Traceability and Direct Part Mark (DPM) Applications

Microscan has an extensive record of technology development and over 15 years of experience in solving challenging DPM traceability applications.

While the overall concept of product traceability is not new, the automated tracking of product down to the individual part and component level has proven to have even greater bottom-line impact.  The most direct way to ensure complete quality control of the production process is to directly mark a part with a machine-readable code and track it through its entire life cycle.  This is called Direct Part Mark Traceability.

DPM can be used to optimize line performance, identify defects, increase first-pass yields and as a result, reduce the costs of manufacturing.


  • PCB Assembly & Test
  • Flat Panel Displays
  • Photovoltaics


  • Front End
  • Wafer Identification
  • Back End
  • Component Identification
  • Lead Frames & BGA Strips


  • Typical Traceability Objectives
  • Engine Components
  • Fuel Injectors
  • Transmission Components
  • Catalytic Converters
  • Safety Components
  • Automotive Electronics
  • Final Assembly & WIP Verification


Consumer Goods  

Pharmaceutical and Medical Devices

  • Component ID
  • Error Proofing
  • Bright Stock Labeling
  • Serialization
  • Anti-Counterfeiting & Brand Protection

Lab and Clinical Automation
  • Surgical Instrument Marking & Tracking
  • High Throughput Screening

Document Handling