Security should be one of the key priorities of any business. Sometimes that means installing extra locks, and sometimes that means duplicating keys in case one should be lost or stolen. You might think that having extra keys floating around represents a flaw in your security systems, but it is far more useful than you might think.
Pieces of the Key
Before we can go into more detail about key duplication, let’s start by examining the component parts of a conventional key. The head is also known as the bow which in turn can also be called the key head. One thing unique to this style of key is that they can be cut to only fit certain locks around your office and/or building and not be used to access other locations. This fact alone already increases security potential.
Keyrings and Fobs
Do you want keyrings or keyfobs? You are in luck because you can use these accessories just as you would with a regular set of keys for your home or storage unit. Grooves and shoulder-stops also work together to keep the blade of the key from sinking too far into the lock and simultaneously opening the cylinders hidden inside the lock. Have you heard of skeleton keys? They are highly similar. Some keys will also have a tip at the bottom to help align the blade if there is no shoulder stop present.
A Primer on Duplication
Your next question probably focuses on how duplication works in the first place. Mass-produced keys can still be duplicated, which is probably how they are made in the first place. Relying on key duplication for commercial-grade keys allows you to hold onto a single master key and make multiple copies of it, which is great for an expanding team at your workplace when new hires need a key to go along with the access code for the electronic lock on the front door into your office.
Finally, let’s discuss commercial-grade keys some more. These keys are most often made of brass although aluminum and steel are also popular. Common keys are also designed to be flat, and they are often paired with other types of lock-and-key mechanisms, such as magnetic locks and keycards. Biometric locks are also gaining popularity and could depend on two-factor authentication (such as a thumbprint and traditional key) in order to unlock successfully.
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