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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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  • Orlando, FL 800-657-5625

    Locking Systems International is a leader in the supply of custom built cam locks, switch locks, vending locks, padlocks, door locks, electronic locks and OEM Locks, building a reputation on quality locks and locking systems. In addition to standard security and general purpose locks, we design and manufacture application specific locks to serve companies of all sizes across the industrial sector.

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  • Concordville, PA 610-459-4000

    Southco has over a century of manufacturing experience. Specializing in access hardware solutions, Southco's products are in constant contact with people all over the world. Our products include latches, locks, fasteners, gaskets, hinges and many other products. Our commitment to quality product construction and customer satisfaction set us apart in our industry. Visit our website to learn more.

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  • Plainview, NY 800-859-7874

    Kenstan Lock Company provides high-quality showcase and locks. Since 1963, Kenstan has manufactured five comprehensive lines of products, each with its own specialized safety level for retail, commercial and industrial use. Kenstan also offers a wide range of hardware locks including mortise and rim cylinders. Kenstan believes in producing quality products for its customers.

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  • Lee's Summit, MO 800-821-3520

    Since 1960, Austin Hardware has always gone the extra mile to give our customers a competitive edge in their markets. Austin Hardware employs the most knowledgeable, experienced and courteous industrial and vehicular hardware specialists in our industry. We supply aluminum castings, fenders, forgings, locks, latches, catches, rubber products, drawer slides and much more.

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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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