Saturday 2 March 2024

New Ops Director at Instinct Hardware


Instinct Hardware is boosting its senior team with the appointment of Scott Fowler to the role of Operations Director, joining existing Directors Haq Meharban, Nil Chohan and Anthony Bansal.

Scott comes to the business with a wealth of operational management experience, including procurement, product design & development, project management, service & contract management and quality control.

The new role will see Scott responsible for all operational aspects of the business, ensuring each department operates efficiently and achieves productivity targets. The main objective is to reduce customer lead times while ensuring Instinct’s high-quality standards are never compromised.

Scott has been working with Instinct over the past 6 months in a consultant capacity, helping Instinct retain their ISO certification, so is already well versed in the workings of the business.


He comments: “I have been lucky enough to work with the team in an advisory capacity already, so am familiar with the procedures in place and how these can be further enhanced to support the company’s growth objectives. 
“It’s a fantastic time to join the Instinct team – The business is growing fast and I’m looking forward to getting stuck in and helping Instinct achieve its goals.”
Instinct Hardware has proudly been serving the needs of Architectural Ironmongers since 1989. Based in Stirchley, Birmingham, they predominantly manufacture bespoke architectural ironmongery in Marine Grade 316 Stainless Steel to suit the needs of commercial projects. 

Visit www.instincthardware.co.uk to find out more.





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Friday 1 March 2024

Coastal Group Opens New Brand Centre


A leading innovator in the door and window hardware sector proudly announces the grand opening of its impressive new Brand Centre, set to revolutionise the way customers explore and select door hardware.

Based in the heart of Cornwall just minutes from the stunning Cornish coastline, Coastal Group’s new centre showcases the latest trends and designs in door and window hardware.
“As part of our continuous improvement, we’ve invested heavily in creating an immersive experience for visitors,” explains Coastal Group’s Managing Director, Loren Jenner. “The whole space has been designed to showcase the best of our products, including pull handles, door furniture, multipoint locks and sliding door systems.”

The new Brand Centre features:
  • Suited hardware display boards showcasing BLU and Duratique ranges
  • Fully operational doors and windows featuring Coastal hardware and the latest multipoint locks from Winkhaus
  • Folding and sliding door systems from PC Henderson and Roto
  • Doors from Endurance and Turmacher
  • Weatherseal from Deventer and pre-machined beading from Durodeen

With the latest products on show, customers can browse the wide range of finishes, and take in the quality of the materials in a way that is difficult to appreciate online or from a brochure.
“We’re lucky to have worked with some amazing partners throughout the design and build,” adds Loren Jenner. “Dale Joinery, Affordable Aluminium, Westbury Joinery, Medina and Sheerline are just some of the partners who have been incredibly supportive while local tradespeople have helped bring it all together.”

With over twenty years of experience in the hardware industry, Coastal has developed a comprehensive range of products, styles and finishes that combine quality, durability and aesthetics.
“We are thrilled to invite customers to experience our brand new showroom,” continues Loren Jenner.
“Our goal is to provide a space where homeowners, architects, door and window manufacturers and joiners can explore our extensive range of hardware firsthand and gain inspiration for their projects.”

The Brand Centre features interactive displays, allowing visitors to touch, feel and test the quality of each product.

Knowledgeable staff are on hand to provide expert guidance to assist customers in finding the perfect solution for their needs.
“The new show room, with its modern design and curated collection of products, will offer a unique experience for our valued customers,” Loren concludes. “It represents a significant milestone for our company, reinforcing our commitment to providing exceptional products and service.”
The Coastal Group Brand Centre is open daily by appointment from 8am until 5pm. To find out more and make an appointment to visit, contact the friendly team on 01726 871 025 or email sales@coastal-group.com.





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Thursday 29 February 2024

Novoferm UK renew membership with Secured by Design


Global manufacturer of automated garage door systems for use in the private trade & industrial sectors, Novoferm UK, have renewed their membership with Secured by Design (SBD).

Novoferm is a member of the Sanwa Shutter family, one of the largest European manufacturers of automated garage door systems, which supplies high-quality, reliable and innovative products through a global network and thousands of Approved Distribution Partners.

Novoferm provides safety, security and convenience in homes, workplaces, hospitals, schools, offices, airports and shops based on the simple principle of quality not quantity, ensuring that their products fulfil the maximum quality, safety, comfort and aesthetics at a minimum cost. The company gives generous long-term guarantees on their products.


Novoferm also supplies architects, construction companies and building owners with products that have a wide variety of applications and design features.

Find out more about Novoferm UK and their SBD-accredited up-and-over steel garage door products here.

Brad Barley, Novoferm UK, said:
“We are proud to reaffirm our commitment to the Secured by Design police initiative through our recent renewal of membership. This initiative aligns perfectly with our core values of safety, security, and quality. By participating in the Secured by Design initiative, we demonstrate our dedication and commitment to providing our industry with products that meet the highest security standards protecting what matters.”

Doug Skins, Secured by Design, said:
“I am delighted that Novoferm have renewed their membership with Secured by Design, they have been valued members with us for over a decade. Their SBD accredited up and over Garage Door Range incorporates the very latest innovations in design, technology and security.”
Secured by Design (SBD) operates an accreditation scheme on behalf of the UK Police Service for products or services that have met recognised security standards. These products or services – which must be capable of deterring or preventing crime - are known as being of a ‘Police Preferred Specification’. 


SBD is the only way for companies to obtain police recognition for security-related products in the UK.

www.securedbydesign.com






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Wednesday 28 February 2024

Hardware Considerations for Warehouses

Analysis from the Office for National Statistics shows that the number of business premises being used for transport, logistics, and warehousing in the UK has almost doubled in the last decade.

Andrew Syms, business development manager at HOPPE (UK), explains what considerations should be made when it comes to specifying hardware for these types of buildings.

It’s important to think about who can access the warehouse, and how.

The building should always be secure, and employees who are allowed access should be equipped with the necessary means to enter.

Locks for steel doors

Steel doors are popular in warehouses which is why it’s important to ensure locks have been tested appropriately.

For example, ARRONE locks within the 900 series are BS EN 12209 performance tested, BS EN 1634-1 fire tested and assessed for use on 240-min steel fire doors.

When it comes to security for general office space or storerooms, a mortice sashlock is a good solution.

The ARRONE AR910 has two bolts: one being the latch bolt, so when the door is shut into the frame it will stay closed – regardless of whether it is locked or not – and the other is a dead bolt that can be locked for added security.

A mortice latch, such as the ARRONE AR911, is usually used on internal non-locking doors and is popular in communal office spaces.

It is operated by using a lever handle or knob and is designed to keep doors closed but not locked making it convenient for staff to enter and exit the area.

A higher security measure may be required in areas where expensive items or staff personnel files are kept.

The ARRONE AR912 is a mortice deadlock that can be used as a standalone or as additional security.

The ARRONE AR914 mortice night latch has a slam lock operation.

This means it will automatically lock when the door closes and requires a key to access from the outside.

This not only makes them ideal for external doors, but also for internal doors including storage cupboards or restricted areas.

Outside Access Devices

There is an ongoing need for panic and emergency exit doors on commercial buildings to also be accessible from the outside.

For this, an outside access device (OAD) is used. Ideal for addressing fire safety requirements without compromising security, OADs can be locked to stop manual attacks to the device and prevent illegal entry to the building.

In many cases, doors that are part of the emergency exit route could also be used as entrances into a building, but the hardware requirements are different for such uses.

The outside access devices from ARRONE, including the AR885, AR8805 and AR8806, are designed to overcome these issues and make use of existing doors to improve access into the building.

Providing limited access

To help protect a warehouse from unwanted visitors, mechanical push button locks are ideal.

They work by setting a code, which is shared with every worker who’s allowed access to that particular area of the building, and can be easily changed if required.

An ARRONE mortice lock is also recommended for additional security.

For more information on ARRONE’s security offering, please contact HOPPE (UK) by calling 01902 484 410/20 or emailing info.uk@hoppe.com

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Tuesday 27 February 2024

Panic Hardware vs Emergency Exit Hardware: Where, When and Why?

Sue Corrick of Allegion UK explores the evolution of panic and emergency exit hardware, examining the specification and installation points that decision makers must consider throughout modern application.

The swift evacuation of a building and its occupants is critical in an escape or emergency situation.

And for decades, escape doors and exit hardware have been co-dependent in their purpose of facilitating safe egress when it matters most.

In fact, exit hardware has been providing users with a safe means of escape since the early 20th century. 

Following a string of high-profile disasters, including the infamous Iroquois Theatre Fire in Chicago in 1903, the conditions of the world’s built environment and its emergency exits were more closely inspected as crucial elements of public safety, in large part to The National Fire Protection’s (NFPA) Life Safety Code in the US.

Incidentally, this period was a catalyst for change in the exit device industry, with the world’s first panic bar made available in an assortment of configurations in 1908, courtesy of Von Duprin.

Today, the term ‘exit hardware’ is more conventionally categorised as either panic hardware or emergency exit hardware.

With distinguishing characteristics and features, both categories of exit hardware provide users with a safe means of escape, and both have come a long way since their inception all those years ago.

As such, selecting the most suitable solutions can be a challenge for modern projects and decision makers are reminded to consider a number of key factors.

Distinctive door hardware

In a fire scenario, a building’s evacuation methods must be as straightforward and defined as possible. 

When a person reaches an exit door, it is essential that the door can be operated with ease, regardless of who is operating it and where it is being used.

While all exit hardware plays an integral role in this process, decision makers must consider a building’s type, application and its occupation levels when selecting between panic and emergency exit hardware, since there are meaningful differences between the two.

Panic hardware for example, is a type of exit device that has been designed to provide safe and effective escape through doorways with minimum effort and without prior knowledge of its operation.

Panic hardware devices come in the form of horizontal push or touch bars and are commonly applied to outward opening doors in public facing buildings or buildings with more than 60 occupants, where they can be operated by untrained people or members of the public, ensuring safe and effective escape.

As such, panic device push and touch bars should be installed to provide the maximum effective length, but never less than 60% of the door leaf width, as stipulated by BS EN 1125 and harmonised CE and UKCA designated standards.

With its size, panic hardware is typically easier to see and operate than some emergency exit hardware devices.

With this in mind, decision makers should often choose to implement panic hardware solutions in busy public spaces such as hospitals, shops and places of entertainment where usability is paramount.

For spaces where opening width is limited, a non-intrusive touch bar can also be a practical option.

Furthermore, in cases where users may wish to gain access from the outside of a door with a panic bar, an outside access device can also be applied to maintain equal levels of accessibility and security.

Emergency exit hardware is dissimilar in a few areas. Typically smaller devices, emergency exit hardware is often applied in buildings with less than 60 occupants or non-public buildings, where its users have prior knowledge of the building’s layout, its escape routes and the exit devices placed throughout them.

Think office spaces and warehouses for example. In design, emergency exit devices commonly comprise of a single push pad with a rim latch or a lever handle operating a mortice escape lock or nightlatch and allow for single action egress.

Where emergency exit hardware is applied, it must be certified to BS EN 179.

Information is key

As per Approved Document B, all doors located on an escape route must have suitable exit hardware installed.

And so, with varied solutions available, specification teams must also consider the door in which an exit device will be fitted.

Will the device be applied to single or double doors?

What are the height and width requirements? And does the device need anti-thrust bolts for added levels of security? Above all, does it meet the latest fire safety standards?

If in doubt, decision makers are urged to select door hardware devices that are tested to EN 1125 while referring to harmonised and designated standards if they feel unsure.

BS EN 1125 and BS EN 179 standards provide important safety and reliability details on panic hardware and emergency exit devices respectively, reviewing classification, product performance requirements, test cycles and test methods as standard.

For traceability purposes, decision makers and end-users can also review the UKCA and CE marks on exit hardware to find its fire rating, certificate numbers and the manufacturer’s details.

Typically, dependable devices will be supplied with full product information from the manufacturer - including Declaration of Performance (DoP), Certifire certification and product data sheets - showing that they comply with the necessary harmonised standards.

The Code for Construction Product Information has been designed to assist people in reviewing and selecting door hardware solutions transparently and can also be referred to for clear, accurate and up-to-date product information, to ensure door hardware solutions conform to the latest building standards and UKCA and CE certifications.

Similarly, when it comes to installation, teams are advised to use the support that’s made available by manufacturers, in the form of helpful online tools and product guides.

This further helps to ensure there are no oversights made at the installation stage that could develop into life-threatening issues later down the line.

Under current EN standards, it is also recommended that all of a fire door’s hardware devices should be supplied from the same manufacturer and tested together to ensure the full doorset remains compliant in application.

As with all other fire door hardware, there is no one-size-fits-all solution where exit hardware is concerned.

Panic hardware and emergency exit hardware play crucial, but separate roles in a building’s evacuation routes and as such, both decision makers and end-users alike must be able to distinguish between them both.

After all, it could make the difference when it comes to escape.

For more, visit www.allegion.com




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Monday 26 February 2024

Pyroguard Advance – The ‘Next Generation’ Of Fire Safety Glass


Pyroguard, the world’s leading independent provider of fire safety glass, is delighted to announce the launch of Pyroguard Advance - the latest addition to its portfolio of cuttable solutions. 

Pyroguard Advance is a brand-new, high-performance product, featuring an innovative gel interlayer technology expertly developed following the completion of a dedicated research, development and test programme.

Providing EW classification with a fire resistance of 30 or 60 minutes, Pyroguard Advance can also deliver exceptional fire protection at larger certified pane sizes, with a high tolerance to variations in glazing media – all helping customers to meet the demands of increasingly challenging fire safety applications.

Certified for use across a wide range of steel and timber profiles, Pyroguard Advance is available in 7 mm, 8 mm and 11 mm thicknesses, with the 7 mm option able to be cut simply and quickly by hand. It conforms to EN 14449 requirements for laminated fire safety glass and is impact tested to BS EN 12600.


Speaking about the launch, Steve Goodburn, Business Development Director at Pyroguard, said:
“We’re delighted and very proud to introduce Pyroguard Advance to the market as our unique, ‘next generation’ cuttable product. 
“For our system manufacturer and fire door customers, Pyroguard Advance provides a complete range of cuttable products from one single source. It is extremely easy to process and is fully compatible with the majority of timber glazing solutions and all leading fire door systems, including composite doors.”

Pyroguard Advance is also fully tested with the wide range of intumescent seals and glazing system components from Mann McGowan, the recent addition to Technical Fire Safety Group (TFSG). Glass and seals packages are also available to purchase from Fire Glass UK, another member of TFSG, with a comprehensive suite of supporting test evidence.

Part of Technical Fire Safety Group and the svt Group of companies, Pyroguard is the world’s leading independent provider of high-performance fire safety glass. Dedicated to continuous product development and testing, Pyroguard offers a variety of solutions and expert technical advice to help architects, specifiers and installers create beautiful and safe living and working spaces.

From cuttable and toughened fire safety glass to solutions that can provide protection against smoke and manual attack, Pyroguard delivers one of the largest and most fully tested ranges to markets across Europe and further afield, including the Middle East, India and North America.






For more information, please visit: www.pyroguard.eu.





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Sunday 25 February 2024

The King’s Electric Jaguar Could Be Yours


His Majesty King Charles’ personal Jaguar I-Pace - the British royal family’s first electric car – comes to auction.

An electric car with unmatched royal provenance – a Jaguar I-Pace purchased in 2018 by His Majesty King Charles for his personal use - is to be sold in the UK at Ascot Racecourse on Saturday 2nd March by Historics Auctioneers.

Not only was this the first electric car to be owned by a member of the royal family, but it fell to the then Prince of Wales, celebrated as a committed environmentalist and champion of conservation, to lead the charge.


Purchasing the range-topping I-Pace EV400 HSE all-wheel-drive luxury five-seater for some £60,000, he took delivery in September 2018, preceded by a fast charger having been installed at Clarence House, his official London residence.

At his personal request, the high-specification car was uniquely finished in 'Loire Blue', and remains the only I-Pace to be painted in this colour, whilst those inside the car enjoyed a sumptuous, contrasting leather interior in, fittingly, Light Oyster Windsor.

Driven in person, accompanied by Queen Camilla and another member of the royal family during his tenure, the car was returned to Jaguar in December 2020 after some 3,000 miles and was subsequently offered for sale through its appointed dealer, Jaguar North Oxford.


For the current owner of the car, Karen French of Bampton, Oxfordshire, it was a serendipity moment:
“This I-Pace was exactly what I was looking for and pretty much on my doorstep. It was only when I agreed to buy it that I discovered its extraordinary history - I was absolutely thrilled. Having driven it over 30,000 miles”, she added, ”I decided in the New Year that it was time for a change.”

Historics’ Head of Auctions, Mathew Priddy, emphasised the car’s enduring collector car value, stating:
“We are thrilled to bring this royal icon to auction. It's an unrepeatable piece of electric motoring history. With the Jaguar I-Pace being discontinued ahead of Jaguar’s re-launch in 2025, this will remain surely the most significant example, which will be reflected in its increasing value.”
After 35,000 miles, the King’s electric Jaguar remains in exemplary condition. Estimated at £55,000-£70,000, it will come to sale at Historics’ open-to-public auction of 180 fine classic and collector cars at Ascot Racecourse on Saturday, 2nd March, commencing 9.30 am.

For full details and to bid at the auction, or by phone and online, see www.historics.co.uk





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Saturday 24 February 2024

New Senior Appointments Announcement from Gliderol Garage and Industrial Doors


Gliderol is delighted to announce two important new additions to their Senior Management Team.

Martin Walker is the new Head of Sales & Marketing. Martin comes with a wealth of experience in B2B sales, has a strong online and tech background and will focus on improving and streamlining the buying process. He is looking forward to meeting as many customers as possible over the coming months and reviewing the online presence at Gliderol.

Paul Curtis is the new Head of Operations. With 32 years of military service and valuable corporate experience at companies like Amazon and Petards, Paul brings expertise in process optimisation, efficiency, and results-driven leadership. Paul will focus on refining factory processes and streamlining the warehouse to ensure smoother operations, improved quality, and faster, better-informed delivery times for customers.

Managing Director Roy Sinclair confirmed that the appointments are part of an ongoing development programme focused on quality and service. 
"We are keen to build on our recent success and see these Senior appointments as key to this. This year will be one of many exciting announcements as we look to transform the business improving efficiency, productivity, and efficacy while driving growth.”.
Established in the UK in 1986, Gliderol is a leading manufacturer/distributor of garage and industrial doors and ancillaries for the UK and Irish garage and industrial door industries, supplying, distributors, dealers, merchants, SME housebuilders and national house builders. 

The company operates from its facility in Peterlee and supplies products across the UK and Ireland.







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Friday 23 February 2024

Marantec Group and CEDES enter into IoT Partnership

The Marantec Group and CEDES are teaming up in the field of IoT for doors and gates. The partnership was presented to the public at the world’s leading trade show R&T in Stuttgart (19th to 23rd February 2024) and involves Maveo, the proven IoT brand of the family-owned German company.

In this partnership, three pioneers in their respective disciplines come together: the Marantec Group as a specialist for drive and control technology, Maveo as an IoT specialist in the field of drives for garage and industrial door systems within the Marantec Group, and CEDES, a specialist in safety systems technology for entrance automation and elevator industries, bringing IoT sensor data domain expertise from the elevator industry.

CEDES, traditionally specialized in light barriers and optical sensors in the elevator and industrial door sector, has expanded its product range for industrial door safeguarding in recent years, taking over the door sensor specialist Vitector to build up know-how in this area.

This marks the official start of the cooperation with the Marantec Group in the direction of IoT.

The first step of the cooperation is the development of an IoT prototype that combines CEDES’ know-how in sensor technology and data analysis with Marantec’s longstanding expertise in drive and control technology as well as in IoT.

The project was presented for the first time at the world’s leading trade show R&T at the CEDES booth. This collaboration opens up numerous new application scenarios through the smart combination of existing technologies.

Andreas Schiemann (CEO Marantec Group) is enthusiastic about the cooperation:
“We are proud of the trusting relationship with CEDES. This is where two pioneers and leading companies meet on an equal footing to tap the full potential of a future technology. 
“CEDES is an expert in the field of sensor technology and we as the Marantec Group are experts in the field of drives and controls. 
“The perfect recipe for successful IoT cooperation. As an “Open Champion”, we are always open to exactly this kind of collaboration.”
Bernd Kagerer (President Entrance Automation CEDES) is excited about new opportunities that this cooperation opens up for the future:
“The combination of Marantec and CEDES can certainly serve as an example of a successful partnership in the door industry. 
“Both companies are open to expanding their cooperation. In this context, I welcomed the discussions at the R+T tradeshow.”

About CEDES

The CEDES Group offers its innovative solutions for elevators, escalators, industrial doors, and warehouse management systems in more than 60 countries.

It develops intelligent and safe sensing, control and communication systems that provide actionable data streams for higher operational and maintenance efficiency.

The product portfolio ranges from simple optical sensors, through highly complex 3D camera systems in cutting-edge ToF (Time-of-Flight) technology, to complete safety-related control systems and smart IoT-enabling devices.

For more information, visit www.cedes.com.

About the Marantec Group

The Marantec Group is an internationally active German group of companies and sees itself as a collaborative, bold and visionary initiator.

As an ‘Open Champion’, the family-owned company stands for openness, transparency and authenticity and develops and sells precise and powerful drive systems to automate all types of doors intelligently and individually.

The group‘s motto is ‘A new way to get there #together’ and underlines the open mindset and the conviction that goals are best achieved through cooperation and team spirit.

For more information, visit www.marantec-group.com.




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Thursday 22 February 2024

Abloy UK launches KL100 Aperio Wireless Cabinet Lock for healthcare environments


Abloy UK has expanded its innovative Aperio range with the new KL100 Wireless Cabinet Lock to provide traceable, flexible, and secure digital access for the safekeeping of items in healthcare settings.

The user-friendly system is convenient for the storage of medication in hospitals and a secure way for patients to store possessions without the need for physical keys.

In one NHS Trust alone, it was revealed that more than £273,000 was paid to patients and their families as compensation for lost possessions over five years.[1]


Shaun Powell, General Sales Manager – Healthcare/OEM Industrial at Abloy UK, explains:
“Certain areas within healthcare settings, such as the storage of bedside medication, require convenient yet secure on demand access for staff and patients alike. However, physical keys may not be the most convenient solution for the safekeeping of other products, assets, and patient possessions. 
“Locking draws, lockers, and bedside cabinets doesn’t need to be a pain, and by embracing more adaptive and advanced technologies, such as the KL100, healthcare providers can not only enhance security but also improve convenience for patients.”

The Aperio KL100 offers a comprehensive audit trail to identify who unlocked a cabinet and when – allowing tailor-made access and ensuring that patients have responsibility over their own belongings.

What’s more, staff carry their own programmable credential, meaning they no longer waste time waiting for the keyholder to medicine cabinets. This reduces the risk of lost keys, and credentials can be swiftly and easily revoked if required.

There are a variety of uses for this keyless lock, such as on bedside lockers in hospitals and POD lockers – in which patients can store their own medication – and storage within portable EPMA dispensing carts used by staff.

It can be an effective way for patients to keep personal belongings and medication safe without the use of a key. Once they are discharged the card or wristband can then be discarded and a new card programmed to the system.

The KL100 is part of the Aperio wireless lock range which can be fitted by various OEM medical furniture manufacturers to give an audit trail on new cupboards and cabinets.


Key benefits
  • Convenience for patients to store items such as jewellery, glasses, hearing aids and dentures during a hospital stay.
  • Ease of access for nurses and pharmacy staff in dispensing medication without carrying bulky sets of keys for individual patients’ drawers on trolleys.
  • Staff can store their belongings in their lockers while on shift with quick access from the swipe of a card or wristband.
  • It can seamlessly integrate with an existing EAC system – meaning there is one single database to manage.
  • Cable-free installation means minimum footprint on furniture and can be fitted onto wooden and metal doors.
  • The smart solution reads industry-leading RFID and mobile credentials.

 Shaun added:

 “When dealing with diverse security requirements - such as those in the healthcare sector - the conventional approach of relying solely on physical mechanical keys may not be the best solution. Abloy recognises the evolving landscape of security requirements and offers innovative alternatives tailored to diverse needs. 
“With this in mind, the KL100 Wireless Cabinet Lock is a reliable, agile, and scalable solution. It not only offers peace of mind for both staff and patients but can grow with an organisation to meet ever changing requirements.” 

 To find out more about how the KL100 in healthcare settings, go to https://bit.ly/3w2A4MV

For further information on products and services available from Abloy UK, visit www.abloy.co.uk, call 01902 364 500, or email info@abloy.co.uk.



[1] Source: https://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/news/compensation-payouts-for-thefts-and-losses-bite-into-nhs-budgets-1874581





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