Combining Traceability with ERP Creates Efficiency, Ensures Quality & Enables Regulatory Compliance
While traceability is by no means a new concept, it is one that is growing in importance—and complexity—in the world of modern manufacturing. From one end of the supply chain to the other, and at every point in between, product traceability creates efficiency, ensures quality and enables regulatory compliance.
Fortunately, modern ERP systems are making it easier to maintain traceability in a number of ways.
Following the Supply Chain
Consumers’ desire to know what they are buying, how it was produced, and when they can expect to get it is fueling the need for unprecedented visibility across the entire supply chain.
Modern ERP gives a clearer understanding of your entire business ecosystem, as you gain insight into stock levels, activity and transaction history. You can better manage complexity, improve channel relations and create standardization via barcode scanning and EDI integration. If problems arise at any point in the supply chain, you can more easily identify the source of the problem and take corrective action.
One of the most critical issues that exists in manufacturing industries—particularly pharmaceutical and food—is meeting compliance requirements. While some companies have adopted fully-integrated traceability systems, many (especially small- and mid-sized companies) still attempt to use other means, such as spreadsheets or other non-integrated methods, then manually produce traceability reports from data collected. In some cases, they may leave the results on paper with no compiled results.
Modern ERP systems incorporate tools that automatically record, track and report traceability data for the purposes of meeting key quality requirements for various industry standards, including:
Even businesses that are not required to follow specific quality standards can benefit from incorporating this aspect of traceability into their ERP. Automatically compiled quality data can be called up for inspections or for taking corrective action in the event of non-conformance to product specifications.
Navigating an Evolving Regulatory Landscape
Managing the data required for other types of regulatory compliance can be difficult as well, especially as the requirements continue to evolve. Traceability—provided through modern ERP in the form of lot control, document management and reporting—is of utmost importance for manufacturers that are subject to the following regulations:
- ITAR (International Traffic in Arms Regulations)
- 3TG (conflict minerals)
- 21 CFR part 11 (FDA regulations on electronic records and electronic signatures)
Key Aspects to Successful Traceability
Modern ERP solutions like Macola 10 provide your business with more visibility, mobility and control—and thus more traceability—by incorporating and automating these key features. They also provide mobile access to traceability data any time and any place, allowing for faster and more accurate decision-making.
Check out our infographic for more information about how businesses benefit from ERP’s built-in traceability features. You can also learn more about how ERP solutions facilitate traceability in our eBook, Connecting the Dots: Modernizing Traceability Through ERP, or watch the on demand Traceability webinar.