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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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Facilities Toolkit: Essential Clock Repair Tools for Maintenance

Posted by Tom Nelson on Jun 22, 2017 11:30:08 AM

If you've repaired or refurbished anything, you know that having the right tools can make any job easier. Whether it's home improvement or fixing your vehicle, the correct tool can save you a lot of time, money and angst. The same can be said for clock repair, as a few tools can help you get a job done in no time.

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Topics: Clock Maintenance and Repairs

Why Time Sync is Important for Clock Network Accuracy

Posted by Tom Nelson on Jun 14, 2017 11:52:23 AM

Imagine you’re conducting an important business conference call on a large corporate campus. Several different divisions of the company — each located in a different building — are required to present subject matter to a potential client with large amounts of profit at stake. 

Time is of the essence, but there's a problem: The clocks set in each building are not synchronized to the same time source.Think about how this meeting is going when one group joins to present its information a few minutes late, while your prospect waits and waits. How does this make your company, and you, appear to this game-changing client? Yes, correct time sync is important to maintain network clock accuracy.

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Topics: School Clock Systems, Synchronized Clock Systems

Why Hospitals, Schools and Colleges Are All Using Digital Clocks

Posted by Tom Nelson on Jun 7, 2017 10:08:18 AM

Keeping large groups of people focused on a particular task can be challenging. Ask any manager or teacher about this and they will list a number of items that contribute to the task. One thing they shouldn't have to worry about is accurate timekeeping. If a system of clocks are in place, the issue of getting people on time to class or meetings can be eliminated. More and more frequently, facilities like hospitals and schools are using synchronized digital clocks to ensure that operations run smoothly.

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Topics: School Clock Systems, Synchronized Clock Systems

The Sync Options for a Master Clock

Posted by Tom Nelson on May 17, 2017 11:39:37 AM

You've probably heard the statement: "It runs like clockwork." The meaning indicates reliability and accuracy, the subject is the epitome of excellence. In the world of synchronized clock systems, you could modify the statement this way: "It runs like master clockwork." The master clock provides the guide to the other clocks in the system so that time, and other devices connected to it, operate without problems 24 hours a day. But why is a master clock so reliable? It too, needs some help to keep it working correctly. Here are a few ways the master clock gets its precise time.

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Topics: Synchronized Clock Systems

Which Facilities are Best for Wi-Fi Clocks?

Posted by Tom Nelson on Apr 26, 2017 11:20:12 AM

We need to face it and embrace it: We are living in a Wi-Fi world. In our personal and business lives, it can be difficult to communicate efficiently without Wi-Fi access and the devices that connect to it. Whether it's a mobile phone, printer, or even a thermostat, quick and clear communication often relies on Wi-Fi. Well, you can now add clocks to the list, as Wi-Fi is transforming the way synchronous clock systems operate in environments where keeping a precise schedule is paramount.

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Topics: Wi-Fi Clock Systems

Synchronization Made Easy: The Benefits of a GPS Clock

Posted by Tom Nelson on Apr 5, 2017 4:24:15 PM

A global positioning system (GPS) device is an amazing tool. We use them in our vehicles for stress-free navigation. On the links, it helps duffers and scratch golfers alike take a few strokes off their game by accurately determining distances to the pin. But did you know that GPS clocks are also an excellent way to make sure accurate time is kept in a school or a place of business?

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Topics: Synchronized Clock Systems

The Critical Role a Master Clock Plays Within Your Clock System

Posted by Tom Nelson on Mar 8, 2017 3:13:03 PM

When it's time for a group or team to come together and work in synchronous harmony, frequently one leader makes a call, and the other members respond, doing their job as the leader planned it. Think about a system of clocks at a school, medical center or manufacturing facility: If those clocks were a football team, the master clock would be the quarterback. Like a quarterback is to a football team, the master clock is the most important member of a clock system.

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Topics: School Clock Systems, Synchronized Clock Systems

Are You Ready for Daylight Saving Time?

Posted by Tom Nelson on Mar 1, 2017 2:35:33 PM

Some people look forward to this day for months. No, it's not Christmas or Independence Day, it's the start of Daylight Saving Time (DST), when clocks are set ahead one hour to take advantage of natural daylight. For many people, this signals the start of spring. However, if you're in charge of company operations and need to make sure all your clocks are working correctly, DST can stand for deeply stressful trouble. That is unless, you have the right system of clocks. Here is what you need to know before DST begins on Sunday, March 12.

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Topics: Daylight Saving Time

What is a Hybrid Clock System? [VIDEO]

Posted by Tom Nelson on Nov 30, 2016 9:12:56 AM

Have you ever heard the term hybrid clock system and wondered what that is? A hybrid clock system incorporates the best of both a wired and a wireless clock system. It allows you to run your wired system in conjunction with a wireless system so you get the best of both worlds. 

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Topics: Videos, Hybrid Clock Systems

The 6 Undeniable Benefits of Wi-Fi Clocks

Posted by Tom Nelson on Sep 30, 2016 7:00:00 AM

If you need synchronized time for your campus, factory, or office, battery-operated Wi-Fi clocks are an affordable, reliable, simple solution. Whether you are planning an upgrade to an existing building or a new installation, a Wi-Fi clock system will give you years of worry-free operation with incredible precision. Here are the six undeniable benefits of Wi-Fi clocks.

1. Location Versatility

Since there are no wires, you can hang your synchronized clocks on any wall in a location where you receive a Wi-Fi signal. With a long-life battery pack, you eliminate the need for a cord. Hang them from any place where they can best be seen for perfectly synchronized time anywhere you need it.

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Topics: Synchronized Clock Systems, Wi-Fi Clock Systems

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