Inventory Receiving Processes for Serial Controlled Items
A Serial Number is a unique number assigned to each discrete unit of an item that isstored in inventory. A serial number can also be defined as a set of characters thatuniquely identifies a single unit and can be used for traceability and warranty purposes.Serial numbers are valuable in quality control, as once a defect is found in theproduction of a particular batch of product, the serial number will quickly identify whichunits are affected. Serial numbers are also used as a deterrent against theft andcounterfeit products in that serial numbers can be recorded, and stolen or otherwiseirregular goods can be identified.Oracle Inventory provides complete serial number support for inventory transactions.Serial number control can be enabled for specific items in inventory. For items underserial number control, a unique serial numbers is assigned to each individual unit andthereafter the same serial numbers is referenced each time a material transaction isperformed.
This white paper details the receiving processes for serial controlled items performed viadesktop application. It explains the basic setup involved in using serial numbers andprovides technical details about the serial numbers and serial controlled items and relatedreceiving processes. It does not discuss Mobile Applications or WMS specific details forreceiving. It also does not discuss the serial number attributes as they are specific to WMS.
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