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What Is Production Traceability?

Production Lot and Serial Traceability is the tracking, tracing, and documentation of production lots or serial numbers throughout your manufacturing process, including traceability back to vendors, processes, operations, operators, and times.

With a manufacturing traceability system, you have full traceability all the way from the receipt of raw material from the supplier through to the delivery of the finished product to the customer, and all the production processes and stages in between.

Are you in a highly regulated manufacturing industry? If there is a product recall, do you know which serial numbers were used in which finished products, and who received those finished products?

When product liability, public safety, and recall ability are concerns, ShopVue’s track and trace capabilities, available in the Production Traceability module, enable manufacturers to maintain accurate traceability with simple data collection built into the manufacturing process for full genealogy reporting.

Unique Features & Capabilities

Optimal Data Capture

Instead of reporting activity at the level of the work order, operators can report against one or more lots or serials numbers. Operators simply can collect lot or serial data when the activity transaction starts or finishes.


In many work centers, the same container used to deliver parts to the machine is used to collect those same parts once processed. This is called a “pass-through” operation. ShopVue simplifies “pass-through” data collection by requiring that the operator scan only the Lot ID. ShopVue automatically derives other data like the work order, operation, and quantity. This saves time and increases accuracy.

Variable Precision

Precise Lot Tracking creates a new lot whenever the operator changes to a new lot of raw material or has one container filled and starts filling another. If your customer has a complaint with a lot, you can quickly identify the one and only lot that might be at the root of the problem.

Close Approximation offers a simpler experience. New lots of raw material can be added to the run without the need to start filling a new container just because the raw material lot changed. When addressing a complaint, you’ll see a list of all the possible vendor lots and have to make an educated guess as to which one was used in the discrepant part. While simpler, the consequence is you may have to recall a larger number of parts.

Why Do I Need Serial Number Tracking?

Every point in the manufacturing process is vital. This is especially true if you manufacture for the aerospace, defense, medical device, or any other highly regulated (or non-regulated) industry where the potential for a product recall and full audit trail of a product’s lifecycle is paramount.

Production Traceability enables you to record operations down to the moment, for even the most specialized and complex shop floor scenarios. The module is especially valuable for expensive parts controlled only by serial numbers, critical processes (such as a heat treat) that require specific documentation, tracking material variances, and delivering extensive as-built data.

Additionally, the combination of Production Traceability and Component Control provides complete end-to-end lot traceability across orders which can be used to quickly (and less expensively) resolve product recall or quarantine situations.

How Do We Measure The Value of Manufacturing Traceability?

As a manufacturer, you know how much precision and accuracy matter. Manufacturing Traceability addresses both requirements in a platform that can accommodate your specific needs. Are you ready to gain greater control over product and process quality?

Don’t risk losing a customer over inadequate data when you can track even the smallest detail of your parts, processes, and orders in real-time with ShopVue’s Production Traceability module.

You will benefit from ShopVue’s Manufacturing Traceability solution if:

  • Your clients demand full as-built data to support product genealogy.
  • You manufacture expensive parts that can only be properly controlled with serial numbers. 
  • You have key processes like heat treat where you need to collect attributes against a fraction of an order.      
  • You need to generate in-process lot numbers because they can’t always be pre-assigned that the beginning of the route.
  • Your material handling is traditionally done with lots rather than ERP work orders. 
  • You want to track material variances by comparing the quantity input vs output.   
  • Lot tracking in your ERP is overly complicated.