Real-Time Work-in-Process and Materials Tracking Systems
Machine and Process Line Tracking
The BellHawk software has the capability of tracking the following states of a machine or process line:
Idle - available for use
Being setup for a run
Down - needs fixing - with reason code
Down - being fixed
Being cleaned up
These state changes, along with the jobs that it is running, are recorded using barcode scanning or on a touch
panel display. The operator running the machine or the team working on the line can also be recorded along with the
materials consumed and produced by the machine or line.
This data can be used for:
Enabling managers and supervisors to view the real-time status of their machines or production lines from
anywhere they have an Internet connection.
Providing alerts to maintenance people when machines need fixing or lines are down. These alerts can be sent
to their cell phones.
Capturing performance data that may indicate the need for process improvement or improved maintenance
procedures. This may include detecting setup times that take too long or machines that are breaking down too
Capturing financial data for job costing. Here BellHawk has the capability to allocate the hourly cost of
machine operation across all jobs being run simultaneously on the same machine.
BellHawk can be customized to automatically feed setup data to machinery and process lines, based on the job(s)
being run. It can also collect process data from PLCs as well as simpler equipment such as length counters. These
can then be integrated into the materials traceability record for each product or batch being made.