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Machine Shop Applications of BellHawk


BellHawk is ideal for tracking operations in machine shops that make parts from metal and other substances using CNC and manual machines.

For  smaller machine shops, the BellHawk Online Simple Materials Tracking System(SMTS) enables the tracking of batches of materials as they move from one work-center to another. SMTS also captures the labor taken for each operation on each job and can compare the actual time taken with stored labor standards.

For machine shops with more complex materials traceability requirements, such as those imposed by aerospace, DoD, automotive, and medical customers, the BellHawk Real-Time Operations Tracking System (RTOPS) integrates the ability to track and trace raw, intermediate, work-in-process, and finished products inventory so as to meet these organizations' materials tracking and traceability requirements.

For machine shops making components for medical applications, BellHawk is CFR 21 Part 11 compliant enabling process validation to meet FDA cGMP (Code of Good Manufacturing Process) requirements.

With the use of its quality control tracking option, BellHawk RTOPS  meets the process traceability requirements of ISO 9001, as well as those imposed by organizations such as the DOT and the FAA.

BellHawk is also compliant with the data capture requirements of DFARS, including tracking labor expended on DoD contracts to meet DCAA audit standards. It can track Government Furnished Equipment (GFE) as well as materials owned by prime contractors and the Federal Government.

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.

Use of the real-time scheduling option can eliminate the need for time spent expediting jobs to ensure they get out on time. Also customer service people can see immediately the status of each customer order eliminating the need to call an expeditor to find the status of a customer's order, which can also waste a lot of time and make for nervous customers.

In addition, field sales people can see the status of each customer order, in real-time on their smart-phone anywhere, any time they have an Internet connection.