Locksmithing etc. October 2016

Oct. 3, 2016

Ilco Takes To The Road -- In New Van

The brand new new Ilco Van begins touring the Eastern United States this month. The van will be accompanied by our company representatives as it travels throughout the United States and Canada over the next 12 months. Scheduled stops include distributor locations and trade shows.

The Ilco Road Show includes the latest Advanced Diagnostics Programming Tools, cloning devices; including the new ID48 Solution for you to “test drive”. In addition, we have a variety of Silca Key Machines for your personal, “hands-on” experience, and last but certainly not least the latest Ilco Key Blanks and Ilco Replacement Cylinders will also be on board.

Visit News/Events at www.ilco.us or Upcoming Events at www.adusa.us for contact information on scheduled stops.

Support Our Veterans with ALOA and Allegion

A large segment of our population made the choice to help defend our rights and freedom. They selflessly put themselves in harm’s way protecting us and our country. Now, ALOA wants to give back – with job training and apprenticeships. This year, ALOA received approval for GI Bill funding to provide up to 376 hours of training for our nation’s veterans.

To demonstrate its unwavering support to veterans, Allegion has joined in this effort as an inaugural sponsor to provide additional financial support to a single veteran chosen by ALOA.

Locksmiths and other industry experts can apply to host an apprentice, working with a veteran to teach them valuable skills and foster a career. 

Veterans can apply for the ALOA Veteran Financial Sponsorship.

To learn more, visit us.allegion.com/ALOA

Flake Releases Fall Catalog
H.L. Flake’s Fall 2016 volume of the Security Hardware Catalog is now in the mail to locksmiths all over the U.S. At over 250 pages, this catalog features the popular items arranged by product categories including: automotive, residential security, commercial, access control, padlocks, safes and locksmith tools.
New products added in 2016 are featured on over 20 pages in the catalog, and the front and back covers are loaded with industry-leading promotional pricing. The quarterly catalog features brand names the industry trusts such as Alarm Lock, GMS, Master Lock, Schlage and others.
“Special pricing is one of several advantages we offer customers. Many customers order from us every day or once per week, and we try to reward that loyalty with great deals as often as we can,” commented Alex Martinez, Sales Manager. The company offers more incentives on its website and through member email offers.
H. L. Flake offers this priced catalog free to current customers and to qualified locksmiths. To request a copy, go to the website for the online form: www.hlflake.com.
The company also publishes separate full-line printed catalogs for Automotive and Commercial/Access Control products. These catalogs are new in 2016 and each one features over 500 pages of stocked hardware and supplies for locksmiths.
The H. L. Flake website offers the complete H. L. Flake inventory, available for immediate ordering, and a 1 percent discount on every order placed online. Orders placed by 4 pm central time are shipped the same day.

HL Flake has also announced the date for its 2017 Trade Show. The popular annual event will be held March 23-25 in Houston, TX. The event includes two days of education from top instructors, followed by a party with good food and live music. Trade Show with show-only specials on Saturday.

Transponders A to Z

This ALOA traning class, Nov. 4 at ALOA headquarters in Dallas, will cover On Board Programming, Cloning, Multi Vehicle Programmers, as well as some dedicated programmers for automotive transponders and remotes. The instructor will also present an overview and discuss the latest tools and equipment for the foreign and domestic electronic automotive security market. Tools, blanks, and techniques are changing at an astounding rate, so the instructor will provide the students with the latest information available. Due to the vast amount of information presented in this class that changes constantly, there will not be any hands on programming of vehicles for this class.

Prerequisite: Basic automotive Locksmithing knowledge including making mechanical automotive first keys.

Advanced registration and payment is required. For more information or to enroll, visit www.aloa.org.

ASSA ABLOY on Forbes’ list 

ASSA ABLOY, aglobal leader in door opening solutions, has for the third time been ranked in Forbes’ 2016 list of the world’s 100 most innovative companies.

“I’m very pleased that we have achieved such success with our R&D,” says Johan Molin, President and CEO of ASSA ABLOY. "Over the past ten years ASSA ABLOY has invested heavily in innovation, with the goal of doubling the innovation rate and the target that products launched within the past three years should account for at least 25 percent of sales. Today this target has been achieved, with a share of 31 percent of our sales from new products”.

ASSA ABLOYs R&D investments have increased by 230 percent since 2005, and today the Group has more than 1,800 development engineers. ASSA ABLOYs ambition is to be the industry’s most innovative company.

The full list is available at: http://www.forbes.com/innovative-companies/list/

4 Tips: Specifying Readers & Keypads

This short, helpful list comes from Gary Oliver, Electronic Security Specialist, CLARK Security. Read his helpful blogs and lists online at http://clarksecurity.com/4-tips-specifying-readers-keypads-access-control-systems/

Tip 1: Sell multi-tech readers whenever you are doing a complete new install. These cover a wide array of cards. iCLASS is proprietary technology by HID. The biggest separation is prox versus multi-tech versus iCLASS. Some new readers include Bluetooth or NFC (Near Field Communication) technology, which means a phone can be used as a credential.

Tip 2: Size matters! Consider the size of the reader for the installation space and material, as well as to meet the read range needs of the users. The smaller the reader, the shorter the read range. The smaller the credential, the smaller the read range.

Tip 3: Card technology and communication protocol must match that of the controller. On new systems, use proprietary formats to increase security and to retain repeat customer business. Offering proprietary formats is like using a restricted key way in traditional mechanical key systems.

Tip 4: Consider the construction of the keypad and reader based on the environment and usage. Heavy usage and weather will require sturdier material.

Easy Cable Terminations

Platinum Tools® is offering new Cat6A Flex Connectors (p/n 106220 non-shielded /  106230 shielded . These hielded and non-shielded versions make Cat6A terminations easier than ever

 “The Cat6A Flex Connector makes Cat6A terminations easier than ever,” said John Phillips, Platinum Tools, Inc. product manager. “The tool-less design comes in both shielded and non-shielded versions and has the ability to flex 90 degrees so cables can hang vertically. Contacts are precision machine set to ensure Cat6A performance.”

Additional features and specifications include:

  • Minimal tools required for preparation
  • Accommodates Cat6A & Cat7 up to9.0mm and 26- 22 AWG conductors
  • Works with both solid and stranded conductors
  • Machine-precision-set contact height
  • Cat6A 10gig certified, frequency rated to 1GHz
  • Shielded version: 106230, PoE+ rated
  • Flexible design, can flex 90 degrees down,  45 degrees up
  • Allows cable to hang vertically, eliminating bending and the need for strain reliefs

More Info: www.platinumtools.com

Possible Resource: U.S. Small Business Administration

The United States Small Business Adminstrations offers a number of helpful programs for folks starting and running a small business, such as a mobile locksmith visit or smaller retail shop.

These include: sales and management training, information on business law, help writing a business plan and information on taxes and benefits and even hiring and retaining employees.

Check online at https://www.sba.gov/ to see if any of these (mostly free) programs could help your business.