BOM Compare (formerly known as New Product Introduction) helps users to better understand their new product introduction programs and analyze their bill of materials (BOM). It provides easy access to data which drives efficiency as a single source of truth that provides visibility across the new product life cycle instead of using multiple integrated systems or spreadsheets.
It enables agility to gleam insights and proactively take action. It provides analytics recommendations into negotiation strategy to drive additional savings early in the product life cycle.
It also has risk mitigation to avoid pitfalls in the early stages of the product life cycle. BOM Compare enables a structured and informed approach to the challenges faced in early product life cycles.
To access this module, click on NPI in the left-hand navigation to land on the NPI Dashboard:
As shown in the screenshot above, the user is presented with a summary of all programs that are active for this user. Views are presented from different widgets:
- Overall Status
Note: These widgets can be expanded to full screen by clicking the expanding arrows in the top right of any of their respective panels.
Clicking into any program name brings you to the detailed view of that program:
These sections can also be expanded to view additional details by selecting the same expanding arrows:
When the risk section is expanded from the summary page, users can see the risk level (low, medium, high).
Example: Additionally, anywhere the "alternative parts" are listed, the user can click on that wording in the grid to see if alternate parts are available, and if the Excel file is downloaded these alternates will be included. LevaData offers the "sources" for these alternative parts as well so you can plan your sourcing strategy accordingly.
Today, in the Risk widget, users see the End of Life (EOL) and Supplier Financial Risks for Manufacturer Part Numbers (MPNs) whose split is not equal to zero in the uploaded BOM (i.e. the Risk widget ignores all MPNs with zero split). Users have the option to choose whether to include zero split MPNs as well to show risk, so that they can plan accordingly.
Important End of Life (EOL) Rule: There may be cases where the same MPN has different EOL information by different manufacturers.
In this scenario, the EOL information would be displayed by the following rule(s):
- Identify EOL by MPN / Manufacturer combination
- If not found, identify EOL by MPN
|MPN||Manufacturer||Years to End of Life|
Additionally, the user can filter results in EOL and Multi Source risk by dimensions such as MPN, CPN, Supplier, Manufacturer etc. where applicable.
LevaData has a database that is a central source of part supply information for parts that are in early stages of maturity. The Parts Catalog has information on Sub-assemblies, CPNs and MPNs. Users are able to search, view, check-out update and check-in part information and attributes of specific components within their BOMs.
Parts Catalog has three sub tabs within it:
- View Parts
- Checked Out Parts
- Parts History
- Parts History is an audit trail of all changes.
Task Management Integration in BOM Compare
With Task Management integration, program members can collaborate with other LevaData platform users through actionable tasks. This capability can also be used to self-assign a task as a reminder. Once the task is assigned, it is available for viewing in the Task Notification Center.
Task Creation for One or More CPNs
The user can select one or more rows and use the create a single task encompassing multiple CPN.
Automatic Restoration of Location
The location is hyperlinked to take the user back to the original location and show the records for which tasks are opened. For example, user is directed to the specific revision of the BOM and context filters are applied. User can also click on specific tag on the context (i.e. CPN) to further filter to specific CPN.
Automatic Email Notification
The creator and assignee receive an email notification upon creation of task, edit of a task, and on task deletion. The location and context hyperlinked are the same as what the user sees on the Task from within the Task Notification center. The user can use these links to directly navigate to the location.
Note: User must be signed in to navigate directly to the tagged location. If the user is not signed in, then the user will be taken to the login page and the referenced location context will not be preserved; however, if after the user signs in, they click the link from the email again, they should navigate directly to the contextual location.
To learn more about the cross-functional usage of task management, see: Task Management Integration Across LevaData Platform.