall short in efficient BOM creation. In this blog, we’ll explore the challenges presented by EAM solutions in the context of BOM building, focusing on issues like part searches, copying BOMs, and the absence of essential visual aids and governance functionalities.
  1. EAM Limitations in BOM Creation:
  • Part Search Challenges: EAM solutions, designed for broader asset management, may lack the specificity needed for efficient BOM creation. This results in challenges when searching for suitable parts, causing delays and potential errors in the assembly process.
  • Copying BOMs Complexity: The process of copying BOMs from one project to another within EAM systems can be cumbersome. Inefficiencies arise due to manual interventions and the absence of streamlined functionalities for this crucial task.


  1. Visual Aids, Approvals, and Governance Gaps:
  • Lack of Visual Aids: Visual aids play a pivotal role in understanding complex BOM structures. The absence of visual representations in EAM systems hampers comprehension, potentially leading to errors and inefficiencies.
  • Approval Process Bottlenecks: EAM solutions may lack streamlined approval processes specific to BOM management. This creates bottlenecks, slowing down decision-making and the overall BOM creation timeline.
  • Governance Functionality Shortcomings: Effective BOM management requires robust governance functionalities. EAM systems may lack the necessary tools for proper version control, audit trails, and governance, posing challenges in maintaining data accuracy and integrity.


  1. Strategic Solutions for Enhanced Efficiency:
  • Integration of Specialized BOM Tools: Consider integrating specialized BOM creation tools that offer a more tailored approach. These tools are designed to address the specific needs of BOM management, providing efficiency and accuracy.
  • Visualization Platforms: Implement visualization platforms that offer graphical representations of BOM structures. This enhances understanding, reduces errors, and improves overall efficiency in BOM creation and management.
  • Streamlined Approval Workflows: Enhance approval processes within EAM systems to ensure seamless BOM management. Streamlined workflows expedite decision-making and reduce bottlenecks in the approval chain.
  • Enhanced Governance Features: Invest in EAM solutions or complementary tools that offer advanced governance features. These include version control, audit trails, and data governance functionalities crucial for effective BOM management.
Efficient BOM creation is vital for streamlined asset management, and addressing the inefficiencies within EAM solutions is a strategic imperative. By recognizing the limitations in part searches, copying BOMs, and the absence of visual aids and governance functionalities, organizations can take proactive steps. Integrating specialized tools, visualization platforms, optimizing approval workflows, and enhancing governance features empower companies to overcome these challenges. In doing so, they not only improve efficiency but also lay the foundation for precise and error-free BOM management in the dynamic landscape of modern asset-intensive industries.


How Can We Help You?

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