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Kerby Lecka

Kerby Lecka
Kerby Lecka has over 25 years of marketing experience from specialized niche products, healthcare, consumer and high-tech to packaged goods…most notably Packard Bell and Mattel. He ensures that every marketing message is grounded in well-planned strategies derived from a complete knowledge of the target audience as well as the market. With a degree in Radio-TV-Film from Cal State Northridge’s respected School of Communications, Kerby provides brand management, corporate image and product positioning skills to every client marketing assignment.

Recent Posts

Delayed Egress Locking Systems and Airport Security

Posted by Kerby Lecka on March 25, 2024 at 12:31 PM

An incident earlier this year highlights misconceptions about using or not using Delayed Egress on emergency exit doors.

On New Year’s Day at Salt Lake City International Airport, a Utah man died after he breached double doors at an airport emergency exit stairway in the secure area of the passenger terminal, ran across the tarmac, and crawled into the engine of a plane awaiting deicing. His family said he had a history of mental illness and suspect he was experiencing a manic episode.

Prior to his gaining access to the runway through the stairway double doors, he was thwarted in several attempts to gain access to the jetway at a gate door secured by an SDC EMLock® paired with an exit bar and door trim. It should be noted that SDC’s electrified hardware solutions are used on every jetway gate door at this airport.


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Topics: Delayed Egress, Door Access Control Solutions, Division 28

Motorized ELR for Access Control

Posted by Kerby Lecka on February 2, 2024 at 10:00 AM

BlAST_ELRExitDevices_HERO_010324Motorized electric latch retraction (ELR) systems are becoming increasingly popular in access control applications. These systems provide a convenient and secure solution for controlling entry and exit points in various commercial and institutional settings. With a motorized ELR, the latch can be retracted remotely, allowing for easy passage through a door without the need for physical contact. This not only enhances convenience for users but also minimizes the risk of unauthorized access or tailgating. Motorized ELRs are often integrated with other access control technologies such as card readers or biometric systems, providing a comprehensive and efficient security solution. Additionally, these systems can be easily installed and configured, making them suitable for both new installations and retrofit projects. With their reliable performance, smooth operation, and advanced features, motorized ELRs are revolutionizing access control and setting new standards for convenience and security.

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Topics: Electric Latch Retraction, Access Control, Door Access Control Solutions, Division 28, Electrified Exit Devices

Unlocking Access: Proven Disability Solutions for ADA Compliance

Posted by Kerby Lecka on January 5, 2024 at 10:00 AM

Discover time-tested disability solutions that are fulfilling ADA compliance and unlocking access for individuals with disabilities. From electrified hardware to hands-free assistive technologies, this blog post explores the industry-leading solutions that are transforming accessibility.

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Topics: Access Control, Auto EntryControl, Automatic Door Opener, ADA, locking devices

Back to Basics: Electric Bolt Locks

Posted by Kerby Lecka on December 7, 2023 at 10:00 AM

Back to Basics: Electric Bolt Locks

Before SDC invented the 90° electric lock in the 1970’s, installation of electric bolt locks was costly, often requiring the cutting of studs and considerable reconstruction of door frames. Our Spacesaver® bolt lock design is a fundamental access control innovation now used worldwide. They install in any standard frame and most door stiles with a simple mortise cutout. The rotating bolt design makes tampering or cutting very difficult. An automatic relock ball switch keeps the bolt retracted when the door is open.

Additionally, they are field adjustable for wide door gaps and bidirectional for use on swinging or sliding doors. The Spacesaver® FS23M series is still the only dual-failsafe electric bolt lock in the industry.

Today, our comprehensive line of bolt locks use the same practical, yet pioneering approach to meeting access control requirements for safety, security and code compliance.



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Topics: Bolt, SDC, Access Control, Door Access Control Solutions, locking devices, Electric Bolt Locks

SDC Hybrid Power Supplies Meet the Unique Needs of Access Control Locking Devices

Posted by Kerby Lecka on November 9, 2023 at 10:00 AM

1 – 6 Amp Access Control Power Supplies

In 1994 SDC introduced the 602 power controller – the first hybrid supply to combine the efficiency (low heat generation) of switching power supplies and the rugged inductive load handling capability of linear power supplies to meet the unique needs of access control locking devices. 

Unlike camera system power requirements, access control systems draw more current for locking hardware and during access control-related events. As the industry transitions from solenoid-based electric locking devices to motorized devices, demand for specific power supply requirements has also increased. 

SDC’s 12/24VDC class 2 hybrid power supplies have been designed specifically to meet these needs and reduce power system issues with extra filtering, heavy-duty circuitry for inductive loads and multi-door applications, and an isolated battery charging circuit to protect locking devices and components from over voltage while the batteries are charging. With the addition of SDC programmable controllers or relay modules, the user-friendly modular designs ensure versatility, interface capability and easy installation of virtually any electric locking devices, access controls and related fire life safety equipment.



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Topics: Electric Latch Retraction, Access Control, Door Access Control Solutions, Electrified Exit Devices

See SDC at ISC East New York 2023

Posted by Kerby Lecka on November 7, 2023 at 10:00 AM

Proven Delayed Egress Innovation...

See why our proven Delayed Egress solutions have led the industry since 1995 with the most choices and customization available. Also, learn why SDC has been the premier manufacturer of popular electrified access control hardware like bolt locks, strikes, EMLocks® and egress devices - all Designed, Engineered and Built in America since 1972, while most of our larger competitors manufacture overseas.



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Topics: Access Control, Delayed Egress, Door Access Control Solutions, Division 8, Division 28, Buy American

Avoid The Wait With shipQUICK Products

Posted by Kerby Lecka on October 6, 2023 at 10:00 AM

Security Dealers, Integrators, Installers & Distributors

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Topics: SDC, Access Control, Door Access Control Solutions, Division 8, Division 28, Lead Times

Back to Basics: Electric Strikes

Posted by Kerby Lecka on October 5, 2023 at 10:00 AM

Back to Basics: Electric Strikes

In 1982, SDC’s first electric strike design initiated the adoption of strikes by the door hardware industry. Then, we engineered the UniFLEX™ 45 and 55 series – the first electric strikes with interchangeable faceplates and field reversibility for failsafe or failsecure operation. The interchangeable design of these strikes allows SDC to also provide multiapplication strike kits that include one electric strike and three faceplates to meet common applications, making them easy to stock and maintain in inventory.

Today, our strikes integrate with a broad range of mechanical locksets, devices, door and frame styles and budgets. Since 1972 SDC products have been designed, engineered and built in America to provide quality products that are readily available.



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Topics: Access Control, Door Access Control Solutions, Electrified Exit Devices

Southeast Security Products Crowned DoorSnap Champions

Posted by Kerby Lecka on September 15, 2023 at 10:00 AM

SES Generates the Most DoorSnapTM Customer Submissions

Southeast Security Products (https://sesproducts.com), located in Deerfield Beach, Florida, earned year-long bragging rights among SDC’s Door Hardware and Alarm/Electronic Security outside sales rep agencies. From June 1st thru August 31st SES promoted and received the most customer submissions18 - for DoorSnapTM, our award-winning solution for recommending access control locking hardware for door retrofits.


DoorSnapTM is included in our Free SDC App and allows customers to send a picture of their retrofit door installation and receive a complimentary access and egress electrified solution recommendation from SDC with product information links and more.


For more details, visit: www.sdcsecurity.com/doorsnap.

Concerning DoorSnapTM, SES President, Roy Nilsen says: “We simply show DoorSnapTM to every dealer we can. There is simply no easier way to give a dealer the confidence of specifying a door opening knowing you have the right hardware to get the job done right the first time. It saves dealers time and money and is the easiest value proposition we have in our tool bag…”

Rumor has it that Roy has already reserved a special spot in his display case for the electrified DoorSnapTM trophy being shipped to him this week. When plugged in, the trophy is lit with a rotating palette of colors designed to subliminally encourage more sales on our behalf. Way to go Roy!


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Topics: Free App, Access Control, Door Access Control Solutions, Solutions, Division 8, Division 28, DoorSnap

Leaders in Latch Retraction

Posted by Kerby Lecka on September 7, 2023 at 10:00 PM

Electric Latch Retraction (ELR)

Since 2012, when SDC launched QuietDuo™ – the first Motorized ELR Kits to convert mechanical exit devices – we’ve been “quietly” leading in electric latch retraction (ELR) upgrades for access control. This includes retrofit solutions for most brands of exit devices, as well as innovative SDC exit devices & mortise lock-sets with factory-installed ELR and automatic door operators with a built-in 1 Amp+ power supply to power them.

With advancements in electric motor technology, the use of a motor for electric latch retraction provides lower current draw, quieter operation, and greater durability over time vs. solenoids. 


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Topics: Electric Latch Retraction, Access Control, Door Access Control Solutions, Auto EntryControl, ADA, Division 8, Division 28