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BellHawk Systems' BellHawk software incorporates features specifically designed for Department of Defense (DoD) contractors who have to comply with Military Standards 129 and 130 as well as the DoD's UID and RFID mandates.

BellHawk not only enables organizations to comply with the DoD's requirements but can pay for itself in 6 months or less through improvements in efficiency in identifying and tracking materials. BellHawk represents an alternative to "slap and ship" approaches to compliance which require an on-going outlay in labor costs. BellHawk, in contrast, can pay for itself in 6 months or less through labor savings and then keeps on paying you back.

BellHawk:

  1. Supports the generation of UID labels from product data stored in the BellHawk database.
  2. Tracks inventory of serialized products with UID labels.
  3. Generates container labels with tracking barcodes.
  4. Tracks the packing of serialized items into containers with National Stock Number labels.
  5. Tracks picking of items for customer shipment.
  6. Tracks packing of product cartons and individually serialized items onto pallets.
  7. Generates military shipping labels with embedded RFID tags from the BellHawk database.
  8. Generates commercial shipping labels with UCC128 barcodes.
  9. Tracks shipments of products, cartons and pallets to customers.
  10. Generates packing slips for shipments.
  11. Automatically generates WAWF submission data.

A major benefit of BellHawk is that it helps DoD contractors avoid mistakes in labeling products, generating shipment labels, encoding RFID tags, and generating WAWF submission data. The data that is printed on labels, encoded in RFID tags, and generated for WAWF submissions all comes from the BellHawk database. This use of rules-based labels avoids mistakes in labeling caused by "fat fingering" in label data or selecting the wrong label format.

BellHawk works in conjunction with BarTender® Automation. This enables BellHawk to support a wide range of barcode printers and combination barcode/RFID tag printer–encoders.

BellHawk has standard interfaces that can be used for real–time communications with most ERP, contract management and accounting systems, such as CostPoint. BellHawk also supports importing and exporting data from and to Excel spreadsheets. This interface can be used to exchange contract data with BellHawk as well as to send material transactions from BellHawk to an external ERP or accounting system.

BellHawk has the capability to automatically import customer orders, customer information, ship–to addresses, product part numbers and descriptions, UPC codes and other relevant data from most ERP or accounting systems into its database. BellHawk also stores the label formats in its database and relates these to the customer and their ship–to address. When a shipper packs a box or pallet against a customer order, BellHawk automatically prints out the correct label/RFID tag for the customer and ship–to address. All the data on the label comes from the BellHawk database so that it does not have to be manually entered.

BellHawk can track the receipt of materials from subcontractors that already have UID labels attached. Alternately it can generate UID labels to attach to received materials or to materials that are manufactured in the plant. BellHawk tracks pallet and box serial numbers so that it can generate unique UID, TCN and SSCC container codes for each label, even when multiple label generation stations are in use at the same time. It also tracks the equivalent unique serial numbers for RFID combination tags that are written at the same time the labels are printed. BellHawk can also generate multiple copies of the same label when needed for both sides of a pallet, for example.

BellHawk can track the packing of orders into multiple boxes or pallets and the packing of multiple orders into a single box or onto a single pallet. For each order BellHawk can print out a barcoded customer order packing list. As a packer packs each container they start by scanning the order barcode on the packing list. Then they can scan the line item barcodes on the order packing list and the UID codes on the items packed, thereby recording which items went into each shipment. When a shipping box or pallet is full, then the packer can print the shipping label for the container in the correct format on a barcode printer. Optionally, BellHawk can print out a barcoded packing list to go into the shipping container. As packing is in progress, BellHawk verifies that the correct items for the order are being packed and warns the packer if the wrong items are being packed for the order or contract.

BellHawk Systems would be pleased to consult with any Defense contractor that needs to comply with tracking, traceability and identification standards or who needs to ship systems that need integration with barcode/RFID or wireless mobility data collection equipment. BellHawk would also be pleased to consider subcontract opportunities where its expertise in tracking, traceability or real–time expert systems may be applicable.

 

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