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BEA Automatic Door Control Keyswitches

What Is a Door Keyswitch?

A key switch in general is a switch that can only be operated by key. Common key switches feature on and off settings. The user of the key switch inserts the key into the switch and then turns the key to the desired position.

Keyswitches For Security Doors

Maybe you need a key switch to turn the automatic door on and off. Or maybe you need a keyswitch to turn on or off a security door magnetic lock or electric strike. Nevertheless, a keyswitch is best used in applications that demand security. After all, you don't want just anyone walking up the keyswitch and turning off your door lock! A keyswitch provides an that extra level of security in comparison to a rotary knob switch often found on doors. Any one can access a door control rotary knob switch, however without a key they cannot access a key switch.

Security Key Switches Manufactured by BEA

BEA manufactures high quality key switches comprised of commercial grade mortise lock cylinders. The design is very simple. The cam on the mortise lock cylinder activates a push button switch. When the pedestrian inserts the key and turns it, the cam rotates and presses down on the push button, creating the signal. When it comes to door control key switches there are 2 basic types, momentary and maintained.

Momentary Key Switches

Momentary key switches have a built in spring mechanism, so that when the pedestrian turns the key to activate the switch, the key does not stay in the same position. Instead the key springs back to it's original position. Momentary key switches are ideal for scenarios where you need to simply impulse or send a short signal, instead of a long constant connection.

Maintained Key Switches

Maintained key switches operate in the following manner. The pedestrian inserts the key and turns it, the cam presses down on the push button and stays there, creating a constant signal. If the pedestrian turns the key back to it's original position and removes it, then the switch is no longer activated. Maintained key switches are great for door automation and control such as for automatic swing door openers or automatic sliding door openers which need a key switch for the door hold open position, door exit only, or door entrance only.

ADA Door Operators stocks both BEA momentary and maintained key switches. All of these key switches utilize a standard mortise lock cylinder. So if you have a specific lock cylinder which is already keyed for your building, you can easily insert it into the BEA key switch assembly. If you have any questions regarding these switches please contact us and we would be glad to help!
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How To Order BEA Keyswitches

First determine which type of switch, momentary or maintained, will work best for your application. Consider how you will be using the keyswitch. Do you need the switch to be on or off for a long period of time? For example, if you are turning your security door on during business hours, but need it off after hours. If this is the case, then the BEA maintained key switch would be the best choice. If however you are just needing to briefly turn the key switch on such as a security guard application where the security guard is briefly allowing the security door to be unlocked, then the momentary key switch would be the best choice.

Remember the BEA keyswitches do not include the mortise lock cylinder. We always recommend purchasing the mortise lock cylinders with the BEA keyswitch, just in case your mortise lock cylinder does not fit the keyswitch. We offer keyed alike mortise lock cylinders and keyed different mortise lock cylinders. Most customers prefer the lock cylinders keyed different, however if you have many doors then we can key all lock cylinders alike.

If you have any questions or need help ordering, please contact us immediately and we will be sure to help you immediately.