A quick look at composite part numbering

One of the challenges of moving to an ERP system is thinking about a part numbering system.

Is this mandatory? No. Fraction actually offers an automatic part numbering system, for those of you that want one.

So, what is a composite part numbering system? In essence it is a structure to help you identify your components and products.

But, why would you want to do this?

Here are two great reasons:

  1. It means that you don't have to think how to number your parts.
  2. Your team will know what the part is, just by looking at the reference.

Let us give you an example, from Giles' experience in the automotive sector:


This part number was made up of four parts:

Material / Form / Inside diameter / Outside diameter

This particular part was:

Corrugated tube, that was slit, 20mm ID and 25mm OD.

(And this was from 25 years ago... it obviously stuck in Giles' head!)

I'm sure you get the idea. It is worth thinking about developing a part numbering system if you are planning to have an easy reference later on. If it doesn't matter to you, then don't worry about it.

If you like more ideas like this one, to help you get the most out of an ERP system, then download our free ERP implementation guide.

You can get your copy by filling in this form:

Book a Demo: