Automotive 2010 Supplement: JMA TPH Adapter for the TRS5000 Cloner

May 3, 2010
The TPH Cloner attachment enables key duplication for most Honda®, Nissan, Chrysler, Mitsubishi®, General Motors® and many other brands equipped with Philips® Encrypted Technology.

Transponder-based engine immobilizer systems were introduced by automobile manufacturers into the North American market for the 1996 model year. By the end of the 2009 year, 99 percent of new vehicles are equipped with transponder technology.

JMA, an 80-year-old company, is a worldwide manufacturer of original equipment and aftermarket key blanks, producing more than 2 million key blanks a day. Today, JMA not only manufactures key blanks for many vehicle manufacturers in the world, but also produces automotive transponders designed for programming and cloning. JMA began producing clonable transponders in 1995.

In early 2000, JMA developed the TRS5000 cloning machine that incorporates cutting edge technology with ease of use. When the TRS5000 was brought to market, it was designed to clone the first transponder-equipped keys incorporated into cars by General Motors and Honda using the Megamos fixed code transponder system.

JMA keeps the TRS5000 up to date with the ever-changing automotive transponder technology without the need for purchasing a new cloning device. The first major upgrade was when JMA introduced the TPX1® cloneable chip, which enabled locksmiths to clone most Ford®, Toyota® and Lexus® models equipped with the Texas Instruments® Fixed Code System.

JMA later introduced the TPX2® chip and the TPX cloner attachment, increasing the machine’s ability to copy Chrysler®, Nissan®, Mitsubishi®, Ford, Toyota, Mazda®, Lexus and Infiniti® models equipped with a Texas Instruments® Encrypted System.

Most recently, JMA® has introduced the TPX3® chip and TPH Cloner attachment. This new device (sold separately for current TRS5000 owners) connects to the TRS5000 and can work in conjunction with the TPX2 attachment. The TPH Cloner attachment enables key duplication for most Honda®, Nissan, Chrysler, Mitsubishi®, General Motors® and many other brands equipped with Philips® Encrypted Technology.

Today, the key to most vehicles with the exception of Mercedes Benz®, BMW®, Audi®, Saab®, Volkswagen® and Volvo® can be easily cloned using JMA’s TRS5000 cloning program with the TPH Cloner attachment.

Note: The TRS5000 requires no Internet connection, and operates as a standalone unit using 120VAC or 12VDC.

There are many benefits to using JMA’s system. First, JMA clonable transponders are very similar to the transponders used by original equipment vehicle manufacturers. They are not battery operated circuit boards commonly known as electronic keys. When cloning to a transponder, there is no risk of data loss and there is no risk of the vehicle not starting because of a dead electronic key battery. In addition, locksmiths can offer their customers a key that looks very similar in shape and size to their original vehicle key.

Cloning is the easiest way to provide additional key(s) for a vehicle. For cloning Megamos and Texas Instruments fixed code transponders, access to the customer’s key is sufficient to produce a duplicate key. Once the transponder value has been cloned onto the new transponder-equipped key blank, duplicate or originate the key’s bitting onto the blade and you are finished.

The technology has been just updated for the JMA TRS5000 cloning machine to enable cloning of Phillips® Crypto (Encrypted) transponders. This expands the number of vehicles equipped with the transponder based engine immobilizer system that can be cloned from approximately 270 models to more than 400 models. The TRS5000 Cloning Machine can clone a key to more than 90 percent of the vehicles on the road today.

To clone the Phillips Encrypted system, no Internet connection is required. Just follow these steps.

Read the information on the customer’s key using the TRS5000 with the TPH Cloner attachment. Remove the key.

Insert a compatible transponder key equipped with a JMA TPX3 chip and press COPY.

Take the customer’s key to the vehicle and insert the key into the ignition lock.

Place the bow of the JMA TPX3 chip-equipped key blank adjacent to the ignition lock face.

Turn the ignition switch on and off four times in order for the TPX3 chip to retrieve, copy and save the required information transmitted from the vehicle’s on-board computer.

Insert the JMA TPX3 chip-equipped key blank into the TRS5000 machine and press the read button. Remove the TPX3 chip-equipped key blank.

Insert the customer’s key into the TRS5000 and read the customer’s key. Remove the customer’s key.

Insert the JMA TPX3 chip equipped key blank into the TRS5000.

Press COPY to copy the information to the TPX3 chip equipped key blank.

Cut the key. You now have a cloned transponder equipped key programmed to operate your customer’s vehicle.

For more information, contact your local distributor or JMA at telephone 817-385-0515 or Web Site:

Custom Fitting Transponder Blanks

JMA offers a unique opportunity to not only save money but have the ability to custom fit transponder-equipped key blanks. Because JMA sells more than 50 chipless key blank part numbers and separate transponder chips, locksmith can carry an increased variety of key blanks.

For example, the Ford 8-cut transponder key is available with a fixed value transponder or an encrypted value transponder. Having the chipless Ford 8-cut key blank and the two different transponders, either transponder can be installed to satisfy your customer’s vehicle requirement.

In addition, locksmiths can re-use transponder chips removed from keys by installing them into compatible key blanks. Locksmiths can reduce the cost of miscut keys by harvesting transponders. Transponder can also be removed from worn, broken or no longer used keys by removing the chips and installing them into JMA chipless key blanks.

Using JMA chipless key blanks and harvested and new transponders can significantly reduce your key blank inventory stocking costs.