Chances are that you keep some form of detailed records about the products that leave your manufacturing floor—whether you're using sophisticated manufacturing software or manual processes such as spreadsheets. If you're using the latter, it can be difficult enough if only tracking serial numbers, but as you throw in more information, the number of spreadsheets you're now managing multiplies. It's then easy to run into problems when it comes time to find the information you're looking for.
Tracking materials and products is important in every manufacturing industry, but for electronics, medical devices and food and beverage manufacturing companies, it's even more important if a recall comes into play. When recalls occur, having quick access to lot and serial numbers and other information about the products you shipped out can make or break your company. So what's the solution?