Mobile Power Products – A New Brand

About Mobile Power Products  (video)

What is it?

The big idea is to sell swappable Lithium energy packs and their docking stations separately. Then have smart energy banks that can use swappable battery packs.

> > > Watch the concept build here < < <

The Family of Products:

  • The entry point is the Digital Docker or Baby Docker. It’s simple and elegant. It provides 3600 watts for charging digital devices or about 100 miles on an eBike. Joining a second docker together provides 7200 watts for running off-grid appliances like microwaves and refrigerators.
  • Next is the Mobile Docker, known as the Mamma Docker. She is versatile,  smart, portable, and powerful. The 36 kiliwatts can charge the typical EV to 60%.
  • Finally the Power Vault, known as the Pappa Docker. He does the heavy lifting for whole home power.

The timing is right because electrification is on the upswing. EVs, e-bikes, megapacks, battery powered tools, are in the public lexicon. Batteries have gained trust and consumers are open to battery operated solutions.

Go Ahead Plan: the plan is to demonstrate the Digital Docker. Once the backers provide capital, ramp production to scale. Use profits to develop the other lines of products.

The market for personal energy storage is growing. Consumers are choosing to go electric. The market for energy banks is gaining traction.

Demand for power-out backup energy is increasing. There are more incidents of power outs and we are more dependent on our digital devices. According to marketsandmarkets.com, the global portable power station market was estimated to be worth $0.5 billion in 2023 and is expected to reach $1.1 billion by 2028. The main constraint in this sector is price, which is something we’d like to disrupt.

Sustainable Energy: In addition to backup, there is the harvesting of energy from wind and solar. Batteries are the storage medium and sales continue to grow in this market as well.

Phase 1

The minimum viable segment is a single pack, the “Digital Docker”  for digital nomads and campers. The portable battery drops into the docker and has outlets – USB-C and 110V, (bi-directional ) and Solar. It’s simple, elegant, practical, and affordable.

To unpack the use case:

  • This compact carrying case fits in a back-pack or toted around like a lunch pail.
  • The Docker has the standard 110V and USB-C bi-directional ports meaning it can be either charged or hooked up to energize a device.
  • There is the solar charging option as well.
  • The battery pack is transferrable to other products like the bigger “Mobile Docker”  or “Power Vault” for example.
  • Because the battery pack is simple and affordable, (just batteries, wires, and a case,) the user can buy backup batteries. For example, the user can swap out a battery pack when one is depleted.

This is the same reason why we buy two batteries for our tools – we like to swap out the battery when one is depleted and go to our backup without losing time on the job. 

The plan is, once the Baby Docker is produced at scale, to grow the business with the other line of products – “Mobile Docker” the “Power Vault,” and possibly an e-Bike kit.

Phase 2

The follow-on project to develop the Portable Power Station: Battery storage that you can plug into.

The concept is a 36 kW 10 battery pack power station. A multiple battery pack charging station designed for the home and off-grid user. This is technically challenging because the software stack has to manage many components seamlessly.

Envision if you will, a rolling case of energy packs that is smaller and lighter than a portable gasoline generator, and bigger, more powerful than most portable battery power stations.

Differentiators

Batteries Sold Separately

The innovative idea is portable battery packs. Many products have the batteries built in using a closed architecture. Servicing the batteries with this design is destructive. Our design makes the batteries easily accessible. For the consumer, buying the battery packs separately reduces the cost of entry. Separating the battery management system from the battery pack reduces its cost. Plus the battery packs could be used across many products.

When the lower cost and more sustainable Sodium Ion batteries become available, the reduced price will likely stimulate even more demand.

The “Mobile Docker” Integration

Solar charging is not new. What is new is solar farming direct to grid using a portable device.

Electric Vehicle charging is not new. Fast Charging from a  portable power station is new. The 220 Volt outlet is new.

Swapping components is new. Integrating the battery pack with other devices like the whole home Power Vault and the Digital Docker is new. The ability to swap out the docking port between these devices is a new concept as well.

Modular Lego-like construction

Snap together construction is a new concept in this space. Less parts reduces costs in material and labor. The time spent in assembly or tear-down is drastically reduced. Supportability is increased by an order of magnitude.

Selling power stations as a kit is a new concept.

How much Funding is Needed:

$30K is needed for contracting services for Venture Capital acceptance exercise.

$1M – Design Center: Mobile Power Products needs to raise $1M capital for running a design center with a business manager and three engineers.

However, this effort yields a production candidate. This includes field testing with consumers, writing the production plan, capital expenditure plan for automation, Supply Chain Management plan, Bill of Materials, and everything else spelled out to make it producible and profitable.

Who is the Competition?

Portable power station competitors:

  • PowerOak – China, parent company of Bluetti
  • Jackery
  • Goal Zero
  • EcoFlow

Example of Solar provider:

  • Signature Solar

Why isn’t anyone else doing this already?

  1. It takes innovative software to manage battery packs and variable current. Additionally, the software needs to integrate inverters, chargers, grid, and solar / wind generators at the same time.
  2. They aren’t using removable 48 Volt battery packs. Our patent pending design does that with all the safety precautions built in.
  3. Copying the trend is easy, changing how its done is hard.

Introduction and Overview – Video

Hello, I’m Kerry Clancy, founder of Mobile Power Products. I’m a Business Systems Analyst and inventor. I have a patent pending processes that innovate the personal energy appliance.

Here is the proposed Engineering Team

Kerry Clancy – Manager

Business Manager – TBD

Electrical Engineer – TBD

Mechanical Engineer – TBD

Industrial Designer / Systems Engineer – TBD

This startup targets 1) Portable power stations, 2) portable home generators, and 3) existing solar device sellers.

My Story

Growing up as a kid, my toys were magnets, radios, and electrically motorized things.  Fast forward to today, the development of these battery operated devices is exciting.

My background is a combination of business, computer science, and industrial processes.  My talent is the ability to bring together technologies into practical solutions. My business skills show me a path forward.

It’s natural to go to backup energy when you live in Florida. Hurricanes knock out power which drives many users like myself toward clean electric backup energy.

My Philosophy

Mobile Power would like to accelerate electrification because energy is our future. To propel productivity we are going to need lots and lots of energy. Fossil fuels served their purpose but now other sources of energy are taking its place.

Success depends on making products that consumers love. A combination of art, engineering, marketing, and function need go into a winning recipe. This requires extra effort. It helps to understand why iPhone, Tesla, and Amazon products are successful.

It takes a village to run a project. The village is a combination of business partners and a crew of engineers and administrators.

For this particular project to bear fruit we need a working prototype while at the same time introducing a production candidate. There are plans for many follow-on products. It makes sense to start with the minimum viable segment – the Digital Docker.

I believe many investors have a sense, like I do, that returning to our “maker” roots is a good thing. Although this means a lot more work and much delayed gratification, I don’t back down from hard work. The mission is real. I’d like to give back and make a difference for those that follow.

At the same time, I realize that making regulated products will be challenging. I’m willing to address the pain points and regulatory hassles that come with the territory. Further, strong marketing effort is needed to offset the forces of competition and the fickle marketplace.

Working capital is needed for the design center phase of the business plan. The design center is made of work area, equipment, and people. The people being three engineers of various disciplines, a business manager, myself to oversee, and any other roles deemed appropriate by the partners.

What makes this company different is the mission and the business strategy. The mission is to accelerate the adoption of sustainable energy and do this with affordable, compelling, and versatile products.

The product strategy is a modular design of snap together parts. The components can be sold separately or in easy to assemble kit. The concept is about easy to assemble and disassemble products – similar to the IKEA furniture business model.

By including the charger and inverter in the device, the user has more options and a more versatile product. For example, a solar farmer can plug into the docking station and out to the grid.

There are other advantages to a modular design. Other countries have different grid requirements. We can swap in the components that match the customer’s grid. That way, we can tap into the global marketplace.

The business strategy is to produce at scale. This is the hard part. Fit tolerances, scrap and rework get in the way of quality. Build processes and quality controls are difficult to dial in but we have planned for that. There is a lot of discipline and due diligence to make quality products.

There are many facets to our business strategy but the main one is to make the products affordable to widen the Total Addressable Market (TAM).

At the same time, knowing that energy is largely misunderstood and not very exciting, effort needs to be spent on art and beauty of design. That is, make the product personable and appeal to our senses. Make the product likeable.

The main focus is on scale and revenue. Profit has to do with controls over cost-of-goods-sold (COGS).

Relative to affordability, we look at form factors like snap together parts on the mechanical side and supportability on the electronics and software side. This translates to less labor which factors into COGS.

We are aiming to capture some of the portable gasoline generator market and the solar battery, inverter, and charger markets in one shot.

And we are targeting the hidden market of winning back customers not satisfied with unwieldy, complicated, and expensive solutions.

It is important that this phase stays focused not only on innovation but also on best industry practices and quality controls.

The prototype is expected to be a production candidate which implies that the product not only has been field tested but is producible as well.

Work continues to improve the initial design on the provisional patent.

Some breakthroughs are the simpler battery pack design and more elegant Energy Management System. The CAN bus system for EMS communications has been specified. Also, the Arduino Due was investigated as the controller and Arduino code scraped from GitHub to jump start the coding effort.

In a nutshell, Mobile Power Products is doing something about the energy space and widening the total addressable market with affordable products that are a more pleasant user experience.

We expect our customers to enjoy their experience with our products and identify favorably with our brand.

There are more exciting products in the pipeline.

Thanks and have a great day.

Mobile Power Products – Deep Dive

Summary

Mobile Power has a new approach to developing products in the personal energy space. We don’t make black boxes, instead we make easy to assemble and disassemble kit. The Lego-like construction speeds up production and drives down costs, the simplified electronics and software is more supportable, the modular breakdown provides ecommerce multi-listing opportunities, and the attention to artistic detail adds to our brand awareness.

Our introductory product is the “Digital Docker”. The innovation is that the battery packs are sold separately. These are 42 Volt battery packs that slip into ten docking ports. With the 10 ports, a user can have 36 kWh power, or about 100 miles range in their Electric Vehicle. It supports solar farming, grid charging, Electric Vehicles, Home Circuits, Off-grid, Camping, and digital device / cell phone loads.

Once the “Digital Docker” is produced at scale, a line of compatible products are planned to follow.

Management

Engineers will be given the tools to innovate at the speed of thought. We will use first principles to identify improvements. They will be empowered to implement improvements as they arise. The engineering philosophy is that the best part is no part and the best process is no process – remove waste.

Producibility is a key driver to managing the development. Best practices in bill-of-materials, supply chain management, following standards and regulations, and quality control are clearly spelled out in the operational procedures. This assures a womb-to-tomb traceability for production control and quality products.

Market Opportunity

An affordable battery backup solution is an opportunity to cut a slice of the gas generator pie.  Portable gasoline backup generators are noisy and dirty, however price parity for its electric competition is not even close.

The long term goal is to incorporate the much cheaper Sodium Ion battery. It is projected that by 2027, Sodium Ion batteries price to be 75% less and energy density to reach LFP levels today. We color code the packs to differntiate chemistries. For example, pink for Lithium and light green for Sodium.

There is a hidden market for those who were willing to get into the green sustainable energy movement but were put-off by the complicated unwieldy solutions. A more user friendly solution wins them back.

Another opportunity missed is the “Batteries Sold Separately” market. Our modular designs means that users can purchase components online and as they can afford them.

Another related opportunity is selling the units as a kit. There is a hidden market for those who are handy and like to save a buck by doing-it-yourself – not unlike the IKEA business model.

Business Model

The business model is based on:

  1. Logistics: The hub and spoke distribution model
    1. The Design Center is located central to where the talented engineers live.
    2. The Production Site is located convenient to material suppliers.
  2. Modular distribution: Kits, assembled units, battery packs, and other parts is a “Multi-listing” strategy that can benefit from ecommerce sales and distribution.
  3. Leverage social media for marketing
    1. Video presentations
    2. Broadcast events
    3. Company Web Site – Blog posts / testimonials
  4. Brand Awareness: The focus on beauty and versatility, with a consistent message that engenders a positive brand identify.

Break Throughs

  • Mobile Docker design: Using one BMS instead of ten BMSs. We are using more software and more elaborate switches to replace redundant microprocessors and boards.
  • Jettisoned the BMS from the battery packs.
  • The battery pack was redesigned for simpler wiring. This resulted in less wires inside the pack and smaller wire harnesses to the energy management system. At the same time, 3 redundant sensors were removed – more cost savings.
  • Controller Area Network (CAN) was selected for the data communications protocol.
  • The Arduino Due was selected as the controller of choice. This Micro-controller board has Open-Source-Software and has CAN communications built in.
  • Moved to 42 Volt power system internal to the device. The is cheaper and more energy efficient. This resulted in smaller gauge copper wire and more efficient inverter functions.

Milestones

  • Baby Docker Provisional Patent
  • Docking Station Provisional Patent
  • Battery Pack Prototype

Note: Locating the design center in Central Florida is one thought. There is a talent pool due to the space program. Need the best electrical and mechanical engineering candidates. Silicone Valley is another thought.

Financial Projections

Up front operations and capital expenditures will be a burden until scale is reached and margins surpass cost of goods sold. The funding required to weather the startup phase could run into $Ms.

One year plan for Production Readiness.

Rough Estimates for the Design Center and supplier engagements:

Site rental and maintenance    . . . . . . . . . .  $110K

Salaries  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  $440K

Office Supplies  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   $ 50K

Build supplies . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .    $100K

Equipment  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .    $200K

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                         Total Estimated                 $900K

Estimated Revenue

                                                                             List Price     Revenue @ 10%

  • Digital Docker . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  $ 250      $25
  • Battery Pack . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  $ 200     $ 20
  • Mobile Docker . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  $ 750      $ 75

Break-Even point for $5M outlay             12,500 units sold

 

Call to Action

Electrification is coming. Don’t miss the wave and get ahead of the “S” curve. The days of high-end solar solutions and expensive EVs are gone. We are right at the beginning of the surge. The price of Lithium batteries is down by 50%. EVs have reached price parity with gas cars and are on the rise. There is a huge adoption in Europe and China – much slower in America – but don’t let that fool you.

If you follow legacy auto trends, it is apparent they are in an adapt-or-die mode. They are struggling to catch up and constantly getting bailed out by the government.

At the same time the government is bailing out legacy auto, the DOE is investing huge amounts on research, development, and electrified alternatives. This will not last forever and affordable commercial products will have to pick up the slack. This is the future that Mobile Power Products is embracing.

I believe that your investment in this effort is the smart move.

Please text me, Kerry Clancy, at

mpowerproductsllc@gmail.com

And please feel free to message me at my personal cell phone

(305) 922-5928

Twitter/X is @TeslaFossil

blog is at https://kdc-writer.com

I’d be delighted to meet you. Let’s do lunch.

 

Business Plan

Phase 1 – Design and build the Prototype / Production Candidate

This phase sets up a design center with a team to develop the prototype “Docking Station.” The staff will be responsible for electrical, mechanical, and industrial processes relative to building the prototype device.

Assignments:

1) A space shall be rented with adequate space in a proper industrial zone.

2) A milestone is when the design center is fitted with workspace areas and equipment.

  • Storage for tools, materials, and components
  • Renting or buying 3d printers, CNC machines, and Laser cutters
  • Furnished workspaces
  • Procurement of AWS enterprise cloud space and software

3) Recruitment will primarily be done using university job sites. Otherwise, plan “B” is hire a recruiter. Finally, plan “C” using recruitment sites like “Monster.”

The first recruit is for the administrator, preferably a graduate from business school, to handle accounting and finance, Human Resources, facilities, and computer systems.

After the workspace and computer systems are in place, the engineers can be brought in.

4) The battery pack will be built and then the device will be built around the form and fit of the battery pack.

The electronics will be built in parallel with the frame and case. The electrical engineer and the mechanical engineer work as a team on the form, fit, and function at the same time.

The industrial designer also has systems engineering tasks to ensure the system functions in the field.

The engineers do field testing together.

5) The administrator maintains the data that the engineers develop. A data management plan keeps the data organized and secure. Enterprise resource management software from AWS is utilized for Human Resource (time-keeping / payroll) and Supply Chain Management tasks.

6) One of the administrative tasks is to train the staff on organizational processes and systems. See Management Controls

7) Since affordability is key to electrification adoption, COGS are closely monitored. Maintaining bill-of-materials costs is another administrative task that ensures the cost-of-goods-sold are in line with projected margins.

8) An engineering task to tear-down off-the-shelf energy devices for analysis, simplification, and documenting bills-of-materials.

9) Administrative Purchasing Tasks

  • Batteries
  • Plastics
  • Electronic components
  • Contracts and Legal services
  • Maintenance services

10) Management Controls

*** The Data Management Plan ***

  1. Types of Data Managed
  • Accounting data in Microsoft Excel
  • Reports in Microsoft Word Docx format and Adobe PDF format
  • Software in flat/text files
  • Sketch images in JPG format
  • Video in MP4 format
  • Engineering three dimension models in AutoCAD DWG Format and 3d printer STL format
  1. Data Organization
  • Folder “MpowerProducts” with subfolders for
    • Accounting
    • Status Reports
    • Software
    • Sketch
    • Video
    • 3d Model
  1. Data Storage, Backup, and Security
  • AWS Cloud File Sharing and Storage
  1. Metadata and Documentation
    • Title
    • Author
    • Date Time
  1. Ethics and Legal Compliance
  • Non-Disclosure-Agreements in administrator’s folder
  1. Roles and Responsibilities
  • Administrator role with create folder and delete folder
  • User role with create, copy, read, write, delete files
  1. Access, Sharing, and Privacy
  • User ID and password associates privileges
  • Administrator controls data privileges
  1. Long-Term Preservation and Archiving
  • Backups maintained in ZIP files in Archive folder by the system administrator

*** Quality Control System ***

Configuration parameters

Well-defined configuration parameters contribute to consistent product quality, efficient processes, and customer satisfaction. Establish clear guidelines for each parameter and monitor them rigorously to maintain high standards.

what these parameters are and how they impact quality:

  1. Design Parameters:
    • These are related to the product’s design and specifications. They include dimensions, tolerances, material properties, and geometric features.
    • Properly defined design parameters help maintain consistency across different batches of products. For example, specifying the exact dimensions of a bolt ensures uniformity in its performance.
  2. Process Parameters:
    • These parameters are associated with the manufacturing process itself. They affect the product during production.
    • Examples include temperature, pressure, speed, and feed rates. For instance, in welding, controlling the welding temperature ensures strong and defect-free joints.
  3. Environmental Parameters:
    • These refer to external conditions that impact product quality. They include factors like humidity, temperature, and lighting.
    • For instance, storing sensitive electronic components in a controlled environment prevents moisture-related defects.
  4. Testing Parameters:
    • These parameters relate to quality testing and inspection. They define how a product is evaluated.
    • Examples include acceptance criteria, sampling plans, and test methods. Properly defined testing parameters ensure accurate quality assessment.
  5. Material Parameters:
    • Material properties significantly affect product quality. These include hardness, tensile strength, and chemical composition.
    • Choosing the right materials and ensuring consistency in material properties is essential for maintaining quality.
  6. Traceability Parameters:
    • These parameters enable tracking and tracing of products throughout their lifecycle.
    • Unique identifiers (such as serial numbers or barcodes) help link a product to its manufacturing history, suppliers, and other relevant data.
  7. Maintenance Parameters:
    • Maintenance schedules and procedures impact product reliability and longevity.
    • Regular maintenance based on predefined parameters ensures optimal performance and minimizes downtime.
  8. Calibration Parameters:
    • Instruments and measuring devices used in quality control need regular calibration.
    • Calibration parameters define the acceptable range of measurement accuracy and ensure reliable test results.

Capacity parameters

Capacity parameters play a significant role in ensuring efficient and effective processes. Understanding and managing capacity parameters contribute to streamlined quality control processes, optimized resource utilization, and reliable product quality.

  1. Analytical Capacity Parameters:
    • These relate to the capacity of analytical instruments and equipment used in quality control testing.
    • Examples include the maximum sample throughput per hour, the number of samples that can be processed simultaneously, and the instrument’s workload capacity.
    • Ensuring that instruments operate within their specified capacity helps maintain accurate and timely test results.
  2. Production Capacity Parameters:
    • These parameters pertain to the production process itself.
    • Examples include production line speed, batch size, and cycle time.
    • Properly managing production capacity ensures that products are manufactured efficiently without compromising quality.
  3. Resource Capacity Parameters:
    • Resources such as labor, materials, and facilities impact quality control.
    • Labor capacity refers to the availability of skilled personnel for testing and inspection.
    • Material capacity considers the availability of raw materials and consumables.
    • Facility capacity relates to the physical space required for quality control activities.
  4. Sampling Capacity Parameters:
    • Sampling plans determine how many samples are tested from a batch or lot.
    • Parameters include the sample size, frequency of sampling, and acceptance criteria.
    • Adequate sampling capacity ensures representative data for quality assessment.
  5. Storage Capacity Parameters:
    • These parameters apply to storage facilities for raw materials, intermediate products, and finished goods.
    • Proper storage capacity prevents overcrowding, deterioration, and contamination.
    • Temperature-controlled storage capacity is critical for sensitive materials.
  6. Testing Capacity Parameters:
    • Testing laboratories have limitations on the number of tests they can perform.
    • Parameters include the availability of skilled analysts, equipment, and turnaround time.
    • Balancing testing capacity with demand ensures timely release of products.
  7. Supply Chain Capacity Parameters:
    • Quality control extends beyond the manufacturing facility.
    • Parameters include transportation capacity, lead times, and supplier capabilities.
    • A robust supply chain capacity ensures consistent quality from raw materials to the end product.
  8. Environmental Capacity Parameters:
    • Environmental factors, such as ambient conditions, affect quality control.
    • Parameters include temperature, humidity, and lighting.
    • Maintaining suitable environmental conditions is essential for accurate testing.

Balance parameters

Balance parameters play a crucial role in ensuring accurate measurements and reliable results. Let’s explore these parameters:

  1. Internal Adjustments:
    • Regularly calibrating and adjusting the balance internally ensures its accuracy and stability.
    • These adjustments compensate for any drift or changes in the balance’s performance.
  2. Linearity:
    • Linearity assesses how well the balance responds across its entire weighing range.
    • A linear balance provides consistent readings for different weights.
  3. Sensitivity:
    • Sensitivity refers to the smallest weight difference the balance can detect.
    • A highly sensitive balance detects even minor changes in mass.
  4. Repeatability (Uncertainty):
    • Repeatability measures the consistency of results when weighing the same sample multiple times.
    • Low uncertainty ensures reliable and reproducible measurements.
  5. Accuracy:
    • Accuracy reflects how close the measured value is to the true value.
    • Regular calibration and adherence to accuracy standards are essential.
  • Protection Parameters
    • Relative to battery limits
    • Relative to shock protection
    • Relative to chemical protection
    • Relative to fire protection
  • Temperature Sensor in working order
  • Calibrate cell voltages
  • The idle current charge current test
  1. Temperature sensors
  2. Balance cable header wires
  3. B Negative to battery
  4. C Negative to chargers
  5. Instructions ex., how to top balance

Phase 2 – Production Assembly

Tasks

  1. Select site for Main Office and Assembly
    1. Hub and Spoke – centered around suppliers and distribution network
    2. Automate the battery pack assembly
    3. Solve production issues
  2. Web Site and Media Campaign, Videos, e-mails, events, ecommerce
  3. Supply Chain Management
    1. Request for Information and Rough Order Estimates go out to perspective suppliers
    2. Supplier Selection – agreements are documented
    3. Purchase Orders with invoice terms go out to the suppliers
    4. Scrap and Rework issues are resolved

 Cost of Goods Sold / Bill-of-Material Usage

The BOM is used by the Purchasing Department. Suppliers need drawings to make the ordered parts. The EBOM is like a database of drawings that can be sorted top to bottom using the Next-Higher-Assembly part number. It calls out quantities. The EBOM can be transformed into the MBOM, that is, the As-Built Manufacturing Bill of Materials, as designs are transformed into manufacturable parts.  

As items are purchased, their costs are tracked along with production costs. Revenue minus COGS provide a statement of profit margins for investors.

EBOM outlines the product as designed by engineering. It includes a comprehensive list of items, parts, components, subassemblies, and assemblies that constitute the product.

  1. Item Description: Each item in the EBOM should have a clear description, specifying its purpose, function, and characteristics. This ensures that everyone involved understands the role of each component.
  2. Part Numbers: Assign unique part numbers to each item. These identifiers help track and manage inventory, facilitate ordering, and prevent confusion during production.
  3. Quantities: Specify the quantity of each item required for assembly. This information guides procurement and production planning.
  4. Next Higher Assembly: We use a “Goes Into” method for subassembly.
  5. Materials and Specifications: Mention the materials used for each part (e.g., aluminum, plastic, steel). Additionally, provide specifications such as dimensions, tolerances, and surface finishes.
  6. Custom Parts and Purchased Hardware: Differentiate between custom-designed parts (created specifically for the product) and purchased hardware (standard components bought from suppliers). For instance, an LCD screen might be purchased, while a custom-designed enclosure is a unique part.
  7. CAD or EDA Integration: Engineers create the EBOM using computer-aided design (CAD) or Electronic Design Automation (EDA) tools. These platforms allow seamless integration between the design and the EBOM.
  8. Multiple EBOMs: Depending on the product complexity, there may be more than one EBOM. For example, an electrical engineer’s EBOM for a Printed Circuit Board Assembly (PCBA) focuses on electronic components, while a mechanical engineer’s EBOM includes custom parts and purchased hardware.

 

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