Wednesday, 1 March 2017

Securefast Electro-Magnetic Locking Devices tested to DHF Technical Standard TS010:2016

Leading UK security and hardware company, Securefast Plc, are one of the first in the industry to test products to the new Technical Standard TS010:2016 for the Electro -Magnetic locks, ensuring that specifiers and their clients have the assurance and confidence that, by specifying Securefast locking devices, the products meet the very latest performance standards and have been fully certified by a third party test house.

Many manufacturers and distributor’s print a value in their literature with a holding force of “x” without providing any certified test evidence. The simplified test, which many in the industry carry out, consists of a direct pull test on a test table; however this method has been shown not to accurately represent how the product would react in the normal working conditions. To correct this anomaly the method of testing under TS010:2016 addresses this issue by ensuring that the holding force registered is as near to true value of that which would be recorded when the product is installed onto a door and frame.

The Securefast electro-magnetic lock range comprises face to face, mortice and transom housed locks in both monitored and unmonitored options. Securefast electro-magnets have been approved and certified to TS010:2016, in addition to providing supporting fire test evidence for 30 and 60 minute fire doors.

Market research carried out by Securefast indicates that the increasing popularity of electronic access control systems is contributing to the market growth of electro-magnetic locking devices and electric releases, each of which are forecasted to outperform the growth of mechanical locks over the coming years. Access Control systems are becoming increasingly popular because they provide a higher level of security and control of personnel, while offering integrated opportunities with time management and building automation systems.

More electro-magnetic locks are being used on Security, Escape and Fire Doors with little or no valid test evidence regarding performance, fire, environmental or security holding force. Electro-magnetic locks are now being used as part of security tests such as PAS24:2012 (Enhanced Security Performance Requirements for Doorsets and Windows in the UK) and plans in the future are to use them when testing to EN 13637(Electrically Controlled Exit Systems).

 The Door and Hardware Federation (DHF) has concerns that manufacturers and distributors are supplying electro-magnetic locks in to the market with no evidence to support the products will perform as well as stated in the manufacturers catalogue. Recent research has found that a number of electro-magnetic locks claiming a holding force of 600 or 1200 lbs failed to reach this level. 

The DHF Technical Committee appointed Kevin O’Reilly, Operations and Technical Director for Securefast plc to Chair a sub-committee to compile a Technical Standard for electro-magnetic locks, which can be downloaded from the DHF website, along with a Best Practice Guide to help understand the classification code.

The new DHF Technical Standard TS010:2016 for electro-magnetic locking devices is a performance requirement standard that will give specifiers and manufacturers of doorsets the confidence that the electro-magnetic locking device will perform to the required standard and covers face to face fixed, mortice, shear and external electro-magnetic devices.

TS010 will give the door manufacturer / distributor the confidence of consistency in electro-magnetic lock performance. The eight digit classification code includes the 6th digit for the holding force, which falls in line with the security classification used by BSIA specifiers guide to Access Control Systems, the European Standard EN 50133-1 and the classification used by NSI in their Code of Practice for Planning, Installation and Maintenance of Access Control Systems NCP109.

With many electro-magnetic locks used on fire doors, specifiers will be able to check from the 3rd digit of the classification code that the individual product has been tested or accessed for use on fire doors by a third party test house, which in the past has been ignored by many installers as no evidence was shown on the packaging, instructions or in manufacturer’s catalogues.

Within the Classification Code for TS010 specifiers can identify features of the product, such as the 4th digit shows if the product is supplied with safety straps and bolts whilst the 7th digit shows if the device is monitored either visually, for example with an LED Indicator or audio using a buzzer etc. allowing specifiers to know what they are specifying.

To assist customers to select the correct product, Securefast have produced a number of Declaration of Conformance which are available to download from their website which give relative information such details of fire test EN1634-1, performance test TS010:2016 and EMC test.

Classification of DHF TS010:2016

Digit 1 - Category of Use (only one grade used)

Grade 3 – For doors used by the public and others with little incentive to exercise care and with a chance of misuse to the door,

Digit 2 - Durability

Grade 5 – 50,000 cycles
Grade 6 – 100,000 cycles
Grade 7 – 200,000 cycles
Grade 8 – 500,000 cycles

Digit 3 - Suitable for use on fire / smoke doors

Grade 0 – Not intended for use on fire doors
Grade A – Suitable for use on smoke door assembly only
Grade B – Suitable for use on smoke / fire door assemblies

Digit 4 - Safety Bolts & Straps

Grade 0 = Not supplied
Grade 1 = Safety bolts supplied
Grade 2 = Straps supplied
Grade 3 = Safety bolts and straps supplied

Digit 5 - Corrosion Resistance

Grade 1 – Up to 24 hours – Mild resistance
Grade 2 – Up to 48 hours – Moderate resistance
Grade 3 – Up to 96 hours – High resistance
Grade 4 – Up to 240 hours – Very high resistance

Digit 6 - Security - Holding Force

Grade 1 – holding force above 1000N (225 lbf)
Grade 2 – holding force above 2000N (450 lbf)
Grade 3 – holding force above 3000N (675 lbf)
Grade 4 – holding force above 5000N (1125 lbf)
Grade 5 – holding force above 7000N (1570 lbf)
Grade 6 – holding force above 10000N (2250 lbf)

Digit 7 - Security – Electrical Function

Grade 0 – No status indication
Grade 1 – Audio or visual signal
Grade 2 – Audio or visual signal with additional output signal

Digit 8 - Type of Device

Grade A – Internal face to face fixed electro-magnetic locks
Grade B – Internal face to face mortice electro-magnetic locks
Grade C – Internal electro-magnetic shear locks
Grade D – External electro-magnetic locks

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