July 2017

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The Features of Industrial Security Padlocks

Security padlocks can be used in different ways depending on their composition, design, and strength. Often “standard” for individuals, they’re endowed with a variety of options when they secure industrial products and sites. Here are a few examples of security padlocks and their features.

Security seal

The padlock seal often consists of a wire clasp and a plastic body. While it doesn’t let you totally block opening and access, it’s nevertheless effective at providing proof of intrusion if damaged. The seal can also use a barcode to account for and track the goods equipped with it. Light and practical, it’s an excellent alternative to conventional padlocks when it’s not necessary to physically block access.

Security padlocks with steel, nylon, or aluminum handles

A security padlock can be reinforced by the presence of a hardened steel handle. It’s also possible to choose a nylon body to cut the flow of electrical current between the handle and the key. For its part, an aluminum handle is used to reduce the total weight of the padlock. Finally, stainless steel handles offer maximum resistance to corrosion.

Brass security padlocks

The body and handle of a solid brass padlock offer many advantages. First of all, brass has “anti-sparking” properties. It’s therefore perfectly suitable for flammable environments. It’s also a material that’s resistant to corrosion. This provides additional security over the long term.

Small, compact, lightweight padlocks

Their bodies are made of non-conductive nylon and their handles are made of aluminum. Perfect for visual tracking, they’re small in size and available in different colours.

Padlocks with nylon coating

Insulating the aluminum and/or steel of the body and handle of a padlock with nylon allows it to be protected from electric shocks. This covering also reinforces the strength of the device, namely by improving its resistance to corrosion.

Rolled steel padlocks

Applied to the body of the padlock, rolled steel provides excellent protection against rust. It’s often used in humid environments. To obtain optimal protection, it’s best to choose a stainless steel handle.

Options for secured padlocks

Padlock labels

There are consignment/condemnation labels that let you post warnings such as “danger” or “property of X,” for example.

Keys

Each padlock can possess a unique key. However, there are many options when it comes to organizing the sets of keys. For example, it’s possible to choose a group of padlocks that open with the same key, using a master key. It’s even possible to opt for a master key capable of opening several groups of padlocks.

For added security, padlocks are often equipped with a key retention device: it’s impossible to remove the key if the handle of the padlock isn’t properly closed.

Laser engraving

More effective than a label, laser engraving is ideal for naming a padlock without taking the risk that the information gets erased.

Companies that want to equip themselves with security padlocks must consider many parameters before validating their purchase. The environment, the weather, and access to sites and products are all critically important factors. Are you considering outfitting yourself with security padlocks? Don’t hesitate to contact professionals in this sector. They’ll help you make the right choices and therefore save valuable time and money.