Traceability can be done in several different ways, i.e. with serial numbers or with digital twins. Our approach on “digital twinning” is to allow easy integration of any external system to send lifecycle data to us and to be associated with the serialized twin on our database. It can be done with direct API integration or EDI message, UPIDS® PLM circulates around one identifier of the twin.
The digital twin can also be enriched with information about the sustainability of the product, of the producer, even from the primary producer.
What is UPIDS® PLM
UPIDS® PLM (Product Lifecycle Management) is an extension of UPIDS® PDM (Product Data Management) where product master data is linked to individual product units or instances.
In practice, this means that each product unit is assigned a serial number, each product has its own ”digital twin”, and each twin can have its own separate lifecycle. Depending on the producer and the demands from the customers the traceability chains can be:
- batch level
- single unit level
The digital twin allows the product to be traced, as well as the materials and ingredients used in or associated with it.
To create a digital twin in the PDM a product identifier is needed, it can be GTIN, SKU or other identifier which is associated with the producer.
Extended UPIDS® PDM
UPIDS® PDM can be extended with UPIDS® PLM. It allows each package or batch to have its own identifier and digital twin.
Very detailed product information can be stored in a digital duplicate, and PLM also allows traceability of the individual unit.
The digital twin allows the product to be traced, as well as the materials and ingredients used in or associated with it. To ensure global compatibility, the GS1 Digital Link QR code is used as the 2D coding standard. The GS1 Digital Link includes the GTIN code and an offline readable date of sale. The direct feedback link combines the unique identifier so that the feedback is addressed to a ”digital duplicate”.