Assa Abloy’s new door closer balances security and accessibility

The new DC6113 slimline transom door closer from Assa Abloy Opening Solutions UK and Ireland presents a solution to major industry challenges – finding the perfect balance between safety and security, and the need to make buildings accessible for all users. The product meets BS 8300 and Approved Document M standards.

With our ageing population asked to push open increasingly heavy doors, many people in Britain struggle to access buildings. This is a problem that also affects young people, and people with disabilities. At the same time, doors that open easily but do not close properly pose a security risk, and do not comply with fire regulations. Balance is therefore required, to make buildings safe and accessible for everyone.

The high-quality DC6113 enables fabricators to reassure their customers that the products they are specifying and fitting meet all of the relevant standards. This includes BS 8300-2:2018 – the British Standard setting out how buildings should be designed, constructed and maintained, to create an accessible and inclusive environment for all; Approved Document M, the building regulation for access to and the use of buildings; and the principles of the Equality Act, the basis of anti-discrimination law in Great Britain.

Moreover, the DC6113 door closer is the only product on the market that achieves both BS 8300-2:2018 and Approved Document M at EN power size three. Many transom door closers only achieve these standards at EN power size two, and are therefore not compliant with heavier doors.

Equally important, the DC6113 is CE-marked and tested to BS EN 1154 and BS EN 1634-1. It is suitable for fire and smoke protection on timber doors up to 60 minutes. This makes it applicable for a wide range of environments, including public buildings, commercial offices, universities, schools, retail environments, leisure facilities and hospitals.

Notable features include the DC6113’s highly efficient Cam-Motion technology, which delivers a rapidly decreasing torque curve for minimal resistance, and thermodynamic valves that ensure consistent performance in a range of temperatures. The product is advertised as being the slimmest profile on the market, making it ‘ideal’ for use with slim aluminium profile sections.

Easy to install and set up, the DC6113 can also be retrofitted with (and uses the same accessories as) the Adams Rite ARC51, making upgrades simple. The solution is available with a wide range of detachable spindle sizes (14, 18, 20, and 24mm) for flexible installation, and offers convenient access to the regulating valves so that closing and latching speeds can be easily adjusted.

Eryl Jones, Assa Abloy Door Hardware Group’s managing director, said: “In today’s world, there is a duty of care to make sure every environment is inclusive to all. Whether it’s ensuring access to a building or that individuals can safely exit in the event of an emergency, the importance of solutions that prioritise inclusive design cannot be overestimated – and that’s why we’re launching the DC6113 door closer.

“What sets the DC6113 apart is the fact that it meets BS 8300-2:2018 and Approved Document M at EN power size three. This makes the DC6113 a best-in-class solution, from which fabricators stand to gain a host of benefits – from greater consumer loyalty to increased differentiation, credibility and brand awareness.”

For more information on the DC6113 door closer from Assa Abloy Opening Solutions UK and Ireland, click here, or call 0845 070 6713 to arrange a demonstration. To learn more about inclusive design and the importance of complying with BS 8300:2018, Approved Document M and the Equality Act 2010, download the latest white paper from Assa Abloy Opening Solutions UK & Ireland here.