Product configuration tools rely on Configuration Lifecycle Management (CLM) solutions.
CLM solutions are designed for huge datasets to capture all possible product configuration options (otherwise known as the solution space). The number of possible configurations can be in the millions. But for CLM systems to be useful, it must be possible to validate a specific configuration in seconds in support of an interactive, guided-selling process.
For example, Configit Ace®, the market leading CLM solution, uses Virtual Tabulation® technology to store all of the possible configurations in a way that supports fast lookup and validation. It is this same technology that can be leveraged by cBOM designers to explode BOMs and generate 100% BOMs instantly.
The latest version of Configit Ace® now includes a BOM Solve service that can be accessed via a reliable and secure, web-based API. The BOM Solve service can generate a 100% BOM for a given configuration based on a Configurable BOM compiled as a Virtual Tabulation® package.
Engineers can use the BOM Solve service to design the Configurable BOM (cBOM) with the ability to quickly generate an eBOM to test using different configurations. Since the BOM Solve service doesn’t require a complete configuration, it is possible to iteratively build and test functionality. This also enables engineers to develop cBOMs at the same time as product models are being built. This ensures consistency and the ability to test both the cBOM selection conditions and the product model rules and constraints at the same time.