From Requirements to Production
Until recently, many companies have been dealing with the following dilemma: Which master data is required to model a configuration product? To solve this problem, your company may have used variant configuration with a supersession BOM for existing master data.
You are now looking for an alternative to define a product configuration at an early stage without any material masters or BOMs. Therefore, you decide to use Product Structure Management (PSM).
PSM provides a suitable platform – not only for development – but also for managing the entire product lifecycle. PSM offers more functions for modeling a product than the standard BOM.
Product Structure for Products with Multiple Variants
A structure node (or product item) is the entry point of Product Structure Management. It represents a function or product group and is not a material.
At the next level you can define Product Structure views. This view groups several objects like an assembly inside a material BOM.
The next level, the product item level is the most interesting one. At this level you define your object variants. In the case of a forklift engine, you define different types of diesel or electro engine. At this level, you define the object dependencies for your variant, and, in a later stage, the right material number.
Watch out the following simulations for a better understanding of working with Product Structure Management.Working with Product Structure Management
The simulation gives you the same opportunities as working with a simulation with a Supersession BOM inside VC scenario. The only difference is that no material or material BOM exist, when you execute the simulation.Simulating Product Structure