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Knowledgebase: File Cabinet Locks
What does keyed alike mean?
Posted by Steve G on 27 August 2010 05:04 PM

Keyed Alike normally refers to a group of locks that operate from the same key. These example refer to file cabinets, but we offer many different types of locks with the keyed alike feature.

Examples:
If you order 3 locks keyed alike, all three locks will operate from the same key so you would not need to carry a different key to open each lock. Most locks include 2 keys each, so on the 3 lock example you would receive 6 identical keys (assuming 2 per lock) to operate your group of three locks. See product description to determine how many keys come with the specific lock.

File cabinets example:
Keyed Alike locks would allow groups of file cabinets in an office to be locked/unlock with the same key for all cabinets.  In a multiple department facility, you might require each department to secure their cabinets separately, thus each department not having access to the other departments files. Solution:  Order a different keyed alike number for each group of cabinets. ie. One department uses key#1 locks, the second department uses key #5 locks, and the third department uses key #10 locks. When ordering file cabinet lock kits by the specific keyed alike number - each kit would include 2 keys - see product details to confirm keys included with each lock kit. If you order three kits keyed alike to the #5 key - you would get three kits, and 6 keys to work all three locks.

Keyed alike options also allow ordering more locks at a later date using the same key number. ie. If you order three lock kits keyed alike to #5, you can order more at a later date that use the #5 key.

More frequently asked keyed alike or key number questions:

Keyed Alike #1 and #5 - what does this mean?
What does KA, KD and MK mean?
Does the number on the lock face tell me what to buy?
More File Cabinet Lock questions.


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