News Briefs, September 2017

Sept. 4, 2017

Accurate Installations with ASSA ABLOY BILT App

ASSA ABLOY Door Security Solutions is simplifying the installation of its door and opening products through interactive 3D models. These step-by-step instructions make installations easier, ensure products are installed properly, and store warranties for future reference.

The mobile BILT app is free to download on Apple and Android and provides access to Intelligent Instructions™ for ASSA ABLOY products. The instructions are fully-interactive, voice narrated step-by-step guides that simplify installation and shorten the time it takes to accomplish the job. They remove the guess-work when attempting to interpret paper instructions.

“Installers are gently walked and talked through a trouble-free installation, prompting hardware and tools needed for each step,” said Nate Henderson, BILT CEO. “The app is especially helpful for one-time and first-time installations and can also be used to prepare before heading into the field.” This means more efficient and accurate installations, resulting in safer and more secure buildings.

BILT also provides seamless updates if a product changes or if installation instructions are updated. The result is an always-up-to-date set of instructions and warranty that continually reflect the current product.

“Using BILT greatly enhances a user’s understanding of the product and of the installation,” said Jeffery Granath, operational development manager at ASSA ABLOY Americas. “The ability to utilize 3D interactive instructions and zoom in, zoom out and rotate the view provides reassurance that you have installed a product correctly. This leads to fewer operating problems with the opening and fewer callbacks.”

ASSA ABLOY product installation instructions already available on the BILT app include: Corbin Russwin IN120 WiFi locks and exit devices, SARGENT IN120 WiFi locks and exit devices, Norton 5800 ADAEZ, HES 1500/1600 and various products from Yale, including Yale Assure Lock™ and Yale nexTouch™.

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HL Flake Acquires McDonald Dash

H. L. Flake Security Hardware has acquired McDonald Dash Locksmith Supply. The combination creates one of the largest independent security hardware distributors in the United States

“The union will benefit from McDonald Dash’s strong market presence and reputation in the Southeast combined with H. L. Flake’s extensive product offering and inventory availability, rock solid infrastructure and state of the art technology”, according to the management team of H.L. Flake Security Hardware. “With the integration of the two companies McDonald Dash will be able to take advantage of these tools to support sales, inventory management, marketing and promotions.”

“The two companies enjoy similar philosophies and see the importance of serving their Locksmith customers,” said Dan Floeck, CEO of H.L. Flake. “Our goal and mission remains focused on the Locksmith community. We truly believe a major component of this goal is providing increased availability of in stock products and quicker shipping from a trusted and reliable supplier partner. H. L. Flake looks forward to expanding our footprint in order to better support our Eastern U.S. customers.”

The two companies will operate in the same manner as before as the management teams share a common focus on providing the very best in customer service. Dan Floeck, will continue as CEO of H. L. Flake, while Jimmy Thomas will continue as General Manager of McDonald Dash. McDonald Dash will continue to be known as McDonald Dash and will receive orders via their existing phone, fax, email and website.

Marks USA Debuts Mobile-Friendly Website

Marks USA, a division of NAPCO and respected security innovator in value-added, long-lived security locks and hardware, announces the launch of their new website at  It features a great new look, intuitive use and multiplatform capability, designed to be device-responsive, ideal for locksmiths and those on-the-go. It also provides more in-depth info on Marks products, including several great new products lines, such as X-iT® Exit Devices, Survivor® Hurricane-Rated Locks, LocDown® Locks for education and ArchiTech Wireless Networked Access Locks, customizable in hundreds of finishes and trims and choice of multi-technology readers, including new mag swipe reader.

With products that meet or exceed top BHMA® Grade 1 standards for durability by as much as 400%, Marks products are known for longevity, and are uniquely backed by the Marks exclusive Lifetime Warranty durability. The extensive line of Marks USA products are all available in more styles, functions and formats, across their numerous product categories: mortise, cylindrical, tubular, ornamental iron, custom, architectural plus exit devices & door closers. 

For more information on Marks USA, call 1.800.645.9445, email [email protected], or visit

Baldwin, Kwikset Secure Smart Homes

LAKR FOREST, Calif. -- Baldwin® Hardware and Kwikset have been selected by Lennar, one of the nation’s largest builders, as the door hardware and smart lock provider for the world’s first Wi-Fi CERTIFIED™ home designs featuring integrated home automation and voice control with Amazon Alexa.

With a portfolio of beautifully designed, technologically advanced collections, the HHI marquee brands of Baldwin and Kwikset will be included on new Lennar smart homes. Through Lennar’s Everything’s Included approach to homebuilding, new homeowners will be able to enjoy luxury smart home products at no additional cost—including the exquisitely designed touch-to-open Baldwin Evolved, as well as a wide range of high-quality hardware from the Kwikset and Baldwin portfolios. 

 “It’s a great honor to be a part of Lennar’s bold vision for the future of homebuilding—one that sets a new standard for the homeowner experience,” said Phil Szuba, president of the Hardware and Home Improvement (HHI) division of Spectrum Brands, Inc. “We are committed to providing Baldwin and Kwikset hardware, designed to the highest architectural and technological standards, to further enhance the homeowners’ experience from the first time they open the front door.”

“Baldwin is known the world over for its luxurious architectural design,” said David Kaiserman, president of Lennar Ventures. “And now including touch-to-open technology takes it to a whole new level. The Lennar Wi-Fi CERTIFIED home is the perfect launch pad for this amazing new product. The Baldwin Evolved lock is the gateway not just to a new Lennar home, but to a whole new way of living.”

A wide breadth of Baldwin Evolved and Kwikset electronic and traditional locks are offered on the new Lennar homes, offering unmatched style, convenience and technology. Baldwin Evolved blends exquisite architectural designs with touch-to-open Kevo™ technology to deliver an electronic solution designed to exceed the luxurious architectural standards of Baldwin customers.

Lennar’s homes are the first in the world to be built according to the new Wi-Fi CERTIFIED Home Design standard, which is a new approach to residential Wi-Fi network design to help ensure whole-home connectivity that works seamlessly with thousands of wireless devices and services. Lennar will begin offering Wi-Fi CERTIFIED home designs next month, rolling out to the entirety of its national footprint by year’s end. The homes will feature smart-home products from the most trusted manufacturers, including Baldwin, Kwikset, Ring®, Honeywell®, Lutron®, Ruckus®, Samsung® and Sonos®.

George Zamora has been named as new Western Regional Sales Manager, Continental Access Division of Napco Security Technologies, Inc., reporting to Ron Kandcer, Director of Sales. Zamora comes to Continental Access with a successful career of over 20 years in all aspects of integrated systems, access control, video & security, and some of the industry’s largest companies.

Based in the Greater Los Angeles area, Zamora will use his expertise developing integrator relationships and building their businesses, and also working with A & E firms, in specing Continental equipment, providing sales- and systems design-support, product introductions and training, in the western territory, i.e., Arizona, California, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington, Western Canada, Hawaii, Alaska.

Kandcer said, “We’re happy to welcome George to the team, he’s joining the organization at a particularly exciting time, with the recent launch of high-anticipated CA4K™ Enterprise Access Control & Security Management Platform and the powerful, new labor-saving uniVerse® POE Single-Door Controller.”

Contact Zamora via email [email protected] , by phone 818-519-4196, or in the office at 631-842-9400 x366.