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NECESSITY OF A CODIFICATION SYSTEM

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Every holder of materiel, whether a manufacturer or user, requires a system to identify an item.

For instance:   a WASHER, FLAT

USED ON MANY WEAPON SYSTEMS... IN MANY NATIONS

GERMANY

BOSCH, ROBERT GmbH
PN: 2000102621

DEUTZ SERVICE INTERNATIONAL GmbH
PN: 01289919EY8776-22

MERCEDES - BENZ AG 
PN: 0001513052

MAN NUTZFAHRZEUGE AG
PN: 81907010687
FRANCE

RENAULT VEHICULES INDUSTRIELS SA
PN: 7701007414

NETHERLAND

VAN DOORNE'S BEDRIJFSWAGENFABRIEK
PN: 057343

SWEDEN

KARLSKRONAVARVET AB
PN: 23310163041

Manufacturers have developed particular systems to meet their specific needs. Consequently, similar types of items satisfying comparable needs, but manufactured by different companies, will be identified by a different numbering schemes. This does not satisfy the requirements of users like armed forces who manage their inventories by item type, rather than origin or use. For them, it does not matter by whom it is used and on the system or equipment it is used; if it has the same characteristics (form, fit and function)*, it will be assigned one NATO Stock Number (NSN). That NSN will then be used by Logisticians of all NATO nations and Armed Forces to manage that item.

* <Form, Fit and Function> means:

bulletForm
: the shape, size, dimensions, and other physical measurable parameters that uniquely characterize a product. For software, form denotes the language and media.
bulletFit
: the ability of a product to interface or interconnect with an integral part of another product.
bulletFunction
: the actions that a product is designed to perform.


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Many Part Numbers - different users - different Nations
but - the same Item and the same NSN

 
 

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