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BOM Compare – The Design and Production Engineer’s Best Friend

Nobody likes the tedious process of manually comparing large, complex bill of materials (BOMs) from two different software programs. It’s time-consuming, costly, and leaves a lot of room for error. Yet, the comparison must be done to ensure the product is built correctly.

Fortunately, there’s a better way. It’s called the CAD/CAM Bill of Materials Management Software – also known as BOM Compare for short. If you build lengthy BOMs on a regular basis and want to significantly reduce job startup times, BOM Compare is the perfect tool.

What is BOM Compare?

BOM Compare expedites the design to production process by eliminating the need to manually update and compare BOMs. With a click of a button, you can export even the largest BOM to BOM Compare, saving time and money while reducing errors that occur with manual data transfer.

BOM Compare displays a side-by-side comparison of the CAD or CAM BOM and the ERP software BOM. Engineers can then compare the two to make sure you have enough material and inventory to complete the job on time and within budget. Users can quickly identify any discrepancies between the two BOMs, freeing up the engineers to focus on higher-value activities.

“Creating BOMs in Global Shop Solutions lets us track all the different work orders so they complete together to finish the entire assembly. That way, we no longer have $50,000 projects waiting on a $10 part for completion. Global Shop Solutions links all the costs together for one final assembly, so we know as soon as a project is done how much it costs.”

Alain Theriault, Engineering Manager for Bristol Machine

Intuitive and Easy to Use

BOM Compare offers many features and capabilities to speed up the BOM compare process. Product design changes in CAD/CAM can be easily exported to BOM Compare so you can do the comparison during the design process. The color-coded system lets you quickly identify differences between BOMs. Tree graphs illustrate the parentage of each part. You can customize drag-and-drop options, and the auto-generated backups ensure part information is never missing.

BOM Compare also standardizes data from your CAD/CAM program to Global Shop Solutions ERP software. It provides the option to notify other shop floor personnel when changes are made. It can even check your inventory for master parts when necessary.

Most important, BOM Compare saves time and money by automating a lengthy and manual process usually performed by high-cost labor.

What’s New With BOM Compare?

As part of the core Global Shop Solutions ERP software, BOM Compare seamlessly integrates with leading CAD/CAM programs like SolidWorks®, Solid Edge, and Autodesk Inventor®. It also works directly with our CAD integrations. You can deploy it in the cloud or on premise.

Some upgrades were recently made to BOM Compare, including improved cloud performance, and you can now launch BOM Compare from a local session.

Your engineers have better things to do than sitting around comparing BOMs by hand. Are you ready to get your BOMs into your ERP system and on the shop floor faster and error-free? Contact us today.

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