May 26, 2020 – The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) has recognized ABLOY USA’s high security PL340 padlock for meeting the regulations as a locking device for securing explosives magazines. Only padlocks that are constructed with at least five disc tumblers and a case hardened shackle with a diameter of at least 3/8’s-inch are substantially equivalent to the regulations of 27 CFR 555, Subpart K.
ATF is best known for investigating and preventing federal offenses involving the unlawful use, manufacture, and possession of firearms and explosives, acts of arson and bombings, and illegal trafficking of alcohol and tobacco products. The agency also is responsible for the regulation – via licensing, the sale, possession, and transportation – of firearms, ammunition, and explosives in interstate commerce.
”To my knowledge, we are the only security lock company that has had ATF inspect and verify their cylinder design. This validation is important for explosive safety and compliance personnel in the mining, blasting, wireline, and construction industries,” said Shayne Spears, ABLOY’s Vertical Market Manager for Oil & Gas, and Mining.
The ATF determination acknowledged the PL340 is effectively pick-proof due to the capabilities of ABLOY PROTEC2 CLIQ™, a hybrid system that combines industry-leading mechanical disc technology with electronic components. Spears said the specific information ATF requested should reassure any potential user who is considering CLIQ, PROTEC2, or any older key systems used in the PL340, which was first introduced to the industry in 2001.
”Having this critical determination clarifies the overall picture for end users,” informed Spears. ”Our PL340, PL342, PL350, and PL362 padlocks can be confidently used to secure various explosive types such as dynamite, blasting caps, display fireworks, black powder, or ANFO (ammonium nitrate/fuel oil).”
The PL340, and PL342 series meet and excede grade 5 according to ASTM standards, while the PL350, and PL362 is grade 6. All of these padlocks offer maximum resistance to physical attack due to the case hardened, free-spinning protection plate that prevents drill bits from penetrating the lock. The unique rotating disc cylinder system ensures it is pick-proof and provides for a vast range of comprehensive master key options. The padlocks are also equipped with a 10 mm or 15 mm diameter case hardened boron steel shackle. For more information, visit www.abloyusa.com.