EXEBA-TAMS™ User`s Manual

EXEBA-TAMS™ User`s Manual
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Table Of Contents
Disclaimer..............................................................................1
License Agreement................................................................2
CHAPTER 1 – Getting Started...................................................9
System Requirements............................................................9
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Installing Exeba-TAMS .......................................................9
Technical Support................................................................10
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CHAPTER 2 – Customizing Exeba-TAMS ............................13
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Exeba-TAMS Main Screen ...............................................13
Company Setup...................................................................14
Company Name ...............................................................14
Data Files.........................................................................14
Clocks ..............................................................................15
Rounding..........................................................................16
Workweek Definition.........................................................16
Schedule Rules ................................................................17
Reports ............................................................................17
Company Setup Utilities ...................................................17
Departments Setup..............................................................18
Department Setup Fields ..................................................18
Department Setup Utilities ................................................19
Schedules Setup..................................................................20
Schedule Setup Fields......................................................21
Schedule Setup Utilities....................................................21
Employee Setup ..................................................................23
Entering a New Employee ................................................23
Updating an employee record...........................................26
Deleting an employee record. ...........................................27
Browsing ..........................................................................27
Refreshing the drop down list ...........................................27
Viewing the employee report ............................................28
Printing the employee report.............................................28
Exiting the Employee Setup form......................................28
Holiday Setup ......................................................................29
Holiday Setup Utilities.......................................................29
Absence Setup ....................................................................31
Absence Setup Fields.......................................................31
Absence Setup Utilities.....................................................32
Password Setup...................................................................33
Adding a password...........................................................33
Deleting a password .........................................................34
Exeba-TAMSTM Log On........................................................35
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CHAPTER 3 – Working with the Clock Data ............................37
TAMS Clock.........................................................................37
Clocking in and out...........................................................37
Import Clock Data ................................................................39
Edit Clock Data....................................................................40
Edit Clock Utilities.............................................................41
CHAPTER 4 – IBC Readers ....................................................43
Features...........................................................................43
Configuring the Port.............................................................45
Open / Close the port .......................................................47
Status Bar ........................................................................47
Software Options .................................................................49
Command Utilities ............................................................54
Access Control List ..............................................................55
Download Schedules List .................................................56
Download Employees List ................................................58
Upload Access Control List...............................................60
Polling Data .........................................................................62
Polling STA/DC Readers ..................................................63
Polling a J Reader ............................................................65
Polling a J Reader with Exeba-TAMSTM Clock ..................67
Polling SA Reader ............................................................68
After Polling Data... ..........................................................69
Reader Commands..............................................................70
Set Serial Options ............................................................71
Set Time ..........................................................................73
Set Barcodes Options.......................................................75
Set LEDs Options.............................................................81
Set Speaker Options ........................................................83
Set Relay Options ............................................................84
Send Command...................................................................85
Warning Messages ..............................................................87
CHAPTER 5 - ATS Clock ........................................................90
Features...........................................................................90
Getting Started .................................................................90
Poll/Delay Parameters .........................................................91
Setup Clock .........................................................................93
Select Clock ........................................................................95
MODEM Connection ............................................................96
MODEM Dial/Hang Up .....................................................97
ATS Clock Setup .................................................................99
Setup Clock Parameters...................................................99
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Clock Standard Messages.............................................. 102
Custom Employee Messages ......................................... 103
ATS Commands File.......................................................... 105
Command File Setup...................................................... 105
Download Commands File.............................................. 117
ATS Clock Polling .............................................................. 119
Set Clock Time .................................................................. 121
Send Command................................................................. 123
Import Clock Data .............................................................. 125
Error Messages ................................................................. 126
Solving communication problems ................................... 126
CHAPTER 6 – Reports.......................................................... 127
Employee Report ............................................................... 127
Employee Report Utilities ............................................... 128
Absence Listing ................................................................. 129
Absence Report Utilities ................................................. 130
Holiday Listing ................................................................... 131
Exception Report ............................................................... 132
Exception Report Utilities................................................ 132
Exception Types............................................................. 133
Daily Report....................................................................... 134
Daily Report Utilities ....................................................... 134
Weekly Report ................................................................... 135
Weekly Report Utilities ................................................... 136
Summary Report................................................................ 137
Summary Report Utilities ................................................ 137
Print Employee ID.............................................................. 138
Print ID Utilities............................................................... 138
CHAPTER 7 - Utilities............................................................ 139
Archive .............................................................................. 139
Unarchive .......................................................................... 141
Export................................................................................ 142
Where is the data exported?........................................... 142
ASCII ............................................................................. 142
DBase ............................................................................ 142
What is actually exported?.............................................. 142
Import Database ................................................................ 143
Maintaining Exeba-TAMSTM Data....................................... 144
Compacting the Database .............................................. 144
Repair the Database....................................................... 144
Archiving Time & Attendance Weeks .............................. 144
APPENDIX A – Error Messages ............................................ 147
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Import Error Messages ...................................................... 147
Setup Error Messages ....................................................... 148
Reports Error Messages .................................................... 149
Utility Error Messages........................................................ 151
APPENDIX B - Miscellaneous ............................................... 153
Interaction with True DBGrid .............................................. 153
Navigation... ................................................................... 153
Selecting Rows .............................................................. 154
Editing data .................................................................... 154
Adding a new record....................................................... 154
Deleting a record ............................................................ 154
Computing Hours Worked.................................................. 155
Computing Wages ............................................................. 155
Notes................................................................................. 156
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CHAPTER 1 – Getting Started
System Requirements
Exeba-TAMS
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has the following system requirements:
ü An IBM compatible computer.
ü Microsoft Windows 95/98, Windows NT/2000.
ü A Pentium processor.
ü A minimum of 16 MB of RAM.
ü Approximately 20 MB of available disk space.
Installing Exeba-TAMSTM
1. Start Microsoft Windows.
2. Insert the Exeba-TAMSTM CD-ROM into your CD-ROM
drive.
3. Choose Run from the Start menu.
4. When the Run dialog box appears, type x:\setup
(substitute the letter of your CD-ROM for x) and press Enter.
5. Follow the on-screen instructions.
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Technical Support
Escan Technologies Corp. welcomes your suggestions and
comments regarding improvements to Exeba-TAMSTM
and/or this manual. These comments can be mailed to
Escan Technologies Corp., or sent electronically via e-mail
or via our World Wide Web (WWW) site. If you have a bug
report that requires immediate attention, please contact us
as soon as possible.
If you would like to purchase any of the hardware described
in this manual, you may contact us for the current price and
availability.
In order to be eligible for technical support, you must register
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with Escan Technologies
Corp. In addition to technical support, you will receive
updates for new features in the upcoming versions of ExebaTAMSTM.
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Standard Mailing
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As an alternative to mailing your registration, you may
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CHAPTER 2 – Customizing ExebaTAMSTM
Exeba-TAMSTM Main Screen
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When you start Exeba-TAMS
you will see the same
screen as in the figure below. If a password is set up for the
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software then Exeba-TAMS
Log On form will appear
before the main screen.
At the top of the screen, you will see the main menus: Setup,
Clock Data, Clocks, Reports, Utilities, and Help.
Select Setup to customize the following company
information: Company, Employee, Departments, Schedules,
Absence, Holidays, and Password.
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Company Setup
When you select Setup, Company, the Company Setup form
will appear.
This form allows you to change the following parameters:
Company Name
Company Name - Enter the name you want to appear in the
reports. A maximum of 60 characters will fit in this field.
Data Files
Export Path - This will be the path where you want the
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Exeba-TAMS
export utility to export the time and
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attendance data files. The default is set to the subdirectory
‘data’ under the installation directory.
Clocks
Clock – Select the clock that will be used for clocking
employees in and out.
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TAMS
Exeba-TAMS has a built-in clock.
Select this clock if you are not
using any of the clocks described
below.
ATS
Accu-Time System clock. Selecting
this option will enable the ATS
menu options in the software.
If you are using an IBC (International Bar Code) reader, select it
from the list. Make sure the reader selected matches the type of
reader you are using.
IBC J Reader
IBC Smart Magnetic J/ Smart Slot
J/ Magbar J Reader.
IBC STA Reader
IBC Smart Magnetic STA/ Smart
Slot STA/ Magbar STA Reader.
IBC SA Reader
IBC Smart Magnetic SA/ Smart Slot
SA/ Magbar SA Reader.
IBC DC Reader
IBC Smart Magnetic DC/ Smart
Slot DC/ Magbar DC Reader.
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Rounding
Rounding - Number of minutes to round the total minutes to.
The default is zero.
Workweek Definition
Workweek Start Day - Choose the first day for company’s
workweek. The default is Monday.
Day Start Time - Enter the time the workday starts (hh:mm
AM/PM). The workday is any consecutive 24-hour period
beginning at the same time on each calendar day. The
default is 12:00 AM. Although Exeba-TAMSTM allows you to
change this field anytime, you should customize it before the
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employees start clocking in and out, thereafter, leave it
unchanged.
Schedule Rules
Grace Period - The number of minutes you allow an
employee to clock in or out before and after the scheduled
shift. The default is set to “0”.
Reports
Include Wages - If this option is checked, the employee
wages will appear in the weekly report.
Company Setup Utilities
Once you make the necessary changes to the above
parameters, click on the save button
to save them.
Then click on the close button
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Departments Setup
If you want to assign an employee to a certain department,
you need to create that department first.
To open the Departments Setup form, select Department
from the Setup main menu. The form below will appear.
Department Setup Fields
Department# - Enter a department number (no more than 12
alphanumeric characters). The department number should
not contain any space characters.
Description - Enter a description for the department (no more
than 50 characters).
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When you open the Departments Setup form, the
departments’ data will appear sorted by Department#. If you
want to sort the departments by their descriptions, click on
the header of the column ‘Description’. You may click on the
Department# column header to restore the original sort
order.
Department Setup Utilities
You may choose to preview a list of the department numbers
and their descriptions, sorted by department#, by clicking on
the view button .
If you decide to print the department listing report without
viewing it, click on the print button .
When you finish entering the department numbers and
descriptions and/or any printing, click on the close button .
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Schedules Setup
If an employee is assigned to a schedule, the schedule
needs to be created first. To do this, select Schedules from
the main menu Setup or click on the Schedule button
in
the main toolbar.
The Schedule Setup form, as seen in the figure below, will
appear.
This option should be used if you want the employees to
clock in and out only during certain hours. If the employees
are permitted to clock in and out anytime, assign them the
schedule number "000" in the Employee Setup form
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Schedule Setup Fields
Schedule# - Enter a 3-digit number to identify a schedule. It
will later be assigned to an employee in the Employee Setup
form.
The Schedule# should be between 1 and 300.
Description – Enter a description for the schedule.
Week Schedule - For every day of the week, enter the starttime and end-time for each 3-digit schedule code. The start
and end time should be entered in the following format:
hh:mm AM/PM. For example, if an employee works from 8
AM to 5 PM enter for start time 08:00 AM and for end time
05:00 PM.
The only way Exeba-TAMSTM identifies a schedule that
ends the next day is if the end time is less than or equal to
the start time. For example, if Monday’s start time is 7:00 PM
and end time is 5:00 AM, then an employee will be able to
clock in and out from 7:00 PM on Monday till 5:00 AM on
Tuesday (including the grace period).
Schedule Setup Utilities
To enter a new 3-digit schedule code, click on the add button
.
When you need to update or change an existing schedule
code, choose that code from the drop-down menu, make the
necessary changes, and then click on the save button .
If you need to delete an existing schedule, select or enter the
schedule from the drop-down menu, and click on the delete
button .
Exeba-TAMSTM will double-check to make sure you intended
to delete that schedule by asking if you want to "Delete
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Current Schedule?", click "Yes" to confirm deletion. Keep in
mind, you cannot delete a schedule if you have assigned an
employee to it. You need to delete the employee record first
and then delete the schedule.
You may view a list of the your schedules by clicking the
view button .
To print the schedules listing report, click on the print button
.
For your convenience, a drop-down menu appears
when entering employees' schedule codes; therefore,
printing a list for ease of data entry is not required.
When you finish with the Schedule Setup form, click on the
close button .
Exeba-TAMSTM requires you to download the
schedules to your ATS clock once at the beginning of every
week. You need to build the commands file (the Download
Schedules File option should be checked) and download it to
the clock. The schedules are checked using a start date
offset. Exeba-TAMSTM sets the start date to the Sunday of
the week in which the schedule was downloaded. Please
refer to ATS Command Set manual for a detailed
explanation of the "Schedule File" commands.
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Employee Setup
Now it's time to setup your employees. Select Employee
from the Setup main menu or click on the Employee button
in the main toolbar.
The Employee Setup form, as seen in the figure below, will
appear.
Entering a New Employee
To setup a new employee, you can either enter a new ID#
directly into the text box or click the add button
to clear all
the boxes and enter the new information.
For each employee, you can setup the following information.
ID# - The employee's identification number for ExebaTAMSTM. Enter up to 12 alphanumeric characters. The ID#
should not contain any space characters.
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If the ATS clock is used for clocking employees in and out,
then the ID you enter for this field should be a fixed 12 or 6
digit number depending on how you define it in the clock
parameters setup.
First Name - The employee's first name, up to 15 characters.
Middle Name – The employee’s middle name, up to 15
characters.
Last Name - The employee’s last name, up to 15 characters.
Address - The employee's street address, up to 50
characters.
City - The employee's city, up to 15 characters.
State/Province - The employee's state, up to 2 characters.
Zip/Postal Code - The employee's zip code, up to 15
characters.
Phone - The employee's home telephone number.
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Rate – The employee’s hourly rate.
Department - From the drop-down list, select the employee's
department, which was previously entered in the Department
Setup form.
Schedule - From the drop-down list, select the employee's 3digit schedule code, which was previously entered in the
Schedule Setup form. If the employee is permitted to clock
in and out anytime, choose the default "000."
Message - If you want to display a message to the
employees when they scan their cards, select the 3-digit
message code.
Supervisor’s Level - Choose the security level you desire.
Please refer to the ATS Command Set for a detailed
explanation of this field.
Status - Is this employee active or inactive? Click the
appropriate selection on the right side of your screen. (The
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Active/Inactive choice on the left side of your screen allows
you to toggle between active and inactive employees. For
example, if you select the Active option, you will be able to
view the active employees only).
Notes - You may enter useful employee notes, up to 255
characters.
Updating an employee record
When you finish entering the employee record select the
update button
to save the information.
This button allows you to update an existing employee
record or add a new employee record.
When you need to make changes to the employees' records,
select the employee using the browse button
or enter the
ID# in the ID# text box.
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When the changes are made, click on this button
.
Deleting an employee record.
If you need to delete an existing employee record, select the
employee using the browse button
or enter the ID# in the
ID# text box, and click on the delete button .
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Exeba-TAMS will double-check to make sure you intended
to delete that employee by asking if you want to "Delete
current employee record?", click "Yes" to confirm deletion.
Please note that deleting an employee will delete all the
attendance and absence information on that employee also.
Browsing
This button
record.
This button
allows you to see the previous employee
allows you to see the next employee record.
This button
lists each of your employees. To select one
of the employees, double click on their names.
Refreshing the drop down list
You can add a new department to the list as follows:
Open the Department Setup form.
Enter the information for the new department.
Close the Department Setup form.
Click on the refresh button
in the Employee Setup form.
You will see that the new department is added to the list.
The same applies to the schedules and messages.
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Viewing the employee report
You may view a detailed report for a specific employee by
clicking on the view button .
Printing the employee report
Or you may want to send the report directly to the printer. In
this case, click on the print button .
Exiting the Employee Setup form.
When you finish entering all your employee's information
and/or any updating, click on the close button .
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Holidays Setup
You're almost done customizing Exeba-TAMSTM for the
employees. Select Holidays from the main menu Setup and
the Holidays Setup form, as seen in the figure below, will
appear.
On this form, you only enter the company’s paid holidays.
Exeba-TAMSTM automatically adds 8 hours to the total hours
for every holiday.
Please keep in mind you can only enter one holiday per day.
But you can have more than one holiday with the same
name (i.e., Thanksgiving).
Holidays Setup Utilities
To view a list of the company's paid holidays, click on the
view button .
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To print a holidays listing report click on the print button .
Once you enter the year and select the printer, the report will
be sent to the printer.
When you finish entering all the holiday information and/or
any updating, click on the close button .
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Absences Setup
Now that you have setup the employees, their schedules,
their departments, and the company holidays, you may want
to start recording the days your employees are not at work
by using the Absences Setup form, as seen in the figure
below.
Select Absence from the Setup main menu or click on the
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Absence button
in the Exeba-TAMS toolbar.
Absence Setup Fields
Employee ID# - Enter the Employee ID# (up to 12
characters).
Date - Enter the date the employee missed work or will miss
work. For example, if you enter 2/9/98 and the day start time
is 5:00 AM, then the employee is assumed absent from 5:00
AM on 2/9/98 until 5:00 AM on 2/10/98.
Week - The Week field is automatically calculated.
Reason - Enter the reason the employee was not at work.
(i.e., vacation, sick). Up to 30 characters can be entered for
this field.
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Hours Paid - Enter the hours paid to them. The default is 0.
This information will appear in the Weekly, Daily and
Summary Reports.
Absence Setup Utilities
This button
will open the Absence Report Query form.
By using the print query form you can view/print a list of the
employee absences you have entered.
When you finish entering all the employee absences and/or
any updating, click on the close button .
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Password Setup
If you are allowing the employees to clock in and out using
the Exeba-TAMSTM clock, you may want to add a password
TM
to Exeba-TAMS for security reasons.
TM
When you first install Exeba-TAMS , the password will not
be set. Therefore, when you start the program you will not
see this form.
Adding a password
To add a password:
Ø Select Password from the Setup main menu
Ø Enter the old password (if any).
Ø Enter the new password (up to 14 characters) in the
New Password and Verify text boxes.
Ø Click on the OK button.
Now every time you start Exeba-TAMSTM, you need to enter
that password.
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Deleting a password
If you want to delete the password, enter an empty string for
the new password.
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Exeba-TAMSTM Log On
If a password is setup for Exeba-TAMSTM then TAMS Log
On form will be the first form you will see when you start
TM
Exeba-TAMS .
TM
You need to know the password to access Exeba-TAMS .
Enter the password and hit Enter or click on Ok.
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CHAPTER 3 – Working with the Clock
Data
TAMS Clock
TM
Exeba-TAMS
can be used with or without a time &
attendance data terminal for clocking employees in and out.
When TAMS built-in clock is used, the employee clock ins
and clock outs are viewed on the computer’s monitor and the
system date and time are recorded.
TM
To open TAMS Clock form, select Exeba-TAMS Clock
from the Clock Data main menu or click on TAMS clock
button in the main toolbar.
If the IBC J reader is the clock used with Exeba-TAMSTM,
then opening this form will cause the port to also open.
Please refer to Polling J Reader topic in chapter 4 of this
manual for more details.
Clocking in and out
In this form, a text box will appear where the users enter
their employee IDs.
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If the ID# does not exist in the employee file or the
employee is inactive, the message "INVALID ID#!" will be
displayed to the user for 2 seconds.
If the ID# exists and the employee is scheduled to work at
the time and date that appears at the bottom of the form, the
message "PUNCH ACCEPTED THANKS (first name)" will
be displayed for 2 seconds and the door will open if a relay
is installed. Otherwise, the message "NOT SCHEDULED!"
will appear.
The first time the employee swipes their badge during a
workday, that time will be considered clock in. The next time
the employee swipes their badge that time will be considered
clock out, and so on.
If the port is not open, this form will be opened
automatically after you swipe a card. You should leave it
open as long as the port is receiving data. Otherwise, the
data received will be lost.
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Import Clock Data
The Import Clock Data utility imports employee attendance
data file into Exeba-TAMSTM’s database. Use this utility
when you collect data using a different hardware other than
the ones described in this manual.
TM
To import the data file into Exeba-TAMS , you need to
select Clock Data, then Import Data File from the main menu
options or click on the Import button
in the main toolbar.
Enter the path and filename, and click Open.
In order for the import operation to succeed the ASCII file
should contain information in the following format:
xxxxxxxxxxxx,mm/dd/yy,hh:mm where “xxxxxxxxxxxx” is an
existing employee ID (up to 12 alphanumeric characters),
mm/dd/yy is a valid date and hh:mm is a valid short time
(00:00-23:59).
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Edit Clock Data
When you click on the edit clock button
in Exeba-TAMSTM
main toolbar or when you select Edit Clock from the Clock
Data main menu, the figure below will appear.
This form allows you to edit the individual employee clock in
or out times, (i.e., an employee forgot their ID badge). The
employee can advise you or the person you chose to handle
this function, about their arrival time, etc. This form allows
you to manually enter that information.
There is a lot of automation with this form. When you
change the date, the week automatically changes, or when
you change the clock in/out time, the total minutes and hours
are updated automatically.
From this form, select the employee from the drop-down list,
enter the date, and the new clock in/out times. The rest is
automatically updated.
The Week text box displays the date for the first day of the
week. The grid displays data for all the days within that
week. So if the workweek start day is Monday and the day
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start time is 5:00 AM, the grid will display all the data from
5:00 AM on Monday for the date that appears in the week
text box till 5:00 AM on Monday for the following week.
Edit Clock Utilities
For single deletion, click on the delete key from your
keyboard, for single/multiple deletion click on the delete
button .
You may choose to print a list of your employee clock in/out
records by clicking on the view button
. This button will
open the Time & Attendance Report Query form.
When you finish entering/updating all the employee clock
in/out records, click on the close button .
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CHAPTER 4 – IBC Readers
This chapter provides detailed information on how to use the
TM
IBC reader with the Exeba-TAMS software.
Features
With the Exeba-TAMS
TM
software you can,
ü Configure the communication port and communication
settings to the settings that best suit the hardware you are
using.
ü Define the poll and delay settings such as time-outs, and
poll delay.
ü Define the protocol parameters such as turning the
protocol on and off and defining the range of addresses to
be polled.
ü Download a schedules file and an employee file to the
reader and view the reader’s response instantly.
ü Upload the access control list (employee and schedules
data) stored in the reader and save the data to a file if
required.
ü Poll the readers to get the clock in and out data. If the
readers are networked, you can poll a single address or a
range of addresses.
ü Add the computer’s date and time when polling a J
reader.
ü Program the reader by sending the appropriate
commands. If the readers are networked, these
commands can be sent to any address you enter. The
software will automatically add the command prefixes and
terminating characters. The response that comes back
from the reader can be viewed in the response text box.
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ü Set the barcode options for every symbology that the
reader supports. These options include: enabling and
disabling the symbology, setting the length of the barcode
read, and specifying the barcode prefix, etc...
ü Set the magstripe options for track 1, 2 and multi track
readers. These options include: enabling and disabling the
track, specifying the prefix and delimiter characters, setting
the magstripe length, etc…
ü Set the relay options, speaker options and LEDs’ options
to your preferences.
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Configuring the Port
The Communication Port Settings command allows you to
select the communication port settings that the software
should use when communicating with the IBC Reader.
To access this command, select Clocks ⇒ IBC Reader ⇒
Set Port Parameters.
Then change the following parameters if necessary.
Port
Select the port that the terminal will be connected to. You
can choose from COM1 to COM16.
Baud Rate
Select the baud rate. The selectable range is 300 to 56000.
Data Bit
Select 5, 6, 7 or 8.
Parity
Select Even, Odd, None, Mark or Space.
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Stop Bits
Select 1, 1.5, or 2.
If you are using the IBC in protocol mode, the allowable settings
for these parameters are as follows: Baud Rate between 1200
and 19200, Data Bits = 8, Parity = None, Stop Bits = 1.
This command will only change the port parameters in the
software. To change the settings on the IBC reader, use the Set
Serial Options command or the Send Command.
If the communication port was open before you changed
these setting, the changes will not take effect until the port is
reopened.
Command Utilities
When you change any of the settings, you need to save and
close the form.
Click on the save button
to save the changes made.
Click on the close button
to close the form. This button
closes the form without warning of any unsaved changes.
So make sure you save before you exit.
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Open / Close the port
Even though there is no specific command that you can
access from the main menu to open the port, the software
provides several ways to open it, both automatically and
manually.
When you select any of the commands that require the port
to be opened (e.g. Set Time), the software opens the port
automatically.
These commands will open the port only if it is closed. They
will reopen it only if they were accessed after changing the
settings for the port and port parameters.
Changing the port parameters will not reopen the port.
To open the port manually, click on the light bulb button in
the toolbar.
The light bulb button also serves as an indicator for the
status of the port. A green bulb button indicates that the port
is open. A red bulb button indicates that the port is closed.
Status Bar
The status bar displays messages on the communication
status and the current settings in the software. It is divided
into 5 panels. These panels are:
Port Status – displays the communication messages.
Port Setting – displays the port and port settings set in the
software.
Protocol – displays the setting of the protocol as it is set up
in the software (for IBC Readers only).
Connect Time – displays the duration of time the port has
been opened.
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Once the port is opened it cannot be automatically closed.
To close the port, you should click on the light bulb button of
the main toolbar. The port is closed when you exit the
software.
The port will fail to open if it is occupied by another
hardware such as a mouse.
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Software Options
Before you start communicating with the reader you need to
change the default settings in the software to the settings
that best suit your hardware. You also need to change the
settings on the IBC reader.
In order for the software to communicate properly with the
reader, both the reader and the software should have the
same settings. It is very imperative that when you change
the setting on one, to change them on the other.
Commands available for customizing the software options
are: Poll/Delay Parameters, and Protocol Parameters.
Commands available to customize the IBC Reader are: Set
Serial Options, and Send Command.
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Poll/Delay Parameters
The Poll/Delay Parameters command can be accessed as
follows: Clocks ⇒ Poll/Delay Parameters.
The settings of the poll and delay parameters affect the
commands that send and receive data to and from the
reader. You may need to try different settings until you find
the correct configuration for your hardware.
These settings are:
Delay - Used by the polling commands only. The delay is the
number of milliseconds (0000-9999) the polling function
should wait between polls. The default is 100 millisecond.
Time Out - The number of milliseconds (0000-9999) the
software should wait, after sending a command, for a
response from the reader before timing out. The default is
100 millisecond.
Machine Speed - The amount of time the software should
wait after sending a command to the reader and before
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receiving data from the reader. You can select any number
from 1 to 50. The number you select is represented as a
multiple of 10th of a millisecond. Therefore, if you select 1,
the wait time will be 10 millisecond. The larger the number,
the slower the data will be sent and received. However, a
small value may result in receiving fragmented data. The
default is 5.
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Protocol Parameters
The reader can communicate with the software in protocol
(network) or non-protocol mode. The Protocol command
allows you to specify the mode that the software will be
using when communicating with the reader.
To access this command, select Clocks ⇒ IBC Reader ⇒
Set Protocol Parameters.
To turn the protocol on/off on the reader, refer to the
following topics: Set Reader Options, or Send Command.
How to turn the protocol off?
1. First, turn the protocol off on the reader by using one of
the commands mentioned above.
2. Select the Protocol tab on this form if it not already
selected.
3. Select the Off radio button.
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4. Click on the save button
.
How to turn the protocol on?
1. If the readers are not set to protocol, then while the
protocol is turned off in the software, turn on the protocol on
all of the readers.
2. Select the Protocol tab on this form if it not already
selected.
3. Select the On radio button to turn on the protocol in the
software.
4. Then select the default address from the Default Unit
Address list. This address can be between 000 and 126 and
will be used as a default address when downloading,
uploading or programming the reader.
5. Finally select the range of addresses that the polling
functions should poll. Valid values range from 000 to 126.
Make sure the value you select for the Range From is lower
than the value you select for the Range To.
6. Click on the save button
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Command Utilities
Once you change the settings for the Poll/Delay parameters
or the Protocol parameters, you need to save the new
settings and close the form.
Click on the save button
changes to the settings.
after you make the required
Click on the close button
to close the form. This button
closes the form without warning of any unsaved changes.
So make sure you save before you exit.
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Access Control List
In order to take advantage of the access control capabilities
of the SA and STA readers you need to download schedule
and employee data to them. Once you download these lists
you may want to upload and view the data stored on the
reader. This chapter describes the download and upload
process of the access control list.
There are three menu commands for downloading the
access control list. These commands are described in the
following sections.
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Download Schedules List
The Download Schedules List command allows you to
download schedules' file to the IBC reader.
Before you access this command, you should setup the
schedules using the Schedule Setup form.
The schedules' file that is downloaded by this utility will
contain the following data: a schedule#, the day of the week,
start time, and end time.
To download a schedules' list,
1. Select Clocks, and then select IBC Reader.
2. Select Download Schedules List.
If the protocol is enabled in the software, the Unit Address
form will appear.
If you want to download to an address other than the default
address, enter a new address in the white text box provided.
This address can be between 0 and 126.
The Cancel Send/Receive form will appear to allow you to
cancel the download operation at anytime.
The responses coming from the reader will appear in the
View form.
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For more information regarding the Add Schedule
programming command, consult the IBC SA/STA user’s
product guide.
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Download Employee List
The Download Employee List command allows you to
download a file of employee IDs and schedule numbers to
the SA and STA reader.
You should download the schedule’s list to the reader before
you download the employee’s list, unless all the schedules in
the employee list exist in the reader or no schedule check is
required.
Before you download the file you should setup the data
using the Employee Setup form and the Schedules Setup
form.
To download an employee list,
1. Select Clocks, and then select IBC Reader.
2. Select Download Employees List.
3. If the protocol is enabled in the software, the Unit
Address form will appear. If you want to download to an
address other than the default address, enter a new one.
This address can be between 0 and 126.
Click on the open button to download the file.
The Cancel Send/Receive form will appear. If you click on
the cancel button
of this form the download operation will
stop.
The reader checks the employee data before adding it to the
existing list. If the data exists, the reader will not add it to the
list.
Responses from the reader will be sent to the View form.
The reader returns one of three responses as described in
the table below.
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Response
ID is added
Description
The ID was successfully
added into the list of
employees on the reader.
ID is not added.
The ID was not added into
the list of employees. It
might exist already on the
reader. Another cause
could be that the data is
invalid (e.g. the length of the
ID exceeds the maximum ID
size on the reader).
Schedule is invalid.
The ID was not added into
the list of employees
because the schedule does
not exist on the reader. You
need to download the
schedule data first.
For more information, consult the IBC SA/STA user's product
guide on the Add Employee into list programming command.
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Upload Access Control List
The Access Control List command allows you to upload the
control list from the reader. Use this command if you want to
know the list of employee IDs and schedules stored on the
reader.
To upload the access control list, follow the steps below:
1. Select Clocks ⇒ IBC Reader.
2. Then select Upload Access Control List.
The Upload File dialog will appear.
If you want to save the data in a file, select the folder from
the Look In list and enter the name of the file in the File
Name text box. Then click on the open button.
If you do not want to save the data, click on the cancel
button of this form.
3. If the protocol is enabled the Unit Address form will
appear. Enter the address (0 - 126) of the reader from which
you want to upload the data. Then click on the OK button. If
you click on the cancel button
of the Unit Address form,
the upload operation will be cancelled.
4. Next, the Cancel Send/Receive form will appear. The
of this form allows you to cancel the upload
cancel button
operation at any moment.
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The data coming from the reader will be sent to the View
form. It will appear as follows:
iii...,sss
Field
iii…
Description
The employee ID.
sss
The schedule#.
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Polling Data
The Poll Reader command polls the transactional data from
the IBC reader. The format of the polled data will differ
according to the type of the reader that is polled.
For this command to work properly, the type of clock
selected using the Company Setup form should match the
type of the reader you are using.
You can upload any reader as follows:
1. Select IBC Reader from the Clocks main menu.
2. Select Poll Reader if you want to poll the data and keep
it in the reader.
3. For STA and DC readers, you can select Poll and Purge
Reader if you want to poll the data and then clear the
reader's memory.
4. The polled data will be saved in a file called
'Datammdd.log' where mmdd represent the month and date.
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Polling STA/DC Readers
Readers such as STA, and DC store the transactional data.
To poll these readers, follow the steps described above.
If the protocol is not enabled, the reader connected to the
serial port will be polled until an "End" response is received
from the reader.
If the readers are networked, the poll command will poll each
reader whose address falls in the range of addresses set up
in the software. Each address will be polled until an "End"
response is received from the reader. Then the next
address in the range will be polled and so on.
The data will appear in the View form as follows:
s,mm/dd/yy,hh:mm:ss,iiii......
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Field
S
Description
The status of the transaction (STA only)
0 - Access is granted.
1 - Bad employee id
2 - Employee is not clocking in/out
within the scheduled time.
Mm/dd/yy
The date.
Hh:mm:ss
The time.
iii.....
The employee ID.
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Polling a J Reader
Polling a J reader differs from polling STA and DC readers.
Since the reader does not store the data, it should be
connected to your PC and the polling function should be
running as long as the employees are scanning their ID's.
If the protocol is disabled, the reader will be polled for data
until the operation is cancelled. The J reader will not allow
the employee to scan an ID until the previous data is polled.
If the protocol is enabled, each reader in the range will be
polled once.
The data coming from the reader will not contain a date or
time. The Poll command adds the system's time and date to
the data at the time of polling.
The polled data will appear in the View form as follows:
iii...,mm/dd/yy,hh:mm:ss
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Field
iii….
Description
The employee ID.
mm/dd/yy
The system Date at the time of
scanning.
hh:mm:ss
The system Time at the time of
scanning.
To end the polling process, you should click on the cancel
button
of the Cancel Send/Receive form.
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Polling a J Reader with TAMS Clock
The J reader can also be polled using TAMS clock. This
method allows other functions to be accessed while the
employees are clocking in and out.
You need to select the “IBC J Reader” clock in the Company
Setup. When the TAMS Clock is accessed, it will open the
communication port thus allowing data to come from the J
reader.
Please refer to the topic TAMS Clock for further information.
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Polling SA Reader
Like the J reader, the SA reader does not store the
transactional data. It should be connected to your PC during
operation; otherwise, the data will be lost. However, the SA
reader stamps the data with a time and date.
In protocol as well as in non-protocol mode, the data will
appear in the View form once scanned. This data will
appear as follows:
mm/dd/yy hh:mm:ss iii...
Or
mm/dd/yy hh:mm:ss iii...
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After Polling Data...
Once the data is polled from the reader(s), the software
imports it into the database. The import operation starts
automatically after you click on the cancel button
of the
Cancel Send/Receive form or after all the data is polled from
STA or DC readers. If the data is imported successfully, it
can be viewed in the Edit Clock form and in the reports.
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Reader Commands
This section describes in details the menu commands that
program the reader.
Commands such as Set Time, Set Serial Options, Set Relay
Options, Set Speaker Options, Set LEDs Options, Set
Barcodes Options, and Set Magstripe Options allows the
user to program the reader by clicking on the button next to
the commands. Whereas, the Send Command requires the
user to enter the programming command and to send it to
the reader.
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Set Serial Options
Use the Set Reader Options to change the serial port
settings on the reader such as the baud rate, parity and data
bits.
Also, use this command to change the protocol settings on
the reader.
To change the settings on the reader,
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1. If the protocol is enabled, enter the address of the reader
in the address text box at the right of the command.
2. If the command has a selection box, select the required
setting from the list. For example, the 'Set Baud Rate to'
command has a selection box from which you can select the
baud rate.
3. Click on the command button at the left of the command.
The use of these commands should be done carefully. When
you change any of these settings on the reader, you need to
change them in the software as well. Otherwise, the software
will not be able to communicate properly with the reader.
For example, if you click on the button next to "Set to 8 bits
and no parity." command, you will reset the port settings on
the reader. To communicate with the reader afterwards, you
should change the data bits to 8 and the parity to none in the
software.
If the protocol is turned on, a response will be returned from
the reader.
This response will be either "Command
Acknowledged" if the reader recognized the command. Or
"Command Not Acknowledged" if the reader did not
recognize the command.
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Set Time
After you receive the reader from the factory, you need to
reset the date and time set in it.
The Set Time command provides an easy way to set the
date and time on the reader.
To reset the time, follow the steps below:
1. From the Clocks menu, select IBC Reader, then select
Set Time.
The Set Time form will appear.
If the communication port is not already open, this command
will open it. When this form appears, the date, time and day
of the week boxes will display the computer's date and time.
2. If you do not want to set the time on the reader to your
system's time, change the settings as required.
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The Date should be entered as follows: mm/dd/yy. For
example, 02/09/99.
The Time should be in 24-hour format (i.e. the valid entries
for Hour are 00- 23). The time should be entered as follows:
hh:mm:ss. For example, 13:01:30.
The Day of the Week can be selected from the list.
3. Finally, if the reader is networked, enter its address in
the Unit Address text box.
4. Click on the send button to reset the reader to the date
and time that appears in this form.
Responses coming back from the reader will appear in the
Reader's response text box and they could be one of the
following:
Response
Reader is not
responding
Description
No response came back from the
reader.
Invalid Time
The date or time entered is not valid.
Time is Set
The reader received the command
and it set the time and date.
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Set Barcodes Options
All the symbologies that the reader can read can be
configured using the Set Barcodes Options command.
To access this command, select the Set Barcodes Options
from the IBC Reader submenu. Once selected, a submenu
will appear from which you can select the symbology you
want to configure on the reader.
Most of the symbologies can be programmed using the
following commands:
Ø Enable/Disable the symbology.
Ø Enable/Disable the check digit.
Ø Transmit/ don’t transmit the check digit.
Ø Set the barcode length.
Ø Enable/ Disable the direction indicator.
Ø Enable/ Disable the extra bars.
Ø Set the barcode prefix.
The figure below shows all the commands you can program
the Code 39 symbology to.
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To program the symbologies follow the steps below,
1. If the protocol is enabled, enter the address of the reader
in the address text box at the right of the command.
2. If the command has a selection box, select the required
setting from the list.
For example, the ‘Set Barcode Prefix to’ command has a
selection box from which you can select the prefix character
you want. You can enter the character in the list box
provided or you can select the character from the list.
However, there are certain characters that you should
always select instead of typing. These characters are:
None
disable the prefix
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Space
Tab
space character
tab character
Other commands such as ‘Set Barcode Length to 00’
requires you to change the ‘00’ in the command to the length
you want.
3. Click on the command button at the left of the command.
The reader will respond with an ACK (Command
Acknowledge) or a NAK (Command Not Acknowledge) if
operating in protocol mode. This response is displayed in
the Response text box.
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Set Magnetic Stripe Options
The Set Magstripe Options command allows you to program
every track that the reader can read. It is available under the
IBC Reader sub menu. Once selected, a submenu will
appear from which you can select to program: Track 1, Track
2, and Track 1 & 2.
Programming track1 is equivalent to programming
track 3 on readers that read track 2 and 3.
For each track you can program the reader as follows:
Ø Enable or disable track.
Ø Transmit /Don't transmit the LRC character.
Ø Set the magstripe length.
Ø Transmit /Don't transmit stop and start character.
Ø Select the prefix character.
Ø Select the delimiter character.
Ø Transmit /Don't transmit the direction indicator.
Ø For multi track readers, each track can be programmed
to:
Ø Use the standard character set for the track, or another
character set.
Ø Transmit before the other track.
Ø Set intertrack delimiter.
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The figure above shows all the commands in which you can
program Track 1.
To program the magstripe tracks follow the steps below,
1. If the protocol is enabled, enter the address of the reader
in the address text box at the right of the command.
2. If the command has a selection box, select the required
setting from the list.
For example, the ‘Set Prefix to’ command has a selection
box from which you can select the prefix character you want.
You can enter the character in the list box provided or you
can select the character from the list. However, there are
certain characters that you should always select instead of
typing. These characters are:
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None
Space
Tab
disable the prefix
space character
tab character
Other commands such as ‘Set Magstripe Length to 00’
requires you to change the ‘00’ in the command to the length
you want.
3. Click on the command button at the left of the command.
The reader will return one of two responses,
Command Acknowledged – when the reader recognizes the
command.
Command Not Acknowledged – when the reader does not
recognize the command.
Either response will appear in the Response text box.
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Set LEDs Options
Some readers can have their LEDs programmed to function
as follows:
When the reader is powered on,
Ø You can program it to have the red LED turned on or the
red LED turned off.
Ø You can also program it to have the green LED turned
on or the green LED turned off.
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And after a good read,
Ø You can program the reader to turn the red LED on for
xx second or to turn the red LED off.
Ø You can also program it to turn the green LED on for xx
second or to turn the green LED off.
The LED Options command is accessible from the IBC
Reader submenu. After you select the Set LEDs options
command the port will be opened if not already opened.
To program the LEDs, follow the steps below:
1. If the protocol is enabled, enter the address of the reader
in the address text box at the right of the command.
2. Some commands require you to replace the ‘00’ value in
the command to the value that you want. Such as “Red
Light on for 00 Sec After Good Read”.
3. Click on the command button at the left of the command.
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Set Speaker Options
The speaker available on the reader can be programmed to
beep for a number of seconds after a good read or to be
turned off after a good read.
To access this command select Clocks ⇒ IBC Reader ⇒
Set Speaker Options. There is no need to open the port
before executing this command because it will opened
automatically.
To program the speaker to be turned on for a certain amount
of time after a good read, enter the number of seconds
desired. Then enter the address if the protocol is on. Then
click on the button next to this command.
To disable the beeper after a good read, enter the address
of the reader if networked and then click on the button next
to this command.
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Set Relay Options
The Set Relay Options command is available under the IBC
Reader submenu. If the reader has a relay, you may want to
program it as follows:
After a good read,
Ø Turn on the relay for xx seconds.
Ø Turn the relay off.
Like all the reader commands, the Set Relay Options
command opens the communication port automatically.
To program the relay you need to click on the button next to
each command. But before you click on the button, if the
reader is networked, enter its address in the text box
provided for the address. Also, enter the number of seconds
required if you are programming it to be turned on for a
certain amount of time.
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Send Command
The IBC reader can be easily programmed through any of
the commands described above. For example, the Set
Speaker Options command sends messages to the reader to
program the speaker.
However, these commands do not cover all of the
programming commands. Any other command can be typed
in the Send Command form and sent to the reader. In other
words, the Send Command allows you to program the
reader by sending the appropriate command.
To send a command to the reader follow the steps below:
1. Select Clocks ⇒ IBC Reader, then select Send
Command.
The Send Command form will appear, as show in the figure
below.
2. Type the command in the text box provided.
3. Enter the address to send the command to if the reader
is networked.
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4. Check the serial command option if the command is a
serial programming command. All the commands in the J
series user's guide are serial programming commands
(except the serial control commands).
5. Click on the send button.
The Send command will automatically add the command
prefix and terminating characters. The responses coming
back from the reader (if any) are sent to the Reader’s
Response box. Responses will appear in the format that they
are received. However, the software eliminates the ACK,
NAK, ETX and STX characters from the string of data
received when the protocol is enabled.
If the reader is set to protocol mode, a response of ACK will
appear as "Command Acknowledged" and of NAK will
appear as "Command Not Acknowledged".
Command Utilities
The clear button
Receive boxes.
erases the contents of the Send and
The send button
sends the command to the reader.
The close button
simply closes the Send Command form.
For further information on the reader commands, consult the
IBC User's Guides.
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Warning Messages
While communicating with the IBC reader you will receive
different messages. Some messages will inform you about
the status of a certain operation. This kind of messages is
explained throughout the IBC reader topics of this manual.
This topic explains only the warning and error messages
received.
"Command
Acknowledged",
Acknowledged"
"Command
Not
The above messages are displayed by the software in the
response box when an ACK or a NAK is received from the
reader. When the reader acknowledges the command, it
means that the reader received the command and
recognized it as a valid command. However, it does not
mean that the reader is programmed according to the
command. When the reader does not acknowledge the
command, it means that the reader received the command
but did not recognize it.
"Invalid character."
This message is received when you enter an invalid
character (such as typing a space instead of selecting
'Space' from the list in the Set Prefix or Delimiter commands
of the Set Barcodes Options and the Set Magstripe Options
forms).
"Invalid address."
Upload and download commands accept an address that
range between 0 and 126. The reader commands (such as
Set Speaker Options) accept address that range from 0 to
127. This message is received when you enter invalid
characters (e.g. alphabets) or an address that fall off the
range.
"Operation valid only when the port is opened"
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If the communication port failed to open, you will receive this
message when you try to send or receive data to and from
the reader.
"Reader is not responding!” "NO RESPONSE"
This message is received when the reader does not send
any response back when the software is expecting one. The
reader will not send a response if:
Ø The port is not open or an invalid port number is
selected.
Ø The reader is not connected to the selected port.
Ø The address selected does not match the address on
the reader.
Ø The reader did not recognize the command.
Ø The settings in the software do not match the settings on
the reader. For example, the protocol in the software is
enabled and on the reader is disabled.
"Reader is not responding! Make sure it is set to
protocol mode."
When the protocol is enabled in the software, a response is
expected from the reader for every command sent. If no
response is received, the software displays this message.
You need to either enable the protocol in the reader or
disable it in the software.
"Unable to open the communication port!"
This message is received when the selected port is occupied
by other hardware or the port is already opened by this
hardware and cannot be reopened.
"Unable to purge data at address xxx"
The software failed to send the command that purges the
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contents of the transactional data file on the reader. This
would
be
due
to
communication
problems.
"Unable to send command."
This message is received when the software is trying to
communicate with the reader by sending a command while
the port is not open or a communication problem occurred.
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CHAPTER 5 - ATS Clock
If you have purchased an ATS clock to use with the Exeba
software, you need to read this chapter of the manual. All
the features are available under the ATS Clock submenu.
These features will be enabled once you select the “ATS
Clock” in the Company Setup form.
Features
ü Customize the ATS clock.
ü Customize the standard clock messages and the
employee messages.
ü Download schedules’ data, departments’ data, and
employees’ data to the clock.
ü Poll the transactional data from the clock.
ü Set the time on the clock.
ü Send a command to the clock.
Getting Started
In order for Exeba-TAMSTM to communicate with the clock,
there are different parameters in the software and the clock
that you should configure. Using Exeba-TAMSTM, you
should select the appropriate port and port settings, change
the poll and delay parameters if necessary, then setup the
clock data. Finally, you need to select the clock you want
the software to communicate with.
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Poll/Delay Parameters
The Poll/Delay Parameters command can be accessed as
follows: Clocks ⇒ Poll/Delay Parameters.
The settings of the poll and delay parameters affect the
commands that send and receive data to and from the ATS
clock. You may need to try different settings until you find
the correct configuration for your hardware.
These settings are:
Poll Delay - Used by the polling commands only. The delay
is the number of milliseconds (0000-9999) the polling
function should wait between polls. The default is 400
millisecond.
Time Out - The number of milliseconds (0000-9999) the
software should wait, after sending a message, for a
response from the clock before timing out. The default is
400 millisecond.
Machine Speed - The amount of time the software should
wait after sending a command to the clock and before
receiving data from the clock. You can select any number
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from 1 to 50. The number you select is represented as a
multiple of 10th of a millisecond. Therefore, if you select 1,
the wait time will be 10 millisecond. The larger the number,
the slower the data will be sent and received. However, a
small value may result in receiving fragmented data. The
default is 5.
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Setup Clock
If you are using a single or multiple ATS clocks you should
set up their data using the Communication Parameters setup
form.
To access this form select Clocks ⇒ ATS Clock ⇒ Setup
Communication Parameters.
For every clock, enter the following data:
Clock – Enter a unique ID number or name for the clock
(e.g. MAIN, 101).
Clock address – Enter the address you have set up on the
clock (1-32). The default is 1.
Port – Enter or select the port the clock or the modem is
connected to.
Port Parameters – Enter or select the baud rate, parity, data
bits, stop bits. These settings should match the settings on
the clock.
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Phone number – If you are connecting to the clock through
an internal or external modem, you should enter the phone
number in this field.
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Select Clock
Once you set up the ATS clocks communication parameters,
you need to select the clock you want Exeba-TAMSTM to
communicate with.
To select the clock, from the Clocks main menu, select ATS
Clock, then select Select Clock.
When the form above appears, the selected clock, if any, will
be highlighted. To select a clock simply click on the record
selector (black arrow) to highlight the row. Then click on the
Select button.
The save button
allows you to save the selected clock so
you don’t have to reselect it when Exeba-TAMSTM is
restarted. Whereas, the Clear button deselects the clock
allowing you to make changes to its data in the Setup Clock
Parameters form.
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MODEM Connection
If TAMS should connect to the clock through a modem, you
need to configure the software, your modem and the clock
modem as described in the following paragraphs.
Configuring the ATS clock internal modem
Locate the test switch on the back of the clock then set the
baud rate to 2400M and the number of rings (1, 2..). Set the
parity to ODD, and the application type to A. Select the
clock address (01 – 32). Once you change the baud rate,
the clock will perform a self-test to detect the internal
modem.
Configuring Exeba-TAMS
TM
port settings
TM
Using Exeba-TAMS
Clock Communication Parameters
form, set up or modify an existing clock data as follows:
- Enter or select the port to which the modem is
connected to.
- Enter or select the following port parameters: baud rate:
2400, parity: Odd, data bits = 7, stop bits = 2.
- Then enter the phone number of the line to which the
clock is connected to.
Configuring the PC modem
You can use an internal or external modem to dial the clock
modem. This modem should be configured from your
Windows control panel as follows: Speed: 2400, Data bits: 7,
Stop bits: 2, parity: ODD, error flow: Off, error control: Off.
You should use a 28.8 or lower speed.
TAMS will dial the modem automatically when any of the
communications commands is selected. You can dial it
manually using the Dial MODEM command as described in
the following section.
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MODEM Dial/Hang Up
The MODEM Connection command dials and connects to
the modem installed on the ATS clock.
To dial the modem,
1. Select Clocks ⇒ ATS Clock ⇒ Dial Modem.
The Modem Connection form will appear.
2. In the Initialization text box enter the modem initialization
command.
3. Then click on the Dial button. If the clock you want to
connect is not selected, the Select Clock dialog form will
appear. Select the clock then watch for communication
messages at the status bar.
Modem Connection Utilities
The save button
initialization string.
saves the data entered for the
The dial modem button opens the communication port if not
already opened, initializes and dials the modem.
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To hang up the modem,
Select Clocks ⇒ ATS Clock ⇒ Hang Up Modem.
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ATS Clock Setup
There are three main commands for setting up the ATS
clock: Setup Clock Parameters, Setup Standard Clock
Messages, and Setup Employee Messages.
Setup Clock Parameters
The Clock Parameters command allows you to select the
options you want to configure on the ATS clock. With this
command you only specify what you want to change on the
clock. The clock is not actually configured until you create
the commands file and download it to the clock.
To access this command, select Clocks => ATS Clock =>
Setup Clock Parameters.
The options that can be configured using this command are
as follows:
Badge Validation - Select either Validate or Do Not Validate.
When you choose "Validate", the badge swiped will be
validated against the employee file in the clock.
Badge Length - Select the length of the badge in the
upload/download data files from and to the clock. Select
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either "Six Only" or "Twelve Only". When you select "Six
Only", any ID that is above 6 characters will be truncated to
the 6 least significant positions (i.e., a 10-digit badge
1234567892, will be accepted as 007892). When you select
"Twelve Only", any ID that is less than 12 digits will be
padded by zeros (i.e., ID 123456 will output as
000000123456).
Acceptable Badge Length - Select the length of the badge
on the ID card that will be used with the ATS clock. If you
select option "Six Only" the clock will accept only six digits ID
cards (magnetic readers). If you select option "Any Length"
the clock will accept ID's of any length up to 12 digits.
Date Format - Choose the appropriate date format for your
company.
Keypad Input - Select either Allowed or Not Allowed. If you
do not allow keypad input, the employee can only scan their
ID badge. They will not be allowed to use the ATS keypad.
Function Keys – Select the functions you want to enable or
disable on the clock.
Message Acknowledgement Enable (Time Out) - This option
enables acknowledgement of the message and waits for the
Clear/Enter key(s) to be pressed. If the key(s) are not
pressed within the time out period, the clock will return to
idle, and the message will be displayed again the next time
the employee swipes their card.
Message Acknowledgement Enable (Wait) - This option also
enables acknowledgement of the message and waits for the
Clear/Enter key(s) to be pressed. The message will remain
on the display until one of these keys is pressed.
Message Acknowledgement (Disable) - This option disables
the message acknowledgement. This allows the message to
be displayed for a few seconds and then the clock will return
to idle.
Display Date/Time Function Key Prompt - Select this option
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if you want the date and time to appear during the first
prompt of the function keys.
Idle Prompt - Select this option if you want the date and time
to appear during idle prompt.
Time Out:
Prompt Display - How long does the employee have to enter
data before the clock returns to idle?
Time Elapsed - How much time do you want to have elapsed
before the next badge may be read?
Message Display - How long do you want your message to
be displayed?
Relay Activation - How long do you want the relay (if one is
installed) to remain activated after reading a valid badge?
Clock Parameters Setup Utilities
The save button
settings.
saves the changes you make to the
The default button
does not save them.
restores the clock default settings but
The close button
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Clock Standard Messages
These are the default messages displayed by the ATS clock
under various conditions.
If you want to change any of these default messages, from
the main menu, select Clocks => ATS Clock => Setup
Standard Messages.
The Prompt Name and Prompt# columns in the form above
are locked. You may only change the information in the
Prompt column.
When you enter a new company name for prompt#
000, make sure the name is 20 characters long. If the
company name is not 20 characters long, press the space
bar to fill the empty spaces.
Standard Messages Setup Utilities
You may choose to view a list of the standard clock
messages by clicking on the view button .
Click on the print button
listing report.
to print the clock messages
When you finish, click on the close button
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Custom Employee Messages
If you want custom messages displayed by your clock like
"Happy Birthday!" or "Way to Go!" use this screen to set
them up.
From the main menu options, select Clocks => ATS Clock
=> Setup Employee Messages. The Employee Messages
Setup form will appear.
The messages are set up using this form. They are
assigned to a specific employee using the Employee Setup
form. To view them on the clock, they should be selected
when creating the command files to the clock and the ID of
the employee whom the message is assigned to should be
selected. Then the command files should be downloaded to
the clock.
To assign a message to an employee, follow the steps
below:
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1. Enter a message# from 001 to 050 and then enter the
message.
2. Open the Employee Setup form and enter/select the ID#
for the employee you want to assign the message to.
3. Enter or select the messages# in the message list.
Employee Messages Setup Utilities
To view a list of the custom employee messages, click on
the view button .
You can send the report directly to the printer, by clicking on
the print button .
When you finish entering/updating the custom employee
messages, click on the close button .
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ATS Commands File
In order to program the ATS clock, you need to create a file
with valid clock commands. Then you need to download this
file to the clock.
Command File Setup
The commands file can be created using any text editor.
The commands that you can enter in this file are detailed in
the ATS user’s guide.
An alternative and easier method to create this file would be
to use the Commands File Setup utility.
This utility
automatically inserts the clock commands in the command
file.
From the applications main menu, select Clocks => ATS
Clock => Create Commands File.
The Create/Download Commands File form will appear.
This form has 6 tabs. Each tab contains a set of options.
Select the ones you want to program in the clock.
For instructions on how to select rows in the table, refer to
Appendix B of this guide.
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Setup
In the ATS Clock Setup form, select the options you want to
configure in the clock. Using the Setup tab of this form,
select which of these setup commands you want to
download to the clock.
If you want to add any of these commands to the file, check
mark the box in front of each option. These options are:
Set Clock Parameters – when you select this option the
selection made for acceptable badge length, keypad input,
time out (prompt display, time elapsed, message display),
and date format will be included in the commands file.
Set Function Key – select this option if you want to include
the command that turns some function on or off in the clock.
Set Relay Activation Time – this option will include the
command to set the relay activation time.
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Set Badge Length – this option will include the command to
set the badge length to six or twelve depending on the
selection made in the Clock Setup form.
Display Date/Time – this will include the options you
selected for displaying the date/time during function key
prompt and idle prompt.
Message Acknowledgement – this will include the option you
selected in the ATS Setup form for message
acknowledgement.
Badge Validation – you need to check this option if you want
to change the badge validation option in the clock.
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Custom Messages
The Custom Messages tab allows you to select which
custom messages you want downloaded to the clock. You
make the changes to these messages in the ATS Clock
Standard Messages form. Any changes required should be
made before you open the Create Commands File form.
Changes made to these messages while this form is open
will not take effect.
The three options you can select using this tab are as
follows:
None – this is the default option. When selected, none of
the messages will be included in the command file.
All – when selected, all the messages will be included in the
file.
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Selection – when you click on this option, a table of Custom
Messages will be enabled. Select which message you want
to include in the file.
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Employee Messages
If you have entered some messages using the Employee
Messages Setup form and you want the clock to display,
click on the Employee Messages tab.
Options available through this tab are as follows:
Erase existing employee messages – check mark this option
if you want the existing employee messages on the clock to
be deleted.
From the download list, select to include:
None – this is the default option. Make sure it is selected if
none of the messages need to be downloaded.
All – this option adds all of the messages set up to the
commands file.
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Selection – if you want to include some of the messages to
the clock, select this option then select the messages from
the table provided.
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Departments
The Departments Tab form allows you to add commands or
delete department data from the clock.
The available options are as follows:
Erase existing departments record - command to delete all
the department data (department#, description) stored in the
clock.
From the download list select:
None – none of the departments.
All – all of the departments set up in the software.
Selection – select the ones you want to download from the
table.
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Schedules
Using the Schedules tab, you can select to add the
commands to delete the existing schedules on the clock or
to add the ones set up in the software to the commands file.
Erase existing schedule records - command to delete all the
schedule data (schedule# and schedule hours) stored in the
clock.
From the download list, select the following options:
None – select this option if you have already downloaded the
schedules to the clock or if no schedule check is required.
All – if you want to download all the schedules to the clock
select this option.
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Selection – selecting this option will allow you to specify
which schedule will be downloaded to the clock. To select
the schedules, check mark the white box next to each
schedule.
The schedules should be downloaded to the clock once
every week. If any modification was made to the schedule
data, the existing schedules on the clock should be erased
and the new schedule data should be downloaded to the
clock.
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Employees
The Employee tab allows you to add or delete the employee
records from the clock.
Erase existing employee records - command to delete the
existing employee records from the clock.
The employee data set up in the software, can be
downloaded to the clock by selecting the following options:
None - none of the employee records are added.
All - all of the employee records are added.
Department – select this option if you want to download the
employee records for an employees that belongs to a
specific department.
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Employee – if there is one or more employee record that you
want to download to the clock, select this option then select
the records you want to download from the list. Select a
record by checking the white box next to it in the list.
When you select to download the employee data to the
clock, you should also download the employee schedule and
message data, if any. For example, if an employee is
assigned to a schedule, select the schedule# from the list
when creating the file, if this schedule does not already exist
in the clock.
Command Utilities
Once you select the options you want included in the file,
click on the build button. The build button will only create a
text file of the commands that represent the options you
select. It will name this file "ATSCmd.dld" and will save it
under the application's data subdirectory.
The clock is actually programmed after you download the
commands file to it using the Download Commands File
utility or by clicking on the send button
of this form. If no
clock was selected, the Select Clock form will appear.
Select the clock to download the file by simply highlighting it.
Click on the close button
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Download Commands File
The Download Commands File utility allows you to download
a command file to the ATS clock. This commands file may
contain commands to configure the clock or to add employee
IDs and schedules. If you have used the Create Commands
File utility then the file you want to download will be
"ATSCMD.DLD" and will be located under the application
data subdirectory.
To download the file using the 32-bit version of the
application, follow the steps below:
1. Select Clocks, and then select ATS Clock.
2. Select Download Commands File.
If you have not selected a clock, the Select Clock form will
appear.
3. Select the clock you want to download to. The Find
Download File dialog will appear.
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Select the file you want to download and click on the open
button.
The file will be downloaded to one clock at a time. To
download to another clock, you need to repeat steps 1 to 3.
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ATS Clock Polling
When the employees swipe their cards using the ATS clock,
the data is stored in the clock's memory. The Poll Clock
utility polls the existing data from the clock to be used by the
software. It does not only poll the existing data, but while
this utility is running, any data swiped or entered will also be
polled.
Polling the Clock
1. From the main menu, select Clocks => ATS Clock =>
Poll Data.
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2. Select the clock you want to poll data from by using the
Select Clock form.
3. After you connect the clock, click on the poll button
.
The poll command polls the clock continuously until all the
existing data is uploaded. When the data is polled from the
clock, it is automatically erased from the clock’s memory.
The small gray text at the bottom of the form displays the
number of the clock being polled.
The data is stored in the "...\Data" subdirectory under the
name "datammdd.log" where mm is the month and dd is the
date. So, if you polled data on 1/16/99, the file would be
named "data0116.log" and will remain in the directory until
you remove it.
You do not need to import the data after it is polled, as it will
be automatically imported into Exeba-TAMSTM’s database
when you close this form. Once the data is imported, you
will be able to view it in the Edit Clock Data form and in the
reports.
Disable Polling
The stop button
of this form disables the polling process
and erases the polled data from the text box.
Exit Polling
The close button
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Set Clock Time
The Set Time command resets the time and date on the ATS
clock.
You can set the time as follows:
1. Select Clocks => ATS Clock => Set Time.
The Set Time form will appear.
2. When this form first appears, it will display the
computer’s date and time in the time and date text boxes,
respectively. If you do not want to set the date and time on
the ATS terminal to the computer's date and time, change
the settings as follows:
Enter the date in the following format mm/dd/yy.
Enter the time in the following format hh:mm:ss. The time
should be in 24-hour format.
3. Select the clock if not already selected.
4. Finally, click on the Set time button.
One of three responses will appear in the response box:
Response
Terminal is not
responding.
Description
No data was received from the clock.
You need to make sure the clock is
connected properly and the correct
parameters are set.
Terminal is not
ready to receive
command.
The clock sent back a negative
acknowledgement. You need to
resend the command to set the time at
a later time.
Time is set.
The time and date were successfully
set on the clock.
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Send Command
The Setup Command File Utility builds the clock commands
by using the ATS command standard application command
set. However, if you do not wish to build the file and
download it, you can use the send command utility to send a
single command to the clock while the clock is connected.
To access the Send Command form, select from the main
menu Clocks => ATS Clock => Send Command.
Please refer to the ATS Clock manual for detailed
information on the clock commands.
To send a command to the clock,
1. First, select the correct clock using the Select Clock
form.
2. Then, type the command in the command text box. The
buttons marked as 'rs', 'gs', and 'us' add a record separator,
a group separator and a unit separator to the command
respectively. You do not need to add a record separator to
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the end of the command as this is done automatically by the
Send command.
If the terminal sends any data back, it will appear in the
Terminal Response text box.
Send Message Utilities
Click on this
button to send the command to the clock.
Click on this
button to close the Send Command form.
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Import Clock Data
All activities on the ATS clock are stored in an ASCII file.
Once you upload this file to your computer, you need to
import it to the database. The import operation extracts the
required data from this ASCII file and merges the records
with the existing time and attendance records.
You are only required to run this command if the data was
uploaded using different communication software, or you
have an ATS clock file that you want to import into the
database. The Poll command of this software will import the
data automatically upon exiting.
In order to import the ATS clock data file follow the steps
below:
1. From the Clocks main menu select Clocks.
2. From the ATS Clock submenu, select Import Clock Data.
3. The Get Data File form will appear.
4. Enter or select the path and filename. Click on the open
button.
If the operation was successful, you will receive the
message “Clock data imported successfully.”.
If the file contained an ID that is not initially set up in the
software, or if the data already exists in the database, this
command will not import this data.
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Error Messages
Error Message
Description
Transmission Error
Message is received when the
ATS download operation fails
due to communication
problems.
Terminal not responding
Message is received when the
software does not get a
response back from the clock
due to communication failure.
Clock commands file
ATSCMD.DLD was not built
successfully.
The file ATSCMD.DLD may be
opened by another user.
Solving communication problems
In order for the clock to communicate properly with your PC,
you need to make sure the following conditions are satisfied:
• The clock communication setting matches ExebaTAMSTM communication parameters setting.
•
The correct clock address is selected.
• The application type on the clock should be set to “A” to
match the setting in the software.
• The clock is connected properly to your PC.
check for any loose connections.
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CHAPTER 6 – Reports
Employee Report
The Employee List Print Query Form allows you to select
range, type, and sort order of employee records for printing.
To access this form, select Employee Report from the
Reports main menu.
You might want to start by selecting the range of records you
want to print.
All - Select All if you want to print all employee records.
Employee - Select an employee from the list to print a
single report on a specific employee.
Department - Select the department from the list to print
reports on all the employees belonging to a particular
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department.
The figure on the previous page shows that you can choose
one of two types of reports.
List - a report in which the employee ID, first and last name,
status, department#, supervisor level and message# appear
all in one row, for every employee selected.
Detailed - a report in which all the employee information
appears with each field in one row.
You also have the option to print employees by their status.
Active - only active employee records will appear in the
report.
Inactive - only inactive employee records will appear in the
report.
Both - both active and inactive employee records will appear
in the report.
You may want your listing report to be sorted by:
ID# - Employee ID# (default).
Last Name - Employee last name.
Department - Department#.
Employee Report Utilities
When you have made your selections for the Employees
Report, click on the view button .
If you are ready to print the report(s), click on the print button
.
When you finish with all the Employee reports, click on the
close button .
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Absence Listing
The Absence Listing report is a listing of all the absences
recorded in the Absence Setup form. You can choose the
absence dates you wish to view for all the employees, or
select just a few.
To see the Absence Report Query form, as shown in the
figure below, choose Reports, Absences Listing.
Enter the dates (mm/dd/yyyy) you would like to see for the
Absences Listing, select the report for all the employees, or
a specific selection.
Select an employee ID by clicking on it in the employee list.
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Absence Report Utilities
Select the employees you wish to see in the report,click on
the view button .
Click on the print button
Click on the delete button
to print the absence reports.
to clear the print list.
When you finish printing the reports click on the close button
.
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Holidays Listing
The Holidays Listing report is a listing of the company
holidays. Simply enter the year you would like to see a
report for, and print the report. To see a Holiday Listing
Report, as in the figure below, choose Reports, Holidays
Listing.
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Exceptions Report
The Exceptions Report is a report of all the incomplete,
incorrect and not scheduled clock in and out entries. It is
recommended to run this report before editing the Time &
Attendance records and before printing any other Time &
Attendance reports such as the weekly report.
To access the Exceptions Report Query form, as seen in the
figure below, select the Exceptions Report from the Reports
main menu.
From the options above you can select to print an
Exceptions report on all the employees, on employees that
work in a particular department, or on a single employee.
Exceptions Report Utilities
Click on the view button
to view the Exceptions report.
Click on the print button
to print the Exceptions report.
Click on the close button
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Exceptions Types
The following is an interpretation of the type of exceptions
that you will see in the report.
Missed Clock Out - Employee did not clock out.
Incorrect Clock In/Out - Clock Out is less than Clock In. The
total hours are negative.
Not Scheduled - Employee is not scheduled to work on that
day or employee clocked in before or clocked out after the
scheduled time.
Employees that are not assigned to a schedule will not be
included in the “Not Scheduled” and “Missed Clock In/Out”
exceptions, since their schedules are not defined.
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Daily Report
The Daily Report is a listing of all the employees' clock in/out
data during a single day. You can print a Daily Report of all
the departments or select which one you want to see.
To see the Time and Attendance Reports Query form, as
seen in the figure below, click on this button or choose
Reports, Daily Report.
Select the date for the Daily Report you want to see.
Choose All Departments or Selection and then specify a
department.
Daily Report Utilities
To view your report(s), click on the view button
When you finish, click on the close button
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Weekly Report
The Weekly Report is the most detailed report. It contains
daily activities and totals for regular time, overtime, absence
hours paid, holiday hours and hourly wages. You can select
to print a report on a single employee, all employees, or
employees that work in a certain department.
To see the Time and Attendance Reports Query form, as
seen in the figure below, click on the Weekly button
or
choose Reports, Weekly Report.
From the drop-down menu, select the week that you would
like to see the report for.
Select the report for all the employees, a particular
department, or a particular employee.
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Weekly Report Utilities
To view your report(s), click on this
To print the report(s), click on this
Click on this button
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button.
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Summary Report
The Summary Report is a listing of all your weekly totals.
You can print a Summary Report on all your departments or
select the ones you want to view. To see the Time and
Attendance Reports Query form, as seen in the figure below,
choose Reports, Summary Report.
Select the week for the Summary Report you want to see.
Choose All Departments or Selection to specify a
department.
Summary Report Utilities
To view your report(s), click on this
button.
To print your report(s), click on this
button.
When you finish, click on this
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Print Employee ID
Exeba-TAMSTM provides you with a utility to print bar-coded
ID cards for your employees. To access this utility, from the
Utilities main menu, select Print ID.
As seen the figure above, you can print all of the employee
ID’s at once or you may select a few from the employee list.
The ID should be printed on a Badge Laser Sheet or Letter
Size page (81/2”x 11”). Every page contains up to 3 rows of
IDs. Each row contains 2 IDs for the same employee.
Print ID Utilities
Once you make your selection, click on this
view the ID.
Click on this
button to
button to close the ID Printing form.
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CHAPTER 7 - Utilities
Archive
This utility will extract the weekly attendance and absence
data from the 'Company01.mdb' database into the ‘Archive’
folder. The extracted data will be saved in a file called
"mmddyyyy.mdb". Where 'mmddyyyy' is the starting date of
the archived week.
Choose Archive from the main menu Utilities. The figure
below will appear.
If you have any employee attendance records, the starting
date and ending date for each week will appear in the weeks
to be archived list.
Select the week you would like to archive by highlighting it
button.
and then click on this
When you finish archiving your files, click on the close button
.
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You might want to use this utility regularly. When the
data is archived it is removed from your database making it
smaller in size. This will allow Exeba-TAMSTM to run faster
and will give you the option of backing up individual files
from the archive directory instead of backing up the whole
database.
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Unarchive
This utility will restore the data you archived using the
Archive utility.
The Unarchive utility will look for files under the 'Archive'
folder and display them by date in the Unarchive list. Choose
Unarchive from the main menu Utilities. The figure below will
appear.
Select the week you would like to unarchive and click on this
button.
When you finish unarchiving the weeks, click on this
button.
If you have made changes to your company settings or
time and attendance records that would affect the total for
the archived week, Exeba-TAMSTM will recalculates the
totals for regular, overtime etc… You will notice that some
operations (e.g., printing time and attendance reports) will
run slower than usual after you unarchive a week.
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Export
Exeba-TAMSTM allows you to export your data into two
popular data formats: ASCII and Dbase IV.
Where is the data exported?
ASCII
If you did not change the default path in your company
setup, the data will be exported to the '...\data\text'
subdirectory under your installation directory. If you did
change the path, the data will be exported directly to that
path.
DBase
The default path for dBase format is the '...\data\dbase'
under the installation directory. When you change the path
in your company setup, the data will be exported to the
selected path under the subdirectory 'dbase'.
What is actually exported?
The data will be exported into two files/tables called
'ClkInOut' and 'TotalHrs'.
ClkInOut table will contain Employee ID#, First Name, Last
Name, Department#, Date In, Clock In Time, Date Out,
Clock Out Time and Total.
TotalHrs table will contain Employee ID#, Date, Week,
Regular Hours, Overtime Hours, Absence Hours, Holiday
Hours and Total Hours.
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Import Database
The import database utility imports data you have entered
using an older version of Exeba-TAMSTM into the existing
version.
To import the database, simply select Import Database from
the
Utilities
main
menu,
locate
the
database
“company??.mdb” and click on the open button of the Find
Database dialog form.
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Maintaining Exeba-TAMSTM Data
All of your Exeba-TAMSTM’ data is stored in the database
called 'Company01.mdb'. This file resides under your
installation directory. It is very important to maintain it and
make backup copies.
TM
Exeba-TAMS
provides
maintaining your data.
you
with
three
utilities
for
Compacting the Database
The database may grow substantially over time based on the
amount of information you add or delete. The Compact
Database utility will compact your database and make it
more manageable. You might want to run this utility before
you make copies of it. The compact utility is accessed by
selecting Utilities and then selecting Database, and finally
selecting Compact.
Repair the Database
The repair database method repairs the database after being
corrupted for any number of reasons, one being abnormal
shutdown. This utility is found in Utilities, Database, Repair.
This method cannot fix all the possible forms of
database corruption, so you should ALWAYS remember to
backup your database files regularly to avoid unrecoverable
data loss.
Archiving Time & Attendance Weeks
As an alternative to backing up your whole database, you
can run the archive utility to archive some or all of the time
and attendance data and then backup each week
individually.
The archived file contains only time and attendance data for
a single week. The rest of your data like departments,
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schedules, etc. are in 'Company01.mdb' so make sure you
have a copy of this file.
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APPENDIX A – Error Messages
Import Error Messages
Error Message
Description
Invalid clock data file.
The file you are trying to import
contains data that does not
match the clock data.
Clock data file was not imported
successfully.
Possible cause: The file you are
trying to import is opened
exclusively by another user or
the configuration file 'schema.ini'
is missing or is modified. Copy
'schema.ini' from your
installation directory into the
application's subdirectory 'data'.
No records were imported.
The file you tried to import
into Exeba-TAMSTM’s
database does not contain
valid data.
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Setup Error Messages
Error Message
Description
You have entered data that is
too long for the field.
This message will appear when
you enter more characters for a
field than what is allowed. Look
in the setup help topics for the
maximum size of each field.
You have entered data that
does not match the type of one
or more fields.
Every field in the database
tables has a pre-defined type.
Fields of type characters can
have any combination of
characters and digits; those of
type digit can have only digits.
Date and time fields can have
any valid date and time data.
The 'field' column cannot be left
blank.
Some fields do not have default
values and cannot be left blank.
When you receive this
message, you should enter
data for the field identified in the
message.
An existing record has the
same 'field value'.
An existing record has the
same information as the record
you are currently trying to add
or modify. Use the refresh
button to see the changes
made by other users who are
accessing the database
concurrently.
Employee record was not
added/deleted successfully.
The data entered for any of the
fields does not match its type or
is too long for the field. This
error can also be caused if the
department you assigned to the
employee no longer exists.
Click on the refresh button to
refresh the department list box.
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Reports Error Messages
The following is obtained from Crystal Reports Error
Messages documentation.
Error Message
Description
Not enough system resources/
Insufficient memory available.
There are not enough system
resources available. Free up
resources and try again.
Not enough memory/ The
summary field could not be
created/Cannot reallocate
memory.
These messages typically
indicate that there is not
enough memory available to
process the command. Close
any reports that are not
needed, and exit any programs
that are not essential. Then try
again.
Too many open files.
You have too many open files
given the number of files you
specified in the CONFIG.SYS
FILES = statement. To prevent
this error from recurring, either
use fewer files or increase the
number of files specified in the
FILES = statement.
Report not found/ File not
found.
The report cannot be found
under the application's 'reports'
subdirectory. Restore the
report from the installation
diskettes.
Unable to load report.
The report is found, but it
cannot be loaded. Check to
see if it is currently in use, and
try when the file can be loaded.
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Physical database not found.
The program is unable to locate
either a DLL or the database.
Printer not available.
Crystal Reports is having
difficulty connecting with the
selected printer. Reselect the
printer and try again.
Internal Error: PrintDlg fail:
4100
There is no printer driver
installed in the Windows
Control Panel. When Crystal
Report opens a report, it looks
for the default printer. If there is
no default printer set, the error
message results.
No default printer selected.
You may use the Control Panel
to select a default printer.
You Cannot begin using Crystal
Reports unless you have a
default printer selected. Trying
to print a report without a
default printer results in this
error message.
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Utilities Error Messages
Message
Description
TM
TM
Cannot start Exeba-TAMS .
The database 'Company01.mdb'
is missing or opened exclusively
by another user.
Exeba-TAMS
The database 'Company01.mdb'
is corrupt. You should attempt
to repair it.
The database got corrupted.
TM
When Exeba-TAMS starts
you will only have access to the
database utilities. Run the
repair utility to repair it. If the
operation failed, restore the
database from a backup copy.
Database was not
repaired/compacted
successfully.
Before you run the
compact/repair utilities make
sure, the database exists and no
one is accessing it.
Records were not
archived/unarchived
successfully.
In order for the archive and
unarchive operation to run
properly the time and
attendance records should not
be accessed by any other user.
You will receive this message if
another user is trying to perform
the same operation concurrently.
Unable to create archive file.
The file to which the time and
attendance records will be
archived to is opened or used by
another user.
Export path does not exist.
The export path specified in the
Company Setup no longer
exists. You should change this
path before running the export
utility.
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the database file
'Company01.mdb' does not exist
under the application directory.
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Export operation was not
successful.
Possible causes: database is
corrupt, export drivers are
missing, or the tables to be
exported are being accessed by
another user.
Unable to create the export
tables.
The tables to be exported or the
tables to be exported to might be
opened by another user.
The system database
“XBclock.mdw” is missing.
The system database should
exist under the application
directory. If the file is missing or
corrupted, you will receive this
message. Try reinstalling
TM
Exeba-TAMS or copy the
missing file from the installation
disk.
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APPENDIX B - Miscellaneous
Interaction with True DBGrid
TM
On most of Exeba-TAMS ’ forms you are required to enter
data using the True DBGrid control. The True DBGrid control
allows you to browse, edit, add, and delete data in a tabular
format. If you have not worked with the grid control, you
should read this section carefully.
The information in the following paragraphs is obtained from
the True DBGrid user's manual.
Navigation...
Using the mouse.
To make a cell the current one in the grid, just simply click
on it.
The vertical scroll bar causes the grid to display different
rows.
The horizontal scroll bar causes the grid to display different
columns.
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Using the Keyboard.
Navigation can be done using the arrow keys, the TAB key,
the PGUP and PGDN keys, and the HOME and END keys.
Selecting Rows
You can select a row by clicking on the record selector for
the desired row. You can select multiple rows by clicking on
the record selector for each row you wish to select while
holding down the CTRL key. Note that selected rows do not
have to be contiguous.
Editing data
To put the grid in edit mode, click anywhere within the cell.
Once in edit mode you can start typing. The cell's data will
be replaced by what is typed. You end the editing by moving
to another row or by pressing enter. To restore a cell to its
original value press the Esc key.
The pencil button appears in the record selector
column when the data in the row changes.
Adding a new record
You can only add a new row after the last record. An
asterisk in the record selector column marks the new row.
Simply move to that row and start entering data.
Deleting a record
To delete a record, simply select the row to be deleted by
clicking on its record selector and press the DEL key. Only
one record can be deleted at a time using the delete key.
However, on some forms you can delete multiple rows using
the erase button provided on that form.
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Computing Hours Worked
The Edit Clock Data form contains a column for the total
hours and total minutes worked. These totals are the actual
time worked by an employee. The hours are rounded
according to the rounded values entered in the Company
Setup form.
TM
Exeba-TAMS takes the rounded value and divides it into
regular time, and overtime using the following rules:
Rule 1. Any hours worked beyond 40 regular time hours in a
week are considered overtime.
Rule 2. Holiday and absence hours are considered nonworking hours. These hours are added to the total holiday
and absence hours per week. Only the actual hours-worked
are used in the computation of regular time, and overtime.
Computing Wages
The wages are computed as follows:
♦ An employee is paid the regular pay rate for every
regular, absence, and holiday hour.
♦ An employee is paid time and half for every overtime
hour.
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