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Traceability - Consumption

Traceability - Consumption

Implement material lot traceability in your manufacturing operations


From raw materials to finished goods, ensure end-to-end traceability in Shopfloor-Online Inventory Operations software

To implement traceability in your manufacturing operations you must know what inventory lots were used when a product was made. This means tracking output against consumption. Use the Traceability – Consumption software module of Shopfloor-Online MES to:
  • Capture the consumption of raw material lots and semi-finished goods in production processes
  • The Traceability software lets you associate lots consumed with lots created for traceability
  • Improve accuracy of raw material and WIP stock in the ERP system
  • Validate inventory consumed, for example testing against the bill of materials (BOM), testing FIFO rules and use-by dates

Material loading/usage

  • Record the lot number of materials as they are consumed
  • Use scanners to read bar-code labels or use RFID tags
  • Validate the correct material is being used against the BOM
  • Validate FIFO and use-by-dates rules
  • Capture lot numbers automatically from PLCs in the Traceability software module if required

Stock Control

  • Record the quantity consumed from each lot
  • Allow unused materials in lots to be returned to stock
  • Capture scrap accurately
  • Update ERP system with actual quantities used consumed rather than back-flush


  • Use quality state (e.g. available, released, isolated, scrapped) to manage the quality of lots of material


  • The software associates each lot used with each lot made for two-way traceability
  • Produce Traceability reporting showing when each lot was loaded and where it was loaded, who loaded it, the duration it was used, if it was all used or part used and some returned plus the Production Orders that used it
  • Traceability – implement end-to-end product traceability: from raw materials, through each stage of production, WIP and finished goods. Be able to query in either direction, from materials that went into products, or products made from supplier batches.
  • Eliminate errors - ensure the correct use of inventory, validate materials used against the Bill of Material (BOM)
  • Reduce waste – prioritise the use of materials that are soon to expire, implement proper FIFO
  • Improve stock accuracy - update the ERP system with actual stock used, when it is used, rather than back-flushing

Food & Beverages

►United Biscuits (now Pladis) case study
Biscuit manufacturer improves efficiency, quality and lot traceability - from raw materials to finished goods.

To enable the Traceability – Consumption functionality, the Inventory module is required in order for the system to know inventory before it is used. Get more value from the system by using it in conjunction with other modules of Shopfloor-Online MES software:

  • Build Traceability - to take traceability to the level of individual serialised parts
  • Quality – to perform Quality checks on incoming materials, or lots created and attach quality results as part of the traceability record