This post is part of a series on bill of materials (BOM) basics. This talks about the common consequences of having an incorrect BOM in engineering and manufacturing. For an introduction to bill of materials, the BOM acronym in manufacturing or BOM meaning in manufacturing, please see our blog post "What is a BOM".
The BOM drives manufacturing
The devices we love or enjoy using every day, like the cars we drive, are all made up of parts. To build these devices, engineers and other members of a product development and manufacturing team need to figure out where those parts are coming from. This information may be represented in the engineering bill of materials (EBOM) or as part of the manufacturing bill of materials (MBOM); the most important thing is to make sure the information is correct. If your BOM is incorrect, there are many things that can go wrong when ordering parts or assembling the final product.