Product traceability QR code for automotive industry

Traceability of products

100% Traceability van producten is sterk in opkomst. Het is tegenwoordig niet meer een uitzondering maar meer een eis dat men wil weten waar de materialen, onderdelen en sub-assemblies vandaan komen, wanneer en door wie ze zijn gemaakt. Producenten worden steeds vaker verplicht om productinformatie op het product en of op de productverpakking aan te brengen. In de voedingsindustrie is dit al volledig ingevoerd, maar in de high-tech industrie is deze trend sterk in opmars.

Every product has its own, unique code

Door gebruik te maken van bar, datamatrix of QR-codes kan productinformatie makkelijk en toegankelijk worden aangebracht. Datum, type, serienummer, productielocatie en andere specifieke informatie kan in de code worden opgenomen zodat snel een uniek en totaal beeld kan worden verstrekt. Tevens zijn er veel gratis scan apps beschikbaar (voorbeeld QR-driod voor android) voor smartphones, waardoor iedere medewerker direct toegang heeft tot de informatie zonder als bedrijf hier significante investeringen te hoeven doen.

Product traceability QR code for automotive industry

Quickly apply unique codes with a fiber laser

Codes can be applied quickly and easily with fiber lasers. Since codes are often not large in size, a fiber laser is extremely suitable because the mirror head can apply codes up to 1500 mm / sec at high speeds. The software already has several bar-code type conversion options built in as standard, allowing manual, text or Excel files or server control, codes can be directly converted and lasered. The software also has options to add date, time and automatic increment to the code.

What does it deliver in practice?

In addition to tracing the origin of a component, improved product traceability also has broader applicability. Codes are also applied for stock management, location determination and uniform communication between employees.

Example: hospital environment

An example is the implementation of code use in a hospital environment for devices and instruments used in surgical operations. The fiber laser can apply the code directly to the metal objects without making deep surface structures. This means that the instruments can be sterilized properly without the code being able to go off. No more use of stickers. By scanning the instruments and documenting their location, the hospital can know which tools have been used for which operation, whether they have all been sterilized after use, where they are stored and how often they have been used to monitor wear, reduce losses and use of "polluted" instruments.

Example: the machine builder

In another application, a customer has provided all components with a code for an improved product traceability. For assembly, these are scanned so that the total built-up machine is known, what has been built up, when and by whom, but also in the event of malfunctions which parts need to be replaced.

Fiber lasers for fast application of codes on plastic and metal

Smart application of codes can save time and money. Fiber lasers can apply these in plastics and metals, including any codes and / or other necessary identification elements, logos and / or texts. If you would like more information about the use and application, please feel free to contact us via info@metaquip.nl or first look further at our fiber lasers.

Traceability of products was last modified: October 25th, 2019 by Coen Lauwerijssen