An Overview of Mechanical Exit Devices

In simple terms, an exit device is a lock with an inside release bar. Variations include standard, fire-rated, rim, vertical rod and mortise exit devices and a number of specialty exit bars.


In a fire or other emergency situation, a large number of people may need to exit a room or area quickly. A large group of people funneled into a hallway may count on one door to allow them an immediate exit from the building. Obviously a doorknob and deadbolt is not the best hardware to handle this...


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The steel paddle will come on all ECL-230 orders at no extra cost, or as a cost-effective paddle kit for upgrades on existing installations. The ECL-230D, ECL-230-PH, and ECL-600 locks can be ordered in the new black or standard gray finish. All Detex ECL products are code compliant.

For information, visit www.detex.com or call 800-729-3839.

Dor-O-Matic

Dor-O-Matic's 1690 and 1790 exit devices for aluminum doors continue Dor-O-Matic's commitment to quality and long-lasting performance, with the sleek, modern touchpad design.

The 1690 and 1790 panic devices carry the Underwriters Laboratory (UL) label and are approved for life safety. In addition, these exit devices meet the requirements of ANSI Grade I.

Both feature an upgraded design that offers increased building security, eliminating the possibility of tampering and forced entry through the use of coat hangers or other tools. The streamlined design has no openings for chains— reducing the risk of code infringements.

The 1690 and 1790 come in three popular finishes, and both carry a two-year warranty. For information, visit www.doromatic.com.

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