Linked and traceable data
Gathering product life cycle data to extend the life of components and support the circular economy
Alongside Tata Steel’s range of existing digital platforms and tools, we continue to innovate and develop new platforms to support the construction industry’s drive for better sustainable performance.
One of our primary areas of focus is gathering data on products and components. Data is important throughout the product life cycle, whether to show where a product came from and how it was manufactured, to record how it has been maintained while in use, or to ensure that, in future, someone has the instructions on how to demount it.
Without the right data, our industry won’t be able to reach the levels of component refurbishment, reuse and recycling that it’s striving to achieve. Generic data is not enough; better availability of data for product instances is required instead, and is the starting point to create a digital twin.
A Tata Steel innovation designed to ensure that data sits with products throughout the life of a building is ‘Tag and Track’. Early trials have taken place, with a view to rolling out the scheme across all products. A QR code located on the steel product directs the user to a product landing page, from where a range of product information can be accessed. The information can be tailored to the project or to individual users, and can include environmental performance data, Declarations of Performance and product data.