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Date: Thu, 24 Oct 2002 12:04:44 -0700
From: RP Henry
X-Mailer: Mozilla 4.75 [en] (Win98; U)
Subject: Re: Generating Serial Numbers
References: <firstname.lastname@example.org> <4b8a72c48aM.Seifert@t-online.de>
Matthias Seifert wrote:
> On 24 Oct, Geraldo Sazias wrote:
> > Maybe slightly OT but here goes:
> > I was wondering where companies get their schemes to generate serial
> > numbers for their equipment. These are almost always coded to prevent
> > competitors from finding out how many products one has produced.
> > Are there standards for generatin serial numbers or do companies make
> > these up on an ad-hoc basis?
> Erm, if the whole sense of those coded serial numbers is to not allow
> competitors to get any idea of the production numbers, would it make a lot
> of sense to use a standard way to encode them? :-)
I worked for a company that had a company-wide "tracking number"
system. All products were "serialized" from the same count. No number
was ever used twice, and many numbers were never used, since a product
manager would reserve a block of numbers and then not always use them
I worked at another place that started all systems serial numbers at
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