Digital Clocks Keep Manufacturing Facilities in Sync

Synchronized time keeps your organization on-time, on-track and on-budget while helping to ensure compliance with ever-increasing traceability regulations. Even if your clocks are fairly accurate and only lose or gain a minute or two, those minutes can turn into hundreds of thousands of minutes of lost productivity when they affect each employee. A synchronized clock system ensures that your company can meet its time commitments, avoid unnecessary waste, meet transportation deadlines and streamline production. 

GPS Over Fiber Optic Timing Technology

In the world of timing systems, precision and accuracy are everything. In order to synchronize components across great distances, it’s vital that you retain the ability to communicate cleanly. 

Most typical coax-based GPS timing networks you encounter in the real world fall prey to basic signal propagation challenges. Latency, degradation, and interference are among some of your worst enemies, and your existing systems may not be able to overcome them. Could optical fiber systems hold the key to building superior timing architectures?

Daylight Saving Time Ending November 5th at 2AM

Daylight Saving Time  ends at 2:00AM on Sunday, November 5, 2017. Here are a few DST facts you may not know:

  1. Although you probably hear it referred to as daylight “savings”, the correct name is daylight “saving” time.
  2. Benjamin Franklin first suggested the idea of daylight saving time in his 1784 satirical essay, “An Economical Project for Diminishing the Cost of Light.”
  3. States that do not observe daylight saving time: Hawaii and Arizona (except for the state’s Navajo Nation).
  4. Since the Uniform Time Act of 1966, which established a standardized system of when daylight saving time started and ended throughout the United States, Congress has expanded the length of daylight saving time 3 times. Today, we observe it from March until November.
  5. Only about one-quarter of the world’s population, in approximately 70 countries, observe daylight saving time.

If you have a Masterclock Timing System in your facility, there is no need to worry - our systems configure to observe Daylight Saving Time in any time zone. All Masterclock analog clocks and digital displays easily configure to time zone and daylight saving time parameters. (The  software is included.) Check out our NTDS line of NTP digital displays and our TCDS series of time code driven digital clocks

GPS Threat Mitigation - Why Network Time Users Should Care

Whether you use GPS to maintain accurate UTC for your facility's IP-enabled security system or you simply employ it to keep your distributed scientific control and testing systems synced up, you can't afford to succumb to an unexpected threat. From hackers and unwitting smart device users to regional atmospheric conditions and once-in-a-lifetime solar weather patterns, the world can be a risky place for those who depend on network GPS timing.

Introducing the New LUX26 Multi-Color Clock

Masterclock’s new 6-digit multi-color digital clock, the LUX26, includes an array of state-of-the-art features that outperform other digital clocks on the market. The 2.3-in (5.8 cm) kaleidoscopic LED display can be configured to any unlimited number of custom colors. It can also sync to a Network Time Protocol (NTP), Simple Network Time Protocol (SNTP), or time code* (*optional) source for accurate time, as well as be configured to any time zone offset or Daylight Saving Time parameters. Never miss out on a DST change again!

Network Timekeeping: NTP vs. SNTP

In the world of modern computing, accurate timing is everything. As networks grow increasingly complicated, they demand reliable standards that ensure everything is running on the same unified schedule.NTP, or Network Time Protocol, is a standard method for synchronizing different computer clocks. Here's how it compares to SNTP, or Simple Network Time Protocol.