There is as many BOM type as customers, some with only manufacturer reference, some with multiple sources; organized in rows or columns. A preliminary work is necessary to standardize all those data
- SEARCH FOR EXISTING PRICES
In order to save time, quoting team use to search for existing price in their ERP, based on manufacturer references or customer references. This process is time consuming and tedious.
- CUSTOMER AML: A MAJOR STAKE
Some customer will provide their Available Manufacturer List (AML), other will expect the EMS to take care of the source qualification. On any case, control the qualified sources precisely is a major stake for the quality, and also for strategic sourcing.
A lot of suppliers will be involved in the RFQ process. It’s better to send to them only the part they need to quote; the ones matching their line card or their commodity. Otherwise their quoting lead-time will be longer. Monitoring all the RFQ sent to the supplier appear to be a concern for the sourcing team.
- MARGIN CONTROL, OPEN BOM QUOTATION
More and more customers require to have the BOM cost breakdown for each component. This represent an additional workload and also require a precise price control from one quote to the other.