Glossary Term: Bill of materials

Bill of materials (BOM) is the list of all raw materials that go into the final assembly of a product. This bill of materials includes all assemblies, subassemblies and the number of parts used in the production of the end product. The BOM is generally tied to the production order which reserves the exact quantity of raw materials for the completion of the product. The bill of materials is used in manufacturing to refer to the current production configuration or recipe rather than the actual bill defining the cost of production.

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