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Mortise lock adapter for thick metal doors

Allows off-the-shelf hardware to easily be installed, closing a capability gap and increasing physical security

Military Technology

John Schmutz, a physical security specialist at the Department of Defense Lock Program, has invented an adapter that allows the addition of a mortise lock to thick metal doors, sliding or swinging.

The patented technology is available via license agreement to companies that would make, use, or sell it commercially.

The DoD currently uses heavy, ballistic-resistant doors with increased door thicknesses that make mortise lock installations mechanically impossible.

Previous installations suffered critical failures due to complicated door or lock modifications.

This adapter provides a timely and cost-efficient solution using advanced materials and engineering designs for securing and hardening mission-critical facilities, including safes, vaults, and ammunition magazines.

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