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Data that BellHawk Collects and Tracks

Materials Tracking

BellHawk tracks the following data in real-time about Containers of material (with tracking barcodes), individually barcoded items, and assemblies:

  1. License-plate tracking barcode
  2. Current location, including rack, shelf, floor location, facility, plant, work-center,  and machine
  3. Parent container
  4. Item and Quantity in Container
  5. Lot and Serial Number (if tracking barcode applied directly to item)
  6. Expiration Date of Materials
  7. Is this work-in-process or finished/intermediate product
  8. Is this being reworked
  9. Is this scrap material for recycling
  10. Quality Control Status (passed, failed, needs inspecting)
  11. What project/job/customer this material is intended for
  12. Who supplied or made the material
  13. Which organization material belongs to
  14. Hazardous materials characteristics of materials
  15. User defined parameters such as size, dimensions, and color.

BellHawk also tracks:

  1. Everyone who handled the materials and what they did with the materials.
  2. Materials that were consumed to make or process other products or added to assemblies.
  3. Machines or equipment that were used to process, make or test materials
  4. Changes in quality assurance status and who made them and why
  5. Reason codes for scrap rework and defects and machines being down
  6. How long operations took, how much labor was required, and what materials were consumed, returned, produced and scrapped.

This data is captured in the time tagged tables shown in the above diagram in a format compatible with materials tracking and traceability requirements such as those from ISO, FDA, USDA, HACCP, and the DoD as well as those required by environmental, sustainability, and hazardous materials regulations.

This data can be viewed through standard reports and Excel exports. As BellHawk uses a standard SQL database, these tables are accessible for users to produce custom reports using a wide variety of reporting tools. They are also accessible for exporting to external systems through the BellHawk web services (SOAP/XML) interface as well as through a VB.Net SDK that uses an ODBC connection to BellHawk. A toolset called BellHawk SCI is also available for implementing reliable automated data exchange interfaces with BellHawk.

The data that BellHawk captures typically comes from wireless mobile computers equipped with integral barcode scanners or PCs equipped with barcode scanners. But it can also come from interfaces to weighing scales and process control equipment as well as from RFID tracking systems and test stands.

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