With SIMMS' Kitting (BOM) Module, you have two methods of kitting available:
Method One -- Standard Kitting
SIMMS' Standard Kitting (BOM) method is designed for use by manufacturers whose inventory items are often sold in bundled packages at pre-determined prices. This module enables you to package a group of inventory items as assemblies (kits) and to track the kits as they are sold to customers either as individual items or components of a kit, thus equipping you with up-to-the-minute production information. With standard kitting, Kit (BOM) items are inventory items created by packaging units of other inventory items together for sale to (or possibly assembly by) the customer.
Instead of assembling a complete car for sale, or selling each part as a separate item, the manufacturer might package a kit consisting of the frame, wheels, motor, seat, engine and transmission, which the purchaser could assemble.
Kit Schemas are the "formulas" for the kits, e.g. one Part A, two part B, etc.
Kit Schema Maintenance is enhanced further so a non-stock item can be designated as a component of a kit item, thus saving you time and storage space since there is no need to create item records for non-stock items. An example of a non-stock item is a battery that was acquired in a special deal that cost a minimal amount but which is used in many BOMs and provides additional value to the customer and additional revenue for your company.
Method Two -- Phantom Kitting
SIMMS' Phantom Kitting enables the user to designate certain kits in the system with a flag telling SIMMS that the selected kit cannot be built and, instead of building the kit, if you select a phantom kit to insert within a transaction, all of its kit components are inserted as separate line items in the transaction as well.
Let’s say you sell car stereos and you know that when you sell a specific car stereo you also have to sell separately a stereo harness and twenty feet of wire. Obviously, those items have to be easily adjustable at the transaction stage and you do not rebuild those kits beforehand — you only have to sell those items separately and need to be reminded to do so.
This process is made easy with Phantom Kitting because when you insert the phantom kit (car stereo as per the example) into the sales transaction the twenty feet of wire and harness are also inserted as separate line items. Sales personnel can then adjust the extra components inserted (if necessary). This could include changing the price, or perhaps swapping with another item more applicable to the person to whom it is being sold, or perhaps removing if the customer does not want the extra items. The whole principle of Phantom Kitting is to assure that when you sell an item you do not forget any important associated items. In addition, phantom kitting can be used on the purchasing side of the system.
The Advantages of SIMMS’ Kitting:
1) Customizable BOM Schemas - Though many kit items may use standard components, SIMMS provides the flexibility to allow customization of a kit item in order to meet the special needs of a customer or a specific kit build during the kit building creation. The Kitting Manager provides a very simple and straightforward way of assigning components for kit items.
2) Disassembly of Kits - If a kit item unit is disassembled because it is overstocked or its parts are needed for a separate sale, the disassembly and disposition of its parts is recorded through the Kit Manager menu.
3) Easy of Use - Advanced Kitting provides an easy-to-use production entry screen where finished goods are reported after the fact. This single point of entry eliminates numerous labor and production transactions by automatically issuing material quantities, outside process transactions and labor time to finished kits.
Distributors can identify labor as part of the kitting process. This dramatically improves product costing, subsequent pricing and the kitting procedure.
4) Integration of Kits Using Manufacturer's Lot Control - Lot control numbers can be assigned to groups of kit item units, while also allowing the assignment of specific kit numbers to each unit. Case in point: all of the kits for the assembly of a computer workstation packaged on a particular day, by a particular person, using particular parts, can be assigned specific lot numbers (known on the manufacturing side as Production Lot Numbers, which can be automatically generated by SIMMS upon the saving of each separate kit build).
5) Integration of Kits Using Serial Numbers - Kit item units can also be individually serialized. With SIMMS, you can also assign up to two distinct serial numbers per component in addition to assigning serial numbers to each finished kit, from sub-sub-assembly to sub-assembly to master build, at each step.
6) Kit (BOM) Items - Kit items can be pre-built according to a BOM schema defined through the BOM Schema Setup Menu function and stocked in inventory, or they can be built as needed according to the same schema.
You can choose whether or not to assign kit numbers to kit item units. Kit numbers can be used for item identification in addition to for additional production run information.
7) Kit Item Transactions - You can review all Kit Item Transactions by using a special Inventory Control report that includes a variety of details about kit item transactions. This report can show information about all or a range of kit items, and can list only built kit items, or only disassembled kit items, or both built and disassembled kit items. It can also include kit items in a particular location or a range of locations, and kit items built on a particular date or over a range of dates.
8) Reporting Versatility - A set of kit reports provides ease in reviewing your various kit assembly information and in tracking of the kit items in inventory with precision.
Deploy SIMMS Bill of Material Software and Improve Part Integrity
Complex Bills of Materials can pose numerous problems because they can require coordination amongst many different teams (including design, manufacturing, quality, and procurement). Often there are multiple sites, systems and teams that access different versions of the data at different times.
Alternative methods of kit management require you to consult multiple systems to gather the necessary data. Once the data is gathered, most methods of bill of material software management fail to handle the complexities of the differing perspectives of the kit that are needed by each group. However, with the streamlined SIMMS Kitting Module, you can add the power of kitting to your inventory control by seamlessly integrating with SIMMS Inventory Control and Accounting modules, thus allowing distributors, build-to-order industries, and other light manufacturers to concentrate on other critical business issues without becoming bogged down in complex and time-consuming manufacturing processes.