Milestones & Innovation

For over 35 years, HES has had a passion for innovation. Our success has been built upon listening to you and delivering products and services that remain on the cutting edge of the electromechanical locking device category. By continually 'raising the standards', we have established a worldwide reputation for unmatched quality and service. Below is a list of the technological advances throughout our history.

1980 – First 'offset' electric strike to align with mortise locks.

1982 – First electric strike with over 2,000 lbs. of holding force.

1986 – First universal electric strike to provide user flexibility.

1988 – First 'extra offset' product to align with Sargent, Schlage, and Yale mortise locks.

1989 – First field reversible electric strike from fail secure to fail safe.

1989 – First electric strike able to release under a pre-load.

1994 – First “Smart Strike” - invention of the 2005 SMART Pac™

1996 – First U.L. fire door rated electric strike able to release under pre-load, the 7500 series.

1997 – First 'low profile' electric strike with a 1-1/16” backset, the 5000 series.

2000 – First completely surface mounted electric strike for rim exit devices, the 9600 series.

2003 – First electric strike designed for use with 2” fire rated door frames with the required ½” drywall penetration, the 4500 series.

2003 – First fire-rated version of a completely surface mounted electric strike, the 9500 series.

2005 – First electric strike to offer in-frame horizontal adjustability, the 5200 series.

2005 – First surface mounted, multi-purpose lock with over 1,000 lbs. of holding force, the 660 electro-mechanical lock.

2006 – First electric strike for rim exit devices with adjustable faceplate thickness, the Folger Adam 310-4 electric strike.

2007 – First hybrid electric strike with an integrated proximity card reader, the RF5010 series.

2007 – First completely concealed electric strike solution, the 5900 series.

2008 – First hybrid electric strike/proximity card combination that is completely concealed within the door frame, the RF5910 series..

2008 – First electric strike to offer network intelligence at the door, the HT5000 series.

2009 – First value-priced electric strike to replace multiple competing products, the Vista V3 series.

2009 – First fire-rated, concealed electric strike that falls within the guidelines for retrofit into fire-rated frames, the 8300 series.

2010 – First slim-line 1/2" surface mounted electric strike for rim exit devices, the 9400 series.

2011 – First fire-rated, concealed electric strike for use with mortise locksets, the 8500 series.

2012 – First windstorm-rated, surface mounted electric strike for rim exit devices, the 9600 series.

2012 – First cabinet lock to use Aperio technology, the K100 cabinet lock.

2013 - Complete Pacs introduced. Strike body and faceplates in one convenient simple package.