BiLock’s Removable Core (Model 6395) will retrofit Schlage full-size Interchangeable Cores (LFIC). This BiLock core is fully interchangeable in all housings offered throughout the product line (i.e., padlock, mortise cylinder, key-in-knob, cam lock, switch lock, key-in-lever, etc.). Before we...
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The BiLock cylinders configured as Interchangeable Cores are designated as Quick Change or simply QC. The BiLock QC core is comprised of:
Side Bars (2)
Removable Face Insert
Patented Side Bar Pins (2)
Pin Tumbler Pins (12)
Tumbler Springs (13)
The BiLock QC core can fit into key-in-knob, key-in-lever, mortise, rim, OEM cabinet and cam lock cylinder housings. The QC system was patented in the United States in June 2000. It was also recognized by the industry with a design award for the unique engineering of combining high security with a convenient interchangeable core.
The core segment of the BiLock-Schlage retrofit is the same as the QC core. It is the outer shell that has been carefully crafted to fill the cavity in any Schlage LFIC housing. To follow, we will illustrate a Schlage LFIC lever retrofitted to accept the BiLock-Schlage RC.
The BiLock housing is retained in the lever via the locking post on the side of the housing, as the post is fully extended. To load a housing in a lever from the back, remove the plastic retainer, position the housing post in the metal retaining pin and position the lock as pictured. Then insert the retainer and housing together and the housing is installed
To front load the housing in a lever or knob:
The upper rear of the housing has an access hole. A deadlocking pin holds the locking post fixed.
Insert a probe into the hole and push the deadlocking pin away from the post. The post will now be spring loaded. Push the post part way into the housing. With the post pushed in, insert the housing in the front of the lock opening. When it is fully inserted, the post will spring out into the locking hole in the lever. The deadlocking pin will also spring back holding the housing in place.
Since BiLock already offers mortise and rim cylinders with its interchangeable core, it is recommended that these type of Schlage RC housings be replaced with BiLock housings. This will improve security since only the installer will know the locks have interchangeable cores. Be advised that if there is no rear access to the cylinder once the outer housing is inserted, it will reside permanently in the retrofitted IC housing. To remove, drilling will be necessary (ex., LFIC padlocks, LFIC mortise cylinder). However, if you can see the access hole of the housing when it is still in a lever or knob after the trim has been removed, you can pick the locking post back and remove the outer housing if necessary.
You now have a core within a core - designed to accept BiLock’s interchangeable core. Use your control key to insert or remove the core. Also, a hardened steel pin is inserted crosswise in the upper part of the housing to reduce the threat of drilling for the locking post.
The BiLock-Schlage retrofit core is interchangeable in all of the lock housings offered by BiLock. The core is available in US3 or US26D finishes. Obviously, BiLock is expanding to service the many venues in the IC arena. This can only be viewed as a plus for the dealers who utilize this versatile BiLock product.
BiLock North America, Inc. can be contacted at telephone (860) 378-0302, or Web Site: www.BiLock.com.
William M. Lynk, CRL, has been a locksmith since 1975. He is an IC Specialist, Certified ALOA A.C.E. instructor, as well as the Subject Matter Expert on IC for ALOA. He teaches classes on interchangeable cores at the ALOA Conventions and across the country. Bill is an industry author having penned Interchangeable Cores: Small Format ©2000, Removable Cores: Large Format ©2003 and SFIC: Advanced ©2005, along with various related industry articles. His fourth IC book, IC Everything ©2009, is now being completed. With a driving passion for IC, he has originated SFIC Technical Manuals for both national and international lock manufacturers and maintains a working relationship with the major lock and security manufacturers. Bill is a member of ALOA, ASIS, ILA, LSA and ClearStar, as well as the Owner of ICLS [Interchangeable Core Lock Systems] located in Metro Detroit and on the internet at www. ICLSglobal.com.