Knob and lever guards are essential in a hospital setting to minimize damage done by carts, forklifts and gurneys. The design of the Protect-A-Lock series provides a bumper that is installed below the lever or knob. Available in various sizes the material of the K12 is lexan polycarbonate while the K12S series is made of stainless steel.
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Dor-O-Matic offers a choice of ADA-compliant low-energy operators which open a door automatically with an activation device but also allow it to function as a regular pedestrian door in the manual mode. For use on exterior or interior doors, three basic models cover almost any healthcare application.
In the case of a psychiatric department, special hardware is available to minimize patient injury. There are specially designed knobs that feature a conical design. This taper prevents a patient from hooking a piece of clothing or bedding over the knob to affect a suicide attempt. Doors in psychiatric areas also feature special hinges with a tapered finial to prevent hanging something from the hinge top. The entire Marks line of graded hardware represents a quality line with wide applications.
Another well-known brand of locksmith tools and equipment is Major Manufacturing. In addition to dozens of other handy products, Major Mfg. has a new line of file cabinet locking bars. The FB-Series bars mount on the left side of a cabinet for standard applications and a right-hand version is also available. Sizes vary to fit from one to five drawer files and desks. When open the design prevents blocking additional cabinets in a row and the red tape strip on the inside of the locking bar indicates an unlocked cabinet and protects painted finishes when locked. Secured by any standard padlock, the FB series can also be used on rollaway cabinets.
A wide range of key control and high security lock products are available from Medeco. On a key control level, the new Medeco Keymark X4 offers a cost-effective way to replace and upgrade an existing facility where there are multiple master key systems because of a mix of product brands. The ability of the Keymark X4 offers cylinders compatible with small format interchangeable core and mortise, rim or knob/lever cylinders all keyed to the same keying system. Key blanks are offered in standard, custom coined, versions. Hybrid Prox and iCLASS electronic key blanks are also compatible with this system. Keymark X4 has up to four times the masterkey capability of standard SFIC and is patented through 2027.
When working with cabinet locks, the ability to match keying to an existing master key system is invaluable. Olympus offers a huge selection of cabinet hardware including a series of latches and deadbolts designed to secure cabinets with the use of Best Small Format IC, or Schalge, Corbin Russwin, Medeco, Yale Large Format IC cylinders. They also offer a version to retrofit most KIK/KIL cylinders or small CCL and National keyways. The expansive ability to key these locks into almost any existing key system combine with the versatility of top bolt (up/down) or side bolt (left/right) applications.
The high traffic use of many doors in a hospital calls for some doors to stay open during normal operation. In a fire situation though, the doors must release and close to prevent the spread of fire and smoke. A magnetic door hold-open such as the Rixson 980/990 Series offers floor or wall mount electromagnetic hold-open devices that are tied into the fire alarm system and will cause the doors to close automatically when released from the open position. Surface or recessed mounting allows the maximum door clearance when in the open position.
The popularity of Schlage products is evident in almost any institutional facility. High-security locks and keys are available on a number of levels from Schlage. In a secure setting, various levels of Primus are available to control key duplication and prevent unauthorized access by means of mechanical attack. The Schlage Primus system is a recognized name in high security and heavy-duty commercial hardware. The Primus system allows the hospital locksmith to track and control his keys secure in the knowledge that when a key is returned, no unauthorized duplicate has been made.