For decades now, a simple and affordable time clock solution for employee time-tracking was to use a time & date stamp machine. These machines are also commonly known as Side Printers due to the open throat on the front of the unit where the paper is inserted to stamp.
This simple-to-use device is extremely versatile and can be used for many other purposes as well. For example, a restaurant may want to track orders as they enter or exit their kitchen to maintain a high standard of quality control. A car dealership or service center may track work from one department to another as a vehicle moves through maintenance, repairs, inspections, and even detail.
Another alternative use may be to track incoming mail or other received documents with the stamp. Various government agencies use this method to mark and confirm the time and date that a permit request was applied for or granted as well as other paper trail tracking for internal documents.
We find quite often that some instances of use for this clock call for multiple layers of accountability in different departments. In these cases, a specific color of ink may be used to indicate which clock was used and when. In some models, like the AT-3500, a custom message is available to further clarify the clocks location or purpose as well.
All in all, we can identify these time & date stamps as being flexible, reliable and efficient when placed in the workspace.