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Wireless Clocks, Motors, EverAlert and More! Get our New On-Demand Webinar Series!

Posted by Aron Levandowski on Jun 26, 2019 10:53:00 AM

We know there are a lot of factors when it comes to choosing the right clocks or clock technology for your building. That’s why we created our
Clock School On-Demand Webinar Series.


  • Brief, helpful webinars that get you the most
    important information
  • Recommendations and resources for next steps
  • Real-world examples


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Topics: Clock Maintenance and Repairs, School Clock Systems, Wireless Clock Systems, EverAlert

Help! My Mechanical Clock Is Dying

Posted by Scott DeSmith on Apr 3, 2019 4:24:17 PM

Sometimes life throws you a curveball and things break. It could be the radiator in your car or your cellphone falling on the floor and cracking the screen. Similarly, all mechanical clocks may eventually break down.

What makes a mechanical clock “mechanical” is the type of movement inside the clock. Mechanical clocks have a mechanical movement which means metal gears powered by a motor work together to advance the hands forward. These clocks are commonly found in schools as part of a legacy wired clock system.

Often, it’s the motor in these clocks that go bad. The most common call we get about broken mechanical clocks is about replacing the Synchron® motor in Simplex® clocks. There are over 400 Synchron motors found in various mechanical clocks and we sell 48. Not sure what type of Synchron motor your clocks have? We have a blog for that.

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Topics: AllSync

Electronics manufacturer taps American Time to tighten operations

Posted by American Time on Mar 27, 2019 3:23:42 PM

Inefficiencies in the workplace are not always easy to spot. You won't see employees literally setting $100 bills on fire, but inevitably, there will be times during the day when otherwise productive work hours might as well be going up in smoke.

And this isn't necessarily due to a lack of work ethic or motivation. At DMR Electronics, a manufacturer of industrial electronic components and wiring harnesses, employees sometimes had no other choice but to waste time standing around while waiting for meetings to get underway. But, it wasn't their fault. Since there was no single time source to rely on, their schedules were easily thrown out of whack.

The phenomenon led DMR to research synchronized clock systems, ultimately choosing American Time to bring an added sense of order to its daily operations.

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Topics: Synchronized Clock Systems, SiteSync, Timekeeping

Introducing PoE Global, a Clock Fit for World-Class Facilities

Posted by Scott DeSmith on Mar 13, 2019 1:17:26 PM

Superior looks don't always translate to a superior experience. Many brands redesign a logo or packaging just to get you to try the same old product.

But sometimes, improving a product's appearance means a better user experience by definition. That's what happened with American Time's new Power over Ethernet digital (PoE) clocks, an upgrade resulting in a product that works as good as it looks.

Like the previous model, the PoE Global clocks get both their power and time signal from an Ethernet connection without the use of a master controller. The new model marks an evolution from the previous generation by bringing upgrades in both appearance and functionality — and providing proof that those two things can be one and the same.  

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Topics: PoE Clock Systems

How Wi-Fi Clocks Help a Washington Spa Stay on Schedule

Posted by American Time on Mar 1, 2019 8:34:23 AM

Float Euphoria, based in Kennewick, Washington, isn’t your typical spa. They offer a variety of stress-fighting services like massage, cupping, and floatation therapy, a weightless spa experience that feels like you’re floating on top of the water — because you are.

A Tight Schedule in a Relaxed Environment


In order for client’s to get the most out of their massage and float experiences, things have to happen right on time. Both the massage and flotation services must stick to a strict schedule for cleaning, maintenance, and to keep appointments from running awry.

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Topics: Wi-Fi Clock Systems

How Synchronized Time Improves the Efficiency of Hospital Operations

Posted by American Time on Feb 13, 2019 12:48:34 PM

As far as we know, time travel hasn't been invented yet, so when hospital records show a patient leaving one area at a certain time and arriving at their destination two minutes earlier, something isn't right.

At the Essentia Healthcare Campus in Duluth, Minnesota, this discrepancy became problematic when billing the patient’s insurance company, who didn't buy the proposition that someone could be in two places at once, thus refused to pay the bills when that's what the records showed.

This is a story of how changing one aspect of hospital operations saved a facility thousands of dollars, illustrating just how important it is that all the clocks in your facility stay in sync.

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Topics: Clocks for Healthcare, Wireless Clock Systems, SiteSync

Clock system 101: What Type of Clock is Best for My Business?

Posted by American Time on Jan 31, 2019 9:18:48 AM

Anyone who's ever visited an ice cream shop, craft beer taproom, or the cereal aisle of a grocery store knows choices can be hard. Cheerios or Captain Crunch? Weird... somehow they both ended up my cart. But sometimes in business, you have to make just one choice and when making big decisions is part of your job, the stakes only rise.

If you're tasked with selecting a synchronized clock system for your facility, there are many options to choose from. If you don’t know much about synchronized time, your mission might seem easy at first, you just buy clocks and hang them on the walls right? But just like buying an ice cream cone or picking out your favorite cereal brand, there are a variety of options to choose from. We are, after all, talking about installing an entire network of electronic devices.

As you delve deeper into this mission, you might require some guidance. Here, we'll help you determine which type of clock is best for you, depending on your industry and the type of facility you're responsible for keeping on time.

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Topics: School Clock Systems, Synchronized Clock Systems, Clocks for Healthcare, Higher Education, Wi-Fi Clock Systems, Wireless Clock Systems

Clock Placement: How High Should I Hang My Wall Clock?

Posted by American Time on Dec 26, 2018 12:26:27 PM

If you’re trying to bake a cake, but can’t find the whisk or spatula, and your favorite pan is dirty, baking a cake is going to be pretty difficult. That’s because you don’t have the resources you need when you need them. Trying to check the time without a clock puts you in the same conundrum. No clock, no time. No pan, no cake.

So, where do you hang a wall clock so everyone can see it? Is there a certain height you should aim for? Do you hang it 7ft off the floor? Right below the sprinklers? Three feet left of the armoire? Unfortunately, there’s no one answer on how high you should hang your wall clock, but there are tips to consider for choosing an ideal place.

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Why We Still Need Wall Clocks in an iPhone World

Posted by American Time on Dec 19, 2018 9:46:29 AM

Older technologies may not get people as excited as the new iPhone, but in many cases, they prove their enduring usefulness time and time again.

Election officials still depend on paper ballots because it's hard to trust the inner workings of a computer system for a task as important as counting votes. People who conduct a lot of business over the phone prefer a landline because it provides more audio clarity and they know it won't drop their calls. Audiophiles still prefer vinyl records to their digital counterparts because there's just something about that warm, analog sound.

While the bugs get worked out in the new devices that dominate our lives, trusty standbys remain at your service. You might think that one casualty of the march of technology would be the humble wall clock, which now competes with the smartphone in everyone's pocket.

Those phones do a lot, including display the time, but they don't accomplish that task as well as a wall clock connected to a synchronized time system. Despite almost everyone having a clock in their pocket, there are many everyday scenarios that necessitate a wall clock, whether for safety, security or convenience.

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Topics: Wi-Fi Clock Systems

How Rare Frequencies in Timekeeping Can Interfere with Wireless Clocks

Posted by American Time on Dec 5, 2018 9:47:48 AM

Distractions are everywhere, whether it's your social media feed, your dog pawing at you for a scratch behind the ear, or a cloud in the sky that looks like ice cream.

All these things are wonderful on their own, but when you're trying to get some work done, it's best if you can minimize disruptions.

The same is true when your job is to keep your facility on schedule. Critical to this mission is your synchronized time system, which, in very rare cases, can encounter its own kind of distraction — signal interference.

It's a phenomenon you'll want to be aware of if your timekeeping system uses wireless clocks, which stay in sync by receiving a radio signal from a master controller. Here, we'll look at the causes of signal interference and the steps you can take to prevent it or mitigate disruptions.

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Topics: Timekeeping

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