Make it possible to generate a trace number automatically.

When making a record, in the "Trace Number" column a trace number can be entered, it would be every useful to have a number automatically generated, it would save time and be very convenient for the one who does the imputing.

  • Richard Couts
  • Sep 4 2015
  • Will not implement
  • Oct 31, 2015

    Admin Response

    While a good and useful suggestion, the commenter below has inadvertently demonstrated the significant technical hurdles to achieve what you ask, on the face of it. However what you have not mentioned is where you would require this functionality, so lets explore that before jumping to conclusions that product change is required. Lets assume for a moment that you are using the Batching Module to generate Product Batches and it is here you need to automatically generate traceability numbers.

    What is a traceability number? It is an identifier for a specific batch of product. The format it takes is entirely irrelevant as long as it uniquely identifies a batch of product, therefore why not use the automatically generated Record number for the batch? And if you wanted you could combine that with the current date in Gregorian date format as many food companies already do for their traceability codes. So if the date is the 31st of October 2015 and the batch record happens to be 236 then the Traceability number is 20151031236.

    On the other hand if you are referring to the Trace no. column in the Monitoring Record then this column is not mandatory so you can leave it empty.

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  • Amusik commented
    September 8, 2015 16:35

    This is a very good idea and would save time.

    This traceability number needs to solved also on a higher level, however. What I mean by that is that there should be some universal trace number list in the system that you can connect to.

    Technically this should be approached by having a dropdown box with editable text that can predict your writing. This way you could either use the dropdown / selector to pick the right traceability number OR use the predictive function to search OR if you created a brand new traceability number then a new number would be added to the universal list.

    I think the right place to do this would be to introduce a tab under the "Categories" module called "Traceability Numbers" and then opening one of these entities would open up all possible records where that number appears.

    This has some resemblance to another idea about "tagging" any records. But it is different because we're talking about a very specific task, so I think would be a very good and useful feature.