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Adding serial numbers to manufactured products
Adding serial numbers to manufactured products

Add serial numbers to manufactured products in Katana to enhance traceability and inventory control.

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Written by Dayvid Lorbiecke
Updated over a week ago

Adding serial numbers to manufactured products ensures precise traceability and inventory control. Serial numbers can be manually entered or automatically generated based on predefined formats.

If serial number tracking is enabled for a product and you create a manufacturing order (MO) for that product, the MO will include a Traceability tab (this tab only appears for products that have serial number tracking enabled).

If no serial numbers have been added, the Traceability tab will show an exclamation point icon.

Serial numbers can be assigned to an MO if it's still Open, but you can only add as many serial numbers as the quantity planned on the MO.

Adding serial numbers to manufacturing products

  1. To add serial numbers to an open MO, click the Traceability tab > Add numbers button.

    Traceability tab inside a manufacturing order where no numbers have been added

  2. Serial numbers can be added via two different ways:

    1. If you want to automatically generate numbers, click Generate and the serial numbers will be displayed following the defined format

    2. If you're going to add the numbers manually click Add manually.

      Add serial numbers window on a manufacturing order
      • Note: Serial numbers can only contain numbers, letters, spaces, and special characters like - _ /,. There is a 32 character limit and only 1000 numbers can be entered at a time.

  3. Once you've entered the required serial numbers, click Done and the serial numbers will be added to the MO.

    Traceability tab of a manufacturing order, showing a list of serial numbers

  4. If you mark the MO as Done or Partially complete, the serial numbers you inserted will be given a respective production date.

    Partially complete MO

    Partially complete manufacturing order showing production date on serial numbers

    Done MO

    Done manufacturing order showing production date on serial numbers

  5. If you're using the Shop Floor Control app to track operations, your operators can report the serial numbers of finished products. Read more.


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