Do You Need an Electric Strike With an Electric Lock?
Electric strikes and electric locks are two different types of security devices that may be necessary if you want to have access control. These two products are very popular, and can make or break the security of any business. Here are some things to consider when you’re selecting an electric strike for your door.
UL Listed for Burglary Resistance
The Underwriters Laboratory (UL) has been testing burglary and fire resistance on safes for over 80 years. This not-for-profit organization tests a variety of products and has been evaluating more than 19,000 types of systems each year. It is a member of a global network of independent testing laboratories.
In the UL test, the safety is placed in a furnace at a temperature of 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit. It is then opened after cooling. If the internal temperature rises above 350 degF, it fails the test.
During the testing, the testers examine the insulation material, the finish on the inside, the fastenings, the usability of the contents, and the security of the interior equipment. They also measure the humidity.
Depending on the test, the opening may be between 2 and 6 square inches on the safe’s vault. Professional safecrackers will try to break it open using a variety of tools.
Typically, a burglary safe is made of solid steel plate. There are several types of protective features, including dead bars, jeweler’s lugs, and interlocking door designs. An active or inactive locking bolt is another important feature.
Some are UL 10C for Fire Door Assemblies
UL 10C is a test used to determine the safety of door assemblies. It is used on swing and non-swing door panels. This test can also be applied to doors with lights. The UL 10C test is conducted by using positive pressure to prevent fire from spreading.
In order to be tested, a fire door assembly must meet all the requirements. If it does not meet the required specifications, it cannot be classified as a UL10C fire rated door.
NFPA 252 is the governing standard for testing fire door assemblies. This standard provides specifications for fire door assemblies and evaluates the stability of the assemblies during the tests.
Fire rated door assemblies are a combination of door, frame, and hardware. They are installed in a building to help protect workers and property. To earn a UL10C fire rating, a door assembly must be installed in accordance with NFPA 80 and the local building code.
Doors can be certified to UL10C as long as they are fire rated, latch, and have a means of egress. They also need to be installed by a certified manufacturer.
Work with modern IP access control readers like Kisi
If you’re in the market for an access control system, you probably already know that you don’t need a new door to implement one. The aforementioned Kisi Controller series allows for remote access and management of your facility without the hassle of a cord or cable. It’s a simple and cost effective way to ensure occupant safety and security.
Kisi boasts a few other noteworthy feats of engineering including a tamper proof reader attached to the mainframe of the controller. Other impressive features include an open and close mode that can be set up to allow for a single pane of glass, and a secure remote login solution that can be accessed via mobile app or web browser. Using a Kisi system, you can easily access and lock or unlock doors, and even control other ‘non-Kisi’ devices such as elevators, air conditioning systems and more. This makes it the perfect fit for smaller businesses, or for those that simply don’t have the capital to deploy an on-site staff.
Frequently asked questions
Having an electric lock installed in your home is a great way to increase security. There are a few different types of locks, such as latch locks, cylindrical locks, and unit locks. Each of these offers a different advantage when it comes to applying an electric strike.
For example, a latch lock is designed to allow you to slide the lock through the electric strike lip, without damaging the jamb. It is also commonly mounted on narrow stile doors.
An electric strike is a metal plate assembly that can be used to secure a door and unlock it with an electrical signal. When you use an electric strike with an electric lock, you’ll need to take into account three things: the dimensions of the deadbolt, the type of lockset, and the cavity for the electric strike.
The dimension of the deadbolt will be determined by the manufacturer. A standard 1-3/4 inch thick strike is recommended for most recessed electric strikes. However, if you have a tubular aluminum door or a glass frame, you may need to cut the depth of the strike in order to have it properly operate.