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Electromagnetic locks, otherwise known as a magnetic lock and popularly known by its moniker, the “maglock,” is a locking device that comprises an armature plate and an electromagnet in order to keep your commercial space as secure as it can possibly be. Before going into the technicalities of how electromagnetic locks work, it is a must to know as a consumer that there are two main types: the fail-safe, and fail-secure electromagnetic locks. A fail-safe locking device is one that is unlocked when power or electricity is disconnected from the lock itself, while a fail-secure electromagnetic lock remains locked even when power is lost. Electromagnetic locks are generally fail-safe.

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In electromagnetic locks, the part that holds the electromagnet itself is fixed to the door frame, and an armature plate is fixed to the door. When the door closes, these two parts come into contact with each other. With the presence of an electricity supply, the current passing through the electromagnet constitutes a magnetic flow to the mating armature plate, which will then cause the attraction of the plate to the electromagnet. When the two parts attract, this creates a strong locking action.

When we say strong, we aren’t exaggerating; The force that is created from this flow is strong enough to keep your door locked even under significant pressure and stress. With this, trying to pry open doors with electromagnetic locks installed is virtually impossible without the use of the actual recommended method. This strong locking system is made possible because the main area of both the electromagnet and the armature is fairly large, with typical electromagnetic locks carrying 2669 N and 5338 N dynamic holding force capacities in 600 and 1200 lbs, respectively.

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The fact that electromagnetic locks are usually fail-safe gives any business owner peace of mind that if the power is turned off, fail-safe electromagnetic locks automatically release from their locked position, which allows safe exit, especially during emergency situations where occupants are required to leave the building immediately.  

Sometimes, people get the misconception that electromagnetic locks would be easily accessible, since all they need to do is to disrupt the power supply in order to disable the electromagnets. Here at Sherlock Locksmith, though, we have the power to prevent that, as our team of reliable and highly skilled locksmiths add a magnetic bond sensor and a backup power supply for your electromagnetic locks, so you can increase the security of your electromagnetic lock. Electromagnetic locks are also considered as one of the most secure types of locks, because they hold extreme security and are virtually impossible to hack.

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As a business that works in the security industry, we are fully aware that security is one of the most important things to someone as a business owner. And as not everyone has the luxury to afford surveillance systems or security guards, sometimes, rekeying your locks and strengthening their security is your best bet. Our team of dedicated and highly-skilled locksmiths take pride in our extensive knowledge, meticulous training, versatility, and the most advanced techniques when it comes to all the types of lock mechanisms and security systems for both commercial and residential settings. Every single one of our technicians have unparalleled skill and pleasing personalities that stand out from the rest of the competition. As such, we at Sherlock Locksmith offer a full satisfaction guarantee when you avail our services every single time. All of our locksmith services also come fully insured, so you can sit back and relax knowing that you are protected even in incidental damages.

Their reliable characteristics when it comes to providing safety and reliability, especially during emergencies, is what makes electromagnetic locks more suited for use on emergency exit applications. Interested in getting electromagnetic locks installed for your commercial space? All you have to do is reach out to us and you will be able to experience the safety provided by the finest electromagnetic locks we install! Call us at 817-438-1962.



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