Forwards Traceability

Forward Traceability Reporting

Forwards Traceability is a reality with SG Systems Global! Tracing a raw ingredient from receiving, through the batching scales and mixer process, to the finished product stages and linked to a list of customer sales orders is a challenge for every food manufacturer. Not any more!!! SG Systems Global Batch Traceability Solution has it all.

Eliminate Paper-Based Lot Number Traceability

With V5 Traceability, it’s just a click of a button to produce the beautifully formatted Report. Using the Report input control screen (below), an operator can select the commodity code and lot number (either the supplier’s lot code or an internal lot code) and let the system run a comprehensive Forward Traceability report which takes you through all the above stages automatically.

Forwards Traceability Report : SG Systems Global Batch Traceability

No more paper track and trace, no more handwritten batch records, no more pick sheets, no more long-winded audits, no more questions. 

What is Bi-directional Traceability?

‘Forward trace‘ is the ability to trace a raw ingredient or component from its original received supplied lot, through various production phases until it becomes a finished product. The finished product is ultimately inventoried shipped to a customer, and logged against the invoice number. ‘Backward trace‘ is the ability to trace a finished product (usually sent to a customer) through the processes to its source batch, then back again to the source ingredients and the original supplier.

Why is Electronic Tracing Important?

Anybody in the food industry will understand why global batch traceability is essential. Traceability can be a challenge for any QA professional when pencil and paper is the method to obtain the data. Handwriting errors can result in unqualified results. Manually keystroking data into an ERP system can be risky and prone to mistakes. Both methods can generate risk for a business. V5 traceability uses production software screens designed to eliminate the threat by validating lot information using barcode scanners, labels, and touch screen technology – placing the data within the ERP, saving time, mistakes and money. Ultimately electronic traceability makes your business perform better and without the unnecessary risk to the company.

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Forward Traceability FAQ’s

  1. What is Forward Traceability? Forward Traceability is a system used in food manufacturing to track a raw ingredient from its reception, through various production stages like batching scales and mixer processes, to the point where it becomes part of a finished product. This tracking is then linked to a list of customer sales orders, providing a complete overview of the ingredient’s journey.

  2. How does Forward Traceability work in SG Systems Global’s solution? SG Systems Global’s solution, V5 Traceability, simplifies the process. An operator inputs the commodity code and lot number into the system. The system then automatically runs a comprehensive Forward Traceability report. This report covers all production stages of the raw ingredient, from receiving to its incorporation into the finished product, linked to customer orders.
  3. What does the Forward Traceability report include? The Forward Traceability report provides a detailed account of a raw ingredient’s path. It includes information from the initial receiving stage, through the batching scales, mixing process, and up to the stages where it becomes part of a finished product. This report is particularly useful for linking these stages to specific customer sales orders.
  4. What is Bi-directional Traceability? Bi-directional Traceability encompasses both Forward and Backward Traceability. Forward Traceability tracks the journey of a raw ingredient from its original source to the finished product. Backward Traceability, conversely, traces a finished product back to its source batch and raw ingredients, eventually leading to the original supplier.
  5. Why is electronic tracing important in the food industry? Electronic tracing in the food industry is crucial as it mitigates the risks associated with manual data recording methods. Manual methods, such as using pencil and paper, are prone to errors like incorrect handwriting or data entry mistakes. Electronic tracing, using tools like barcode scanners and touch screen technology, enhances accuracy, reduces the risk of mistakes, and improves overall business performance and safety.
  6. What challenges does Forward Traceability address? Forward Traceability addresses several challenges in food manufacturing. These include the elimination of paper-based lot number traceability, reducing the reliance on handwritten batch records, simplifying audit processes, and providing clear, easily accessible data for quality assurance.
  7. How does SG Systems’ solution improve traceability? SG Systems’ Forward Traceability solution improves traceability by employing advanced production software integrated with barcode scanners, labels, and touch screens. This integration ensures accurate and efficient data entry, reducing the likelihood of errors and enhancing overall traceability in the production process.
  8. What are the benefits of SG Systems’ Forward Traceability? The main benefits include time savings, reduction in data entry errors, and minimization of operational risks. By automating the traceability process and integrating it with existing systems, SG Systems’ solution enhances efficiency and accuracy in tracking ingredients throughout the production cycle.
  9. Can Forward Traceability be integrated with existing ERP systems? Yes, SG Systems’ Forward Traceability solution is designed to be compatible with existing Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems. This compatibility ensures that the traceability data is accurately and efficiently recorded and managed within the broader business management framework.
  10. How does Forward Traceability enhance food safety? Forward Traceability plays a critical role in enhancing food safety by providing a detailed and accurate record of the journey of each ingredient. This level of traceability is essential for ensuring that food products meet safety standards and regulations, aiding in identifying and addressing potential safety issues promptly.
  11. Is Forward Traceability mandatory for food manufacturers? While Forward Traceability is not explicitly mandated by law for all food manufacturers, it is a critical component for maintaining compliance with various food safety standards and regulations. Implementing such a system helps in meeting the requirements of food safety certifications and enhances overall product safety.
  12. How does Forward Traceability affect audit processes? The implementation of Forward Traceability significantly streamlines audit processes. It provides auditors with clear, precise, and easily accessible data regarding the journey of ingredients and products. This level of detail and accuracy simplifies the audit process, making it more efficient and effective.
  13. What role do barcode scanners play in Forward Traceability? Barcode scanners are an integral part of the Forward Traceability system. They are used for scanning and validating lot information, which ensures the accuracy and efficiency of the data collection process. This technology plays a vital role in reducing manual errors and speeding up the data entry process.
  14. How does Forward Traceability help in recall situations? In recall situations, Forward Traceability is invaluable. It allows for the rapid identification and tracing of affected products. By having detailed records of the production journey of each ingredient and product, manufacturers can quickly determine which products are affected by a recall and efficiently manage the recall process.

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