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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

5 Undeniable Benefits of New Master Clock Controllers

Posted by Samantha Walz on Sep 19, 2018 11:30:50 AM

If the march of time means progress, then it is only fitting that the devices that track  time are also subject to innovations along the way.

In a world that becomes more connected every day, so are the synchronized clock systems that coordinate our lives. At the heart of such a system is the master system controller, also known as the master clock. This device ties together all the clocks throughout a facility.

The master clock sends the time signal to the secondary clocks, making sure they all tick as one, but newer versions synchronize time in truer fashion and are easier to use.

Here, we'll explain how the latest master controllers differ from the models of yesteryear.

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Topics: Synchronized Clock Systems

What Master Clock is Best for Clock Synchronization?

Posted by Scott Ramacier on Aug 29, 2018 12:22:00 PM

Master clocks have been keeping time synchronized in schools, hospitals, factories and offices for a long, long time. Like the conductor of an Orchestra keeping musicians moving to the same beat, the master clock keeps everyone moving at the right pace, by ensuring that every clock in its system is showing the same time.

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Topics: Synchronized Clock Systems, SiteSync, AllSync

Electrifying Effects: How Voltage Impacts Clock Operation

Posted by Scott DeSmith on Aug 2, 2018 8:32:49 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

Set the Standard: How To Ensure Accurate Clock Synchronization

Posted by American Time on Jul 11, 2018 11:01:03 AM

For anyone who takes direction from someone else — so, virtually all of us — it can be comforting to realize that your boss has a boss.

You might be told what to do every day and work under intense scrutiny, but the person scrutinizing you is also under pressure. See? Your boss is human, too.

But not all authority figures are human. Take, for instance, the clock on the wall. In a time-sensitive scenario, the clock is your boss, and if it's part of a synchronized system, the time it displays supersedes all other competing sources, such as phones or computers.

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Topics: Synchronized Clock Systems

School Chef Combats Chaotic Lunch Schedule with Synchronized Clocks

Posted by American Time on Jun 20, 2018 1:11:26 PM

There are few moments during the day as precious as lunchtime. Lunch is supposed to be a refuge from the day's obligations, a time to decompress, regroup and recharge.

Any grown-up with a hectic daily schedule appreciates this, but for young learners, lunchtime is even more vital. It's their time to fuel their brains as they learn about the world around them.

That means people like Joshua Poveda, chef and food service director at Evergreen Charter School in Hempstead, New York, play a vital role in students' education. When Poveda realized lunchtime at his school wasn't the nourishing respite it was supposed to be, he optimized Evergreen's lunch schedule with the help of synchronized clocks.

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Topics: Wi-Fi Clock Systems, Synchronized Clock Systems, School Clock Systems

Why do Quartz Clocks Drift?

Posted by George Wilkes on Mar 28, 2018 10:49:30 AM

When you buy a clock to put on your wall at home, it’s safe to assume that if that clock is running a few seconds or even minutes fast or slow, it’s not going to make a big impact on your day. But, if you are part of an organization that relies on accurate scheduling, like in a school, hospital, or manufacturing facility, inaccurate clocks can create some major headaches.

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Topics: Synchronized Clock Systems

How Synchronized Clock Systems Help Manufacturers Increase Productivity

Posted by Mike Kadelbach on Feb 21, 2018 9:48:13 AM

You've seen it in the movies: The band of action heroes is about to save the world by executing their carefully planned mission. But first, their leader issues the command, “Synchronize watches.” It's a cinematic trope, and for good reason. It makes sense that a tight-knit team would need to be working off the same time as they put their complex plans in motion.

Maybe you aren't saving the world, but your manufacturing facility relies on calculated efficiency nonetheless, and that starts with the clocks. You might have hundreds of them, and making sure they all tell the same time can pay huge dividends — as in, real money.

Here are some ways synchronized clock systems can help manufacturers increase productivity.

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Topics: Synchronized Clock Systems

4 Ways EverAlert® Benefits from Cloud Technology

Posted by American Time on Feb 7, 2018 9:10:31 AM

We've all heard a lot about this enigmatic entity called "the cloud,” something you probably use every day for computer applications, data storage, or entertainment, whether you give it much thought or not.

And that's the beauty of it — the cloud is seamless, making it feel like the software you use and the data you consume is coming directly from your device, and not from … somewhere out there. You rarely think about it because you rarely have to.

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Topics: Synchronized Clock Systems, School Clock Systems, EverAlert

How to Spec an Emergency Notification System in Your New Construction

Posted by Tom Nelson on Dec 6, 2017 4:15:01 PM

There are countless details and documents to complete when planning for a newly constructed building — from what materials are used, to how they are installed, and how the final product functions. Among those requirements, are considerations and specifications for a clock system.

Creating these construction documents is a time-consuming task. Fortunately, companies are making it easier and faster to spec for a variety of needs in many projects. For example, for our EverAlert emergency notification platform we provide a CSI specification that can be dropped directly into the construction documents. It's as easy as that. And these documents will prove beneficial throughout the project for many reasons.

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Topics: Synchronized Clock Systems

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