Are you struggling to meet traceability requirements? You are not alone. In fact, there are many reasons improving traceability can benefit your manufacturing environment.
Typical traceability issues include:
- Not having a way to direct or move traceability requirements into the supply chain.
- Not having the capability to control traceability requirements.
- Not having an electronic system that allows for searches of “where used” information.
Meeting traceability requirements is mandated through regulations. Poor execution of these requirements can result in heavy fines, expensive recalls or, at the very least, produce unsatisfied customers. Another less visible impact of poor traceability is the missed opportunity for process improvement. Controlling traceability will open opportunities for analytics to evaluate issues, pinpoint sources and uncover root-cause errors.
An electronic system, like Solumina, allows you to implement traceability requirements in the way that you need them. The system allows for you to query “where used” so that you can see what was installed, labor statistics, product specifications and tools that were used in the process. More importantly, it should actively monitor for problems. For example, if a lot-controlled part has been found to have a defect, there should be a containment event to make sure all the other parts are stopped and evaluated before the problem escalates.
For more details on improving your traceability, watch this video on how to “Streamline and Integrate Functions Across your Product Lifecycle.”