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How does PDM/ERP handle configuration names?

Question asked by Grant Kirkland on Mar 17, 2017
Latest reply on Jun 18, 2018 by Andrew Schutte

My current understanding of PDM and/or ERP softwares is that every part must have a unique identifier (part/drawing number).

We currently use a third part serial number generator for our part numbers such as 2-12345.

The "2" indicates an 11x17 drawing

The 12345 is the root of the part number.

If a part is configured, we will add a -XX, such as 2-12345-01.

 

The configuration tree would look like:

 

2-12345

2-12345-01

2-12345-02

 

My question is, how does PDM and/or ERP software handle configuration names? Will we need to pull a unique part number for every configuration and scrap the base part number? Such as:

 

2-12345

2-12564

2-12945

 

Or is it possible to have a serial number inside of a serial number? If that makes sense.

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