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How to Understand Clock Movement Correction Assemblies

Posted by Scott DeSmith on Jan 18, 2017 10:56:19 AM

Looking at the inside of a clock and determining how all the parts work together can be fascinating, but trying to figure out how to correct a clock when it needs an adjustment can be downright intimidating. However, if you learn the basics of clock movement correction assemblies, you can foster the fascination, while eliminating the intimidation.

Start With the Basics

Many clocks are controlled by Hansen movements, which are designed to provide split-second accuracy. Small motors dictate these movements, but sometimes the motors need adjustment. 

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Topics: Clock Maintenance and Repairs

Integrating School Bells with Your Clock System [VIDEO]

Posted by Tom Nelson on Jan 11, 2017 9:13:26 AM

To help keep students and teachers on time and lessons taught as planned, it is vital that the bells and clock systems be synchronized to the same time.  So when the clock strikes 12pm and a bell should go off, it does so right on the dot.

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Topics: School Clock Systems, Videos

Clock Repair 101: Troubleshooting a Broken Mechanical Clock

Posted by Scott DeSmith on Jan 4, 2017 10:20:43 AM

Let's face it, as we all know, nothing lasts forever. Every machine,  no matter how reliable, eventually has issues with functionality. Whether it's a quick fix or a major problem, at some point you will need to decide whether or not you want to maintain or replace your machine. Mechanical clocks are no different. Here are some steps you can take to determine if you should repair or replace a broken clock.

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Topics: Clock Maintenance and Repairs

Protect Your Wall Clocks with Wire Guards

Posted by Carmen Dimond on Dec 28, 2016 8:23:36 AM

A good insurance policy will protect you when unexpected things happen. It's no different with wall clocks: purchasing wire guards or tamper-resistant security brackets to keep your clocks protected is time (and money) well spent. If your facility has a wall clock that needs protection, American Time has a solution to meet the need. Let's take a look at some solutions and scenarios where a wire guard would make sense for your school, business or facility.

Standard wire guards

These are a must for most wall clocks inside gymnasiums or locker rooms, which need protection from balls and other objects moving at high speeds. Hinged wire or round wire clock guards from American Time are a slam dunk solution for these environments.

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Topics: Protective Wire Guards

How Do I Replace My Synchronized Clock Motor? [VIDEO]

Posted by Scott DeSmith on Dec 21, 2016 9:01:50 AM

To get your clocks ticking again, refer to this step-by-step video on how to replace a synchronized clock motor and achieve accurate time.

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Topics: Clock Maintenance and Repairs, Videos

School Clock Cheatsheet: Everything You Need to Know

Posted by Scott DeSmith on Dec 14, 2016 10:03:13 AM

There is a certain elegance to the energy and efficiency of students moving throughout a school between classes. A bell sounds, doors open, and students and teachers move with purposeful pace. Moments later, the bell sounds, doors close, and lessons begin again. However, that familiar pace isn't possible without a system of clocks to keep everyone on time. 

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Topics: School Clock Systems

The Beginner's Guide to Clock Synchronization

Posted by Aron Levandowski on Dec 7, 2016 10:38:55 AM

When working in sync, a marching band, a dance kick line or a military exercise can be an impressive sight. When a system of clocks are working together perfectly at a school, business, or hospital, they may be less entertaining, but are equally effective. When all clocks provide synchronous time, workflow proceeds in a rhythm that produces success for those who follow it. 

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Topics: Synchronized Clock Systems

What is a Hybrid Clock System? [VIDEO]

Posted by Tom Nelson on Nov 30, 2016 9:12:56 AM

Have you ever heard the term hybrid clock system and wondered what that is? A hybrid clock system incorporates the best of both a wired and a wireless clock system. It allows you to run your wired system in conjunction with a wireless system so you get the best of both worlds. 

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Topics: Videos, Hybrid Clock Systems

Clock Wars: Wireless Master Time Clock vs. Wired Master Time Clock

Posted by Tom Nelson on Nov 23, 2016 9:00:57 AM

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away...wired clocks were the standard, reliable method to keep synchronized time in schools and businesses. Today, those clocks are even better, but there are also wireless options, utilizing 21st Century technology to transform timekeeping. But which solution is best for your school or facilities? Here is a quick comparison of wireless master time clocks vs. wired master time clocks to help you make the decision. 

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Topics: Wi-Fi and Wireless Clock Systems, Wired Clock Systems

How to Keep Your School Time System in Working Order

Posted by Tom Nelson on Nov 16, 2016 12:29:34 PM

School clock systems are reliable. They can keep perfect time for years. But when they go down, getting them fixed in a quick and efficient way is important for schools to stay “on the clock.”

Here’s how you can get your school time system back up and in working order.

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Topics: School Clock Systems

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