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Glossary of Terms

5-Pin Tumbler Key Plug: A higher security lock mechanism that uses pins (as opposed to wafers) of varying lengths to prevent a lock from opening without the correct key.

ADA: The ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) is a wide-ranging civil rights law that prohibits, under certain circumstances, discrimination based on disability.

ADA Accessibility: Refers to a site, facility, work environment, service, or program that is easy to approach, enter, operate, participate in, and/or use safely and with dignity by a person with a disability.

ADA Compliance: As it relates to locker locks, a lock that utilizes a mechanical operation which does not necessitate twisting of the wrist or more than 5 lbs. of force to operate. The lock is operated by the user by simply inserting the key to unlock and then lifting the handle on the locker door.

Anti-Shim: A lock that is engineered to not allow the unintended opening by shimming.

Automatic Locking: A lock, typically a spring latch that automatically re-locks itself when closed.

Brass Plated: Molecules of brass that are electroplated over steel or zinc.

Built-in Combination Lock: A lock that is permanently mounted to a locker door that is intended to be opened by a dial combination with supervisory key access.

Built-in Key Lock: A lock that is permanently mounted to a locker door that is intended to be opened by a User key and has supervisory key access.

Cam Lock: A cam lock is a locking mechanism consisting of a base and a cam. The base is where the key or tool is used to rotate the cam, which is what does the latching. Cams can be straight or offset. Offset cams often are reversible.

Chrome Plated: A technique of electroplating a thin layer of chromium onto a metal or plastic object. The chromed layer can be decorative, provides hardness and corrosion resistance, ease cleaning procedures, or increase surface hardness.

Combination Control Chart: A chart containing the serial numbers and combination sets of all locks installed on a specific application.

Combination Padlock: Combination padlock is a lock that is opened when its dial is correctly spun to the correct combination (sequence of numbers).

Core Removable: A compact keying mechanism in a specific "small format" key cylinder. Unlike a standard key cylinder which is accessible by use of a user key, a core removable mechanism relies upon a specialized "change" key for insertion and extraction of the essential core components.    

Dead Bolt Lock: A built-in key or combination lock that utilizes a dead bolt to manually engage the locker hasp.

Gravity Latch Multipoint Locker: A locker with automatic top to bottom locking rods and in which the locking bolt moves vertically pushing the rods through securing points on the frame of the locker.

K-12: Pronounced "k twelve", or "k through twelve", or "k to twelve" is a designation for the sum of primary and secondary education. The expression is a shortening of kindergarten (K) through twelfth grade (12).

Key Blank: A key blank, sometimes spelled keyblank, is a key that has not been cut to a specific bitting.

Key Controlled Combination Padlock: A padlock that is intended to be opened primarily by the combination but also has a control key override feature.

Laminated Steel Padlock: A padlock in which laminated steel layers are riveted together to economically produce an exceptionally strong-bodied lock.

Linear Locking Mechanism: A built-in combination lock with a locking mechanism that travels in a linear motion to engage.

Nut Channel: An indent or channel in the side of the body of a built-in combination lock to allow for easier mounting of the installation nuts.

Padlock: A detachable lock with a U-shaped bar called a shackle, hinged at one end and designed to be passed through the staple of a hasp or a link in a chain, then snapped shut.

Padlock Eye: The round hole in a mounted hasp that the shackle of the padlock passes through to secure a door or other enclosure.

Padlockable Hasp: A metal fastener with a hinged slotted piece that fits over a staple or eyelet and is secured by a pin, bolt, or padlock.

Shackle: The hinged, U shaped top bar of a padlock; the part that is secured onto a hasp or eyelet.

Shimming: Lock shimming is the skill of unlocking a lock by analyzing and manipulating the components of the lock device, without the key or combination.

Spring Latch Key Lock: A built-in key lock that utilizes a spring bolt to engage the locker hasp.

Spring Latch Combination Lock: A built-in combination lock that utilizes a spring bolt to engage the locker hasp.

Vertical Dead Bolt Lock: A built-in combination lock that utilizes a vertical motion to engage the lock bar on a locker; Intended for use on multi-point, gravity lift style lockers.

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