Locksmithing etc., June 2013

June 3, 2013

DORMA Low Powered Prox Access Control System

DORMA has introduced the patent pending Low Powered Prox (LPP), a battery powered, standalone access control system. This single door system contains a proximity card reader, controller and an electric strike. The proximity card reader is interoperable with most 125 kHz proximity protocols and can be integrated with existing credentials. The card reader fits mullion frames. Up to 250 users can be programmed in the controller. The read range is up to three Centimeters. The controller comes with one delete and one add proximity card. The built-in LED and sounder provide visual entry confirmation and status. Door open time frame is five seconds. Versions of the electric strike are available for cylindrical locks, mortise locks and rim exit devices.

According to DORMA, the LPP has up to 40,000 cycle life expectancy on a set of 9Volt batteries.

For more information, contact your local locksmith distributor or DORMA USA Inc., Dorma Drive, Drawer AC, Reamstown, PA 17567. Telephone: 800-523 8483. Web Site: www.dorma-usa.com.

Securitron PowerJump ICPT

Securitron Magnalock Corp. has introduced the patent pending PowerJump™ Inductive Coupling Power Transfer (ICPT). The PowerJump meets or exceeds UL10C 3 Hour standards and Windstorm A250.13 standards. This ICPT provides no contact 12 or 24V DC power across the gap between the frame and the door. The PowerJump has the capability of transferring up to 250mA at 24V DC or 500mA at 12V DC. More than sufficient power to operate most door mounted hardware latch retraction products. The PowerJump input power is 24V DC.

Inductive Coupling Technology enables the power to be "jumped" across a relatively small gap safely from one conductor to another. The PowerJump door unit (conductor) must be located with 3/16" of the frame unit (conductor). The door and frame units can be located along the lock or hinge edge, or at the top or bottom of the door.

The PowerJump ICPT has been factory tested to 2,000,000 cycles.

For more information, contact your local locksmith distributor or Securitron Magnalock Corp., Web Site: www.securitron.com.


ASSA Abloy Seos, launched the fourth quarter of 2012, will be adding Arrow locks to their platform, enabling NFC capable phones, phones equipped with SIM cards and NFC add-ons to replace keys and access cards in residential, commercial and higher education applications. Seos is compatible with HID Global, Yale and Vingcard Elsafe.

XL Factory Replacement Mailbox Locks

Penn Lock Corp., is manufacturing XL Factory Replacement Pin Tumbler Mailbox Locks. A new part number is the XL-221-W-XL2, which is a custom mailbox lock that replaces the Security Mfg 900 Series Horizontal Apartment Mailbox lock.

Penn Lock Corp. sells direct with a minimum order of ten of each part number.  They can be reached at 21 Noyes Ave., Swoyersville, PA 18704. Telephone: 800-679-5751. Web Site: www.pennlockcorp.com.

Keeping the Door Open

The panels for an access control system often need to be installed in an electrical room. Sometimes these glorified closets have no air conditioning and usually contain a variety of things that draw electrical current. In one instance, an electric water heater was in a corner of the room.

Usually these rooms are very warm. To bring in cool air, I carry a six foot long piece of rope with a noose on one end. I slip the noose around the lever handle or knob and tie the other end when the door is open to a fixed object like a rack. There’s no chance of damaging the floor this way.

Ilco Motorcycle Key Blank Reference

Ilco has introduced their latest motorcycle and recreational vehicle guide containing more than 50 pages. Vehicles are listed alphabetically by manufacturer, then model and year. The information provided includes the code series, the Ilco/Silca key blank numbers and the code card number. A comments section provides information regarding lock type and transponder programming and cloning.

To download in pdf format, go to www.kaba-ilco.com and look under Literature, Support.

Stack-On Safes Key Blank

Key operated Stack-On safes are using a double-sided key that can be inserted into the lock in only one direction. The code number can be stamped into the face of the lock. This lock uses an "I" code series. The aftermarket key blank number is an Ilco 1042A, Borkey 44, ESP IL510, Jet IL510, Illinois 510 and JMA ILL-5.

A cut key can be obtained from Stack-On. They require proof of ownership and a second form of identification.

For more information, contact Stack-On at 800-323-9601

E-Digital EPRO Touch

LockeyUSA has introduced the EPRO Touch, a touchscreen operated electronic keypad lever lock. The EPRO Touch is remote compatible and allows for up to six unique User Codes, as well as a single disposable User Code. This new lock incorporates a keypad activation code to prevent tampering. 

For more information, contact your local locksmith distributor or Lockey Digital Systems, Inc., Web Site: http://lockeyusa.com.

Leveling Keys for Duplication

Duplicating double-sided keys can be a problem. Consider the General Motors "Z" keyway keys. You have the choice of placing the blade on top of the vise jaw using the offset as a guide. The alternative is to place most of the blade within the vise jaw and set the area to be cut by eye.

A better alternative is to obtain pieces of material that is placed under the blade's offset. This keeps the blade level once one side has been cut.

Most of the automotive blade offsets are 0.060", 0.070" or 0.080". Use a piece of easy to cut metal and make two of each of the three sizes. One of these sizes will work for just about every double sided key.

When duplicating a double sided key, place a piece of the cut metal into each of the vise jaws and position the keys onto the side where the blade's offset will be above the metal.

This keeps the key blades perpendicular when duplicating the key. The three sizes fill the void created by the cuts on the first side and insures the key blank being cut is level with the top of the vise jaw.

Hands-Free Door Opener

Tidy Tug has come up with an alternative to the pull handle on the interior of a bathroom door. The Tidy Tug is a foot-contoured handle mounted at the floor of the interior side of the bathroom door. A person uses his or her foot to initially open the door.

Advanced Diagnostics AD35

New vehicles are beginning to use different frequency remote controls making it more difficult to identify the exact model. To help resolve this problem, Advanced Diagnostics AD35 Remote Control Tester determines the frequency of Infrared (IR) and Radio Frequency (RF) remote controls. In addition, the AD35 will tell you if the remote is sending out a signal.

To test a remote, place it below the AD35 LCD screen and press the remote's button. The numeric frequency will display.

For more information, contact your local locksmith wholesaler or Advanced Diagnostics at Web Site: www.adus.com.

PEMKO Double -Swing Hinge with Emergency Release Stop

PEMKO has introduced their Double Swing Hinge with Emergency Release Stop. This double swing continuous geared hinge has a one hundred degree swing in either direction. An emergency release stop, located on the strike edge of the door allows the door to be opened in the opposite direction. The hinge is manufactured of 6063-T6 Aluminum alloy and meets the ANSI/BHMA requirements for A156.1 for Continuous Geared Hinges.

For more information, contact your local locksmith distributor or PEMKO at

Telephone 800-283-9988 CA 800-824-3018 TN Web Site: www.pemko.com

Wireless Remote Release

Wireless remote release is becoming quite popular for companies that want a person to control who gains access. Wireless remote release has two definite advantages; no wires that have to be run and the transmitter is not in a fixed location.

To install, the receiver (controller) is wired into the system within range of the transmitter's location, for example a desk in view of the entry door or a counter.

For some installations, the available frequency for some wireless remote release mechanisms does not have the necessary range. Problems are either too great a distance for the frequency, RF interference, obstructions or dead spots.

Inovonics EchoStream 900mHz wireless transmitters and receivers operate at higher frequency, eliminating many of the problems. A locksmith replaced an existing wireless remote release because of continual problems. He installed the Inovonics EN4204 Four Zone Add-On Receiver with Relay Outputs and the EN1210 Single Input Universal Transmitters. The EN4204 has five Form C relays and supervises up to four Inovonics transmitters.

For more information, contact your local locksmith distributor or Inovonics at Web Site: www.inovonics.com

Key Blanks with Ferrous Metal

Some Asian brass key blanks and some North American-made brass key blanks are being manufactured with an increasing amount of ferrous metal.

As key blanks are manufactured with more ferrous metal, they become more attracted to a magnet. If a key blank contains a small amount, it can be dragged with a magnet. If there is enough ferrous metal, the key blank can become magnetically attached. The more metal there is in a key blank, the harder it is to cut and the harder it is on your rotary cutter.

Keep a magnet near each of your key machines. Test key blanks before cutting them. Too much ferrous metal in a key blank can cause problems for the cutter.

Lever Abuse

It is amazing to see the amount of damage people can inflict onto a door lock by just gaining access.

Company Identification

A number of locksmiths have been providing their service personnel with company identification that they wear when making service calls. The identification usually has the word locksmith in large letters. Additional information can be the state and the business license office. Most have a photo and name of the employee. The badge/identification can be placed in a holder or laminated and attached to a lanyard.

In today’s world, visible identification does help to create trust and security for your customers.

New Ilco Key Blanks

Ilco, a member of the Kaba Group, has introduced some new key blanks including automotive emergency, cylindrical, utility and Ford 80 Bit. These include:

  • Ford: Ilco #H92-PT         
  • GM Emergency Key: Ilco #B116
  • GM High Security Emergency Key: Ilco #B117
  • Hyundai Emergency Key: Ilco #HY21
  • Hyundai Emergency Key: Ilco #HY22
  • Gatehouse: Ilco #1682, EZ #GH5
  • Hayworth: Ilco #1683, EZ #HAW5

For more information, contact your local locksmith distributor.

Car-Opening Techniques: 2007-Up Chevy, GM Trucks

This month we will offer car-opening tool manufacturer's recommended techniques for opening the 2007-up Chevrolet and GMC full size pickups. These pickups are equipped with vertical linkage rods and locking buttons.

These vehicles are equipped with multi-layer weather stripping. Before inserting a tool, use diluted liquid dish soap to lubricate the weather stripping and help prevent breaking the window. Dish soap will dissipate with water, where a lubricant can stain the door trim panel or the surrounding area.

The following opening methods can be used to unlock the 2007-up Chevrolet and GMC full size pickups:

Use the High Tech Tools Double Tool 26 and a wedge to unlock the driver’s door locking mechanism. Insert the wedge forward of the outside door handle assembly. Position the car-opening tool with the shaft in line with the front of the outside door handle assembly. Insert the car-opening tool into the door cavity with the tip pointing to the rear of the vehicle. Lower the tool until the tip is beneath the bottom of the window glass. Manipulate the 26 Tool until the tip is beneath the bottom of the vertical locking button. Raise the tool to unlock the door locking mechanism.

Use the Pro-Lok A0-35 "MCOT-Wide Tool" and an inflatable wedge to unlock the front passenger door locking mechanism. Begin by inserting the wedge eight inches from the rear edge of the front passenger door window glass. Inflate the wedge. Insert the A0-35 car-opening tool 17 inches from the rear edge of the window glass with the operating end of the tool facing forward. Lower the tool 15 inches into the door cavity. Rotate the tool slightly counterclockwise so the tip is on the passenger compartment side of the window glass. Deflate the wedge. Do not remove it. Carefully raise the tool until the tip is in the passenger compartment. Position the tip of the tool onto the power lock/unlock rocker switch. Depress the unlock button to unlock the door locking mechanism.

Use the Slide Lock Vertical-Z™ car-opening tool to unlock the front passenger door locking mechanism. Lubricate the weather stripping. Insert the box hook flat to the front passenger door window close to the rear edge of the glass. Carefully push the hook down into the door cavity making sure to not damage the weather stripping. Rotate the shaft into a vertical position. Lower the tool until the number "3" indicator is just beneath the weather stripping. Rotate the Vertical-Z tool about 45 degrees clockwise to plate the vertical linkage rod between the door skin and the tool. Manipulate the tool forward. Rotate the tool counterclockwise until it contacts the vertical linkage rod. Bind the rod and pull up on the tool to unlock the door locking mechanism.

Use the Tech-Train Productions TT-1017 car-opening tool and a wedge to unlock the passenger door locking mechanism. Begin by inserting the wedge forward of the passenger door locking button. Carefully insert the TT-1017 tool into the door cavity with the hooked end on the outboard side of the linkage rod with the tip pointing rearward.

Note: Do not rotate the tool until the shaft is against the weather stripping.

Carefully lower the tool until the tool is five inches deep in the door. Rotate the tool clockwise until it contacts the vertical linkage rod. The locking button will move slightly. Once the tool contacts the linkage rod, pull the tool forward until the linkage rod is trapped within the hooked tip. Continue to maintain pulling pressure on the tool and lift to unlock the locking mechanism.

The direction to rotate the driver's door lock plug to the unlocked position is counterclockwise.

For more information, contact your local locksmith distributor or the following car-opening tool manufacturers:

High Tech Tools, 1628 NW 28th St., Miami, FL 33142. Telephone: 800-323-8324. Fax: 305-635-1015. Website: www.hightechtools.com.

Slide Lock Tool Co. Inc., 1166 Topside Rd., Louisville, TN 37777. Telephone: 800-336-8812. Website: www.z-tool.com.

Steck Manufacturing Company, 1115 S. Broadway, Dayton, OH 45408 . Telephone: 800-227-8325.  Web Site: www.steckmfg.com.

Lockmasters Inc. (Tech-Train), 2101 John C. Watts Drive, Nicholasville, KY 40356. Telephone: 800-654-0637. Fax: 859-885-7093. Website: www.lockmasters.com.

We are interested in printing opening methods from other car-opening tool manufacturers. To have your instructions published, enclose a contact name and telephone number. Write or fax to Jerry Levine C/O Locksmith Ledger 3030 Salt Creek Lane, Suite 200, Arlington Heights, Illinois 60005 Fax: 847-454-2759. E-mail [email protected].