How are Locks Made?

Locks are used to secure doors against strangers and thieves. It has been used in the early times and even today. Though there are already revolutionized electronic locks, but still many people rely to traditional locks for it also gave protection to their homes and properties.

The standard five-tumbler key locks typically are made from several strong materials. The lock’s internal mechanisms are made generally of brass or die-cast zinc. The cam or the tongue of protruding from the locks to secure it is made of stainless steel or pure steel. There are various materials used for the outer casting of the lock including chrome, steel, brass, nickel and any other durable metal.

• Locks come in variety of grades, from low to high security. Low security locks are made from cheaper materials and most of its parts can be mass produced. The company manufacturing low quality locks may have two or three models available, keeping in stock the parts that need to customize. Besides low security, the manufacturer of the lock makes the part of the locks and the final products as well.

• The process starts with assessing the specification of customers. Customers order locks to fit certain size of the door and asks the locks can be opened using a master key. The lock manufacturer comes up with the best design that meets the need of the customer.

• For the standard five-tumbler key lock, first the key is made. The manufacturer purchases key blanks, cut the rides in each key. Each of the keys has five bumps on it cut into different levels designated by numbers.

• Then the interior mechanisms are created next. This is designed to fit the specific lock order and the machinery making them may need to have them reset. This is because tiny interior part needs to be manufactured to fine tolerances.

• Then the other parts of the lock are to be made. The number of parts varies with the lock design and this process may take the manufacturers to complete in several weeks.

• When the parts are now ready the locks are to be assembled by hand.

• And finally, when the lock is fully assembled, the manufacturer will check on it if it really works.


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