There is usually nothing intrinsically difficult about ensuring the supply of Bill of Materials (BOM) parts in the BOM tail. The challenge is principally one of volume. Thousands of items and purchase order lines at hundreds of suppliers. It is an impossible task to implement structural improvements with hundreds of suppliers.
Most of the orders placed will be fulfilled without significant issues. A few will not, and it may only take one failure to halt production. With orders placed on particular suppliers irregularly and sporadically, there is little or no historic data or track record to suggest the current level of risk. There isn’t the time and resource to monitor and manage every small supply contract. The failure when it comes (and it will) will appear out of a clear blue sky.
This white paper illustrates the importance of effective BOM tail management and provides insights into its significance and possible solutions to enhance BOM effectiveness from three perspectives:
- Supply chain management
- Materials handling
- Production engineering
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Marc van de Ven
Marc van de Ven is Chief Operating Officer at MAG45. He kicked off his career at MAG45 in 2006, prior to which he earned a Bachelor’s degree in Business Engineering and a Master’s in Industrial Engineering & Management Science.