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How to Integrate New Clocks Into Existing School Clock and Bell Systems

Posted by Scott DeSmith on Jun 19, 2019 10:34:13 AM

When you're shopping for anything new, it's common sense to think about how it will complement what you already have — the same holds true when you're investing in new clocks for your school. Whether you're just replacing a few old clocks, or have a whole new wing to integrate into your existing school clock and bell systems, there are a few factors to consider that will ensure a smooth transition. Short on time? Check out a short video on clock integrations here

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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

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

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

5 Ways to Get the Most Out of Your School Notification Systems

Posted by Scott DeSmith on Aug 8, 2018 2:11:39 PM

Like many things in this world, schools have become more complex over the years — evolving from the one-room schoolhouse to the sprawling, intricate facilities we see today.

This is where it becomes essential to embrace new technologies. Among these resources are school notification systems that automatically spread important messages throughout a building, keeping students safe and informed while making life easier for staff.

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Topics: School Clock Systems, EverAlert

Electrifying Effects: How Voltage Impacts Clock Operation

Posted by Scott DeSmith on Aug 2, 2018 8:32:49 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

Clock Repair 101: How to Read and Understand Your Clock Part Numbers

Posted by Scott DeSmith on Oct 3, 2017 3:04:09 PM

Machines are as reliable as ever these days, but from time to time, they break down or have minor problems. How do you tackle repairs on a clock that isn't working correctly? First, you need to identify the model number and then diagnose the problem.

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Topics: Clock Maintenance and Repairs

PoE Clocks: Are they Wired or Wireless?

Posted by Scott DeSmith on Sep 20, 2017 9:16:34 AM

If you're in charge of building or improving the infrastructure of your school or factory, there is a lot to think about. If a system of synchronized clocks is on your list, you may have more options than you realized — thanks to all the advances in PoE clocks.

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Topics: PoE Clock Systems

Clock Repair: Most Common Parts You Can Get From Clock Part Suppliers

Posted by Scott DeSmith on May 26, 2017 1:51:15 PM

Some people say there's no satisfaction like that of tackling a job by yourself and getting it done right. Whether it's fixing your vehicle or finishing a home improvement project, the idea of doing a task correctly...and saving some money can be a great feeling. In the spirit of doing-it-yourself, clock repair can also be completed efficiently and inexpensively. Here is a quick guide to the most common parts you can find from a supplier that can help you fix your clock.

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Topics: Clock Maintenance and Repairs

3 Alternative Uses for Protective Wire Guards

Posted by Scott DeSmith on Apr 19, 2017 1:40:37 PM

You've probably heard this one before: Students of today are studying for jobs that haven't been created yet. In theory, a certain knowledge base will provide a springboard to create or advance a field of technology. The product experts at American Time know a lot about this. They've taken their industry-leading wire guards and created solutions that help protect sensitive electronic equipment.

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Topics: Protective Wire Guards

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