You may have seen the field GTIN in BeeFinity by now. Also, you may have wondered what it is used for.
So we thought we had to clear things up around the GTIN or EAN code. This code has an important position in BeeFinity. A barcode is a visual representation of a GTIN:
But first, what is a GTIN-code exactly? GTIN is short for Global Trade Item Number. This number is a unique identifier for a specific product in the world. Usually, this GTIN is a 13-digit number.
However, in different parts of the world, there are different variants of the GTIN. In Europe, for example, we are more familiar with the socalled EAN code. Furthermore, in the USA, the UPC code is more common. In essence though, all these codes are variants of the GTIN code.
In BeeFinity we added fields for the GTIN as well as for the EAN codes. We recommend using the GTIN code as your unique identifier instead of the EAN. It may take a little time to get used to, but always using the GTIN code really improves the consistency of your data.
But why would you fill in the GTIN in the first place?
- First of all, a product with a filled in GTIN code, will always be findable afterwards. The GTIN code is unmistakably connected to one single product.
- Another advantage is that most ERP-programs can place orders based on the GTIN code. This way you never mistake your order for another.
- A more BeeFinity-related advantage of filling in your GTIN’s, is that you can enrich your products in BeeFinity. This is only possible if you have filled in your GTIN’s.
In EPLAN you can find a GTIN in the field 'Barcode number'. You can map the field 'GTIN' from BeeFinity to the field 'Barcode number' in EPLAN. by going to Management -> Mappings -> EPLAN mapping.