Fullex KINETICA+ K4 – The Most Feature-Packed 3* Cylinder Ever Made?
Published on 6 October, 2021Latest News
With so many of us working from home over the past couple of years and lockdown restrictions making it harder for burglars to wander around unnoticed, figures for domestic break-ins have gone down during the pandemic. But this is, unfortunately, a downward trend that is not expected to last. As people go back to their workplaces and our towns and cities return to their usual hustle and bustle, it will be the quality of security measures, rather than lack of opportunity, that keeps intruders at bay once again.
Introducing Kinetica+ K4, from Fullex Powered by UAP
At UAP Ltd, we are experts in door and window security, investing in product development that stays several steps ahead of the criminal community to prevent unauthorised access to a property. Our experience and product development expertise is cumulative, which means that our latest 3* cylinder, the Kinetica+ K4, combines innovative design and patented features from across our cylinder range, bringing them together with new details to create an industry-leading door security solution.
Our goal has been to deliver a solution that provides robust protection from bumping, picking and drilling, while offering an affordable and easy to install product suitable for any door or property type. The result is a product that has achieved a BSI 3* Kitemark, Secured by Design approval and Sold Secure Diamond Standard accreditation, along with durability testing to 100,000 operations to prove the cylinder’s security effectiveness and smooth operation over years of use.
The locksmiths we’ve tested it with so far have all agreed that nothing else compares with our Fullex Kinetica+ K4 for value, security features or ease of installation, and we are looking forward to highlighting the benefits of our innovative product development at MLA Expo. In fact, we are so confident that the Fullex Kinetica+ K4 offers an industry-leading standard of security to prevent break-ins that we are offering a free “cylinder registration scheme” where customers can receive free maintenance updates, key information and access to all registered keys and cylinders.
Harder to Break In
The Kinetica+ K4 has been designed with the patent-pending Fullex attack system, which prevents would-be intruders from manipulating the cam to gain access.
The cylinder has been constructed to break during an attack, protecting the lock from attack from the outside while keeping the door locked and enabling the cylinder to remain functioning on the inside of the property. Once the cylinder snaps, the drive bar springs forward at high speed, while dual attack rods fire sideways to prevent the drive bar from moving past a given point. The rotating cam also moves forwards independently and comes to an abrupt stop when the outer defence ring of the Kinetica cam hits the defence ring on the side of the barrel.
Once these protections have been activated, the intruder my attempt to release the cam by pushing the drive bar backwards. However, regardless of the tools in his kit or the amount of force he uses, the amount of movement is limited by the two attack rods, so the cam cannot be released in this way. He may then try to grab the drive bar, but the shaped end of the drive bar makes it virtually impossible to grab it using mould grips or plyers, because they will simply slip off the tapered ends, pushing it backwards inside the cam wall, rather than teasing it forwards. As a result, the intruder cannot manipulate or remove the cam to gain access.
The cylinder has been designed to resist various forms of attack. A strengthening bar reinforces the cylinder’s core for added protection against snapping.
Kinetica+ K4 has also been designed to overcome the risk of bumping. UAP has designed the cylinder with the patented Fullex anti-bump system, which does not use trap pins but has nickel-plated, hardened steel anti-bump pins to interrupt the timing of the locking pins when the cylinder is bumped.
The cylinder has been designed to prevent access by drilling too, with hardened steel anti-drill pins located either side of the key/ key cylinder, providing extra protection against lock manipulation, and on the exterior side of the key/ thumbturn cylinder. Anti-pick pins on each side of the cylinder also make it extremely difficult to gain access by picking the cylinder.
Kinetica+ K4: Easy to Install, Easier to Use
At UAP Ltd, our product development is driven by the expertise of our in-house team, our knowledge of the latest techniques being used to break in to homes by both locksmiths and criminals, and by the needs of installers and specifiers. We know that what’s important to installers and specifiers is a cylinder that looks good, performs well throughout its service life and is easy to install, that’s why we’ve designed Kinetica+ K4 to offer both ease of installation and enhanced security.
The industry-leading security features we have combined in a single 3* cylinder product have allowed the lock to be designed with no ring on the cam. This makes installation faster and easier, without compromising on the level of protection provided. A single sacrificial cut-line on the outside of the cylinder ensures a more robust and durable lock with improved protection from moisture and dust ingress, while aiding ease of installation.
With extreme reliability and ultra-strong turning forces built in by design, the Kinetica+ K4 has been tested to 100,000 cycles and proven to deliver the same level of security and smooth operation throughout this rigorous testing, demonstrating excellent performance throughout the equivalent of at least 25 years’ use.
Supplied in plastic-free packaging in a choice of polished brass, polished chrome or satin nickel, the Kinetica+ K4 is available with a choice of key or thumbturn internal locking. The thumbturn variant has been designed with the Fullex, patent pending, Helix TT; a highly durable thumbturn that is extremely easy and smooth to use, with no need to push before turning. This not only makes it more convenient for a wider array of end users, but also safeguards against the thumbturn being left in any position other than the correct, vertical alignment.
More Secure and Safer Too
Alongside the innovative approach to combining security features in a single 3* cylinder to deliver improved security, ease of installation and smooth operation, the UAP team has also considered how safety and hygiene can be incorporated into the Kinetica+ K4 too. The global pandemic has highlighted how quickly and easy germs and viruses can be transferred by contact and we have utilised biocidal technology to protect end-users from infection and bacteria.
Issued as standard with all Kinetica+ K4 cylinders, our new Bio keys combine a conventional metal blade with a chunky, coloured ABS thermoplastic polymer bow, which has been treated using a biocidal additive that impregnates the grip. This technology uses a proven silver compound biocide that has effective antibacterial and antiviral properties. UAP’s Bio keys have been tested to ISO 22196:2011 and shown to reduce Staphylococcus aureus and Escherichia Coli. They have also been tested to ISO 21702:2019 and shown to reduce SARS-CoV-2.
As the biocidal additive is an ingredient of the plastic, rather than a coating, it will never wear out or wear off, providing a permanent and effective hygiene measure for those using Kinetica+ K4 cylinders to access their homes.
Each Kinetica+ K4 cylinder will be supplied with three Bio+ keys and the lock has been designed as a one key solution for easy keying alike, ensuring spare key availability and affordability.
A game changer for the home security market, Kinetica+ K4 from Fullex, powered by UAP, is a best in class solution that responds to known vulnerabilities while anticipating potential criminal techniques and offering ease of installation and excellent performance for the end user. At every turn, the intruder is thwarted, defeating his objective of gaining access as quickly and furtively as possible and making him think twice about which properties to attack. Our goal is that Kinetica+ K4 will become notorious within the criminal community as the cylinder that should make you think twice about even attempting to break in.
To support the launch of the ground breaking new cylinder, UAP has developed an advertising campaign and a series of videos, which, alongside our presence at MLA Expo, will introduce the trade to the innovative range of features and benefits combined together for the first time in Kinetica+ K4. Look out for us on stand numbers H1: 25, 26, 27 and 28 in the press and online to find out more.