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How Useful is Traceability for Nanotechnology in Manufacturing Industries?

Enterprise Technology Review | Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Enterprise resource planning software is vital for manufacturing industries that use nanoparticles as it is critical for quality control and traceability of nano-based products.

FREMONT, CA: With the development of high-resolution microscopes that provide more significant insights into the nanoscale materials, almost all developed countries are exploring ways to enhance their potential in the manufacturing sector. Their focus is on finding economical ways to produce products with improved biological, chemical, or physical properties using nanotechnology. Indeed, technology has been a key to transformation in a variety of manufacturing sectors, including consumer electronics, cosmetics, and biotechnology. Let us have a look at the usefulness of technology in the manufacturing industry.

To mention a few from fully recyclable food packets to targeted medicines with reduced side-effects, and vehicle engines that release cleaner exhaust, many manufacturing sectors like healthcare, automotive, packaging, and food production are deriving the advantages of nanotechnology. While companies were using a ‘hierarchically nanostructured gel’ to exploit solar energy to purify water, researchers recently created a nanoparticle influenza vaccine.

Nanomaterials will allow manufacturers to develop lighter products easily at a faster rate. Utilizing this capability, industries like aerospace are developing materials with more stiffness and less weight. Also, by introducing improved mechanical properties within existing materials, manufacturers can use nanomaterials for developing efficient and usable products.

The innovations and developments in nanotechnology offer promising benefits for manufacturers to help improving efficiency in several operations, from design, processing, and packaging, to transportation of goods. Manufacturers can significantly reduce their environmental impact by saving raw materials, energy, and water, reducing greenhouse gases and hazardous wastes.

On the other hand, traceability is essential for efficiently utilizing nanotechnology. With complete traceability through accurate labeling of all products starting from the production process until the product meets the end-user, manufacturers can identify any issues and stop end-users from being affected. It is crucial for manufacturers using nanoparticles, and this, in turn, will minimize any potential impacts on the environment, the business, and its customers. Manufacturers can adopt enterprise resource planning (ERP) software for achieving full visibility, quality control, and traceability of nano-based products.

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