A bit on cradle-to-grave tracking of an item using serialization

With the help of item serialization technology, organizations can control the tracking and identification process of a entire array of materials, effectively and efficiently. Some examples include tools, bottles of chemicals, keys, cylinders, and waste storage containers. There are many others.

Powerful materials tracking software is used to create serialization or unique identification numbers based on any desired numeric or alphanumeric sequence, including those generated by external or vendor supplied sequences. So, with this type of flexibility, enterprises do not have to re-invent the label or ID generation process – unless there’s a reason to do so.

The functionality can be leveraged using either barcode or RFID tags. As a serialized item moves, is used, or consumed, very specific details of those transactions are recorded and tracked by the materials management system.

Sometimes, this type of serialization functionality is developed or procured as a point solution for a specific need. Most often however, it is integrated into ERP systems, Tool Crib Management systems, Asset Management/Maintenance Management solutions. An increasingly popular application is to track and identify CNC tooling, fixtures, or other kitted components that are required for high-end machining or part manufacturing operations. As mentioned above however, may other applications exist. And, in addition to tracking conditions, inspection history on items, and calibrations on instruments, serialization also increases operations visibility into items that may be defective or have expired. Rules can be configured to trigger these events based on date/age or usage. The key is using the ability to uniquely identify an object and then applying this end-to-end identification process in a way that makes sense for the item.

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