HOW TO INSTALL ACCESS CONTROL MAGNETIC LOCKS?

INSTALLING ACCESS CONTROL MAGNETIC LOCKS: A SIMPLE GUIDE

WHAT IS A MAGNETIC LOCK?

A magnetic lock, also known as an electromagnetic lock or maglock, is a straightforward electrified locking device that uses low-voltage energy to maintain the security of an entrance. It consists of an electromagnet and an armor plate. The electromagnet is mounted on the door frame and connected to a power supply. In contrast, the armor plate is mounted on the door. This simple setup ensures the door remains secure.

Magnetic locks

The maglock access control is active with energy, creating a magnetic flux that attracts the armature plate. This creates a locking action that causes the entry to remain Secure. Because the surface area is relatively large, the force created by the magnetic flux is strong enough to keep the door closed under tension.

Magnetic locks

Magnetic locks are among the most secure and reliable despite their fail-safe configuration. They are not reliant on the door handle and have no moving parts, making them ideal for high-security applications. Their release when lost power allows for safe egress, further enhancing their reliability.

TYPES OF MAGLOCKS

The most common type of magnetic lock strike is the conventional or ‘Pull‘ style. In this style, the installation of magnet is on the “safe” side of the door frame, hanging downward and acting as a stop for the door. Meanwhile, the installation of the armor is on the door and connected to the magnet. On the other hand, the embed of a shear-type magnetic lock is in the door frame. This type of lock requires the door and frame to be manufactured before installation, making it the least chosen for installations.

Naturally, special magnetic locks are necessary to secure double doors, frameless glass doors, cages, gates, and fence doors.

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Magnetic locks

WHEN TO USE ELECTROMAGNETIC LOCKS

A magnetic lock is the only option in different types and situations.

HOW TO INSTALL A MAGNETIC LOCK?

COMPONENTS

To better understand how the magnetic lock installation is, you must understand its anatomy. An electromagnetic lock consists of the magnet itself, which is usually on top of the door frame, an armature (the component that the magnet adheres to), and brackets that allow the magnet to stick to the door frame.

INSTALLATION OF THE MAGLOCK SYSTEM

Considering the components, we will show an example of a magnetic lock installation diagram in a standard door.

The devices necessaries are:

STEP 1: ASSEMBLY OF THE POWER SUPPLY

The first step is to assemble the power supply. Altronix is one of the most recognized brands in power and data transmission solutions for security, surveillance, and access control systems. The Altronix Power Supplies are kept in the electrical room, feeding the magnetic strike and other elements through the signal cables.

STEP 2: ROUTE THE POWER AND SIGNAL CABLES TO THE PROPER LOCATION

It is necessary to keep the power supply disconnected so it does not receive power. Wiring starts from the signal and power output terminals of the power supply. It is essential to use the proper gauge wire when installing any security door control products because using a wire gauge that is too small can cause a voltage drop on the reader, maglock, or other access control devices. It is advisable to use a 6-conduit 22-gauge braided cable and a 2-conduit 18-gauge cable for the reader and the magnetic lock, respectively.

STEP 3: MOUNT THE ACCESSORIES IN THE APPROPRIATE LOCATIONS

Once the power supply and wiring are ready, you can connect all the devices: the magnetic lock installation, exit button, and reader. It is advantageous for the exit button to be inside the door frame while the reader is outside. This way, when a person wants to enter the building, they are aware of the reader’s presence, and when they want to leave, they are aware of the Exit button.

STEP 4: ROUTE WIRES TO DEVICES

The wiring is inside the door frame for all devices installed around the door. If this is impossible, the conduit can safely conceal the wires.

STEP 5: CONNECT THE ACCESSORIES TO THE POWER SUPPLY

1. Connect the reader
2. Connect the push-to-exit button
3. Connect the magnetic lock

STEP 6: POWER ON AND TEST THE SYSTEM

Magnetic locks can secure the doors of your condominium, business, or workplace. If you need a door system with a magnetic lock or a keyless entry system, we recommend Dicsan Technology services. We offer our best-specialized technicians and the safest products on the market.

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