Production line efficiency improvements are only possible when you know each and every detail of the process, including where and at what stage a piece of material is on the line.
Traceability and Supply Chain Efficiency
Whether your facility is step two along a product’s global supply chain or the final stage of a short domestic journey, being able to trace each piece of material from the time it enters your facility until it is ready to ship to its next destination can boost production quality, eliminate waste, and cut costs.
Materials traceability offers a number of substantial benefits, both for product quality and cost savings:
Comprehensive Stock Control – Knowing where your materials are in the manufacturing process allows for inventory monitoring with a degree of detail that was impossible before. Traceability solutions designed by HEXA Engineers will allow for the monitoring, tracking, and reporting of everything on your production line, from raw materials to final products.
Product Quality Assurance – When you can identify where and when defective components were manufactured, rectifying the issue is far simpler. With greater levels of traceability enabled throughout your production, future issues can be addressed ahead of time. And with robust monitoring and reporting, gone are the days of an entire product line being a waste of both time and material.
Effective Communication Between Systems – When data is available, greater automation is possible. For example, if System A can communicate with System B that X quantity of products is headed to the next stage in the process, more precise calculations can be made without human intervention. This will result in minimized waste.
Reduced Recall Expenses – Product recalls can never be entirely avoided, but they can be minimized. Cost savings on avoided recalls can be astronomical. Because it is easier to detect when and where manufacturing defects are occurring, traceability allows for fixes to be implemented before an entire line of products is wasted.
Traceability is enabled by software customized by HEXA Engineers for your specific supply chain and production method. End-to-end traceability tools can enable you to track everything from the moment it enters your facility to its final departure. Product traceability enables automated solutions that improve efficiency and reduce human error while providing an enhanced degree of control.
How to Streamline Production
The efficiency of production lines depends on a transparent process where each and every stage of a product’s development is well understood, thoughtfully designed, and fully optimized. After a simple integration process where HEXA Engineers takes a consultative approach to your systems as a whole, your organization can begin to realize the benefits of traceability.
Cost savings due to increased efficiency are, as stated above, the most obvious result, but traceability can also lead to higher customer satisfaction. Because the risk of building defective products is reduced, your customers (whether they are the end user or another manufacturer further down the supply chain) will have greater trust in your brand.
Traceability enables a more transparent manufacturing process that leads to lower costs and higher quality.
Catching Manufacturing Defects
In an age where even marginal hits to efficiency can have dramatic consequences for your production capacity, no method to optimize your systems can be ignored. However, increased efficiency and production capacity means that every problem in the manufacturing process that could result in defective products or components is magnified.
Traceability brings transparency to your workflow that can mitigate these risks and even enhance the efficiency of your production lines. Problems with production can be a vicious circle. Each time you recall a product and must reassess your workflow, time that could otherwise be spent producing or improving the process is wasted.
Satisfy Customer Demand
Through traceability software solutions, HEXA Engineers is essentially trying to shine a light on your production workflows to determine where improvements can be made. If your facility is better able to meet customer demand, product traceability software pays for itself.
By reducing waste, eliminating inefficiency, and creating a more reliable production process that creates high-quality products, customers will have no choice but to choose your brand. Connect with us today to see where traceability or any other HEXA Engineers workflow efficiency solution can play a role in your facility.
For over 20 years, HEXA Ingenieros has helped companies around the world realize their performance goals with unique, custom-tailored automated solutions. In the wake of our expansion to St. Louis, Missouri, in 2017, we’re proud to announce that we’ve only grown from strength to strength.