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Clean Clock Caper…

January 4, 2013

beauty_and_beast_christmasOK, so I realize Christmas is over. Hell, most of you have probably trampled your New Year’s resolutions by now, but I noticed something in a “children’s” Christmas film I found deeply disturbing, yet tied like a golden bow to the health of your workforce.

Anyway, check out this picture from the Christmas sequel to Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast.” Notice anything besides the fact that the beast is back to being a beast in spite of the fact that he was transformed into a handsome human prince at the end of the first film after Belle planted true love’s kiss on him? Yeah, that bothered me too.

No… The other question I have is, “who’s the blond” cavorting with Lumière, the candle? And where is the Featherduster (aka Fifi/Babette)? And what’s up with her aliases? As you’ll recall from the first film, “Babette” had something going on the the hot candleman, yet she’s gone from the sequel? Hmmmm… Your humble correspondent did some digging with my Hollywood contacts, and found out the shocking answer. It was a classic workplace love triangle! That’s right. While doing her job, it seems cleaning “Cogsworth” the clock led to a dusty affair and “Fifi’s” quiet dismissal. Why Cogsworth got to keep his job reeks of sex discrimination, but I’m here to talk technology, so…

Clean your clocks!

It’s cold and flu season, and ABC World News reports this is the earliest flu season in a decade. According to “Massachusetts has 3,736 patients with laboratory-confirmed cases of the flu so far this season, compared to just 126 at this time last year, state numbers show. And that is probably a small fraction of the number who are truly ill, because most people do not get a lab test to confirm their misery.”

Our updated Flu Guide is scheduled to be emailed to customers and posted on our Customer Portal on Jan. 11th. Until then, here are some tips on cleaning your clocks! Oh, and try not to get fired doing it.

Cleaning Kronos Terminals

Clean the Surface

  • Spray glass cleaner or water onto a soft, lint-free cloth. Do not use paper towels. Do not spray cleaner or water directly on the terminal.
  • Gently wipe the surface of the terminal, including the polycarbonate lens that covers the terminal’s display.

Important note: Use only water or glass cleaner to clean the surface and lens of the terminal.

Cleaning the Kronos InTouch touchscreen

  • Press the Menu key on the front of the device (bottom left)
  • Tap Clean Touchscreen. The system disables the touchscreen for 30 seconds, so that you can clean its surface without inadvertently performing a transaction. The system counts down the number of seconds that the touchscreen remains disabled.
  • Follow instructions from the “Clean the Surface” section above.
  • After you finish cleaning the touchscreen, wait until the remaining time elapses, or press the Home key on the front of the device (bottom right) to exit.

Important Note: Do not spray screen cleaner directly on the device. Spray the cleaner on a soft, lint-free cloth. See the Kronos InTouch installation guide for additional preventive maintenance information.

Clean the Badge Reader

  • Lightly dampen a clean paper towel with water or isopropyl (rubbing) alcohol. Do not use a cloth. Do not spray water or alcohol directly on the reader.
  • Wrap the dampened paper towel around an inactive badge and swipe the badge through the reader three to five times.
  • Wrap a dry paper towel around the badge and swipe through the reader three to five times.

Important note: Use only water or isopropyl alcohol to clean the bar code or magnetic badge reader of the terminal.

Clean the Sensor and Touch ID Pad

  • Dampen a clean cotton cloth with isopropyl (rubbing) alcohol. Do not use paper towels. Do not spray alcohol directly on the sensor.
  • Gently wipe the sensor area of the Touch ID Pod (fingerprint verification device).
  • Clean the sensor at least once each week or whenever oily residue is visible on the sensor area.

Important note: Use only isopropyl (rubbing) alcohol to clean the sensor of the Touch ID Pod.

Clean Your Hands

  • Isopropyl alcohol based gel sanitizer may be applied to hands prior to touching the sensor of the Touch ID Pod without damaging the sensor, as long as the finger is dry prior to touching the sensor.

For more information on how to prevent the spread of communicable diseases in the workplace, visit the website of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

What NOT to Use to Clean Kronos Touch ID Terminals

  • Do NOT use paper tissues or towels to clean the surface, lens or Touch ID sensor, as they may damage the surface, lens or sensor.
  • Do NOT use isopropyl (rubbing) alcohol to clean the surface or lens, as the alcohol may damage the plastic casing of the surface or the lens.
  • Do NOT use chlorine-based cleaners, non-chlorine bleach, or chlorine-based bathroom or mildew cleaners on any part of the terminal.
  • Do NOT use any solvents, such as acetone, paint thinners, turpentine, benzene, etc. on any part of the terminal.
  • Do NOT use scouring pads, steel wool, or abrasives of any kind on any part of the terminal.
  • Do NOT spray cleaner or water directly onto any part of the terminal.

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