Fuzzy Credentials

A sales representative was in a customer’s office recently with our 34K Series Standalone lock. The customer was reviewing the brochure when he noted one of the additional features was a “fuzzy credential entry available” and asked what it was.

It’s a good question and the answer may help dispell the image that just popped into your head from hearing the term fuzzy credential.

Introduced in 1965 by Lotfi Zadeh with the proposal of the “fuzzy set theory,” it is a form of “Many-valued logic in which the truth values of variables may be any real number between 0 and 1. It is employed to handle the concept of partial truth, where the truth value may range between completely true and completely false.” ¹

For our standalone 34K Series this means if the lock is in the fuzzy mode it allows a user to enter a random string of numbers that includes the user’s complete access code. This code will grant access as if the user entered just their given access code.

The next logical question is why someone would enter a string of random numbers that includes their code, versus just entering their code to access entry?  If you’re escorting a visitor through the building, you may want to use the fuzzy mode in order to conceal your personal entry code. This will save you from having to change the code to maintain security.  Or, if your entry door with the 34K Series is next to a public area, it would be safer to use the fuzzy code as it is difficult for people to remember a long string of numbers.

The next time you hear the term fuzzy credentials you’ll know what it means!

If you have any questions on our 34K Series standalone lock, fuzzy credentials, or any of our products please don’t hesitate to give us a call at 800-255-3590.

 

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Case Study – Two Twelve Clayton

This article appears in the June issue of the Door Security + Safety Magazine.

Two Twelve Clayton – St. Louis’s Largest Multi-Use Project in 30 Years

The City of Clayton is situated just west of St. Louis, Mo., making it a suburb of The Gateway City – but it is much more than that. Clayton is the seat of St. Louis County and the activity in and around the courthouse attracts lawyers, county officials and business leaders to its center on a daily basis.

Clayton’s redevelopment efforts began in the early 1990s with the creation of a Downtown Master Plan, which was revised in 2010. The plan’s introduction states, “Over the last decade, Clayton has experienced significant investment in its central business district, ranging from the Crescent to the Centene Headquarters to the MetroLink stations. With several more projects planned or under construction, Downtown Clayton has become an area with the potential for significant real estate development.”

One such project: Two Twelve Clayton

What is Two Twelve Clayton

Located at 212 S. Meramac Ave., this 26-story, 382,666-square-foot mixed-use building boasts 250 units, the largest multifamily building to be constructed in Clayton in the last 30 years. The first floor houses retail space and amenities for the residents. Intended to mirror a boutique hotel, it includes a 24/7 attended lobby, concierge service, and a business center.

Between the second and fifth floors is secured parking, and Floors 6 through 25 are residential levels with a mix of studio and one-, two- and three- bedroom apartment options. The top level is reserved for amenities such as a resort-style rooftop pool deck with a fire pit, state-of-the-art fitness center, chef’s kitchen and recreation rooms. The building also comes with complimentary high-speed WiFi in all common areas.

As with any project, Two Twelve took time to evolve, “Jack Holleran, president of HDA Architects, got into Clayton’s redevelopment conversations early and began sharing ideas with developers in how to redevelop different areas of the city,” recalls Josh Goodman, AIA, Director of Operations for HDA Architects.

In 2010, CA Ventures and White Oak Realty Partners, both from the greater Chicago area, expressed interest in moving into the St. Louis market and ultimately decided to get involved in Two Twelve Clayton. “It’s a great location,” says Goodman. “It’s close to Shaw Park and the Metro line and within walking distance to a variety of restaurants, shops, and a grocery store.”

Because a few national corporations such as Centene Corporation and Enterprise Rent-a-Car call Clayton home, the original thought was that Two Twelve Clayton would attract young professionals to live there. But what HDA Architects found as a pleasant surprise was that there were families interested in living in apartments, too. Goodman noted that the three-bedroom apartments were some of the first to be rented out when units became available in August 2017.

“There’s a mix of singles and married couples with young children already living there,” he said.

Construction Challenges

Two Twelve is positioned on the corner of a busy thoroughfare within the city, and this urban setting presented a host of construction challenges, including site access for material deliveries and construction activity – which meant they needed to be creative. An old police station adjacent to the site was used as the job site office instead of a trailer, and the contractor was able to store the materials needed early on there, as well.

“To address the tight, urban setting, our contractor put together a game plan to sequence deliveries throughout the project, and once we got the garage built, we were able to use that space for storage,” explains Goodman.

Consulting on Hardware Selection and Installation
Sheryl Simon, CSI, CDT, Senior Architectural Specifications Consultant with Hager Companies, joined the Two Twelve Clayton project early on. “We reviewed the project before specifications were written to determine what hardware was needed and where,” she said. She noted that “walking around the project on paper” with the architect is the best way to understand the project and what the owners want. “Otherwise, we are just making assumptions,” Simon added.

“This project was interesting to me says Goodman, “because I’d never done a high-rise project before, and I learned a lot through this process. Stair towers in a 26-story building are much different than they are in a four-story office building and they require different types of door hardware. Sheryl got into the details with me to help me understand what was needed where and why.”

To meet fire code, one of the requirements was to design a lobby at the elevator bank with doors so that in the event of a fire, that area could be sectioned off.

“As architects, we wanted to make the doors as ‘invisible’ as possible. We worked with Sheryl on concepts to design doors that functioned to satisfy code requirements, yet were the least disruptive to the design,” noted Goodman.

During the specification process, Simon helped Goodman identify the door hardware needs for all 26 floors – both for commercial and residential spaces. One feature the building’s owner wanted was electronic card readers.

“She helped me understand how the card readers can be programmed to interact throughout the building – so one card can open their apartment and also provide access to exterior doors, storage areas, the elevator and common areas,” said Goodman.

Coordination between the hardware supplier, who was awarded the project for interior doors of all 250 residential units and the first-floor commercial spaces, and Hager was made easier because of Simon’s involvement on the front-end of the project with the architect.

“A high-rise mixed-use project, such as Two Twelve Clayton, is incredibly complex because there are various building codes that need to be followed,” explained Simon. Currently, the state of Missouri has adopted the 2012 version of the International Building Code (IBC) which incorporates NFPA 70 (National Electrical Code), NFPA 80 (Standard for Fire Doors and Other Opening Protectives), and ACC A117.1-2017 (Accessible and Usable Buildings and Facilities), to name a few.

“Hager thoroughly enjoys being a part of these types of projects where we work in tandem with architectural firms to ensure that the door hardware specified not only meets the owner’s vision for the project but also meets all state and local code requirements,” Simon concluded.+

by Ginny Powell, Product Marketing Specialist for Hager Companies

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Welcome 2017!

Happy New Year!

We hope you had a great holiday season and are excited for the new year, we are!

We released a variety of product in 2016, both in our residential and commercial lines and just in case you missed it….

Residential
334V Door Knocker with 115° Viewer – Ideal for multi-family projects the 334V offers a traditional design with an integrated 115° viewer.
1798 Shelf and Support Road – Similar to our 1797 but with a 3″ drop to allow for deeper shelves.
Diamond Plate Flat Goods – In April we started offering our 220S kick plates and A30S push plates with a diamond plate design. These are made to order items.

Commercial
Optional Flush End Cap for our 4500 & 4600 Series exit devices.
Photoluminescent push bar cover option to comply with the IBC Chapter 10 – Means of Egress codes.
ETW & RETW option on the 780-057HD and 780-157 full surface Roton® continuous hinges.
Touchless actuators for our low energy power operators to help control the spread of germs.
Large Format Interchangeable Cores for use in our 3400 & 3800 Series locks and 4500 Series exit devices.
Conestoga Sliding Barn Door Hardware where rustic meets convenience

We couldn’t continue growing without your support, so thank you!  We have exciting plans in 2017 and can’t wait to share them with you.

Wishing you a prosperous and healthy new year!

 

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Case Studies

We are constantly asking our sales representatives for projects that we can use in case studies and project profiles.  With blogs and social media now part of mainstream reading, content marketing has become imperative in order to share your brand and message.

We asked Tess Wittler, an experienced construction marketing professional, to share why case studies are important for our, and your, business and how it isn’t as daunting as one may think to write one. This article was published in November’s issue of the DHI Doors + Hardware Magazine and reprinted with their permission.
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The Framework for Writing a Compelling Case Study by Tess Wittler

Does hearing the phrase, “We need a case study written on [blank]” make you cringe? If you are like many other architects, engineers and building material manufacturers I’ve worked with, you would rather pluck out every single nose hair one by one than write a case study. For ages, writing a case study in this industry seemed daunting and tiring, and when it was finished, it seemed as if you’d spent all this energy to create a dry, boring marketing piece that would rarely be used.

Not so! Content marketing has transformed how we look at our marketing materials, including case studies. In fact, according to the 2016 B2B Content Marketing Trends – North America study conducted by the Content Marketing Institute / MarketingProfs, 82 percent of those responding said they use case studies as one of their content marketing tactics – second only to social media content (other than blogs).

Yes, despite so many in the building industry recognizing that they need to invest more in their content marketing efforts, many still aren’t – and their lack of energy toward this effort is precisely the opportunity that can catapult your organization ahead of the rest. Case studies are one of the key components to making this happen.

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Project Profile: Community Education Building, Wilmington Delaware

In its second year, the Great Oaks Charter School is part of a collection of schools that includes Academia Antonia Alonso School and Kuumba Academy. The building was originally a bank, operating as MBNA then Bank of America. It was donated in 2012 by Bank of America to the Longwood Foundation to start the Community Education Building (CEB).

Owner:                                     Community Education Building

Architect:                                  Homsey Architects, Inc.

General Contractor:                 Wohlsen Construction

Distributor:                               Premier Door, Frame and Hardware

Hager Sales Rep. Agency:      Hardware Specialty Group

 

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New Catalog Release

Our new catalog is out!  If you have requested a catalog in the last few months and haven’t received it yet, you should be shortly. In the meantime, we did upload a file to our website, both complete and in sections.

Here is a link to the catalog on our website –Hager Catalog

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If you’re new to Hager or the door hardware industry the general information in front of the hinge section. has great tips. You can find information on ANSI, how many hinges are needed to support a different weighted doors, security features, and specialty hinges.  Did you know we have two different styles of cover channels for our Roton continuous hinges? Click here to learn more.

Did you know we have two different styles of cover channels for our Roton continuous hinges? Click here to find out more.

Of course, we aren’t just a hinge company. You can find information on our  locks, exit devices, and closers by clicking each product line name.

A couple of new products we’ve released in the last few months in our exit device line include a flush end cap and photoluminescent push bar cover option. You can learn more about these products by reading our blog post.

We know you’ll take some time to familiarize yourself with all the great information found in our new catalog. Of course, you can always call your local sales representative or our customer service department for more info.

Have a great day and thanks for your support!!

 

 

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Touchless Actuators

It is a fact of life that we can’t get away from germs, but there are ways to control the spread of them.

That’s why we’re excited to announce our new line of touchless actuators. For use with our 8400 & 8200 Series low energy power operators, the touchless actuators employ capacitance technology similar to smart devices. They have an adjustable sensing range from 0″-4″ and a LED illumination which increases plate visibility.

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Summer Vacation

Our Vice President of International Sales was able to cross a trip off his bucket list this summer. He and his lovely wife planned and worked toward this trip and lucky for us shared some photos. Of course, this being a blog about the door and hardware industry we are sharing photos of …… doors. And what doors they are!

Several of these photos were taken at the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia. You can catch additional photos over on our Instagram account here.

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VSO International Company Limited

One of our authorized distributors in the Peoples Republic of China held the official opening of their Hager showroom in March, 2016.

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VSO International Company Limited, located in Guangzhou, South China, built a spectacular showroom with multiple displays of Hager products – both American and European style.

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Lubricants

During a cold snap, when temperatures dropped below freezing, the deadbolt to my garage froze and the key wouldn’t turn. I was renting at the time so I called the property maintenance company who told me to use a hair dryer to unfreeze the lock, so I could get to work. Then the person added “I’ll send someone out to spray it with WD-40.”

Being in the hardware business we hear and learn new things every day. One of the things I learn early on is while WD-40 is good for a lot of uses, it isn’t good to spray in locks.

Our Director of Engineering, Mark McRae, wrote a White Paper on the subject, which we have shared below. There is a lot of good technical information but basically our Director of Engineering recommends using White Lithium Grease for hinges, locks, and other door hardware.

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The WD-40 vs White Lithium Grease vs Silicon Spray by Mark McRae
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From getting loose a stuck bolt to lubricating metal to metal and metal to non-metal friction areas.

There are a lot of oils/lubricants/greases available for specific purposes and some that will work for a wide range of applications.

Below is information on WD-40, Silicon Spray and White Lithium Grease as they are by far the most popular “multipurpose” lubricant/greases.

WD-40

WD-40 (Water Displacement, 40th attempt) is a product that everyone uses indiscriminately on a wide range of materials.

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