Product Genealogy

Product tracking from raw materials to finished product

Manufacturers are often required to track the mixture of raw materials their products are made of including the raw materials, semi-finished product, and finished product so customer service and product engineers can investigate customer complaints, product exceptions, and other related quality conditions.

Product Genealogy is the recording of what goes into their products including:

  • Material Name
  • Date and time of consumption
  • Quantity of consumption
  • Lot number of the material
  • Serial number of the product

    When consumptions are applied at all levels of production throughout the manufacturing process, one can backtrack from the final product all the way back to a specific lot of raw material and its associated paperwork:

    • Certificate of Analysis
    • Product Specification
    • Vendor Specification
    • Lab Test Results

    This can be a very powerful tool for multiple departments within an organization:

      • Customer Service: process complaints
      • Production Managers: compare results over time and against a golden standard
      • Product Engineers: improve the product
      • Quality Engineers: measure conformance to the product specification
      • Purchasing Agents: hold vendors accountable to their specifications
      • Process Engineers: measure process capability against product specifications

    Although one should consider 3rd party off-the-shelf solutions first, custom software can be cost-justified and provide benefits beyond existing solutions:

    • Initial prototype
    • Competitive advantage
    • Special requirements
    • Tight specifications/compliance

    We work with our customers to make the best choice for their needs and establish metrics based on their business goals to assure success!

    Batch and Genealogy Experts

    Automated Results has 30+ years experience with batch processing and product genealogy. One of the owners participated in the development of the ISA S88 Batch Standard and ISA S95 Enterprise Computing Standard that defines the framework that software manufacturers and businesses are using to implement product tracking and batch processing.