Electric Strikes – The Unsung Hero of Card Access Systems

Commercial Locksmith / Design / Innovations

Card Access Starts at the Electric Strike:

Even with the numerous features of a card access system, without the ability to release the door into an open position, those features are useless. It all starts with a good quality electric strike and with so much depending on that strike, it’s important to choose an electric strike that is high quality, rather than a low price.

But what is an electric strike? An electric strike is small device installed on the fame of the door, that is energized to allow a door to remotely open. You have probably walked right by them and never even noticed! Below is a gallery of some the most common HES products, that we prefer using around Boston and Massachusetts.

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An electric strike acts as a normal strike on the frame until it is energized. They can either be “fail safe” or “fail secure” which determines whether the strike stays locked or open in the event of a power failure. About 90% of the strikes we sell are fail secure or non fail safe. This means that when the power fails or is turned off the lock will stay locked and will not open. Fail safe is just the opposite. When power is cut the fail safe lock will unlock allowing the door to be opened. Most applications use fail secure and still meet life safety codes since the hardware used provides immediate egress like panic bars, exit devices, etc.)

Once the strike is energized, the strike will release, allowing a door to be pulled or pushed open. This means that a key is not required the retract the latch on the locking device on the door. The strike can then be wired, to a keypad on the exterior of the entrance, or to an intercom system at a desk somewhere inside.

Without the ability to remote release the door, through an electric strike, keypads and intercom systems will not have the ability to open the door. It will essentially, just stay locked until it is repaired. That being said, when considering options on electric strikes for budgeting purpose, it is always a better idea to go with quality products, like HES. Even though the keypads and intercoms have all the “cool” features, the elctric strike is a crucial part of the system and is really its unsung hero.

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