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Adjusting Clocks for Daylight Saving Time: Technology Tips & Troubleshooting

Posted by American Time on Oct 19, 2020 3:42:00 PM


Daylight saving time changes were formally established in most of the U.S. in 1966, but they continue to be a hassle for maintenance teams, facility managers, IT staff and anyone else in charge of keeping a building running smoothly.

Here are some tips for preparing your clocks for DST and troubleshooting when things don’t go as planned.

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Topics: Daylight Saving Time, Synchronized Clock Systems, Wired Clock Systems, Wireless Clock Systems, SiteSync, Timekeeping, Master Clocks, Facility Management

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

Posted by American Time on Oct 5, 2020 2:00:00 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: Daylight Saving Time, Synchronized Clock Systems, Facility Management

Prepare for Daylight Saving Time: Test Your Clocks Before the Change

Posted by American Time on Mar 4, 2020 1:32:14 PM

Follow the tips below to ensure your clocks and clock systems are ready for the time change.

Routinely check your clocks leading up to Daylight Saving Time

The beginning and end of Daylight Saving Time serve as natural reminders to make sure your facility's clocks are reliably keeping everyone on schedule.

To ensure that a wired system clock is syncing correctly, unplug it, wait at least 10 seconds, and plug it back in. The clock should be receiving synchronization signals from the master controller and display the correct time within 24 hours.

You can take a similar approach to your wireless system battery-operated clocks. Take the battery out, assuring the clock hands come to a complete stop, and reinstall it.

This is a good time to check the life of your batteries, too. If a battery is supplying 1.5 volts or more, it should be good to go. The clock will automatically be on time within 12 hours or sooner.

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Topics: Daylight Saving Time, Synchronized Clock Systems, Wired Clock Systems, Wi-Fi Clock Systems, Wireless Clock Systems, Timekeeping

Adjusting for Daylight Saving Time: Troubleshooting Clock Tips

Posted by American Time on Mar 3, 2020 5:21:21 PM

Now that daylight saving time (DST) has passed, you may discover that some of your clocks didn’t adjust properly. As a result, you’re dealing with employee or staff complaints, classes or shift changes may be off, and maintenance teams are bogged down with work orders.

Here are some troubleshooting tips for clocks that aren’t correctly adjusting for DST.

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Topics: Daylight Saving Time, Timekeeping

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

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

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: Daylight Saving Time, Clock Maintenance and Repairs

When is Daylight Savings Time and How Do You Prepare?

Posted by Aron Levandowski on Nov 1, 2017 4:34:20 PM

Daylight Saving Time (DST) is coming to an end Nov. 3 throughout the U.S. — except in those places like Hawaii and most of Arizona where DST isn't practiced. It's time to set our clocks back to Standard Time. While this might cause your body's internal clock to go haywire, it shouldn't cause your company operations to be chaotic as well. Here are a few tips to prepare for the end of Daylight Saving Time.

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Topics: Daylight Saving Time

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

Dozens of Time Zones and DST Rules...How Do You Keep Up?

Posted by Ronda Anderson on Nov 4, 2015 9:14:40 AM

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Topics: Daylight Saving Time

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