Duplicates and near duplicates add costs throughout a products lifecycle, so it sensible to standardize on parts and avoid creating redundant or duplicate parts. Identifying duplicates and near duplicates is a cost effective exercise with excellent ROIs.
Finding exact duplicates is not too difficult, however identifying near duplicates can be difficult. For example, two screws might have the same thread size, same length, and same coatings. Viewing the items in a stock room, it might not be able to tell the screws apart. However, the material strengths of the screws might be different and to haplessly swap the screws could have catastrophic results.Read More