Volume 44, Issue 7 - July 2009

Hardware Focus

association news

AAMA Task Group Tackles Door Component Testing and Substitution
The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) Door Component Certification Task Group hosted an open forum on June 4, immediately following the AAMA Summer Conference, to further the development of component substitution for door certification.

“The development of requirements for component testing of exterior side-hinged doors has been a high priority for AAMA members and the industry. AAMA and representatives of other associations have been working diligently to develop a program that allows the substitution of qualified door components within tested door assemblies,” says Dean Lewis, chief engineer, certification programs.

The group met to further the development of guidelines to be used for side-hinged entry door component substitution/interchangeability. These guidelines will then be used by industry associations to craft procedural guides for their own individual certification programs. The group specifically deliberated on four sections of the current working draft: general requirements, hinges, locks and door glass assemblies. In addition to specific assignments, the current draft will be sent to those who had primary responsibility for authorship of the various sections for a thorough review and any necessary revisions. This was the fifth such open forum organized the AAMA Door Component Certification Task Group, which included other interested parties.

“The expanded input from other associations is key to building a solid foundation for a workable rating and certification system that will facilitate code compliance and serve as a level playing field for all door pre-hangers and manufacturers,” says Mark Fortun of Endura Products Inc., chair of the Door Component Certification Task Group. 

product news

Sargent Offers Tornado-Resistant Exit Device 
SARGENT Manufacturing Co., a New Haven, Conn.-based subsidiary of ASSA ABLOY, is now offering the FM8700 Series exit device—which it says is the only 2-point latching panic hardware that complies with Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) 361, Design and Construction Guidance for Community Safe Rooms. FEMA 361 mandates that emergency shelters incorporate door and hardware products that meet strict testing standards and stand up to the destructive forces of a severe windstorm.

The 2-point surface vertical rod exit device was designed and constructed not only to withstand extreme wind speeds and flying debris—the two main threats to doors and hardware during a severe windstorm—but also to meet all life safety code requirements for panic egress and fire resistance. The FM8700 requires no complicated preparation and is surface-mounted to the door. Specially machined rail and internal components make this product sturdy and robust. During FEMA 361 testing this hardware, mounted on a pair of ASSA ABLOY doors, kept the doors safely latched and closed during the high windload pressures and 5 missile shots from 2-by-4 lumber with velocities of 100 miles per hour.

For Horton, Self-Closing Comes Without Wires
Easily substituted for standard operating ICU door packages, the newest Profiler® ICU door system from Horton Automatics in Corpus Christi, Texas, adds the convenience of a self-closing function without requiring electrical installation in healthcare facilities.

The self-closing, single slide door system utilizes a built-in spring that is concealed in a 4- by 6-inch header. In use, the sliding panel opens manually like a regular ICU door, and then closes touch-free. The door system has a hold-open feature with full breakout capability for wider openings, suitable for moving patient beds and equipment.

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