Maglock Selection Guide

By: Brian Rhodes, Published on May 16, 2019

One of the most misunderstood yet valuable pieces of electrified hardware is the maglock. Few locks are stronger, but myths and confusion surround their proper use.

**** ****** ******* ********* avoid ***** **** **********, but ****** ****? ** this ****, ** ******* maglocks, ***** ****** ***********, and *** ** ***** problems **** ***** ****, including:

  • **** **** ** **** Secure ********
  • *** **** ********** ** a *******
  • ******** ** ********, *** Code
  • ***** ** ************ **** Action *******
  • **** *******
  • ***** **************
  • ******** ******* ** **** Operation
  • ******** *** ***** *****
  • *** ***** ****/****** ** Important
  • *** / **** ***** Considerations

Designed ** **** ****

******* ************** ***** ***** safety, *** ******** '**** safe', ** ****** ******** when ***** ** **** fails. ******* * ******* is ** *************, ** energy ** *** *******, it ****** **** *** operate. ** ******, ******** lose *** ******* ***** when ***** ** **** drops.

***** ***** *********** ******** ** ********** ** 'fail ******', ** **** locked **** ***** *****. However, **** *** ********** egress ** ** *********. Maglocks ** *** **** this *****.

** ******** ** ********** cylinders ** ******** ******* that **** ****** ********** components **** *** ***** or ****, * ******* has ** ****** ****** and **** *** **** over ****. *** '***** state' ************ ***** **** a ******* ****** ******** according ** ******, ** it **** *** ******* at ***.

Two ***** ******* **********

******* ***** '****-****' ******** method, * ******* ** a ****** ****** ******** of **** *** ******:

  • ********: **** ** * flat ******* ** ***** that ******* *** ****** 'box' ********* ** *** frame. *** ******** **** be ******** ******** ** the **** ** ***** to ******* * ****** bond *** **** *** door ****.
  • ******: *** ****** ** the *** ********** ******** an ************* ****. ****** the ********, **** ***** never ********** ***** ** relation ** **** *****, and ** *** **** component **** ******** ***** during *********.

Other ******* *******

***** *** ********* ** keep ***** *******, ******** are ***** ******** **** or ******* ********** ********** that *** ***** ******** in ****** ******* ***********. Among ***** ***** ******** are:

  • **** ******:* ****** ******* ******* than ******** *** ******* is ********* *** ******* with *** ********, ********** a ***** '****'. **** indicates *** **** ** both ****** *** ******/******.
  • ********** *** *** ** REX: (******* ** **** Motion ******):**** ******** ******* * motion ****** ** ****** that ***** ***** ** the ****. **** ******* is ******** ** ****/****** codes ** **** ** an ********* ****** ********* the **** ***** ***** and ******* ****. *** image ***** ** ** example ** **** ****:

Which ******* ****** * ******?

********* *** ****** **** of ******* *** ** application ** *** *********, if * *** ***** parameters *** ********* ****** specification.

*** ***** ********* **** must ** ********, *** the ***** **** **** be ***** *** ****** below:

  • ********/ *** ************
  • ****** **** (***** **. "Conventional"/Pull)
  • **** *******
  • ******* ****
  • ********* ****
  • ******** *** ********/**** ***** Tie-In

Legality/ *** ************

*** *****, *** **** critical ****** **** **** be ********* ** ******* or *** *** ** maglocks *** ********* ** the ***** **** ***********, or **** ******* ************ apply ** ***** ***.

******** ***** *****, **** IBC *** **** *** do *** ******** ***** maglocks, *** **** ***** are *** ***** ** many *****.

***** ******* *********** ******* the **** ***** ******* and ******* ********** ***** to ****** ******** **** alarms *** *********. ******* and *********** ***** **** integration ***** **** ***** AHJ *** ***** ***** to ****** ******* *** anywhere, *********** *** ***** *** in ******* ******** ***********.

******* *********** ** ******* passed ** * ********* level, *** *** **** from *** **** ** the ****. ** *******, a **** ** *** local **** ******* ** City ***** ********** **** yield ****** **********. ** the ******** *****, **** that ******** *** *** vary ********* ** **** locations, **** *****, *** maglock ****:

** **** *****, **** 'elegant' *** ************* ******** access ******* *** ******** doors *****, *** **** installers *** *** ***** alike **** ************ ** maglocks **** **** **** allows.

Shear ****** **. "************"/**** ******

******** *** ********* ** two ********** *****; ****** Conventional/Pull ***** ** ***** style *******. *** ********** between ***** ***** ** noted ** *** ******* below:

*** ****** ********** *** intended ******** ******** ** the *******. *** ******** direction *** **** ** designed ** '****' ************* the ****. ******* ** the *********** ** **** windings, * '************' ******* is *** ****** *** use ** * '*****' application, *** **** *****.

***** *** ********* ********* is *** ****, *** installation ********* *** **** preparations *** ********* ********* to ******* *****. ** the ******** *****, ** address *** *** ***** and *** **** ******.

Conventional / **** *****

*** **** ****** **** of ******* ********* ***** is *** "************/****" ****.

** ******** ** *** shear ******, **** **** is ********* **** *** magnet *******, ******* *** magnet **** ** ********* on ***'******' (** *********) **** of *** ****.

************ ** **** **************** ******** ********, ***** some ***** **** ***** in - ********* ** a ************ ** *** installation ******** *** ******** bracket, ******* *** ***** of *** **** ***** interfere **** *** **** if **** ** *** 'outswinging' ********.

*** ********** *****, *** lock ** ***** ** and ******* ***** **** the **** ** *** top *****. ** ********, the ******** ** ***** outward *** ****** **** a '*-*******', ***** *** be ** ********** ****. Note ** *** ******* below *** *** **** swing ******* ************ ********:

*** *** ************ ***** maglocks, *** ******** ***** is ********* ***** **** the **** ******, ********* attached **** *******-***** ** the ****. ***** *** an ***** *** ****** metal ** **** *****, this *** ******* * problem *** ********* ***** or **** ***** *****.

Shear *****

**** ***** ** ******** is ******* **** ***** maglocks **** ** ***-*******, as **** *** ** completely ******** (******) **** frames.

******* ***** ***** *** installed ***** **** ******* surfaces, **** *** ******-*********. However, ***** ***** ***** are **** ****** **** the '************' **** ******* both ****** *** ***** must ** ********** ********** with **** ********** ** mind.

***** **** ********** ****** control ******* *** *********** to ******** ***** *** frames (******* *** ****** cut-outs), ***** ***** *** not ********** ****. ****, the ******** ** *** door ******** **** **** be ******* ***** *** lock, ***** ******** ******* adjustment ** *** ****.

*******, ******* ** ***** low-profile *** ****** **** in *** ******** ********* of ******, ******* ************ like ***** ** ******* grilles ***** ****** ***** locks.

**** *** ***** ***** is ******* ***** ******** to ***** ******* *****, however *** ** *** additional *********** ******** ** doors *** ****** ** fit ****, *** ********** cost ** ******.

Maglock **** *******

******* ***** *************, ******** are ***** *** '*********' locks *********.

******* '********,' ** ******* force, ** ******** ** hundreds ** ******, ********** more **** *,*** ****** per ****. **** ****** describes *** ****** ** pulling ***** ******** ** match *** ******** **** of *** ****, *** greater ******* ** ***** are ****** ** ******** it.

*********, *** ****** **** rating ********* ** *** pounds, ***** *** ********* models *** ***** ** 2,700 ****** ** ****. In *******, *** ******** the ******* ***** *** higher *** **** ******** from * *** ******* dollars ** **** **** ~$1,800 *** *** ********* units.

*******, *********** *** ********** elements ** *** ****, (eg: ****, ******, **** hardware) **** **** ****** the ******* ******, ** is *********** ********* *** uncommon *** *** **** of * ******* ** be ********.

Minimum **** ****** *** ******** *****

** *******, ******** ***** should *** ** ******* with **** **** *,*** pound ***** ********.

**** ********* *** ****** locks **** * ******* of **** (**: ******** cabinet *****, ******* *****, or *******), *** **** should *** ** **** where * ***** ***** attack ***** *** ****** or ********** ****-****** ** possible.

Power **************

**** ******** *** ***** selectable ** ****** ** or *****, *** ***** voltages *** ** ********* versions *** *********. ***** for ***** ***** ** often *********** ** ** supplied ** ** ***********, individually ***** ***** ******.

******* *** ************* ** these ***** ** ******** dependent ** *** ******** and ************* ** *** power ******, ******** ** not ********* ***** ***** sources **** ************ *********.

****** ***** **** ************** draw ***** **** *********, a ******* *********** ***** power ****** *********. *** heavier ****-***** ** *** maglock ***** *** * supply ****** **** ** more ******** ***** *** able ** ****** *** constant ****** ** ******* to *** ****.

Double-Door *****

******** *** ** ********* on '****-****' ** '******-*****'. Typically ***** ******* ******** door ***** ** ******* simultaneously. ***** **** *** sometimes ** ******** **** two ******-**** ********, **** electronic ****** **** *********** are **** **** ** be ********* ** * single ******* ******.

** **** ****, * double-door **** **** ** used ** * ****** release ******* **** ***** adjacent ***** ** **** at *** **** ****. The ***** ***** ***** a ****** ** '****-******' maglock:

Difficult ******** *********

********** ******** *** ** difficult ** ******* ***** given *** ********* ****** to ******* *** ********, brackets, *** **** **** of *** ****** ** match.

*** ******** ** ***** where ******** *** *******, typically *** *** ********* ************** ************ ******* *** **** for ********* ************.

** *** ******* *****, note *** ******** **** and *** ************* **** of *** ***** ****** used *** ** *** large ********* ** *** operators:

** **** ****, ***** maglocks ** **** ***** size *** ***** *** strong ****** ** ***** secure *** *******, ******** ***** *** ****** used.

**** *** ******* ** the ***** ****** *** present ******** ********, *** often ****** ****** ** reinforcing ******** *** ****** to ***** ******** ******** for ****** ***.

Hold-Open ********

******** ** ******** *** also **** ** **** doors ****. ********** ** applications **** ******** ********* or **** ********, **** doors *** ******** ******** that **** ** ****** to ** ********* ****** a ****, *** ********* are ****** ****** ****** regular ***.

******* ******** *** ****** be ********** **** **** alarm *******, **** *** often **** ** **** doors ** *** '****' position, *** ** * fire-alarm *********, *** ******** release *** ********** **** closer **** ***** *** doors. *** ***** ***** shows ******** '**** *****' used ** **** ***********:

Glass ***** *** ********

*** ** *** **** difficult ********* ** ******* maglocks *** ***** ***** with **** ** ** frames.

******* ******** ***** ****** be ******* ** *** field ******* ********** **** of **********, **** ******* 'glass ****' ******* ******** that **** ** ***** or ******* **** *****, like *** **** ***** in *** ***** *****:

*** ******** ***** *** ****** Control *********** **** ** **** tough ***********, ********* ************ to ********.

Metal ***** *********/ ****** **** ******

******* * ******* ****** a ******** ***** ** collapse ***** **** ** is **-*********, ** *** backfeed * ***** *** damaging ***** **** *** power ******. * ***** or *** ********** **** field *** ******** **** type ** ****** **** happening.

** *** ******* ********,*** ******* *** ******* these ********** ** ** field *********, ********* ****** *** power ***** ** *** lock.

Required *** ********/ **** ***** ***-**

'***', ** '******* ** Exit' ********, *** ********* PIR ****** ******* ***/** 'Exit' ***********, **** **** be ********* ** * maglock ******* **** ****** want ** ****** ******* the ****. *** ***** below *********** ****** *** devices:

*** ****, *** ********* ******* ******* ** Exit (***) ********.

Battery ****** *** ********

***** ** *** ****** using ********* ** *** to ******* ***** **** main ******** ***** *****.

******, * ******** ** 'fail ****' ***** **** maglocks ** **** ***** they ****** **** ******** when ***** *****. ***** battery ******* *** ******** this ********.

*******, *** ********* *** safety ********** **** **** alarms ****** ** ******** and ********* ********. ** cover *** ***** ******* of ********* ******* **:****** ***** *** ******** Guide.

[****: **** ***** *** initially ********* ** ****, but ******* *** ******** in ****.]

Comments (10)

****** ******, ******** ****** only ** **** ** the **** ****** ***** trying ** ****** * door **** *********** ********. While **** *** ***** retro-fits ** *** **** run *** **** ******/****** complications **** **** **** using **** ***** **** issues **** ******* *** correct **** ** ******* to *** *** * Maglock.

**** * ************ ****/******* Hardware ********** *** ** it ***** *** ***** time, ***** *** * few ******* **** ******* and **** ***** * maglock ***** ** **********.

[*** ****: ****** ** referring ** ************ *** Canadian *** *****.]

***** *** *** *** many ***** ************ ** whether * ******* ***** the ******** *** *********** of **** ******.

-**** **** * **** alarm ********** ****** ******* throughout ********.

- **** ***** ************ at *** ******** ***** supply -

-***** ********* ********** ** a ******* ******** *** manual ***** ** *** maglock ***** ****** ***** a **** *****.

-**** ***** **** ******* with **** ******** ****** no **** **** ***** of **** - *** set ** ******** ***** in ****** ** ****** power ******** ** ****.

-********* ******** ******* ** door.

-********* *** ******** ************** must **** ******** (** no ******** *** ** installed ** ******* ** nursery/daycare ********** ***)

-******* ********** ******* ******** by ******** ********** ********- with ******** ****** ***********.

*** *** **** **** on *** **

** ***** *****- ***'* use ******** ****** *** authority ****** ************ (***) and ******** *** ******** an ******** ******** ******.

**'* ********* ** *********** many ** ***** ***** are *** '*****' *****, but ***** ********** ** are ********* ******** ** the ******** ** ***** systems.

*'* *** ******* **** any ** *** ***** are *** **** *****, only **** **** ** not ******** ******* ***.

** ******, *** ******** Building ****/********** ******** **** does ** **** ******** maglock *** **** *** noted ************.

**, **** ***** *****. Canadian **** **** *** generally ******** ******* ***, however, ***** ** *** point ** ** ********. Many ** ***** ********** requirements *** **** ** not ***** ** ***** occupancy ***** ** ************* buildings ******* **** ******.

* ** ***** ** clarify ** **** ******* post *** *** ******** of ******** ***.

** *** ** ******** are ********* ****** **** Emergency ***** ***** ***** ( ****) ** *** secure **** ** *** door ** ********** ** the *********** **** **** protection *******.

**** ******** ** *** door **** ****** ******** of *** ****. **** does ********* ** ******* of ******** **** ** it ** *** ******* for ***** ***** ** be ************ ** ************ operated ******* ** ** emergency *****. ***** ***** should ****** ** ********* by *** ****** ******* system ***** * ***** on *** ***** ****** side (** **** *** be ********* **** *****-** trip ******) *** ****** report *** ********** ** the ****. *** ********** should ** ************ * matter ** ******.

*** ** ****** **** should ** * ******-**** (if *********) ** ***** BOTH ***** **** ** the ****.

**** **** *****. ***'** outlined *** ******* *** proper *** ** ***** enormously ******* ******* ******* in *** ********. ****** I ***** ***** **** those *** ******** *** 'correct' ******* *** ******** emergency ***** * **** to ***** *** **** I've **** **** ********* of ******* *** ********* exits *****, ** ***********, the ******** ******** **** chosen * ***** ******. The **** ********* *** crucially, **********, *** **** installation ** ***** ***** to *** *** ****.

* ** ****** ******* with **** ********** **** help ** ********** *** every ****** **** *****'* use ** ******** ****** and ***** ***. ** seems ** ** ** the ****** ***** ******, your ******** ******* ****** and ***** ***** ****** to **** ******. *** only ******** ** **** hardware ******* **** * can *** ** *** access *** ********* ********* to ***** *** ********, but **** ******** * lock *** ** **** doesn't **** *****. ******* building ******** ** ******* with * ****** ***** outage, **** *** *** power *** *** **** access ** ********.

* ** **** * am **** *********** ****, But *** * *** design * **** ****** electric ****** *** ***** bar ***** ***** ** me.

***** *** ******* ************ where * ******* ** required ** ***** ** control ****** - **** as ******** *********** ***** or ***** *** ******** residents.

********* *** ***** **** to ** ** ******** strike *** **** **** access ******* ************.

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