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What is Request To Exit Option In Door Locks?

A Request To Exit (REX) option in door locks is an accessory to your access control system. The switch notifies an external device that someone is trying to exit, which trips a relay that changes door state from lock to unlock. Request To Exit switches come in many forms – from pushbuttons which have engraved ‘Push to Exit’, to switches concealed inside exit devices, to hands-free infrared and touch sensitive devices. Request To Exit option …

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Lock Cylinder and Keyway Guide

The cylinder is the part of the lock in which you insert the key.  There are different types of cylinders available. The most popular is the standard cylinder which can be identified by a single circle around the keyhole. (Check out our blog on standard cylinder keyways here.) Standard cylinder locks are best suited for those applications in which you do not want to change the keys to the lock frequently. They are cheap to …

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What is a Backset?

A backet is the distance between the center of your door edge of the door and the center of the lock. The center of the door edge is important, because door edge could be bevel (left or right), radius or flat. For conventional door locks, there are two backsets that are common, 2-3/4″ and 2-3/8″. Generally residential doors have a 2-3/8″ backset and commercial doors have a 2-3/4″ backset. There are also 5″ backsets and …

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PDQ Smart Locks

PDQ Smart Locks are a cloud based access control solution. They are a safe, convenient and simple solution to keyless entry. PDQ Smart Locks lets you unlock your lock using your smart phone or smart watch, or by entering a pin code at the keypad. Simply download the Smart Lock App onto your android or apple device. Register the lock onto the app, and then simply add or remove users (i.e. grant or revoke access …

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Antimicrobial Coating on Locks and Door Hardware

Antimicrobial surface contains an antimicrobial agent which prevents bacteria and microbes from growing on the surface. The coating reduces the spread of germs and bacteria that cause disease, and this keeps the environment safe. In places such as schools, hospitals and offices, where there are a large number of people, there is a higher chance of infection spreading through surfaces which do not have antimicrobial protection.