Volume 44, Issue 1 - January 2009

Hardware News

BHMA Issues Revised Standards for Door Hardware

The Builders Hardware Manufacturers Association (BHMA) announced the publication of three revised American National Standards: ANSI/BHMA A156.3 - 2008 for exit devices; ANSI/BHMA A 156.4 - 2008 for door controls – closers; and ANSI/BHMA A156.16 - 2008 for auxiliary hardware. ANSI/BHMA A156.3 for exit devices establishes requirements for exit devices and trim, automatic and self-latching flush bolts, removable mullions, coordinators and carry-open bars. Among the changes to the updated standard are the tightening of the operational key torque value to12 inch-pound force per square inch; adding electrified exit device functions; and the addition of definitions for dogging, electric dogging, mullions and multipoint exit devices and unlatches. This publication is an update of an earlier 2001 version of the standard. 

ANSI/BHMA A156.4 for door controls contains requirements for door closers that are surface mounted, concealed in the door, overhead concealed or concealed in the floor. Also included are pivots for floor closers. Whole-scale reformatting was done primarily to reduce cross-references and clarify test sequences for each type of closer. 

Changes include improvement of the floor marking template diagrams; clarification of the door weight table by showing ranges; revision of the leakage failure criteria; addition of a dead stop test procedure based on A156.8 for stops and holders; and clarification of the requirements for range of closing motion. This publication is an update of an earlier 2000 version of the standard. Changes to ANSI/BHMA A156.16 for auxiliary hardware includes updated product type illustrations; revised shower curtain rod test requirements and moving the location of the door stop in the cycle test to across the middle hinge. This publication is an update of an earlier 2002 version of the standard. www.buildershardware.com 

Ingersoll Rand Lays Off Connecticut Workers

According to an article in the Connecticut Business News Haven, Ingersoll Rand will close its manufacturing facility in New Haven, Conn., during the second quarter of 2009, laying off more than 100 employees there. The company, which attributed the closing to a company-wide restructuring and a down economy, has said it will provide support services to the workers, including severance packages and career counseling. In addition, the article reports that the facility’s workers were invited to apply for jobs at other facilities.

The builder and architectural hardware lines the facility produces will be relocated to other locations or outsourced to suppliers.

Fingerprint Scans Leave Consumers Feeling Secure

More than two-thirds (67 percent) of consumers surveyed around the world trust fingerprint scans to verify their identities with banks, government agencies and other organizations, according to new research conducted by Unisys Corp., a security consulting firm based in Blue Bell, Pa. In fact, only personal passwords rank higher as the preferred identification method, and by a mere 1-percent more than fingerprint scans.

The biometrics survey was conducted alongside the latest installment of the Unisys Security Index, a biannual study that gauges consumers’ views about key security issues. www.unisys.com 

ASSA ABLOY Acquires Chinese Manufacturer of Door Closers

ASSA ABLOY, headquartered in Sweeden, has signed an agreement to acquire ShenFei, a manufacturer of door closers, both for the Chinese markets and for exports.

Shenfei is located at Wen Zhou, south of Shanghai, and has 1,100 employees. Turnover was expected to reach approximately USD $22 million during 2008.

“I am very pleased that ShenFei is joining the ASSA ABLOY Group. The acquisition is an important step in our growth strategy on emerging markets by adding market presence as well as complementing ASSA ABLOY’s product portfolio,” says Johan Molin, president and chief executive officer of ASSA ABLOY.

“ShenFei complements our existing lock range to be a door opening solution provider and adds an excellent sales network in China to our group,” adds Martin Brandt, executive vice president of ASSA ABLOY and head of division Asia Pacific.yyä www.assaabloy.com

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