Wednesday 28 February 2024

Hardware Considerations for Warehouses

Analysis from the Office for National Statistics shows that the number of business premises being used for transport, logistics, and warehousing in the UK has almost doubled in the last decade.

Andrew Syms, business development manager at HOPPE (UK), explains what considerations should be made when it comes to specifying hardware for these types of buildings.

It’s important to think about who can access the warehouse, and how.

The building should always be secure, and employees who are allowed access should be equipped with the necessary means to enter.

Locks for steel doors

Steel doors are popular in warehouses which is why it’s important to ensure locks have been tested appropriately.

For example, ARRONE locks within the 900 series are BS EN 12209 performance tested, BS EN 1634-1 fire tested and assessed for use on 240-min steel fire doors.

When it comes to security for general office space or storerooms, a mortice sashlock is a good solution.

The ARRONE AR910 has two bolts: one being the latch bolt, so when the door is shut into the frame it will stay closed – regardless of whether it is locked or not – and the other is a dead bolt that can be locked for added security.

A mortice latch, such as the ARRONE AR911, is usually used on internal non-locking doors and is popular in communal office spaces.

It is operated by using a lever handle or knob and is designed to keep doors closed but not locked making it convenient for staff to enter and exit the area.

A higher security measure may be required in areas where expensive items or staff personnel files are kept.

The ARRONE AR912 is a mortice deadlock that can be used as a standalone or as additional security.

The ARRONE AR914 mortice night latch has a slam lock operation.

This means it will automatically lock when the door closes and requires a key to access from the outside.

This not only makes them ideal for external doors, but also for internal doors including storage cupboards or restricted areas.

Outside Access Devices

There is an ongoing need for panic and emergency exit doors on commercial buildings to also be accessible from the outside.

For this, an outside access device (OAD) is used. Ideal for addressing fire safety requirements without compromising security, OADs can be locked to stop manual attacks to the device and prevent illegal entry to the building.

In many cases, doors that are part of the emergency exit route could also be used as entrances into a building, but the hardware requirements are different for such uses.

The outside access devices from ARRONE, including the AR885, AR8805 and AR8806, are designed to overcome these issues and make use of existing doors to improve access into the building.

Providing limited access

To help protect a warehouse from unwanted visitors, mechanical push button locks are ideal.

They work by setting a code, which is shared with every worker who’s allowed access to that particular area of the building, and can be easily changed if required.

An ARRONE mortice lock is also recommended for additional security.

For more information on ARRONE’s security offering, please contact HOPPE (UK) by calling 01902 484 410/20 or emailing

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