The selection of the correct electrified locks is critical t. Where improper locks are used, we suffers from any of the following problems:
- Failure to comply with code
- Improper function, causing traffic queues
- Unsafe exiting conditions
- Unreliable lock operation resulting in frequent maintenance
- Persons trapped within a space during an emergency
Types of Electrified Locks
All Electrified Locks fall into only a few common type categories:
• Electrified Mortise Locks
• Electrified Panic Hardware
• Magnetic Locks
• Electric Strikes
• Electrified Cylinder Locks
• Electromechanical Dead Bolts
How Electrified Locks Work
Electrified locks are mechanical or electrical devices that hold a door closed. All electrified locks use electromagnetism to achieve this function. Electrified locks fit into two broad categories:
- Locks that use electromagnetism to activate a mechanical lock mechanism (electromechanical locks)
- Locks that use electromagnetism as the direct means of locking (magnetic locks)
- Electric strikes function by creating an operating element where none existed before.
- In the manual strike plate, the door latch engages into the strike opening.
- In the electromechanical version there is a strike opening that is engaged and released by a solenoid
Electrified Panic Hardware
- Electrified Panic Hardware provides an instantaneous means of egress in every emergency along with the ability to unlock the door remotely or by an access control system.
- Electrified Panic Hardware is available in three locking type
- Combines Panic Hardware with an electrified mortise lock
- Panic Hardware with an integral latchbolt to lock against a rim mounted latch plate
- Panic Hardware that operates vertical rods that latch into strike pockets at the top (and often also at the bottom) of the door
- Magnetic locks are among the most common electrified locks used by the security system industry.
- This is because they can be fitted onto any door and they require no modifications to the door or frame
- There are two common types of magnetic locks: surface-mounted and shear (usually concealed).
- All magnetic locks work by applying an electrical current to an electromagnet (on or in the door frame).
- These locks comprise a simple round dead bolt operated by an electric solenoid in the top of the door frame.
- Electrified Dead-Bolts are installed similarly to Magnetic Shear Locks; that is, the lock is in the top of the door frame and there is a pocket in the top of the door into which the dead-bolt is received. When the solenoid is engaged the bolt drops into a bolt pocket in the top of the door.