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Electrical locking equipment presents energy saving opportunity under EuP directive.

Abloy Security : 29 August, 2007  (Technical Article)
Replacing electro-magnetic locks and strikers with multi-function electronic locks provides UK businesses with the means to comply with the European Energy-using Products Directive which comes into force during 2008.
The lower energy requirement of multi-function electric locks is set to prompt a significant shift away from electro-magnetic locks when the UK adopts the Energy-using Products (EuP) Directive 2005/32/EC - which is anticipated to happen in 2008.

Switching to higher security performance electric locks will not only enable end-users to comply with this new green directive, but also lead to significantly reduced energy costs as, unlike electro-magnets, electric locks do not draw power 24/7.

Abloy Security electric locking expert Ray Callaghan comments: "A recent study (by Borer Data Systems) revealed that a massive £24,500-worth of energy costs could be saved by replacing the existing electro-magnetic locks on a 50-door access control system with electric strikes.

"Because electro-magnetic locks provide a minimal level of security, said to be 'merely enough keep an honest man out', they are generally only fitted as an entry level with the most basic of access control systems."

In addition to this imminent environmental directive and the increased security performance of electric locks, the producer responsibility and product take-back obligations of WEEE1 and RoHS2 will also strengthen the case for choosing and installing electric locks instead of electro-magnetic locks.
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