Sourcing of bills of materials

  • US 7,050,874 B1
  • Filed: 10/12/2001
  • Issued: 05/23/2006
  • Est. Priority Date: 10/12/2001
  • Status: Active Grant
First Claim
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1. A bill of materials (BOM) sourcing system, comprising:

  • one or more data storage locations operable to store BOM sourcing criteria;

    a sourcing engine operable to;

    receive a BOM including a plurality of part identifiers;

    identify one or more part identifiers included in the BOM;

    search supplier data associated with one or more suppliers of parts to obtain pricing information associated with the identified parts;

    receive the sourcing criteria from the one or more data storage locations; and

    determine which supplier should be used to supply each identified part based on the pricing information and the sourcing criteria; and

    a transaction execution module operable to;

    receive from the sourcing engine a part identifier for each identified part and the identity of the supplier to be used to supply each identified part;

    generate one or more transaction documents each identifying one or more parts and including a request that a supplier provide the one or more parts; and

    communicate the one or more transaction documents to the associated suppliers.

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