Your prefixes could be as simple as Axxxxxx, Sxxxxxx, Pxxxxxx. Enough information must be included in the format to avoid collisions. The only significance that I feel is useful is very broad categories: Assembly, Sub-assembly, part. Other subreddits you might enjoy: Working Snoo logo by Looking for some brainstorming on part numbers and drawing number systems. Metadata carries all the other information.
It's unlikely that most customers will bother to learn your specific numbering details, so. Typically, companies run out of numbers in certain categories of a significant number. This can be seen in columns H, I and J on the example sheet, but you will notice that this is a basic lookup, that does not exclude the other values. Your desire to make a generic solution for all part number generators comes at the expense of making a good one for the domain you are in. The item number and description is generated only if the context is Master Organization. But too much information means that part numbers become excessively long.
However, source numbers can't possibly encode all specifications for a complex part, but only identify the most useful characteristics. Certain fields are established as meaningful and an attempt is made to keep them consistent across the database. If your part numbers will pull from mostly the same sets of data, then you might even consider referencing the source tables in the table with the generated part numbers. The part numbering system must accommodate high-volume users — people who work with hundreds or even thousands of part numbers each week. It's an imperfect system we have now, heavily influenced by legacy issues. Any part numbering system uniquely identifies an item approved for a specific application.
In customer communications, a source number can provide more flexibility than your engineering part number. For project 13-1234, the top level assembly was 13-1234-00, the next one was 13,1234-01, etc. This is used whenever the user need to specify the values for one or more item attributes including item type. Different computer applications may sort varying text lengths unpredictably. We have not found any modern authority that recommends using significance in part numbering. Although this is not always the case.
If you help your users by separating your part numbers into short groups e. You are going to have to track each of these things you want to use separately, put them in the parts table, and then generate your partnumber based on that. Part numbers are keyed, copied and used as verbal identifiers. Maximum length A practical part numbering system design should account for the limits of short-term memory. Part number length For most companies, a consistent length of up to 7 characters works quite well. As another reply mentioned - I need a system not just the software but internal systems that isn't too cumbersome to allow for experimentation and keeping people open to change, but on the other hand I know a guy who's company reproduced every launch defect in a product line when they were forced to change which of their plants was producing it due to natural disaster. The question is really what value the additional prefix or grouping provides.
So using the data below, part code 213-0001 is from the Fixings Category, is a 'Nut', and specifically a 'half-nut', and is the first one of this category. Depending on the item catalog category, the item number and its description are generated and returned. Hello all, First time posting here. My end goal would be to just simply click a button, and the Macro automatically inserts a new row with the new part number. To learn more, see our.
Consistent length All part numbers should be the same length. Project Name — shortened name of the project abbrev. In many fonts, alpha characters appear quite similar to numbers. Here are some relevant comments : Another important point about item numbers is that they should be as short as possible. This interchangeability is maintained for as long as marketing or product support considers the evolving item sufficiently similar to its earlier versions — there's no objective technical criteria.
They will then raise a new part request to doc control that will then route it to materials managers for review. Conceptually it seems trivial to deploy a drawing, then deploy an updated drawing when the design changes. Part numbers versus source numbers Source numbers identify saleable items to the outside world. Third, since it has no special characters, software support should be a foregone conclusion. This is really just a special case of the first category.