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Pyramid Technologies (PTI) Time Trax Bio Review

Friday, June 25th, 2010

PTI Time Trax Bio Employee Time ClockFinding a good, reliable employee time clock can be tough. There is a lot of cheap stuff out there and you need something that is going to last for years. One popular brand that a lot of people are using is Pyramid Technologies (PTI). One of their most popular models is the PTI Time Trax Bio (found here). Here is my review.

To begin with, the Tim Trax Bio is a biometric time clock that uses your finger to punch in and out of work. The employee has to be first set up with the time clock. This involves sliding a finger over the finger scanner. Once a name is associated with the finger scan, that employee can begin using the time clock.

So why use a biometric time clock? The biggest reason is convenience. They don’t require any special PVC ID cards or punch cards. All you need is your finger, and most people remember to bring that to work. There is no need to print replacement cards and buddy punching is pretty much eliminated.

We actually use this particular model for tracking employee time here at ABC Office. We have been using it for over two years now and we all enjoy it. It is very convenient, I don’t have to bother with a punch card and there is no need to carry around a separate ID card. The entire process is simple.

The time clock itself hooks up to a computer. Our accounting department is able to export the logged data from the time clock and use it for payroll purposes. It is very easy to do and “time worked” reports are very easy to generate. The Time Trax Bio can export data for use with ADP, Paychex, QuickBooks, Excel, and more.

The time clock can either be used on a flat surface (which is what we do) or be mounted to a wall. It is also available in a Serial/USB or an Ethernet version. The entire time clock is very small and compact.

Overall I enjoy using the Time Trax Bio and highly recommend it for use in just about any office or business. You will find the PTI Time Trax Bio here. You can find our entire selection of employee time clocks here.

Quickbooks Compatible Employee Time Clocks

Monday, June 14th, 2010

Quickbooks Compatible Employee Time ClocksWow. There has been a lot of demand from our customers to get an employee time clock that is compatible with Intuit Quickbooks.

I suppose that should come as no surprise. Quickbooks from Intuit is one of the most popular accounting software programs used today. If you’re looking for a Quickbooks compatible time clock, you’ve come to the right place.

The way most of our Quickbooks compatible time clocks work is they export the data into a Quickbooks compatible format. This data can then be imported into Quickbooks and be used for payroll purposes. Many of our digital and computer-based time clocks are capable of doing this.

Here are five of our time clocks that are Quickbooks compatible:

These aren’t the only employee time clocks we offer capable of working with Quickbooks. You will find our entire selection of employee time clocks here. Please feel free to call us at 1-800-658-8788 to speak with one of our time clock specialists.

AIE I-Bar Shrink Wrap Machine Review

Thursday, June 3rd, 2010

AIE I-Bar Shrink Wrap Machine With GunSo you want to package your own soap, DVDs, fruit baskets, chocolates or boxes. No matter what it is you want to package, an AIE i-bar shrink-wrap sealer may be just what you need. I have hands-on experience with several AIE shrink-wrap systems and will be reviewing the AIE-20XXX series machines. This includes the AIE-2013I, AIE-2018I, AIE-2024I and AIE-2032I shrink-wrap systems found here.

To start with, all four of these models are essentially the same machine. The only difference is the length of the cutting bar. If you think you may be on the edge of being too big for one model, simply move to the next larger size. The larger systems can still use smaller rolls of film and can still be used to package smaller objects. The price difference between sizes isn’t much and it’s always better to be safe than sorry.

One of my favorite things about the AIE-20XXX series I-bar shrink-wrap machines is the fact that they come with the sealer / cutter, a heat gun and a starter roll of shrink wrap film. For the price, you get everything you need to get up and running. I wish more manufacturers would do this.

The machine itself comes assembled right out of the box. Just pull it out and set it on a table. The film is extremely easy to feed on this machine. Simply put the roll on the bearing rollers and insert the film separator into the open end of the centerfold film. You’re now ready to start.

The build quality on the AIE I-bar shrink wrap systems is extremely high, which is usually the case with AIE products. I decided to shrink wrap a couple of Star Wars DVDs to test out the machine. I put the DVDs in the film, made a few cuts with the cutting arm and then ran the heat gun over the film. The film contracted and after a few seconds the DVDs looked like they would on a store shelf.

One nice thing about I-bar sealers, sometimes called straight-bar sealers, is that there aren’t as many height restrictions as you would have with a higher-end commercial L-bar system. It is easy to make cuts around odd-sized and odd-shaped objects thanks to the versatility of the heated cutting blade.

The AIE system, although it was new, created very little smoke. Dirty blades can tend to create more smoke, but the AIE was notably cleaner than I am used to. I would guess that it would take the average operator about one minute to completely package a DVD. This isn’t bad, but it still doesn’t compare to the higher-end L-bar systems. The AIE I-bar system is rated for low to medium-volume use.

In conclusion, I would highly recommend the AIE I-bar system as one of the best I-bar shrink wrappers I have used. If you are in the market, you should seriously considering getting this machine. You will find our AIE I-bar shrink wrap machine here.

Have you used this particular model or do you have questions? Post your comments here!

Top Five Best Acroprint Employee Time Clocks

Wednesday, June 2nd, 2010

Acroprint Employee Time ClocksAcroprint could very well be one of the best-known manufacturers of employee time clocks. They have been around for over 40 years, since 1969. Acroprint makes dozens of different time clocks and recorders. They are best known for their punch card time clocks, but also make keypad, software and biometric time clocks.

We have been selling Acroprint time clocks for years and I have come up with a list of five of the most popular Acroprint time clocks. Here they are!

Acroprint Model 125 Employee Punch ClockTop 5 Best Acroprint Employee Time Clocks

  1. Acroprint Model 125 Punch Time Clock
  2. Acroprint ES900 Employee Punch Clock
  3. Acroprint ATR120 Employee Time Clock
  4. Acroprint Model 150 Punch Time Clock
  5. Acroprint Handpunch 1000 Biometric Time Clock

Honorable mention:

Although not technically an employee time clock, the Acroprint C-72 Watchman’s clock is very popular for tracking posted security officers and guards.

You will find our entire line of employee time clocks here. Have questions about employee time clocks? Speak with one of our specialists at 1-800-658-8788 or post a comment here.

Best Employee Time Clocks – Useful Tips

Wednesday, May 26th, 2010

Employee Time ClocksFinding a good employee time clock is tough. You certainly want to get the most out of your dollar, but at the same time you don’t want an employee time clock that is cheap. You also need to find a time clock that can do everything you need it to do. Time clocks, after all, are designed to save you time. Getting a time clock that doesn’t do all you need will cost you time in the long run.

Here is a list of the most common feature you may want to look for in a time clock.

Type of Employee Time Clock – Employee time clocks come in several formats. The most popular types of time clocks are punch card, card swipe, digital keypad and biometric time clocks. There is also the option of using time clock software that can be installed on a computer.

Compatibility – If you use payroll software, you may want to use a digital time clock that has the ability to export data for use with popular payroll software such as ADP, Paychex, QuickBooks, Excel and more.

Data Storage – If you are using a digital employee time clock, do you want to use it with a computer or as a stand-alone clock? Some digital time clocks have to be interfaced with a computer via a network or USB cable. Others can be used with a computer or as a stand-alone that can later export the data.

Number of Employees – How many employees will be using your time clock? Punch-style time clocks can be used with a variety of employees, but digital time clocks that are used with a computer or software are often limited to a certain number of employees with the option of upgrading to more later down the road.

Location – Where would you like to use your time clock? Card punch time clocks can be used almost anywhere. Digital time clocks, such as keypad, biometric and card swipe, may need to be linked to a computer or network. Some time clocks sit on a desktop while others are wall mounted. These are all things to take into consideration prior to purchasing an employee time clock.

You can read more about time clocks by visiting our time clock guide. You will find our entire selection of employee time clocks here.

Introducing: David-Link Biometric Time Clocks & Recorders

Friday, May 21st, 2010

David-Link W-1288PB Biometric Time ClockWe are proud to announce the addition of 10 new David-Link time clocks to our site. This includes traditional “punch style” time clocks and some really innovative biometric time clocks. I have personally used a few of these time clocks and have to say that I am very impressed.

The time clock I tested was the Biometric David-Link W-1288PB. I have used biometric time clocks in the past, in particular the Pyramid Technologies (PTI) Time Trax Bio. While the Time Trax Bio is a nice time clock, the W-1288PB was almost too easy to use. With most finger recognition biometric time clocks, you have to slide your finger. With the W-1288PB, all you have to do is touch the scanner. I have yet to experience any misreads. David-Link says this time recorder will store up to 3,000 signatures.

The W-1288PB also has the ability to allow the operator to use a proximity card or log in using a password on the number pad. The W-1288PB can be used as a stand-alone model, logging up to 50,000 data entries, that can then be downloaded onto an included USB drive. You also have the option to connect the time clock to a network or directly to a computer. The clock includes its own time management software. You can check out the new David-Link W-1288PB biometric time clock here.

You will find our entire selection of 10 new David-Link time clocks and recorders here.

Biometric Time Clocks for Employees

Wednesday, December 9th, 2009

Biometric time clocks are the latest in keeping track of employee time. They are easy to set up and have many advantages over traditional clocks. They utilize technology often only seen in James Bond movies. So what is a biometric time clock and what do they do?

Traditional time clocks allow employees to punch in and out of work by using a stamp card, a swipe card or a keypad. While these types of time clocks are still valid and useful, they don’t cut down on one of the most common types of time clock fraud…buddy punching.

Buddy punching occurs when a friend or colleague punches in on behalf of another employee, who may not even be there. This costs businesses money. Unfortunately it happens more often than you might think.

Biometric time clocks utilize either a hand or finger to punch in and out of work. This eliminates buddy punching as the individual has to be present to punch into work. Employers don’t have to worry about lost or misplaced cards either, which can be a huge security risk.

Early biometric time clocks developed a bad reputation due to the technology being in its infancy. This resulted in frustration because some employees experienced difficulty punching in. The technology is now much more reliable and accurate.

Most biometric time clocks are capable of exporting data for use with payroll software such as ADP, Paychex, QuickBooks, Excel, and more. This saves a lot of time over traditional punch-style time clocks, especially in a larger business.

You can browse our entire selection of biometric time clocks here.

Top Seven Best Employee Time Clocks / Time Clock Reviews

Friday, October 2nd, 2009

Time clocks are a critical part of properly running any business. Keeping track of time worked on paper just doesn’t cut it anymore. Unfortunately not all employees are honest and cheating the system, if not properly monitored, can happen.

The honor system isn’t an option anymore and writing down hours on paper leaves too much room open for manipulation. Buddy punching can also be an issue for many businesses, where one employee punches in and out for another employee. Which time clocks are the best for cutting down on fraud and saving your business money?

While traditional punch-style time clocks are still an option, they are best used for small businesses. A more automated system is required for medium to large-size businesses. It isn’t a bad idea for small businesses to use automated systems either. Many automated and digital time clock systems can export data to payroll programs, such as Quickbooks, saving your business even more time and money.

We have compiled a list of the most secure, easy-to-use and popular time clocks being purchased by our customers today.

1. Pyramid PTI Time Trax EZ – This time clock system uses personalized encoded PVC cards to log in and out of work. Software keeps track of this time and creates reports. Data can also be exported for use with payroll software.
2. Pyramid PTI Time Trax Bio – This time clock lets the employee sign in and out of work with their finger. It is easy to set up, creates reports with included software and exports data for use with payroll software.
3. AcroPrint ATRx – The Acroprint ATRx runs on a computer, but utilizes a biometric finger scanner (plugged in a USB port) for signing in and out of work. This cuts out buddy punching and is very efficient.
4. Pyramid PTI Time Trax Pro – This time clock uses a magnetic strip PVC card to sign in and out of work. It includes easy-to-use software that makes keeping track of employee time easy. Data can be exported for use with payroll software. It can be used with up to 9,999 employees (upgraded).
5. Widmer Ceres iPC – Great for small to medium-size businesses, this system uses a key fob, which can be attached to a key ring, to punch in and out of work. This system is one of the easiest to set up and includes software for tracking employee time.
6. Acroprint Handpunch 1000 Biometric – This time clock allows employees to sign in and out of work by using their hand. This unique time clock system cuts down on fraud while keeping track of employee time worked.
7. Amano MTX-15 – This time clock allows employees to punch in and out of work with the swipe of a card. It includes software and can be used with payroll software such as ADP, Peachtree, Paychex, Powerpay, and Quickbooks. This all-in-one system is great for use with up to 100 employees.

You can see our entire selection of employee time clocks here. Check them out today!

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