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Putting the Brakes on Excel: Why the Electronics Manufacturing Industry Must Embrace BOM Management Tools

A case for organizations to transition from using simple spreadsheets to more robust BOM management tools for managing component data.

BOM Management White Paper Abstract

The electronics manufacturing industry has often relied on spreadsheet programs such as Microsoft Excel for the creation and management of its Bills of Materials (BOMs).

But the always-fluid, always-changing landscape of the industry has given rise to a new method for managing bills of materials—the BOM management tool. BOM management tools are superior to static solutions such as Excel because they:

  • Are more convenient and efficient
  • Are automatically updated with the latest market data
  • Can automatically generate & disseminate alerts
  • Are error proof from manual mistakes

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"Managing our component database and keeping it updated was a daunting task. Our engineers require the latest information on the electronic components selected for our products and any lapse in the availability or freshness of the data is simply not acceptable. If it weren’t for SiliconExpert’s tools, we would still be living in the stone age.”

John Starr | Component Engineer | Intermec, Inc.

“In the movement to normalize processes, our teams recognized SiliconExpert as the tool that helped us achieve a lot more than expected during our data transition phase. With access to unparalleled amounts of unbiased and complete component data, we immediately realized how much potential time and money could be saved just with the BOM Manager alone. With everything considered,SiliconExpert presented the fastest and best solution.”

Erwan Rivet | Director of Engineering | Honeywell

"In the past, obsolescence data was limited to available/not available stats provided directly by part manufacturers. Parts were selected with little to no insight into their obsolescence lifecycle, leaving the possibility of selecting a soon-to-be obsolete part dangerously high. We’ve seen some nice savings in man hours, rather than going to a bunch of different sources, which is very time consuming, we can often just go to SiliconExpert and get the data we need right away.”

Lenny Tosto | Engineer | Northrop Grumman