Traceability and quality assurance thanks to product eID

The rise of additive manufacturing requires digital support for the entire production chain in order to be able to monitor and guarantee product quality. In order to make this possible, Sirris is working on an eID or digital passport for products in its 4.0 Made Real Pilot Factory.

In recent years there has been a major shift in the use of additive manufacturing. Whereas in the past AM was often used for prototyping, today the technology is increasingly used for serial production of functional end products, in which the product characteristics meet all requirements. Process control, repeatability and certification are therefore becoming increasingly important challenges. A digital support of the entire production chain is necessary so that the production quality can be monitored and guaranteed.

Need for traceability

For most of the physical products that are produced today, certain documents are available somewhere containing the history of how, starting from the basic material, the final product was made. These documents are often still a pile of papers that grows with each additional production step.

Besides, several companies are usually involved in the production of a product, which means that the generated information is often stored offline and in different places. At the end of the process, the information available to the end customer may sometimes be rather limited. Today we aim for a central and digitally supported solution.

Digital passport

As part of Industry 4.0, Sirris is working on an eID or digital passport to respond to existing needs. This digital passport will not only contain the product characteristics, but also the various production processes and steps, tools, operations, etc. which have been used and implemented to arrive at the end product. In addition, throughout the product’s life cycle, information about maintenance, for example, can easily be linked digitally.

The presence of this product identity is increasingly becoming a precondition for any form of quality assurance and certification. A number of guidelines have already been developed for the certification of AM components.

During the launch event of our 4.0 Made Real Pilot Factory on 7 November, we will show you how these can be applied in practice. We want to inspire you about which methods, available sensors and quality control can generate the required data for a quality follow-up throughout the production steps and how to extract relevant information from this data. During the event we will show you by means of a 3D printed watch which data we collect and store on the eID during the process. You will discover how to select these relevant process data by means of the tools and methodology we provide for this purpose. In addition, we will provide you with the necessary tools and methodologies to help you select the relevant process data.

 

Advantages of eID

The eID developed by Sirris will allow you to:

  • make it easier to trace a product throughout the production chain
  • to draw simple conclusions from the available process data
  • have a methodology and deployable tools for building a digital passport
  • better guarantee the quality of the end product.

Thanks to this digital passport, companies will be able to easily draw final conclusions about the quality of the process and end product by performing analyses on all available data. This knowledge is indispensable for series production in various sectors.



This article is part of our ‘4.0 made real by Sirris’ campaign, illustrating the feasibility of 4.0 technology in industry. Want to know more? Visit our 4.0 Made Real page or LinkedIn page!