Traceability is knowing the What, When, Where and Why of any product at any point in the supply chain when needed.
Traceability can be defined simply as the ability to identify the current location, condition and history of a product, item or article.
Your business can experience countless benefits and cost saving measures with the ability to track any article, merchandise item or product. The 4 following properties are the staples of RFID traceability:
- The "what": identifying the product itself, knowing what it is called and how it works.
- The "when": knowing in real time the circumstance or action of an item.
- The "where": knowing the location of an item in real time when such a circumstance or action takes place.
- The "why": knowing the purpose, state or the intended action that a product performs.
Traceablility as such seems simple and even basic at first glance, but the real power behind it is expressed in countless ways and applications. Dipole RFID Solutions has extensive experience in supply chain management, the exchange of goods, information and funds. We know how to create a tracking system in compliance with regulations to ensure customer safety, especially in those sectors that deal directly with human health.
- Smart ID
Choosing the type of identification or the combination of several will make it successful to obtain, as well as the knowledge of information dragged through the chain.
- Common Regulations
The regulations applied by Dipole follow the rules established by the EU, FDA, GS1, EPC Global and other associated organizations. Use commonly used regulations.
- Consumer Warranty
The great beneficiary of a good trace is the final consumer. However, its implementation in the chain provides tangible benefits to businesses in the short term.
Automating Traceability of your Business Processes
Manually tracking and obtaining vital information of your business processes on a daily basis requires massive amounts of time and resources, all the while increasing the possibility of errors and mistakes. This is why automated tracking and information gathering is crucial and revolutionary to today's businesses.
- The Benefits of Automating Processes to Achieve Traceability:
- To consolidate and obtain instant visibility to the processes being performed on products or items, even if there are multiple locations.
- To exchange information with customers and your administration in real time.
- To perform inspections and administrative tasks safely and with increased security.
- The quality of your processes with double in the first 6 months of implementation.
- Traceability has brought remarkable and instant changes and benefits to businesses who needed to add efficiency to their processes and informaiton gathering as well as heightening security and acheiving massive cost savings.
On average, we have seen companies with very stict and complex requirements in the management of traceability and oversight of their processes acheive a 75% success rate.
The implementation of Traceability
Safety, consumer protection and traceability are at the forefront of the modern world in which legislation and regulation seek to fully protect the consumer. Obtaining traceability of products is one of the major concerns of global industries today.
Implement traceability and improve your current system with Dipole RFID and benefit from:
- Intelligent Traceability
Intelligent Traceability, as a result of Dipole solutions
- Eliminate unproductive data recording
And information registration by an operator (remove administrative work that does not add value to the product)
- Get instant reports
Without the extra steps of gathering information or making further calculations
- Internal traceability
Which refers to the processes of obtaining data through the internal processes of the company
- External traceability
Which refers to the reception of data from your suppliers and providing key data to your customers
- Common Regulations
The regulations applied by Dipole follow the rules established by the EU, FDA, GS1, EPC Global and other associated organizations. Use commonly used regulations
Traceability and the Supply Chain
Complete visibility of the supply chain is possible and obtaining traceability with RFID technology will benefit you greatly in your reduction of resources required to manage the supply chain.
Intelligent Traceability and Process Optimization go hand in hand
Throughout the supply chain, the continual exchange of information and goods takes place seamlessly within the different links that compose it. Each "chain actor" performs a dual function: receiving goods and shipping gooods, receiving orders andd information and processing deliveries using said data.
As shown in the chart above, an "Internal Traceability" and "External Traceability" are created, each chain depending on and intimately linked to the other in the exchange of information.
If merchandise received is accurately identified and you are able to automatically capture that information at the time and place of reception, you will have saved tremendously on time and resources and faster decisions can be made in the movement of such goods and items.
Challenges companies face in "HOW TO OBTAIN TRACEABILITY" can be summarized as follows:
Data and information from the beginning to the end of each process
The data in real time for use in subsequent processes
The data accurately for printing labels and reports
The data with the ERP itself, with third parties or with the next link in the chain
Internal traceability refers to the methods, procedures and elements needed for tracking and recording data within a business's processes.
Internal tracking takes place when goods or raw materials are received, processed and the product is delivered to third parties.
The goal is to keep track of the properties of all products involved in the manufacturing or handling process from beginning to end, aquiring the information necessary for a complete tracking system.
This method of tracking supports the following business processes:
- Receipt of goods or raw materials
- Warehouse management
- Production line processes
- Internal logistics processes
- Identification and labeling
- Traceability Standards
- Order selection and packaging
- Expedited processes
Implementing Internal Traceability
This kind of implementations has a lot to do with the optimization of business processes and obtaining the visibility of the supply chain.
Use the solutions that Dipole has developed for each process and sectoral application, you will find the simple and simple way to implement traceability while improving live and real-time information that will allow you to make safe decisions.
- Raw Material Reception
Using RFID technology for receiving goods, you will get a reduction in labor by not needing to "disassemble" the pallets. You will also obtain the highest reliability in data capture with the introduction into your management system or ERP.
- Time and Alerts
Whether raw material, semi-finished product or finished product, warehouse management using RFID allows you to record merchandise movements without human interaction. Use alerts to get knowledge of your KPIs.
- RFID On-Line in Processes
With the use of RFID tags and strategically positioned antennas, we will be adding the information generated in each process automatically and we will obtain the data in real time with its alerts and diversion parameters.
- EAN-GS1-128 labeling
Drag the data to the outputs of each pallet production line, associating the entries, lots and related data to the products of the pallets made. Time control per line.
External traceability refers to the methods, elements and procedures necessary to obtain traceable data between the companies that make up the supply chain.
Implementing External Traceability
External traceability deals with the exchange in data of the properties of goods drawn between different links in the chain. Data gets exchanged with third parties or when tracking is required within the same company but between separate geographical locations.
- External traceability is divided into three general processes that are common to all links in the chain:
- Reception of goods or captured data from vendors or a third parties
- Internal traceability within the company using the initial data from third parties, adding data generated in the processes themselves
· Issuing and sharing information with customers or the next link in the chain.
- Compliance with traceability regulations
Necessary for communication and understanding between different parties in the supply chain
- Reception of raw materials
Drawing data and parameters for your business for all traceable goods
- Labeling under regulations
The finished product and packaging so that your client can capture the information you need
- Add Information
Relative to the handling, manufacturing, packaging and other traceability processes
- Electronically exchange information
With third parties and meet the standards established for such processes
- Visibility tools
That allow you to know the what, when, how and why goods move