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  • 1.  Basic barcode setup

    Posted Wed February 21, 2024 09:52 AM

    When using barcodes in Maximo for asset identification, what field(s) can/should the barcode represent? In other words, what field do I need to encode in the barcode so that when I scan the barcode, Maximo finds the asset associated with it? Is it a specific field, or does it search for the barcoded value across multiple fields? The problem I am having is that I want to start applying barcodes to assets, but don't yet know the asset id or other unique identifier because the asset data hasn't been populated in Maximo yet. Can I just create a list of say, sequential numbers (e.g. 100001, 100002, etc.), print barcodes representing those numbers, and then associate them with assets later (keeping track of course which barcodes were applied to which assets)?

    Erin Phelan

  • 2.  RE: Basic barcode setup

    Posted Thu February 22, 2024 08:33 AM

    Most implementations I have worked with utilize the ASSETNUM field for the identifying value to be used with barcode tags. Depending on how your organization manages asset number ID's this field is probably an auto numbered field, so pre-creating tags to align with this value may become an issue without much oversite.  There is a field available on asset that I've used in other implementations named ASSETTAG.  This is a free text, ALN value, field where you can enter the ID on the barcode tag in relation to the asset in Maximo without interfering with the asset auto number ID.  You may need to make the ASSETTAG field more prominent on the asset page, list view, and advanced search so it is easily accessible for users utilize as the search value. 

    Clyde Waters

  • 3.  RE: Basic barcode setup

    Posted Thu February 22, 2024 09:56 AM

    Thank you! This is very helpful.


  • 4.  RE: Basic barcode setup

    IBM Champion
    Posted Thu February 22, 2024 10:30 AM
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