If you do new install or retrofit access control, then door repairs are nothing new to you. Unfortunately, all too often we will quote an installation without giving appropriate attention to the general condition of the door and opening. There may be several reasons for this. One typical...
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Full contact information is: Pemko Manufacturing Co., 5535 Distribution Dr., P.O. Box 18966 , Memphis , TN 38141 . Web site: www.pemko.com
How many different types of continuous hinge does PEMKO offer?
We offer 22 different continuous geared aluminum hinge designs with standard and heavy duty models both available in 17 of the 22.
What power transfer types are offered?
A Flat Flexible Cable in a 4, 8 and 12 wire assembly, each in standard, accessible, and serviceable/removable models. We also provide power transfer hinges for Von Duprin , DORMA and Electrolynx , with other available via special order.
Typically are continuous hinges are used in retrofit applications to repair doors?
Pemko's various continuous geared aluminum hinges are available in designs which are intended for both new construction and retrofitting applications, depending on the model
For upgrades where electronic access control is being added to an existing opening, does using power transfer hinges make sense?
Yes, absolutely. When electronic access control is being added to an existing opening, power transfer hinges are an excellent choice for many reasons. By using an electric prep hinge, the installer/contractor gains the advantage of a fully integrated and highly secure system. Continuous geared aluminum hinges already offer increased security features by being tamper resistant, by using an electronic prep continuous hinge, the expensive and vital wiring transfers are completely concealed and protected by the hinge itself, ending the possibility of the security system being compromised or defeated from an exterior attack.
If the existing hinge is to be reused, do you have a product which can be added at the top of the door for power transfer?
If the existing hinge is to remain, Pemko offers nothing which can be added to the current system to retrofit and make it compatible with an electronic access system. However, we do provide a hinge which, once the new product is purchased from Pemko and the wires are to be replaced, can be done without taking the door and the hinge down from the opening -- our serviceable/removable CC prep. This hinge is composed of three individual sections, a top and bottom portion, and the 8” middle section which contains the actual CC prep that can be removed independently from the top and bottom and replaced with another 8” prepped portion of hinge with the now required number of connections.
What conductor sizes and number of conductors are available?
Pemko offers 4, 8, and 12 wire conductors.
How does the expected service life of your product compare to other types of power transfer?
Our Flat Cable Conductor (CC4, 8 or 12) hinges are tested to over 1,250,000 cycles, which backs our five-year warranty for the CC prep products. Our PT preps are not cycle tested. Because no bearings or any portion of the meshing gears are compromised by this prep, the operation and durability of the hinge is not greatly affected.
Is the wiring subject to compromise since the hinge is not within the protected area or concealed in the jamb?
The wires are protected and are not subject to compromise in the CC prep. Pemko offers full mortise electrical prepped units. As a matter of fact, the majority of our electronic prep hinges are full mortise. These hinges provide complete protection of the concealed wire transfers when the door is in the closed position. Even in the open position, the wires remain concealed.
What listings do Pemko products carry?
PEMKO products carry a number of listings. Here are what they are and what they mean.
BHMA: Products indicated by this symbol have been voluntarily submitted to rigid third party testing and follow-up audits to confirm that these products fully and continuously meet or exceed the requirements of their respective ANSI/BHMA Standards. These products are listed in the BHMA Directory of Certified Products, published annually and available for purchase from BHMA. They are also posted and frequently updated on the BHMA web site at www.buildershardware.com.