New Caterpillar Code Series
Caterpillar appears to have two new code series for their 2012 trucks. We have received one key code from each series. One code series appears to use Chrysler depths and spaces and the Y157 style key blank. These double-sided convenience seven-cut keys can probably be originated using the 1200CM CX60 code card or the Ultracode 537 card. It appears the cuts resemble the Z001-Z262 code series.
While researching another article, I learned that lock boxes are manufactured from at least three different materials: steel, aluminum and stainless steel. Aluminum lock boxes are manufactured mainly for the Southeastern United States where the weather can quickly rust steel. The aluminum lock boxes are installed into aluminum fencing. Steel lock boxes are used in other areas. Stainless steel lock boxes are used in food service, marine and hazardous environments. For food service, they often are required to power wash areas of the facility once a day or more.
How do you determine what price to charge for a duplicate key? Key blank pricing has changed over the years with the introduction of so many different types including metal head, plastic (rubber) head, four-pin, five-pin, six- and more pin, original equipment, original looking, aftermarket standard, aftermarket less expensive, high security automotive, high security commercial, electronic equipped, etc. Then we have the quantity breaks, fives, 10s, 50s, 100s, 250 packages, etc.
Key blank manufacturers have different pricing categories. For the aftermarket, key blank manufacturers can set the price for a key blank by the number they produce for a given time period.
As locksmiths, we may stock 500 or more key blank numbers. There are about 5,000 different keys ranging from the most popular to the ones that a package of ten was ordered years ago and you still have eight.
The way the key is duplicated is different as a cylindrical key blank is cut with a standard duplicator, whereas a Sidewinder key blank requires a specialized key machine and more time to duplicate.
A big box store sells the most popular key blank for sometimes a not too expensive price. They cannot duplicate high security key blanks.
What do you do? We are looking for your input.
Rytan Carbide Cutter and Pulley Kit
Some key blanks have small amounts of ferrous metal added into their ingredients. With the cost of copper dramatically up and requirements to eliminate lead in key blanks, a few key blank manufacturers are adding ferrous metal. The problem is the standard key blank cutters are not designed to cut ferrous metal. Plus most key blank duplicators cutters operate at around 800 to 1,000 RPM, way too slow to cut ferrous metal.
To solve this problem, Rytan has introduced the RY103 carbide cutter and pulley kit designed to speed up a Rytan Ry100 or RY200 Duplicating Key Machine to approximately 1800 RPM.
For more information, contact your local locksmith distributor or Rytan Inc., 455 Maple Ave., Torrance, CA 90503. Telephone: 800-447-9826. Web Site: www.rytan.com.
DORMA Glass Door Exit Hardware
DORMA has introduced the DG1000 Series Exit Devices designed for Herculite style frameless glass doors that are 1/2" to 3/4" thick tempered safety glass. They are available as panic hardware and deadbolt equipped hardware. The DG1000 Series exit devices are UL-listed and ANSI/BHMA A156.3 Grade 1 certified. They feature a latching bolt or deadbolt mechanism hidden within the interior of the handle mechanism.
The DORMA DG1000 exit device has a top locking mechanism with interchangeable core (IC) on the exterior and IC or thumbturn on the interior. The DG1100 exit device has a bottom locking mechanism with IC on the exterior and IC or thumbturn on the interior. The DG1300 exit device has a choice of top, bottom or top and bottom locking deadbolt configurations. The top locking bolt configuration can be equipped with an electric strike for electronic access control. For magnetic shear lock applications, the DG1000 can be configured with a mechanical release switch in the vertical tube. Dummy pulls are available. These exit devices can be ordered in polished or satin stainless steel or brass finishes.