Perhaps this funtionality already exists within SWx, or in an add-in. If so, please let me know.
Working with a part today that is used in many different assemblies. Some of those assemblies are also sub-assemblies, ect, ect, ect. Our production manager ask me to provide him a new copy of the drawing for this part today. While waiting on the printer, he ask me if there were a way to compare his upcoming production orders to a list of that part's " where used ". To my knowledge, there is not. It would have been useful to be able to tell him that the particular part is also used as a component in 4 of the assemblies on his list. It saves setup time to produce all parts at once. I'd like to be able to create a reverse BOM that I can anchor within a parts drawing, listing its useage.
The scenario would then be: PM receives a work order for retail assembly "J" ( currently all our work orders are hand written ) he pulls the BOM for J and all associated drawings each part drawing contains a "reverse BOM" he then can visually scan the reverse BOMs and notice that part # 091-2017 also happens to be used in items Q T and F ( either directly or as part of a sub-assembly) he is aware that a work order for Q is also lying on his desk now he can make enough of part # 091-2017 to satisfy both work orders thus saving him setup time, and perhaps, some raw material cost
I can get part of the information from the SW explorer or PDM works " Where Used" buttons. But that only catches the first assembly. If that assembly is a sub to another, the " Where Used " misses it. I would have to repeat the process for each assembly until reaching the "retail part" level. Any ideas?