Select The Correct Security Padlock
Security padlocks are used to lock specific equipment or machinery, or even entire areas, during preventive maintenance or repair. They are an integral part of industrial safety measures and are equally important in any environment with heavy machinery or electrical installations.
What to look for when choosing a security padlock?
Security padlocks are difficult to overstep and are more effective at limiting access than security labels and other purely visual indicators that may not attract attention. Here are some of the factors that help.
The durability of the security padlock requires careful attention. The material used to make a safety padlock determines its durability. Material selection includes:
Steel - Steel padlocks have excellent durability and tensile properties. They can also withstand high temperatures and corrosive substances.
Aluminum - a near competitor to steel, this material is almost equally strong and durable, but it can withstand high temperatures, ultraviolet light, and other chemicals. Anodized alumina variants are also used in the food processing industry.
Non-conductive material - ideal for latching electrical installations and in highly sensitive environments, such as hospitals or mines, a safety padlock made from this material can prevent accidental surges or leakage of residual power.
Composites - Composites are specially formulated products (polyester, polycarbonate, fiberglass, and minerals) with high-temperature resistance, corrosion resistance, chemical resistance, UV resistance, and water resistance - damage resistance. They are also portable and therefore highly portable.
Typically, each lock is paired with a different/unique key to ensure security. However, it is quite possible to operate a set of locks with a single key. This can prove especially effective in terms of security locks for locking.
Typically, each employee or technician has their own set of similar key locks, so employees can use all of them with just one key.
Padlock identification enables personnel in a workshop, factory setting, or any other work environment to notice that a given area or machine is blocked until further notice. Security locks can be customized using laser engraving, personalized labels, or brightly colored colors and text to make them more effective. However, the materials used in the coatings should meet the specific requirements of the industry.
In addition to significant visual and physical limitations, padlock identification often contains important information about the technician in the maintenance area/equipment, nature of the problem, anticipated downtime, etc. A lock can also have a photo ID to make identification easier.
Ideally, each technician would have a set of tagged security locks, preferably using the same key lock to make the locking process simple and fast.
In addition to identification options that can be used on padlocks, specific lockout tags can also be used in conjunction with security locks. Attaching the lockout tags to the currently used lock hook can also prove to be an economical and effective method of meeting safety standards.
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