Bits from the Industry

Flu Season Ramps Up: Antimicrobial Finishes & Hands-Free Options Might Be the Answer

This has been one of the worst flu seasons in recent memory here in Kentucky. I can’t even count the number of people who were sick over the holidays with the flu. My dad had to go to the ER for an unrelated incident (he’s fine) and there were at least thirty cases in the […]

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Security Hinges: What Are You Working With?

I recently had someone ask me to go over some of the basic hardware in the door and lock industry and specifically mentioned security hinges. A hinge is a hinge is a hinge, right? Before I worked in the industry, I thought so, but oh so little did I know… Hinges, while simple and often […]

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Is Chip Security the New Key?

I talked last week about how biometrics in security is progressing at a rapid pace. What I didn’t expect to see this week was an article about how a company in Sweden is offering the opportunity to have a chip implanted into employees’ hands that will allow them to complete various activities ranging from opening […]

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Panic Bars vs. Exit Bars: What’s What

Panic bars? Same as exit bars, right? That’s what I always thought. (To be honest, I probably never thought about panic or exit bars before working here, but I definitely thought they were the same thing.) Well, I have some news. There’s actually a difference and I’m here to let the world* know. Exit Bars […]

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Architectural Hardware Consultants – What Can They Do For You?

You know how I am always telling you to check with your local AHJ or an AHC? Do you ever think, “What the heck is she talking about? What’s an AHC? Why is she spouting off random letters at me?” It’s OK; I probably would be as well. Today you’re in luck today because I’m […]

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Door and Hardware Schedule Abbreviations: The Basics

Someone handed me a door and hardware schedule the other day and asked me something about whether a door was flush in one particular opening. I looked at the schedule in my hand. I looked at them. I looked back at the schedule and then finally, back at them and said, “Well, how would I […]

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Shoplifting: Exit Alarms and Delayed Egress

Shoplifting is always going to be an issue if you work in the retail industry. It’s just a fact of life. Thankfully, working in the security industry like I do, I get to be in the know when it comes to preventative measures for problems like this. And lucky for you, I’m sharing my wealth […]

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