Volume 40,   Issue 9                    September  2005

Product Spotlight - Door Hardware

by Peter Cabrera

A Look at the Latest Offerings in Door Hardware
This month, we’re focusing on the latest and greatest offerings in door hardware. As companies strive to improve their products, an emphasis is being placed on the convenience and security that they have to offer. Take a look at some of the exciting innovations of the year.

Surviving Old Age
Marks USA of Amityville, N.Y., has enhanced the Survivor cylindrical locksets to facilitate installation in older, poorly maintained doors and doors with insufficient lock reinforcement.
The lockset is self-adjusting within 1 5/8- to 1 7/8-inch door thickness with models available for doors up to 2 1/4 inches thick. Marks is also offering spacer kits for doors of 1 3/8 inch thickness.

The Survivor series is available with either a conventional or IC core cylinder and features the “clutch” mechanism in ANSI grades one and two. The lockset is available with both American and crescent style levers.

Pulling Strong
A new line of leather door pulls is now available from Rockwood, a company based in Rockwood, Pa. The English Bridle leather wrapped pulls feature 8-ounce hand colored vegetable wrapped leather and are designed for both indoor and outdoor applications. For other interior applications, Rockwood offers glove soft upholstery leather wrapped pulls made of 3- to 4-ounce chrome tanned leather. The company also offers custom designs and colors as needed.

No Strings (or Wires) Attached
Ingersoll Rand Security Technologies is now offering the Schlage Wyreless WA Series of locksets. The Wyreless WA Series combines components from the Modular Integrated Reader Lock platform with the Schlage D-lock cylindrical and L-lock mortise locksets.

All models in the new series can be used in both wood and metal door applications and are offered with a choice of credential readers, including HID, Indala and AWID proximity, iClass smart card and magnetic stripe readers. Readers are weather-resistant and can operate in temperatures between -35° C to +66° C with a range of 200 feet.

According to company information, the system adds full access control capabilities to new and existing exit bars without wiring to the door. It maintains a UL-10C rating for fire doors.

The company claims that the system can be installed in one hour. The initial battery pack is good for four years of operation.

Practical Safety
DORMA Glas of Upper Marlboro, Md., has introduced a thermally-insulating sliding glass frontage. The HSW-ISO double glazed horizontal sliding wall system features integral thermal-break profiles and extendable top and bottom seals, which, according to DORMA, provide protection against extreme temperatures. 

The HSW-ISO also allows objects to be placed right up to the internal glass panel surface. Floor guides are not required, permitting the use of one flooring material without breaks. The sliding frontages can be used in straight, angled or curved configurations and are also available with cam-action door closers. 

Also from the company is the new BEYOND swing door system. According to the company, the new system eliminates the nip hazard by locating the pivot point of the glass door at the glass edge.

The product is made of aluminum and can be used standard for 2/5-inch and 1/2-inch thick tempered heavy glass. The company says the system provides a full-length or short rod solution for heavy doors and a large range of door heights.

The DB600 series grade 2 dead bolt from DORMA Architectural Hardware is also now available with an interchangeable core cylinder. The DB600 offers either a conventional or small format core cylinder.

Getting a Handle on Things
A number of new door handles are available from C.R. Laurence Co. (CRL) of Los Angeles. According to the company, the glass door panic and deadbolt handles feature a dogging system that defeats locking action during business hours. CRL says that the electronic egress control handles feature an electronic switch that releases a magnetic lock at the top of the door when the handle is pushed.

All of the handles are designed for use with both single and double ½-inch or ¾-inch thick tempered glass doors that are 36 to 48 inches thick and 90 to 102 inches high. The handles are available in brass and polished or brushed stainless steel using BHMA/ANSI Grade 1 stainless steel or UL305 listed brass.

Using Both Hands
The 4900 series is the latest non-handed deadlatch from Pomona, Calif., based Adams Rite Manufacturing Company. Adams Rite says the new deadlatch features a 5/8-inch solid brass latchbolt, a one-piece cast latch hold back, solid steel auxiliary latchpin, E-Z glide rollers and all metal construction that meets or exceeds ANSI/BHMA Grade 1 standards.

According to the company, the 4900 series increases versatility by offering both flat and radiused faceplates and tube spacer brackets for thru-the-front hex key adjustments. In addition, the series features screw-fastened tubs spacer brackets and a removable latchbolt that can be installed to suit either right or left handed users.

The 4900 series is available in clear, dark bronze and black anodized finishes and can be retrofited to existing 4500 and 4700 series installations on wood, hollow metal and aluminum stile doors. 

Covered for Life
SELECT Hinges™ of Portage, Mich., is now offering a continuous warranty that never expires on all aluminum geared continuous hinges. The company says the warranty is being offered in light of testing in accordance with the ANSI Physical Endurance Swing Test at Architectural Testing Inc. that showed the hinges to last more than 20 million open/close cycles.

According to SELECT, the company will supply replacement hinges at any time in the future.

Versatile Solutions from Taiwan
The Good Credit Corporation (GCC) of Taichung, Taiwan, is introducing a new line of stainless steel hinges for frameless glass doors. According to the company, hinges are available for glass-to-wall and glass-to-glass (180º, 135º and 90º) applications.

GCC is also offering a magnetic door stopper and holder system available for hinges of different angles. The system is patented in both the United States and Taiwan.

The Author:
Peter Cabrera is an editorial intern for USGlass magazine.


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