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Electrifying Effects: How Voltage Impacts Clock Operation

Posted by American Time on Aug 3, 2020 8:28:00 AM

There's a reason you don't swat a fly with a sledge hammer. That kind of power would lay waste to more than just the fly.

The same mindset applies to electrical systems. Applying high voltage to a device that can't handle it, results in fried circuits and a potential fire hazard. That's why it's important to consider clock voltage when making a purchase for your facility, whether you're buying a few replacements or installing an entirely new synchronized time system.

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Topics: Synchronized Clock Systems

What's the Difference Between a Wireless and Wired Clock System?

Posted by American Time on Jul 29, 2020 9:00:00 AM

Years ago, wired clocks were the standard, reliable method to keep synchronized time in schools and businesses. Today, those clocks are still manufactured, but there are also wireless options, utilizing 21st Century technology to transform timekeeping. So, which solution is best for your school or facilities?

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Topics: Synchronized Clock Systems, Wired Clock Systems, Wireless Clock Systems, Master Clocks, System Controllers

The Benefits of an Emergency Notification System for Daily Use

Posted by American Time on Jul 23, 2020 12:43:47 PM

In a recent informative report by Campus Safety, the importance of installing multiple emergency notification systems is loud and clear: Different systems fill in the inevitable gaps of any single technology; they ensure redundancy and clearer communications during a crisis; and multiple systems are needed to alert different audiences in an emergency, such as students, law enforcement, parents, neighbors, etc.

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Topics: EverAlert, Emergency Notification Systems

Healthcare Spotlight: Achieve Lower Maintenance Costs, Better Patient Care and More Efficiency with Synchronized Time

Posted by American Time on Apr 17, 2020 1:39:33 PM

When every second matters, each person in your clinic or hospital needs to be on the same time. Whether tracking surgery time, coordinating patient care, keeping appointments on time or recording tasks, precise time throughout a building or campus is essential.

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Topics: Synchronized Clock Systems, Clocks for Healthcare, Wi-Fi Clock Systems, Wireless Clock Systems, Digital Clocks, Healthcare, Healthcare Facilities

Learn Why These Clinics and Hospitals Rely on Synchronized Time

Posted by American Time on Apr 17, 2020 1:31:35 PM

In a clinic or hospital, every second counts. From floor to floor, and from each staff member to each patient, nearly every aspect of care depends on an entire building working in sync.  

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Topics: Synchronized Clock Systems, Hybrid Clock Systems, Clocks for Healthcare, Healthcare, Healthcare Facilities

The Secret to Making Manufacturers More Competitive and Employees Safer

Posted by American Time on Apr 6, 2020 8:52:26 PM

As manufacturers race to stay competitive in an uncertain market, the importance of using digital technology to support efficient operations and engaged employees becomes more urgent. According to Manufacturing Global, “Many CIOs in the manufacturing sector view increasing operational efficiency and transforming the business as imperative to driving technology investments. With this in mind, IT platforms should provide the integration and coordination required for success.”

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Topics: Hybrid Clock Systems, EverAlert, manufacturing

Architects & Engineers: How to Build in Safety, Communication and Efficiency

Posted by American Time on Mar 10, 2020 3:07:46 PM

When someone walks into a building, their experience is essential. Occupants and visitors should feel safe and secure. Technology should support efficient work and precise, real-time communications.

Digital communication and signage in a building is an effective way to achieve this. In addition to sharing important daily news and messaging capabilities, modern communication platforms can deliver emergency alerts and clear instructions for keeping individuals safe and secure. In other words, a communication platform is most valuable when it can be used for both routine daily messaging and to bolster and reinforce critical emergency alerts. Let’s look at a few specific examples.

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Topics: Synchronized Clock Systems, EverAlert, Architecture, Engineering

Prepare for Daylight Saving Time: Test Your Clocks Before the Change

Posted by American Time on Mar 4, 2020 1:32:14 PM

Follow the tips below to ensure your clocks and clock systems are ready for the time change.

Routinely check your clocks leading up to Daylight Saving Time

The beginning and end of Daylight Saving Time serve as natural reminders to make sure your facility's clocks are reliably keeping everyone on schedule.

To ensure that a wired system clock is syncing correctly, unplug it, wait at least 10 seconds, and plug it back in. The clock should be receiving synchronization signals from the master controller and display the correct time within 24 hours.

You can take a similar approach to your wireless system battery-operated clocks. Take the battery out, assuring the clock hands come to a complete stop, and reinstall it.

This is a good time to check the life of your batteries, too. If a battery is supplying 1.5 volts or more, it should be good to go. The clock will automatically be on time within 12 hours or sooner.

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Topics: Daylight Saving Time, Synchronized Clock Systems, Wired Clock Systems, Wi-Fi Clock Systems, Wireless Clock Systems, Timekeeping

Adjusting for Daylight Saving Time: Troubleshooting Clock Tips

Posted by American Time on Mar 3, 2020 5:21:21 PM

Now that daylight saving time (DST) has passed, you may discover that some of your clocks didn’t adjust properly. As a result, you’re dealing with employee or staff complaints, classes or shift changes may be off, and maintenance teams are bogged down with work orders.

Here are some troubleshooting tips for clocks that aren’t correctly adjusting for DST.

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Topics: Daylight Saving Time, Timekeeping

Are You Spending Money on a Time Server You Don’t Need?

Posted by American Time on Jan 11, 2020 8:53:01 AM

 

When a building or campus’s clock system runs on a Wi-Fi network or Power over Ethernet (PoE) connection, it’s an elegant solution because it solves the need for synchronized time simply and effectively: Each clocks displays the same, precise time that it retrieves using an existing Wi-Fi network or via an Ethernet cable. Both Wi-Fi and PoE clocks are in the IP Network category of clock systems.  

Some companies assume that they need to purchase and operate an expensive time server to support an IP Network clock system. As a global provider of clock systems to some of the most recognized companies around the world, we can authoritatively say that spending thousands on a time server could be redundant, unnecessary and a waste of capital if it’s not needed for the application.  

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Topics: Synchronized Clock Systems

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