Volume 42, Issue 9 - September 2007

Smooth Operators
Closing in on Automatic Door Closers and Hardware

When the door opens as a pedestrian approaches, or is kept from clipping people’s heels as they walk past, there is probably little thought given to the hardware that makes these functions possible. That’s exactly the way it should be—automatic sensors and closers and other door hardware are intended to operate smoothly so that people entering and exiting don’t even think about them. However, we at USGlass do think about the hardware that goes into making these doors automatic. That’s why we’re spotlighting just a few of the products designed to stay out of sight and out of mind, and the doors that wouldn’t work without them. 

A Safe New NABCO Sensor Swings In
NABCO Entrances Inc. in Muskego, Wis., has added extra pedestrian protection to its Acugard line of low-energy swing door sensors. The Acugard 3 LE is a bar-type sensor that can be mounted on the approach side of the door to prevent it from closing on slower moving traffic until all people are completely through the entrance path of the door. The sensor also can be mounted on the swing side to stop the door from opening in the event that someone is in the swing path while a pedestrian is approaching. The device handles AC-DC power sources that can interface and multiple types of low-energy doors. www.nabcoentrances.com

Low-Profile Swing Door Operator Offers Modern Look
The low profile of the new CD 80 swing door operator from DORMA Entrance Systems in Reamstown, Pa., makes the device suitable for mounting on standard door systems. In addition, the unit’s low weight allows it to fit directly onto the door leaf or top jamb without causing excessive hinge strain. According to the company, it’s easy to install; installers need only latch the operator onto the mounting plate after the plate has been attached.

The CD 80 operator is a quiet solution for noise-sensitive locations. Its tight engineering tolerances reduce vibrations during door operation, resulting in silent function when automatically opening and closing a door.

In addition, the operator offers power assistance and an extended hold-open function that allows the door to remain open at an adjustable angle for up to 10 minutes. www.dorma-usa.com 

Access Hardware Supply Offers New Catalog 
The newest Ingersoll Rand product catalog (available from Access Hardware Supply in San Leandro, Calif.) contains a selection of product information that includes heavy-duty commercial locks, computer managed locks and exit trim, wireless access solutions, delayed egress equipment, access control monitoring accessories, power supplies, biometric readers and electromagnetic locks. It showcases products from Recognition Systems, Schlage® and Von Duprin® that address the specific needs of contractors who install, retrofit or maintain access control systems. www.accesshardware.com

S. Parker Has Hardware for Coming and Going 
S. Parker Hardware Manufacturing Corp. in Englewood, N.J., offers several options in door closers. The company’s barrier-free model closer, with opening force adjustable and adjustable closing power springing from 1⁄2 to 4, meets ANSI A117.1-1986 requirements. Barrier-free requirements are met with closers that ease the opening cycle, making it easy for disabled persons to open the door.

The company’s delayed action closer takes no less than 20 seconds to close. Multi-spring size power adjustment goes from 1⁄4 to 4, and the closer conforms to closing force code requirements in ANSI A156.4-1986.The combined action unit provides all of the features of a barrier-free opening plus the light touch capabilities of closing. Multi-size spring power adjustment gives a range from 1⁄2 to 4.All of the company’s door closers feature smooth rack and pinion action; non-corroding, durable housing; separate adjustable speed controls for latching and closing; and needle bearings to ensure smooth operation.

In addition, the company is offering 25 year warranties on its #900 and #441 series door closers. www.sparker.com

OHC100 Is Out of Sight 
It’s not out of sight, out of mind for Dor-O-Matic Closers in Princeton, Ill. The company’s OHC100 fits inside a standard aluminum header for aesthetic purposes. According to information from the company, the durable closer is adjustable without compromising accessibility. The non-handed spring is adjustable for easy onsite door installation. www.doromatic.com 

Besam Does the Two-Step 
Besam Entrance Solutions in Monroe, N.C., offers a selection of automatic doors and automatic revolving doors. The UniTurn series features a unique two-wing design that creates a weather-tight barrier. By eliminating the need for a center shaft, the company’s two-wing revolving doors are able to provide greater capacity than typical revolving doors. The two-wing designs securely seal entrances when the unit is closed, eliminating the need for additional security doors. www.besam.net

Automate this Flexible Latch
The 4200 Series eLatch™ from Adams Rite in Pomona, Calif., offers flexible traffic control and an alternative to fail-safe (unlocked) magnetic locks or cutting in electric strikes. The electrified deadlatch provides electric unlocking capability for aluminum stile and glass door entrance systems. It is powered by an internally mounted solenoid that gives instant access when interfaced with card readers, keypads, timers and other access control components.

Typical applications include interior and exterior doors in commercial locations. The company says the device also is suitable for use in automatic door applications. www.adamsrite.com

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