We are designing a product that will hopefully sell many thousand units, and now I am at the stage of specifying what parts to use.
We require three inter-board connectors, one with 10contacts and two with 4 contacts. Instead of using two different sizes, we can just use three of the ten contact connectors. The ten contact connectors cost 30% more than the four contact connectors at volume. So the obvious choice is to spec for two different parts on the BOM.
But more BOM lines increases the PCBA assembly cost, and increases the inventory of components we have to hold.
What has the greater effect on unit cost, reduced BOM lines, or reduce BOM cost?