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Phantom vs Regular BOMs

The use of a Phantom vs a Regular BOM for a sub-assembly defines the manufacturing process.  Lets say you have part A made out of B, C, and D.  Part D is a sub-assembly made out of E, F, and G. 

If part D is defined as a Regular BOM, then when a Manufacturing Order (MO) is issued to make A, it calls for parts B, C, and D, assuming that D will be pulled from stock.  D would have to be made using an MO calling for parts E, F, and G. 

If part D is defined as a Phantom BOM, then when a MO is issued to make A, the MO calls for parts B, C, E, F, and G.  The MO "blows through" part D and calls out its components.

If part D is defined as a Phantom BOM, it is possible to manufacture part D to sell, for example, as replacement parts.  However, an MO for part A will always blow through the phantom boms.