With many manufacturers, there is a lack of integration between manufacturing process planning, EBOM, MBOM, and work instructions. Manufacturing process plans and work instructions typically operate in silos that are disconnected from product development. These gaps create challenges in traceability and make it challenging to keep data synchronized – directly impacting product quality, costs, and time to market.
Integration is one of the key areas that can increase the total value of your business systems. Integrations between CAD, PLM, and ERP are a great example of this. Each of these systems requires the data to support its own business processes. And of course, each system requires that the data be formatted to the system’s specifications so that the system can consume it. Without integration, businesses are left with using people to populate downstream business systems which can become a source of non-value-added cost and discrepancies between the systems.