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Tubular Lock Manufacturers and Suppliers

IQS Directory provides a comprehensive list of tubular lock manufacturers and suppliers. Use our website to review and source top tubular lock manufacturers with roll over ads and detailed product descriptions. Find tubular lock companies that can design, engineer, and manufacture tubular locks to your company’s specifications. Then contact the tubular lock companies through our quick and easy request for quote form. Website links, company profile, locations, phone, product videos and product information is provided for each company. Access customer reviews and keep up to date with product news articles. Whether you are looking for manufacturers of cam locks, keyless locks, OEM locks, or customized tubular locks of every type, this is the resource for you.

  • Long Beach, CA 800-433-5554

    As an ISO certified source for industrial hardware, Sierra Pacific Engineering & Products is a company you can trust in for excellent locks. Quality, service & value are the core to being a top OEM supplier and SPEP offers a wide range of additional products including quarter turn, compression & recessed latches, as well as a complete line of industrial hinges. Please call SPEP today!

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  • Wheeling, IL 800-733-3907

    Illinois has been manufacturing and distributing quality locks for 40 years. As a member of The Eastern Company, its state of the art tooling and CAD programs allows it to design and produce a number of varying high quality products. Illinois has the engineering expertise, technology and manufacturing capabilities to provide the superior solution you are looking for.

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  • Southington, CT 866-699-3575

    One of the world's leading lock manufacturers, CamLock Systems provides high quality products and the technical expertise needed to meet any industrial locking needs. With nearly a century of experience, we offer unparalleled knowledge, customer service and support. CAD design, rapid prototyping and routine inspections insure that our locks and locking systems provide the security you need.

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  • Brooklyn, NY 718-345-9898

    Our specialty is custom hardware fabricated to your specifications. Our lock manufacturing capabilities include 3-slot and key locks, pad locks that are keyed solid brass, long shackle solid brass padlocks, disc padlocks, combination locks & key locks with briefcase hasp. Quality locks since 1925! We care about offering our customers quality products & service. Visit our website or call us today!

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Tubular Locks

Tubular locks are a specific type of mechanical lock known by many names, including Ace locks, radial locks, tubular pin tumbler locks and circle pin tumbler locks. In general, the lock’s different names come from its round shape. The name “Ace lock” comes from the name of the company that first manufactured it. Tubular locks are not to be confused with those similar to them, such as wafer tumbler locks, cylindrical wafer tumbler locks and pin tumbler locks. Tubular locks are used in the creation of elevator locks, locks for coin-operated washing machines, locks for vending machines, ATM locks, Kensington computer locks and bicycle locks, including the Kryptonite lock.

Tubular locks have a ring-shaped hole in the middle of the keyway. In the middle of this circular hole is placed a solid metal cylinder. Inside the gap between the cylinder and the keyway hole are six to eight pins. In a sense, tubular locks encase the bolt within a tube. Tubular lock pins are held in place by plugs that rest in the cylinder, as do driver pins and springs. While tubular locks usually have between six and eight pins, they may also have as few as four or as many as ten. To work, a round key that is open in the center is inserted into the lock. The key has rectangular notches cut around its edges that correspond to similarly shaped plugs. When properly inserted, each notch depresses an individual pin to a certain height. In doing so, the lock cylinder is able to turn freely. While basic pin tumbler systems use pins that move vertically when pushed, the pins of tubular pin tumbler locks move horizontally when pushed.

Tubular locks are often mistakenly considered to be more secure than other types of locks, because they are used so frequently with coin-operated machinery. In fact, however, they can be picked fairly easily using a special tubular lock picking tool, the back end of a ballpoint pen or a hole-saw drill bit. To combat the possibility of theft, manufacturers may either machine the middle pin of a lock with hardened steel or with a ball bearing in its center. However, tubular locks are still not recommended for high security applications. To determine whether or not tubular locks are right for your application, reach out to a well-versed lock manufacturer with the details of your operation.


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