Back Page, November 2021

Nov. 2, 2021

20 Years Ago

The November 2001 issue was written weeks after the World Trade Center attacks. The editorial suggested that locksmiths would become "security professionals" as the public requests better protection against terrorism. Has your business changed? Key machines were featured in the November 2001 issue. Jerry Levine tested the Jet 7090 key duplicator. Framon also had a new key duplicator called the Express, which was tested by Gale Johnson. Stephen Fish reviewed the Ilco Ultracode machine. Another article featured the CodePro 4500 code machine. Steve Jones explained the variety of metallurgy used for the manufacture of key blanks. Dick Zunkel suggested biometrics as a good system for access control. Steve Young lamented the addition of bicycle cables as a replacement for locking rods in new car door construction. Tiny serviced a 2001 Chevrolet Malibu. Dave Franchuk explained how to drill open an NKL safe.    

10 Years Ago

Commercial Door Security Solutions was the cover focus of the November 2011 issue. An article titled The Importance of Electric Strikes explained how using electric strikes for access control helps to keep installation costs down by working with existing doors, frames and door hardware. Tim O’Leary shared best practices for installing locking devices on fire doors. Tim O’Leary also wrote a primer on selecting maglocks for your application. Gale Johnson wrote about Outfitting A New Service Van. His family locksmith company, Johnson Lock, purchased a Ford Transit Connect to replace an old Dodge Astro van. FJM Security’s resettable combination locker locks that have key override were found to be ideal for schools, enabling school officials to remove the locker lock without knowing its combination. Allegion’s Jeremy Earles discussed the increased security of multicredential readers. The touchscreen Arrow Revolution Lock made its debut; at that time, touchscreens were cutting edge and smartphone credentials weren’t widely available. The ABUS Key Garage was profiled for storing and tracking keys and access cards.

Electrifying Door Hardware -- Four Scenarios

Choosing the “right” door hardware for a specific application really begins with the customer. Examining the existing lock hardware to determine what can be used properly for the proposed application is the second step.

First, it’s most important to find out how the customer wants the door to operate, which can include any or all of the following:

  • Key-controlled access control
  • Electronic access control
  • Remote access
  • 24/7/365 access control
  • Multiple credentials
  • Audit trail
  • Controlled access from one or both sides of the door

For this article, we will discuss options for controlling access in four scenarios. Each will describe the doorway, its function, components and additional necessary information. Then, we will list the electrification options, including information regarding necessary components, wiring requirements and installation considerations.

Scenario 1: Reception Area

The first scenario is an interior wooden door and jamb from the reception area, which provides access to individual offices within a large office building. The reception area door is equipped with a door closer and a storeroom function lever cylindrical lockset. The storeroom function lockset outside lever is locked, and access can be gained only by using the key. The inside lever always is unlocked, which provides free egress. There’s a rear entrance for the renters if they stay beyond closing or want to gain access after business hours.

The customer would like some way that the receptionist can unlock the door temporarily for people to gain access without having to unlock the lock for each person. Each office is notified, and authorization is given before permitting people access through the door. The client believes that the total number of electronic openings will be less than 50 per day, five days a week, about 1,300 opening per year.

Additional scenarios include a hotel entrance, manufacturing facility and hospital X-ray room.

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