Electromechanical locks have been in the market for more than 25 years, evolving from standalone battery operated, to wired, and then wireless access mechanisms. They have become smaller and more efficient, with a large number of users in the commercial market. Residential versions of the electromechanical lock have grown in popularity over recent years, prompting mechanical lock manufacturers to sell both commercial and residential versions.
Commercial electronic locks boast a very industrial look; it’s an aesthetic indicative of their market. Most feature an impressive keypad, practical for controlling access and entry in commercial environments. Many are vandal resistant with clutched outside levers, stainless steel buttons, and solid, functional metal lock bodies. These locks are built to hold-up to repeated, daily use from a large number of people.
The residential market demands different features for its users. The need for bulk and heavy-duty functionality does not apply as residential and light commercial users have limited exposure to potential vandals. Further, the locks need an attractive aesthetic that fits a natural finished wooden entry door typical of residential homes. In short, they must be attractive locks that people will “ooh” and “ah” to see. The wear and tear needs are different as well; these locks need to hold up against school aged adolescents and families.
Emtek, an ASSA ABLOY Group company, is known for its vast array of hardware options for residential doors and cabinets. Emtek brings the sense of style that it applies to locks, deadbolts, and entrysets to their electronic locks.
Emtek released the EMTouch™ electronic lock in the spring of 2011. The EMTouch™ features a capacitive touchscreen, an interface familiar to anyone with a smartphone. Additionally, the back-lit high-tech screen provides blue, glowing numbers that are highly visible after dark. A protective coating resists wear, limiting the possibility of reading the screen from wear patterns. Best of all, these locks provide the advantage of never having to carry a key. Homeowners tired of rummaging in purses and pockets to find keys have an attractive alternative.
Each EMTouch lock has a unique six-digit programming code and two four-digit user codes. Up to 20 user codes can be programmed or deleted. The programming code can also be changed. Default user codes are located on the inside trim plate and in the Installation and Programming Guide. If the Programming Code is lost or forgotten, the lock can be reset to the default, which includes the original two User Codes.
To restore the lock to default setting, you will need access to the battery. Press and hold the Emtek button for three seconds and enter 000000. After two beeps and two green LED flashes, disconnect the 9volt battery. Wait approximately five seconds and then restore power. Two beeps will sound along with two green LED flashes, indicating the electronics have been reset.
The EMTouch leverset and deadbolt locks retrofit into standard ANSI 161 door prep having a 2-1/8” cross bore and a one-inch diameter edge bore. The entryset requires two 2-1/8” diameter cross bores located at least 4-1/2” apart (5-1/2” is recommended) to accommodate the escutcheons. Depending upon the handle, a 3/8” diameter hole is drilled down from the lower cross bore to be secured to the door. The standard latches are 2-3/8” backset, but 2-3/4” backsets are available when specified.
Remember: For new installations, the center of the handleset cross bore is located approximately 38 inches from the finished floor.
Installation is straightforward. The first step is to install the latch(s) into the edge of the door, then remove the inside trim plate from the inside chassis enabling the outside assembly to be mounted onto the door. The deadbolt latch must not be extended.