Adding Track, Trace and Control (TTC) can improve outbound product quality in several important and measurable ways. Simply by catching potential problems in real time, you can inexpensively prevent problems from ever leaving the work cell or manufacturing area.
Auto ID and machine vision are used to track parts that are work-in-process (WIP). Tracking specific parts and their locations provides critical data that plant floor managers use to maximize yield based on available capacity.
Traceability is the ability to recreate or “trace” the manufacturing steps, processes, or location of a part before it becomes a completed assembly. Item level traceability is critical because it allows for quick containment of parts that may have undergone suspect or incorrect manufacturing processes.
Control is used to decide what step or future process a part must undergo. Machine vision inspection is a key element in many quality control processes and ensures that parts that do not meet exacting standard are rejected before moving further into the supply chain.