Locksmith Ledger asked Securitech’s vice president of sales/marketing and Trident guru Bill Nelson a few questions.Following are Ledger’s questions and Nelson’s answers.
Can you offer an overview of the Trident product?
The Trident is the best exit lock out there. It has ease of installation with the template and has performed superbly in the field both operationally and against massive attacks. We are specified by major drug chains, high-end specialty retailers, electronics retailers, cell phone retailers, banking institutions, warehouses, military sites, restaurants and on many more exit doors.
An important feature which has contributed to the product’s success is we stopped putting ANY bolts into the floor as this was causing so much PAIN for installers and end users. Bolts into the floor are a nightmare to properly line up, drill and install. Many times there is a large gap under the door and then a thin aluminum saddle on the floor so security is compromised as that is all the bolt goes into.
Additionally dirt, dust, water, salt, ice, food etc. tend to jam the hole and prevent the lower bolt from being able to engage.
In their attempt to lock up at night end users would use excessive force on the paddle, trying to get the lower bolt into the floor and consequently break the lock. We have found locking into the frame as strong and far more reliable as locking into the floor.
Where is it primarily used?
Trident was designed to provide security where illegal slide bolts were typically mounted on the door – one above the exit device and one below -- very popular with back-of-house forced entry protection for retailers.
Trident’s installation method was a game changer. The full-sized steel template was designed to allow all holes to be drilled before removing the multi-point exit lock from the box. Trident is shipped with all moving parts attached – the first multi-point lock to do so.
The installation time of under 2 hours was another radical development. Trident’s predecessor, the MP Panic Exit Police Lock. shot bolts into the header and floor. Trident was designed in response to installer and user requests. For anti-pry resistance, Trident has more thru-bolts than any other multi-point exit lock.
How many Trident models are there? Is there a configuration matrix?
Basically there are two: Manual Re-Lock and Self Re-lock. The Trident was designed so you can choose the features you need and build a model easily. You start with a choice between manual or self re-lock. Then you choose between no alarm, just a signal when the paddle is pressed or wall-mounted alarm options (battery or direct power). The alarms “snap-in” to the exit lock and wiring skills are not required.
What would be the considerations for whether self-relocking or manual relocking is used?
Self Re-Lock is used 80 percent of the time as folks don’t want doors left open. Manual Re-Lock is used on doors with a generally quick in and out, e.g. trip to close dumpster.
What is the difference between the models where the key permits momentary actuation of the lever or turnpiece and the models where the door can be unlocked and the lever turnpiece can be used for entry?
Mainly key operates lever for momentary opening but of course in Manual Re-Lock mode door can be push/pull. We also have a dogging feature for Self Re-Lock when they want it to be push/pull at certain times e.g. employee door where push/pull when guard is there but locked when they leave.
How does the electromagnetic lock option work?
Maglock version is when they want to use maglocks for traffic control during the day and lock the multiple Trident bolts after hours. They card in and push secondary RTE button on the paddle for exit. When all systems are locked, it is still one motion egress per code. This is popular when the exit door is also an employee entrance or used by employees grabbing a smoke.
What are the door strengthening bars?
Many times we are retrofitted in locations where the door is basic builders’ model with thin skins and no vertical stiffeners inside, just cardboard honeycomb. The bars strengthen the door against ramming or prying. Basically in that case it tries to bring the weaker element (the door) up to a higher standard so the lock can be more effective. As you know the door and frame are also critical elements.
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