Using a non-intelligent scheme involves significantly less initial planning, since part numbers do not reference part details or characteristics. You don’t need to educate your full supply chain about what each number signifies, and you can ramp new employees quickly without relying too heavily on any one person to maintain the system. Here are a few more benefits to non-intelligent numbering schemes:
Quick and easy to issue new parts. It takes very little time to pull or issue a sequential number, so assigning a part number is quick and easy. You don’t have to know anything about the part—unlike intelligent part numbering systems that often require the assignment to go through a specific person, or department, who knows how to issue part numbers based on all rules and variants.
Little training needed. If new employees join your organization, they’ll need little to no training in order to learn, find, define, or issue part numbers.
No single point of failure. With non-intelligent part numbering, you can have multiple people pulling part numbers, and your company can continue to run efficiently without relying on trained people or teams.
Simple maintenance. It’s easy to implement and maintain a non-intelligent scheme, since it’s essentially a sequential list.