Posts Tagged ‘Acroprint’

My Time, Date and Text Stamp Is Too Loud. Help!

Tuesday, September 24th, 2013

Document Stamping MachineIf you have ever heard a time, date or text stamp in use, you may have noticed that they can be a bit loud. There is a reason for this. These stamping machines use a great deal of force to slam that crash head against a ribbon (or using ink) to create a clear and precise stamp on a sheet of paper. These very stamps are often used to not only stamp, but impress information through carbon / carbonless multi-sheet forms. So is there anything that can be done to make these machines a little quieter? I would like to offer a few suggestions. You can find our document stamping machines here.

About a week ago we had a customer contact us regarding the Widmer T-3 time stamp (found here). They said that the stamp, while working perfectly, was producing a lot of noise. It was enough of a concern that they felt it was affecting operations of the employees by creating too much of a distraction. They wanted a few suggestions on quieting the stamp. Widmer was kind enough to provide us with some solid options.

At ABC Office we currently offer a lot of time, text, date and document stamping machines. Many of these machines use a crash head, which is the term used to describe the apparatus that actually makes contact with the paper, resulting in the stamped imprint. Most of our machines are made by manufacturers such as Widmer (very well known) and Acroprint (a leading manufacturer of time clocks). These stamping machines are well made and designed for constant use.

So here are a few things you may want t consider to help quiet your stamping machine:

  • Location – The design of a room, or the size, can dramatically affect the dissipation of sound. Quieting the machine may be as simple as moving it into a different part of the building or into a different room (if possible).
  • Surface – When used on a solid surface, the table or desk can reverberate the sound. Widmer recommends (if noise is an issue) to try using the stamp on a mouse pad. The pad can help absorb the vibrations and decrease the amount of noise generated.
  • Stamping Pressure – Many stamping machines allow you to adjust the amount of pressure the stamping head uses to amply the stamp. You may simply have the stamping pressure dialed up a little too high. Try scaling the pressure down a little and see if that helps decrease the sound without decreasing the quality of the stamp.
  • Machine Design – Rather than going with a crash head design, you could consider going with a model that uses a dot matrix print head. This is quieter, although it won’t go through multiple layers of paper if you are dealing with multi-sheet / multi-part forms. The Widmer T4U (found here) is an example of a dot matrix designed time stamp. It can be customized to show time, data and include text.

I hope these suggestions help you in your noise reduction efforts. For many people the noise these stamps generate isn’t a big deal, especially when the machines are only occasionally used. If it is a big deal, and you use it a lot, these suggestions may make a big difference. If you still have questions about time, date and text stamping machines, please feel free to give us a call at 1-800-658-8788. We have decades of experience with these machines and would love to help you out.

Time Clocks Made in the USA

Wednesday, November 21st, 2012

Time Clocks Made in the USAThere has been a recent rise in customers’ desire to purchase products made in the USA. This is due in part to country pride and in part to the fact that products made in the USA often feature better build quality and support. If you’re shopping around for a time clock, you may want to consider buying one that is made in the USA. Acroprint (found here) manufactures a couple of their time clocks right here in the USA. Here are just a couple American-made time clocks you may want to consider using in your company.

If you are looking for “American Made,” the Acroprint Model 125 (found here) and Acroprint Model 150 (found here) are the two models you want. They don’t feature the latest in digital technology, but they do feature decades of time tested mechanics that are known to easily withstand some of the toughest work conditions. Both of these time clocks feature an analog face and utilize traditional punch-style time cards. Chances are that you have used one at some point in your life.

  • Acroprint Model 125 – This time clock features an analog clock face that shows the time. The card is inserted horizontally into the machine, lining up the appropriate cell with the red indicator line, after which the button on the top of the machine is pressed to actuate the stamp. The Model 125 is capable of handling thousands of print registrations on a daily basis, making it a very tough little time clock. The typewheel inside the machine can be ordered in different configurations, depending on the needs of the business. This includes data such as the day of the week, hour and minute. This is one of the most popular punch card time clocks that we offer.
  • Acroprint Model 150 Time ClockAcroprint Model 150 – The Model 150 is very similar in setup and operation to the Model 125. The biggest difference is that no manual button pressing is required. The Model 150 features a durable automatic print. Simply insert the card horizontally, line up the cell and push it into the machine to register a print. Like the Model 125, the Model 150 can be ordered with a variety of different typewheel configurations including different languages like Spanish.

Regardless of the version you get, just keep in mind that both of these clocks are made in the USA and are the most rugged time card clocks you can buy. They are excellent for use in a small, medium or even large-size business. Battery-operated versions of both are available upon request. Just give us a call at 1-800-658-8788 for more information. Also feel free to call us with any time card or attendance related questions. We have decades of experience with employee time clocks and would love to help you out.

We also offer a great selection of time clocks that utilize biometric technology, proximity cards, pin number keypads and much more. You can find our entire selection of employee time clocks here.

Acroprint ES700 Atomic Time Recorder & Stamp Review

Tuesday, March 8th, 2011

Acroprint ES700 Atomic Employee Time Clock & RecorderIf you’re running a business, you probably have employees. As is the case with any business, employees need to be paid, which requires the use of a time clock. If you are in the market for an employee time clock, consider using the Acroprint ES700 atomic time recorder (found here). This is my review.

Acroprint is currently one of the largest manufacturers of employee time clocks, recorders and stamps. This includes digital, card punch and biometric time clocks. Acroprint has developed a great reputation over the past decade for producing high quality products.

The ES700 has always been a customer favorite and it has recently undergone some minor changes. The older cream color has been replaced by a more modern gray and black design. Another change is that the Acroprint ES700 is now atomic. This means that the time now synchs automatically (with the National Institute of Standards and Technology), ensuring extremely precise and accurate time. It can also easily handle transitions of daylight savings.

The Acroprint ES700 is what we call a punch-style time clock. This is because it uses punch cards. While this time clock is manually operated, it does implement many modern-day digital features.

Punch cards are easy to read, easy for assimilating data and don’t require any special training to use. The LCD screen is large, clear and easy to read. The power requirements on the ES700 are 120V or 240V and can be adjusted by toggling a switch on the power supply. Overall, the design is very business friendly.

Not only can the ES700 be used for time & attendance tracking, but it can also be used as a text and time stamp. It is very easy to feed documents, forms and other material into this time recorder. It can be used to stamp 13 different preset messages such as RCVD, SENT, IN, OUT, CFMD, FILED, PAID, USED, FAXED, VOID, ORIGIN, APR’D and CMPL’D.

Depending on the time cards you are using, the ES700 can do left or right side printing. The margin is also adjustable for easy positioning of text and numbers. The print font size can also be adjusted.

Security is a pretty big deal with time clocks. Nobody wants the time clock to be tampered with. For this reason, a 4-digit password is required to access the time clock’s settings and adjustments.

The ES700 is definitely an affordable option for most businesses and can be used for small to medium-volume jobs. The build quality on this time recorder is exceptional and far surpasses the typical punch time clock. This is a great option for most small to medium-size businesses.

You can find the Acroprint ES700 atomic time recorder here and our entire selection of time clocks & recorders here.

Acroprint ATRx Secure PunchIn Biometric Time Clock Review

Thursday, December 16th, 2010

Acroprint ATRx Secure PunchIn Biometric Time Clock SystemBiometric time clocks are quickly becoming a favorite for businesses around the world. This is because biometric time clocks save time, simplify payroll and cut down on fraud. If you are in the market for a system, you should consider using the Acroprint ATRx Secure PunchIn biometric time clock system (found here). This is my review.

Acroprint is almost synonymous with employee, digital and biometric time clocks. This is because Acroprint is a pioneer in the time attendance industry, with most of their products quickly becoming customer favorites. Acroprint products in general are known for their quality, ease-of-use and affordability.

The ATRx Secure PunchIn from Acriprint is a popular system for our customers. The price is affordable and includes both hardware and software. This time clock consists of a fingerprint reader that connects to a computer. Attendance Rx (included) is then loaded onto the computer, which logs entries.

Data stored on the computer can then be used for creating reports and for payroll purposes. Time saved by using the included software is amazing, especially when compared with logging data from traditional “punch” style time clocks.

Installation of the ATRx Secure PunchIn is extremely easy. The fingerprint reader is connected to a computer via a USB 1.0 or 2.0 port. The ATRx Secure PunchIn includes a quick start guide that should have you up and running in a matter of minutes.

Biometric time clocks have many benefits. One of the biggest benefits is the ability these systems have to cut down on time clock fraud. Employees have to be physically present to punch in and out of a biometric time clock system. This pretty much eliminates the most common time clock fraud known as buddy punching.

The base package that comes with the basic ATRx Secure PunchIn system is capable of being used with up to 50 employees. Software upgrades are available that will allow this system to be used with up to 250 employees.

The ATRx Secure PunchIn system is also available in a network-capable system. This system allows multiple fingerprint scanners to be installed around the office for convenience. All this data is synched across the network. This type of system is ideal for larger companies and organizations.

Overall I consider the ATRx Secure Punchin system from Acroprint to be a solid system. Considering it has a one-year warranty and complete reliable support from Acroprint, I would recommend this time management system for just about any business.

You can find the Acroprint ATRx Secure PunchIn biometric time clock system here. You can find our entire selection of employee time clocks here.

Acroprint Model 125 Employee Time Clock Review

Tuesday, October 12th, 2010

Acroprint Model 125 Heavy-Duty Employee Time ClockIt’s time to review everyone’s favorite “classic” time clock. Which time clock is that? I’m talking about the Acroprint Model 125 employee time clock (found here). I have had several opportunities to use this classic and this is my review.

To begin with, both the Acroprint Models 125 and 150 are time-tested classics. Chances are pretty good that you have used one at some point in your life. If you haven’t used one, you may have seen them in the background while watching a movie. Seriously. They are all over the place.

One of the biggest indicators that you are dealing with a Model 125 is the classic green color. It can’t be missed. That and the large analog time face. It almost brings back feelings of nostalgia from back when I used to be a bag boy at the local grocery store.

Upon first handling this time clock, I was surprised how big it was compared to what I imagined (referencing previous pictures). It’s not huge, but it’s definitely a hefty time clock. It only weighs 10 pounds, so don’t get too concerned about it being overly large.

The Model 125 uses the old punch-style time management process, which involves employees inserting a time card and stamping it. While this may not be up to par with modern digital time clocks, it gets the job done.

Acroprint hasn’t forgotten about this model. They have recently unveiled a solar-power version of the Model 125 that allows it to be used on construction sites, all powered by the sun.

One reason people choose the Model 125 is its durability. It is made from solid components and is designed to last for years. While I don’t recommend it, you could probably fling this thing against a wall and it would still work. It is categorized as a heavy-duty time clock.

The Model 125 uses ribbons for stamping text. These ribbons are easy to access and change out and are available in different colors. The printed text is clear and legible.

There are five different print configurations available for the Acroprint Model 125, depending on how you need the time, date and other information arranged. These are available as the Models 125AR3, 125ER3, 125NR4, 125QR4 and 125RR4.

If you don’t need a digital time clock, the Acroprint Model 125 is a great option. It is time tested, has a great track record and is a customer favorite.

You can find the Acroprint Model 125 employee time clock here. You can find our entire selection of employee time clocks and recorders here.

Acroprint C-72 Watchman’s 72-Hour Guard Clock Review

Monday, August 23rd, 2010

Acroprint C-72 Watchman's 72-Hour Guard ClockAre you looking for an effective and tamper-proof system for keeping tabs on security guards? One great way to do this is by using a watchman’s guard clock. One of the most popular models we offer is the Acroprint C-72 watchman’s guard clock(found here). This is my review.

To begin with, security is an important and critical part of many businesses’ operations. Many of these security jobs require the guard to make rounds and check in at various stations. The best way to do this is to use a guard clock. These guard clocks assure that security personnel make their appointed rounds.

Acroprint has been making employee time clocks for years. Their C-72 watchman’s clock is one of the most widely used guard clock used today. It is called the C-72 because it is capable of logging up to 72 hours worth of data thanks to the clock’s 72-hour disk.

The C-72 is designed to support up to 30 different stations: 15 numeric and 15 alpha. The guard carries the C-72 and as they reach their station, they insert a key station into the watchman’s clock. The clock then logs that information, including the key station location and time. The key station hole is located on the bottom of the C-72.

The C-72 is extremely easy to carry and includes a convenient shoulder strap. The clock only weighs in at 5 pounds shipped and is even less unboxed. Not only is the C-72 lightweight, but it is also shock resistant. The case is designed for high-impact protection. The sturdy ABS molded key stations are suitable for both indoor and outdoor use.

There is no need to worry about tampering. The Acroprint C-72 has a secure double casing lock. The clock records every time the case is open, providing additional security against fraud.

The clock itself features quartz movement and electronic timekeeping. This helps assure both accuracy and longevity.

We sell quite a few of the C-72 guard clocks and I’m not aware of any issues. The build quality seems to be solid.

Not only do we offer the C-72 guard clock, but we also sell replacement case keys, replacement disks and key stations. You can find the Acroprint C-72 watchman’s guard clock here. You can find our entire selection of employee time clocks 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.

by Category