The other day I inquired at my supplier how to read these codes and they did not know. I asked the yard man and he didn't know. I inquired by text weeks back from my rep and never heard back (turns out the text never made it). This morning I called Mapei's help line and was given the secret code and it is very straight forward. If you know how Mapei labels their bags and buckets.
If you look at this picture you will learn how to read the code.
Remember Mapei uses an Alpha Numeric coding system on some but not all of their setting material products.
|How to read a Mapei Alpha Numeric Date Code|
In this picture the Alpha Numeric Date code from Mapei is D14H204 503
To figure out the code you need to do this;
D = Vancouver
14 = Day of month
H = August
2 = 2012
04 = Batch number
503 = Still not sure. Not even the help desk at Mapei knew what that meant.
Mapei produces product all around Canada and the US. You can clearly see in the picture that this was made in Canada. Personally I would have used a "V" for Vancouver but there must be some other system going on at Mapei head office.
Example: If this was made at Mapei's Brampton plant on the same day it would have had an "I" instead of a "D" so the date code would have been I14H2** --- (** = what batch number they are working on)
Example: If this was made at Mapei's Laval plant on the same day it would have had an "L" instead of a "D" so the date code would have been L14H2** --- (** = what batch number they are working on)
Mapei - Canadian Letter Codes for manufacturing plants
D = Vancouver
I = Brampton
L = Laval
Mapei - American Letter Codes for manufacturing plants
J = Chicago
The "H" code is for August. The letters are in ascending order so the month codes are as follows
A = JANUARY
B = FEBRUARY
C = MARCH
D = APRIL
E = MAY
F = JUNE
G = JULY
H = AUGUST
I = SEPTEMBER
J = OCTOBER
K = NOVEMBER
L = DECEMBER
the digit after the month is the last digit in the year. "2" for 2012.
It is always best to use fresh setting materials so knowing how to check the code is key. This product made on August 14, 2012 right here in Vancouver. Can't get much fresher than that!