Seems like named BOMs are the way to go here, they can have lifecycles, you can track changes, add and remove parts if your kits are incomplete.
May have to manually add the AutoCAD entries unless you paste them as reference to something.
(Working on this very topic as a topic for my presentation at SWW.)
Excellent idea Jeff. I am already using it in a limited fashion as a testbed but I don't know how to handle the outside engineering supplier data.
I like the paste reference on the ACAD data too.
We receive only a PDF and STEP files by arrangement (i.e. no BOM) and this comprised >50% of our data.