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EMKA Biometric Access Control - Compliance, Audit, Integrity

For datacentre managers and others with an interest in physical protection of cabinet and enclosure content either to protect critical data or simply to prevent tampering with control systems we have provided a new page on this site dedicated to our systems offered in conjunction with Digitus Biometrics.

The EMKA biometric systems operate under the four headings of Control, Compliance, Audit and Integrity – in particular we recognise that stopping access control at the building main door provides no protection against insider theft, consequently EMKA systems provide biometric access control at the cabinet door – restricting even insiders unless validated.

EMKA/Digitus proprietary technology secures any type of server cabinet or access point so that from a single platform, access points around the world may be managed and monitored in real-time.

Enclosure hardware security from EMKA UK

In this white paper Andy Billingham discusses how new demands in the area of industrial security drive a continuous development process in tandem with new materials and production technologies. He suggests these demands may be most easily categorised as:

  • Very low level – no access restriction but protection of personnel and equipment required – a simple wing knob latch may be sufficient.
  • General access limited and equipment protection needed – but a simple key system is needed – perhaps a quarter turn lock with a triangular key.
  • Restricted access and equipment protection – but low value or risk – a higher security key system is appropriate, a profile cylinder key lock would be a suitable choice.
  • Higher risk or value – perhaps requiring an electronic mechanism e.g. specialist private manufacturing establishments or research centres.
  • Very high risk/value e.g. data centres or utilities where a comprehensive logging/monitoring and control system is vital – remotely accessible e.g. via an encrypted internet link.


The white paper explains how in turn these have an effect on usage of materials and the design concept. In this respect the trend is toward increasing sophistication – it’s no longer acceptable to open a control or data cabinet with a screwdriver if you don’t have the key! So where once a wing knob latch was sufficient it is important to consider the need for keylocks – perhaps to IP65 or even IP69 and the option of vibration resistant compression locks which prevent nuisance door opening, as well as more complete gasket pull-down and consistently higher IP sealings.


Other demands call for other materials such as high grade engineering plastics and yet other technologies – leading us to Biometric locking and three tier security. Read the full white paper here: www.emkablog.co.uk/enclosure-hardware-security.

New EMKA Catalogue has even more ingenious locking technology - locks, handles, hinges, swinghandles and gasket

We now have available our 2017/2018 general catalogue packed full of established products and many new ones. These include quarter-turn locks and latches, an extensive modular program of swinghandles with matching rod locking systems and enclosure/cabinet sealing gasket profiles. Substantial space is given over to hinges for prominent and flush doors. The catalogue is available free in printed or online forms.

Typically the new EMKA catalogue also details our stainless steel range of locks and hinges and the toggle latch and hook programs.

We have followed through in this catalogue with a specialist range for the HVAC industry – complimented by other industry specific ranges for Transport and Electronic Data Centre security which are covered in separate brochures. As befits one of the world’s foremost enclosure hardware manufacturers, this 2017/2018 catalogue also deals with our custom production capability. A wealth of information is included regarding standards, certification, industry terminology and best practice, e.g. regarding gasket usage.

The new EMKA catalogue can be obtained free from us by calling 024 7661 6505, by email to: emka@emka.co.uk or downloaded from our website at www.emka.com/uk_en/products/download/industry/.

EMKA hardware for industry

Wherever you find a cabinet or enclosure you can also find EMKA providing access control – securing people and equipment across industry – like this production line where we see numerous desks, cabinets, enclosures, boxes and specialist control panels.

“Everything but the enclosure” has been a continuing theme for us in provision of locks, swinghandles, hinges, sealing gasket, latches, handles, catches and related items that go to making high quality housings for electrical and electronic systems. Our panel hardware is available in high grade reinforced polyamide, zinc die and stainless steel to suit environments from the office to the production line and beyond where for example regular pressure wash-down may be required – demanding appropriately high IP ratings.

See our range for “industry” on our website – and if you don’t see what you need then we can probably help you with a custom design.

Specialist handles for HVAC panels from EMKA UK

Read the full whitepaper here: www.emkablog.co.uk/hvacpanelhardware. The global HVAC industry is rapidly changing with a trend to natural refrigeration systems, although these still need controls and compartments. Such systems match the needs of a growing building industry worldwide including stores and offices with a parallel demand for large HVAC installations. This, together with constant upgrading - Read more ...

Quick assembly IP69K quarter-turn latch from EMKA

Our new quarter-turn latch combines the ruggedness of zinc die with robust engineering grade polyamide in an IP69K quick clip-fit assembly which enables time and cost savings in the production phase of enclosures, housings and access panels, while ensuring an exceptionally high degree of sealing for harsh environments. Insert/escutcheon assemblies are available in zinc die/polyamide, polyamide/zinc - Read more ...

EMKA Website front page

We are delighted to have a new look ( and mobile friendly) website - live today our new site can be found here giving a stylish new look to the quality EMKA range of cabinet and enclosure hardware - as always we aim to supply " Everything but the Enclosure" with specialist locks, handles, swinghandles - Read more ...

EMKA toggle latches and handles

Call them toggle latches, over-centre catches, wire latches, hook clamps, latch clamps - whatever you call them, here at EMKA we have a great selection in plated steel and stainless steel for industrial and general purposes - most of us have seen them used on packing cases but they are widely used for closing panels - Read more ...

New locks, hinges and sealing options

It feels like Manufacturing industry has been out of sync with the high street for a very long time - since the 70s this has been the case - there seems to be a lag whereby when the high street is squealing about "lack of interest" - and even the stock markets are bemoaning "lack of sentiment" - Read more ...

EMKA vehicle door sets

EMKA vehicle door sets

Hardware fittings for specialist vehicles such as caravans, trucks, horseboxes, coaches and similar have very particular requirements in terms of, for example, safety flush fitting and ease of use, or the need to fit within very thin panels - our range of vehicle hardware addresses these requirements. A good example is the 9301 recessed circular - Read more ...

Low cost FORT locks

EMKA FORT budget locks

We are delighted to have in our portfolio the FORT range of general hardware low cost quarter turn locks for office furniture, cupboards, alarms, lockers, toolboxes etc from the EMKA global group of companies. The Fort range includes barrels, cam-locks and special locks with the unique and flexible Fort key system and using standard UK mounting - Read more ...

EMKA BioLock – biometric technology at the handle for server security

If you manage your own data centre, colocation facility or technical data repository, then you know how important security is. It is essential that you safeguard sensitive information from physical theft, hacking, data breaches and human error. Fortunately, much has already been written about this topic, but this article is intended help you strengthen your - Read more ...

EMKA special rail transport locks

The lock program at EMKA focuses on many niche sectors - a significant one is the rail transport industry which has some specific needs - for example high speed lock protection, slam locks for internal doors, flush mounted locks for slim doors, locks with visual indication, corrosion resistant locks - eg high performing reinforced polyamide - Read more ...

EMKA cabinet and enclosure hardware developments

Much has happened since the Millennium where the feedback over those years from developing products to keep pace with industrial needs has driven the development of ubiquitous items like quarter-turn locks and latches which form a core range with companies such as EMKA (UK). In the 1990’s a typical ¼ turn lock was IP54 rated - Read more ...