We’ve added a key bitting specification for Mul-T-Lock’s Classic and Interactive platform to our Key Bitting Specifications Tool under the “High Security” tab.
Mul-T-Lock’s Classic platform introduced a revolutionary telescoping dimple design to the industry in the 1970s. This design utilizes a dimple key which uses inner and outer key cuts to interact with corresponding inner and outer bottom pins. When the Classic’s patent expired in 1994 it’s successor, the Interactive, was introduced. The Interactive improved on the Classic’s design with the debut of the “interactive element”. This interactive element, per LockWiki.com, is “a moving element in the key [used] to raise a pin stack higher than physically possible by a traditional key.”
The success of the Classic and Interactive platforms was immediate and widespread. Classic and Interactive keys and locks can be found all over the world and both platforms, while no longer carrying active utility patents, are still in production today. They are especially popular in Israel, Canada, and the United States.
We have updated the Cam, Furniture, and Utility page in the Library using our new format. This is one of our largest Library updates/sections; there are over 200 unique files within it. We have new manufacturer’s literature for:
Abloy Security Inc.
ASSA High Security Locks
BEST Access Systems
Medeco Security Locks
Olympus Lock, Inc.
This literature includes service manuals, programming and operating instructions, catalogs, and data sheets. Also we have a link to Olympus Lock, Inc.’s Video Library which contains many informative servicing videos.
This article is courtesy of Wayne Winton of WaynesLockShop.com. For more “How-To” pictures and videos, including the largest collection of online locksmith training videos, please visit WaynesLockShop.com.
Today we are installing a storefront door exit indicator. Exit indicators allow building occupants an unmistakable notification of the lock’s status: either locked or open/unlocked. When an exit indicator is used in conjunction with appropriate signage, such as a sticker that reads “THIS DOOR TO REMAIN UNLOCKED DURING BUSINESS HOURS”, building/life safety codes can allow deadlocks/bolts to be used in lieu of exit devices. This ability is especially important to storefront businesses who desire the extra security that a deadlock/bolt offers. In some cases, the AHJ may also allow cylinders on both sides of the door to be utilized as long as an exit indicator is in use.
Multiple manufacturers offer exit indicators that work in conjunction with storefront door mortise locks. Perhaps the most popular exit indicator is Adams Rite’s 4089. The 4089 exit indicator is compatible with Adams Rite’s MS1837, MS1850S, MS1850S-050, SCH1850S, MS1850SN, MS1850SN-050, SCH1850SN, MS+1890, MS1950, MS1950-050 series deadlocks as well as their 1870, 1870HM, 1877 series cylinder-operated flushbolts.
Like most jobs, there is more than one way to do something and installing a new exit indicator is no different.
The first way is with a jig and router. In the video below, I am using the HIT-45AR2 template with the HIT-45 modular clamp. It allows for a quick, professional, factory-like installation in the field. Also in the video is a second way: “freehanding” with a step-bit and a drill. Take a moment to check out both methods in action as well as a few additional tips.
For a closer look, here are some job site photos from other installations: