ABUS KeyGarage™: Smart Storage for Keys and Access Cards

Nov. 2, 2011

Security products come in all shapes, sizes and applications. Abus Lock Company, known for decades for their padlock and hasp innovations, has been expanding their product line.

The latest addition is their ABUS KeyGarage™, which securely stores keys, full size access cards and other small objects until needed. This smart design keeps the KeyGarage compact while providing a large storage compartment that can hold a range from six to 30 keys and up to eight access cards.

KeyGarages™ are manufactured with a solid metal housing and zinc die cast covers. Models 737, 787, and 797 all come with a resettable dial combination. Models 767 and 777 come standard with a resettable 10-push button style combination. The clean design of these KeyGarages™ is completed by a protective dial and button covering door to keep debris out. Models 777 and 797 have a unique detachable shackle for fixing the KeyGarage™ to a variety of doorknob shapes and sizes. Model 737 is a compact portable storage unit that can hold up to six keys and can also be attached to a variety of doorknob shapes and sizes.

Note: Laser engraving is available on the 787 and 797 KeyGarage™ doors. Contact ABUS Lock for more information.

Ecolution® Series

ABUS Lock’s new line of environmentally friendly Ecolution® Series padlocks and hasps includes the Laminated Eterna® 41 Series and the Anodized Aluminum 72 Series. These padlocks are manufactured with a high content of recycled raw materials. Further, food industry approved lubricants are also used in the manufacturing process. This ensures that all Ecolution® padlocks have a smooth and long lasting life. Lastly, this line uses 100 percent recycled paper products during production of the packaging and Safety Labels.

ABUS Ecolution® 72 Series Safety Padlock bodies and shackles are manufactured with recycled aluminum and come in a choice of nine different colored finishes. The ¼” diameter shackles are available in 1”, 1-1/2”, 3” and 4” heights. They are equipped with a chrome plated, six-pin tumbler for maximum corrosion resistance and key changes.   This lock is available with restricted (ABUS Profile) and non-restricted (RH-6) cylinders depending on the end users’ needs.

ABUS Ecolution® 41 Laminated Eterna® padlocks are manufactured from high quality recycled steel. The 41 Series padlocks are equipped with alloy shackles made from recycled steel and featuring a new Eterna® plating. This safe and easy to recycle Cadmium-Free plating covers the lock body and shackle and allows this lock to have the best corrosion resistance of any steel laminated padlock on the market today. The shackles are available in 3/4” and 1-1/2” heights, having a diameter of 17/64”. The Ecolution® 41 Laminated Series is manufactured in Germany at a Zero Waste Facility which means that 100% off all materials used in the manufacturing process are reused or recycled. The laminated padlocks are equipped with plastic colored bumpers for easy identification. They are equipped with a five-pin tumbler cylinder using the ABUS RH-5 key blanks. (See 41 40 Eterna Laminated Padlock Photo)

83 Series 2

ABUS expands the 83 Series 2 family with the introduction of three 83 Series padlocks - the 83WP-IC/53 LF-SCHLG, 83AL/40 S2 and 83AL-IC/40.

The ABUS 83WP-IC/53 LF-SCHLG has a solid steel body and a corrosion resistant plastic jacket. The body and shackle feature NanoProtect™ chrome plating, which provides additional protection against corrosion by ensuring surface uniformity. Laboratory salt spray tests on shackles with NanoProtect™ revealed up to five times better corrosion resistance then shackles without the plating.

This padlock accepts a large format (LFIC) Schlage core only. The core is further protected from the elements by a weather cap with a unique drainage design. The alloy steel shackle is operated by the ABUS patented Z-bar cam system. The Z-bar system allows for easy conversion between key retaining and non-key retaining systems. The 83WP-IC/53 LF-SCLG comes with a Schlage® LFIC driver and is available with a choice of multiple shackle lengths.

In the next 60-90 days, the additional additions in the 83 S2 family will be available. The ABUS 83AL/40 S2 is an anodized aluminum bodied padlock equipped with a ¼” diameter shackle. It comes with a choice of multiple shackle lengths. This padlock will come standard with the three ABUS patented features: cylinder pinning window, quick shackle change feature, and Z-bar capability. It is designed to accept most original equipment key-in-knob lock cylinders. It will be available in three colors.

The ABUS 83AL-IC/40 S2 anodized aluminum body is designed to accept small format interchangeable cores. This padlock has an anodized aluminum body that is equipped with a ¼” diameter shackle. This shackle is available with a choice of multiple shackle lengths. It will be available in three colors. This padlock provides a solution for safety lockout when wanting to use an interchangeable core system.

Note: Laser engraving is available on all the 83 Series padlocks. Contact ABUS Lock for more information.

Shackle collar

Another innovation is the development of a shackle collar that can be used with the 83 Series padlocks. This collar enables the use of a chain to secure the padlock. Previously, to secure a chain to a padlock, you either had to weld a link to the shackle or use a riveted connector attached to the end of the chain. The riveted connector method uses a relatively weak chain.

ABUS collars are available for the 83 Series in three shackle diameters; 5/16”, 3/8” and 7/16”. The hardened steel collars are specially drilled to fit onto the shackle but not to slide over the shackle curve.

To install the collar, the shackle must be removed from the padlock as it is slid onto the fixed leg. With the ABUS 83 Series patented feature of the quick shackle change, this makes this process very simple and one can change out shackles in seconds. Once the shackle has been removed, the collar is slid into place on the fixed leg and the chain is slid onto the shackle beneath the collar. The shackle is installed onto the padlock body. This way, when the shackle is unlocked the collar and the chain cannot be removed. The free end of the chain can be slid onto the open shackle leg. Locking the shackle then locks the chain in place. ABUS has ¼” diameter and 5/16” diameter chain available in pre-cut lengths of two, six and ten feet. These chains are covered with a nylon sleeve. Chain of larger sizes and lengths is also available upon request.

Chamber 6 Access

Finally, ABUS will be launching late 2011 their latest patented feature for the 83 S2 lock cylinder, called the C6A (Chamber 6 Access). This design features a slide cover over the 6th pin chamber. This feature allows the user to convert the cylinders form 5-pin to 6-pin in seconds by loading the 6th pin chamber from the back of the cylinder and sliding the cover in place. For all profiles, other then the Schlage® Everest C123, C145 and Corbin® L4 the 6th pin chamber will be uncovered.

Included with the C6A cylinder will be a small bag containing one slide cover, one mushroom pin and one spring. A bottom pin will not be included and must be provided by the locksmith servicing the padlock. The slide on the sixth pin chamber will indicate it is uncombinated.

This new patented feature will save time and money when it comes to having to pin multiple cylinders at once. More information will follow as the earliest release date will be December 2011.

For more information, contact your local locksmith distributor or ABUS Lock Company, 23910 North 19th Ave, #56 Phoenix, AZ 85085. Telephone: (623) 516-9933. Web Site: www.abuslock.com.