Need better Job Tracking Method - Fabricated in several departments at once

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Hello all,
I need to discover a better way to track and identify items on the shop floor. We currently use a notebook traveller, containing all the work instructions, prints, and processes. This breaks down when a job is being fabricated in several departments at once, (or spilling through them in order of processing), since there is only one book, and it will only be in one department. The books are too large to duplicate effectively, and it would be a big added time to the job. Our parts are all different sizes, so they dont fit well in crates or boxes, so we usually have piles of parts on pallets. There are too many to mark individually in any way. We have no problem tracking them, but I can foresee if we ever run similar products at the same time, we could be in serious trouble trying to figure out which product they belong to. I used to use tracking sheets, which were taped on a part in the pallet, but the parts are greasy and tape doesnt adhere. If the paper is just wedged under a part, it tends to blow off. We are a bit understaffed so we are looking for an efficient solution, as well as a low tech one. Has anyone faced this and how did you solve it?
 
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Number the pallets and keep a log saying part XYZ is on pallet # 322.

Attach paperwork with a staple gun (assuming wood pallet).

Are parts serialized? If so, track by serial number.
 

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I used to use tracking sheets, which were taped on a part in the pallet, but the parts are greasy and tape doesnt adhere. If the paper is just wedged under a part, it tends to blow off. We are a bit understaffed so we are looking for an efficient solution, as well as a low tech one. Has anyone faced this and how did you solve it?
...or plastic zip ties. They're cheap, disposable and don't care about grease...

Dunno how big your parts are, but zip ties come both small and very big.
 
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As for zips, we have tried that, but it results in too many size ties, and many parts have no place to zip to. Purchasing screams at buying zip ties, since everyone takes them home....
 
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Wire ties (everyone already has a million of those at home) with Tyvek (or similar durability) label stock could work. That is how we tag our coils of steel for inventory.
 
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