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Save time with Digi-Key's BOM Manager resources

17th August 2020
Alex Lynn

A bill of materials (BOM) is your list of parts and is unique to you. Digi-Key's BOM Manager is designed to ease the process of BOM management and maintenance based on your needs. With features to save and archive revisions, multiply by number of assemblies and collaborate with others, the Digi-Key BOM Manager is truly in a class all its own.

By Jeremy Purcell, Senior Digital Product Owner, Digi-Key Electronics

The free BOM Manager can be found in the upper right corner of the Digi-Key website, or under My Tools once you are logged into your My Digi-Key profile. From the link, you can start a new Bill of Materials by uploading a file or by starting a new BOM that can be added to later. At the BOM Manager link there is also a complete virtual product tour with step-by-step instructions for the entire BOM management process as well.

Trying to keep up with the changes that happen with a BOM can be a distraction for many people, and the BOM Manager eases a lot of that distraction by tracking changes, iterations, orders and more. Product control and inventory management folks especially appreciate the ability to see a ‘tracked changes’ history of their BOM.

It’s a fairly self-serve tool on the front end, where customers upload their list, choose their parts, enter their specifications, etc. Then when the customer turns it over to use by requesting a quote, we spend some time manually on the back end to look through parts to make sure they have chosen the best options, there are no obsolete parts, better alternatives, etc. We do a lot of manual work on the backend to keep their BOM up to date and orderable.

The BOM Manager is specific to a customer’s international location, too, so if there are restrictions on parts shipping, those will be reflected in the parts available, and quotes and part pricing will be shown in the customer’s preferred currency.

Overall, the BOM Manager is a huge convenience to our customers and compiles all the information they would want on their BOM into one easy-to-consume format and location. We’ve spent years collecting and refining the data we have available for our BOM Manager, and it offers more than the average, including parametric data and environmental and export compliance information. Having the data behind your BOM is another huge benefit, and we’re always adding to our data collection system and ensuring everything is accurate and up to date. 

Digi-Key is committed to supporting our customers in any way that we can, and our free BOM Manager is one more way that we can do that. If you ever need assistance with your BOM, our technical support team is available 24/7, and we’re happy to walk you through the process.

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