ABLOY USA Partners With Neenah Foundry to Secure Underground Infrastructure

The partnership has resulted in the introduction of InfraLOCK, a high security locking system to secure vulnerable access points.

ABLOY USA Partners With Neenah Foundry to Secure Underground Infrastructure

InfraLOCK is a heavy-duty Neenah manhole cover that incorporates the ABLOY PLM340 padlock.

IRVING, Texas — ABLOY USA Critical Infrastructure Global Solutions announces an exclusive partnership with Neenah Foundry to introduce InfraLOCK, a high security locking system designed specifically to protect the nation’s underground infrastructure.

Neenah Foundry, based in Neenah, Wisc., manufactures cast iron manhole covers, gratings and similar items for municipal and construction applications. The company has produced its products for the water and sewer industries for nearly 150 years.

“Our Neenah partnership is vital to closing the gap with intricate critical infrastructure projects which are in need of mechanical and electronic high security-compliant solutions at the most difficult and potentially vulnerable access points,” says Jerry Burhans, managing director of ABLOY USA Critical Infrastructure Global Solutions. “They also need ways to authorize and track individuals requiring physical access inside their security perimeters. InfraLOCK makes this possible.”

InfraLOCK is a heavy-duty Neenah manhole cover that incorporates the ABLOY PLM340 padlock. The cover is furnished with a cast iron plug that conceals the weather-resistant padlock housing. When unlocked, the hardened steel constructed padlock swings to the side — and by design — cannot be removed from the housing. Pullback on a cast iron bar releases the locking mechanism and allows the cover to be removed.

ABLOY’s shackle-sealed, corrosion-resistant padlock provides a host of benefits. Burhans says it starts with patented disc-rotating technology, making the padlock almost impossible to pick, according to the announcement. Cylinder options inside the padlock allow for integrating systems to control keys, manage access rights, and perform audit trails with ABLOY CLIQ technology.

“The key is designed so it can only be duplicated by an ABLOY authorized distributor and cannot be 3D printed,” adds Burhans. “We’ve also tested it to withstand the harshest conditions and the Super Weather Proof [SWP] cap is IP68 rated.”

“Customers in the gas, water, sewer, aviation and telecom industries have asked us for a security solution for this type of infrastructure,” explains Rob Stumpf, product manager for Neenah Foundry.

Stumpf adds that integrating ABLOY access control technology takes this locking manhole cover to an entirely new level of security preparedness for end users. “What’s new about InfraLOCK is that it is a highly engineered secure manhole that’s extremely user friendly and simple to use. It operates just like a normal manhole cover.”

InfraLOCK is said to be easy to install and can be retrofit into existing frames without costly demolition, unnecessary hardware or installation expenditures. The housing can be fitted to virtually any standard manhole cover.

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