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Component / Part Identifier (CPID)

The Component / Part Identifier enables companies to identify components and parts, typically where an Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) defines the specifications of a component or part that is part of its final product (such as an automobile).

  • The production of components and parts is often contracted to a manufacturer that will use the CPID assigned by its customer, the OEM.
  • A component or part is defined as an item that is intended to undergo at least one further transformation process to create the final product. Examples include:
    • Drive motor for washing machine
    • Fan assembly for a jet engine
    • Pipe or tube
    • Printed circuit board for television
    • Starter motor for vehicle
    • Wheel axle
  • The CPID may be printed as text or encoded in a barcode or EPC/RFID tag attached to the component or part
  • The CPID always identifies the type of component or part. If there is a need to identify an individual component or part the Component / Part Identifier Serial Number can be used in combination with the CPID.
  • The CPID can be electronically used in the procurement and production process to communicate the required components and parts. It may also be used by companies involved in after-sale services and maintenance activities; for example, the ordering of replacement parts and components.


You will find relevant application standards and guidelines listed below:

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