Use the types of BOMs that ALERE offers to power your manufacturing operations


Component BOM's

The standard Bill of Material

This is a type of bill that is made up of any mix of raw materials, parts, ingredients, or subassemblies needed to make one unit of the parent part.  It may contain children with negative quantities and is called an "Add/Delete", "same as except" or "comparative" bills when this occurs. The Component BOM is the most common type of bill used.


Modular BOM's

Choices instead of components

This is a type of bill where each child record represents an option instead of a component and requires that one of the listed options must be chosen when BOM requirements are calculated. The Modular type of bill permits "inheritance" and allows a single BOM structure to maintain unlimited permutations. It is the foundation for sales order configuration.


Alternate BOM's

Interchangeable components

This is a type of bill that contains a list of items which can be used interchangeably with the parent part. When a work order is released each item is checked for availability in inventory. Should an item on the list be unavailable, then a check will be made to see if there are any alternates and if they are available. If so, then that alternate item will be substituted. The preference of the alternates can be chosen.


Phantom BOM's

An intermediate assembly not stocked

This is a type of bill representing a transient item that is physically built, but rarely stocked, before being used in the next level of manufacturing. A phantom that is in stock is consumed first before material requirements are driven down to its components.


Variable BOM's

A variable quantity for a component

This is a type of bill designed to allow the parent part to have a variable quantity based on its unit of measure. This is particularly useful for wire or tubing manufacturers as it is not necessary to have a part number for each length (variation) of the item.


Kit BOM's

Prepackaged items for repair or build

This is a type of bill that consists of a prepackaged group of parts used to repair or build an item. Modular, Variable, and Phantom bill types can be used within a Kit type bill to allow it to be configured.

Utilizing these BOM types save valuable engineering time by greatly reducing the number of bills required to build variations of a product, save inventory costs by minimizing stocking errors, and providing a basis for sales order configuration.

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