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Janet Kar By Janet Kar • April 23, 2019

Link3D’s Additive MES Series Part 12: Document Control


What is your data strategy to achieve part repeatability of your manufactured parts? How are you proving identification and traceability of parts to become certified?


Document control is key to ensuring data is tracked and traced across all products created within your production environment. This is key to ensure data security, proving compliance during an audit, governing approval workflows and demonstrating shop-floor context with ease.

When an order is submitted and materials reach the machine for production, an integrated DMS system with your MES will display a traveller of work instructions that showcase a snap-shot of the work in progress to the lab technicians. This should happen at every stage of production and post-processing through completion of the order.

As products are identified and the status is logged to help the organization understand the output quality, a DMS system should automatically capture production yield, approval and rejection reasons, slice files, QA files and traceability reports from production logs.

Throughout this entire process, data can easily be added and generated in the right place, at the right time for the right person. As the repository, your MES system should pull data to automatically generate forms, helping reduce human errors while saving valuable time.

Not only does a document management solution enable for paperless manufacturing, it helps your organization achieve end-to-end traceability and move towards part repeatability.

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1. Operations & Detailed Sequencing

2. Resource Allocation & Status

3. Dispatching Production Unit

4. Performance Analysis

5. Maintenance Management

6. Process Management 

7. Quality Management 

8. Data Collection & Acquisition

9. Product Tracking & Genealogy

10. Labor Management 

11. Document Management


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