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School Maintenance 101: How to Reprogram My Bell Schedule

Posted by American Time on Nov 14, 2018 11:39:42 AM

Remember when you had to go to places to run errands?

Of course, some people still prefer to physically go places, but it wasn't that long ago that if you wanted to deposit a check, you had no option other than to wait in line at the bank. Now you can use your phone to deposit a check.

If you're like most people, you've probably grown accustomed to using a computer and a web browser to take care of your routine business. Some common examples are shopping for new clothes online and conducting business meetings over video chat.

School maintenance workers and administrators can now experience this same convenience by accessing school bells through a web browser. For example, our AllSync® and SiteSync IQ® system can be used with Remote Connect to manage bell schedules. Here’s how to reprogram your bell schedule.

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Topics: School Clock Systems, Clock Maintenance and Repairs, SiteSync

School-End Checklist: Maintenance Tips for Your Wired Clock System

Posted by American Time on May 30, 2018 1:23:22 PM

The end of the school year is here, which means it's time to exhale. Those freshly emptied hallways and classrooms will bring some much-deserved peace and quiet after a long nine months, but they also provide a prime opportunity for routine maintenance.

Now is a good time for building workers to ensure everything is in working order, including looking at the facility's wired clock system. We'll walk you through a checklist to make sure your clocks are in tip-top shape.

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Topics: Wired Clock Systems, Clock Maintenance and Repairs

The Comprehensive Time Guide to Best Prepare for Daylight Savings Time 2018

Posted by Janelle Carroll on Feb 28, 2018 8:31:52 AM

How long will you let the clock in your car show the wrong digits after Daylight Saving Time kicks-in on March 11? A day? A month? Do you just ride it out and wait for the time to switch back?

You might be able to get away with such a carefree approach in your personal vehicle, but it's different if it's your job to keep a facility running smoothly – be it a school, hospital or factory. So, if you need to make sure your clocks are on time all the time, here are a few ways you can prepare to spring forward.

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Topics: Clock Maintenance and Repairs, Daylight Saving Time

How to Integrate an AllSync Clock Replacement into Your Synchronized Clock System

Posted by Carmen Dimond on Feb 14, 2018 10:10:00 AM

Remember the days when you would go to a place called a TV repair shop if your TV stopped working? A friendly technician would survey the damage, diagnose the problem, maybe order a new part or two, and make it as good as new.

Now, most consumer goods are disposable, but people do still fix some things. For example, the kind of clocks that are on the walls of schools, hospitals and other facilities around the world.

If one of the clocks on your clock system stops working, you have the option to either replace the broken part or replace the clock altogether. In either case, you can use American Time's AllSync, which is designed to work with most major clock systems - even the brands that are no longer manufactured.

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Topics: AllSync, Clock Maintenance and Repairs

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

Posted by Carmen Dimond on Nov 29, 2017 2:30:48 PM

One of the great values of synchronized clock systems is their precision. Seeing the same time on all clocks helps with efficiency and productivity throughout a facility. Precision matters, so when a clock falls out of sync, it can cause problems. What's wrong and how can you fix it? Fortunately, there are some quick and easy things to look for when troubleshooting clocks that are not keeping correct time.

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Topics: Clock Maintenance and Repairs

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

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

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

When and How to Replace Clock Batteries

Posted by Scott DeSmith on Feb 8, 2017 9:29:09 AM

There have been many spectacular advancements in technology during the 21st century — obviously there are too many to list. However, one form of technology has remained relatively unchanged over the decades: battery power. Batteries are a reliable source of power and energy for innumerable devices we use every day, including clocks. As reliable as batteries are, they do eventually expire and need replacement. Here is a quick rundown on what to do, when batteries....run down.

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Topics: Clock Maintenance and Repairs

How to Understand Clock Movement Correction Assemblies

Posted by Scott DeSmith on Jan 18, 2017 10:56:19 AM

Looking at the inside of a clock and determining how all the parts work together can be fascinating, but trying to figure out how to correct a clock when it needs an adjustment can be downright intimidating. However, if you learn the basics of clock movement correction assemblies, you can foster the fascination, while eliminating the intimidation.

Start With the Basics

Many clocks are controlled by Hansen movements, which are designed to provide split-second accuracy. Small motors dictate these movements, but sometimes the motors need adjustment. 

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Topics: Clock Maintenance and Repairs

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