Keyline and Bianchi, divisions of the Bianchi 1770 Group Company, are introducing their Volvo Kit using the TK100 technology. The TK100 electronic head is designed for many keyed and keyless engine immobilizer-based applications.
The 2008 - 2011 V70, XC70 and S80 Volvos can be cloned using the Volvo Kit. The kit includes a VL100 fob, the VL22P key blank and a practical key ring. For more information, contact your local locksmith distributor or www.keyline.it.
Von Duprin QEL Updated
Von Duprin Quiet Electric Latch Retraction (QEL) circuitry has been updated to eliminate the need for the 2Q option board. This updated motor-driven retraction system, known as the "QEL+", will operate directly with Schlage or Von Duprin power supplies. This upgraded unit can be located up to 800 feet from the power supply.
This change will take affect on July 16, 2012, on all QEL equipped devices and conversion kits.
For more information, contact your local locksmith distributor or Von Duprin at Web Site: www.vonduprin.com.
2013 Ford Escape
The 2013 Ford Escape will be available with the Ford Intelligent Access with push-button start. The push-button start feature requires the key fob to be somewhere within the passenger compartment of the vehicle.
Equipped 2013 Ford Escape models will have a new lock mechanism and code series for the emergency lock. This sidewinder type lock mechanism will be using the 11501-13000 code series. The key blade accommodates only seven cuts. According to resources, the emergency lock will be located in the driver's door handle.
Photoluminescent Exit Signs
Photoluminescent Exit Signs are a retrofit alternative to electrical exit signs as they can last for many years. They do not require electricity, which eliminates the need for electrical installation. There is no electrical bill or batteries to replace.
Photoluminescent exit signs illuminate by absorbing light emitted from regular light sources. They can obtain their power from fluorescent, incandescent, halogen, metal halide or mercury vapor light that shines on the face of the exit sign. Only a small amount of light is required to charge the sign for a minimum of at least 90 minutes in complete darkness.
Most buildings can illuminate a light in proximity to each sign during non-business hours. Buildings must be illuminated when occupied. Some buildings that would not be practical for photoluminescent signage are restaurants, bars and movie theatres.
Be sure to purchase signs that are compliant to UL924 Listed. This Standard is based on regulations set forth by the IFC (International Fire Code), NFPA (National Fire Protection Association), IBC (International Building Code), and ICC (International Construction Code.
Weird Door Closer Installations
This door closer was installed onto the secure side of the door with the foot mounted onto the hinge jamb. I guess there are quite a few people who do not read instructions before installing a door closer.
Stanley Black & Decker HHI Unit for Sale
According to news reports, Stanley Black & Decker, Inc. has put up its Hardware and Home Improvement (HHI) unit for sale in an auction. The lock portion of the HHI unit, part Stanley after the 2010 merger, makes door locks under the brands Baldwin, Kwikset, Weiser Lock and K2 Commercial. It appears the sale does not include commercial companies including Best Access Systems, Safemasters, Sargent and Greenleaf, Inc., Stanley Access Technologies, Stanley Door Closers or Omnilock.
Fire Rated Cable Ties
Many codes require specific high temperature cable ties to be used in fire rated applications. These fire rated cable ties are ROHS compliant and can be used in applications where low smoke and low flame is a concern, as in air handling spaces.
Leaking Door Closer
At a recent installation, I came across a leaking surface mount door closer. The interesting thing was the closer was leaking from the upper spindle seal, not the lower one.