Traceability requirements are becoming a ‘must have’ for the printed circuit board assembly (PCBA) process. The perception is that this is an additional burden on the manufacturing process, but this need not be the case. The right use of traceability data can save time and material in the manufacturing process by identifying issues before the product is completed. The different levels of traceability impact the ability to use the system more efficiently. The greater the level of traceability, the greater the opportunity to improve production efficiency.
This paper discusses productivity improvements that provide a tangible and, most importantly, measurable return on investment, while delivering the kind of surgical traceability needed in a zero-trust supply chain environment.