KEYSHIELD reaches new heights with kitemark

UNION Architectural Hardware has unveiled its new range of six-pin keySHIELDTM cylinders. Made exclusively in the UK, keySHIELDTM locks are a significant step up in physical security and can be quickly and simply retrofitted to existing Euro profile doorsets.

The range, including single and double cylinders, has a selection of key and key, and key and turn variants. All applications have been independently tested to BS EN 1303:2005 achieving the Kitemark for enhanced security and have Secure by Design approval.

Kirsi Solehmainen, product manager at UNION Architectural Hardware, said: “Achieving Kitemark status is a great achievement for this range of cylinders. We are constantly developing new products and it’s very important that we test our products to the most stringent standards. We hope the keySHIELDTM range, made in our Willenhall factory, will establish itself as the benchmark for high security cylinder locks.

“Typically, six-pin cylinders are significantly more secure than five-pin models. In fact, keySHIELDTM uses DURAguardTM technology to ensure bump resistance and has been tested to BS 3621:2007 within the UNION BS mortice lock assemblies (212441E/222441E). Each cylinder also benefits from drill and pick resistance and, when used with the appropriate security escutcheon, is resistant to attack from both snapping and chisel and twist.” 

KeySHIELD cylinders can be supplied individually keyed, keyed alike, or for small master key suites. The cylinders come in a variety of sizes and a selection of thumb turns are available including a large turn for compatibility with the Disability Discrimination Act. KeySHIELD has also been assessed under EN 16341 as suitable for use in 60 minute fire doors.

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