July 2019 Industry Events

Here are some of the industry events taking place this July:

  • July 9 – 11  Electronic Opening Solutions (ASSA ABLOY) (Monroe, NC)
  • July 11 Creating Pinning Charts for Small Format Interchangeable Cores (SFIC) (Webinar)
  • July 13 2019 Lancaster Lock Show (Morgantown, PA)
  • July 14 Penn-Ohio Locksmith Association (POLA) July Meeting (Canton, OH)
  • July 16 – 18 Corbin Russwin, Norton, Sargent and Yale Product Installation and Servicing (ASSA ABLOY) (Garland, TX)
  • July 20 Tennessee Organization of Locksmiths (TOOL) Forensic Locksmithing Class (Memphis, TN)
  • July 23 – 25 Electronic Opening Solutions (ASSA ABLOY) (Garland, TX)
  • July 23 – 26 Door Opening Essentials (ASSA ABLOY) (Carol Stream, IL)
  • July 26 Intertek Qualified Hardware Installer Program Exam (ASSA ABLOY) (Ontario, CA)

Help support the industry by attending these events. A lot of planning and hard work goes into making these events a reality.
For more information on these events, visit our Events page. Additional information, including links, is included with each Event entry. To add an event, please Contact Us.

By |2019-06-28T09:00:00+00:00June 28th, 2019|All, Events Update, Industry|0 Comments

Tyler's Take: The Case for ALOA's Webinar Revival

Introduction

Webinars are web-based seminars (web + seminar = webinar). Webinars allow anyone with a computer/tablet and an internet connection to attend a class, presentation, lecture, workshop, etc.
Consider the problems that locksmiths typically encounter when seeking continuing education related to the trade:

  • The opportunities might not exist within a reasonable vicinity of their home and/or office.
  • They may not be able to justify costs associated with traveling to a class or classes.
  • They may not be able to leave their business in order to pursue continuing education.

No matter the case, webinars are one solution available to potentially solve these problems and provide locksmiths with continuing education opportunities.

Benefits

There are great benefits associated with the use of webinars for continuing education. They include:

  1. Cost: With no venue to rent, no travel or lodging costs to cover, etc., webinars are inherently the most cost-effective instructor-led education option available to locksmiths.
  2. Availability: Again, webinars are available to anyone with a computer/tablet and an internet connection. Whether you’re in Bangor, Maine or Seattle, Washington, you’re capable of attending the same class at the same time. It doesn’t get any easier than that!
  3. Efficiency: Webinars are generally shorter in duration than their in-person counterparts, typically lasting between 1-3 hours. It is also not uncommon for webinars to be conducted on weeknights outside of normal business hours, such as between 6 and 8 PM. Each characteristic of webinars would reduce the impact of continuing education on an attendee’s schedule.

Historical and Modern Day Locksmith Webinars

In 2011 ALOA tried their hand with webinars. From an attendee’s perspective, I considered it a resounding success. I attended 3 classes offered and I recall that each one was filled to capacity; caps being set at either 25 or 35 attendees per class. Additionally, multiple offerings of the same class were offered which mean that, at the very least, the demand was there from the start.
ALOA is not the only one in the industry to try their hand at webinars however. ASSA ABLOY currently offers 58 online classes (essentially webinars) via their ASSA ABLOY Academy which are, by all indications, very popular. Other manufacturers, such as CDVI, have offered webinars for product training in recent years as well. Recently, Wayne Winton has offered and self-hosted multiple webinars via WaynesLockShop.com.  Having attended all of the aforementioned webinars, I can state unequivocally they have been well-attended and well-received, indicating that webinars are still viable and desired.

ALOA’s Benefits

From ALOA’s standpoint there are two very favorable benefits: revenue and reputation.
First, webinars would result in additional revenue for the association. Using historical metrics (25-35 attendees at $35 each), the Association stands to generate $875 – $1225 in revenue with each webinar. I am not privy to ALOA’s costs associated with conducting webinars but typical webinar “software” currently runs ~$40 a month for unlimited classes, typically capped at 25 attendees per class. Coupled with typical administrative costs and instructor fees, I find it hard to believe that ALOA couldn’t make money with each webinar offered.
Second, if ALOA were to re-take a proactive stance towards making education available online via webinars then that certainly would improve their reputation by way of increased membership benefits.

Criticism

Perhaps the biggest criticism of webinars is that they undermine in-person classes. The reasoning behind this criticism is that since you’re making education cheaper and more ubiquitous, there will be a reduced demand for in-person classes, which could have larger underlying effects such as reduced ALOA Convention attendance. Wayne Winton offered a great rebuttal to this. To paraphrase, Wayne says that since nothing can ever realistically compete with hands-on classes and training, it’s not really a threat. He’s absolutely right.
Nevertheless, if we conceded this argument – that webinars undermine in-person classes – a viable solution would be to offer topics/subjects that aren’t typically offered by in-person classes or utilize niche topics that would never be offered by in-person class. By adopting this strategy you would eliminate any possibility of competition, indirect or not.
Additionally, a solid argument could be made that even if you did cross-over topics, webinars could act as excellent “teasers” for an in-person class. If someone is able to get a cursory overview of a topic, such as frame removal and installation, they may be more apt to take an in-person class because they’ve seen that the subject/topic isn’t that daunting. Some people would rather $25-35 for a webinar on frame removal and installation to get a “taste” of things before spending $285 – $435 to attend an in-person class, plus all other associated transportation and lodging costs. In other words, webinars could feasibly act as a promotional tool for in-person classes.
 

By |2019-05-16T09:00:27+00:00May 16th, 2019|All, Industry, Tyler's Take|0 Comments

Reference Showcase: SE Lock and Key's Live Stream

In the past we’ve showcased other reference sources on this website. We’ve showcased blogs and apps as well as communities, such as Locksmith Nation, and other reference websites, such as Wayne’s Lock Shop. Continuing with this tradition, we wanted to take a moment to showcase SE Lock and Key’s YouTube channel, specifically the live steams.
SE Lock and Key is no a stranger to this website, there are numerous links to Jason’s (the owner of SE Lock and Key and friend of this website) videos in our Library. Jason’s YouTube channel contains over 600 locksmith-related videos. Often light-hearted and jovial, these videos provide a wealth of information and insight into the trade.
One aspect that makes Jason’s channel unique from the rest is that every Wednesday at 7 PM EST/6 PM CST and Saturday at 12 PM EST/11 AM CST, Jason live streams from his shop for ~1 hour.  During these live streams, Jason shares recent jobs, stories, information, and even takes questions. If you can’t make one of the live streams, Jason archives each stream and makes them available on his channel. No matter when you view them, these streams are truly a fountain of education for other locksmiths. Subscribe to Jason’s channel and set a reminder on your calendar to check out the live steams. You won’t be disappointed!

By |2019-05-08T15:09:39+00:00May 8th, 2019|All, Industry|0 Comments

May 2019 Industry Events

May is here and it’s full of classes, seminars, workshops, and more! Here are some of the industry events taking place this month:

  • April 30 – May 2 ASSA ABLOY Master Keying Solutions Class (ASSA ABLOY) (Ontario, CA)
  • April 30 – May 2 Corbin Russwin, Norton, Sargent, and Yale Product Installation and Servicing (ASSA ABLOY) (Ontario, CA)
  • May 1 Dormakaba Training (San Diego, CA)
  • May 2 Minneapolis LSDA Open House (Bloomington, MN)
  • May 3 – 4 Oklahoma Master Locksmith Association May 2019 Classes & Meetings (Oklahoma City, OK)
  • May 6 – 10 SHDA 49th Annual Industry Advancement Summit (Phoenix, AZ)
  • May 7 Altronix and Hanwha Counter Day (Lenexa, KS)
  • May 7 Nashville Schlage Sense Connect and Locknetics Counter Day (Nashville, TN)
  • May 7 Rixson Product Training (ASSA ABLOY) (Carol Stream, IL)
  • May 7 Rosslare Counter Day (Metairie, LA)
  • May 8 Door Controls Workshop (ASSA ABLOY) (Carol Stream, IL)
  • May 8 Hikvision Counter Day (Hackensack, NJ)
  • May 9 Anixter’s Houston Crawfish Boil and Expo (Spring, TX)
  • May 9 May LSA of Michigan General Meeting (Troy, MI)
  • May 14 Interlogix Training (Albuquerque, NM)
  • May 15 North Texas Alarm Association (NTAA) CEU Training Class (Carrollton, TX)
  • May 15 – 16 IDN-Hardware St. Louis Markapalooza Trade Show (Maryland Heights, MO)
  • May 16 Allegion Locknetics Counter Day (Raleigh, NC)
  • May 16 Anixter’s 9th Annual BBQ & Product Showcase (Albuquerque, NM)
  • May 16 DSC Counter Day (Cheektowaga, NY)
  • May 17 – 18 Alabama Locksmith Association May Classes (Pell City, AL)
  • May 17 – 18 North Carolina Locksmiths Association Quarterly Meeting
  • May 19 Penn-Ohio Locksmith Association (POLA) May, 2019 Meeting (Canton, OH)
  • May 20 – 25 ALOA Six-Day Basic Locksmithing Course (Dallas, TX)
  • May 21 Ilco/Advanced Diagnostics Open House (Newington, CT)
  • May 21 – 22 Master Key System Design and How To Conduct a Keying Conference (ASSA ABLOY) (Garland, TX)
  • May 22 Alarm Lock Training (Beaverton, OR)
  • May 22 Hikvision Training Seminar (Silver Spring, MD)
  • May 23 ASSA ABLOY Counter Day (Carrollton, TX)
  • May 28 Rixson Product Training (ASSA ABLOY) (Garland, TX)
  • May 29 Door Controls Workshop (ASSA ABLOY) (Garland, TX)
  • May 30 Installation and Programming of Norton Auto Operators (ASSA ABLOY) (Garland, TX)

Help support the industry by attending these events. A lot of planning and hard work goes into making these events a reality.
For more information on these events, visit our Events page. Additional information, including links, is included with each Event entry. To add an event, please Contact Us.

By |2019-05-01T09:00:14+00:00May 1st, 2019|All, Events Update, Industry|0 Comments

Spring Manufacturer Price Increases

Multiple manufacturers will change their prices this spring. Below is a list of these manufacturers along with effective dates and links to the new price book(s) when available. For more information, please consult with your local rep and/or the manufacturer for confirmation.

April 8th

BEST Access Systems (dormakaba)2019 Mechanical and Electronic Locks Price List
PHI Precision (dormakaba)2019 Exit Devices Price List
Stanley Hardware (dormakaba) 2019 Commercial Price List
Stanley Hardware (dormakaba) 2019 Sliding and Folding Hardware Price List
Stanley Hardware (dormakaba) 2019 Hinges and Door Accessories Price List
Stanley Hardware (dormakaba) 2019 Door Closers Price List

May 4th

Allegion –  3% average price increase across the commercial hardware portfolio. Schlage residential, Ives, and Locknetics will not see a price increase.

June 3rd

ASSA ABLOY –  Anticipated 3.5% average price increase across Corbin Russwin, Norton, Rixson, Sargent, and Yale Commercial brands.

By |2019-04-05T09:00:37+00:00April 5th, 2019|All, Industry|0 Comments

April 2019 Industry Events

It’s April and things are starting to warm up, both outside and in the industry! Here are some of the industry events taking place during April:

  • April 1 – 6 SAFETECH 2019 Convention & Tradeshow (Lexington, KY)
  • April 3 – 4 Installing Hollow Metal Frames (ASSA ABLOY) (Ontario, CA)
  • April 5 Electric Strike Installation Class (ASSA ABLOY) (Ontario, CA)
  • April 7 – 14 2019 DHI Spring Technical School (Leersburg, VA)
  • April 11 – 14 Just Cars Auto Expo 2019 (Las Vegas, NV)
  • April 11 LSA of Michigan General Meeting (Troy, MI)
  • April 14 Penn-Ohio Locksmith Association (POLA) Meeting (Canton, OH)
  • April 22 – 27 KDL Hardware Supply Inc. Centennial Events (Newcastle, WA)
  • April 25 IDN-Hardware Kansas City Trade Show (Overland Park, KS)
  • April 26 – 27 Central & Southern Colorado Locksmith Association (CSCLA) Auto and Motorcycle Classes (Colorado Springs, CO)
  • April 26 – 28 Alabama Locksmith Association April Classes (Decatur, AL)
  • April 29 Corbin Russwin Master Keying Workshop (Monroe, NC)
  • April 30 Sargent Master Keying Workshop (Monroe, NC)
  • April 30 – May 2 ASSA ABLOY Master Keying Solutions Class (ASSA ABLOY) (Ontario, CA)
  • April 30 – May 2 Corbin Russwin, Norton, Sargent, and Yale Product Installation and Servicing (ASSA ABLOY) (Ontario, CA)

Help support the industry by attending these events. A lot of planning and hard work goes into making these events a reality.
For more information on these events, visit our Events page. Additional information, including links, is included with each Event entry. To add an event, please Contact Us.

By |2019-04-01T09:00:37+00:00April 1st, 2019|All, Events Update, Industry|0 Comments

March 2019 Industry Events

Believe it or not, March will be here Friday. 2019 is flying by! Here are some of the industry events taking place during March:

  • March 5 Electric Strike Installation Class (ASSA ABLOY) (Ontario, CA)
  • March 6 – 8 2019 IML Security Expo (California) (Universal City, CA)
  • March 8 – 9 Tennessee Organization of Locksmiths 2019 Spring Classes and Board Meeting (Lebanon, TN)
  • March 10 Penn-Ohio Locksmith Association (POLA) March, 2019 Meeting (Canton, OH)
  • March 14 March LSA of Michigan General Meeting (Troy, MI)
  • March 15 – 17 8th Annual Alabama Locksmith Association Technical Show (Pelham, AL)
  • March 21 – 23 IDN-Hardware Sales Trade Show 2019 (Novi, MI)
  • March 25 – 26 Georgia Chapter of DHI: Takeoff and Estimating Class (Norcross, GA)
  • March 28 – 30 2019 HL Flake Tradeshow (Houston, TX)

Help support the industry by attending these events. A lot of planning and hard work goes into making these events a reality.
For more information on these events, visit our Events page. Additional information, including links, is included with each Event entry. To add an event, please Contact Us.

By |2019-02-25T09:00:00+00:00February 25th, 2019|All, Industry|0 Comments

February Manufacturer Price Increases

Multiple manufacturers will change their prices this month. Below is a list of these manufacturers along with effective dates and links to the new price book(s). For more information, please consult with your local rep and/or the manufacturer for confirmation.

February 1st

Adams Rite2019 Product Catalog and Pricelist Download
HES/Folger Adams/SecuritronASSA ABLOY Electronic Security Hardware 2019 Product Catalog and Pricelist
National Guard Products2019 Price List
Medeco2019 Medeco Product Catalog

By |2019-02-02T10:30:35+00:00February 2nd, 2019|All, Industry|0 Comments

November and December Manufacturer Price Updates

Multiple manufacturers will change their prices in November and December. Below is a list of these manufacturers along with effective dates, increase percentage(s), and, if available, a link to the new price book(s). Please note that some of these figures have been gathered indirectly; please consult with your local rep and/or the manufacturer for confirmation.

November 1st

Arrow Lock and Door Hardware – 3% price increase with the exception of QL, MLX, RLX, RL, RK, and DBX series (which will be rounded up to the nearest whole dollar amount) and the DC300 and DC500 series (both have a 10% tariff surcharge/price increase). (Price Book Download)
Don-Jo Mfg., Inc. – 11% price increase. (Price Book Download)
Emtek Products Inc. – 3.7% tariff surcharge/price increase.

November 5th

Baldwin Hardware – 7% price increase with the exception of Estate Pre-Configured (6%), Estate (7.5%), Multi-Point (10%), Electronics (10%), and Reserve (6%) lines.
Hager Companies – 8% price increase on residential hinges, 6% price increase on ECCO hinges.
Kwikset Corporation  – 7% price increase/tariff surcharge. (Price Book Download)
National Manufacturing Co. – 7% price increase/tariff surcharge.
Weiser Lock – 7% price increase/tariff surcharge.

December 1st

Allegion – 7% price increase on the following product lines: J Series by Dexter, Ives Accessories, Schlage Builders Hardware, LCN aluminum closers, and Falcon closer models SC60, S60A, SC70, SC70A, SC80, SC80A, SC90 and SC90A.
 

By |2018-11-02T14:53:58+00:00November 2nd, 2018|All, Business, Industry|0 Comments

Medeco Turns 50

On Saturday, Medeco celebrated 50 years in business with a large party at their Salem, Virginia headquarters. I was lucky enough to be there.


Before I discuss the celebration, let me stress how beautiful of a place Salem and the Roanoke Valley is. I took these pictures from Medeco’s parking lot. You would be hard-pressed to find a more picturesque place to live and work.


Hundreds of employees (past and present), their families, customers, vendors, and others in the community attended. There was plenty of food, drinks, games, music, and fun.



There were even keepsakes and souvenirs for the occasion.


Medeco provided factory tours throughout the afternoon. I was fortunate enough to take a tour of the facility. Truthfully, this was the part of the trip I was probably most excited about. No cameras were allowed, for obvious reasons, but I’ll do my best to relay what it’s like while respecting their privacy. I believe I heard, and I may be wrong, that the facility is 132,000 square feet and employs  around 180 people. Suffice to say, it’s a very big facility. When you think of a manufacturing facility things like automation and assembly lines come to mind but with the exception of a few robotics, Medeco’s facility is largely hands on.
There are dozens and dozens of milling and CNC machines, lathes, presses, and then some! Some of the equipment looks like it’s been there since the beginning of Medeco’s journey in 1968, maybe even before then, and some of it looks like it showed up just a week before. They’ve found a way to stick with what works while embracing innovation to succeed. Even more incredible is that it seems that they do just about everything from scratch. They make their own tools, their own prototypes, heck they even make their own machines. If you knew nothing about Medeco and walked into the building blindfolded, you would swear you were inside a machinists’ paradise – in a palace of precision.
In front of a lot of the equipment, I saw piles of brass stock neatly organized. The machines took this stock and made just about every single component and piece of a Medeco key, cylinder, or lock. I saw the machines that make the pins, the machines that make the sidebars, machines that broach keyways into plugs. Machines everywhere, each with a unique purpose.
I particularly enjoyed their plating room. I think we’re all familiar with finished products, pardon the pun. We’re used to seeing the satin chrome plugs and oil rubbed bronze deabolts. But before they hit the plating room, just about every piece is dull brass, literally. The plating room has massive, and I mean massive, tanks to apply the finishes to the various components. I’m sure it’s very much a science to ensure the same bright brass finish produced on a Tuesday is the same as the Tuesday a few years prior.
Everything was something to behold and I’m glad I got to see it. I feel like I could spend an entire week inside and still wouldn’t be able to see or fully appreciate a majority of what goes on.
And if any of you are “lock nerds” like I am, I’ll part with a few more pictures you may enjoy. This was my second visit to Medeco – we stopped by on the way back from ALOA this year. Of course, I had to go see the Mechanical Development Company on that first visit.


Thank you very much to Medeco for the invitation and hospitality. Let’s do it again in another 50!
If you would like to know more about the history of Medeco, I wrote an article about the origins of the “Medeco Original” earlier this year. Check it out.

By |2018-10-22T09:00:56+00:00October 22nd, 2018|All, High Security, History, Industry|0 Comments
Go to Top
hacklink al hack forum crack forum php shell indir siber güvenlik blog turco pornoporno gratisforklift servisiankara reklamsmm panelbursa kamera sistemleri