Real-Time Work-in-Process and Materials Tracking Systems
BellHawk® Project Management Tools
As well as having the capability of tracking production and inventory for
make-to-order manufacturers, BellHawk provides a set of tools for project
management. These tools enable the management of complex projects that can
encompass many purchase orders, work orders, pick orders, and ship orders as
well as inventory specifically purchased for a project and work-in-process for
These tools include:
Tracking the overall status of projects in real-time to give project
managers and materials managers the real-time business intelligence they
need to ensure that releases against customer contracts are made and
delivered on-time to customers.
Real-time scheduling of work through multiple work centers, such as
to ensure that the most important projects are given the highest
priority in allocation of resources to get the products shipped by the
due date while, at the same time optimizing use of available resources.
Tracking available inventory, taking account materials already on
order or scheduled to be made as well as materials scheduled to be
consumed or shipped. This includes tracking materials purchased as
common stock as well materials purchased specifically for a customer
Ability to automatically generate purchase orders and work orders as
ship orders are released for production and shipment to customer site.
Ability to incrementally capture project cost, including design and
production labor, materials and equipment/machine time consumed. This
includes allocating labor, materials, and machine time cost when
production runs are shared between multiple projects.
Automatic monitoring of the status of production and materials and
the generation of Email or text message alerts for managers,
supervisors, and customer service people when critical events occur, or
don't occur when they should.
Many of these tools are based on BellHawk Systems' in-depth background in
the application of artificial intelligence to real-time planning and
scheduling in dynamic resource-limited environments. By automating many
routine management tasks, BellHawk frees up managers to have time to do
critical longer-range management tasks rather than spending all their time
trying to make sure that customer orders get out of the door on time.
These project management tools extend the capabilities of the BellHawk
production and inventory tracking software to enable BellHawk to be used to
manage the operational aspects of large complex make-to-order and