April 22, 2020 – ABLOY USA is providing greater customer satisfaction by supporting the digital transformation of high security solutions since opening the U.S. Competence Center earlier this year. A dedicated team of experienced professionals is available 24/7 to offer technical expertise and fill orders for ABLOY PROTEC2 CLIQ™ locks and key systems and the new ABLOY® BEAT, a keyless solution introduced last month that combines a novel digital key, mobile app and an IP68-rated Bluetooth padlock.
Jerry Burhans, Managing Director of ABLOY USA, says unveiling the new resource will prove to be invaluable for customers and the coast-to-coast distributor channel partners network.
”The new ABLOY Competence Center in Irving, Texas proves our commitment to the United States critical infrastructure markets that we are willing to invest in supporting your detailed applications and integrations quickly, thoroughly and locally,” said Burhans, who joined ABLOY USA in December 2018. ”We believe the ABLOY CLIQ and ABLOY BEAT technologies will flourish in the coming months and years with this kind of support available.”
Michael Woody, ABLOY Customer Service & CLIQ Competence Center Manager, oversees the team of four professionals. He, sales engineer Rick Armenta, and CLIQ system specialists Edgar Marquez and Jeff McCormick, have 80 years of combined experience in security, access control, electronic assemblies and mechanical hardware, IT and software support. Woody believes one of the hallmarks the team can deliver is unparalleled service.
”We are looking to make the Competency Center a complete unit of excellence for all ABLOY products,” he said. ”Every team member contributes with their select skill set. This way, we have implemented policies and process flows and offer solutions that best suits our Voice of Customer concept. By doubling our production space with all new workstations, we can now handle complete production of CLIQ systems from small to large. With our capability of Tier 3 support – the highest level of ABLOY support possible – we are able to define root causes and have the necessary tools for proper diagnostics of returned products to implement a solution. Our Tier 1 & 2 personnel assist us with a resolution whenever it is necessary.”
Woody indicated his team is up to any challenge that is directed their way.
”In the first three months we received a wide range of questions, from software integrations down to the simplest of mechanical keying. For example, CLIQ is a hybrid system that combines industry leading mechanical disc technology with electronic components. One of our largest CLIQ customers began having issues with the operation of their locks. When the locks were diagnosed, we found there were substances in and around the electric motor area that raised concerns. The team determined the chemical lubrication being used was creating problems. We recommended the customer purchase the authorized ABLOY lubricant and we have continued to monitor the situation.”
One of the biggest tests Woody says the team has already encountered is working through the COVID-19 pandemic.
”The COVID-19 crisis has disrupted every aspect of daily life, operations and support. We typically do the majority of CLIQ training sessions on site or here in Irving. At this time we have suspended them for safety reasons, but we have been resourceful and have developed other options. These include the use of video conferencing platforms like Skype, Zoom, Microsoft Teams and WebEx.
”Since the coronavirus situation began in early March,” concluded Woody, ”we have been and continue to be fully operational. All personnel are required to wear masks and gloves and have their temperatures monitored every day before the start of their work shift. We have taken the utmost precautions so we can continue to be available to our customers and channel partners network.”
Photo Caption: The U.S. Competence Center team includes, from left to right: Rick Armenta, Edgar Marquez, Jeff McCormick and Michael Woody.