Tracking & Tracing – Core function of MES-Solution Legato Sapient
In industrial production, the finely orchestrated interaction of all components, raw materials, production status, knowledge of storage locations and other components is crucial. Ensuring this on a daily basis is a major challenge for companies in a variety of industries. When audits, certification requirements, or recalls come into play, it is elementary to know what the status of production is at all times.
A recall is the worst-case scenario for any company. It leads to enormous costs and makes for negative headlines. Recalls are by no means uncommon. According to statistics, there are approximately 300 product recalls in Germany alone and over 2,000 Rapex notifications from the European member states each year. The resulting costs can quickly run into tens of millions of dollars, which means that reducing these scenarios by just 1% can save an enormous amount of money.
The best way to avoid them is to identify quality problems in production at an early stage and take immediate action. If a recall is necessary in spite of everything, it must be fast and targeted. However, the ever-increasing demands and increasingly complex processes are difficult for humans to handle by themselves. Automated solutions are needed that can support both the guarantee of quality standards and the continuous improvement of production processes.
Traceability software can be used to guarantee complete traceability within production processes. The main objective here is transparency: from the raw part, through the production process of the individual parts, to the end product. This is made possible by linking production orders with unique serial numbers of the individual parts. The technologies used for this can be, for example, barcodes, labels, FINs, lot, serial and batch numbers, Data Matrix codes or an RFID chip. If the solution is linked to the MES in a process-oriented manner, other data from the shop floor can also be added and linked. Consequently, almost any data record can be assigned to a product through track and trace.
Tracking & tracing is a core function of the Legato Sapient MES solution. It enables seamless tracking and tracing of all products, including all product-relevant data – throughout the entire manufacturing process. In this way, a complete image of each production unit is created – a digital twin. This includes all product data (such as order, type, characteristics, quality status), product-related process data (such as torques, temperatures) and product-related plant data (such as status, malfunctions).