An API, or application programming interface, is a data delivery mechanism that allows for data from one source (EquipmentWatch in this case) to be embedded into the application of a third party. The major benefit to APIs are the following: Workflow efficiency gains Derivative products The EquipmentWatch API, specifically, is an API composed of the […]
Model year indicates the annual production period in which a unit was manufactured or shipped from the factory. When assigning model years, manufacturers may utilize utilize calendar years, fiscal years, or other production cycles. As a result, model year can differ from the calendar year of manufacture. For example, a unit manufactured in late 2015 will typically have a model year […]
Rule-based Serial Numbers
In contrast to serial number ranges, rule-based serial numbers are similar to Vehicle Identification Numbers (VINS) in the on-highway industry. These serial numbers often contain elements that identify the manufacturer, series, model, model year, manufacturing location, configurations, or other details. Rules and logic that determine the location of the elements within the serial number are set by […]
Serial Number Ranges
A serial number range is a sequential set of serial numbers that are assigned within a production period. Serial number ranges can be numeric or alphanumeric. Some manufacturers incorporate prefixes to identify a specific model or series while others apply the same sequential range to every machine built. If a manufacturer uses serial number ranges, model year can be […]
Serial Number Verification
The verification process compares a given serial number to known ranges or rules for the appropriate manufacturer and model. The serial number is considered verified if it matches the manufacturer’s information. For verified serial numbers, EquipmentWatch provides the correct model year and displays any transactional data.
Year of Manufacture
Year of manufacture refers to the calendar year in which a unit was manufactured. This may differ from the unit’s model year.