The Forgotten and Oft-Neglected Door Closer
A card access equipped door is typically a door system that includes a door closer or operator. The mechanical door closer may not be chosen with the same attention to detail that other access control components are regarded. In card access, they may often be installed on indoor, non fire rated doors. This can be relatively new territory for the use of mechanical door closers depending upon your facility. These abused, oft forgotten devices have been around since the late 1800s and are one of our best tools to securing spaces regardless of the locking method. At virtually any building, campus of many buildings, corporate headquarters, remote sites, etc., there likely is someone on staff who has been specifying the same trusty brand and model of closer throughout their career, with some variations. There are good reasons for this, such as parts inventory, staff familiarity with adjusting and installing them. So, for the typical application, if the devices are not failing regularly, are doing their job and aren’t knocking over entering occupants and spraying them with oil, there is no compelling reason to change standards. But what about locations where things aren’t going so well?