KABA has met and mastered the challenge of narrow stile standalone access control with its new attractive, ruggedly built, easy to install and program E-Plex® 3000 Series.
Do not confuse the KABA E-Plex 3000 with the older mechanical Simplex 3000 which is one of KABA’s popular mechanical pushbutton locks.
The E-Plex 3000 Series is designed for narrow stile door applications. Various models are available to provide deadlatch, deadbolt or exit functionality.
The E-Plex 3000 series is equally suitable for new or retrofit projects, and is available in Standard Satin Chrome or optional Dark Bronze with Satin Brass accents.
The E-Plex 3000 series is the ideal solution for retail applications. It means one less key to issue employees; it enables management to track when employees actually open in the morning and it eliminates those 5 p.m. Friday emergency rekeys after an unscheduled personnel dismissals.
The system allows five user levels to accommodate many tiers of control, making it suitable for mom and pops, retail franchises, or other applications such as condo clubhouses or kiosks.
This unit sports the same rugged and easy to operate pushbuttons and keypad as its other E-Plex siblings. I cannot recall a complaint from a client over difficulties operating an E-Plex keypad. Come to think of it, I don’t recall any problems with any E-Plex we’ve installed.
Programming the E-Plex 3000 is almost identical to programming the rest of the E-Plex models. Additional lock functions are included with the versatile E-Plex 3000, which I will discuss later in this article.
The E-Plex 3000 has 300 access codes and a 9,000-event audit trail, and like the other E-Plexes, it even records key override usage.
It is keypad programmable or may be managed with optional Microsoft Excel- based software.
Like the other E-Plexes, the system requires no wiring to or through the door, simplifying installation and increasing reliability.
The E-Plex interfaces with a variety of Adams-Rite mortise locks and inside trim including Adams Rite locks 1850 1950, 4070, 4510, 4520, 4530, 4710, 4720, 4730, 4900, 4920AN, MS 1850S, MS 1950S and 8400 (Exit) Series.
The E-Plex may be used on inswinging or outswinging doors and is field-handed for LH or RH as required.
The battery pack consists of four AA alkaline batteries. Replacing batteries does not require removal of the unit from the door. A set of batteries provides 180,000 cycles, so you won’t have to worry about changing batteries for quite a while. During a low battery condition, the lock will operate with a constant “low battery status” visual indication until new batteries are installed.
The various E-Plex 3000 lock models can be configured on-site to work in one of three lock functions as defined by KABA. These functions are not consistent with BHMA lock functions, and are specific to the KABA E-Plex 3000 series.
The master code is 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8. Entering this code unlocks the E-Plex.
The default programming sequence is: #-1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-# which must be used to set certain lock parameters and to create a new master code.
The master code must be changed before the E-Plex 3000 can be placed into access mode (the mode used to control the unlocking of the door with codes) or before the programming mode can be used, either manually at the keypad or with the optional software.
While in factory mode, you can set users’ code length. All users must have the same length code. The code may be from 4 to 8 digits long. The default length is 4 digits. If you are happy with four digits, it is unnecessary to reprogram this parameter.
This is the normal operation mode in which the KABA E-Plex 3000 controls access.