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Rim Panic Device Basics

A Rim Panic Device is surfaced mounted to the door's face where the latch protrudes from the device rather than the edge of the door.

In Rim Exit Devices, a deadlatch prevents the latch from being forcibly retracted from the exterior. Rim exit devices can be equipped with exterior trim. This can be as simple as a Pull Plate with a Rim Cylinder or a lever with a special function such as classroom, nightlatch, or even a non-locking passage function.

For Rim Panic Devices, the strike plate is mounted on the door frame, a mullion for double doors, or the inactive door for double doors without a center mullion. It is the most common type of exit device since it is the easiest to install, especially on existing single doors.

Rim Device Installed


Rim Exit Devices may be used on 3 main types of doors:

  • Single Doors: The strike is mounted to the door frame.
  • Double Doors With a Mullion: The strike is mounted to the center mullion.
  • Double Doors Without a Mullion: The strike is mounted to the inactive side of the double doors. The inactive side is then secured by a Vertical Rod Exit Device.

Rim Device on a Single Door Rim Device on a Double Door with a Mullion Rim Device on a Double Door with No Mullion
Single Doors Double Doors With Mullion Double Doors Without Mullion


Measuring for a Rim Exit Device

When measuring your door for a rim exit device, you need to know the width of the door. Many models are field sizable for doors between certain widths. The most common being Exit Devices for doors 30" - 36" and Exit Devices for doors 38" - 48". Click here to see how to field size a panic device.


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Rim Panic Devices are the most common type for special applications such as Alarmed Panic Devices. Alarm Panic Devices have an integrated alarm in the push rail. Rim exit devices have more room for the circuitry, making them the most common type of panic hardware for doors that need alarms.

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