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Work in Process Tracking (WIP)2023-09-22T19:59:18+00:00

Work in Process Tracking (WIP)

A key factor for operations in today’s fast-paced environment is for materials to be tracked in real-time so managers, supervisors, and employees have a real-time view of the status of jobs and customer orders and can take appropriate corrective action as needed. Work in Process (WIP) tracking is performed using various technologies including barcode scanners, RFID readers, and sensors to track the movement and location of items as they move through the production process. Data is then stored in a database where it can be viewed in real-time by those that need to stay up to date on the status of work orders as they progress through a series of production operations.

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Our software focuses on giving managers, workers, and customer support employees a real-time overview of the status of work orders as they progress through a series of production operations. We help you capture the labor used for each operation in a multi-step work order as well as the quantity processed during each employee work session on an operation. This real-time visibility gives you the power to make intelligent business decisions based on real-time data.

Work in process (WIP) tracking typically involves the use of various technologies to collect and process data in real-time. This can include the use of barcode scanners, RFID readers, and sensors to track the movement and location of items as they move through the production process.

The data collected from these technologies is then transmitted to enterprise systems, where it can be analyzed and used to make decisions about the production process. This may involve identifying bottlenecks in the production line, monitoring inventory levels, and predicting when specific items will be needed in order to maintain production efficiency. Additionally, the use of advanced analytics and machine learning algorithms can help to optimize the production process even further, by identifying patterns and trends in the data that may not be immediately apparent to human operators.

Aspects of our WIP Software:

  • Collect operational data in real-time, including data from process control and test systems, sensors, scales and other sources of data

  • Track the transformation of materials from raw materials to finished products as they move throughout your production operation.

  • Make operational status reports available in real-time, including customer orders, jobs, inventory, work-in-process, receipts and shipments

  • Exchange data between systems automatically so information is shared between departments as soon as it is available—including data between ERP, Accounting, CRM, shipping/transport customer, supplier and third-party logistics systems

  • Promote quality assurance over finished and manufactured goods.

  • Collect activity-based cost data in real-time so cost overruns on jobs can be spotted quickly and action taken before other customer orders are impacted, including labor time data and allocated vs. actual time comparisons

  • Label product packaging containers automatically and in real time to comply with each customer’s specific requirements and prevent rejections or penalties due to mislabeling

  • Identify and correct bottlenecks so that you can save yourself the time and headache of inconsistent production.

  • Prevent mistakes by providing point-of-action warnings when the wrong materials are about to be used for a work order operation.

  • Ensure products are made and delivered on time so that you can maintain supply and keep consumers happy.

  • Provide information to customers about the real-time status of their orders through web portals or mobile devices

  • Collect traceability data of materials so the source of any defects can be determined quickly and corrective action taken before resulting in a major recall—including process data needed by manufacturing engineers to determine probable cause and effect

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.


ValuTrack is a provider of end-to-end supply chain, enterprise mobility, and automated identification and data capture (AIDC) solutions for performance-driven organizations. Working with us means empowering your organization by maximizing visibility, control, and efficiency over your supply chain. We are prepared to equip your workforce with the proper technology and tools they need in order to ensure their productivity and quality of work.

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ValuTrack can help 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 Specialist to learn more about our Real-Time Manufacturing Execution System (MES) Software solutions, as well as, more advanced materials tracking capabilities we provide.

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