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Event Logger
Win Time Stamp

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Comparison of Time Stamping Systems

  DocuClock
DCS, DCP
Amano ATVS Widmer WTV Simplex 125  

Fundamental Design

    Each PC has a printing unit connected via serial or parallel connection.

    Standard time is captured from the Internet or modem by ClockWatch software which acts as a trusted time source for all connected clients.

    One host computer collects standard time (via modem) and maintains correct time on each printer unit.

    Printer units are connected by dedicated wiring to the host.

    One host computer collects standard time (via modem) and maintains correct time on each printer unit.

    Printer units are connected by dedicated  cable to the host.

    One host computer collects standard time and maintains correct time on each printer unit.

    Printer units are connected by special wiring to the host.

 

PC requirements

 

    Uses existing desktop PCs (Windows 95/98/Me/NT/2k/XP/2003)

    Requires dedicated ATVS host.

Requires dedicated MCC Master clock

    Requires PC to run SimSYNC.

 

Wiring Requirements

    Uses existing LAN cabling.

    Uses available serial (DCS) or parallel (DCP) connection on each PC.

  Requires dedicated wiring (RS-232).

Requires CAT 5 (RS-485) dedicated cabling with splitters and repeaters.

  Requires  dedicated wiring.

 

Time Synchronization

 

    Can use Internet or modem for time sync.

    Keeps PC in sync for other uses.

    Non-DocuClock PCs can be added to maintain correct time.

   Over 100 timeservers available for sync, providing backup when NIST is not available.

    ATVS host is the only PC synchronized to correct time.

     Time sync only by modem, requiring a dedicated phone line and incurring long distance charges.

     Modem dial-up is available only to NIST.

    MCC Master clock is the only device synchronized to correct time.

     Time sync only by phone line, requiring a dedicated phone line and incurring long distance charges.

     Dial-up is available only to NIST.

 

    SimSYNC host is the only PC synchronized to correct time.

 

 

OATS Compliance

    Yes

  Yes, requires dedicated ATVS host.

   Yes, requires Master Clock

  Yes, requires SimSYNC host.

 

Installation

    Hardware installation is plug-and-play.

    Software installs in less than 1 minute. 

   Special technical skills are not required - can be installed by end user.

    Requires professional installation.

     Requires professional installation.

    Requires professional installation.

 

Physical Attributes

    Smaller size (4”h x 7”w x 7.5”d)

    Minimum PC-to-printer cable length of 6’ (up to 50’).

     Larger size (6.9”h x 5.9”w x 6”d)

     7’ printer-to-splitter cable length.

 

     Larger size (6.75"h x 8.25"w x 6.75"d)
 
 

     Higher (4.7”h x 6.4”w x 7.5”d)

 

 

Line Print Capacity

    Can be configured to print multiple lines.  All the fields can be configured independently and all fields are optional. Can also print images

    Can print just one line at a time.

  Can print just one line at a time.

   

 

Scalability

 

    Add as many printers as needed (up to 1000).

    No future upgrade required.

   No wiring or special installation to add new units.

More on networking....

    Requires hardware upgrade installation.

 

 Requires repeater for every 10 clients.

Requires conversion to an Ethernet Based product (125-N)

 

 

Support

 

   Support contract is an option.

    Support contract required. 

    Support contract required. 

    Support contract required. 

 

 Specifications subject to change

 

DocuClock is a registered trademark of Beagle Software. Simplex and SimSYNC are registered trademarks of Simplex Grinnell Co. All other trademarks or registered trademarks referenced above belong to their respective owners.

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Last reviewed September 13, 2004