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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

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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