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Let's take a closer look at how electric strikes and magnetic locks differ from each other and what is better to choose for your business.
When it comes to installing an intercom system for your apartment complex, there are many options to choose from, but it will come down to whether you want an intercom system with electric strike locks or magnetic locks.
Every building is unique, and every apartment building has different needs. It’s important to examine the differences before making a decision on which type of lock will best suit you and your tenants’ needs.
Electric locks, also known as electric strikes, are electromechanical door locking device that uses mechanical locks and electronic devices to lock and unlock doors. Electric strikes are used with locking devices such as locksets or panic bars; they are replacing the lock strike plate on the inside of doors.
Electricity supplies the power which allows the electric strike to function by latching or locking in place until the lock is released. Typically, electric locks only secure the outside of the door, allowing people to open it freely from the inside.
An electric strike device will replace the metal plate attached to a door to lock it. The electric strike’s surface moves away from the direction of the latch to unlock a door. Provided it has received the proper signal, this enables the door to be unlocked from the outside without needing to use a doorknob. The door can then be opened for a guest from the inside.
The door can also be unlocked from the outside using: keypads, electronic keycards, fob readers, and other wireless sensors. The lock or panic hardware is a stand-alone device that connects to the electric strike independently of the electric lock; in the event of any electrical failure, the door can still be opened from the inside by turning the door handle or pushing a touchpad button on the panic hardware.
This is a feature of the fail-safe function for these types of locks. Most electric strikes can be set to either fail-safe or fail-secure, depending on the application of the electric lock.
Electric locks are a perfect choice for any commercial building, banks, warehouses, apartment buildings, hotels, long-term care facilities; any building which needs to monitor its access will benefit from this type of lock.
Before installing an electric strike, certain things must be considered:
Electromagnetic locks are also known as maglocks. They use a coil assembly that becomes magnetized when electricity passes through it. The magnetic field with the electronic controls locks and unlocks the door. Maglocks are fail-safe by design which means the doors are unlocked, and electrical power is required to lock them.
The two main components of an electromagnetic lock are the armature plate and the magnet. The armature plate is essentially a piece of steel attached to the frame or the door itself, depending on where the maglock itself will be installed.
The plate will be perfectly fitted to the magnet to ensure that there are no gaps. There will be a smaller magnet called a thrusting magnet that will be installed into the armature plate which, when electrical pressure is applied, will de-energize the other magnet and unlock the door.
There are many benefits to electromagnetic locks, and they are especially useful in places such as office buildings and hotels. Let’s look at some of the benefits:
To consider when installing maglocks:
Now let’s take a deeper dive into electric strike vs maglock and examine the differences:
Electric strike vs maglock is determined by the needs of your business, what locks to install depends entirely on what the door will be used for. You can contact us at Forbel and we will guide you in finding the best-suited locks to protect what matters to you.