The lock as a way of securing property is about 4,000 years old. Originally, we - locksmiths - used to make the entire lock including hand cutting each screw. Now it’s about understanding locks and locking systems, which system is appropriate for which application, determining risk levels at a property and designing and installing appropriate combinations of equipment to deny access to a thief or threat. This includes the design, implementation and management of commercial locking and key control systems. It also includes determining which system and equipment can cope with unique and problematic environments – sea, harsh and difficult weathers, large span bridges for example.

There are dozens of different lock types, including electrical, mechatronic, and mechanical. In fact, the mechanical versions such as the cylinder lock, the mortice lock, and the disc tumbler remain equally effective in the right circumstances and – as industry research shows - always will.

Mechatronics is relatively new. This introduces an encrypted electronic element. Therefore, this cannot be copied, either by normal means or by 3D printing. Remarkably clever.

mechatronic = electronic ID – with this type, and with most similar, the electronics are in the key head - lost or stolen keys can be cancelled instantly; key records audit trail shown here is the ABLOY CLIQ system
= intelligent key systems for maximum security
patented mechanical – disc mechanism - this particular type has a disc mechanism instead of pins and springs = helps prevent attempts to manipulate the discs so virtually bump proof and pick proof also right for harsh environments


the TRAKA 21 – a simple, easy, cost-efficient system for smaller organisations which need to control who has which keys - it won’t allow access to keys other than those for which an individual is authorised
one of the multi-function master key systems now being developed, which use digital and smart phone applications – the cylinder here has a number of significant security features



Product supply: locks, padlocks, emergency exit hardware, specialist architectural ironmongery, high security industrial/commercial locking products, uPVC repair, and replacement units. Lock repair. Trade counter. Key cutting. Product supply includes architectural ironmongery - this includes some of the best designed equipment available, practical, robust, effective, but very good looking - practicality doesn’t  necessarily mean basic.

All key types need different types of cutting machines. The equipment shown here is for lever keys such as those for mortice locks, and safes
One of the current electronic key cutting machines – this one only just released in 2019, cuts all types of keys including flat, laser, cruciform and dimple


All types of locks and security products, including code and high security, RFID and electronic applications. Systems design and applications, based on ß testing principles and similar. Master keyed systems. Keyed alike systems. Access control including coded door entry, both electronic and mechanical. Emergency exit hardware - and especially the higher security versions.

Specialist product development and research – such as finding products which ensure that all compliance regulations are met.