TA520 Data Collection Terminal
The TA520 Data Collection Terminal is a proven performer that can meet a variety of data collection needs. The TA520 allows several different forms of data input as well as three different forms of communication. The TA520 is user-programmable, allowing supervisor editing of its multi-level prompting. The TA520 is available in several different configurations to meet your data collection requirements.
The TA520 is available with these valuable options:
Four Methods of data input.
Keypad - The most flexible method of entering data is certainly the keypad. Data can be limited to just numeric with or without a decimal point, or data can include all alphanumeric characters including some special characters and even spaces. Keypad input also provides a back space/erase key to correct the input before completing the transaction.
Magnetic Stripe - Low energy Magnetic striped badges, similar to common credit cards, provide consistent and reliable data input. Magnetic striped photo ID badges are normally used for employee identification and provide accurate input of the employee ID number into the terminal. Magnetic striped cards can also be recycled, re-encoded, and used again.
Bar Code - Bar codes are becoming more and more the industry standard for quick and accurate entry of data. Bar code photo ID badges are normally used for employee identification and provide accurate input of the employee ID number into the terminal. Bar Codes are easily printed on many computer laser printers and can be affixed to most anything such as Work Orders, Inventory Parts, Equipment/Machines, and more.
Optional Bar Code Wand - The bar code wand is hand-held, attached on a six foot coiled cord, and may be used for entering data from various sources. Similar to the bar code swipe reader, bar code wand input provides for consistent, accurate, and reliable data input. A remote slot reader can also be used for access control applications where access is controlled on both sides of a door.
Three forms of flexible computer communications.
Not all of your data collection comes from around the corner or down the hall. Flexible computer communication is inherent to the terminal. The TA520 features background polling. Employees can perform transactions at the terminal while communication is taking place with the host computer. The terminal can communicate at baud rates from 300-19,200.
Direct RS232 - Every terminal comes with a serial port. The serial port may be directly connected to the serial port on your host computer providing immediate access at any time. This is the most common communication connection. The terminal may be hundreds of feet away, depending upon the RS232 driver chip in your host computer. The Transaction Print option allows the terminal to be hooked to a serial printer allowing a supervisor to print out transaction lists at the terminal.
Modem - A 1200 baud internal modem provides for remote access by the host computer. The modem terminal must be connected to a telephone line using a standard RJ11 telephone plug. The host computer may use either an internal or external modem. Programming is allowed to set the terminal's answer time of day and ring delay. If you wish to communicate faster than 1200 baud, every terminal can have an external modem connected to the terminal's serial port.
RS485 Local Area Network (LAN) - The LAN interface allows many terminals on one host computer connection. Time Spot's RS485 Lan is a Local Area Clock Network.. The clock network is controlled from your computer's serial port using a single twisted pair wire. The characteristics of the RS485 allow the total length of the network to be up to one mile when using an internal RS485 card. The LAN also provides a direct connection with immediate access at any time. Multiple remote clocks in the same location may be supported using the Time Spot Smart Converter. At the remote site, an external modem is connected to the Smart Converter's serial port, and communications pass through the Smart Converters RS485 port.
Remember, employees are only human; and being human, they forget. That's why the TA520 allows for the entry of a missed transaction. Using a special supervisor badge, the terminal enters "supervisor" mode, in which any transaction can be entered for the employee at the time that it should have occurred. The supervisor mode also allows you to recall and delete previous employee transactions by date, time, and employee number. With the Transaction Print option, the supervisor can print out all transactions stored in the terminal, all transactions for a single employee, all transactions on a single date, or print all transactions for one particular function key.
Durable plastic construction with a silicon rubber keypad.
At Time Spot, we recognize that employees may not treat electronic equipment the way an accountant might. That's why the TA520 is constructed of an impact resistant plastic which, pound-for-pound, is stronger than steel, yet light-weight and attractive. The TA520 has a Silicone rubber keypad, which creates a water tight seal against the outside elements, including protection from a spilled cup of coffee! The TA520 is constructed to provide your business with years of trouble free operation.
16 character vacuum florescent display.
The TA520 comes with a highly advanced filtered vacuum florescent display. What's so great about the TA520's display in combination with our keypad? Try entering this part number, A125-4.4 ROS, on a standard time clock. The TA520 can handle characters such as - . and . All this helps make Time Spot's TA520 terminal one of the most complete data collection terminals in the business.
Battery backed memory.
"When the power goes out, what happens to my data?" This is a question frequently asked by the customer. The answer is NOTHING! The TA520 terminal has an internal Lithium battery which keeps your data safe even if the power is out for months. Many other clocks stop keeping time or lose time all together when the power goes out for any period of time. The TA520's internal 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 TA520 terminal, your collected data is no longer at the mercy of your utility company.
Do your employees always watch what they're doing? It has been proven that audible tones often help to emphasize how instructions are being followed. This is why the TA520 has two distinct accept/reject tones. When an employee does not follow proper terminal operation, they not only receive an error message, but also a long and low error tone. Every correct entry into the terminal is followed by a short, high accept tone. For noisy environments, an optional Feedback Enhancer can be added. The Feedback Enhancer provides a green accept light, red reject light, and amplified tone.
Ten programmable function keys in addition to IN and OUT.
One of the most important features of the TA520 is the ability to program its ten function keys. Each 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/her identification badge, an employee could press function key 2 and be prompted to input a work order number, part number, and then be prompted to input a quantity. This just demonstrated three items of data. Please note that the data input at each level can be restricted to bar code, keypad, magnetic stripe, or any combination. In addition to the function keys, the terminal contains 3 screen addressable selection keys, and a forward & backspace key.
So, you say that you need to ring bells and open doors? The TA520 can do both at the same time! With the optional Bell/Access Module and Signal Control Relay, the terminal can activate a dry-contact closure (normally open or normally closed) and/or turn on a 120VAC 10 AMP circuit. The Signal Control Relay can be turned on by both a specific employee badge/number for access control and by time of day for bell ringing. The duration time is also programmable. It does not matter what you plug into the Signal Control Relay, the terminal will turn it on and off. The optional Access Slot Reader contains an internal contact relay which can control an electric door strike. When used in conjunction with Profile Lockout Scheduling, employee access times can be controlled by time of day and day of week. The access duration time is also programmable.
Data input validation.
The TA520 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 response to your prompt, the entered number is compared to the numbers you downloaded as being valid. The terminal will automatically 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.
Profile Lockout scheduling.
Eliminate unauthorized overtime by scheduling when employees can use the terminal. With this feature you can: lockout tardiness, lockout early birds, force late arrivals and early departures to notify their supervisor in order to punch. Control punching by time of day and day of week. The TA520 even gives 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 can define schedules for employee access.
After an employee enters their ID number, the terminal can display a 16 character message to that employee. Messages such as the employee's name, hours worked, or work location can be downloaded to the terminal. Messages are specific to each employee, so messages such as "HAPPY BIRTHDAY" can give your TA520 terminal that human touch.
REMEMBER, keeping track of employee time on various tasks and accurate accounting of your inventory is essential in determining productivity and profitability. The TA520 provides an easy and cost effective means of gathering this type of data. If the data you're after can be mag-striped, bar coded, or entered through a keypad, the TA520 can time stamp it, record it, and feed it to your computer, while performing other tasks at the same time!