Unlike ERP systems, which track inventory by location, the BellHawk software tracks
containers of material using license-plate-number (LPN) container tracking methods. The
advantages of the use of these methods are:
Can track the location and contents of each container in real-time.
Makes it easy to find and withdraw inventory for production or pick,
pack, and ship products for customers.
Works at multiple geographic locations, in production areas, in
multiple warehouses, and on-site, in the field.
Uniformly tracks raw, intermediate, and finished goods materials, as
well as assets and work-in-process materials.
Avoids changing barcode labels whenever contents of a container are
Enables permanent tracking barcodes to be attached to bins, totes,
and trolleys used to hold materials but still supports the use of
temporary barcodes on containers that can be discarded.
Can perform tracking with easy-to-use pre-printed rolls of
license-plate tracking barcodes without needing the use barcode label
printers. But enables use of barcode printers, when needed, for special
labels with human readable information.
Can use container data to quickly find materials for picking and
then prevent picking errors.
Can track materials in nested containers and use this data to
generate ASNs for supply chain integration.
Enables tracking the quality control status of the material in each
container and preventing use or shipment of defective materials.
Enables capturing materials traceability history as to which
materials went into which product.
LPN container tracking is now the standard for tracking materials in the
Global supply chain. It is the basis of the GS1 (Global Standards One) standards
for barcode and RFID tracking as well as having been adopted by US Government
agencies such as the FDA, FAA, DOT, and many others, as well as by the European
Union and Chinese Government. It is also used by organizations such as FedEX and
UPS to track the delivery of their parcels.