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Build Traceability

Build Traceability - Lighthouse MES Inventory

Implement traceability at a serialised part level


Do you have compliance requirements with end-to-end traceability?

High-end manufacturers and safety-critical parts or products often need to extend traceability to serialised parts. The end-to-end traceability available in Lighthouse MES system will help to achieve compliance and ensure the finished product has the correct part built-in.

What does the Build Traceability module do?

Apply the Build Traceability module in Lighthouse MES software, in combination with the Inventory Management module, to: 
  • Get complete traceability of manufacturing production
  • Record serial numbers of parts produced
  • Record the serial numbers of components used
  • Track the exact time each part goes through each manufacturing operation

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What are the benefits of the Build Traceability module?

  1. Achieve traceability: from raw materials and components through to finished goods, at a serialised part level
  2. Eliminate errors: ensure the correct use of inventory, validate materials used against the Bill of Material (BOM)
  3. Improve stock accuracy: update the ERP system with actual stock used and when it is used, rather than back-flushing
  4. Reduce waste: prioritise the use of materials soon to expire, implement proper first-in-first-out (FIFO) rules


  • A complete traceability record in your MES software
  • Record the serial number of each part made at each point in production
  • Use scanners to read bar-code labels or use RFID tags
  • Generate serial numbers according to rules
  • Record the time of each operation on each machine for every part made
  • Each part/lot used is associated with each part made for two-way traceability

Material/component usage

  • Capture the serial numbers (or lot numbers if batch controlled) of components/materials used/assembled/consumed
  • Capture lot/serial numbers automatically from PLCs if required
  • Validate FIFO and use-by-dates rules

Enforce assembly steps

  • Capture and validate the manufacturing process steps
  • Capture and validate used materials/components/parts used against the Bill Of Materials (BOM)

Update inventory in the ERP in real-time

  • Update the ERP system with the quantities of actual materials consumed rather than the more traditional back-flush methods


►GTECH case study
Gaming technology manufacturer achieves compliance with full assembly history of every machine in Lighthouse MES.

Sustainable Energy

►Sunpower case study
Solar technology manufacturer gains full traceability and can track issues throughout the supply chain back to the raw material with the Build Traceability module.

The Build Traceability functionality of Lighthouse MES requires the Inventory module to know inventory before it is used. Get more value from the module by using it in conjunction with:
  • Traceability – Consumption - to take traceability to the level of lot controlled materials
  • Quality – to perform Quality Checks on serialised parts and maintain a traceability record