Locks & Padlocks (3): the results of the new tests

Did you follow our blog last week? Well then, you will already know that the Viro item 304 padlock (rectangular padlock with a brass body and 60 mm base), was found, after being subjected to the corrosion resistance test, together with a product imported from the Far East, to be perfectly operational, unlike the competitor’s product.
In this week’s blog we will see how much resistance the Viro Made in Italy product proved to have during the cutting and shackle pull-out tests, compared to the competitor’s imported product.

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Locks & padlocks: resistance tests in salt spray for Viro 304 padlock.

As we mentioned in last week’s blog, this week it is time for facts, and we will tell you how the two padlocks (one original Viro and one not) reacted to the corrosion resistance test. Just like the tests carried out on the Viro and imitation chains, we also used for the padlock comparison tests, within our testing laboratory, instruments to determine the true quality of the products.
The main purpose of the tests is to monitor the behaviour of the materials used and the products made from these materials, reproducing the actual conditions of use.

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Locks & Padlocks: three steps to recognise a good quality padlock

After looking at “Padlocks & chains”, where we spoke in length about testing, mainly comparing Viro chains Made in Italy and imitations from the Far East, we are now focussing on padlocks.
The aim is always the same: to check the true quality of the products, providing you with some concrete evidence. We begin today by briefly summarising the three basic steps to recognise a good quality padlock.

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Installing an electric striking plate: what are the advantages?

In the last blog we discovered the practical feature of the electrical striking plate, which allows you to open a door remotely, without changing the mechanical lock already installed.
Some might think that this is the only advantage that the installation of an electric strike provides, but is not so! Let’s see why.

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Can you can open a door remotely without changing the mechanical lock that’s already fitted?

The topic this week is inspired by a question from one of our readers:
“How can I automatically open the door of my apartment building from a distance, which is fitted with a mechanical lock?”
The answer is very simple: just install an electric striking plate. Let’s see how!

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Protecting your bicycle: U-lock or twisted cable?

During this post-Christmas period we hear a lot of talk about not only the gifts received but, unfortunately, also thefts which been made. It is not just about household burglaries but often the widespread phenomenon of bicycle theft.
We at Club Viro Security hope that Christmas only brought you gifts, and not unpleasant surprises.
To prevent this, we are going to talk today of two methods used to protect your bike: the padlock and chain with and the U-lock.

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Padlocks & Chains: Original “Blocca Catena” vs. Imitations (III)

To conclude this short series of blogs, which discuss an Original Viro Blocca Catena and an imitation made in the Far East, we are talking about a third experiment carried out on both the padlocks, to test their strength.
It was seen in the last blog, which described the chain cutting test, that the original Blocca Catena passed the test well, withstanding attempts to cut with a hacksaw, whereas its copy was cut very easily. Would this also have been the case with the respective padlocks? Let’s see how the two products reacted to the impact test.

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Padlocks & Chains: Original “Blocca Catena” vs. Imitations (II)

As promised in the last blog, we are returning to the two protagonists of the last episode, the Blocca catena and its imitation.
The market is awash with imitations, often presented as products almost identical to the originals, but much cheaper. However, in reality, these items copy the appearance of the original without even coming close to the security requirements. Whoever buys them therefore unknowingly exposes their assets to enormous risks, which these imitations are unable to protect against.
After subjecting the original and the copy to corrosion resistance tests, this time we are checking the resistance to cutting.

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