Material Flow Tracking in Production:
Tracking Containers and their Contents as a Unit
Material Flow Tracking: Can you provide automation-based assurance that the required raw materials are delivered to the relevant production stage? In the desired quantity and at the defined point in time? Container tracking is not only about "Track & Trace" of valuable capital goods in circulation.
Automatic identification and permanent tracking (material flow tracking) only increases efficiency if the load carriers are related, i.e. "married", to their corresponding load (in accordance with ERP). It is this "fixed connection" that ensures seamless, complete and transparent (replenishment) deliveries just-in-time in intralogistics and production through material flow tracking.
With Material Flow Tracking, you maintain real time control. By 'marrying' the materials and the container ID (RFID tag), you are able to automatically track and post the material in motion, in addition to automatic load carrier tracking. This is particularly applicable to parts and materials that cannot be tagged. An automatic replenishment control of this kind is a fundamental part of modern electronic KanBan solutions (pull systems), the eKanBan for your production 4.0.