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Standardized Traceability Ratings
Standardized Traceability Ratings
Traceability is one of the most common terms used in manufacturing but it lacks a common definition across any discrete manufacturing industry.
Supply Chain

Authored By:
Robert Miklosey
Aegis Software
Horsham, PA USA
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Summary
Traceability and process control are no longer requirements reserved for manufacturers in regulatory or specific market segments. Today, all manufacturers who aspire to achieve or to maintain a "world class" status must deliver some degree of traceability. The PCB assembly industry lacked a common language regarding the nature of traceability or its levels. Nor has there been a means to benchmark such capability or to communicate its nature to customers or regulatory agencies in a common manner.
Conclusions
Improving traceability capabilities is an important driver for most manufacturers today. Until now it has been impossible to quantify traceability across manufacturing locations and industries. A common ratings guide, independent of the manufacturer provides a normalized gauge, and therefore a common language, to how traceability is communicated. It is not intended to serve as an indictment of one manufacturer against another, but instead to establish a way to factor traceability with equally weighted criteria.
Initially Published in the IPC Proceedings
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