For many years exit control locks have been installed onto exit doors that have been designated for emergency use only. These include back doors in stores, markets, restaurants, malls, etc. Most of these secondary doors have been equipped with auxiliary exit control locks mounted high onto a door in addition to the exit device, cylindrical or mortise lock. These code compliant alarmed devices provide notification - usually an alarm - when the unauthorized is attempting to exit or gain access.
To eliminate the need for multiple locks mounted onto a door, Detex Corporation has developed the heavy-duty, ECL-230X Series Life Safety and code compliant heavy duty panic devices for use on emergency exit doors. When powered, the ECL-230X Series devices electronic circuitry activates a 100 decibel alarm. The alarm sounds when the push rail is depressed. In addition to sounding the alarm, pressing the push-pad retracts the bolts, unlocking the door. The alarm will continue to sound until the key is inserted into the lock and either unlocks the device or re-arms the device. The bolts remain in the retracted condition until the device is re-armed.
To provide protection against forced entry, the ECL-230X Series bolt panic devices are equipped with large one-inch throw, saw resistant, sintered stainless steel horizontal deadbolt and/or top and bottom rod bolts. The horizontal deadbolt has a 1” throw with ¾” engagement, and the top and bottom bolts have ¾” throw with 5/8” engagement.
Detex ECL-230X Series panic devices are available in four configurations:
- Single point device with a horizontal rim mounted deadbolt
- Dual point (top and bottom rod)
- Dual point (deadbolt and top rod only) and
- Triple point device have two bolts and a horizontal deadbolt.
ECL-230X Series Exit Control Locks are designed to protect not only against unauthorized entry and exit, but also to resist back door break-ins.
Key-operated ECL-230X Series panic devices have the option of interior or interior and exterior key control. To arm the panic device and secure the door, insert the key into the lock cylinder in the center case or the outside plate and rotate 360 degrees clockwise. If the alarm is armed, to turn off the alarm and re-arm the device, with the door closed, insert the key and rotate 360 degrees clockwise. To disarm the device, insert the key and rotate 360 degrees counterclockwise. To gain access from the exterior, insert the key into the lock cylinder mounted into the trim plate. Rotate the key 360 degrees counterclockwise which disarms the device. Important: Do not rotate the key more than 360 degrees in either direction.
For this article, an ECL-230X and two Hinge Bolts were installed onto a wooden exterior door, mounted into a cement filled metal doorjamb. The Detex ECL-230X is the single-point device. The door was previously secured using a key-in-lever lock and a single sided deadbolt lock. Building management requested that the deadbolt remain to be used when the building not populated. The Hinge Bolts are designed to prevent the door from being removed from the opening.
This installation included sex nuts, trim plate and lock cylinder, retrofit kit, inside pull and two hinge bolts. The ECL-230D Retrofit Kit is comprised of two approximately 3/16” thick metal plates, reinforcing the face of the door. One plate is located beneath the center case and other beneath the endcap. The retrofit kit is designed to cover existing holes and provide a rigid mount for the device. Note: The center case retrofit plate covers the 2-1/8” diameter cross bore hole for the lever lock. A pull plate with cut-out for a rim cylinder was installed onto the outside of the door. The inside pull is installed adjacent to the back-plate with the contour shape slotted into position.