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Anyone have experience of concurrent batch and serial number management of materials?

I have a situation where we wish to manage materials that are currently serial number managed according to their country of origin.

We have significant existing developments to enable us to do this for batch managed materials (using classification).

An option being considered is to additionally batch manage the materials that are already serial number managed.

The other alternative we have considered is to add classification fields to the Equipment associated with serial numbers, however, we then have to effectively reproduce all the developments we already have to work with batch management.

Does anyone have any experience of this set up and could you share your experience? Significant points to watch for, tips tricks etc. Including any alternative methods (though not single item batches, we have already discounted that as a possible solution).

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    Nov 11, 2016 at 04:11 PM

    Batch management would be the way to go... I have gone through this argument a few times before. Almost anything else you do thinking that it will be easier, in the long run you will end up replicating the native batch management functionality and then only partially and not be able to take advantage of other advantages of batch management. Bite the bullet now and you will be much happier later.

    If you add classifications to the equipment record, then you need to maintain those classifications for all the serials in that batch. If anything changes instead of changing one spot in the batch classification, you have to change all the related equipment records. This is setting yourself up for data inconsistencies down the road.

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    • Yes, with one of my colleagues we'd pretty much reached that point of view with an eye to the future. Having batch management active, in addition to serial number management, also gives some advantages when working WM.