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DETEX is a range of heavy-duty panic hardware fitted with a loud 95dB alarm. The alarm can be bypassed by authorized keyholders and the alarm’s key by-pass can be ordered as Master-keyed or Keyed-alike to client’s needs. Click on Master-keying and Keying-alike to learn more.


For an abbreviated overview of the UL-Listed DETEX range of panic hardware that we have been offering in South Africa since 2001, please click here to read DETEX When You Need To Know – a leaflet explaining how DETEX can keep you informed whenever Fire Escapes are abused.


DETEX V40 SERIES meets South African requirements for “escape initiated by body weight.” Pressure against the surface-mounted aesthetically pleasing heavy-duty panic latch opens the door, setting off a loud alarm on most models, (the alarm is reset by using the key). The stainless steel deadlocking latch will allow the door to re-lock once it closes, to prevent unauthorised entry. DETEX V40 series bars are the preferred solution. They are UL-Listed and are tested to withstand over 600 kg of pull pressure from outside! Click on DETEX V40 Features to learn more about this preferred range of Fire-Rated emergency exit hardware.


DETEX V40 SERIES options include stand-alone models with battery-powered alarm, mains powered alarm with battery-backup, micro-switches for remote monitoring to a control room or alarm system, rugged weatherised versions for outdoor use, delayed exit models with full monitoring and bypass facilities, and one with an electrically retractable latch – allowing legal fire escape and access control in one neat and secure solution – see DETEX V40001 ER Access Control. In terms of rugged construction, security and reliability – DETEX V40 series are the preferred alarmed exit solution!  For more details view the ‘pdf file DETEX V40 Features.


The term Panic Hardware generally refers to hardware that is required by law to be fitted to the inside of hinged outward-opening emergency exit or fire escape doors, to allow the occupants of a building to escape easily and quickly in an emergency.  They must be able to escape without hindrance, keys, tools or special knowledge. This hardware is also variously referred to as fire-exit hardware, fire escape devices, crash bars, push bars, fire escape hardware, exit devices, emergency exit devices or fire-handles (and incorrectly – as fire-locks). Fire exits may NEVER be locked against escape from the inside.


To understand the broader issues of Fire and Emergency Exits, go to our Panic Hardware Page.


An explanatory leaflet on the use of panic bars with vertical rods for the ‘fixed’ leaf of double doors – will assist you to use a DETEX product on the moving (first-opening) leaf of a pair of double doors, and show the extra hardware needed. Click on DETEX DBL V40 to see the DETEX V40 with the extra hardware.


All DETEX alarmed panic hardware an be supplied with the alarm by-pass keyed-alike (all with same key), master-keyed (different keys for each and a master key to fit all) – with standard quality or with varying grades of high-security cylinders.  Click on Master-Keying and Keying-Alike to see an explanation of the difference between Master-Keying and Keying Alike.


High Security registered keys such as Astral Tekno S01 or C3000 T06 are amongst the options available for by-passing the alarm.


We can send you measurements, drawings, installation instructions – or you can see more at Note that not all products shown on the DETEX website are stocked in South Africa but we will import items not in stock in viable quantities, on a cash-with-order basis.


The DETEX products listed below relate to DETEX products for door-frames that are too narrow to allow the DETEX V40 series to pass through the opening.


DETEX ECL-600 is a heavy-duty, fire-rated, stand-alone, surface mounted escape lock with a large red exit paddle, which we recommend when the door-frame opening is too narrow to allow the DETEX V40 series to pass through the opening.


Click here to see a detailed PDF of DETEX ECL-600. To see how to use DETEX ECL-600 on double leaved doors click on DETEX DBL 600


Pushing the paddle withdraws the latch-bolt and the deadbolt simultaneously, sounding a loud 95dB alarm. After escape, the door re-locks automatically when closed. The alarm can only be reset by means of the by-pass key, which also re-locks the deadbolt. No wiring or external electronics are required with the above battery-only 9-volt model. Option savailable: Mains power with battery backup, remote monitoring, high security key for alarm.


DETEX ECL-230D is a heavy surface mounted deadlock only (NO latching action) generally only recommended when the door frame opening is too narrow for either DETEX V40 series or DETEX ECL-600. Pushing the large red exit paddle will unlock the door and sound a loud alarm, enabling an immediate reaction. No wiring or external electronics required with this 9 volt battery-only alarm. Options include a longer push-bar,  and high security key for the alarm bypass. Click here to see a detailed PDF of DETEX ECL-230D


To see the extra hardware required to use DETEX ECL-230D on double leaved doors click on DETEX DBL 230


DETEX EAX series loud Exit Alarms are suitable for doors that already have conventional panic or other exit hardware, or any door that needs a loud alarm. The 95dB alarm sounds when the door is opened, and is reset by means of the by-pass key. Both models have audible and visual indicators for armed or disarmed mode and for low battery status.

DETEX EAX-500 is a surface mount standalone alarm unit with a 9-volt alkaline battery only operation, illustrated at right above. See DETEX EAX-500-2500 for more information.

DETEX EAX-2500 (see below) is available in surface mount or semi-flush mounting. Operating on 12 – 24 Volts AC or DC, they have an output for an alarm relay, and a 9-volt internal alkaline battery as a backup. Available in black finish on special import. View Detailed PDF DETEX EAX-500-2500


DETEX EAX-300 stand-alone alarms can be use to monitor any door that is intended to be opened – but not to be left open beyond the pre-set time. Identical in appearance to EAX-500 shown at right above, they are UL-Listed. The alarm sounds only if the door has failed to close within the pre-set time.


DETEX EAX-300W is the weatherised version of DETEX EAX-300, tested to US Military Specifications for dust and driving rain, and is suitable for outdoor use.


To learn more about these delayed alarm units, click on DETEX EAX 300




We offer genuine SABS approved Fire-Rated Doors made to order by Allandel in Cape Town. From a single door – to doors and frames for an entire complex – we can supply and deliver top quality Fire Doors fitted with the correct regulation compliant hardware made by Briton, CISA, DETEX and Dorma. Why take a chance on anything else? Click on Allandel to see the specifications and classes of doors and fire-proofing available.




Between our LOXPERTS at THE LOCKSHOP we have over 100 years of Security Ironmongery experience! Please ask us if you need any further information or assistance with specifications. You can also ask us about any item of hardware for doors, emergency exits, access control, door closers etc. In fact ... EVERY-THING-FOR-EVERY DOOR!

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