Imagine driving a 34-meter truck from a muddy and salted road to icy and slippery conditions, with temperatures ranging from plus four to minus 37 degrees in a one day. If there isn’t enough challenge, the valuable cargo on board is sure to add to the excitement. This requires a lot not only from the car, but also from the lock hanging behind the load. That is exactly why Abloy wanted the Finnish transport company Kaukokiito to pilot the new ABLOY BEAT padlock in real action on the Helsinki-Kuusamo route, running 800 kilometers from southern Finland to the north. Kaukokiito is Finland’s leading private transport system with over 60 years of experience in the industry.
Currently, the keyless, mobile-controlled ABLOY BEAT lock is being piloted globally from North America to Africa and from water utilities to telecommunications companies. The aim is to test the operation of the Super Weather Proof padlock under different circumstances throughout the whole critical infrastructure sector. In Kaukokiito’s case the results are sought especially in the the lock’s response to cold, corrosion and vibration.
– At this time of year, a lot of corrosive material from road salt to gravel and pitch rises from the road. In addition, humidity and severe temperature fluctuations between Helsinki and Kuusamo bring their own challenge to a lock that can accumulate ice of up to ten cents on either side, says Toni Sandholm, Joensuu area terminal manager from Kaukokiito.
Toni Sandholm, Kaukokiito