New Detex Exit Alarms: EAX-500 and EAX-2500

Alarms that notify employees when a non-entry door is being opened.


The standalone exit alarm was developed to enable immediate egress through an emergency exit or restricted door while providing a level of protection for the business. The protection provided by the exit alarm is notification; when the door is opened, an alarm sounds. A common application for a...


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The standalone exit alarm was developed to enable immediate egress through an emergency exit or restricted door while providing a level of protection for the business. The protection provided by the exit alarm is notification; when the door is opened, an alarm sounds. A common application for a standalone exit alarm is a store side or rear door. Because these doors are not designated for normal customer foot traffic, adding an exit alarm notifies employees when a non-entry door is being opened.

Detex Corporation, whose roots began more than 100 years ago, has been manufacturing exit control security products for more than 40 years. The latest Detex standalone exit alarms are the EAX-500 and EAX-2500. Each model has more features than its predecessors. Some of the features are the microprocessor-based electronics, patented cam assembly, extended bypass, auto-rearm and tamper resistant housings. The microprocessor-based electronics has improved the operation and battery life of the exit alarm. In addition, this new design enables custom settings and programming for specialized applications. Contact the factory for details. A mortise lock cylinder controls the operation, replacing the rim cylinder used in earlier Detex products.

The Detex exit alarm patented cam assembly automatically adjusts for a five-, six- or seven-pin tumbler mortise cylinder of varying lengths. The Detex exit alarm uses a standard mortise cylinder. The mortise cylinder requires a standard Yale cam to operate the mechanism. The extended bypass feature permits the exit alarm to be disarmed using the key. The door can be left open for an unlimited period of time. Once the door closes, the exit alarm will automatically rearm, sounding the alarm if the door is opened without first disarming the unit. When enabled, the auto rearm feature triggers the alarm when an unauthorized person opens the door, and turns off when the door is closed. The exit alarm will rearm two minutes after the alarm has been activated and the door has closed. The factory can program custom settings. When the rearm feature is disabled, the alarm will sound continuously until the key is used to disarm the unit.

The battery powered Detex EAX-500 Exit Alarm is a self-contained exit alarm, designed for applications that require a door-mounted unit. The surface-mounted EAX-500 sets the hand according to where the magnet is installed. The included plastic magnet locator not only positions the exit alarm, but also determines the proper location for installing the magnet. Tamper protection is provided by the five wafer tumbler cover lock that must be unscrewed in order to remove the cover from the backplate.

The Detex EAX-500 has a new housing that is less than two inches wide. The unit can be installed onto a narrow stile glass-aluminum door. The EAX-500 can be installed with outside key control, using a rim cylinder mounted through the exterior side of the door. This exit alarm is available with a standard, interior application circuit board or a weatherized circuit board for inclement conditions. Contact factory for availability date.

This exit alarm is equipped with a Piezo horn alarm that produces approximately 100dB when an unauthorized individual opens the armed door. A 100dB alarm produces sound that can be heard from 10 feet in an ambient condition.

The Detex EAX-500 exit alarm is designed to enter the alarm mode when the door has been opened without authorization. When armed and the door is closed, the magnet is in proximity to the built-in switch in the ready condition. As the door opens, the exit alarm moves away from the magnet, breaking the magnetic pull, and the alarm sounds. The EAX-500 exit alarm is UL Listed for miscellaneous fire door accessory and can be mounted onto a fire-rated door.

The EAX-500 Exit Alarm comes with a peel and stick door sign, magnetic door frame sensor, key stop (formerly 90 degree detent), plastic template, and a nine volt battery. The red and white pressure-sensitive sign reads “Emergency Exit/Alarm Will Sound.”

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