Traceability in Manufacturing

Industrial Identification to improve your process chain

Reach Your Goals with Traceability

Increasing competitive pressure and legal requirements demand optimized manufacturing processes. Visibility in the process will help to meet this goal. Visibility ensures quality and maximizes the return on investment. A proven method to gain visibility is implementing a traceability program.

Traceability – Documenting the Supply Chain

Traceability is the act of documenting every step in a process chain. It will record the history, location, or use of an item by means of automated identification. Traceability is a proper means to gain visibility, to achieve Just-In-Time (JIT) delivery, lean manufacturing, to enhance quality, and regulatory compliance.

Traceability Goal
Manufacturers utilize traceability to make improvements in the following areas:

  • Comply with regulatory and quality standards
  • Proactively manage product recalls with near-real-time corrective action
  • Improve customer safety, customer satisfaction, and profit margin
  • Manage product quality and reduce the cost of nonconformance

Traceability Implementation Areas
The four general areas where a traceability program will provide significant return on investment:

  • Asset Tracking – plant-based assets
  • Electronic Kanban – plant-based material flow
  • Production Control (WIP) – assembly processes
  • Intra Logistic – material flow between plants

Balluff Traceability Solutions

At Balluff, we have been developing traceability solutions for over 25 years. Our experience has enabled us to provide field-proven solutions for traceability in advanced manufacturing facilities. With access to qualified integrators, we know what it takes to have a successful implementation that is, to ensure quality and maximize your return on investment. Identifying your area(s) will help shape the type of hardware and software required, as well as process changes, to accomplish your goals.

A Multiple Auto-ID Platform Approach

Balluff is a leader with a full line of Low Frequency (LF), High Frequency (HF) and Ultra High Frequency (UHF) RFID technologies as well as stationary bar-code readers. Our systems utilize a multiple platform approach to provide the best solution for integrating traceability into a process. Regardless of the RFID tracing technology or controlling system requirements, Balluff has the platform solution. This approach gives you the right architecture and communication structures you need.

E-Kanban uses barcodes or RFID-tags instead of Kanban cards with the possibility to fully automate the identification process. This will result in faster tracking with more reliability and less operator invention.

Tracking Technology Overview

Traceability RFID Overview

Low Frequency (LF)

High Frequency (HF)

Ultra High Frequency (UHF) BIS U

Barcode Identification
BVS Vision Sensor and ID Handhelds

Product overview and PDF brochure

Overview industrial RFID systems