Mobile Data Collection For Production Process Tracking

Manufacturing Process Tracking Software With QR Codes And Mobile Forms

Real time production progress tracking using barcode scanning and mobile data collection helps your manufacturing business improve operational performance and productivity.

QR Mobile Data application uses QR code / barcode scanning and mobile forms for tracking manufacturing process / production progress on the shop floor in real time. QR Mobile Data helps you eliminate manual notes and errors, saves employees time and provides live status of everything in production to the authorized personnel. Data analytics reports give you actionable insight into the business operations, allow you to analyze and improve manufacturing process and productivity.

How do we track manufacturing process and production progress with QR Mobile Data?

  • Define your manufacturing process and process steps via the web dashboard.
  • Create custom mobile forms for data collection, and attach each form to the correct process step(s).
  • Shop floor employees use QR Mobile Data mobile application to track manufacturing orders / projects through the process and collect data.
  • Each project / work order is identified by a QR code. An employee scans QR code with a smartphone to access / record information.
  • Collected data are sent to a central cloud location in real time.
  • Authorized personnel can access live production progress / status and collected data, on the mobile devices on the shop floor, and on the computers in the office.
  • A variety of reports are available to the administrators via the web dashboard.
  • You can customize reports to fit your needs: select what fields to display and analyze, select multiple filters, report format, etc.

What process information can we track / collect?

You can collect any information that is relevant to your production process and must be documented. Some examples are:
  • Lot numbers of materials used on each process step
  • Serial numbers of the instruments / containers / machines used in production
  • Time required to complete the task
  • Problems encounted in production
  • Record conditions, such as temperature, pressure, pH, etc.
  • and more...

Your employees can fill out all required paperwork on the smartphones / tablets using mobile forms:
  • Quality control forms
  • Inspection checklists
  • Safety checklists / forms
  • Problem / damage report forms
  • and more...

How do we access work orders progress / status and collected data?

Data collected on the shop floor via mobile devices are sent to the centralized cloud location in real time, and are accessible by all authorized employees.

Administrators can access the following reports via the web dashboard:
  • Live status of everything in production
  • Detailed production history of all projects
  • Collected data
  • Completed forms
  • Statistics and analytical reports on collected data, in the tabular and graphical format

How do we adjust QR Mobile Data to fit our manufacturing process?

You can customize almost all aspects of QR Mobile Data to fit your manufacturing process:
  • Create custom processes, define process steps
  • Create custom mobile forms for data collections and process documentation
  • Define what data to enter for the projects / work orders
  • Define what data to track as projects go through the process steps
  • Create custom reports
  • Create custom pdf documents
  • and more...

Production Process Tracking: Define Your Process

Each manufacturing process is unique -- create your own custom process(es) via QR Mobile Data secure web interface.

  • Define your manufacturing process via the web dashboard. Create process steps, add clarifying notes.
  • Create custom mobile forms for data collection and documentation, and link them to the workflow step(s).
  • Employees on the shop floor can use mobile devices and barcode scanning to:

    • Uniquely identify each product, access detailed product information and current status.
    • Collect necessary information (such as used equipment serial numbers, conditions such as pressure and temperature, etc.).
    • Fill out mobile forms for process documentation.
    • Submit all collected data to a centralized cloud location in real time.
    • Move project to the next step of the production process.

  • Optionally selected users can receive an e-mail alert when project is moved to the next step.
  • Review all projects in progress: current status, production history, collected data via a web dashboard.
  • Review life-time history of the past projects, access collected documentation. Find information that you need fast using multiple search filters.


Production Process Documentation: Create Custom Mobile Forms

Collect all production process data, fill out relevant paperwork on the shop floor using mobile forms.

  • Decide what data do you need to collect during each step of the manufacturing process, and create corresponding mobile form(s). Link each form to a process step, so that your employees know what data to collect when.
  • Use mobile forms to collect observations, record lot numbers / serial numbers of used materials and instruments, record time, any encountered problems, etc.
  • Use mobile forms to fill out process-related documentation and paperwork, such as quality control forms, inspection checklists, etc. Add clarifying text and / or images to make sure your employees know exactly what needs to be checked.
  • Update mobile forms as needed, and your employees will always have current forms to fill out on their mobile devices.
  • Divide large forms into the sections for clarity and easy completion on the mobile devices with the small screens.
  • Create mobile forms with minimum manual entries. Include selection lists where applicable, radio buttons or checkboxes. Allow an employee to scan in value instead of entering it manually (e.g. scan in lot numbers of used components).
  • Include any number of image field(s). An employee will be able to use these fields to take photos with a smartphone, and add them to the form for visual documentation.
  • Create PDF report based on the completed forms. Include images and signature. Control report look and layout using custom templates.

More information on mobile forms capabilities in QR Mobile Data (FAQ)


Shop Floor Production Process Tracking: Real Time Tracking Using Barcode / QR Code Scanning And Mobile Forms

Shop floor employees use mobile devices (smartphones or tablets) and QR code / barcode scanning to move manufacturing orders through the process. All necessary documentation is collected on site using mobile forms / checklists.

  • All manufacturer orders / product batches are identified by QR code or barcode. Shop floor employees scan QR code / barcode with the mobile device to access and record information.
  • Shop floor employee who handles the work order can immediately see what steps were completed, what step the work order is on, which mobile form(s) are already filled out and which ones need to be filled. All this information is available by scanning QR code / barcode label on the work order.
  • An employee performs the necessary task, records all relevant information using mobile form(s), and if applicable moves work order to the next step.
  • As an employee fills out a mobile form, data are automatically saved on the mobile device. (S)he can stop and resume at any time, and be sure that collected information is not lost.
  • An employee can use a smartphone to scan in QR code / barcodes for lot numbers and serial numbers of used parts and components. If you need to identify a production station, you can label production stations with QR codes and your employees will be able to scan them in. Any other numbers and IDs relevant to your process can be scanned in as well. Barcode scanning speeds up data collection process and minimizes a possibility of an entry error.
  • An employee can take photos and include them as a part of the mobile form if visual documentation is helpful or required.
  • A supervisor can sign the completed mobile form on the mobile device before submission. Digital signature will be available in the reports.
  • Data collected on the mobile devices are sent to a secure cloud location in real time. Production status, completed steps, filled out mobile forms are available to administrators in real time via the web dashboard / reports.


Access Information On The Parts, Components And Previous Steps On A Smartphone

Make sure your employees get all required information without delay and there are no interruptions in the production process.

  • An employee can access required information on the components and parts by scanning QR code / barcode label with a smartphone, and make a decision on which components to use in production (e.g. he may need to select components that will expire earlier, parts from a specific vendor, etc.)
  • An employee can access all entered information on the product batch he is working with. He can update this information on a smartphone if needed. For example, he can update measurements, take additional photos, etc.
  • An employee can scan QR code / barcode label on a product batch to access all previous records (production steps, what was done, quality control forms). He can then use this information for planning the next production steps.


Inventory Management

Make sure you know what do you have in stock, and never run out of inventory.

  • Track inventory in multiple locations with a smartphone. Process inventory transactions as they happen, on site by scanning QR code / barcode label.
  • Access real time inventory stock, in the field on a smartphone and in the office via a web dashboard.
  • Set re-order points and receive automatic low inventory alerts.
  • Review and export reports on inventory count, locations, transactions history and usage.
  • MISys manufacturing software integration allows you to send inventory data collected on the shop floor in real time to MISys Manufacturing.
More on inventory management for manufacturing


Production Process Documentation And Reports

Access production process documentation in real time and quickly find required information.

  • All collected data on the manufacturing production process, product batches and quality control are stored in a secure, centralized cloud location. Authorized employees can access process status and documentation from anywhere in real time.
  • Administrators and managers can search records by multiple parameters to find exact information they need.
  • Find information on the specific production batch: batch information, data collected during each production step, quality control forms that were filled out, what components and parts were used. Find how this production batch was distributed to the clients, and / or where it is stored.
  • Find all product batches that have a specific component, went through a specific procedure, production station, were produced on a specific date, etc.
  • Review, and if necessary edit submitted forms.
  • Review projects in progress, what step they are in, and the entire production history of the current and past projects.
  • Print and export reports.
  • Create PDF report based on the completed forms. Include images and signature. Control report look and layout using custom templates.


Real Time Data Collection, Manufacturing Process Tracking And Traceability - Case Study

Learn how other companies use QR Mobile Data to improve operations efficiency, track production process in real time on the shop floor, have up-to-the-minute insights into the projects progress, and keep accurate digital documentation accessible to all authorized users.

Ionex Research Corporation Interview / Case Study

Ionex Research Corporation, a manufacturer of high-performance process filtration and treatment equipment, uses QR Mobile Data / QR Inventory combo for tracking production process, quality control and documentation. Ionex employees use regular smartphones to collect data, fill out mobile forms, track inventory with barcode scanning and look up information in real time on the shop floor. The result is increased operations efficiency, improved intra-company communications and accurate documentation accessible to authorized employees from anywhere.

Read Case Study
One of the hurdles IONEX was faced with was the amount of data collected at each step of the manufacturing process. It was also challenging to keep information up-to-date and communicate between departments. With QR Inventory, most record keeping tasks are completed quickly and "live" as they happen. The need for physical paperwork is eliminated and everyone in the company has access to the data.
C.M., Ionex


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