SFIC Pinning Calculator Tool Launched

Introduction

We have launched the Pinning Calculators page in the Tools Section with our first downloadable pinning calculator. This pinning calculator covers all three pinning systems used in standard Small Format Interchangeable Core products from almost every manufacturer. This tool will allow locksmiths to quickly and easily calculate the pin combinations needed for 2-Level master keyed and non-mastered SFIC systems.

Navigation

This tool is optimized for desktop use and requires Microsoft Excel, LibreOffice Calc, or any similar program capable of working with .xlsx files. Simply download the file and open it in your spreadsheet application of choice. Instructions are included on each page and the pinning array will automatically adjust as you enter your key bittings, including shading pins to alert you to invalid pin combinations.

Future Updates

In the near future we plan to introduce additional calculators supporting more brands and pinning systems as well as calculators capable of dealing with more complex master keyed systems.

By |2019-02-28T09:00:49+00:00February 28th, 2019|All, Tools Update|0 Comments

Combination Lock Instructions Tool Launched

Introduction

We have launched the first section in our “Combination Lock Instructions” Tool: Mechanical Combination Locks. The Mechanical Combination Locks section contains 32 separate models across the following 4 brands:

  • Codelocks, Inc.
  • LockeyUSA, Inc.
  • Preso-Matic Keyless Locks, LLC
  • Simplex (dormakaba)

Navigation

This tool is optimized for mobile and desktop use. Whether you’re using this tool on your computer, tablet, or smart phone, the tool will display properly on your device. To use the tool, simply navigate to either the model number or picture of the lock, click it, and follow the programming instructions on the model’s page. Each page contains written instructions and, when available, illustrations. Furthermore, some models contain embedded videos detailing the programming process.

Future Updates

As we discussed last month, this tool, when complete, will allow locksmiths to locate the programming instructions for just about every mechanical and electronic combination locks in existence. The tool will be organized into the following sections:

  • Combination Padlocks
  • Electronic Combination Door Locks
  • Electronic Combination Safe Locks
  • Mechanical Combination Door Locks
  • Mechanical Combination Safe Locks
  • Specialty Combination Locks


Later this month, we will launch the Combination Padlocks section. Stay tuned!

By |2019-02-11T09:00:27+00:00February 11th, 2019|All, Combination Lock Instructions, Tools Update|3 Comments

Antique Lock Literature Tool Updated

We have added 13 files to our Antique Lock Literature Tool. Manufacturers represented in the newest batch of files include:

  • H.B. Ives Co.
  • McKinney Manufacturing Co.
  • Oscar C. Rixson Co.
  • Peterboro Hardware Co.
  • Penn Hardware Co.
  • Reading Hardware Co.
  • Russell & Erwin Manufacturing Co.
  • Vonnegut Hardware Co.
  • Yale & Towne Manufacturing Co.

We have also started sorting literature by Manufacturer to help users navigate the growing amount of files. Special thanks to Canadian locksmith Zachary Linton (Zachary’s Locks and Security) for sending us these files.

By |2019-02-04T09:00:30+00:00February 4th, 2019|All, Antique Literature, Tools Update|1 Comment

Key Blank Cross Reference PDF Added to Tools

We’ve added a 64-page hard copy version (PDF) of our Key Blank Cross Reference Tool. This document contains 190 of the most popular key blanks with OEM and aftermarket part numbers for the following manufactures: Axxess, Cole, Curtis, Dominion, ESP, Hillman, Ilco, Jet, JMA, Orion, Silca, Star, and Taylor.
We will soon be publishing regular updates to our Key Blank Cross Reference Tool to build it well beyond what it currently is.

By |2019-01-24T09:00:12+00:00January 24th, 2019|All, Tools Update|0 Comments

Door Closer Footprint Comparison Version 3.0 Released

We have updated the Door Closer Footprint Comparison Chart in the Tools Section. We’re now at version 3.0 with 40 manufacturers/brands, 34 unique footprints, 289 unique models represented in the chart. We have added an additional manufacturer and removed from hyperlinks from hyperlinks from unique models (there were too many issues with encoding). Instead, the locksmith is instructed to consult our Parallel, Regular, and Top-Jamb page in the Library to locate installation manuals, spec sheets, and related manufacturer literature.
As always, footprints are organized by horizontal center-to-center measurements, smallest to largest. If multiple footprints exist with the same horizontal center-to-center measurements, they are further organized by vertical center-to-center measurements, smallest to largest. Manufacturers/brands are organized alphabetically. Column A is freeze paned for the included footprints. Row 1 is freeze paned for the included manufacturer/brands. This means that as you narrow down a specific model/models or manufacturer/brands, this information stays locked in your screen. This allows you to quickly find information.

By |2019-01-21T09:00:38+00:00January 21st, 2019|All, Door Closers, Tools Update|0 Comments

Antique Lock Literature Tool Launched

The Antique Lock Literature page is now available in the Tools section. This page will serve as a repository for lock literature that is at least 50 years old. This sort of information can be especially valuable in older, larger cities where some of this hardware is still in use. At launch, we over 25 PDFs. These PDFs include books, catalogs, price lists, and more from the following names:

  • A.C. Hobbs
  • Briggs & Stratton
  • Diebold Safe & Lock Co.
  • Eagle Lock Co.
  • Henry R. Towne
  • Linus Yale Jr.
  • Lockwood Hardware Manufacturing Co.
  • P&F Corbin Co.
  • Mosler Safe Co.
  • Russell & Erwin Manufacturing Co.
  • Sargent & Greenleaf Co.
  • Yale & Towne Manufacturing Co.

As with most things of this website, this Tool will be routinely updated with new (or should I say old?) content as it becomes available. If you have antique lock literature that you would like to share with us so that we may add it to this tool, please contact us.

By |2019-01-14T09:00:05+00:00January 14th, 2019|All, Antique Literature, Tools Update|0 Comments

Mechanical Combination Library Update

We have updated the Mechanical Combination page in the Library using our new format. We have new manufacturer’s literature for:

  • Codelocks, Inc.
  • dormakaba
  • LockeyUSA, Inc.
  • Preso-Matic Keyless Locks, LLC.

This literature includes installation manuals, programming and operating instructions, and spec sheets. In the ‘Resources’ tab we have included multiple links to manufacturer’s YouTube/video pages.

By |2019-01-07T09:00:32+00:00January 7th, 2019|All, Tools Update|0 Comments

One Page SFIC Pinning Chart

We’ve recently added a new pinning worksheet to the Pinning and Decoding Worksheets page in the Tools section. Under the SFIC tab, you will find two files named “One Page SFIC Pinning Chart”. This chart allows you to put together the entire pinning chart for a 7 pin SFIC master key system on a single page. Sounds too good to be true? It isn’t.

How it Works

This sort of pinning chart has been around for many decades but I’ve never seen it in a digital format. We sought to change that by making available in PDF and Excel formats.
To generate this pinning chart, you simply have to input your TMK and Control key bitting information. From there, you list your 4 progressives for each chamber and then use accepted SFIC formulas to determine your pin segments. Once fully generated, you move from box to box, matching the change key bittings, to successfully pin a core.
Let’s do a walk through to illustrate how it’s done. Here is a simple system I have put together:




As you can see, I have listed all possible progressives (green) for the TMK bitting (blue). Each box for each progressive contains the bottom, master, and build-up pins. Since all possible progressives will share the same top pin, the appropriate top pin is listed above each chamber’s column. With this chart completed, I just have to find the appropriate bitting for the appropriate chamber to determine my appropriate pinning. For example, if I need to pin a core to a change key bitting 1-4-7-7-5-8-1, I simply have to navigate as follows:
In the first chamber, I find the box for the 1 bitting and pin according to it. For the second chamber, I find the box for the 4 bitting and pin according to it. This goes on until I have pinned all 7 chambers. It’s that simple.
We have color coordinated specific areas of the Excel file to make it easier to navigated. Control key bittings are displayed in red, TMK bittings in blue, and progressive bittings as green. Additionally, we have included an area at the bottom of the page to keep constant pin stacks separate from progressed pin stacks to avoid any confusion.

Benefits

There are few, powerful benefits. As stated earlier, you can generate an entire pinning chart for an entire system, save for special circumstances, on a single page. This allows you to save tremendous space in your truck and/or master key file(s). Second, it saves on time. If you generate this entire pinning chart immediately after creating the master key system, it’ll be the only time you’ll ever need to create a pinning chart for that system, again, save for special circumstances.

By |2018-11-26T08:00:13+00:00November 26th, 2018|All, Cores and Cylinders, Tools Update|0 Comments
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