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Tom Nelson

Tom Nelson is an application engineer at American Time. For over 18 years, he has enjoyed helping clients by providing solutions to their unique time keeping problems. Tom has authored numerous articles in trade publications and is a member of the Construction Specification Institute (CSI).

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How to Keep Your School Time System in Working Order

Posted by Tom Nelson on Jun 27, 2018 1:30:18 PM

School clock systems are reliable. They can keep perfect time for years as long as you perform regular maintenance on them. But when they go down, getting them fixed in a quick and efficient way is important for schools to stay “on the clock.”

Here's how to perform maintenance checks to prevent fire drill repairs and ways to fix your clock system if something does go wrong.

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Topics: School Clock Systems, AllSync, SiteSync

Hospital Clock Systems: Why Placement Matters for LED Digital Clocks

Posted by Tom Nelson on Jan 18, 2018 1:45:42 PM

A hospital is the most complex of all facility types, which makes sense when considering the wide range of responsibilities that fall on it’s staff. On one end of the spectrum, a hospital’s mission is the preservation of health and the saving of lives. And of course, there is also the goal of keeping its occupants comfortable and fed while accommodating a parade of visitors.

Authors Owen B. Hardy and Lawrence P. Lammers are often cited in explaining the importance of detail in a hospital: "A functional design can promote skill, economy, conveniences, and comforts. A non-functional design can impede activities of all types, detract from the quality of care, and raise costs to intolerable levels.”

Crucial to a hospitals design is a system for accurate time, and with endless corridors and a wide variety of spaces, the placement of hospital clocks requires special attention too. Whether in a bustling hallway, a patient room, or an operating room, clocks need to be highly visible both for staff and the people they care for. LED digital clocks are well-suited to satisfy this requirement with their large, easy-to-read displays.

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Topics: Clocks for Healthcare

How a Countdown Clock Can Help with Time Management in Schools

Posted by Tom Nelson on Dec 27, 2017 12:19:09 PM

You don't have to strain your imagination to see how being late to class can impact students' academic performance. Tardiness means missed instructional time during critical classes when lessons are introduced and announcements are made. And not to be overlooked is the disruption that late arrivals can cause across an entire classroom.

While they may suffer academically, chronically tardy students do get good at one thing: coming up with excuses, which can be as simple as, “I lost track of the time.” One way to eliminate that pitfall is to install a synchronized time system with a Bell Countdown digital clocks.

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Topics: School Clock Systems

How to Spec an Emergency Notification System in Your New Construction

Posted by Tom Nelson on Dec 6, 2017 4:15:01 PM

There are countless details and documents to complete when planning for a newly constructed building — from what materials are used, to how they are installed, and how the final product functions. Among those requirements, are considerations and specifications for a clock system.

Creating these construction documents is a time-consuming task. Fortunately, companies are making it easier and faster to spec for a variety of needs in many projects. For example, for our EverAlert emergency notification platform we provide a CSI specification that can be dropped directly into the construction documents. It's as easy as that. And these documents will prove beneficial throughout the project for many reasons.

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Topics: Synchronized Clock Systems

Why Time Synchronization is Vital in a Healthcare Environment

Posted by Tom Nelson on Nov 9, 2017 8:25:01 AM

When a patient is rushed to the operating room for emergency surgery, timing is crucial. If the operation doesn't happen immediately, the patient’s life could be at risk. The clocks in the operating room are the most obvious examples of the importance of time synchronization in a hospital. From floor to floor, and from the doctor to the patients, just about every aspect of healthcare relies on synchronized clock systems. Here are some of the key ways precise timing is vital to patients' safety and the operations of a hospital.

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Topics: Clocks for Healthcare

An In-Depth Look: How Clocks Synchronize with Network Time

Posted by Tom Nelson on Sep 14, 2017 2:27:41 PM

We take a lot of things for granted these days...accurate time being one of them. Precise time, whether it's on your phone or from a network of synchronized clocks in the workplace, seems to come so easily. However, if you knew the process involved in getting that correct time, you would be amazed...so here goes.

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Topics: Synchronized Clock Systems

Synchronized Clocks FAQ

Posted by Tom Nelson on Aug 30, 2017 2:15:26 PM

You're in charge of building a new school or hospital and your to-do list is mounting. There are a lot of items on that list you have a pretty good grasp of...but one item presents more of a challenge: installing a system of synchronized clocks.

Fear not, for here are some FAQs on synchronized clock systems that will make your job easier.

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Topics: Synchronized Clock Systems

Digital vs. Analog Clocks: Which is Right for Your Facility?

Posted by Tom Nelson on Aug 23, 2017 9:19:29 AM

In business, finding a winning formula takes on many forms. Sometimes a single niche product can create profit. In other cases though, a diverse set of solutions may be the key to success. That certainly applies to synchronized clock systems. Sometimes one kind of clock can be best for your system, but in others, a combination of digital and analog clocks might be the right solution for your facility.

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Topics: School Clock Systems, Hybrid Clock Systems

Wi-Fi Clock Options that You Didn't Know Existed

Posted by Tom Nelson on Aug 2, 2017 2:09:24 PM

When someone mentions Wi-Fi, you may think of the technology that allows us fast and easy access to our smart phones — or heading over to the neighborhood coffee shop where the service works really well. For some of us, fast Wi-Fi access is more important than a reliable car. But Wi-Fi's versatility goes well beyond the consumer level. Businesses, hospitals, and schools are all using it to run their operations more smoothly with accurate time keeping.

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Topics: Wi-Fi Clock Systems

Benefits of Adding Time Synchronization Networks in Hospitals

Posted by Tom Nelson on Jul 28, 2017 11:11:23 AM

The first thing you may think of when envisioning a synchronized network of clocks in a workplace may be that of company employees working together and knowing where to be at all times, whether it's a meeting, lunch break, or a shift change. In a hospital setting, you can add things like the staff arriving in a patient's room at once, or a team of surgeons preparing to do their job together in the same place.

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Topics: Synchronized Clock Systems

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