Making the ordinary extraordinary
Unlike conventional electronic locks, TZ SMArt Devices use advanced Shape Memory Alloy (SMA) materials as actuators and embedded sensors to optimize operation. This technology offers a number of strong advantages including allowing for innovative physical designs and packaging.
TZ SMArt Devices are based on one of three current actuation topologies:
- Rotary actuation: this is where the SMA is configured to rotate the mechanism in a radial fashion, opening a series of pawls or similar mechanisms to release a capture pin or stud
- Flex actuation: this is the case where the SMA is used to bend or flex the mechanism so that the lock can release a spring loaded latch or clear an interference device so that the lock can operate
- Linear actuation: is where the SMA is used in a linear fashion to pull a shuttle or clear an interference mechanism away from an engagement point in the lock