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Yes -- so our "convention" is/was simply sequential -- e.g. "206250" which
didn't mean anything in and of itself. It the part was revised, they added
"206250_A" and kept going with the letters for each revision. Apparently
they are attempting to come up with a new numbering system now, forced
because of some software they're migrating to.
The reason I don't like it, is because I would prefer to use a convention
that actually means something. One of our support techs is also a car
hobbyist and pointed out that car part manuals (at least some) have a very
well thought-out convention, so if you knew the convention you could look
at a part number and have an idea of what it was.
Also, I'm not sure how they would log documentation as a part number in
SolidWorks, and I'd be afraid of screwing up the part number system in
their software by adopting their system and "stealing" some numbers.
On Wed, Dec 4, 2013 at 2:56 PM, Milan DavidoviÄ <milan -dot- lists -at- gmail -dot- com>wrote:
> On Wed, Dec 4, 2013 at 2:17 PM, Hannah Drake <hannah -at- formulatrix -dot- com>
> > But, the convention they use for our part numbers doesn't quite work for
> > documentation.
> Can you elaborate?
> --Milan DavidoviÄ
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Hannah L. Drake
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