Material traceability or product traceability, ,also known as materials genealogy or material flow tracking, traces the transfer of materials within a plant by recording all the attributes of each material and any transformations carried out by assembly, mixing, or chemical reaction. These attributes concern materials (raw materials, intermediate materials, or products), categories (powders, liquids, metal, etc.), properties (density, hygrometry, etc.), supplier batches, quantities, etc.
Containers and transfers modeling - Physical paths in the installation
The MESbox MTG pack reconstructs in real time the flow of raw materials batches and products in your intallation, based on simple concepts of container and transfer, as well as on the graphical description of the physical links between the elements of the installation (topology). Therefore, it is sufficient to indicate to the system the equipment acting as a container of material and the operations involving a transformation or a transfer of material so that the latter automatically locates the products in the installation and immediately reconstructs the latter tracking with timestamping and batch identification. The model is applicable for any technology for identifying batches of raw materials or products (code-to-bar, DataMatrix, RFID,...).
Ascending and descending traceability of batches
Particularly important in the agri-food and pharmaceutical industries, product genealogy or ascending genealogy, allows a batch of finished to know the batches of raw materials or components that have been used for its manufacture, as well as all their attributes (supplier, physico-chemical characteristics, etc.). The genealogy of the raw materials or descending genealogy allows with a batch of raw material to know all the batches of finished products that have used it, and thus authorizes in case of problem on a raw material, a blocking of batches impacted or their immediate identification for withdrawal.
Based on an unique concept " Produce, it's traced !", MESbox MTG module can systematically monitor the material flows of an installation by modeling all the equipment containing material (containers), transfers between them and operations (stacking, mixing, transformation). It allows, among other things, to know in real time the shop inventories and their location, and to carry out the ascending and descending genealogy of the products.
If a quality control reveals a defect in a raw material, we have to know what manufactured products have used that supply batch. This is the "descending" genealogy. Conversely, if an abnomality is detected on a batch of delivered product, an "ascending" trace will be desirable to demonstrate a possible anomaly in the manufactuing (defective raw material, inadequate mixing temperature,...).
The MESbox MTG package integrates specialized components to answer these questions without specific development, and provide an immediate response to the user.
Detailed genealogy - Batch tracking
If the result obtained by the genealogy of a lot seems unnatural, you have a detailed mode that reconstructs in a tree, all the path of the raw material involved to the final product. Each transformation or transfer operation is identified, with the date and time, the quantity of material concerned, the source and destination equipment. Full routing is provided, even if different names or different batch numbers are assigned to the intermediate materials. This information is stored in a database and can be viewed and archived over long periods of time.
Equipment crossed by a batch
The MESbox MTG pack makes it possible to know immediately the equipments' list crossed by a batch. The search is carried out downstream (batch of raw material) or upstream (batch of finished product). Here again, a detailed mode is available allowing a fine understanding of the traveled path in the installation. Note that the genealogy manages, if this parameterization is retained, the storage in a container equipment of the passga of a contaminating material until explicit validation of the cleanliness of the equipment.
Corresponding modules of COOX® range
Product traceability and genealogy are fully supported by MESbox MTG module (Material Tracking & Genealogy) of COOX range.
The MESbox MTG pack helps you set up very high level immediate product traceability quickly that can satisfy the current requirements and anticipating their flows. It can be connected to other packs from the COOX line, especially the MESbox SCADA (supervisory control) and MESbox PMT (Production execution) in order to build a complete workshop monitoring solution.
• Ascending and descending product traceability (genealogy)
• Automatic traceability and presentation of results in man-made or detailed form
• Modeling of material containers and transfers
• Display of flows in tree-structure
• Customizable operation ergonomy
• Raw material and product workshop stocks monitoring
• Operation from any point in the Intranet network
• FDA 21 CFR 11 requirements