American Lock takes security to the next level, with security innovations that include:
BumpStop® Advanced Cylinder Technology
The bump stops here! American Lock customers are able to counter the ever-growing security threat of lock “bumping” — a surreptitious method of picking a lock without evidence of entry — with patent-pending BumpStop® technology.
When a lock is bumped, force is applied to a “bump key” to drive the bottom and top pins up in the pin chamber. When the top pins contact the tip of the pin chamber, they create an impact that causes the bottom pins to separate and travel downward. When the gap between the top and bottom pins crosses the shear line, the slight torque applied to the key causes the plug to rotate — and the lock to open. But unique BumpStop® technology prevents the transfer of force from the bump key to the pins and blocks rotation of the cylinder… so the lock remains locked.
ASTM International has developed testing criteria for determining a cylinder’s ability to effectively resist break-ins using lock bumping techniques. The revised standard is used to test and compare pin tumbler cylinders commonly used in padlocks. In these tests, locks from American Lock/Master Lock exceed Grade 6 lock bump test criteria. This is due to these locks’ reverse rake tapered driver pin, high performance spring and precision tolerance chamber.
Edge® Key Control System
Don’t rely on a standard padlock keying system when you could enhance the security of your facility with the exclusive Edge® Key Control System. The patented Edge system makes key-controlled security a cost-effective possibility for virtually any facility and application.
The system’s innovative cylinder design and added locking mechanism creates numerous one-of-a-kind “virtual keyways.”
With its innovative, proprietary cylinder locking feature that creates an exclusive range of cut keys, this system allows you to easily control exactly who can have duplicate keys made for access. Key blanks are completely restricted and are available only at authorized dealers, making unauthorized duplication impossible — so there’s no longer the risk of key copies being made by unauthorized employees. All operating keys are unique to your facility. Plus, a free record keeping service is available for all registered Edge system end users.
Weatherbuilt™ Padlock Protection
Don’t let dirt, debris, salt, moisture, chemicals or temperature extremes prevent you from opening your padlock. Many American Lock padlocks offer the option of Weatherbuilt™ Padlock Protection — the ultimate in padlock protection.
With enhanced weather, debris, temperature and chemical resistance, Weatherbuilt helps your padlocks stand up to the harshest environments.
The Weatherbuilt patent-pending keyway cover and patented shackle seals block debris and moisture, and the sliding keyway cover separates for easy key insertion and rotation. In addition to these convenient keyway covers, when you add the option of corrosion-resistant stainless steel or brass shackles, your Weatherbuilt lock will stand up to the harshest elements and conditions for years to come.
Weatherbuilt™ Padlock Protection is available in 2" and 1-3/4" pin tumbler and interchangeable core SFIC padlocks.