Conference proceedings article
Introduction of Traceability into the Continuous Improvement Process of SMEs

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Wittine, N.; Wenzel, S.; Kern, C.; Refflinghaus, J.; Trostmann, T.
Nyhuis, Peter; Herberger, David; Hübner, Marco
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Proceedings of the 1st Conference on Production Systems and Logistics (CPSL 2020)


The digitization in the wake of Industry
4.0 offers small and medium-sized enterprises (SME) the opportunity to improve
processes and products.
In this regard, gapless traceability represents a crucial element but is
usually only introduced by SMEs due to extrinsic motivation. Insufficient
funding, lack of expertise and a poor market overview hinder implementation. In order to improve
realization, SMEs need to gain insight into the advantages offered by a traceability
Especially the potential regarding the usage of collected data within the
continuous improvement process (CIP) provides the opportunity to implement
product and process optimizations more effectively and efficiently.

Consequently, this paper presents a concept,
which shows how gapless traceability can support and supplement the CIP. In
this context, the granularity in a traceability information system is relevant since
the amount of data required for tracking and tracing a uniquely identifiable
unit scales with its complexity.
Other aspects of granularity may refer to the size of the traceable unit, the accuracy
of data, the level of detail in a supply chain, or is used in software
The full paper is structured as follows: After an introduction a summary
of the state of the art is supplemented by the requirements of the CIP and the
features of a traceability system. Section 3 is going to match those requirements
with these features and point out how the traceability system can be used in the
individual phases of the PDCA cycle (Plan – Do – Check – Act). How the granularity
influences the performance of the CIP will be shown in section 4; followed by specifying
the preferences of commonly used automatic identification systems and their typical
use case regarding derivable traceability information in relation to the granularity
in a system. Finally, future developments will be discussed.


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