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Work in Process Tracking (WIP)2024-01-31T01:34:29+04:00

Work in Process Tracking (WIP)

Monitor and manage the various stages of production, providing real-time visibility into the status and location of materials and components as they move through the manufacturing process.

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Real-Time Visibility throughout the Production Process

A key factor for operations in today’s fast-paced environment is for businesses to track and manage their production process effectively. Work in Process (WIP) tracking is a manufacturing and production management approach that involves monitoring and managing the status and location of items as they move through various stages of the production process. This process is critical for industries where products undergo multiple stages of assembly, transformation, or processing before reaching the final finished goods stage. WIP tracking is performed using various technologies including barcode scanners, RFID readers, and sensors to collect data on the movement and location of items as they move through production. Data is then stored in a database where it can be viewed in real-time by those who need to stay up to date on the status of work orders as they progress through a series of production operations.
  • Monitor Production Status: Gain real-time visibility into the production process, allowing businesses to track the movement and status of items, from raw materials to semi-finished goods.
  • Identify Bottlenecks: Pinpoint areas of the production process where work is accumulating or progressing slowly, helping to identify and address bottlenecks that may impede efficiency.
  • Optimize Resource Allocation: Understand how resources such as labor, equipment, and materials are utilized at different stages of production, enabling better resource allocation and planning.
  • Enhance Quality Control: Implement quality control measures at various stages of production to ensure that products meet quality standards before advancing to the next stage.
  • Data Analytics and Reporting: Utilize data analytics and reporting tools to analyze production data, identify trends, and make informed decisions for process improvements and operational excellence
  • Customized Workflow Management: Tailor the software to match the unique workflow of your production process, accommodating different stages and requirements seamlessly.

Track Every Aspect of your Operations

Work in process (WIP) tracking is integral to the efficiency of manufacturing and distribution operations. From the initial receipt of raw materials to the final delivery of finished goods, WIP tracking ensures real-time visibility into each step.
  • Receiving: Seamlessly manage the influx of raw materials, whether they originate from vendors or internal production operations, as well as goods destined for distribution.
  • Put Away: Efficiently track the movement of received products or materials from staging or storage locations to their designated holding areas or locations.
  • Order Picking: Gain real-time insights into the whereabouts and progress of your workforce engaged in group picking or zone picking activities, be it for production processes or customer orders.
  • Packing: Streamline the packing process with advanced management tools, ensuring the efficient preparation of products for shipment.
  • Work Orders: Effortlessly track and manage inventory related to manufacturing and assembly operations. Additionally, oversee the seamless flow of finished goods across your warehouse network.
  • Physical Inventory and Cycle Count: Stay ahead of the curve with up-to-date inventory assessments, whether user-initiated or system-directed, conducted by location or specific item.
  • Replenishment: Stay informed about stock levels, receiving timely alerts when inventory reaches a critical low point necessitating replenishment.
  • Shipping: Simplify the printing of shipping labels, manifests, and packing lists, accessible from any corner of your interconnected warehouse, for a smooth shipping process.

Why Implement a Work in Process Tracking System?

Work in process (WIP) tracking systems are an essential tool in manufacturing that allows businesses to track and manage their production process effectively. Implementing a WIP tracking system can offer several benefits, including increased efficiency, improved resource management, and better production control. With real-time visibility into inventory levels and production stages, businesses can make informed decisions that optimize the production process, reduce waste, and improve efficiency.
  • Improved Production Control: Real-time visibility into the production process, allowing manufacturers to monitor inventory levels and production stages. This enables them to make informed decisions, adjust production schedules, and improve production control.
  • Increased Efficiency: With a WIP tracking system, manufacturers can identify bottlenecks and inefficiencies in the production process. This enables them to optimize the production process, reduce waste, and increase efficiency.
  • Better Resource Management: A WIP tracking system allows manufacturers to track and manage resources such as raw materials, labor, and equipment. This helps to reduce waste, improve resource utilization, and increase profitability.
  • Improved Quality Control: Real-time data on the production process, enabling manufacturers to identify and address quality issues in real-time. This helps to improve the quality of the final product and reduce the risk of defects and recalls.
  • Enhanced Customer Satisfaction: By improving production control, increasing efficiency, and improving quality control, a WIP tracking system can help manufacturers deliver high-quality products on time and at a lower cost. This can lead to enhanced customer satisfaction and increased customer loyalty.

RFID Tracking Systems

An RFID tracking system is a technology solution that utilizes Radio-Frequency Identification (RFID) to automatically identify and track objects, assets, or individuals. RFID involves the use of RFID tags or labels attached to items, which contain electronic information that can be wirelessly captured by RFID readers or scanners. This system allows for efficient and accurate tracking of items throughout various stages of a process, such as manufacturing, inventory management, or supply chain logistics.

Complete the Solution with our Hardware Portfolio

Our RFID readers give you total visibility, allowing you to identify, track, manage, and optimize assets. We provide a complete portfolio of RFID products and services.
Whether you need an industrial barcode printer for the manufacturing production line, a mobile printer in the aisles of your warehouse, or a desktop printer at your retail point of sales, we have a printer that’s right for you.
Fixed RAIN RFID readers help you achieve maximum asset visibility across your enterprise. Get even more insights with our RFID Array Reader which provides visibility into the pinpoint location of all of your tagged assets, including if they are on the move.
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Optimize your business with a robust and unified network infrastructure. A properly installed network gives you the ability to see the location, motion, and state of enterprise assets, people, and transactions.
Rugged tablets enable your mobile workforce with enterprise-class durability, configuration, and security features that allow them to get perform their jobs at a high level – inside the four walls of your facilities or out in the field.

Start Tracking Your Operations Today!

We provide a simple-to-use and affordable work order and labor tracking system for manufacturing and other industrial organizations that want to track the processing of individual items or batches of products. Should your organization need more complex operational tracking, such as material-flow tracking and traceability, tracking split batches, and tracking work-in-process inventory, contact a ValuTrack Technology Specialist.

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