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Material Converting and Printing Applications of BellHawk


A substantial number of users of BellHawk are make-to-order, quick-turn material converters and printers. These clients include printers and converters of paper, plastic, woven and non-woven materials. as well as makers of packaging materials. These clients use BellHawk because it is able to:

Some examples of the uses of BellHawk are in tracking:

  1. Printing, coating, laminating rolls and sheets of material
  2. Die cutting and punching
  3. Slitting into rolls and cutting into sheets
  4. Assembly of finished products into kits

In each case there are multiple units of measure involved. As one roll-converter stated "I buy in pound, convert by the foot and sell by the sheet". This is typical in many converting applications. Also the business operations tend to be very specialized and integration with weighing scales or other devices is required.

BellHawk supports multiple units of measure and knows how to translate between them. It can weigh a roll of paper and compute the length of the material on the roll. It can weigh items and determine the count. It can also compute the weight of pallets based on the quantity of items on the pallet.

BellHawk is also able to track materials left over from manufacturing operations. It is able to track butt rolls and left-over chemicals so they can be reused and accurately accounted for. BellHawk is also able to automatically exchange accounting data with financial systems ranging from QuickBooks to high end ERP systems.

Best of all, BellHawk eliminates the use of paper forms and manual keyboard data entry to do all of this tracking. Eliminating this labor intensive and mistake-prone process can often save smaller machine shops the equivalent of one full-time equivalent (FTE) person and larger machine shops two or three FTE people at a loaded labor cost of over $50,000 per person per year.