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1. WO2020113318 - TRACKING MANUFACTURING INFORMATION

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CLAIMS:

1. A computer-implemented method of facilitating tracking of manufacturing information for a plurality of manufacturing customers, the method comprising:

causing at least one processor to receive customer defined manufacturing order information associated with a manufacturing order, the customer defined manufacturing order information generated by one of the plurality of manufacturing customers;

causing the at least one processor to identify from the customer defined manufacturing order information, non-confidential customer defined manufacturing order information;

causing the at least one processor to produce signals representing the non-confidential customer defined manufacturing order information for causing the non-confidential customer defined manufacturing order information to be transmitted to a plurality of peer computers and stored in a distributed ledger replicated at each of the plurality of peer computers such that the non-confidential customer defined manufacturing order information stored in the plurality of the peer computers is accessible by the plurality of customers;

causing the at least one processor to receive vendor defined manufacturing order information associated with the manufacturing order, the vendor defined manufacturing order information generated by one of a plurality of manufacturing vendors;

causing the at least one processor to identify from the vendor defined manufacturing order information, non-confidential vendor defined manufacturing order information;

causing the at least one processor to produce signals representing the non-confidential vendor defined manufacturing order information for causing the non-confidential vendor defined manufacturing order information to be transmitted to the plurality of peer computers and stored in the distributed ledger such that the non-confidential vendor defined manufacturing order information stored in the plurality of the peer computers is associated with the non-confidential customer defined manufacturing order information and is accessible by the plurality of customers.

2. The method of claim 1 further comprising:

causing the at least one processor to identify confidential manufacturing order information from the customer defined manufacturing order information, the vendor defined manufacturing order information, or both;

causing the at least one processor to generate at least one cryptographic hash value from the confidential manufacturing order information; and

causing the at least one processor to produce signals representing the at least one cryptographic hash value for causing the at least one cryptographic hash value to be transmitted to the plurality of peer computers to be stored in the distributed ledger such that the cryptographic hash value is associated with the non-confidential customer defined manufacturing order information and is accessible by the plurality of customers.

3. The method of claim 2 wherein:

causing the at least one processor to produce the signals representing the non-confidential customer defined manufacturing order information for causing the non-confidential customer defined manufacturing order information to be transmitted to the plurality of peer computers comprises causing the at least one processor to produce signals for causing the non-confidential customer defined manufacturing order information to be stored in a first block of the distributed ledger, the first block associated with a first time period; and

causing the at least one processor to produce the signals representing the cryptographic hash value for causing the at least one cryptographic hash value to be transmitted to the plurality of peer computers comprises causing the at least one processor to produce signals for causing the at least one cryptographic hash value to be stored in the first block of the distributed ledger, such that the first block provides evidence that the non-confidential customer defined manufacturing order information and the at least one cryptographic hash value were stored during the first time period.

4. The method of any one of claims 1 to 3 wherein causing the at least one processor to produce the signals representing the non-confidential vendor defined manufacturing order information for causing the non-confidential vendor defined manufacturing order information to be transmitted to the plurality of peer computers comprises causing the at least one processor to produce signals for causing at least a portion of the non-confidential vendor defined manufacturing order information to be stored in a second block of the distributed ledger, the second block associated with a second time period subsequent to the first time period.

5. The method of any one of claims 1 to 4 wherein the customer defined manufacturing order information includes order creation information defining a proposed product order and wherein the vendor defined manufacturing order information includes at least one of estimated order completion information, or order completion information.

6. The method of any one of claims 1 to 4 wherein the customer defined manufacturing order information includes non-conformance report information and wherein the vendor defined manufacturing order information includes at least one of non-conformance analysis information or non-conformance correction information

7. A system for facilitating tracking of manufacturing information for a plurality of manufacturing customers comprising at least one processor configured to perform the method of any one of claims 1 to 6.

8. A non-transitory computer readable medium having stored thereon codes which when executed by at least one processor cause the at least one processor to perform the method of any one of claims 1 to 6.