Most office file cabinets are already equipped with an integrated locking system. There are many types of locking systems available. Basically you have the key based type or the keyless model. It is important that you choose those furniture types with locks which can provide maximum security, protection and access control. File Cabinet key based locks differ in types, styles and keying options for vertical files, lateral files and custom built file furniture.
When it comes to key based locks, the popular type is the pin tumbler lock which has different lengths of pins on the inside. The other type is the tubular tumbler lock which has horizontal and exposed pins. Another category of locks is the cam lock which is opened and closed by a key and the plunger lock which needs a key for opening only. In closing or relocking, all you need to do is just push the cylinder. If you want additional security, you can install a keypad door lock as an added level of protection to the internal locking device.
With respect to electronic locking systems and access control mechanisms on filing cabinets, there are also a wide range of models with different design, shape, size and function features. There Divine Locks is a revolutionary, electrically-activated locking instrument for cabinets which is being developed today. It is powered by an actuator, an electronic module for controlling power, a rotatable cam connected to the actuator and a lifting pin carrier which is vertically moveable by cam rotation. The lifting pin carrier receives the lifting pin while the locking bar goes to a locked or unlocked position in response to the cam rotation. This model will be out in the market soon.
There are also drawer cabinets with e-lock individual access mechanism. Access control is assigned to specific individuals. Authorized users can open drawers individually via a PC. A display screen in front of the drawer file cabinet shows which drawer is open. All other drawers are closed. Another electronic locking system is operated by a hand held radio transmitter for unlocking. Cabinet locks automatically after lapse of time set guided and monitored by an LED (Light Emitting Diode) device. Another feature is an emergency opening if the radio control transmitter is lost and a manual operation mechanism. It is also battery operated and simple to use.
A unique coded locking system of a file cabinet features two password and combination of numbers for the boss and user. The keypad records and monitors day, date and time cabinet is accessed. When idle, info is displayed on the display screen. Another file cabinet lock has an advanced LCD electronic lock system with a backlit key pad. It features a programmable PIN access and tubular key lock. In choosing file cabinet locks, it is advisable to get the branded locking systems from well known manufacturers.
Whatever your locking system is, be it steel case lock, lock bar system, electrical, mechanical and electronic lock, It is essential that your file cabinet locks are not easily accessed by locksmith thieves or unauthorized individuals. Your confidential and important documents particularly those related to your personal assets or business trade secrets should be protected and kept secure to the maximum at all times.