Free Webinar on Why an mBOM is Not Always the Single Source of Truth for Product Structures

This webinar is part of CIMdata's educational webinar offerings.
By: CIMdata
CIMdata PLM Webinar for October
CIMdata PLM Webinar for October
ANN ARBOR, Mich. - Oct. 5, 2021 - PRLog -- CIMdata, Inc., the leading global PLM strategic management consulting and research firm, announces an upcoming free educational webinar, "Why an mBOM Alone Isn't Sufficient." The webinar will occur on Thursday, 28 October 2021, at 11:00 a.m. (EDT) and will last for one hour.

Many of CIMdata's industrial clients regard the mBOM (manufacturing BOM) as the single source of truth for product structures. The thought process is, "We build the product from the mBOM, so it must be the master BOM." An mBOM may serve well as the master BOM for some relatively simple products; this is not the case when products become moderately complex, when they have a multitude of potential configurations, and when companies want to support capabilities, such as using the digital thread to support products throughout their lifecycles.

This webinar will delve into some of the issues and problems associated with the single source of truth viewpoint and offer ways to alleviate them. The webinar will also describe other BOMs critical to supporting systems design, digitalization, and digital thread.

Attendees will:
  • Learn about other BOMs and how to use them.
  • Understand why the mBOM alone can't support advanced product lifecycle concepts.
  • Learn why the mBOM is too inflexible to support highly configured and variable products.
  • Learn how to encourage groups to share knowledge.
  • Better understand how PLM-enabling solutions can support multiple BOMs without the overhead of older processes.
  • Learn about the best practices associated with better BOM structuring and management.
According to John MacKrell, CIMdata's Chairman and the host for this webinar, "CIMdata's consulting activities reveal that many organizations rely on an mBOM as the master BOM. Our experience shows that this leads to restrictions on what companies can accomplish in their product lifecycle environments. We believe that almost every company should be working towards a much more organized approach to how they manage BOMs and configurations to support configuring products throughout their lifecycles. This webinar is geared to provide useful guidance on this critical topic."

This webinar will be helpful to those involved in the product planning process, PLM team leaders and members, PLM users, product development engineers, manufacturing engineers, field service personnel, product managers, IT leadership, solution providers, and anyone wanting to learn more about PLM and BOM processes.

During the webinar, attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions about the topics discussed. To find out more, visit: To register for this webinar, please visit

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