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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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Why We Still Need Wall Clocks in an iPhone World

Posted by American Time on Dec 19, 2018 9:46:29 AM

Older technologies may not get people as excited as the new iPhone, but in many cases, they prove their enduring usefulness time and time again.

Election officials still depend on paper ballots because it's hard to trust the inner workings of a computer system for a task as important as counting votes. People who conduct a lot of business over the phone prefer a landline because it provides more audio clarity and they know it won't drop their calls. Audiophiles still prefer vinyl records to their digital counterparts because there's just something about that warm, analog sound.

While the bugs get worked out in the new devices that dominate our lives, trusty standbys remain at your service. You might think that one casualty of the march of technology would be the humble wall clock, which now competes with the smartphone in everyone's pocket.

Those phones do a lot, including display the time, but they don't accomplish that task as well as a wall clock connected to a synchronized time system. Despite almost everyone having a clock in their pocket, there are many everyday scenarios that necessitate a wall clock, whether for safety, security or convenience.

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Topics: Wi-Fi Clock Systems

How Rare Frequencies in Timekeeping Can Interfere with Wireless Clocks

Posted by American Time on Dec 5, 2018 9:47:48 AM

Distractions are everywhere, whether it's your social media feed, your dog pawing at you for a scratch behind the ear, or a cloud in the sky that looks like ice cream.

All these things are wonderful on their own, but when you're trying to get some work done, it's best if you can minimize disruptions.

The same is true when your job is to keep your facility on schedule. Critical to this mission is your synchronized time system, which, in very rare cases, can encounter its own kind of distraction — signal interference.

It's a phenomenon you'll want to be aware of if your timekeeping system uses wireless clocks, which stay in sync by receiving a radio signal from a master controller. Here, we'll look at the causes of signal interference and the steps you can take to prevent it or mitigate disruptions.

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Topics: Timekeeping

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

Posted by American Time on Nov 21, 2018 3:59:15 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: Synchronized Clock Systems

Clocks Didn't Adjust For Daylight Saving Time? [VIDEO]

Posted by Samantha Walz on Nov 7, 2018 11:43:34 AM

Daylight Saving Time seems simple enough. You just adjust the clocks to the new time, right? But what if you have more than a few clocks? We've created a quick video to describe the difference between Right Burt, who has a no-hassle timekeeping system which easily adjusts for Daylight Saving Time, and Left Burt, who... is a little stressed out after DST.

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Topics: Wi-Fi Clock Systems

How your Choice of a Clock Battery Pack Could Save You Time and Money

Posted by Scott Ramacier on Oct 31, 2018 3:40:32 PM

Imagine you had the chance to go the next five years without a dentist appointment, your annual performance review, or a trip to the DMV. A lot of people would jump at that opportunity.

It’s not often that you can wipe annoying obligations off your calendar in one fell swoop, but once in a while, you’re faced with the opportunity to clear your schedule and make more time for the things you really want to do.

For instance, you probably have better things to do than to change out the batteries in the potentially hundreds of wall clocks in your facility, but one forward-looking decision can pay long-term dividends. Making sure each battery-powered clock in your facility is outfitted with a clock battery pack will take an item off your perpetual to-do list while ensuring your building stays on schedule for years to come.

Here's what you need to know about clock battery packs.

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Topics: Wireless Clock Systems

The Great Clock Debate: Electric vs. Battery-Operated Clocks

Posted by Scott Ramacier on Oct 25, 2018 2:19:52 PM

To grill with gas or charcoal. To drive an electric car or opt for internal combustion. To eat oatmeal or Pop-Tarts for breakfast. When it comes to selecting an energy source for our daily needs, we have more options now than ever.

These decisions extend to the basic operations of any large facility, including its clocks. When you're selecting clocks for your school, factory, or medical facility, you have two options for a power source: electric or battery-operated.

The right choice often depends on the resources at your disposal and how you plan to deploy your clocks. Here are the pros and cons of both battery and electric clocks.

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Topics: Wired Clock Systems, Wireless Clock Systems

What Hospitals Need to Know About Their Daylight Saving Time Clock Change

Posted by George Wilkes on Oct 18, 2018 10:44:29 AM

It's a fast-paced world out there. Hesitate for an instant and an opportunity of a lifetime can become the opportunity of someone else's lifetime. There are moments, though, when we can forgive ourselves for feeling a little off. Two moments, exactly: One day every spring and fall, when the clocks move forward or backward as we go through the ritual period of recalibration we call Daylight Saving Time.

Still, in this periodically forgiving model of reality, there is one place where you can never be off. If you work in a hospital, you aren't allowed to have a bad day. That's because people's health depends on hospital staff being at their best.

To get the most out of your staff, it helps if they arrive to work every day at a smoothly operating facility. There's one foundational technology at the heart of every such place: the clocks.

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Topics: Daylight Saving Time

Meet Bill Vokes: Our 2018 Maintenance Hero

Posted by Carmen Kaufenberg on Oct 10, 2018 1:20:33 PM

When your work becomes more than just a job, others begin to take notice. That's why Bill Vokes, director of maintenance and grounds at Seton Hill University in Greensburg, Pennsylvania, was named our 2018 Maintenance Hero. Bill received more than a dozen nominations from colleagues who praised his dedication to the institution.

The contest, which launched last year, was open to any organization in any industry that wished to nominate a valued maintenance professional who routinely goes above and beyond in the workplace but receives little recognition for it. Bill received $3,000 in American Time product credit for taking first place. Jeannie Donovan, head custodian at Sylvania Northview High School in Sylvania, Ohio, and Mel O'Campo, facilities manager at Santa Maria Foursquare Church in Santa Maria, California, were the runners-up. Each runner-up received $1,000 in American Time product credit.

We learned a lot about each nominee thanks to those that provided nominations. Here's what we learned about Bill.

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Topics: News

Synchronize Your Facilities Clocks for a No-Hassle Daylight Savings Time

Posted by Samantha Walz on Oct 4, 2018 8:33:01 AM

There are many societal norms we can rebel against if we want. Not hungry in the morning? You can skip breakfast. Tired of the 9 to 5? You can buy a Volkswagen van and tour the country until you run out of money.

Usually, if something doesn't feel right, you can just opt out, practical repercussions aside. But there is one imperial force against which individual rebellion is futile: Daylight Savings Time begins November 3rd.

Not every region follows the practice, but if you happen to find yourself in the vast majority of the U.S. where clocks are set forward an hour in the spring and back again in the fall, this is one instance where you'll make it easier on yourself by going with the flow.

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Topics: Daylight Saving Time

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