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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

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

Posted by American Time on Oct 15, 2020 3:00:00 PM

In rare cases, you may have issues with clocks that are supposed to display precise time and synchronize with each other. If they start to drift or not keep the correct time, here are a few quick and easy ways to troubleshoot and keep them ticking on the right time.

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Topics: Clock Maintenance and Repairs, Synchronized Clock Systems, Wired Clock Systems, AllSync, Wi-Fi Clock Systems, Wireless Clock Systems, PoE Clock Systems, SiteSync

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

Help! My Mechanical Clock Is Dying

Posted by Scott DeSmith on Aug 3, 2020 10:00:00 AM

Sometimes life throws you a curveball and things break. It could be the radiator in your car or your cellphone falling on the floor and cracking the screen. Similarly, all mechanical clocks may eventually break down.

What makes a mechanical clock “mechanical” is the type of movement inside the clock. Mechanical clocks have a mechanical movement which means metal gears powered by a motor work together to advance the hands forward. These clocks are commonly found in schools as part of a legacy wired clock system.

Often, it’s the motor in these clocks that go bad. The most common call we get about broken mechanical clocks is about replacing the Synchron® motor in Simplex® clocks. There are over 400 Synchron motors found in various mechanical clocks. Not sure what type of Synchron motor your clocks have? We have a blog for that.

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Topics: School Clock Systems, Synchronized Clock Systems, AllSync

Electrifying Effects: How Voltage Impacts Clock Operation

Posted by American Time on Aug 3, 2020 8:28:00 AM

There's a reason you don't swat a fly with a sledge hammer. That kind of power would lay waste to more than just the fly.

The same mindset applies to electrical systems. Applying high voltage to a device that can't handle it, results in fried circuits and a potential fire hazard. That's why it's important to consider clock voltage when making a purchase for your facility, whether you're buying a few replacements or installing an entirely new synchronized time system.

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Topics: Synchronized Clock Systems

What's the Difference Between a Wireless and Wired Clock System?

Posted by American Time on Jul 29, 2020 9:00:00 AM

Years ago, wired clocks were the standard, reliable method to keep synchronized time in schools and businesses. Today, those clocks are still manufactured, but there are also wireless options, utilizing 21st Century technology to transform timekeeping. So, which solution is best for your school or facilities?

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Topics: Synchronized Clock Systems, Wired Clock Systems, Wireless Clock Systems, Master Clocks, System Controllers

Healthcare Spotlight: Achieve Lower Maintenance Costs, Better Patient Care and More Efficiency with Synchronized Time

Posted by American Time on Apr 17, 2020 1:39:33 PM

When every second matters, each person in your clinic or hospital needs to be on the same time. Whether tracking surgery time, coordinating patient care, keeping appointments on time or recording tasks, precise time throughout a building or campus is essential.

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Topics: Synchronized Clock Systems, Clocks for Healthcare, Wi-Fi Clock Systems, Wireless Clock Systems, Digital Clocks, Healthcare, Healthcare Facilities

Learn Why These Clinics and Hospitals Rely on Synchronized Time

Posted by American Time on Apr 17, 2020 1:31:35 PM

In a clinic or hospital, every second counts. From floor to floor, and from each staff member to each patient, nearly every aspect of care depends on an entire building working in sync.  

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Topics: Synchronized Clock Systems, Hybrid Clock Systems, Clocks for Healthcare, Healthcare, Healthcare Facilities

Architects & Engineers: How to Build in Safety, Communication and Efficiency

Posted by American Time on Mar 10, 2020 3:07:46 PM

When someone walks into a building, their experience is essential. Occupants and visitors should feel safe and secure. Technology should support efficient work and precise, real-time communications.

Digital communication and signage in a building is an effective way to achieve this. In addition to sharing important daily news and messaging capabilities, modern communication platforms can deliver emergency alerts and clear instructions for keeping individuals safe and secure. In other words, a communication platform is most valuable when it can be used for both routine daily messaging and to bolster and reinforce critical emergency alerts. Let’s look at a few specific examples.

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Topics: Synchronized Clock Systems, EverAlert, Architecture, Engineering

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

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