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BOM (Bill of Materials) Explosion

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    BOM (Bill of Materials) Explosion

    Dear all,

    First time poster here but long time lurker!

    I am attempting to undertake an analysis of a multi level (~6 level) bill of materials. The BOM list contains approx. 22,000 records detailing the part number, lower level part number and Qty required (amongst other data not relevant to discussion).

    I wish to take a list of parts (approx. 150) and quiz the BOM to tell me the required quantities at each level in the BOM - i.e. make a Kit List of parts that I would require to make the 150 top level items. I do NOT require to know which part is associated with which lower level part.

    For example...

    Bill of materials

    Part Feeder Qty
    A B 1
    B C 2
    B D 2
    C Y 5
    C Z 10
    G H 2
    H I 1
    H J 2
    J K 0.5
    J D 1

    So to “Explode”

    L0 L1 L2 L3
    A B (1 per)
    C (2 per)
    Y (5 per)
    Z (10 per)
    D (2 per)
    G H (2 per)
    I (1 per)
    J (2 per)
    K (0.5 per)
    D (1 per)

    I wish to be able to “plug in” a list of parts and sales Qtys (sales Items) and get out a “usage” of materials

    Parts List
    Sales Item Qty
    A 10
    G 5

    Usage Figs
    A 10 =10
    B (10*1) =10
    C (10*1*2) =20
    D (10*1*2) + (5*2*2*1) =40
    G 5 =5
    H (5*2) =10
    I (5*2*1) =10
    J (5*2*2) =20
    K (5*2*2*0.5) =10
    Y (10*1*2*5) =100
    Z (10*1*2*10) =200

    My data on the BOM will be from a ODBC connection to a table.

    I have seen several items about "recursive macros" but I do not understand them!

    If you require further explanation then please let me know. I need a solution that will work in Excel 2010 and 2013. Thanks in advance


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    Re: BOM (Bill of Materials) Explosion

    Hello Andy,

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    Re: BOM (Bill of Materials) Explosion

    Thanks for the prompt reply.

    I have tried some code but it does not do what I require - it appears to be failing when it is looking through a range of BOM containing 21000 records. The code used is..

    (hope I get this right!)

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    This created the 4th table from the left - I have tried to calculate the result that I want as well (Third table from Left)

    Hope this helps
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    Re: BOM (Bill of Materials) Explosion

    Dear all,

    I have found an alternative piece of code with "Mr Google" from https://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Fo...forum=exceldev by Charles Excel MVP The Excel Calculation Site http://www.decisionmodels.com/

    With some tweaks it is working better than my original post however I have some issues with the data output.

    the code is :
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    The problems that I am having are...
    1) not listing all items on the BOM explosion - only the lowest level items
    I do not understand the recursive method so not sure what it is doing!

    2) The calculation is "Rounding" (or trimming) the result - When I have 4dp BOM qtys I need 4DP answers.
    I suspect that it may be a "variable as an integer" but when I don't understand the code fully (i.e. less than 25%) then I do not know where to start looking.

    For example the 03414 part consumes 0.1838 of LF5564143
    for 1 off 0.1838 ......I see 0
    for 10 off 1.838 ......I see 2
    for 100 off 18.38 .....I see 18
    for 1000 off 183.8 ....I see 184
    for 10000 off 1838 ...I see 1838

    I will also upload a revised sheet.
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