PLM – How long will the treasure hunt continue? (Part 1)

More than eight decades have passed since the first part numbering system was used, and there are discussions and debates  still ongoing about the choice between the intelligent and semi-intelligent part numbering methods. By definition, a part number unambiguously identifies a part design within a single corporation, and sometimes across several corporations.

Considering the long-time usage of part numbering, the age of insufficient communication between corporations, the freedom given for part numbering, and the number of generations of experts within each corporations over such a long period, one can imagine the variety and complexity of part numbering in organizations and the industry today. Read more