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Manufacturer part numbers can be very hard and time-consuming to decode. In some cases, decoding them may lead to generating many errors.

Decoding and making sure you do not have any incorrect part numbers does not have to be a painful task anymore.

Decoding manufacturer part numbers can be very problematic as it thorough scan through the entire datasheet, then to the datasheet and lastly to the coding key of the part number.

For some parts, this exercise can be very hectic and confusing because you have to take into consideration case size to pin pitch, the finishing of the plating, dimensions of the heights and many more factors.

Ciiva has however made this problem go away. Now all you need to do is ascertain the manufacturer’s part number you need and add it to the library definition.

When you enter the first letters or numbers of the part number in the search bar, a suggestion appears. Click on the parameter you need, then configure the product to suit what you are looking for.

Another way to do it is by entering in the search bar, the part number you need. Enter every parameter one at a time and wait until all the errors are visible.

Click on the part number you have chosen and complete the configuration of the product to suit your needs. Pay a lot of attention during configuration,

On completion of the configuration, you will get the correct part number and can go ahead and call the manufacturer to order your product.

By following all the above steps, you will avoid annoying calls from manufacturers telling you they cannot find the part you specifically asked for.

The part could be there but your specifications may not go well with what they have. You have to be very particular and specific on the actual part number in order to get the actual part and keep your manufacturing business running.

Factors that may lead to having incorrect part numbers

Mixing up of letters or numbers.

You may have everything correct with the design but you somehow do not get the actual part that will fit well with the place you want it to go. Mixing up letters and numbers may lead to this.

Unavailability of the correct product.

This may happen when you have the correct number of the part you requested but forgot to check the availability of the product. Therefore, you go ahead and place your order and the manufacturer not willing to annoy you, gives you a build to order part.

This may usually be remains from an earlier larger order from a different customer.

Numbers or letters missing from the part number.

If you miss just one letter or number from the initial part number, you will definitely get the wrong part. There should be thorough scrutiny of numbers and letters before ordering.

There is also a likelihood of only the core part of the product part number to be present. The numbers missing are very critical for the part number to qualify as complete.

In cases like this, if you are lucky, the manufacturer or the person in charge of procurement will have to consult with the engineer in order to clarify the part number you required. This is not only time-wasting, but also it is also very annoying.

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