Craig Birch, Product Category Manager at UNION, outlines what the new grade 5 for BS 8607 includes, why it has been introduced and the benefits that it can help deliver. At present, mechanically operated push button locksets are not typically security products, but rather access control ones. For example, think about the last time you went to your local doctor’s surgery. No doubt there will have been a lock on the door behind the receptionist, protecting the sensitive information they hold – a demand that has become only more critical with the introduction of the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). However, the truth is that the lock protecting the restricted area in question is probably little more than a tubular latch. Essentially, it’s not a security device, but rather one that is used for convenience to simply meet the access control needs of a site. BS 8607 standard for push button lockets BS 8607 offers a series of grades that the push button locks can meet for strength and robustness However, BS 8607 – a standard for mechanically operated push button locksets – offers a series of grades that these locks can meet for strength and robustness. Introduced only recently, grade 5 is the newest and most stringent level for delivering assured security and access control. But what does it offer that grade 4 does not? The British Standards Institution (BSI) states that BS 8607:2014 specifies the requirements and test methods for durability, strength and function for mechanically operated push button locksets and their locking plates for use on doors, windows doors and entrance doors in buildings. Grade 4 and 5 of BS 8607 Both grade 4 and grade 5 of BS 8607 stipulate that products meeting these standards must be suitable for ‘applications where security, abuse and usage levels are expected to be equivalent to BS 3621’, which relates to thief-resistant locks. But if the security, abuse and usage levels are the same, what then is the difference between the two grades? Significance of integral locking units Put simply, those rated as grade 4 can only achieve this standard with the help of an integral additional locking unit. So, with a grade 4 product, users must lock and unlock the solution from the inside with a key, and then operate the push button from the outside to unlock a door. In contrast, a mechanically operated push button lockset that meets grade 5 standards provides a ‘one-stop’ security and access control solution; one that does not require a separate locking unit. In short, with a grade 5 product the latch and lock are integrated and tested together, without the need for an additional key. The result is a solution that offers keyless egress. This means that, when it shuts, a grade 5 solution automatically locks. Then, should you need to exit a room, it’s simply a one handle operation to unlock the door. Automatic locking solutions With a grade 5 solution, security is assured as the door will lock automatically While it’s intended that both grade 4 and 5 devices offer the same resistance to attack and it’s simply the way it is locked that is different, the fact that a user has to physically lock a door themselves with a grade 4 product means the technology is reliant on key holders to secure the premises themselves. Ultimately, users have to take responsibility and ownership for the security of a site. But with a grade 5 solution, security is assured as the door will lock automatically. Essentially, grade 5 has been introduced because it provides a BSI Kitemark approved certification. This means any mechanically operated push button locksets advertised as meeting grade 5 standards will be fully tested and inspected to this certification, offering complete peace of mind to users, installers and specifiers. Grade 5 electronic locking solutions As a result, there is no question that a grade 5 product will meet the security and access control needs that so many commercial environments demand. A grade 4 product is reliant on an additional locking unit that meets BS 3621 being used too, whereas a grade 5 solution delivers assured protection and access control in a single package. Finally, the BSI Kitemark for a grade 5 solution is an official stamp of approval for the quality of the service offered. To date, it is this combination of security and convenience that has not yet been seen in mechanically operated push button devices. Grade 5 of BS 8607 looks set to change all that.
UNION, part of ASSA ABLOY Security Solutions, a UK division of ASSA ABLOY, a premier provider of door opening solutions, has been granted a second patent for its keyPRIME reversible key cylinder system, giving a patented lifetime to 2036. Providing secure key control, the second patent ensures UNION keyPRIME offers one of the longest patent protected products in the market. Keys and cylinders can only be ordered, cut or assembled by authorised partners. Delivering similar benefits and greater value compared to expensive dimple systems, UNION keyPRIME is ideally suited for commercial, education and healthcare environments. The solution can be keyed for just one or multiple doors, making it also suitable for residential or SMEs, while cylinder upgrades or replacements are convenient and easy to install. The platform offers a range of technical features with performance that goes beyond the standard of BS EN 1303: 2015 UNION key management solutions Boasting a solid 3mm thick key, crafted in nickel silver, the technology combines a contemporary appearance with a proven pin-tumbler design. UNION keyPRIME is available as a master key solution, keyed alike or keyed to differ, in euro, single, double, or key and turn cylinders. The platform offers a range of technical features with performance that goes beyond the standard of BS EN 1303: 2015. When the platform’s long-lasting patent protection, master keying capabilities, and multiple levels of physical security are all taken into account, UNION keyPRIME provides a range of superior performance features over others available on the market. Furthermore, for single cylinders an adjustable cam is offered as standard. keyPRIME is patented until 2036 Craig Birch, Product Category Manager at UNION, explains: “Now protected until 2036, the UNION keyPRIME delivers the most assured patent protection available on the market, providing long life and peace of mind to users. Offering the same reversible key benefits and greater value than more costly dimple systems, its symmetrical faces and no sharp edges means the key works easily, no matter which way it is inserted.” “Coupled with our 100 years’ experience in master keying, UNION has a heritage that is second to none. We are therefore thrilled be granted this second patent for our keyPRIME cylinder system, as we continue to deliver great security and protection to our customers.”
UNION, a UK division of ASSA ABLOY, a global provider of door opening solutions, has launched the new keyPRIME patented dimple cylinder platform, with an all-new reversible key design. Through the existing patent protection and with an expected lifetime extension until 2036, UNION keyPRIME currently offers the longest patent protection in the market. The patent offers secure key control with key blanks only available from restricted UNION keyPRIME stockists and dealers. UNION keyPRIME is a high quality, value for money platform, purposely designed to meet the security needs of commercial, education and healthcare environments. It is also ideal for small business and local government use. It can be keyed for one or multiple doors, while cylinder upgrades or replacements are easy and convenient to install. Contemporary design with certified protections The platform is certified to the toughest requirements of BS EN 1303:2015, offering anti-pick, anti-drill, anti-bump and anti-pull protection as standard. The flat reversible key is an all-new contemporary design – constructed from strong, high quality nickel silver – that is built to last. All UNION keyPRIME cylinders feature a DIN 18252 cam for Euro cylinders, and is compatible wth all DIN standard lockcases. It is available as a master key, keyed alike or keyed to differ solution, in euro, single, double, or key and turn cylinder. Easy assembly and fully serviceable system UNION keyPRIME is also available in sub assembly form. Cylinders are quick and easy to assemble and keys are easy to cut, giving locksmiths a fully serviceable system to adapt to their customers’ needs. With over 100 years of experience, UNION’s master keying expertise and heritage is second to none. UNION’s dedicated, UK-based master key department is on hand to provide a market leading service. Craig Birch, Product Manager for Cylinders at ASSA ABLOY Security Solutions, said: “UNION keyPRIME offers a great value for money master keyed system, with an assured level of security and protection for a wide range of applications. UNION keyPRIME is assembled in the UK at our state-of-the-art Willenhall manufacturing facility and is backed up by our market leading service from our experienced master key department.”
UNION’s keyULTRA boasts enhanced features like the highest key related security, resistance to bumping, drilling, picking and plug extraction, along with being approved for use on 60-minute fire doors UNION, part of ASSA ABLOY Security Solutions, a UK division of ASSA ABLOY, a leader in door opening solutions, has enhanced the quality and finish of its keyULTRA master key system. UNION’s keyULTRA master key system is patented until 2028. This patent protects the key and cylinder assembly, utilising DuraPIN technology and preventing unauthorised copying of keys. High-performance security systems The standard finish of keyULTRA has been carefully revised and developed, ensuring the cylinder range complements the rest of UNION’s architectural hardware offering. Customers can choose from a range of six finishes, including brushed satin nickel, polished chrome, satin chrome, polish brass, satin brass or antique brass. UNION’s knowledge and expertise for delivering high-performance security systems is a result of its rich heritage, dating back to 1840, and its Master Keying department has a combined experience of over 217 years. Following voice of customer research amongst UNION’s Architectural Ironmonger customers, a new architectural thumb turn design has also been developed to enhance the keyULTRA range. Cost and time saving solution Craig Birch, Product Category Manager for Cylinders at ASSA ABLOY Security Solutions, said, “We value our customers’ opinions at UNION and the improvements we have made to the keyULTRA range have been based on customer feedback, showing why we are ‘Trusted by Professionals’.” “UNION’s product innovation is driven by customer feedback and our desire to enhance quality, the entire keyULTRA range has proven to be a very popular cost and time saving solution with its market leading 48 hour cylinder production lead time, giving value and convenience for our customers.” The product also boasts enhanced features including the highest key related security, as per BS EN 1303:2005, along with resistance to bumping, drilling, picking and plug extraction. keyULTRA is also approved for use on 60-minute fire doors in accordance with BS EN 1634-1:2000.