Transponder-based engine immobilizer systems were introduced by automobile manufacturers into the North American market for the 1996 model year. By the end of the 2009 year, 99 percent of new vehicles are equipped with transponder technology.
JMA, an 80-year-old company, is a worldwide manufacturer of original equipment and aftermarket key blanks, producing more than 2 million key blanks a day. Today, JMA not only manufactures key blanks for many vehicle manufacturers in the world, but also produces automotive transponders designed for programming and cloning. JMA began producing clonable transponders in 1995.
In early 2000, JMA developed the TRS5000 cloning machine that incorporates cutting edge technology with ease of use. When the TRS5000 was brought to market, it was designed to clone the first transponder-equipped keys incorporated into cars by General Motors and Honda using the Megamos fixed code transponder system.
JMA keeps the TRS5000 up to date with the ever-changing automotive transponder technology without the need for purchasing a new cloning device. The first major upgrade was when JMA introduced the TPX1® cloneable chip, which enabled locksmiths to clone most Ford®, Toyota® and Lexus® models equipped with the Texas Instruments® Fixed Code System.
JMA later introduced the TPX2® chip and the TPX cloner attachment, increasing the machine’s ability to copy Chrysler®, Nissan®, Mitsubishi®, Ford, Toyota, Mazda®, Lexus and Infiniti® models equipped with a Texas Instruments® Encrypted System.
Most recently, JMA® has introduced the TPX3® chip and TPH Cloner attachment. This new device (sold separately for current TRS5000 owners) connects to the TRS5000 and can work in conjunction with the TPX2 attachment. The TPH Cloner attachment enables key duplication for most Honda®, Nissan, Chrysler, Mitsubishi®, General Motors® and many other brands equipped with Philips® Encrypted Technology.
Today, the key to most vehicles with the exception of Mercedes Benz®, BMW®, Audi®, Saab®, Volkswagen® and Volvo® can be easily cloned using JMA’s TRS5000 cloning program with the TPH Cloner attachment.
Note: The TRS5000 requires no Internet connection, and operates as a standalone unit using 120VAC or 12VDC.
There are many benefits to using JMA’s system. First, JMA clonable transponders are very similar to the transponders used by original equipment vehicle manufacturers. They are not battery operated circuit boards commonly known as electronic keys. When cloning to a transponder, there is no risk of data loss and there is no risk of the vehicle not starting because of a dead electronic key battery. In addition, locksmiths can offer their customers a key that looks very similar in shape and size to their original vehicle key.
Cloning is the easiest way to provide additional key(s) for a vehicle. For cloning Megamos and Texas Instruments fixed code transponders, access to the customer’s key is sufficient to produce a duplicate key. Once the transponder value has been cloned onto the new transponder-equipped key blank, duplicate or originate the key’s bitting onto the blade and you are finished.
The technology has been just updated for the JMA TRS5000 cloning machine to enable cloning of Phillips® Crypto (Encrypted) transponders. This expands the number of vehicles equipped with the transponder based engine immobilizer system that can be cloned from approximately 270 models to more than 400 models. The TRS5000 Cloning Machine can clone a key to more than 90 percent of the vehicles on the road today.
To clone the Phillips Encrypted system, no Internet connection is required. Just follow these steps.
Read the information on the customer’s key using the TRS5000 with the TPH Cloner attachment. Remove the key.
More than 160 models of vehicles use the Philips Crypto transponder chip technology. Philips Crypto cloning equipment enables you to clone keys for approximately 400 vehicle models.
JMA manufactures more than 30,000 different key blanks, requiring a large and efficient key numbering system.