Streamline your business operations with SYSPRO Bill of Materials to gain a competitive edge

In the modern business landscape, efficiency and flexibility are necessary for success. Yet, many companies still use outdated systems and fragmented data, which impede growth and operational efficiency.

The SYSPRO Bill of Materials (BOM) module, a powerful tool designed to integrate seamlessly with your existing Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software, offers a solution to these challenges. By implementing SYSPRO BOM, businesses can break down data silos, streamline operations, and explore new growth opportunities.

The Power of SYSPRO’s Bill of Materials

The SYSPRO BOM module is designed to provide comprehensive control over your product structures, ensuring that all departments – from engineering to production to order processing – operate with uniform information. This unified approach eliminates inconsistencies and improves operational efficiency.

The BOM is intricately defined by the manufacturing process, encompassing elements such as work centres, labour, tools, raw materials, packaging, and more. By leveraging the BOM, businesses can accurately anticipate costs and monitor actual production costs against projected figures. The system also offers what-if costing capabilities, allowing you to explore hypothetical cost scenarios and make informed financial decisions.

Understanding SYSPRO’s Multi-Level BOM

A Multi-Level BOM is a comprehensive, hierarchical document that outlines the components, sub-assemblies, and raw materials required to manufacture a product. Unlike a single-level BOM, which lists components directly related to the final product, a multi-level BOM provides a detailed breakdown of each component’s sub-components, capturing the intricate structure of complex products. For example, if you are manufacturing a car, the top level might be the car itself. The next level could include major sub-assemblies such as the engine, chassis, and interior, each of which further breaks down into smaller components such as pistons, gears, and seats.

SYSPRO’s BOM supports up to 15 levels of assemblies and sub-assemblies, providing the depth necessary for complex products with intricate structures. This capability is crucial for businesses that manufacture products with multiple layers of components and sub-assemblies.

Each component can be assigned to a specific operation within the production routing, offering a clear picture of how each element integrates into the overall manufacturing process. Each item listed in the multi-level BOM can be a finished product, a sub-assembly, or a raw material. Sub-assemblies are intermediate products that can be broken down further into their components and materials.

The SYSPRO BOM specifies the quantity of each component required to produce one unit of the parent item. It also includes specifications such as dimensions, materials, and part numbers, ensuring clarity and precision in the manufacturing process. It also illustrates the interrelationships and dependencies between various components and sub-assemblies. This helps understand how changes in one part affect the entire product and aids in effective change management.

Advanced Planning and Routing

The routing modelling feature enables you to customise product routing to accommodate varying batch sizes, milestone operations, progressive scrap, and dynamic elapsed times. This includes incorporating information on tooling, operator skill levels, operation instructions, and testing requirements into the routing process.

“You can model the routing (i.e. the relationship between work centres and the time taken by the various elements of capacity usage) of the product to accommodate varying size batches, milestone operations, progressive scrap, and dynamic elapsed times. The routing can also include information on tooling, operator skill levels, operation instructions, and testing requirements,” SYSPRO states on its website.

Such detailed planning ensures that production processes are optimised for efficiency and quality. SYSPRO BOM allows you to track different versions of your bills, enabling you to revert to previous iterations if needed. This version control is essential for maintaining consistency and accuracy across production runs, ensuring that all departments have access to the latest information.

Cost Management

By incorporating component costs and production overheads, the BOM module helps calculate the accurate cost of producing each finished item. This empowers businesses to set competitive prices and optimise profitability. “I believe that business leaders opting for automation as a driver of cost efficiency are placing a safer bet, especially because this means they’re building business resilience to economic shocks in the long-term,” says Jaco Maritz, Chief Executive Officer, SYSPRO.

Integration with the Material Requirements Planning (MRP) module further enhances cost management by generating automatic purchase orders based on production schedules and BOM data, ensuring the right inventory is available at the right time.

A clear understanding of component requirements helps identify potential bottlenecks and optimise production processes. This leads to shorter lead times and faster product delivery, enhancing operational efficiency and customer satisfaction.

Seamless Integration and Efficiency

SYSPRO’s BOM integrates smoothly across every aspect of your company, from production and customer relationship management to finance and inventory management. By consolidating all your data into a single, centralised platform, SYSPRO provides real-time visibility and management over your entire operation.

This integration eliminates manual processes, reduces errors, and boosts productivity, allowing you to focus on strategic goals and growth-oriented activities. “Not only is it adaptable enough to enable you to connect with other platforms, but it also removes the burden of managing physical software updates and the need to plan for downtime. Your end-customer then receives the best experience in their journey with you,” notes Kevin Dherman, Chief Innovation Officer at SYSPRO.

Enhanced Visibility and Flexibility

With robust reporting and analytics tools, the BOM offers unparalleled visibility into your business operations. Configurable dashboards and real-time data allow you to track key performance indicators, spot trends, and make informed decisions.

Enhanced departmental visibility ensures that everyone is on the same page, improving teamwork and closing communication gaps. This proactive problem-solving capability leads to better decision-making and a more agile business.

“Each moving part of the supply chain must be thoroughly assessed and painstakingly monitored to ensure that the product is being brought to market with both speed and effectiveness in mind. This is the manufacturing challenge, but having insights across the supply chain can help improve the whole business process,” says Paulo de Matos, Chief Product Officer at SYSPRO.

Scalability to Meet Growing Demands

SYSPRO’s modular design and feature-rich capabilities make it scalable and adaptable to fit your specific demands and goals, whether you run a small business or a large enterprise.

Start with the essential features you need, such as inventory control and financials, and easily add additional modules like advanced production planning or CRM as your business grows. This scalability ensures you only pay for what you need, offering the flexibility to meet evolving needs.

Customer-Centric Approach

SYSPRO's legendary customer support team is dedicated to your success. From initial implementation to ongoing support and training, SYSPRO offers comprehensive assistance, ensuring that you can leverage the full potential of the system. Additionally, a global network of experienced partners is available to provide localised support and expertise.

The company’s industry experts understand the unique challenges you face in your line of work, translating this knowledge into solutions tailored to your needs. This partnership approach ensures that SYSPRO becomes an extension of your team, helping you achieve operational excellence.

User-Friendly Design

SYSPRO’s BOM prioritises intuitive design and a clean interface, ensuring that everyone in your organisation – from executives to shop floor personnel – can leverage the system’s full potential. This user-centric approach minimises training time and maximises adoption rates, empowering your entire team to work smarter, not harder.

Committed to being your long-term partner in business transformation, SYSPRO offers industry best practices and continuous product updates. This ensures that your SYSPRO solution is at the forefront of technological innovation, helping you stay competitive in a rapidly changing business environment.

Take the Next Step Toward Success

Siloed systems should not hold your business back. With SYSPRO and its Bill of Materials module, you can streamline your operations, drive growth, and gain a competitive edge. Contact SYSPRO today to learn how this powerful solution can be customised to meet your unique requirements. Our knowledgeable representatives are ready to answer your questions and guide you through the entire process, from initial consultation to full implementation.

With SYSPRO, the possibilities are endless. Embrace the future of efficient, integrated business operations and unlock new potential for success in today’s dynamic marketplace.