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Issue Date: Vol. 54, No. 2, February 2014, Posted On: 2/16/2014


Highfield Extends Smart, Programmable Locks Line


Emily Jed
Emily@vendingtimes.net
TAGS: Vending Security, Highfield Manufacturing Co. e-lectroloc smart lock, programmable locking system

Highfield Manufacturing BRIDGEPORT, CT -- Highfield Manufacturing Co. has extended its "e-lectroloc" smart, programmable locking system line to include pad, puck and T-handle core locks. The company specified vending as one of the industries for which its new locks are designed to help users control access to their facilities and protect assets.

Access to every lock is controlled by the e-lectroloc system’s smart key. When the key connects with the lock, it identifies access privileges and activates patented technology to open the lock. No key is required to be inserted into a lock or rotated for the lock to operate.

The key allows the user to set a pre-determined operating time or disable the key if it’s lost or stolen. This is especially useful when managing keys given to multiple contractors.

The smart key gives users an audit trail that documents when a lock is opened, by whom and when, including unauthorized attempts. It stores more than 1,000 audit trail events that it uploads from the locks. The key’s rugged design stands up to frequent use and has a rechargeable lithium battery with more than 500 uses per charge.

The padlock, puck lock and T-handle core locks’ pick-proof design features a solid and sealed cylinder lock core and sturdy construction that has no insertion or contact points that can be contaminated to make the lock inoperable. Without a keyway, the weak spot of traditional mechanical locks, the e-lectroloc is virtually impossible to penetrate with normal hand tools and can withstand tampering, as well as the effects of harsh environments, according to the company.

The e-lectroloc is easy to use and requires no power or battery. The locks are available in stainless steel and hardened carbon steel. They are designed to meet UL 437 rating for lock integrity and do not require a cap or a plug to achieve Ingress IP 68 rating, the highest standard for dust, dirt and water resistance.

The system is managed centrally by e-lectrosoft, Highfield’s software system, which gives users the flexibility to control lock access, assign, program, reprogram keys and run audit trail reports. Its intuitive grid system makes it easy to assign keys to locks in multiple territories and routes, as needed.

Software is available in standalone packaging or over a server for multiple users. Also included is an optional remote data-transfer device that can communicate with e-lectrosoft via Wi-Fi and can also charge keys.

Highfield Manufacturing Co., founded 75 years ago, is part of the specialty components division of Rexnord Industries LLC, a worldwide manufacturer of industrial equipment and components.


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