IBO GmbH is a technologically advanced German manufacturer of rolling bearing solutions for highly dynamic movements, precise positioning, and complex environmental conditions. Their core skills are flexibility, technology competence, and maximum fit to specific customer requirements.
The company’s quality management system complies with various standards, including EN9100:2018 and ISO 9001:2015, and meets the requirements of the aerospace and defense organizations they partner with. Product quality and inspection are crucial for the company’s business growth, and high traceability throughout the supply chain separates its products from those of its competitors.
Problem: Traceability and proving product authenticity
One challenge that IBO generally faces is the traceability and verification of manufactured products sourced from customers who are not in direct contact with the company. This may be through a reseller or the customer’s own supply chain. Since these products are not sourced directly from IBO, the company has been looking for a solution that allows customers direct access to manufacturing and quality documents to verify the product without the need for direct contact.
Despite efforts to achieve a high level of automation in the industry, there was no streamlined solution for the end customer to verify manufacturing materials, components and tolerances. Typically, documents were stored in data silos that are proprietary to the company and not accessible to external parties. Finding, organizing, and sharing data and documentation was a difficult and time-consuming process.
Solution: Digital product passport
To address these issues, Authtrail has helped introduce a digital product passport. Now every IBO product is equipped with a QR code tag that contains all the information about the materials used, the technical characteristics, and the product origin, without the need for direct customer interaction.
The data is verified using blockchain technology and provides an unbiased single source of veracity about the product to all stakeholders throughout the value chain.
The Authtrail solution involved setting up three modules:
- Automatic Data Input
- Control Module
- Digital Product Passport
This provided IBO with complete end-to-end visibility of their product production cycle and allowed them to easily share relevant information about each of the products with their customers.
Impact: Higher trust and easier tracking of product origin
The digital product passport developed by Authtrail leverages blockchain technology to equip product data with unbiased integrity but also higher traceability from end-user back to the production line.
Trusted data throughout the value chain and its easy sharing translate to reliable verification of components, materials, and proof of origin.
With direct product data validation, the end customer and internal teams can trace decommissioned products and find potential inconsistencies in data entries. Thanks to higher transparency and fast verification, customers can now be more confident in the origin of an IBO product when purchasing via a reseller or third party.