Data Collection Options

Enterprise Time Management Solution


  • Features easy operation
  • Provides accurate, reliable data
  • Eliminates the unavoidable errors associated with manually collected data
  • Is user programmable
  • Offers a variety of options
  • Rechargeable back-up battery enables over 2 hours of full operation during power failure


Admin Desktop
Employees simply enter information through the TA520?s keypad, by swiping a magnetic stripe, bar code, or optionally by proximity badge.  Employee feedback is provided through audible accept/reject tones and displayed messages.

Additional Options:

  • Signal Control: With the optional Bell/Access Module and signal control relay, the terminal can turn on a 120VAC 10AMP circuit.  The signal control relay can be turned on by both a specific employee badge/number for access control or by time of day for bell ringing.  The duration time is also programmable.

  • Signal Enhancer: For noisy environments, this external box has an adjustable piezo buzzer and green/red accept/reject lights that sound/flash in conjunction with the terminals standard accept/reject tones.

  • Transaction Print: With Transaction Print the supervisor can print out, at the terminal, all transactions stored in the terminal, all transactions for one employee, all transactions on a particular date, or print all transactions for one particular function key.  In addition the terminal can be programmed to print transactions as they occur.

  • Bar Code Wand, Gun, Slot or Proximity Reader: The terminals standard bar code port allows you to connect an external bar code wand, laser gun, slot or proximity badge reader.

  • Operational Battery Backup: With the addition of the external battery backup, all terminal functions remain 100% operational in the event power is removed.



Twelve programmable functions: Each function key can be programmed to collect up to six items of data, plus the initial employee I.D. and time stamp.  For example, after swiping his identification badge, an employee could press function key 2 and be prompted to input a work order number, part number, and then prompted to input a quantity.  Note: data input at each level can be restricted to just the bar code, keypad, magnetic stripe, or any combination.

Supervisor editing: Using a special badge, the terminal enters supervisor mode, in which any transaction can be entered for the employee at the time it should have taken place.  Supervisor mode also allows you to recall and delete previous employee transactions by date, time and employee number.

Durable construction: The TA520 is constructed of an impact resistant plastic, which is pound for pound stronger than steel, yet lightweight and attractive.  The terminals have a silicon rubber keypad, which creates a watertight seal against the outside elements, including those found in a spilt cup of coffee. The TA520 comes with a separate wall-mounting bracket.

16 Character vacuum florescent display: The terminal comes with a highly advanced filtered vacuum florescent display.  This means that under almost any lighting condition the terminal will give you a clear picture.  The terminal supports characters such as .

Battery backed memory: The TA520 has an internal Lithium battery keeping your data safe even if the power is out for weeks.  The terminal's internal Lithium battery not only holds the memory, but keeps the time and calendar accurate.  With the addition of the optional external battery backup, all functions are 100% operational if power is removed.  Once power resumes, the battery automatically recharges.  With the Time Spot terminal, your collected data is no longer at the mercy of the utility company.

Data Input Validation: The Time Spot terminal eliminates key stroke errors and increases job costing accuracy by allowing you to download tables of valid entries.  When an employee keys or swipes a number, in answer to your prompt, the entered number is compared to the numbers you downloaded as being valid.  The terminal will appropriately reject bad entries and accept valid entries, while optionally displaying the particular item's name.  Employees may also be restricted from entering unauthorized departments on an individual basis.

Lockout Scheduling: Eliminate unauthorized overtime by scheduling when employees can use the terminal.  With this feature you can lock out tardiness, early birds, and force late arrivals and early departures to notify the supervisor prior to punching. Punches can be controlled by time of day, by day of week and display specific messages to employees as to why they were locked out.  Supervisors may be allowed to override a lockout.  When used with access control you may set up time schedules for employee access.

Employee Messaging: After the employee enters their ID, the terminal can display a 16-character message such as the employee?s name, hours worked, or location to report to.  Messages can be customized (i.e. "HAPPY BIRTHDAY"), giving your data collection terminal a human touch.

Product Specifications

Dimensions: 5-1/2" x 6" x 1-1/2"
Weight: 5 lbs

32K EPROM, 32K RAM, Battery Backed


Z-80 CPU


Track Two Magnetic Stripe Reader
Optional "3 of 9" Bar Code Reader
Optional External Proximity Reader

Display: 16-Character Vacuum Florescent Alphanumeric With Decimal Point
Programming: ASCII-based, Over Communication Port

Bi-directional Local Communications Via RS232 Port
Optional Auto-answer 1200 Baud Analog Modem
Optional External Ethernet


Voltage: 120VAC, 60HZ
Consumption: 10W

Environment: Operating Temperature: 0-40C (32-104F) Storage Temperature: -18-70C (0-158F) Humidity: 5% to 90%, Non-condensing