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E. G. Watkins patented his first time clock in 1894.The achievement came after eight years of research, trials and modifications to one of his first project assignments in his engineering career. After his graduation from Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Worcester, Massachusetts in 1886, Watkins was employed in the engineering department of Heywood Brothers & Co. (later Heywood-Wakefield Co.) The young engineer was not satisfied with any of the options available on the market, however, and decided to build his own time recorder. In 1894, he met with true success. It was this year that Watkins created the first "Simplex," so named because it was easy to use. And this clock, with its long cylinder interior allowing several employees to clock in on one unit, began the legacy of innovative products that has been carried through the past 110 years.
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