Automatic Merchandiser

AUG 2015

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The patent restricts who can pur- chase key blanks for the locks, which increases the level of security. High security locks will include a patented key as well as a hardened steel face or face with a steel pin inside, adds Faul- coner. The bolt that travels through the T-handle will also be made of a harder material to prevent the lock from being pulled out of the machine. Faulconer has seen this done with an automotive dent-pulling device on low-security locks. NAMA has an established and time-tested set of standards for locks and T-handles in the U.S. "Always purchase a lock that meets NAMA specifcations," said Dale Padjen, product development-security for Highfeld Manufacturing. Padjen, whose company was part of the NAMA committee years ago that helped to create the specifcations for vending locks and T-handles, explains that this ensures not only a quality product but also the conf- dence that these products will ft all standard vending machines. When purchasing a new route, get- ting new locks on vending machines should be a top priority, Padjen points out. He also recommends having a minimum number of locks per key, even if this means the route driver will have to carry several more keys. "The less number of locks per key – the less exposure to theft in the event of a breach in security from a lost or stolen key or a picking tool," he said. Operators might also want to consider using locks with a dead bolt instead of a spring bolt. Padjen has seen route drivers close a machine door with a spring bolt, knowing it's closed, but not realizing it isn't locked. A dead bolt forces the driver to turn the lock, ensuring the machine is secure. Lock-picking tools and techniques are evolving rapidly, but so too are the technologies to stop or hinder them. Operators should opt for qual- ity locks that meet NAMA standards and then consider the problems they face. That will help them determine how many and what type of locks in which to invest. '' Always purchase a lock that meets NAMA specifcations. '' Dale Padjen, product development- security, Highfeld Manufacturing Non lock and key security ideas Using more than 35 years designing and manufacturing security locks, Dale Padjen, product development- security, Highfeld Manufacturing, shares ways operators can increase their security measures: • Use a locking keyring where keys cannot be removed • Have personnel sign out and in for keys • Install a key lock box in ve- hicles for storage of keys when not in use • Keep inventory of all keys and destroy worn keys and locks — Practice good key control and accountability • Have employees who service machines always wear company apparel with a logo and proper identifcation • Change the driver's routes — often thieves follow a route driver learn- ing their route, making it easier to know when to attack the machine • Use Dynamic Scheduling (which changes the driver's route) Padjen also recommends operators investigate electronic locks as those systems allow the keys to work only at certain times which removes the worry of lost or stolen keys. He be- lieves it creates a more secure and effcient locking system that can contribute to bottom-line savings. Looking at each lock shape, construction material and if it includes an electronic component will help determine if a lock will meet a specific need. 16 Automatic Merchandiser August 2015 S E C U R I T Y

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