Amano time clocks came on the market when the Cincinnati Time Recorder company was purchased by the Amano Corporation of Japan in 1991. Since then the Amano time clock has been a forerunner in the time management and attendance field. The Amano Cincinnati product line consists of parking systems, time and attendance systems and building access systems.
Amano Cincinnati makes about 100,000 time clocks of 10 varieties a year. The top-of-the-line time clocks are full-featured time and labor management applications that support open-ended connectivity. These versatile data collectors work with badge, proximity, and biometric terminals. The windows can be customized on some versions. There is a comprehensive employee daily activity screen. Data can be easily imported or exported to other software applications and payroll packages. The clocks automatically calculate the total hours an employee is on the job while calculating wage or rate for the work being handled by the employee. They also permit history and benefit tracking. There is a visual tracking pattern for certain applications.
With the Amano time clock, reports can be standard or customized to fit the employers specifications. The required reports may be automatically processed or by selecting specific dates, reports on certain employees or groups may be issued. The comprehensive auditing capabilities include user-defined fields.
Amano time clocks have advanced security systems that permit single or multi-user operations, but block unauthorized use. Extensive on-line help is available for customers who have technical problems and need help.
Job costing features include defining the hours allocated to a specific job or task, job transfers, and piece work realized on- or off-site so that an employer keeps up-to-date with the cost of each job.
Messages may be sent to specific terminals. These terminals will also show employees number of hours worked and the amount of benefit time accrued.
The benefits of working with the Amano time clock system are numerous. Amano time clocks eliminate mistakes and minimize repetitive tasks. Costs are reduced because there are no time cards or time card preparation work nor time spent in card collection and filing. The terminals are user-friendly yet the security systems ensure the integrity of data. Amano time clocks work with existing software packages through import/export data features. The Amano time clocks come with evaluation tools that produce reports indicating ways to improve efficiency, identify problem areas, and assemble information for employee reviews.
Certain models come with optional features such as TruCost, a job-based costing application. AmanoNet, which controls access to determined areas and helps with building management, is another option. TruBrowse is an Internet or Intranet based connectivity application. The Benefit Accruals Module automatically handles the application of rules relevant to the accrual of employee benefits. The MTX-series is a badge terminal and the Amano HandPunch is a biometric terminal.