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09 Aug 2018

The importance of traceability

The importance of traceability

Traceability in the supply chain is necessary to maintain a tight grip on quality control. It is a process which enables any stakeholder anywhere in the supply chain to establish product recall, track the production and subsequently avoid where possible any repetition.

It is a process which has been and is constantly tested to ensure continuity of process. However, it is easy to confuse traceability with tracking – from an outside perspective, the share very similar functions and ideas yet they serve very different purposes in the manufacturing supply chain.

When dealing with traceability, many confuse traceability for tracking, which have very different operations from each other. Although they share similar functions or ideas, they serve different purposes in manufacturing.

Tracking 

This is a fairly simple process which involves movement in sequence from one element of the supply and manufacturing chain to the next. As a for instance, tracking where parts currently in the work shop, who worked on the item from one stage to the next and how long to completion of process.

Tracing 

This is a more complex process which identifies from where each individual element of the manufacturing process was supplied. Traceability authenticates certificates of origin, material certifications and purchase order numbers, thereby making accountable the suppliers sourcing and responsibility for each element of the supply to manufacture process.

Pride in perfection

The owner or executive directors of a company that want to show to their customers that they have pride in the work produced will ensure a traceability process is in place.

Customers can be assured that products being sent out, especially where tight deadlines are in place will have been tracked through the manufacturing process. Materials used will have been subject to many checks and balances before the manufacturing process commenced in earnest.

Expanding on traceability

Traceability is a process which is put in place to ensure all elements of the manufacturing and supply chain doesn’t fall to one person or one company. The interconnection of all suppliers and processors means each and every one has to prove their products or raw materials’ legitimacy.

The point of such a process is to maintain the highest quality standards in a fast paced, modern supply environment. Increasing pressure on businesses such as regulatory and financial means a fine line between success and failure.

By mitigating unnecessary risk in the supply and manufacturing chain reduces inefficiencies and, therefore, reduces costs. Reducing costs is great for the customer especially when the customer is assured consistent product delivery.

The importance of traceability cannot be underestimated. Eliminating weaknesses in supply and production is a valuable tool in maintaining customer confidence. Contact us now to learn more: [email protected] , 01249 460 606

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