Traceability: Solving Challenges & Adding Value in Electronics Manufacturing

Based on an original publication by Rob Prosser, Brady Corporation

What is Traceability?

Defined as the “ability to trace the history, application or location of an entity by means of recorded identifications,” traceability provides the necessary tools to enhance customer satisfaction while improving processes and reducing liability and error.

Information gathered through a traceability system can be used for process improvement, regulation compliance, direct or indirect cost savings, defect resolution, brand integrity and more. The residual benefits of traceability have garnered a great deal of attention within the electronics assembly industry during recent years. In terms of the increasingly complex nature of the supply chain there are a range of options to consider.

Why is Traceability So Critical?

Customer Expectations & Replacement: When it comes to covering the cost of replacement items manufacturers often ask supply chain partners to help shoulder the burden - a trend that is rapidly on the rise. Many OEM brands already have a legally binding agreement in place specifying the details of the supplier relationship, including financial and legal responsibilities for product failures, defects and other liabilities. The scope of exposure introduced through this type of agreement can pose a significant risk and should be evaluated thoroughly.

 

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