While the BellHawk software can be run stand-alone, there is often the need to exchange data with other systems or to produce custom reports. The BellHawk database is not suitable for this purpose as it is structured to enable rapid transactional data capture from many geographically distributed sources. Also this database is often not locally accessible because BellHawk itself is being run in a remote data center.
DEX provides a simple and well documented interface to BellHawk, which uses a SQL Server Database as the intermediary,
Data written into specific tables within the DEX database, such as for Items or Work Orders, are automatically be transferred to the BellHawk database. Similarly, data captured by BellHawk transactions are automatically made available in specific tables within the DEX database. Also setup data, such as for work orders created in BellHawk, are automatically relayed to tables in the DEX database where they can be used as part of custom reports or data exchange with other systems.
Uses of the DEX interface include:
DEX, in its simplest form runs as a user program on a Windows Workstation computer in each manufacturing plant or warehouse. Through its user interface, users can control which data exchanges take place between the DEX database and the BellHawk web-services interface, and when. DEX is simple to install and can use the free Microsoft SQL Server Express database.
For long-running data exchange applications, where high reliability is required DEX can be installed as a Service on a Windows Server computer, where it can be remotely controlled and monitored through a web-browser interface.
For more information about the DEX Interface, please download the DEX Interface Data Sheet