Serial number

What is a serial number?

Serial numbers are used for the unique identification of goods and parts. They are always attached directly to the object and is assigned individually by each manufacturer. Your goal is to be able to identify elements that have been installed or used in a series.

For example, it is possible to track faulty parts directly to the end user. This enables the recall of goods. But it also makes it possible to trace the part back to the actual manufacturer. Parts marked with a serial number can thus be traced from source to sink.

In logistics, serial numbers are primarily used to identify items in the warehouse. For example, the following information can be obtained from it:

  • Manufacturer
  • Manufacturing series
  • Production period

The serial number is also always kept in the item master.

Serial numbers for identity assurance

But serial numbers are also used for identity assurance. In this way, objects can be identified beyond doubt, which is particularly important for the transport of third-country goods within the EU. But stolen parts or consumables can also be identified in this way.


Logistik Lexikon Seriennummer

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