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New Technology Surrounding School Clock Systems

Posted by Fred Bezat on Feb 15, 2017 12:05:42 PM

When we think of smart technology, the first devices that may come to mind are smart phones, tablets and notebooks. Well, you can add school clock systems to that list. New technology surrounding these systems means that keeping time and keeping kids safe is now one bundled solution that falls under the smart technology umbrella. 

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Topics: School Clock Systems

When and How to Replace Clock Batteries

Posted by Scott DeSmith on Feb 8, 2017 9:29:09 AM

There have been many spectacular advancements in technology during the 21st century — obviously there are too many to list. However, one form of technology has remained relatively unchanged over the decades: battery power. Batteries are a reliable source of power and energy for innumerable devices we use every day, including clocks. As reliable as batteries are, they do eventually expire and need replacement. Here is a quick rundown on what to do, when batteries....run down.

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Topics: Clock Maintenance and Repairs

Why You Need to Install a Master Clock System in Your School [VIDEO]

Posted by Tom Nelson on Feb 1, 2017 1:26:26 PM

Running late can set a negative tone for an entire day and easily disrupt your focus. A simple way to stay prompt is to have a reliable timepiece. Similar to the watch on your wrist, a master clock system is vital to keeping everyone in school on-time and focused on learning. Here are some of the benefits of installing a master clock system in your school.

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Topics: School Clock Systems, Videos

How a Clock System Can Contribute To School Safety

Posted by Fred Bezat on Jan 25, 2017 12:40:01 PM

What do school buses, sidewalk patrols, caring adults and clocks all have in common? Believe it or not, all help contribute to safety at schools. Although clocks may seem to be the less obvious reason, here's how a synchronized system of clocks can help keep students safe during the school day.

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Topics: School Clock Systems

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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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

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