Access control is all about who can get in, right? Well yes it is, to a point, but what about getting out? The door needs to be unlocked from inside by users who are already authorised to be inside and so the simplest solution of all is the request-to-exit button (often referred to as a REX button) to allow the access control system to unlock the door for a pre-defined time period.
However, like the access control system itself, there are many situations where the ubiquitous exit button is not enough. What about those who may be carrying items and don’t have a spare hand to press a button? And also what manual controls do you need in case of system failure in the event of building evacuation? Suddenly there are more things to think about and we are here to help you with finding the solution. Do take a look at our extensive range of exit devices and if you still can’t find a solution to your problem then give us a call – we will be glad to help.
Break Glass Units
Breakglass units (also known as break glass call points or emergency break glass switches) are devices designed for emergency situations where immediate activation is required. They are commonly used as part of fire alarm systems, security systems, and emergency evacuation systems and are typically located in easily accessible areas, such as near exits or in prominent positions where they can be easily seen and reached. The glass panels are made of a thin, breakable material, often tempered glass, to ensure that they can be shattered safely without causing harm, however, there are resettable breakglass units that can be rest by using a key.
Break glass units consist of a durable enclosure with a glass panel that covers a button or switch mechanism. In emergency situations, such as a fire or security breach, people can break the glass by striking it with sufficient force to access the button or switch. This action triggers an alarm, alerts authorities, or initiates an emergency response.
Break glass units provide a reliable and easily identifiable means of manually activating an alarm or emergency response. They serve as a crucial component in emergency preparedness by enabling people to quickly and effectively alert others in hazardous situations.
Exit buttons are a vital safety feature in any business, as they provide a quick and easy way to open a locked door or gate. These provide as essential method of controlling site access, while still allowing for easy exit of the premises.
We hold a wide variety of exit buttons to meet the needs of any business. Our metal exit buttons are made from durable materials that can withstand the wear and tear of everyday use. They are also available in a variety of finishes, so you can choose the one that best suits your décor. Our plastic exit buttons are a more affordable option than metal exit buttons. They are also lighter weight and easier to install. Our plastic exit buttons include flush mount and surface mounted options. Flush mount buttons are installed flush with the door or gate. Surface mounted buttons are installed on top of the door or gate.
Our range includes mushroom buttons and DDA compliant buttons. Push to exit buttons are the most common type of exit button as they are easy to use and can be operated by people of all abilities. Mushroom buttons are larger than push to exit buttons and are easier to see and reach. DDA compliant buttons are designed for people with disabilities. They are larger and have a longer activation force, making them easier to use for people with limited mobility.
No matter your requirements, we have the perfect exit button for your business. Shop our full range today to find the right exit button for your needs.
Contactless Exit BUtton
A contactless exit button, also known as no-touch or touchless exit button, is a type of exit button that does not require physical contact to be activated. The button typically consists of a sensor that is activated by motion or proximity. When the sensor is activated, it triggers a mechanism that releases the door or gate.
Contactless exit buttons are becoming increasingly popular as they offer a number of advantages over traditional exit buttons. They are more hygienic, as they do not require people to touch the button, which can help to prevent the spread of germs. They are also more convenient, as people can simply walk by the button to activate it. Additionally, contactless exit buttons can be used in areas where traditional exit buttons cannot, such as in areas where there is a lot of dust or dirt.
If you are looking for a way to improve the safety and convenience of your building, consider installing contactless exit buttons. They are a simple and effective way to help people evacuate quickly and easily in the event of an emergency.
DDA Compliant Exit Buttons
DDA stands for Disability Discrimination Act. It is a UK law that sets out requirements for the design and construction of buildings to make them accessible to people with disabilities. DDA compliant exit buttons are designed to be easy to use for people with disabilities, including people who use wheelchairs, walkers, or have limited mobility. They typically have larger buttons that are easier to press, and they may also have longer activation forces, making them easier to use for people with limited strength.
DDA exit buttons are an important part of making buildings accessible to people with disabilities, as they help to ensure that people with disabilities can enter and evacuate buildings quickly and easily. We stock a comprehensive selection of DDA compliant products.
Push Bars & Panic Bars
Push bars and panic bars are a type of door hardware that allows people to open a door by pushing on a bar or plate. You see them all the time as they are used in commercial and industrial settings, as well as in schools and homes with young children or elderly residents.
Panic hardware, like push and panic bars are specifically designed for emergency situations and are typically installed on fire doors and other exit doors, as they allow people to open the door quickly and easily in the event of a fire or other emergency.
The main difference between push bars and panic bars is that panic bars are designed to open the door even if the door is locked. This is done by using a spring-loaded mechanism that releases the latch when the bar is pushed. Push bars, on the other hand, only work if the door is unlocked.
We stock a wide range of panic and push bards and pads, please shop our full range. If you are looking for something specific, please contact us as we will often be able to source from the manufacturers.
A Key switch is a type of electrical switch that uses a key to control the flow of electricity. They are commonly used in applications where secure and controlled access is required.
Keyswitches consist of a switch body and a removable key, that when inserted and turned, is used to activate or deactivate the switch. This design provides an additional layer of security, as the key is required to operate the switch, restricting unauthorised access.
Key switches are often used in access control systems, security systems, and industrial equipment and can be found in settings such as gated entrances, elevators, control panels, and machinery. By using key switches, authorised individuals can control the operation of equipment or access to specific areas.
Keyswitches come in a variety of configurations, including single-position and multiple-position switches. In the case of multiple-position switches, the key may have different positions or settings, allowing for different operational modes or access levels.