Mechanical push button keyless locks are reliable, convenient and secure, and one of the most cost-effective access control solutions. However, when it comes to changing the code, efficient isn’t the first word that comes to mind. The industry standard design of mechanical push button locks uses coded tumbler components, which must be manually repositioned to change the code. This means the lock must be removed from the door and taken apart each time you need to update the combination.
Changing The Code
If you’re currently using this type of lock, you’ll be familiar with the following challenging process:
1. Remove the screws located on the inside handle to detach the keypad from the door.
2. Turn the lock upside down and carefully remove the spring-loaded cover plate, while keeping the keypad flat to prevent damage.
3. Pressing the C button to clear the original code.
4. Keeping the C button pressed from underneath while removing the tumbler buttons using specialist tweezers. Unless the C button is pressed the tumblers will not be released.
5. Keeping the C button pressed from underneath while repositioning of the buttons to create a new combination. The position of the red coded tumbler buttons within the keypad determine which numbers hold the code.
6. Checking each tumbler button has the cut-out section facing outwards. This is essential for the lock to work. If you insert a tumbler incorrectly you will need to hold the C button, then remove and reposition the tumbler to the correct position.
7. Recording the new code.
8. Replacement of the spring-loaded cover plate and maintaining gentle pressure to keep the springs in the correct position until the screws are tight.
9. Check the new code works.
10. Reinstallation of the lock onto the door.
Changing the code takes approximately 10 minutes for each door. When you have multiple locks to reset, code changing can become a time-consuming task.
Risk Of Damage
The most common maintenance problem with mechanical push button locks is damage to the spring control bar, caused during removal and replacement. Failure to perform the lock change correctly can cause the tumblers to catch on the bevelled spring control bar, resulting in bending that prevents the lock from opening.
Are You Changing Your Codes Frequently Enough?
To maintain security, door lock codes should be updated regularly and changed whenever there is an increased risk of a security breach; such as following an employee dismissal. However, the intricate process of changing the combination often results in code changes being performed less frequently than recommended.
Make Laborious Code Changes A Thing Of The Past
Our new generation of mechanical push button locks feature an innovate design that enables codes to be changed in seconds. Using our patented Easicode design, a specialist tool inserted into the code change button allows the code to be cleared and a new code entered on the keypad. No more screwdrivers and no more complicated tumbler repositioning.
The Easicode Pro Series
The new Easicode Pro series comes in a choice of five stylish designs to cater for light, medium and heavy-duty applications. Each lock comes in a standard size unit suitable for replacing all 2000 type locks; making Easicode Pro the ideal, maintenance free choice for upgrades and replacements.
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