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2. Here, you can input the subassemblies’ information, including the sale costs, ingredient costs, operation costs, quantities, the required materials/components, and the production process to make the subassembly.
3. Once you have done this for each subassembly, you can now create the BOM for your finished product.
Open a New product card again, and this time when you’re imputing your Product recipe / BOM, instead of adding new material or using saved materials, select your subassemblies (which will appear as a product) and begin designing your multilevel BOM.
And that’s it, it’s that simple to add multilevel BOMs.
However, we should mention that Katana doesn’t take the traditional approach of an indented bill of materials structure. Instead, what will happen is if a sales order is generated, Katana’s real-time master planner will automatically allocate available finished goods to the order so that you can fulfill it as soon as possible.
Although, if no bicycles are available, you’ll need to click on the sales order to find more information as to why it’s not available:
As you can see above, there are no finished bicycles in stock, and the subassemblies aren’t expected to be ready anytime soon. You’ll simply need to generate a manufacturing order (MO) by selecting Make… and select if you wish to Make in batch or Make to order
If you then go over to the MO screen by selecting MAKE at the top of the platform, you can select the MO to get more information on the production status.
In the above example, the ingredients (subassemblies) are missing, so a purchase/manufacturing order for each subassembly needs to be created.
Once you’ve created those orders, you can check the status of your assemblies from the Make screen.
You’ve probably noticed that Katana schedules production by the older MO first, which might appear confusing if your first MO is dependent on the status of another MO. But, have no fear, Katana’s nifty drag-and-drop system allows you to easily reorganize your workflow, and better still if some materials are used in two MOs, Katana will automatically reallocate your material so that the prioritized order can be fulfilled first.
And a long story short, that’s how Katana helps manufacturing businesses get more control over their multilevel BOMs. If you wish to learn more about BOMs in Katana, check out the video below.