Volume 44, Issue 8 - August 2009

Hardware News

product news

CRL Offers New Adjustable Shower Door Hinges
Los Angeles-based C.R. Laurence Co. Inc. (CRL) is now producing adjustable Vienna and Cologne hinges for the frameless shower door market in wall-mount and 180-degree glass-to-glass models.

Adjustment to accommodate the desired angle, up to 90 degrees, is done after the door is hung. The Allen set screws are loosened and the door turned to the desired closed position. By merely tightening the Allen screws, the door will self-center to the desired angle.

Vienna hinges are designed with square corners, whereas the Cologne hinge has radius corners and beveled edges. They are made for 3/8- to ½-inch tempered safety glass, and come in up to 24 different finishes. Custom finishes also are available.

No Reason to Panic with SDC

The new SDC S6000D series delayed egress panic and fire exit devices are available from Security Door Controls® (SDC) in Westlake Village, Calif., in rim mount, mortise and vertical rod configurations. A wall-mount controller incorporates all delayed egress logic for a 15- or 30-second exit delay, alternating 85 decibel tone and voice message with a digital countdown display that provides instructions for users without prior knowledge of door operation and personnel notification. A keypad provides reset and bypass control eliminating the need of keys that may be misplaced or lost.

Tychi Systems Expands its Biometric Door Locks
Tychi Systems in Salem, N.H., has added deadbolt and dead latch locks to its line of BioKnob™ door locks, which unlock via fingerprint recognition. Available in keyed, keyless and biometric versions, all locks are compatible with standard door cutouts. 

The BioDeadbolt™ lock fits standard deadbolt openings but features a fingerprint reader on its knob or lever that can recognize up to 100 fingerprints programmed into the lock.  It is battery-powered and self-contained although, as with all of the company’s locks, there is the option of hard-wiring external power via an electric hinge.
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association news

AAMA Creates New Side-Hinged Door Course
The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) has created a new classroom educational course addressing side-hinged doors and related performance standards.

The course, entitled Using Performance Standards to Specify Exterior Side-Hinged Doors, was developed by the association’s Door Council and is accredited through the American Institute of Architects (AIA). The course provides the history of AAMA/WDMA/CSA 101/I.S.2/A440 – 05, Standard/Specification for Windows, Doors and Unit Skylights, including the document’s key features and how it should be applied. The course additionally details performance standards and specific product tests. Using Performance Standards to Specify Exterior Side-Hinged Doors also outlines the requirements from the 2005 standard for any materials issues that may affect the performance of door products.

“Exterior side-hinged doors are a unique subset to the fenestration industry and this course provides information related to testing, such as air leakage, water penetration and life cycle testing,” says Rich Walker, president and chief executive officer. “We consider it a priority to provide educational courses that are relevant to the industry as a whole, and its changing trends.”

In addition to the door course listed above, AAMA offers four online courses and seven additional classroom courses as part of the AAMA Continuing Education Licensing Program.

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