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Product Review - Hand Punch Time Clock

Part Number  HP-3000

Size  8.85 in (22.3 cm) wide X 11.65 in (29.6 cm) high X 8.55 in (21.7 cm) deep

Weight  6 lbs (2.7 kg)

Power  12 to 24 VDC or 12 to 24 VAC 50-60 Hz, 7 watts

Temperature Range  14°F to 140°F (-0°C to 60°C) non-operating/storage 32°F to 113°F (0°C to 45°C) operating

Relative Humidity  5% to 85% non-operating/storage (non-condensing) 20% to 80% operating

Verification Time  Less than one second

Memory Retention  Up to 5 years via the standard internal lithium battery

Transaction Storage  5120 transactions

ID Number Length  1 to 10 digits from keypad or card

User Capacity  512 users expandable to 32,512 users

Template Size  9 bytes

Communications  RS-485 (4 and 2 wire), RS-232 Serial Printer Support ,Internal Modem (Optional)

Internal TCP/IP Network Card (Optional)

Baud Rate  300 to 28.8 Kbps

Card Reader Input  Proximity, Wiegand, Magnetic Stripe, Bar Code

(5 VDC provided by Hand Reader)

Card Reader Output  Wiegand, Magnetic Stripe, Bar Code

Duress Code  1 leading digit (user definable)

Door Controls  Bell Ring output, Door Switch input, Door Lock output

(open collector, 5 VDC present, sinks to ground, 100 mA max)

Time Zones  62 user definable time zones


BB-200 -- Operational Battery Backup

BC-100 -- Bar Code Reader Wall Mount

DC-102 -- Data Converter (RS-232 to RS-485)

EM-801 -- Memory Expansion - 9,728 users

EM-803 -- Memory Expansion - 32,512 users

EN-200 -- Ethernet Communications Module

MD-500 -- High Speed Internal Modem





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Hand Punch Specifications

The Hand Punch is manufactured in the US by Ingersol Rand but there are alternate technologies manufactured in China.

Unlike fingerprint time clocks which are subject to damaged or dirty fingerprints the hand punch clock uses the geometry of the user hand to identify each individual.


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The hand punch comes in a number of models providing for 50 to 35,000 employees. The biometric reader is a verification reader which means that the user enters their ID number and then places the registered hand. The hand punch terminal the “verifies” that the hand belongs to that employee ID number.

This system is very reliable and because the device does not rely on actual prints, it is virtually without issue. This is a very significant advantage over most fingerprint readers which can be very problematic. The hand punch clock is most often supplied with third party time and attendance software. Your time and attendance provider should be experience with the application of hand punch clocks and will have integrated the clock into their software for automatic collection. Ingersol Rand provide a software program for accessing the time clock but it not particularly functional. If your time and attendance requirements include even the most rudimentary award interpretation you will need to avoid the manufacturer’s software.

From an operation perspective the clock is quite easy to use and you should be able to look forward to many years of reliable service but there are a few important considerations here. Firstly, the hand punch is not particularly mechanically robust. Mechanical shock can cause the camera inside the unit to become misaligned which will almost certainly cause the unit to fail. Additionally, the camera and its associated mirrors can become covered in dust preventing the unit from identifying users correctly. If your intended application is at all dusty then your will need to order the unit with the optional dust proof enclosure. These issues are particularly significant for those users outside the US because service and support outside the US can involve lengthy delays.  

The hand punch clock is arguably the best option for businesses who would like to introduce a biometric time clock to overcome employee time theft (buddy punching) but have some understandable concerns regarding the reliability of fingerprint readers or the high cost of some of the other biometric alternatives such a vein scan or retina scan. Your time and attendance provider will be your security against downtime if the unit does have camera or dust related issues so make sure they give you some guarantees against downtime.

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