Company: National Fire & Security Limited
POWER draw in access control systems isn’t something installers and end users think about but it’s something that needs to be taken into account. A large access control solution has a considerable collective power draw, 24 hours a day and 365 days a year. This is because electric locks must be constantly powered to retain a seal.
In developing its EcoLine, FSH directly targets sleeping power draw, slashing it by up to 5 times. When extrapolated across several hundred or several thousand access controlled doors, the ongoing savings provided by these locks over their long lifetimes are likely to pay for their purchase.
“We’ve put a lot of effort into developing this range and it really does make a difference to the power draw of an entire access control system,” says FSH MD, Trevor Mackle.
The star product in the lineup is EcoLock VE1260, a high security motorised drop bolt which also features pre-load/side load resistance capability of 35kg. According to Mackle, this locking device is similar to the Assa Abloy TRIMEC V-Lock but he says it’s significantly advanced.
The EcoLock VE1260 is durability tested to 900,000 cycles and also has that multi-voltage capability. In this case, it can handle anything from 11-30VDC. There’s a holding strength of 1000kg, a 5-year warranty, full monitoring, including a reed switch for door position, and, last but not least, there’s an outstanding sleep mode current draw of less than 15mA@12V DC. The device also has optional locking plates to pull in doors with misalignment of up to 12mm.
“We’ve put a lot of effort into developing this range and it really does make a difference to the power draw of an entire access control system”