When starting to plan your new master keyed system you need to think about a range of issues. Take a look at the below design considerations as general guidance when planning a new masterkeyed system. Contact us if you'd like to discuss your plans.
How convenient should key duplication be for the end users?
Open profile system? Restricted profile system? Patent protected profile systems? In schools and hospitals for example, the safety and security of building users places a duty of care on the building/system owner.
What is the building? What is the building used for? For example, is it a Secondary School or a Primary School? These would both have similar locking requirements but the master keying and key control would differ significantly.
How big is the building? How many doors require locking? How many doors will require locks in the future? Building size and future building size will help you to consider system capacity now and what it may be in the future.
What locks have or will be fitted? What profile of cylinder is required, euro, UK oval, Scandinavian oval etc? Understanding if the system is being supplied into a new or existing system could mean a difference in locks and therefore a difference in cylinder profile and type.
Are the external doors and locks to be incorporated in the system?
Are there external gates, bin stores, shutters? Are padlocks required within the system? Understanding whether the inclusion of the external door cylinders and other external locked doors is vitally important.
Singles, doubles. Cylinder/turns etc? Equal split lengths or offset sizes? Overall cylinder lengths? Consideration should be given to the types of locks, lock positioning and door thicknesses within the building.