VIA = Traceability - When lives depend on it.

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Integrity simply means a willingness not to violate one’s identity.

-Erich Fromm

Serialization uniquely identifies product, and allows for traceability down to the single piece/product level. This “lot of one” traceability is commonly required to comply with regulations and customer mandates, in addition to providing logistical operational advantages.

However, serialization is not as easy as starting at 1 and incrementing infinitely.

The Traceability Imperative is about limiting exposure.

Customers and regulatory authorities demand specific serial number formats, including various degrees of intelligence. GS1, HIBICC, AIAG, Odette, DoD, FDA, JAMA, NIST, ISO, and many businesses all specify various formats for serial numbers and unique identifiers. ¬†Whether it be location codes, date codes in various formats, supplier codes, production identifiers, product/device/part identifiers, and supplier ids, today’s unique id’s and serial numbers need to be assembled to specification. In addition, the serialization mechanism itself may require a specialized sequence formulation, such as a specific length, running through numerals, alphanumerics, special characters, alphanumerics without certain letters or digits, even hexadecimals in various positions of the serialized portion of the ID. ¬†Of course, ensuring the uniqueness of any serialized ID is more difficult than it first appears.

Vital ID embodies three core duties of the Traceability Imperative:

  • Ensure the unique identification of products, sub-assemblies, and containers
  • Format the unique identifiers according to standards, regulations, and customer requirements
  • Dynamic standardization of unique id’s throughout the organization

When Vital ID is used in conjunction with Vital Traceability, the Traceability Imperative is addressed more fully. Protect lives. Prevent defects. Gain a competitive edge. Innovate faster. Standardize dynamically. Do it right, every time.