Many opinions exist on the subject of “proper” part numbering systems within the manufacturing and distribution worlds. This document is not the final authority on Part Numbering; instead, it is designed as a guide for developing and using good part numbering techniques.

Many companies fall into creating an “accidental” part numbering scheme. No thought was put into an intelligent design. Other companies fall into over-thinking their designs, which makes their part numbering scheme unmanageable and even unusable by other systems.

This document contains my thoughts and opinions based on personal experience working with many companies, as well as nearly 40 years of ERP System design, usage, and consulting. Feel free to use these ideas as a guideline for designing and using your part numbering system within Epicor and other systems.



About Encompass Solutions

Encompass Solutions is a business and software consulting firm that specializes in ERP systems, EDI, and Managed Services support for Manufacturers and Distributors. Serving small and medium-sized businesses since 2001, Encompass modernizes operations and automates processes for hundreds of customers across the globe. Whether undertaking full-scale implementation, integration, or renovation of existing systems, Encompass provides a specialized approach to every client’s needs. By identifying customer requirements and addressing them with the right solutions, we ensure our clients are equipped to match the pace of the Industry.