Configuration Management

The complexity of the automotive product structure, scale of the development process, and the number of different stakeholders required to launch products to market make configuration / bill of materials (BOM) management a critical topic. Capabilities in managing multiple BOM views throughout the product development phase and comprehensive life cycle management capabilities are needed to successfully deliver products on time that meet performance and cost objectives. Cross functional BOM management covering the entire product life cycle is central to this need.

The solution from Dassault Systèmes (DS) for managing automotive configuration / BOM management allows user to create, manage and collaborate on the collective assemblies, sub-assemblies and components throughout the product life cycle. Critical information can be captured in the BOM for analysis and comparison for indentifying and addressing issues quickly.  DS' solution allows developers, release analysts and program managers to make decisions regarding part selection that directly impact the enterprise bottom line as part costing can be analyzed on many levels including location, material prices and currency. Portfolio managers can also analyze candidate parts for re-use and minimize resource consumption by searching for, and leveraging, IP (intellectual property) that already exists in the firm.

In automotive development, various stakeholder groups such as design, manufacturing, services and procurement come together to collaborate on the products and processes that are required to successfully launch the products. DS' configuration / BOM management solution allows companies to create alternative views of the bill of materials to accomodate the needs of each stakeholder. Users can create specific BOM structures and apply site-specific view with effectivity. Managing the Engineering and Manufacturing BOMs in the same system allows product development teams to manage changes in an integrated way so that mis-communication errors are avoided. Alternate parts and acceptable substitutions are communicated and managed to allow for manufacturing flexbility with adequate control for managing quality standards.

Increasing product complexity coupled with time and resources contraints put significant strain on product development teams trying to optimize designs within the appropriate context. Development teams do not have the luxury of over design or sub-optimization for the sake of reducing timelines. Customer product definition must be conveyed transparently to the design teams so that they can deliver new designs quickly and confidently. DS' Configuration / BOM Management solution allows strategic planner and marketers to define the customer feature structure and manage this definition with rules that match the way products can be ordered. This customer feature structure can then be applied to BOM structures for the purpose of creating configured BOM for analysis.

Automotive Configuration / BOM Management solution includes:

  • Pre-release BOM Management
  • Release BOM Management
  • Change Management
  • Vehicle / Product Configuration and Options Define

Supporting products: ENOVIA VPM Central, ENOVIA Engineering Central, ENOVIA X-BOM Cost Analytics, ENOVIA X-BOM Component Re-use, ENOVIA X-BOM Manufacturing, ENOVIA Variant Configuration Central

With DS PLM we have fewer engineering changes than before and fewer quality issues

Alfredo Gimenez CAD and PDM Manager, Faurecia Interior Systems