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Radio controlled security swinghandles from EMKA

29 October 2010

The EMKA Agent-E radio controlled solution to the new EC machine directive

The new EC Machine Directive relates to safety issues around items such as control cabinets and machine guards – issues close to the heart of market leaders EMKA who have an extensive range of both locks and hinges to deal with problems of unauthorised access. Explains EMKA M.D. Andy Billingham: “Until now machinery cabinets have often been equipped only with simple mechanical locks, which while adequate when respected, are vulnerable to abuse by anyone with a standard key. We are now convinced of the need within the industrial arena for a combination of electro-mechanical access controls and we believe that the ubiquitous radio key we have all come to use on our cars now shows the way in the factory or computer network. Consequently we have developed a new program of long life battery based radio security swinghandles, designated Agent E, with the specific aim of meeting equipment requirements such as the new EC Machine Directive.” This new development line by EMKA offers great benefits in terms of security, access recording, speed of installation and retro-fit. The new Agent E radio-controlled swinghandle program does not need hard wiring and may be installed on individual cabinets or large applications with many suites of cabinets. The EMKA Agent-E Manager remote software offers the possibility of wireless data transfer via an integral radio module whereby data can be transferred to a control station and/or master office. This enables the release of handles to be actioned remotely as well as control event logging. In a retro-fit application for example it is a simple matter to replace the existing mechanical lock with an electronic swinghandle with no wiring necessary. This is possible because of the low consumption technology which allows two AAA batteries to last approximately 3 to 4 years in normal use. The EMKA Agent E wireless lock program may be initialised and updated via laptop or handheld PC whereby the associated software changes and protocol updates can be effected. Further information on EMKA products and services may be found at:, where it is also possible to download any part or the entire EMKA product catalogue.

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