We have updated our Mortise Lock Library page to match our new Library format.
List of Manufacturers
We now have 44 manufacturers listed with a link for each that points to their respective mortise lock page, when available, under the “List of Manufacturers” tab.
Under the “Resources” tab we have links to onsite literature, such as an ANSI/BHMA function reference chart, our Exploded Views – Mortise Lock Tool. We also have links to a Jake Jakubiwski book review and an article on servicing Best’s 45H/47H mortise locks. Also under the “Resources” tab are links to over a dozen YouTube videos covering mortise locks.
Manufacturer’s Literature and Manuals
Under the “Manufacturer’s Literature and Manuals” tab we currently have over 60 files representing 16 manufacturers.
As we near the end of 2018 and close in on our first year as a website/project, we’re still learning and trying to improve. One of our first areas on this website was our Library. The purpose of the Library was to be a definitive collection of resources relating to the trade. Things like installation instructions and service manuals, catalogs, and templates. The purpose was that one day, rather than Googling or searching out a particular item or resource, you could navigate to the Library and find what you’re looking for in 3 clicks or less. Whether you were in front of a computer in your shop or your smart phone in your truck, you would know exactly where to go to find exactly what you need. We’re still a long way away from this but we’re making progress.
We currently have over 1300 files within the Library (and that’s probably only going to represent less than 1% of the Library when all is said and done). As we’ve uploaded files and links to resources, we’ve learned that our initial approach/layout wasn’t as efficient as it could be. If you have hundreds of manufacturer files listed for a specific topic, such as Intercom or Monitoring Stations, it can be hard to navigate without a bit of scrolling and careful reading. It can be done better, so that’s what we’re doing.
The structure of the Library will remain the same but changes are coming to the pages that compromise the Library.
List of Manufacturers
This tab will largely remain the same. This tab is a List of Manufacturers that sell products related to a given topic. If, for example, you wanted to know who manufactured mortise locks, such as searching for an alternative brand or sourcing an existing one, this is the tab you would jump to. Hyperlinks will be included that point to the page of a manufacturer’s website that covers the topic at hand. This will allow you to quickly navigate to their area to find a document that we haven’t uploaded yet or maybe aren’t able to.
The Resources tab will start containing more information. We’ve learned that a large number of locksmiths prefer visual learning, specifically YouTube videos. Going forward, we’re going to compile lists of YouTube videos links that relate to a given topic. We will also continue to index posts and organic content.
Manufacturer’s Literature and Manuals
The Manufacturer’s Literature and Manuals tab is getting our biggest makeover.
- We’re going to start including a manufacturer’s name at the top of the tab if their literature and/or manuals can be found below. This should save you scrolling time until the Library is fully populated.
- Each manufacturer’s name will contain a hyperlink to their website. If you needed to access their website to find a document that we do not have, it’s as simple as one click versus opening a new tab or window and typing in the URL or searching for it.
- Under each manufacturer’s name, their literature and manuals will be broken down into 3 categories:
- Catalogs and Promotional Materials: Things such as catalogs and data and cut sheets.
- Instructions and Manuals: This is where you find installation instructions and service manuals
- Templates: Available installation templates will be found here.
The goal for these changes, like all others, is to make the process for seeking out information related to a specific area as painless as possible.
Future Library Additions
Our goal has always been to “finish up” what was already in place before moving forward and a fair number of sections of the Library are still incomplete. We plan to finish updating those sections in the next few months prior to our 1 year anniversary. But we’re not done. We have expansion plans.
Throughout 2019, we plan to add the following sections to the Library:
- Programming and Cloning Tools
- Door Hardware
- Astragals and Guards
- Door Coordinators
- Door and Cabinet Pulls
- Dummy Trim
- Holders and Stops
- Push/Pull Latches and Trim
- Specialty Door and Cabinet Trim
- Specialty Latches and Strikes
- Sweeps, Seals, Thresholds, and Weatherstripping
- Exit Devices
- Concealed Rod
- Vertical Rod
We will add “Hybrid Cylinders” to the “Locks” section and “Power Transfers” to the “Access Control” section as well.
It’s a learning process but we’re getting there. We’ve gotten plenty of feedback and paid careful attention to website metrics, specifically search strings, to refine what we have and make things better for site visitors. We just ask for your patience going forward – there aren’t blueprints available for most of what we do on here. We’ve gotten some things right, some things wrong, but we’re still moving forward.
If you like what you’ve seen so far, wait until 2019 – you ain’t seen nothing yet.
We’ve added more manufacturer’s literature and manuals to our Intercom and Monitoring Stations in the Library. New user manuals, data/sell sheets, installation instructions, and wiring diagrams have been added for the following manufacturers:
- Aiphone Corp.
- Alarm Controls Corp.
- Alpha Communications
- Dahua Technology USA, Inc.
- Digital Acoustics, LLC
- DoorKing, Inc.
- Flair Electronics
- Optex, Inc.
- Seco-Larm USA, Inc.
- WatchNET, Inc.
The Time Locks page is now live in the Safe and Vault section of the Library. This page covers mechanical and digital time locks for safe and vault use. Like the Safe Deposit page, we’ve included a list of current manufacturers as well as manufacturers that have either been acquired, discontinued, or went defunct. These manufacturers include:
- Bankers Dustproof Time Lock Co.
- Consolidated Time Lock Co.
- Diebold, Inc.
- Kumahira Co., Ltd.
- LeFebure Corp.
- Mosler Safe Company
- Ohio Time Lock Co.
- Sargent and Greenleaf
- TMi Corp.
- Yale Lock Manufacturing Co./Yale & Towne Manufacturing Company
The Resources tab includes a winding chart put together by MBA USA. It also includes a TMi Guide to Time Locks, hosted by SOPL, and link to My Time Machines. My Time Machines is a website dedicated to a collection of time locks. The information and pictures contained on My Time Machines makes it one of the best resources online.
Finally, we’ve included Manufacturer’s Literature and Manuals from Sargent & Greenleaf as well as TMi Corp.
We’ve added the Safe Deposit page to our newly launched Safe and Vault section of the Library. The Safe Deposit page is dedicated to safe deposit boxes, locks, and parts. In addition to our usual list of current manufacturers, we’ve included a list of safe deposit manufacturers that have either been acquired, discontinued, or went defunct. These manufacturers include: Corbin Cabinet Lock, Eagle Lock Company, Herring-Hall-Marvin (H.H.M.) Safe Company, Ilco, L.L. Bates Company, LeFebure Corp., Miles-Osbourne, Mosler Safe Company, Precision Products Inc., Victor Safe, Yale & Towne Manufacturing Company, and the York Safe & Lock Company.
There’s also plenty of supplemental material in the Resources tab, including:
- Sargent & Greenleaf Safe Deposit Glossary
- TimeMaster Inc. Safe Deposit Lock Reference Guide
- The Legal History of Safekeeping and Safe Deposit Activities in the United States by Richard A. Lord, Campbell University School of Law
- The History of the Safe Deposit Box
And as always, we’ve included Manufacturer’s Literature and Manuals, this time for BlueGrass Locks, Bullseye S.D. Locks, LLC, and Sargent & Greenleaf.
We’ve added the Safes page to our newly launched Safe and Vault section of the Library. The Safes page is dedicated to gun safes, fire safes, and GSA containers. Given the subject matter, this page doesn’t feature as much technical information as other pages in the Library but there is still quite a bit of useful information, such as safe models, ratings, and measurements. This information can be found in the product catalogs found in the Manfacturer’s Literature and Manuals.
At launch, we have product catalogs for the following manufacturers:
- Browning Arms
- Burg Wachter USA
- Fort Knox
- Liberty Safe
- MESA Safe Company
- Vault Pro
We’ve also included a few quick reference manuals for Tidel’s TACC line as well as links to AMSEC web pages dedicated to explaining burglar and fire ratings for safes. We’ve also included a link to a video created by Dakota Safe Company that shows a fire rating test on a gun safe.
We’ve just launched our Safe and Vault section of the Library with the addition of the Safe Locks page. Safe Locks covers mechanical and electronic safe locks and contains multiple links to other reference websites, manufacturer and instructional YouTube channels, as well as dozens of installation, operating, and programming instructions for the following manufacturers:
- American Security (AMSEC) Products Company
- Big Red Safe Locks
- LaGard (Kaba Mas LLC)
- LP Locks
- Sargent & Greenleaf
- SecuRam Systems, Inc.
This is the first of many additions to the Safe and Vault section of the Library that will be launched throughout August.
Next month, we will be launching a new addition to our Library: Safes. Within the “Safes” category will be the following sub-categories/pages:
- Moving Equipment
- Safe Deposit Keys and Locks
- Safe Locks, Dials, and Rings
- Safe Parts and Accessories
At the time of launch, a large majority of content will be instantly available on each page. This content includes installation and service manuals, manufacturer’s specifications, data sheets, plus much more.
We plan on launching our “Automotive” category in the next few months as well.
- BEST Access Systems
- Framon Manufacturing
- Hudson Lock Company, LLC
- Kaba Ilco Corporation
- Keyway King
- Rytan, Inc.
- Silca S.p.A.