Factory's founder, Manchester television personality and post-punk impressario Anthony H Wilson, was heavily influenced by Situationism and the events of Paris 1968, and operated Factory more as a Situationist construction than as a viable business. (Neither Wilson nor anyone else at Factory ever seemed remotely interested in making a profit.) Wilson once stated, "we are not a record company...we are an experiment in human nature."
Factory gave a catalogue number to virtually everything it touched, including albums, singles, posters, stationery, events, and miscellaneous other items, many of a distinct Situationist flavour. Some of the more unusual items in the last category include FAC 8 (a menstrual egg timer, whatever that is), FAC 51 (the Haçienda nightclub), FAC 61 (former in-house producer Martin Hannett's lawsuit against Factory for unpaid royalties), FAC 99 (Joy Division/New Order manager Rob Gretton's dental reconstruction, after he had his front teeth punched out by members of A Certain Ratio, another of Factory's bands), and FAC 501 (Tony Wilson's coffin...the final Factory number).
Each mapping point includes release date, FAC number, artist, and title, and is colour-coded according to the type of object. The Factory catalogue extended up to FAC 511 (a celebration of the life of the recently-deceased Rob Gretton), but many of the later numbers were never allocated.