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Protecting Your Valuable Equipment and Investments with Guards

Posted by American Time on May 20, 2021 9:00:00 AM

fire-pull-to-guard_630You wouldn't leave your cell phone unprotected as you venture into the unpredictable environments you encounter day-to-day. Your investment is just too great to risk it. But what about the investment you've made in your facility's clock system, and the other pieces of equipment you rely on to keep things running smoothly? That's worth protecting, too.

Guards for clocks and other pieces of vital equipment protect your investment from damage, vandalism, and theft. After all, it's not just the equipment you have to think about, but the environment that surrounds it. Here’s a look at the types of  equipment guards available, why they're important, and the best environments for them.

Save Money, Stay Safe

Investing in equipment guards can provide peace of mind while saving you money in the long run. If you have to replace a clock that becomes damaged, it will cost you more than the clock itself due to maintenance time.

And maintenance lists are always long. The last thing you need is another item to write down, plan, and organize before someone finally gets around to taking care of it. A durable guard is the best way to make sure that you don’t have to worry about your investment.

What's more costly than avoidable maintenance time is injury. If you have the potential for something to hit your clock or another piece of equipment, there are already hazards in the room. The last thing you need is the potential for a falling clock to strike someone. Plus, there's the risk with putting up the ladder to reach the damaged clock.

Open Face Wire Guards

Open face wire guards are great for light switches, telephones, motion detectors, and digital clocks. The open-face feature allows access to the equipment underneath and does not block the visibility of the digital clock face. Many schools and businesses purchase them for gyms or hallways where equipment could potentially get bumped or hit.

Fire Alarm Wire Guards

Fire alarm guards prevent accidental activation in your school or business. The guards are typically bright red, which draws attention to the alarm in the case of an emergency. Also, the wire guard can be pulled open for easy access to the alarm, making it efficient in a time of need.

Exit Sign Guards

Exit sign wire guards protect the lighted bulbs in the sign, which can be damaged if hit. We can customize these guards for some of the different size signs you have in your building. The zinc-plated, clear-coated steel rod construction prevents corrosion, giving it a long-lasting build.

Polycarbonate Guards

Polycarbonate guards are a great option for equipment in a swimming pool area or other locations with high humidity. The polycarbonate material protects against moisture while maintaining a nice, clean look. They can also protect outdoor clocks in the event of inclement weather.

Other Equipment Worth Protecting

There's more fragile equipment in your facility worth protecting than you might have considered. Beyond clocks, fire alarms, and exit signs, these valuable items include:

  • wi-fi-router-to-guard-300x200Thermostats
  • WiFi routers
  • Speakers
  • Bells
  • Lights
  • Signage
  • Motors
  • Electrical outlets
  • Smoke detectors

Protection for a Variety of Environments

We've already mentioned how polycarbonate guards are suited for humid areas such as pools. Here's how wire guards are suitable for other environments in your facility as well.

For instance, You might think your clocks in the gymnasium are placed high enough out of the way that a poorly-thrown basketball won't hit them. Rather than just hoping your clocks don't get damaged, you can keep them safely mounted on the wall with a guard.

If you run a workshop or manufacturing floor, you're no stranger to industrial dangers. Dust and debris get everywhere, and, of course, there's the general commotion to consider. All it takes is an errant forklift to smack a clock off the wall, eating up valuable maintenance time. Guards will keep your clocks and equipment safe while helping your operation run efficiently.

The list of ways durable guards can protect your equipment investment will continue to grow. As technology improves, you'll probably need equipment guards for things that haven't even been invented yet. When you do, American Time will be there with a wide selection to suit whatever needs might arise.

Not sure which guard is right for you? Complete our guard builder form to find the perfect solution for your needs.

Topics: Clock Maintenance and Repairs, Protective Wire Guards, School Clock Systems, Synchronized Clock Systems, Wi-Fi Clock Systems, PoE Clock Systems, Digital Clocks, Master Clocks

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