For the purpose of this article, a Maxcess Evaluation Kit was provided. The Maxcess cores in the three code modules were uncoded. This sample core contains 23 magnetic pin locations in the central section of the core and eight more locations, four in each of the two rotatable discs. The rotatable discs provide 16 possibilities beyond the master keying code pinned into the central area of each core. The Maxcess system can be coded for non-master keyed applications including keyed alike (KA) and keyed different (KD). The instructions in the kit explain how coding is done.
Maxcess recommends using a minimum of four or five magnets in a single non-master keyed lock. For higher security applications, Maxcess recommends using an additional pin. Maxcess recommends using equal numbers of the same polarities (50 percent North / 50 percent South). For example, code F1001 in the instruction book has six magnetic pins, three aligning North, polarity 6, 20, 36 and three aligning South, polarity 8, 14, 38.
Before pinning any code module, read the special notes and cautions.
When master keying a Maxcess system, there can be as few as one pin or as many as 15 or more pins. The number of pins is determined by the number of different master keyed code modules and the desired level of security.
For example, a six-pin master key system with pins A, B, C, D, E, F using only three pins in each code module can be used for master keying 20 different codes. A seven-pin master key system adding G can master key 35 different codes. Adding one pin to a system significantly increases the number of codes and the level of security. Security is increased by making it more difficult to manipulate the lock mechanism. The Maxcess system operates on the principle that the greater the number of spots on a magnetic card, the greater the number of different master keyed codes.
To simplify master keying these magnetic mechanical locks, a free software code generator is available to authorized dealers. The software will help to set up the Master Matrix pattern for the pins and their positioning for either North or South. It can be downloaded from www.Maxcess-card.com.
To code Maxcess cards and to pin the cores requires code templates to be prepared which determine the location and polarity of the magnetic spots on the cards and the magnetic pins in the core. Each template has two identical numbered code layouts, one for North and one for South. When coded, the templates have holes punched indicating the code locations. A punch is supplied in the kit. If a card and lock have the same code, the numbered side of the code template is used to code the card and the reverse side of the template is used to place the pins in the proper core holes. A magnetic pencil is provided to place each pin in its hole. The Maxcess Evaluation Kit contains both blank and coded templates. They are labeled for various applications that are described in the instruction book and in the three-hour DVD that is conveniently divided into 15 chapters.
Depending upon the pin’s magnetic strength, they should be strategically positioned within the core. When using full-strength pins, they should be placed with at least one empty hole between them. This reduces unwanted magnetic interactions. The full-strength magnetic pins are each about 500 Gauss on either end. Patented “Half Coded” pins are about 250 Gauss on one end and only 50 Gauss on the other. The stronger end is painted either red (South) or blue (North). Use of these pins is recommended for master keying systems where pins will be in close proximity in the core. The Half Coding process reduces interaction between adjacent pins. Full-strength pins have no identifying color on either end. Note: Full- strength magnetic pins must be used for pins installed into the anti-rap pin locations. Dealers will be able to convert Full Strength pins into Half Code for use in master-keyed systems. A tube of 30 Full Strength pins is included in the kit.
The Maxcess system provides a quick combination change capability should a card be lost or access into a lock need to be denied. There are three independent code areas in the code module. In addition to the magnet pins installed into the fixed location holes in the core, there are two rotatable discs. Each disc has four locations at which a magnet pin can be positioned. Since the discs can be independently rotated, there are 16 different sub-codes for the fixed location pin code. By simply rotating the disc pins to the different positions, the code of the lock can be changed 16 times.
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