Electric Locks On Composite Doors
From time in memorial the preferred substrate of doors would be wood, however, we saw a change for wood back in the mid 20th century with the use of metal doors, where Joshua Parks with his Union brand made the majority of the locking solutions. Some of these old panel locks are still available be the way.
Since metal, we have seen a flood of UPVC doors being introduced back in the mid 80s. Of course, sold on the fact there was very if no maintenance this type of door took off by storm and today we have found that the majority of doors I would suspect in the UK are now uPVC.
One of the new products that are hitting the domestic market is Composite and as the name suggests the door has a build up of fibreglass, or plastic outer with most of the time a solid wooden core. Again sold as being maintenance free, locking solutions and door lock manufactures are developing new routes to market through these doors as the UK looks for more than brown or white colours for their front doors.
We have seen electric locks for uPVC doors by manufactures like GU with their A Opener and Winkhaus.
These locks can also be used on composite doors as they are available in 45 mm back sets and 20 mm fore end widths. But what seems to be taken the industry by storm is the new Electric Locks on Composite Doors by Winkhaus.
They have two offerings available, the AV2E and AV2B. The E and the B denotes Electric and Battery. They work in completely different ways and have different applications.
The AV2E is a complete releasing system of the locking solution and therefore, have a distinct market and can be used in a lot more applications. The basic method is when it has been triggered to release, all the bolts retract to release the door from the frame. so a push of the door and it will open. Once the door is back in the frame the locks will re-engage with the keeps in the frame and re-lock. This application is great for doors that could be part of an access solution where you have a remote device to operate the door. Proximity control, Keypad, GSM, Door Intercom, Biometrics etc. Also this type of Electric locks for composite doors can be used with automatic door openers, allowing for disabled users with wheelchairs un hindered access through doors.
The Winkhaus AV3-E is very similar to
the AV2 system, but with many enhanced features, including a new passage
mode facility, a redeveloped hook system, including the trigger
mechanism and the hookbolt assemblies themselves.
The AV2B is a battery driven device and being so the manufactures are aware that battery use has to be used sparingly. So the power from the batteries engage or disengage a locking pin that when activated engages the handle to the lock and in doing so, while you press down the handle on the door it allows you to open the door. so the solution is not as automated as the AV2E but also, it is not as complicated to install with wires into the frames and power sources from other locations etc. The main control of the AV2B is by push button fob. So a simple press of the button some 10 meters away will allow the door to be opened when you press the handle down.
The AV2E and the AV2B is part of the AV range of multipoint locks by Winkhaus and therefore, if you have a Winkhaus AV lock fitted then they can be upgrade in most cases to be come electric.
Yale has also entered the fray with their Yale Keyfree system. Again can be used as an Electric Locks on composite doors the Yale system boasts a keypad as well as a remote control. The Yale system has a host of features as well as it talks to you.
The Yale Keyfree Electric lock works with the Yale Door Master range of multipoint locks, Where Yale differs from Winkhaus is that Yales electric locking solution has been designed so all the electronics are in the handle. So if you had a Yale Door Master lock on the door the handle can be fitted as an extra and you have the electric version you require. The Yale Key Free system is also battery driven so needs human intervention to open the door the same as the AV2B.
Home Automation is the future, controlling your doors via an app on your phone is also the future. so I think at this moment in time Winkhaus and Yale with the Key Free and the AV2B are missing a trick in not allowing a third party interface with their locking solutions. If so, they will allow their locks to be opened to a complete new after market access solution for customers. But I am sure after we at LocksOnline have called them enough times they may get the real idea :-)
In respect to fitting these systems. The Winkhaus is driven to pushing the AV systems in the market place, they see this as a new future, so I can see Winkhaus perhaps becoming the popular choice in the Electric locks On Composite Doors Markets. Where as Yale, I am not to sure about. I dont see them shouting that much about how cool their products are. Yale being part of the Assa Abloy Group I can only surmise that big is not always better and politics plays a part in their products as it is clear they already have a mobil App for their locking solutions but not in the UK ….. WHY NOT ? … Winkhaus on the other hand is small and focused. In chatting to them you can see and feel the commercial focus that is needed to develop, test and bring a great product to market. My money is on Winkhaus leading. while Yale continues to have meeting after meeting at board level to discuss who has free milk in the canteen :-).
But rest assured with Composite Doors becoming the new stable for doors in the UK Electric locking solutions will also sit in the same place. remote locking and unlocking of your front door will be as simple as your car having keyless start and stop features. batteries will always be the issue, retro fitting these systems will not always be as easy as fitting the locks at factory level. but with the Winkhaus AV2E it is straight forward, AV2B a little more work as you have to fit the battery compartment as well.
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Head of the tech department