9 Steps to Accurate Traceability in Manufacturing

In this eBook, you’ll find the 9 key steps that are essential to building an accurate traceability process on which your operations can rely. We break each of these steps down in detail so you’ll know exactly what needs to get done.

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Why is Traceability So Important?

Traceability means being able to provide evidence that your manufacturing process was followed and that all products were built according to specification, utilizing proper components. You want to be able to execute and prove that you’re making the right parts the right way at the right time.

Traceability is also about making sure that the product flows through the assembly process according to specification and that the measurements taken along the way are within the engineered tolerances that are allowable for that product.

This is important for several reasons – the most important of which being product quality. Ultimately, the goal of a manufacturer is to deliver an order on time with a good product, right?

FORMULATING LOT DEFINITIONS

This all basically comes down to understanding what your lot sizes are so that you can determine the level of traceability that you need. Once you’ve done that, make sure your lot definition is well understood and then well disseminated so that all systems match it.

START COLLECTING EVIDENCE

The easiest way to start collecting evidence for traceability is to focus on the materials themselves. Now that you have raw materials coming in that are marked, you should record their arrival at the workstation, their Introduction into the process, and associate that introduction into the process with each and every product that’s flowing through at the point of manufacture.

LOT ACCEPTANCE TESTING

Today, you can coordinate lot acceptance testing with a high degree of traceability so that you can identify non-compliance, push a button within the quality lab, and quarantine everything from this very tightly controlled lot until you get your arms around it. 

TRACEABILITY STARTS WITH STEP ONE