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

Posted by American Time on Mar 26, 2021 12:55:10 PM

If you're tasked with selecting a clock system for your organization, the idea might be easy at first: You just buy some clocks and hang them on the walls, right?

But synchronized clock technology offer many options, and the best decision for you depends on the needs of your organization. Here, we'll help determine which type of clock is best for you depending on your industry and the type of building you're responsible for keeping on time.

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Topics: School Clock Systems, Synchronized Clock Systems, Wired Clock Systems, News, Clocks for Healthcare, Higher Education, Wi-Fi Clock Systems, Wireless Clock Systems, PoE Clock Systems, Architecture, manufacturing, Healthcare Facilities, Facility Management

Adjusting for Daylight Saving Time: Troubleshooting Clock Tips

Posted by American Time on Mar 9, 2021 9:00:00 AM

With Daylight Saving Time (DST) coming up, you may discover that some of your clocks don’t adjust properly after the change happens. As a result, you could end up dealing with employee or staff complaints, classes or shift changes that may be off, and maintenance teams that are bogged down with work orders.

To prepare, here are some quick troubleshooting tips for clocks that don’t adjust correctly for DST.

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Topics: Daylight Saving Time, Timekeeping

Adjusting Clocks for Daylight Saving Time: Tips & Troubleshooting

Posted by American Time on Mar 3, 2021 3:42:00 PM


Daylight saving time changes were formally established in most of the U.S. in 1966, but they continue to be a hassle for maintenance teams, facility managers, IT staff and anyone else in charge of keeping a building running smoothly.

Here are some tips for preparing your clocks for DST and troubleshooting when things don’t go as planned.

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Topics: Daylight Saving Time, Synchronized Clock Systems, Wired Clock Systems, Wireless Clock Systems, SiteSync, Timekeeping, Master Clocks, Facility Management

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

Posted by American Time on Mar 3, 2021 8:24:00 AM

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

The Benefits of an Emergency Notification System for Daily Use

Posted by American Time on Feb 23, 2021 11:00:00 AM

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

Use an American Time Master Clock for More Than Running Clocks!

Posted by American Time on Feb 2, 2021 8:35:02 AM

Your buildings lights, locks, bells and more can be controlled by a Master Clock.

American Time Master Clocks/Controllers can be used for more than keeping your wired or wireless clocks or bells on track; they can help improve other efficiencies throughout your building or facility.

Maximize your master clock investment by using it for….

  • Turning lights on/off
  • Locking/Unlocking doors
  • Turning other equipment on/off

How to Control Devices with a Master Clock

Controlling other devices can be done by using the signal circuits on the American Time Master Clock to trigger devices or external relays, which can control virtually any electronic device.

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Topics: Wireless Clock Systems, Master Clocks, System Controllers, Facility Management

Clock Repair: Troubleshooting Clocks that Aren't Keeping Time in a Clock System

Posted by American Time on Oct 15, 2020 3:00:00 PM

In rare cases, you may have issues with clocks that are supposed to display precise time and synchronize with each other. If they start to drift or not keep the correct time, here are a few quick and easy ways to troubleshoot and keep them ticking on the right time.

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Topics: Clock Maintenance and Repairs, Synchronized Clock Systems, Wired Clock Systems, AllSync, Wi-Fi Clock Systems, Wireless Clock Systems, PoE Clock Systems, SiteSync

Lost Time Calculator: How Much Time is Saved With Synchronization?

Posted by American Time on Oct 5, 2020 2:00:00 PM

How much time do you spend making coffee in the morning, making the bed, brushing your teeth – heck, how about putting on your socks? Wait, don't answer that question; it's best not to think about how many hours of your life are consumed with mundane tasks.

The reality is that while we pursue meaningful lives, so much of our days are used up by chores that we would automate if we could, freeing up more time for the things we actually care about. This translates to work, too.

For facility managers, there are few aspects of routine maintenance that can be put on autopilot, but adjusting the clocks is one of those. Here, we'll calculate just how much time you have to spend making sure your clocks are on pace, time that you could get back with a synchronized clock system.

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Topics: Daylight Saving Time, Synchronized Clock Systems, Facility Management

A Basic Guide to Digital Clocks

Posted by American Time on Sep 1, 2020 10:30:00 AM

Often in life, your decisions come down to two options. White or wheat toast. Grilled or fried chicken. Take the blue pill or the red pill — any Matrix fans out there?

You have a similar choice when choosing the display format for your facility’s synchronized time system — digital or analog.

While analog clocks have their place, there are times when digital is clearly the better choice. Here, we'll explore the advantages you'll enjoy with digital clocks and what you'll need to consider.

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Topics: Digital Clocks

Protective Guards: Defend Your Clocks and Safety Equipment

Posted by American Time on Aug 24, 2020 12:30:00 PM

Clocks and protective guards go hand in hand. It's like buying a screen protector for your cellphone. Installing a synchronized time system is an investment that most organizations will expect to see a return on. The best way to ensure this is to buy guards to protect your clocks. This will make sure your organization always stays on time. 

There are two primary types of guards: metal and polycarbonate. Metal is the traditional wire guard with steel rods. Polycarbonate is a clear and hard material that can either cover the entire clock, or be open on the sides. Which ever one you choose, there are many situations where a protective guard is necessary. 

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Topics: Protective Wire Guards

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