Tracking and traceability helps create the connected factory by enabling transparency into production processes and supply chains. This allows for optimization of manufacturing and logistics operations. Various identification technologies such as RFID and 1D/2D codes can be used to track production and ensure products are made to specification. Other data about the items such as quality data can be tracked. Track and trace also provides transparency to help enhance overall equipment effectiveness (OEE).
How can I improve OEE with track and trace? Real-time data gives valuable and actionable information about operations and equipment to improve quality, availability, and performance. Ensuring qualified operators are running and programming machines will keep performance and quality optimal. By identifying parts in production, machine configurations are optimized and automated to ensure machine availability is not lost through incorrect configurations. By tracking tooling, run-time and condition data is stored and helps improve quality by ensuring the right tooling is in operation.
What if you could ensure your supply chain was operating seamlessly? Lean production, flexible and Just-In-Time manufacturing processes are desirable in order to keep manufacturing costs minimal. These styles of operations are very dependent on a strong and efficient supply chain. The logistics of raw materials or sub-assemblies is critical and must be tracked. Returnable assets such as transport containers can be lost and never returned. This puts unnecessary pressure on a supplier’s logistics operation. By implementing track and trace to the logistics operations, the supply chain is stronger with improved order accuracy and visibility to where assets are within a supply chain.