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EAN number and Serial number

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what is the exact difference between EAN no.and Serial number ?

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    Posted on Sep 21, 2007 at 08:52 PM

    EAN: International article numbers (such as the European Article Number EAN or the Universal Product Code UPC) with different units of measure may have been defined for the material. You can enter EAN or UPC units of measure in the purchasing document if:

    The base unit of measure and the order unit in the material master record differ

    The variable order unit in the material master record is active

    You can use this component to identify and differentiate between individual items of material. This component therefore ideally supplements the material master record, which may contain all data for describing and managing a piece of material, but which does not enable you to differentiate between individual items of that material.

    Example of Serial Numbers

    You can use serial numbers in various business procedures within Logistics. In each case, a transaction history is created for the individual serialized material item and its status is maintained automatically.

    Hope this will clear your doubt

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