Highfield Offers New Locking Ring for Smart Meters
Designed for AMI and AMR Ring-Type Meter Enclosure Installations
Bridgeport, CT, October 21, 2010 – Highfield Manufacturing Company, a leading global producer of high-quality security systems for the utility industry, now offers a locking ring for smart meters.
Highfield’s AMLR (Advanced Meter Locking Ring) is designed for advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) and automatic meter reading (AMR) ring-type meter enclosures. The new ring gives electric utilities an affordable tool to help guard against tampering and theft, protect their investment and ensure the accuracy of metering information.
“Unlike traditional meters, smart meters are not inspected regularly. Therefore, tampering, energy theft and illegal reconnection of service may go undetected for a long time,” explains Ed Cirella, Highfield’s Director of National Sales. He adds that unsecured meters can lead to millions of dollars in lost revenue, especially as more utilities transition to smart metering technology. “Electric utilities have the best opportunity to lock down meters during AMI and AMR installations, when company resources are deployed to upgrade meter sites throughout their system,”
The AMLR is easy and quick to install. A key is not required for installation, since a preloaded barrel lock and end cap are included with each ring, giving utilities an extra level of key control. Also, the notched rear flange of the ring allows rapid mounting in the field. The AMLR can be supplied in either stainless steel or case-hardened carbon steel and includes a short or long barrel lock made of the same metal alloy. The ring is manufactured to ANSI Meter Standards.
Highfield Manufacturing Company is a global producer of high-quality security products that help electric, gas and water utility industries meet their safety, security and revenue protection needs. The company also offers a complete line of locking devices and hardware, including safety valves, accessories and specialty products for diverse customers in the home heating oil, natural gas, utility, industrial OEM and niche markets. Founded more than 75 years ago, Highfield is a division of Rexnord Industries, LLC. For more information, please visit www.highfield-mfg.com.
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