BD Laser™: Computerized High Security Key Machine

Here is a fully automatic, computerized code cutter and duplicator for high-security keys.


The use of high-security lock mechanisms for vehicles has been rapidly increasing over the last few years. Prior to the late 1990s, the majority of vehicles equipped with high security lock mechanisms were luxury cars from BMW, Lexus, Mercedes Benz, Saab, and Volvo. Over the last few years...


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The use of high-security lock mechanisms for vehicles has been rapidly increasing over the last few years. Prior to the late 1990s, the majority of vehicles equipped with high security lock mechanisms were luxury cars from BMW, Lexus, Mercedes Benz, Saab, and Volvo. Over the last few years, mainstream vehicle manufacturers including Honda and Kia are installing high-security lock mechanisms in their vehicles. In addition, Chrysler, Hyundai and Toyota are in the process of considering introducing high security lock mechanisms on selected vehicle models.

To satisfy this growing opportunity, Barnes Distribution, formerly Curtis Industries, has introduced the BD Laserâ„¢, a fully automatic, computerized code cutter and duplicator for high-security keys. This password-protected, microprocessor-controlled high security key machine originates keys by code, decodes and originates keys to factory specifications, plus duplicates keys with minimal instruction.

The BD Laser is safe and secure. There are no pinch-points on this machine and the cutter guard is designed not to permit hands or fingers near the rotating cutter. An emergency stop button is conveniently located on the side of the machine to immediately stop the cutter.

It is comprised of two components, the machine and the console. The machine requires no up or down movement in order to cut the keys. It is a fixed height cutter, which eliminates the concern for the cutter coming in contact with the jaw surface or anything else, except the key blank.

The console is operated by using the 3-1/2" by 4-1/4" two-color touch screen display mounted into the console. All of the machines' operations are entered through the console using picture icons. To operate the touch screen, use any non-metallic stylus (pointing tool) to contact the picture icons on the display. The recommended stylus is the plastic tip of a pen or similar tool.

To cut a key by code:

Step 1. Turn on the BD Laser and enter a correct password.

Step 2. The touch screen displays six picture icons: Key Search, Setup Test, Machine Data, Password Manager, Software Update and Exit.

Step 3. Touch Key Search. The touch screen now displays five picture icons: Car Model Selection, Key System Selection, Record Number, Search By Code and Back to Main Menu.

Step 4. Touch Search by Code. The touch screen displays a keyboard picture icon.

Step 5. Enter the desired key code. Touch ENTER to continue.

Step 6. The touch screen displays list of vehicles. Use the down arrow to view additional vehicles with similar key codes. Touch the Desired Make/Model, then touch ENTER.

Step 7. A picture of the key blade matching the key code appears. Touch ENTER to continue.

Step 8. The key blank reference list includes the different original equipment and aftermarket key blank numbers from which the key can be originated. Touch ENTER to continue.

Step 9. A picture of the jaw and the key blank appear with jaw letter. Insert the correct jaw into the machine and press down the locking lever that clamps the jaw unit into position. Insert the key blank into the jaw, locating the key where indicated in the picture. Press down on the key blank while tightening the jaw knob. Touch YES to start cutting.

Note: As a key is being cut, the optional run clean vacuum collects shavings during the cutting process.

Step 10. Follow screen prompts to reverse key blank and repeat the cutting procedure for the other side.

Every key that is cut by the BD Laser becomes part of the on-board computer's database. This enables the BD Laser to cut additional keys at any time. For this reason, and the ability to control access to the BD Laser, the key machine is password protected. A single master password has access to all functions of the key machine. User passwords provide access only to the key cutting areas.

The BD Laser is programmed with key code series to originate keys for Audi, BMW, Chrysler (Crossfire), Honda, Kia (Amanti), Lexus, Mazda (Millenia), Mercedes Benz, Pontiac (GTO), Porsche, Saab, Subaru (Canadian), Toyota (Avalon LTD),Volkswagen, and Volvo.

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