In the ever-evolving landscape of the manufacturing industry, we see a large momentum behind traceability and Digital Product Passports as not just a trend and concept with great potential, but a practical solution that can be used to address the needs of different stakeholders here and now today.
Today several well established forums of organizations and workgroups are currently driving the development with initiatives like Gaia-X, The Global Battery Alliance (GBA) and GS1. At ChainTraced, we acknowledge, take part in and applause these initiatives and the innovation they intend to drive. At the same time we are also dedicated to providing desirable solutions that cater to the current requirements and needs of a diverse customer base across the metallic value chain, including large enterprises as well as small and medium sized companies.
Seeing great opportunity
We perceive Digital Product Passport (DPP) as an inspiring vision and a transformative opportunity to digitalize and streamline previously labor-intensive, and unreliable practices in sharing product information between suppliers and customers. Offering a new and improved way of managing and putting value to more reliable data sets, such as material batch origin, material composition, mechanical properties, test and performance data, environmental declaration, recycled content. Through DPP complete value chains may be empowered to better comprehend the exceptional quality and sustainability efforts that goes into making great products.
Acknowledging our customers current ways of working and needs
In our daily interactions with customers, we have come across challenges faced by leaders in Quality and Sustainability. Within the Quality domain, despite well-established processes and standards, there is a recurring struggle to ensure traceability and quality at scale – from overseeing sourced material and components to internal production and ultimately ensuring quality to customers downstream. On the Sustainability front, unreliable accounting practices and escalating reporting requirements pose significant hurdles. This is exacerbated by both customer demands and ever-evolving regulatory standards. The need for efficient and reliable tools is particularly acute among Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs), aiming to meeting heightened demands for traceability, and break free from the constraints of manual, resource-intensive methods.
Building viable and practical solutions
ChainTraced is dedicated to crafting practical solutions that bridge the divide between traditional practices and emerging demands. We account for customer and regulatory reporting practices are gradually adding more traceability requirement, but also recognize that our customers operate in a dynamic real-world environment. Our tools are thoughtfully designed to enhance their daily operations. We design our solutions to integrate within existing processes and business flows of managing part approvals, incoming inspections, material certificates, traceback, recalls to taking important steps within moving from company level footprint to product level footprint and the improved use of primary emission data from suppliers. Our commitment lies in fostering a positive impact on quality and sustainability efforts, encouraging a shift in behavior that aligns with the evolving landscape of industry expectations. We actively take part in several established innovation forums, whilst meanwhile remaining dedicated to bringing the insights gained into our ongoing collaborations with existing customers and markets.
Is Digital Product Passports something that your organizations have come across as a concept and potential solution to the increasing need of scalable reporting practices? Does it feel overwhelming, or have you found a pragmatic way of adopting the concept? Feel free to take inspiration from how we are working together with our customers and experience what a steel component could look like in the format of a Digital Product Passport.