To celebrate the release of Vault 2015 R2, I wrote an app that lets you generate BOM reports automatically through the Vault job server.
If you are not already aware, Vault 2015 R2 has a BOM Report feature. From any BOM view, you can run the Report command to generate a report of the BOM that you are viewing. This report uses the same engine as File and Folder reports, which has a good deal of customization options. There are also default templates to help you get started quickly.
However, the out-of-the-box BOM Report feature is a manual process. If you want to automate things, my plug-in hooks to job server and lets you trigger reports when items change state. When the job runs, it generates the report, saves it to Vault as a PDF and attaches it to the item.
- Vault Professional 2015 R2
- Must have job queue enabled.
- Must have a “Quick Change” state that the plug-in can use to move the item to edit mode.
- Must have a folder in Vault for storing the generated reports.
To configure BOM Reports, install the app and follow the readme. You can find the readme in the install location (%ProgramData%\Autodesk\Vault 2015 R2\Extensions\BOMReportJob). Administrative rights are required to configure the Vault job server.
All the apps on this blog have a legal disclaimer on them, but I want to make this one more obvious since it’s dealing with BOM data. BOM Report Job is not an official product. It’s technically classified as a sample app. So please keep that in mind when dealing with these reports. For example, if you are using the report to purchase $50,000 worth of parts, you may want to double check the numbers first before putting the order in.