Commercial Security

  • An Overview of Mechanical Exit Devices

    In simple terms, an exit device is a lock with an inside release bar. Variations include standard, fire-rated, rim, vertical rod and mortise exit devices and a number of specialty exit bars.

    Article • May 1st, 2007

  • Programming the SIMPLEX 900 SERIES MECHANICAL PUSHBUTTON LOCKS

    As locksmiths, our customer/employers expect us to provide service for their locks and door hardware. We need to know how to change the combination or service all kinds of mechanical and electromechanical locks. The Simplex 900 Series by Kaba Access...

    Article • May 1st, 2007

  • Sales & Marketing: How To Compete With The Big Box Retailer

    In the previous article (Feb. 2007 Ledger, pages 54-57) we discussed the challenges facing locksmiths while trying to compete with the big box retailers. The top challenge was the economies of scale the big box retailers represent and the locksmith's...

    Article • April 1st, 2007

  • Specifying Power Supplies for Security Applications

    Power supplies often perform switching functions, monitor and report their own status, and automatically compensate for changing site conditions such as brown outs, power interruptions, power surges and temporary increases in the system load.

    Article • April 1st, 2007

  • A Brief History of Sargent & Greenleaf on its 150th Anniversary

    In 1857, Hollywood was founded. In the same year, albeit with decidedly less fanfare, occurred an event that would arguably play a role in shaping the security hardware industry for decades to come. Financier Halbert Greenleaf began his long...

    Article • March 1st, 2007

  • The Next Generation King Cobra

    KC5000-2 Locks are designed for cylindrical and mortise door preps and can be used on any door where electronic access control is desired. They provide an easy upgrade from a mechanical pushbutton lock.

    Article • March 1st, 2007

  • Construction Document Basics

    Whether working for a construction company or owner, commercial and institutional locksmiths may be furnishing or installing hardware specified by a set of plans.

    Article • February 1st, 2007

  • The Use of Biometric Technology in Security

    Biometrics to become the mainstay of identity verification in civilian applications.

    Article • February 1st, 2007

  • How to Compete with The Big Box Retailer

    One of the most daunting challenges facing the locksmith industry today is how to compete with the Big Box Retailer.

    Article • February 1st, 2007

  • Safes & Locks

    Product Spotlight

    Article • February 1st, 2007

  • High Security Cylinders and Protected Key Stock

    Lock manufacturers are depended upon to control the issuance of key stock.

    Article • January 1st, 2007

  • Securing Sliding Glass Doors with the Octopod Surface-Mounted Auxiliary Bolt Lock

    Secure sliding glass doors with the Octopod surface-mounted auxiliary bolt lock from Major Manufacturing.

    Article • January 1st, 2007

  • BlueWave Security

    BlueWave Security provides Wi-Fi (wireless) access control and security management solutions.

    Article • January 1st, 2007

  • Blue Dog Keys, the Odd Key Source

    If you need a common, an unusual, an odd or hard to find foreign or domestic key, do you know where to start the search?

    Article • December 1st, 2006

  • Changing Your Ways

    Some jobs must be approached with a total system solution.

    Article • December 1st, 2006