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Magnetic Locks Explained
An electromagnetic lock, magnetic lock or maglock is a locking device that consists of an electromagnet and an armature plate.
Generally, the magnet is situated on the door frame with the aid of a set of brackets commonly referred to as “Z & L” brackets (because of their shape) and the armature plate is fixed to the door. The armature plate, often referred to as the strike plate or keep plate, as those are the traditional names for the locks counterpart.
The strength of modern maglocks is comparable with that of a conventional, mechanical door lock and cost less than a light bulb to operate.
One of the major advantages of a magnetic lock is that they function in Fail Safe mode, meaning if the power to the system is interrupted then the lock will release, unless the power supply has an internal backup battery fitted to maintain power.
Advantage of Magnetic Locks:
Easy to install: Magnetic locks are generally easier to install than other locks since there is no interconnecting parts.
Quick to operate: Magnetic locks unlock instantly when the power is cut, allowing for quick release in comparison to other locks. This makes magnetic locks ideal for use with a control system that has the ability to sense when a fire alarm is in operation and subsequently cut all power to release the doors.
Sturdy: Magnetic locks may also suffer less damage from multiple blows than do conventional locks. If a magnetic lock is forced open with a crowbar, it will often do little or no damage to the door or lock.
Useful notes on Magnetic Locks:
Magnetic locks are suitable for both in-swing and out-swing doors depending on the fixing bracket.
Brackets are used to adjust the space between the door and the lock. (Z, L or U brackets depending on the location of the magnet)
The magnetic lock should always be installed on the secure side of the door, i.e. the inside of the room or building you are looking to protect. By fixing it to the outside of the door makes the lock.
The majority of magnetic locks come in Fail Safe operation, I.e. when the power is cut the device will unlock. This is the opposite to fail secure. An easy way to remember this is:
Fail-Safe = to protect people.
Fail-Secure = to protect property.
Our recommended pick of the bunch are our LocksOnline S-Series Magnetic locks, available in 180kg, 300kg, 400kg & 500kg holding force models but that’s not all, these models incorporate a visual monitoring system like no other, situated in the end of the Magnets housing is an LED that glows to signify the locks status; Red when the door is locked, Green to show the door is unlocked and Blue to show that the system is armed and voltage applied.
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