Electrified Locks

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

Electrified 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

  • 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).

Electrified Dead-Bolts

  • 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.


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