On numerous occasions I’ve gotten the call – a painter/cleaner/mischievous kid peeled the UL label off of the panic hardware or fire exit hardware.  Unfortunately, the hardware would have to be re-labeled in the field by a representative of a listing lab – often an expensive proposition.

I knew that a change was coming…I just wasn’t sure when.  Then Hal Kelton of DoorData Solutions sent me a photo of the new laser etching on Von Duprin fire exit hardware.  For both panic hardware and fire exit hardware, the UL mark is now etched onto the center case cover, as well as the exact date and time the product was manufactured.  A QR code will provide access to online information including installation instructions.

Hopefully this will put an end to the missing-label problem, as well as making product information more readily available.  It makes me really happy to see simple solutions implemented that will result in reduced headaches.

What other hardware pain points make you crazy?  I can’t make any promises, but I’d love to help if I can.


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