The ShopVue Track Trace Diagram provides a visual genealogy for an order, lot or serialized part.

A backward trace shows you components and operations that went into a selected lot number.

Yellow ovals (component nodes) show vendor lots that were consumed in manufacturing. Operation nodes (circles) depict operations. Color-coding provides additional details about the lot’s quality status at that step:

  • Light blue nodes indicate normal operations.
  • Yellow nodes indicate steps where parts were marked as suspect for material review board (MRB) dispositioning.
  • Dark blue nodes indicate steps at which parts were dispositioned “use-as-is” or for rework.
  • Green nodes indicate steps at which some or all quantities in the lot have been transferred.

Rectangles represent internal lots (for example, a subassembly or finished product). Light blue rectangles indicate a quantity is associated with the internal lot. White rectangles indicate a zero quantity, meaning the quantities have progressed through a new step and are now part of a new internal lot.

Figure 1. Backward Trace

Figure 1 shows the genealogy for a serialized pacemaker lead wire. Manufacturing begins with two vendor lots of silicone and wire. Operators use these materials in four steps (insulate, cut to length, tensile test, and electrical test) to produce a new internal lot of insulated wire.

Operators then assemble the insulated wire with two more vendor lots, a mesh disk and connector pin. At the next step, an Operator takes another vendor lot, an electrode, and installs it on the pacemaker lead. The part moves through two final steps (QC and packaging) and results in a completed lead wire, serial number PWR00001.

Figure 2. Forward Trace

A forward trace shows where a lot was used.
Figure 2 shows that vendor lot CWR00001 of alloy wire was used to build two serialized pacemaker lead wires and an internal lot of insulated wire that has not yet gone into a finished product. Read from left to right, the top arrow shows the vendor lot going through four options to produce an internal lot of insulated wire. That wire is then used to assemble, test, and package serial PWR00001 and to assemble serial PWR00001, which has not yet been tested or packaged.

The bottom arrow shows the vendor lot of alloy wire has been insulated to create an internal lot of insulated wire, but this material has not yet been used in any additional operations. 

The Details Grid

Track Trace diagrams allow you to quickly see what went into a lot or everywhere a lot was used, but sometimes you want this information in column form. With ShopVue, as-built data is stored in the Track/Trace report source. This report source contains over 100 preconfigured data views that allow you to quickly build and pivot custom traceability reports.

Figure 3. Material Used

The Material Used report shows every component that went into the selected lot number.

Figure 3 displays a list of five materials that went into serial number PWR00001. For each material, the report shows the time the material was used, the material number and descriptions, the material’s lot number, the quantity consumed, and the order and step at which the material was consumed. Additional columns, such as the employee who used the materials, can easily be added to this report.

Figure 4. Operations

The Operations report shows every routing step that the selected lot or serial passed through.

Figure 4 shows the eight operations performed on serial number PWR00001. For each operation we see the timestamp, employee name, machine number, the order and step numbers, a description of the operation, and the resulting lot number.