BHMA: The First Line of Defense for Your Last Line of Defense

Builder’s Hardware Trade Association Ensures High Standards and Performance for Locks


Cycle tests require that locks and latches continue to operate properly after being opened and closed repeatedly. Oftentimes a mechanical machine will cycle the use of the product in the way it would normally be used over and over, such as 1,000,000 cycles for Standard 156.13, and then it will be judged whether or not the lock still works as it should.

Security tests subject the locks to physical beat downs and then measure how well they still perform as a locking device. Impacts and rams and often deployed to smash and batter the locks, which are then examined as to whether they will still keep an intruder out of a door or other entrance.

Finish tests test how well the lock parts will stand up to corrosion. They are generally subjected to a salt spray, humidity chamber, integrity coating, abrasion tests, perspiration tests and UV tests. Different tests are used for different kinds of locks, and are prescribed in their individual BHMA Standards.

Combined, these tests give the Standard evaluators a comprehensive look at the effectiveness of any particular lock, and whether it meets the standards set for it.

These kinds of performance tests are essential to the industry, as then ensure a high level of performance and support consumer confidence.

Moving forward, BHMA will be expanding various Standards, such as 156.25, for electronic locks, as this is a new and exciting niche of the lock industry that more and more consumers are beginning to rely on.

Whatever moves the industry might take in the future BHMA Standards and Certifications are an essential component of ensuring the safety of those who continue to rely on traditional locks, as many do and will for a long time.

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