What Features Can You Find on Model and Serial Plates?

BY Rowena Taylor

Model and Serial PlateYou may have seen these plates on a number of items that you own, and even use at work. These are those plates that you see attached either to the back, side, or even underside of an item. These carry a lot of information on them, although what each one carries may vary from one product to another. While model and serial plates may look different from each other, depending on what item it is being used on, you will find that despite such differences, these plates actually have quite a few features in common. Here are some of them:

Company name and logo – these usually tell people what company manufactured the item that the plate is attached to. More often than not, these plates also carry the company’s logo on them to help with a marketing move called brand recognition. Since a logo is always easier to remember than a company name, these are usually present and are placed on a part of the plate where it can be prominently seen.

Contact information – you will also find that almost all model and serial plates have the company’s contact information on it. Whether it is an actual address, a P.O. box, an email address, or a phone number, these plates usually carry a way for a person to get in touch with the company. This is because of possible issues with the product that may need resolution, like troubleshooting or even a replacement.

Model Number or Series – this is a series of numbers and letters that tell you what model an item is. This is usually the same for a specific year and type of item, which helps distributors and manufacturers distinguish an older model from a newer one. These are often used for troubleshooting, warranty, and even recalling purposes. These are often stamped on the plates in a specific field that is marked “MODEL”. The stamping is to prevent the tampering of the numbers and letters on the plate.

Serial Number – a serial number is actually a tracking code that is unique to each item that is manufactured. Each item will have an individual number on it to help companies with inventory and tracking, as well as with troubleshooting and warranty needs. When a product is sold, the serial number is submitted to the manufacturer to inform them that someone has already purchased the item and that the warranty, if there is a limited warranty on the product, has become active.

Date of Manufacture – while not all model and serial plates may have this, quite a few do, and this also helps companies as well as distributors track down or keep track of specific batches of items. When a batch that was manufactured on a specific date is found to have one or two units that faulty, there is a possibility that the rest of those made on that same date may be faulty as well. This feature will help companies narrow down what to recall to a specific date rather than an entire model group.

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