Padlocks Technical Advice Centre

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What is the BS EN 12320 Padlock Grade?

BS EN 12320 is the UK equivalent and watered down grading system similar to that of the CEN Grades created by the Association of Building Hardware Manufacturers. It aims to provider the reader with a concise document which includes a summary of relevant sections from the European standard. Download your original copy here (800kb) The […]

What is the CEN grade?

CEN means Central European Norm. It was devised some time ago when the major padlock manufacturers got together to devise a testing standard. Until then it was confusing since there were plenty of standards for door locks and safes but non for padlocks. Some insurance companies tired to use these standards in relation to padlocks […]