Ziptide, July 2016

July 4, 2016

Come See Us At ALOA

Locksmith Ledger will be in Booth 908 in the Orlando Hilton at this year’s ALOA Security Expo. Show times and dates are Friday Aug. 5 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday Aug. 6, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Special events will include the 60th Anniversary Kickoff party Thursday Aug. 4 at 7 p.m. The 2016 ALOA Membership Meeting (open to ALOA members only) is Friday Aug. 5 at 8:30 a.m. A Women In Locksmithing session is planned Friday Aug. 5 at 5:45 p.m., followed by a reception.

For a preview of some of the new products that will be introduced, check out this issue’s feature articles and product spotlight. Numerous classes are scheduled July 31 through Aug. 6. See our Continuing Education section on page 108 for more details.

And when you are at the show, consider downloading the free ALOA Convention Mobile App, which enables you to access the exhibitor list, trade show floor plan, class schedule and more from your smart phone. For more information, visit

Looking for Specific Products?

Here at Locksmith Ledger, we get a lot of questions from readers who are looking for sources for specific products. We are always glad to help, but we also have a couple suggestions for locksmiths who need that part after hours.

Our website,, has a search box in the upper right corner of the home page. We recommend typing in the product name or type there.  Results will likely take you to our online Buyers Guide or to magazine articles about that particular product/company.

In print, please check our 2016 Security Register, which includes a product index an extensive alphabetical listings of both manufacturers and distributors serving the locksmith industry. Next month’s magazine will include our Know Your Distributors listings, which provide greater detail about locksmith distributors, including information on product categories, brands, value-added services and shipping policies.

Looking for a specific distributor? Our annual Know Your Distributors listing, a 20-page chart carefully compiled by information provided to us by the distributors serving the locksmith industry, is available for download at

We welcome updates from distributors throughout the year, for both our Online Buyers Guide and upcoming 2017 Security Register. Please email [email protected] with any new information.

More Questions? Visit Discussion Forums

Got a challenging question about a recent installation? Our online discussion forums might just have the answer you need. 

Post your questions at and see if your colleagues or our editors can provide an answer.  Forum topics include Ask An Expert (moderated by editor in chief Gale Johnson), General Locksmithing, Electronic Access Control, Safe Servicing and Automotive Locksmithing. 

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