Innovative component tracking with IPM® RCS enables tracking according to ISO 9001 in real time, increases transparency on the shop floor and has a positive effect on the cost structure of manufacturing companies. Automated container tracking introduces itself as another feature.
If components are integrated, bought in large batches or purchased from different suppliers, processing companies must maintain an overview and ensure traceability. What if there are low-quality batches among the supplies? Of course, this also applies if components suddenly turn out to be defective during the production process, for example due to incorrect assembly or if the FIFO principle has not been observed and parts have been stored for too long. No matter how it happens – if individual parts are defective or damaged, they can affect the functionality and safety of the end product. But what can be done to prevent this from happening in the first place? How to quickly figure out where defective parts are already installed?
The IPM module “Realtime Component State”, RCS for short, ensures greater efficiency in production. If parts are provided with a code, such as barcode, QR or DMC, they are visible to IPM RCS and it is possible to check the current status. If, for example, quality management has blocked a batch that is already being used in production, it is immediately possible to clearly trace which parts were used in which product and where the required combinations are currently located. If necessary, further automated production processes can be blocked immediately with the help of IPM RCS. This avoids unnecessary rework. A CSP pilot customer is already benefiting from this Smart Factory Partial Solution and is planning extensions.
In order to be able to track containers and steel box pallets in production, the module also offers container tracking. This provides information in which container a component has been stored and where in the production chain it is currently located.
So what makes the module so special for users? “Clearly, the associated time and cost savings,” said Stefan Hofbauer, project manager and team leader at CSP. “In quality management, time-consuming manual checks are no longer necessary; these processes are automated. Response times are shortened, which means that production as a whole can be accelerated. And because the quality of the components improves, there is significantly less waste and material usage,” continues the process data management specialist. Big advantage of this application: It can be used across plants and data can be accessed from anywhere at any time.
The system is particularly interesting for companies with compliance requirements according to IATF 16949 or ISO 9001 that produce in high volumes. “Here, for example, medical technology, supplier industry, automotive, white goods, entertainment, information and communication electronics are exciting areas of application. A large number of individual components are usually assembled or further processed there. Precise tracking of individual parts is therefore particularly important,” adds Hofbauer.
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