Simplifying BOMs

Companies that maintain thousands of assets on a day-to-day basis need to use BOMs to order new and manage spare parts. In addition, the status of machinery and operations need to be managed to optimize plant efficiency. However, constructing BOMs isn’t a fool-proof endeavor, and can create other complications if done poorly. BOMs like these could become so unusable to the point where BOMs are dropped from the process altogether. This can lead to a considerable slump in wrench time and long-term maintenance and operational efficiency will drop. Moreover, simplifying your BOMs to make them more intuitive for users is a manageable task and is achievable.

So… What does an effective BOM strategy look like?


Consistent Standards

Ensure that your BOMs and materials data in your EAM/CMMS system has standards across the board. This leads to less confusion and room for incorrect interpretation of spares data for users. Furthermore, it will help prevent a knowledge gap between existing and new employees as all necessary information will be clear and consistent.


Use BOMs to Maximize ROI

BOM building requires time and effort. Good BOMs are expensive to build and maintain. The focus of your BOMs should be on frequently maintained equipment and machinery that is critical to production. This will ensure that resources aren’t wasted on BOMs that deliver minimal ROI to your business.



Not every piece of equipment needs a maintenance BOM. Machines that rarely see the need for maintenance will just clutter materials lists that populate regular, recurring spare parts. Avoid this hassle by only creating BOMs for equipment that gets maintained on a regular basis.


Use a Solution That’s Efficient

Excel is not effective BOM building software as it is inefficient and liable to errors. Software such as NRX AssetHub allows existing BOM data to be imported with ease and assets to be visualized via hot-point diagrams to create effective and simplified BOMs.


How can NRX Help?

NRX AssetHub provides maintenance and reliability professionals at asset-intensive businesses with world-class software allowing users to easily import spreadsheets and other materials to help visualize your data and BOMs. We help our customers get their EAM/CMMS data right. To learn more about how we can help with BOM building projects check out our Building BOMs brochure or contact us at 1-877-603-4679.

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