What is the Dogging Feature on Panic Hardware?
What is the Dogging Feature on Panic Hardware?
Panic hardware, also known as exit devices or crash bars, are an important safety feature in commercial buildings. They are designed to allow people to quickly and easily exit a building in case of an emergency. Panic hardware typically consists of a horizontal bar that runs across the width of a door, which, when pushed, releases the latch and allows the door to swing open.
The dogging feature on panic hardware is an optional function that can be added to the panic device to improve the functionality of the door. When dogging is enabled, the horizontal bar is held in the unlocked position, allowing the door to be easily opened and closed without having to push the bar. This can be especially useful in situations where the door needs to be held open for extended periods of time, such as during deliveries or when moving large objects in and out of the building.
Types of Dogging
There are two main types of dogging: mechanical dogging and electrical dogging.
Mechanical dogging involves using a hex key to manually engage or disengage the dogging feature. This is a simple and reliable method that is commonly used in commercial buildings.
Electrical dogging, also known as electrified dogging, uses an electrical mechanism to engage or disengage the dogging feature. This can be particularly useful in buildings where access control systems are used, as the dogging feature can be automatically disabled when the building is locked down.
Advantages of Dogging
The dogging feature can offer several benefits for commercial building owners and occupants:
- Improved functionality: Doors with dogging enabled can be opened and closed easily, without having to push the horizontal bar.
- Convenience: Dogging can be particularly useful in situations where the door needs to be held open for an extended period of time.
- Energy savings: Doors with dogging enabled can be left open for ventilation or to allow natural light in, without wasting energy on air conditioning or lighting.
- Enhanced security: In buildings with access control systems, electrical dogging can automatically disable the dogging feature when the building is locked down, providing an additional layer of security.
The dogging feature on panic hardware is an optional function that can significantly improve the functionality of commercial doors. Whether you choose mechanical or electrical dogging, the added convenience, energy savings, and enhanced security can make it a valuable addition to any building. For more information on dogging feature or any other commercial doors and hardware, contact Automatic Door and Hardware, your expert source for all things door-related.
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