Magnetic locks and electric strikes are electrical hardware devices used to maintain the security of a door opening. Both of these devices can be activated by a range of tools, including passcodes, biometric readers, access cards or buzzers. When comparing magnetic locks to electric strikes, consider factors such as intended function, security needs, safety egress and cost to help you choose between the two.
An electromagnetic lock (magnetic lock, maglock) is a locking device that consists of an electromagnet and an armature plate. By attaching the electromagnet to door frame and the armature plate to the door, a current passing through the electromagnet attracts the armature plate holding the door shut. Magnetic door locks require a constantly available source of power. If power is lost, the magnet will not work. A magnetic lock is always fail-safe, and unlocks automatically if power is cut.
Magnetic locks are almost always installed with an access control system, which requires some form of authentication for users to enter. They usually are installed along with a keypad, as well as a key card or key fob access control reader. Most maglocks are installed on glass doors, though they work well with wooden or metal doors too.
Magnetic locks possess a number of advantages over conventional locks and electric strikes:
If you look at a normal door, you'll see three major parts that keep it secure. The first two parts are called the lockset and consists of the handle and the latch. The handle is the device that you grab and turn to open the door. The latch is the small metal bolt that you will see sticking out of the side of the door when the door is open. The third part is the strike (also known as the strike plate), which looks like a metal plate with a hole for the latch to rest in. An electric strike replaces the fixed strike faceplate and normally presents a ramped surface to the locking latch allowing the door to close and latch just like a fixed strike would.
An electric strike is an access control that's installed on a door to allow access with an access control system or some other type of remote release system. Electric strikes are commonly used in commercial access control systems, because they allow doors to remain locked on the exterior side in order to prevent public access.
• Fail-secure: A fail-secure (a.k.a. fail-locked) locking device remains locked when power is lost keeping the building secure.
• Fail-safe: Fail-safe (a.k.a. fail-open) locking devices unlocks once power is cut, allowing for safe egress of occupants.
Some of the advantages to using electric strikes over other types of locks are:
Both Magnetic Locks and Electric Strikes have their advantages and disadvantages. However, whether you use a magnetic lock or electric strike as your means of securing your door way there are a wide variety of access control devices that you can utilize to form your overall security access control system. For help with configuring a magnetic lock or electric strike system, contact Dicsan Technology today at (786) 622-2221 and we will get the process started for you!
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