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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: Wireless Clock Systems, Wired System Clocks

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: Wireless Clock Systems, Wired System Clocks

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: clock repairs, School Clocks

Clock Repair Tips: Understanding Your Clock Type [VIDEO]

Posted by Scott DeSmith on Nov 9, 2016 11:22:48 AM

Just because your clock breaks, doesn’t necessarily mean you need to run out and buy a new one. There are plenty of repair parts available for almost every kind of clock. American Time stocks parts for clocks manufactured as far back as the 1940’s. But the first step to clock repair is understanding the type of clock you have. There are many different clocks available, all with different features and options. So how do you know what type of clock you have? American Time’s Scott DeSmith gives you an overview to help simplify the repair process:

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Topics: clock repairs, Clock Replacement Parts, Videos

What Master Clock is Best for Clock Synchronization?

Posted by Tom Nelson on Nov 2, 2016 12:54:45 PM

Master clocks have been keeping time synchronized in schools, hospitals, factories and offices for a long, long time. If you have a wired clock system in your facility, you have a master clock controlling it. A master clock is an accurate time keeping clock with the ability to send synchronized time signals to all secondary clocks connected to the system. Master clocks controlled secondary clocks long before computers and network (Wi-Fi and PoE) clocks emerged. Many wired clock systems still exist but are starting to fail, meaning replacement master clocks are still necessary. Now, there are multiple options for clock synchronization. 

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Topics: clock synchronization

Why Buy New? Clock Replacement Parts Turn Back Time

Posted by Aron Levandowski on Oct 26, 2016 9:07:49 AM

Let’s face it: All things will eventually become old and break down, and your synchronized clock system is no exception. But the good news is that many replacement parts are available, making it easy to fix a legacy system and save you money and time. So whether you want to keep an old system in working order, or save an older clock, why buy new? See how clock replacement parts turn back time!

Standardized Clock Parts

If you have an old clock system that needs repair, just look on the dial for the manufacturer’s name. The odds are good that it’s a Simplex clock, model 2310 or 6310, as these were the standard for synchronized clocks for many years.

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Topics: Clock Replacement Parts

Saved By The Bell: How Wireless Relays Make The Bells Ring On Time

Posted by Tom Nelson on Oct 19, 2016 1:07:21 PM

There are many advantages to a wireless clock system. One of the most critical is the ability to operate a lot of different systems all from a central computer screen in synchronized harmony. How does the system make school bells (or anything else) ring on time? We can thank the magic of wireless relays, which can turn just about anything on and off when you need them.

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Topics: Timekeeping

Stop Everything But Time with a Clock Wire Guard

Posted by Carmen Dimond on Oct 6, 2016 2:57:35 PM

Once you’ve made the investment in a synchronized clock system, it is important to protect it. Whether it's from balls in a gym, mishaps on the factory floor, or anything else, it’s important to keep your clocks protected so they keep operating. Here’s how you can stop everything but time with a clock wire guard.

Why is a clock wire guard a good investment? There are three key reasons:

  1. Save money – If you have to replace a clock that becomes damaged, it will cost you more than the clock itself. There is the maintenance time to get up there and replace the clock, too. A clock wire guard is the best way to make sure that you don’t have to worry about your investment.

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Topics: Protective Wire Guards, Wire guards

The 6 Undeniable Benefits of Wi-Fi Clocks

Posted by Tom Nelson on Sep 30, 2016 7:00:00 AM

If you need synchronized time for your campus, factory, or office, battery-operated Wi-Fi clocks are an affordable, reliable, simple solution. Whether you are planning an upgrade to an existing building or a new installation, a Wi-Fi clock system will give you years of worry-free operation with incredible precision. Here are the six undeniable benefits of Wi-Fi clocks.

1. Location Versatility

Since there are no wires, you can hang your synchronized clocks on any wall in a location where you receive a Wi-Fi signal. With a long-life battery pack, you eliminate the need for a cord. Hang them from any place where they can best be seen for perfectly synchronized time anywhere you need it.

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Topics: Wi-Fi Network Clocks

James Madison University had a Problem, American Time had a Solution

Posted by Jesse Liila on Jun 29, 2016 12:15:55 PM

With expansion in the works of its University Recreation (UREC) facility at James Madison University (JMU) located in Harrisonburg Virginia; the issue on how to keep time synchronized throughout the facility had to be planned, and it had to be planned correctly.

"In such a large facility, it's crucial that all classes start and end on time, and that even the students in the locker rooms know exactly how much time they have to get to class," said Bob Golson, associate director of facilities and operations at the UREC. "If people are constantly too late or too early, it impacts the experience and enjoyment of the facility."

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Topics: Wireless Clock Systems, SiteSync IQ Wireless Clock System, Company News, synchronized time

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