Have you ever received a quote or ordered a Production Printer part from Bradshaw, and tried to figure out what the suffix in the part number means? You may have wondered if the lettering was random or if it actually had meaning. Or you may have noticed it, didn’t care what it meant, and went about your busy work day.If you were at all curious, keep reading. Otherwise, go on to the next blog. For those of you who are still reading, I am about to share our Top Secret part numbering scheme. Yes, the part number and suffix combination does have meaning, which follows:
1. A part number without a suffix is an OEM part.
- It is supplied by InfoPrint, Océ, or LaserMax Roll Systems.
2. OEM part number followed by a letter of the alphabet, for example Part Number -A
- This signifies a new OEM compatible part.
- Different letters signify that the parts are interchangeable but in some way different
(for example –A vs. –B). Typically the different letters signify different suppliers,
but they could also signify different materials used in the manufacture of the part
or different levels of testing.
3. OEM part number followed by a letter of the alphabet plus an R,
for example Part Number – AR.
- This signifies a used, repaired or rebuilt part for which no core return is required.
4. OEM part number followed by a letter of the alphabet, an R and then an X,
for example Part Number – ARX.
- This signifies a part for which a core return is required. It could be an OEM, used,
repaired or refurbished part.
Now, that wasn’t too complicated was it? Use this new knowledge the next time that you talk with your Bradshaw Sales Rep, and I promise that they will be impressed. Just don’t tell them who told you how to break the part number code. It’ll be our secret.