Last week, we discussed the benefits of building maintenance BOMs and why they need to be accurate. BOMs help workers to be able to obtain accurate parts information for an asset quickly so that they can order parts accordingly and increase wrench time. There’s no doubt that good and accurate BOMs can provide a multitude of benefits, but what if your BOMs are inadequate and inaccurate instead?


A poor maintenance BOM will naturally have the opposite effects, in that it can lead to increased downtime, reduced wrench time and lead to broader inefficiencies in your maintenance operations.

To be able to evaluate the maintenance BOMs that currently exist within your EAM system, you have to know what makes a poor BOM. Doing so will help you understand whether your BOMs need to be upgraded or whether you should build new BOMs altogether. Below are some signs of poorly built BOMs.

Unclear Information

One indicator of a poor BOM is the complicated labelling and descriptions of parts within it. If workers are unable to find parts because of this then it can lead to a lot of time wasted ordering parts or even result in the wrong parts being ordered.

A good BOM will allow you to quickly be able to identify correct parts since it will have clear and accurate descriptions of parts that make them easy to identify. Better yet, the best BOMs will contain visual parts diagrams that will allow you to identify parts that correspond with visuals. If workers are having trouble finding parts as a result of BOMs not containing visuals or even clear and concise descriptions then it may be a sign that it’s inadequate.


Inaccurate Data

It’s not just about how data is organized, but if data is incorrect either because it was not kept up-to-date or because of errors then this can be problematic. Data needs to be updated regularly and errors need to be prevented by avoiding the use of spreadsheets and through careful revision and approval by multiple team members.


Unnecessary Inventory and Duplicate Parts

If your spare parts data contains duplicates or inventory that isn’t needed then it may be a result of poor quality BOMs. Oftentimes excess inventory and duplicate parts come about because of how difficult it is to find parts in your existing system. The difficulty finding parts leads to workers ordering parts that already exist. Inaccuracies within BOMs can also lead to the same problem if workers assume that inaccurate data is correct and order parts accordingly.


How We Can Help

HubHead’s solutions can either help to improve the existing BOMs that you possess within your EAM system or help to build new BOMs altogether. To learn more about how we can help improve the quality of your BOMs, contact us to book a demo or download our brochure.

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