What Is Lot Tracking?
Production Traceability is the tracing and documentation of production lots or serial numbers throughout your manufacturing process, including traceability back to vendors, processes, operations, operators, and times.
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.
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 regulated (or non-regulated) industry where a 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 recall or quarantine situations.
How Do We Measure The Value of Production Traceability?
As a manufacturer, you know how much precision and accuracy matter. Production Traceability addresses both requirements in a platform that can accommodate your specific needs. 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.