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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

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

Electronics manufacturer taps American Time to tighten operations

Posted by American Time on Mar 27, 2019 3:23:42 PM

Inefficiencies in the workplace are not always easy to spot. You won't see employees literally setting $100 bills on fire, but inevitably, there will be times during the day when otherwise productive work hours might as well be going up in smoke.

And this isn't necessarily due to a lack of work ethic or motivation. At DMR Electronics, a manufacturer of industrial electronic components and wiring harnesses, employees sometimes had no other choice but to waste time standing around while waiting for meetings to get underway. But, it wasn't their fault. Since there was no single time source to rely on, their schedules were easily thrown out of whack.

The phenomenon led DMR to research synchronized clock systems, ultimately choosing American Time to bring an added sense of order to its daily operations.

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Topics: Synchronized Clock Systems, SiteSync, Timekeeping

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

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