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PLM for Manufacturing

PLM for Manufacturing

Predefined workflows and data models optimized for assembly planning makes for a quick and effective deployment with guaranteed results!

Most clients have Assembly Planner import the eBOM from their PDM/PLM system along with a corresponding Engineering Change Order which contains important details about this change.  Assembly Planner then allows the manufacturing engineer to reconcile the eBOM against any existing mBOM (if one exists) to determine what subsequent changes need to be performed against the Process and subsequent shop floor instructions, tooling, and logistics.  Often these changes happen under the context of one or multiple corresponding Manufacturing Change Orders (MCO) which define Effective Date, Series or Serial numbers for which the change is to apply.  Once the mBOM and BOP data are complete and reconciled within Assembly Planner this information is Published to ERP, Logistics and Shop Floor MES/Andon.  In diagram (above) Proplanner solutions are shown in Blue with ERP and PDM integrations shown in yellow.  Of course, Proplanner supports a wide range of workflows and will meet the needs of our clients as requested.


Define your own workflow to manage the implementation of manufacturing changes.

  • Establish a sequence of steps that should be taken for every type of change. 
  • Use checklists to ensure that every piece of the change is made. 
  • Define roles and responsibilities to create ownership and accountability by all team members involved. 
  • Monitor the change status dashboard for greater visibility. 

Manufacturing Change Order

Make sure that your team properly plans for all released ECOs. 

  • Generate an MCO when a new product design is released or changes are requested from the shop floor. 
  • Initiate a workflow to review and update process plans to account for requested changes.  
  • Assign and view project queues for a team or individual.

mBOM Authoring

Reconcile the mBOM directly against the new eBOM and reconfigure to meet manufacturing requirements.

  • Generate side-by-side comparison of the new eBOM and the current mBOM. 
  • View color-coded flags that highlight the differences between the BOMs. 
  • Automatically determine items that are new to the system or new to the BOM. 
  • Identify the last usage of an item to plan for inventory changeovers.
  • Set effectivity dates, adjust quantities, and split items across operation sequence numbers. 

Consumption Management

Quickly identify process routing and work instruction changes driven by mBOM updates.

  • Activities within process routings consume items from the mBOM. 
  • Quickly search process library to compare and find differences between the mBOM and routing. 
  • Drag and drop items into the routing using a workbench that reconciles the routing to the mBOM.
  • Moving tasks or rebalancing the line moves the consumed item within the routing to the new station or operator. 
  • Apply revision changes based on ECOs to all impacted activities.
  • Set effectivity dates and applicable models and options to control implementation of ECOs. 
  • Read our blog to learn more about how Consumption Workbench works.

Model-Option Configuration of Process

The concept of models and options is an integral part of Proplanner's solutions, because Models and Options are an integral part of the production of complex assembly products. Models typically represent high level types of products (sometimes referred to as families), while options represent features applied to those models to allow for further variation and customization.

Though this concept is similar for sales configuration solutions that control which model and option combinations are feasible from an order and sales perspective, the purpose behind the use of models and options in process configuration is very different.  

Different product models and options require different assembly processes. Some processes, or tasks, may be performed on multiple models and/or options, while other tasks may be unique to just one or two models and/or options. 

In Assembly Planner, this means one process routing instead of hundreds.

  • Maintain a single process routing that can be filtered by model and option rules at the time of use in line balancing analysis, work instruction generation, part delivery plans, etc. 
  • Leverage common assembly tasks; write each task once and map to all model(s) and/or option(s) that require it instead of writing and updating the same task in multiple documents.

Reporting and Data Export

ERP and PDM Integration


Proplanner PDM/PLM and ERP integrations can be handled via our extensive SQL-View, XML or Web Service API's.  In the diagram (above) Proplanner data flows are shown between our PLM/MPM solution (Assembly Planner) and our MES solution (Shop Floor Viewer/MES) in coordination with a traditional ERP integration approach.

ERP Integration: Proplanner's API can support reading and writing both mBOM, Routing (BOP) and Order Build List data to and from all popular ERP systems such as Oracle, JD Edwards, SAP and Mapics/Infor.  Typically our ERP integrations involve reading the Order Build List and writing out the mBOM and BOP Routing which manufacturing engineers author within Assembly Planner.  The mBOM can be send to ERP for a particular order configuration, or as a collection of assemblies at specific versions and and effectivity dates which correspond to change orders (either manufacturing or engineering initiated).  In this way, Assembly Planner can reconcile and validate that BOTH the mBOM and BOP Routing are reconciled to ensure that all process steps actually consume all components of the mBOM.  The BOP Routing is typically exported at the Assembly Planner Operation or Station level of detail, which indicates the aggregated task times and component lists consumed on a station by station basis.

PDM Integration: Proplanner's API can support reading CAD Model and Engineering Change Order data from any popular system such as Windchill, Teamcenter, and Enovia.  This import includes graphical models but also the product structure and meta-data such as part numbers, revisions, descriptions, as well as Engineering Change attributes which specify added, removed, and replaced components with their respective quantities. 

Proplanner has performed over 100 of these PDM and ERP integrations and most can be accomplished with the standard API available to all users and Systems Integrators.  


How many systems do you update for each ECO? Do you know how far along the manufacturing engineering team is towards launching a new product?
An integrated work flow simplifies the change process and ensures that stakeholders know the status of each change.

How do you know the impact an ECO is going to have on the assembly line?
Proplanner visually shows you the impact in side-by-side and step-by-step comparisons.

Does your process routing match your BOM and work instructions?
Use Proplanner's built-in Routing/mBOM reconciliation tool. 

Are you electronically receiving ECOs and eBOMs in a usable format?
Import, compare, and view changes seamlessly. 

Are you able to submit your completed routings and mBOMs electronically?
Automatically aggregate and publish reconciled data by effectivity.


Proplanner provides a single system for engineers to create a plan for manufacturing. We suggest you review these solutions next: 


Parts can be mapped directly from the BOM to tasks in the routing


New work instructions are generated automatically when new line balance scenarios are developed


Parts mapped to tasks can update logistics planning (PFEP)


Line balance scenarios can be merged with order details to perform advanced scheduling and operator allocation

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