DO YOU WANT TO REDUCE LABOUR COSTS?
DO YOU WANT TO INCREASE PRODUCT QUALITY?
DO YOU WANT TO PROTECT YOUR BRAND REPUTATION?
Increased demand for complete traceability from stakeholders including; suppliers, retailers, auditors and consumers has led to the need for raw material and component identification. The ability to track, trace and record the genealogy of raw materials and Work In Progress (WIP) throughout each stage of the production process and product life-cycle is imperative. MES-focused track and trace solutions can help manufacturers achieve the following:
Increased product quality, safety and transparency
Greater product recall responsiveness
Reduced product recall cost
Lower risk of damaging brand reputation
Reduced labour costs associated with collecting paper records
Containment and control
Easy access to traceability information and data records in the event of a product recall can save time and money. Containment and control of a recall if one should occur, enables optimum product and safety recall responsiveness, whilst protecting customers and brand reputation. Improving the recall process and containing the quality problem before it continues through the supply chain can mean escaping from costly and damaging recalls.
Traceability throughout the supply chain
Having accurate traceability data including audit reports/logs ensures that recalls can be targeted quickly and efficiently to reduce the impact of the recall, yet paper trails documenting the history of a product throughout the supply chain can be difficult to control. Documented audit processes, electronic signature sign-off, and electronic records can help to maintain and achieve compliance with regulatory requirements such as 21 CRF Part 11 and ease the audit process altogether.
Paper vs EBR
Manual processes and the generated paper records can be costly in terms of high labour intensity and human errors, resulting in poor intelligence-based decision making. Replacing paper records with both real-time and historical Electronic Batch Records (EBR), will help minimise recipe or batch errors, demonstrate regulatory compliance and involve operators in quality improvement initiatives.
MES-focused traceability systems allow manufacturers to detect and report the physical location of products in real-time, and manage logistics and quality more effectively leading to a better inventory management. It can also aid the integration of barcode or RFID technology for mix-up prevention and help interface to Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems for stock management, work order creation and helps monitor planned vs actual material usage.