Cabinet locks are a “Catch All” phrase for locks that secure cabinets, desks, lockers, medical carts, drug cabinets, and rescue truck cabinets, just to name a few. Now that you are thinking about cabinets, what type of locks will work? There is a wide range from mechanical to push button to electronic locks. All have their place depending on what you are securing and what type of access control you need.
For your desk, a single bitted utility lock would work just fine; however, if you are securing drugs in a hospital drug cabinet then you would want to use a high security or electronic lock with access control.
Types of Cabinet Locks:
- Single or double bitted
- Tubular (uses round key-can be upgraded to a patented 7-sided key)
- SFIC (small formatted removable core) provides security with quick rekeying capability
- Mechanical high security (provides key control in a high security package)
- Push button (can be mechanical or electronic with increased security as you step up to the electronic version)
- Electronic (provides high security with access control-you control who has access into the cabinet and what times they have access)
These are the main types of cabinet locks. There are many variants of each with the price increasing as you go from mechanical to electronic.
Choosing the right type of lock depends on what you are securing, you wouldn’t want to lock up drugs with a simple utility lock. The same holds true with electronic locks it would be overkill to lock up hand tools with electronic locks.
Let’s look at another type of cabinet which is used to lock up user keys. These electronic cabinets provide security to protect keys for all types of applications and all types of items and products. The cabinet itself is usually locked with electronic locks with biometric entry. To open the door you have to put in your access code, and then scan your finger print or even your eye. Once inside, the electronics will track what key you remove and for how long you have it.
If you are securing many cabinets, say in a hospital setting, then it is best you use a lock service center that can provide consulting services as well as helping with the lock selection and installation. If you are only locking up a few cabinets then you should be able to purchase the locks and install them yourself.