An explanation for the word Ninja is one who is skilled and has stealthy movements. Although movements of the new Ninja electronic key duplicating machine from Keyline may not be considered as stealthy, the available key cutting operations are both skillful and varied.
Right out of the packing box, I was impressed with the size, weight, design and modern style of the Keyline Ninja machine. A large, transparent shield completely encloses the key cutting area to protect the operator from stray key chips. This is a vast improvement over tiny inefficient cutter chip shields usually found on key cutting equipment.
Additional noticeable features include a removable box located below the key blade designed to automatically catch a large percentage of key chips. The box can be easily removed for emptying. A larger-than-normal cutter blade is standard. More teeth touching the key during each revolution provides a smoother finished key cut. Cutter speed and movement are adjustable for cutting brass, aluminum, steel or nickel silver key blank material. Four-way jaws easily and firmly hold small or large single-sided keys. Double-sided keys can be accurately held regardless of where the key grooves are located or if the key is shoulder stopped or tip stopped. Finally, a wide row of LED lights are included which illuminate the entire key machine work area.
A separate portable console with a 3 1/2” by 6” touchscreen is designed to control the Ninja machine. Key machine console functions include code cutting, duplication and decoding. Ninja also has a basic key duplication function which can be used without a console or PC connection. Choices on the main menu include bookmarks, copy, users, setup, database, PC and lockout.
The console takes a few minutes to synchronize with the Ninja machine. The first screen displayed is called “Login.” Administrator and User choices appear on the Login screen. The Ninja machine can be password protected to prevent unauthorized parties from using the machine.
When the ‘copy’ choice is pressed, the Ninja automatically begins the duplicating process. Before pressing the ‘copy’ choice, users must first choose the correct four-way jaw section, shoulder-stop or tip-stop the keys as needed, and tighten the original and blank keys firmly into the vise jaws. Close the transparent shield, then press ‘copy’ on the console screen. The Ninja machine automatically completes the duplicating process with one single movement across the key blank.
When Database is chosen, seven different choices appear on the touchscreen. Choices include serial number, code, card, cylinders, car, motorbike and key blanks. Key codes and key blank comparisons are stored in the Ninja machine memory. Sections of the information in memory are displayed according to which section is pressed.
Every code series in memory has a numeric serial number. Code series can be chosen according to the code program serial number.
Key Code series resident in the Ninja machine can be quickly sourced. When the ‘Code’ logo is touched, a keypad is displayed. After the desired key code is input using the keypad, press the ‘next’ button to proceed. A new screen will display the key cuts for the requested code number. Press the ‘next’ button again and a picture will appear showing the correct part of the 4-way jaw to use. Once the key blank is secured in the jaw according to the picture, press the ‘cut’ button to start the automatic key cutting procedure.
Card numbers for hundreds of depth/space dimensions are held in memory. If the key cuts and the depth/space card number are known, an operating key can be made by pressing the ‘card’ button. A silhouette of the key will be displayed and two primary buttons will appear, ‘direct’ and ‘decode’.
If the ‘direct’ button is pressed a keypad will be displayed and the user can input the desired cuts needed. When the ‘next’ key is pressed a picture will appears showing the correct jaw holding procedure. Once the key is firmly installed in the jaw, press the ‘cut’ button to begin the key cutting process.