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Bundy Clocks

Bundy Clocks or punch clocks or time clocks.

Over the years the Bundy Clock has developed into a very specialized and sophisticated time recording device often capable of significant processing of employee clocking times even without the need for external software. The name Bundy Clock is still commonly used due to its origins but today the term Bundy Clock is most used in relation to those devices which still use a time card to print employee attendance records and, in some cases make calculations of employee payroll hours.

Today, the mechanical Bundy Clock has been replaced with electronic time clocks which no longer use costly consumables such as time cards and print ribbons.  (See the case study at the bottom of this page for more details) They are often very capable devices which, in many cases can be all that is required to accurately process employee payroll hours. However, there is a plethora of bundy clock  choices and the capabilities can be world apart so selecting the right product for your business is very important.

The Attendance Consultant’s Introductory Guide to Time and Attendance explores all the Bundy Clock and time clock alternatives and provides a valuable insight into the most appropriate technologies for your business.

If you are considering replacing your Bundy Clock or purchasing your first Bundy Clock  these guides will help you make the best choice possible.

Modern time keeping from 2010 30 year old bundy clock




The first Bundy Clock was invented in 1888 by Willard Bundy who was a jeweller in Auburn, New York. The Bundy Clock was a mechanical “punch card” system which relied on employees lining up the correct area of their time card to be punched with a time on arrival and departure.

Evolution of the Bundy Clock Ancient technology from the 1900's Bundy Clock Vs Electronic Time Clock
A card based Bundy Clock is the most simple of  time clocks to use....but it is not the cheapest to run. A reasonable quality device will cost about the same as an electronic time clock. Electronic time clocks use pin number or proximity tags for employees to clock in and out and the times are downloaded straight to your computer or time and attendance software.
With approximately the same purchase price as each other it all comes down to the operating costs. Electronic time clocks have no running costs. Once the system has been purchased there are no ongoing costs unless you have to purchase additional proximity tags. By comparison the Bundy Clock uses disposable cards and print ribbons which can cost as much
The Introductory Guide to Time and Attendance
as the actual clock each and every year. It become clear that unless there is a compelling reason for using a Bundy Clock you do not have access to a computer, then you should always choose an electronic time clock as the most most cost effective alternative. Additionally, Electronic Time clocks are by far more efficient as the electronic format of the information can be imported into other applications such as Microsoft Excel and manipulated further.
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