The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) recently published a North America standard for multipoint locking hardware for side-hinged door systems. AAMA 909-13, Voluntary Specification for Cycle Performance and Testing of Side-Hinged Exterior Door Multipoint Locking Hardware, establishes a minimum performance requirement and test procedure to evaluate the durability of multi-point locking door hardware.

“As the use of multi-point locking hardware increases, products tested to AAMA 909 will help manufacturers confidently incorporate compliant locks into their door systems,” says Mark Fortun of Endura Products Inc., a member of AAMA’s Door Hardware Task Group.

Prior to the publication of AAMA 909, the only existing North American standards that were considered to be applicable dealt with single point locking hardware, such as a typical latch and deadbolt, according to AAMA. “There was never a standardized set of basic product requirements unique to multipoint locking hardware despite their use for several years,” says Matt Taylor of HOPPE North America Inc., who also serves on AAMA’s Door Hardware Task Group.




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