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What is an IC lock

Interchangeable locks, also called IC locks, are widely used in commercial buildings. However, many people might not be familiar with this mechanism. Today, there are so many different lock types out on the market, so it might be quite hard to keep up with all the inventions. So, we want to tell you more about this particular lock type, how it works and what advantages it has over standard locks.

Basically, this type of lock has an interchangeable core which has the shape of the number 8. As you can suggest from the name, the main feature of this lock is that a cylinder can be easily changed if needed. To complete this process, you'll need a control key. You can either do it yourself or use professional assistance.

How do Interchangeable Core (IC) Locks Work

So, we already defined that an IC lock has a core that can be easily taken out and replaced without removing the entire lock body. These locks are perfect for commercial buildings as they are the most suitable for rekeying.
If you want to remove your lock cylinder, you'll need a special key. First, insert it into your lock, turn this key and take the cylinder out. The process of the new cylinder installation is pretty much the same. Put your key into the new cylinder and turn it. Then, put the new cylinder into the locking mechanism, turn your key in another direction and take it out. It's not complicated, right?
However, if you're not fully confident you can complete this task yourself or you don't have the control key, don't hesitate to use professional commercial locksmith services. It'll take a few minutes for a skilled technician to replace your interchangeable core locks.
IC Core Lock A Cylinder Pinned
IC Core Lock A Cylinder Pinned

Benefits of Interchangeable Core Locks

Undeniably the biggest benefit of interchangeable locks is the fact that the cylinder can be easily changed and it doesn't require any special skills. Also, this type of lock is pretty affordable and it'll save you a lot of money in the future in case you need to change it. With this type of lock, you can simply rekey it, which is way cheaper than replacing the entire lock with a new one.
IC locks are suitable for a master key system as well. With this kind of system, rekeying becomes even more convenient and simple.
Kenstan I.C. Core CL06 Cam Lock
Another advantage of this type of lock is that it can enhance your security, as it is much harder to pick than many other locks.
An interchangeable core can be installed on the already existing lock, as it is compatible with various lock types.
Kenstan I.C. Core CL06 Cam Lock

Types of IC locks

Now let's discuss different models of IC locks that are available on the market today. There are two main types of interchangeable cores – SFIC and LFIC.
The first type is a small format interchangeable core which is a standard option that comes in one size. It is commonly used in various commercial buildings.
LFIC locks are less common, but they're as convenient as SFIC locks. They're bigger and come in various shapes and sizes, so it's essential to measure everything carefully to ensure it fits.
The main advantage of SFIC over LFIC is that they can be combined with hardware from different manufacturers.

Summing up

So, we can all agree that IC locks are an excellent option for commercial buildings. They are convenient and secure. They can be easily installed, rekeyed and turned into a master key system if needed. Locks with interchangeable cores are way more affordable than many other locks you can find on the market today. So, if you're thinking about equipping your building with IC locks, Sure Lock & Key will gladly assist you.

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