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Clippings and Musings – Locksmith – February 2016

Lockex will soon be opening its doors once again and this year, the first 1,500 locksmiths who register to attend will be entitled to claim a free breakfast.

The exhibition opens its doors from 16 – 18th September 2016 at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry, where visitors will be offered the chance once again to review products and services from renowned industry experts and suppliers.

A free £5 lunch voucher will entitle those locksmiths to a free bacon sandwich. Registering for breakfast is easy when visiting the site.

The exhibition organisers promise plenty of additional attractions at the Lockex show, which is stated as the largest one of its kind for general and auto locksmiths.

ASSA ABLOY the door opening solutions company is continuing to evaluate the sector with Future Lab, which studies industry trends and influences across the sector. Providing insights, articles and videos where security experts and customers share insights and potential new future opportunities and challenges in the market, Future Lab aims to assist product development that can meet a constantly changing market.

Sterling Locks, has recently updated its nightlatches with the introduction of a new deadlock range, which provides a unique deadlock that can be locked from outside with a full turn of the key. This is considered to provide greater door security for those with glass panels.

The new nightlatches have been designed for left and right handed opening doors, and can be supplied in either standard or narrow sizes. Additionally, these new locks can be fitted to timber and composite doors ranging from 35mm to 60mm thick.  Both the standard and narrow backset nightlatches are available in brass or grey finishes, whilst silver finish is an additional option on the standard model.

All models are supplied with a secure cylinder and feature a standard section keyway.  More information can be found at:

M. Marcus Ltd has produced a new information booklet, to give Facilities Manager’s, Responsible Person’s, Specifier’s and Installer’s improved guidance on the selection of appropriate EN179 and EN1125 ISEO Emergency Escape and Panic Exit Devices that relate to mechanical or electronic access control.

With demand for guidance increasing the company felt it appropriate to publish the booklet to offer advice on suitable access control options when installed on a designated emergency or panic escape route door. The guide aims to demonstrate that Safety, Security and Access can be provided in one compliant solution.

Leeds-based HWL Windows Group chose Avocet Hardware locks for all its new composite and PVCu doors.

The Group, comprises HWL Trade Frames and Nordic Aluminium, which supplies trade installers with top quality windows and doors. The company now exclusively installs Avocet’s TS007 3-star and SS312 Diamond accredited ATK snap secure lock, as well as the 1-star Pioneer cylinder.

Luke Boyes, HWL’s systems manager, said: “It’s important to us to give our customers’ choice, and Avocet delivers exactly that. It has a depth of cylinder options that is unrivalled in the industry – from top of the range snap-secure locks like ATK and ABS through to standard 1-star locks that so many of our customers still demand.”

“We’re delighted to make the switch and look forward to growing with Avocet as it further extends its lock and home security offering.”

Currently crime statistics show that effective burglary protection has never been more important when looking at Europe in general. The new Twin-Cam Security Lock (TSL) from Roto is considered to set a new benchmark in respect of burglar-proof outward opening PVC,timber and aluminium windows starting from a width and height of 305 mm.
The Roto TSL security espagnolette is characterised by a special one-piece espagnolette connecting rod with up to eight locking points and is based on the Roto NT technology. If the window handle is turned, the geared mechanism actuates four adjustable, reverse-action twin cams. This provides PAS 24:2012 accreditation and security, by increasing the sash’s gasket-compression on the frame.

Even with the application of great force, two screws fix the twin cams’ strikers to the profile and will prevent them from twisting. The Roto TSL security espagnolette has left-right or double-sided strikers, windows fitted with this security espagnolette also provide an integrated night ventilation function.

Security remains a focus for so many as the world changes, however, one recent humorous anecdote we discovered was by an American locksmith, who was called by woman, claiming she had lost her keys to her house. It turned out that she was a soon-to-be ex-wife who was making a point to her soon-to-be ex-husband. How was this discovered? The husband called the locksmith later that evening from the same address with the same request. His response was to refer him to a ‘friendly’ competitor.

Helen Duval 2016

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