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Beyond Student iPads: Outdated School Tech to Replace in Your District

Posted by American Time on Jun 5, 2019 4:17:33 PM

Technology has a way of forcing everyone around it to keep up. To make sure you're optimizing the technology experience in your schools, it's important to think about which of your learning tools might be in need of replacement as you work to fully take advantage of your digital ecosystem.

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Topics: School Clock Systems

School Building Design Plans: What to Consider When Choosing a Clock System

Posted by Scott DeSmith on May 17, 2019 2:02:40 PM

You wouldn't start writing an essay without thinking of the thesis. You wouldn't put flour in a cake after it's out of the oven. And, you shouldn't design a new school building without baking in plans for your synchronized clock system.

There are a lot of factors to consider when integrating the clocks with a new facility, and it's easiest to address the time system as the building designs are drawn up. Anything after that may create more work. 

Let's look at what factors you should be considering as you build your gleaming new complex.

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Topics: School Clock Systems

[Case Study] New IQ Wireless Clock System Solves an "Old School" Problem at Trinity Episcopal

Posted by American Time on May 8, 2019 4:00:27 PM

If you’ve got an older building, it likely has a wired clock system. And some of those clocks may be failing or require regular maintenance that sucks up time and energy from your maintenance team. Plus, what will you do for synchronized time if you expand or remodel your building or campus?

That’s the beauty of the SiteSync IQ Wireless Clock System. SiteSync IQ wireless clocks are one of the few technologies on the market that can work with a legacy wired clock system or a newer wireless system. Plus, as your wired clocks burn out, they can simply be replaced by one of our wireless clocks – even if the brand isn’t American Time!

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Topics: Wireless Clock Systems

Everything You Need to Know About School Bells

Posted by Janelle Carroll on May 1, 2019 10:43:58 AM

Some people are happy if their car just gets them from point A to point B. Others need to know what makes it go. But if you're in charge of maintenance at a school, you're expected to know how just about everything works; it's your job. 

Among the inner-workings of your building that you'll want to understand is your bell system. The more you know about the bells, the more confident you'll be on the job. You'll be less stressed, too, with the comfort of knowing you can handle issues as they arise, before they turn into headaches.

In tandem with synchronized clocks, your school's bell system is what keeps the day moving along smoothly, so it's important to have a handle on it. With that in mind, here's everything you need to know about the bell system that keeps everyone on schedule. 

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Topics: School Clock Systems

Medication in Schools: Why Synchronized Time Is Vital

Posted by Aron Levandowski on Apr 24, 2019 11:29:25 AM

Do you feel like you have a lot to keep track of in your life? Maybe you have to remember to drop off and pick up the kids from school. Perhaps you have some dry cleaning to pick up once in a while. And most of us have bills that need to be paid at certain times of the month.

That's likely only scratching the surface, but you probably aren't responsible for making sure dozens of kids are taking their vital medication on time throughout the day. Unless you're a school nurse. Nurses don't just take temperatures and soothe upset stomachs all day; they're tasked with keeping a meticulous schedule for administering any medication that the students might require.

It's another example of how a synchronized clock system can prove indispensable, because when it's your job to make sure kids are taking their medicine on time, you want to be sure your clocks are keeping the right time, too.

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Topics: School Clock Systems, Synchronized Clock Systems

4 Reasons to Support Better School Clocks in Your Budget or Bond

Posted by Aron Levandowski on Apr 17, 2019 10:08:40 AM

To give your students the best chance possible to succeed, you can't overlook the little things. Don't believe it? Just take a look at the wall — and the clock that's on it. Schools operate on a set schedule, and the quality of your clocks plays a crucial role in maintaining that schedule. You likely don't think of clocks as an essential piece of your curriculum or program, but you may not realize how much a faulty clock system can sabotage the productivity of a school day.

Fighting for part of any school's budget is no easy task, but the payoffs of better school clocks can have a lasting effect on your students, your classroom, your colleagues and your school. Here are 4 reasons why you should support better school clocks in your upcoming budget or bond:

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Topics: School Clock Systems

Top 5 Factors to Consider When Choosing a Wireless Clock System for Your School

Posted by Aron Levandowski on Apr 10, 2019 12:40:07 PM

It started with the TV remote, then the cordless phone, then the Wi-Fi router and the Bluetooth speakers. The wires that used to tether us to the rest of the world are slowly disappearing – and for good reason.

They're the same reasons wireless clocks have become the most popular choice for people picking out a new synchronized clock system: convenience, utility, and simplicity. Wireless clock systems are suitable for a vast range of building types, are a snap to install, require minimal maintenance, and can actually be a cost savings over older technologies.

But there are a lot of wireless clock systems to choose from. Here are five factors to consider when evaluating your options.

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Topics: School Clock Systems

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

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