Interchangeable core locks are a type of lock system that allows for the easy removal and replacement of the lock core without having to replace the entire lock.
They offer greater flexibility, cost-effectiveness, and convenience compared to traditional lock systems.
The difference between different interchangeable core locks depends on their size, shape, compatibility, and security features.
Some of the common types of interchangeable core locks are:
▶Full-size interchangeable core locks:
These are typically used in high-security commercial and institutional applications.
They have a large figure-eight shape and can be compatible with various types of locking hardware.
They also have enhanced security features such as drill resistance, key control, and master keying.
▶Small-format interchangeable core locks:
These are more commonly used in residential and lower-security commercial applications.
They have a smaller figure-eight shape and are usually compatible with specific brands of locking hardware.
They have less security features than full-size interchangeable core locks, but they are easier to install and maintain
▶Large-format interchangeable core locks:
These are similar to full-size interchangeable core locks, but they have a different shape and size.
The bottom circle of the core is larger than the top circle, which makes them incompatible with full-size interchangeable core locks.
They are also not cross-compatible with other brands of large-format interchangeable core locks.
They have similar security features as full-size interchangeable core locks, but they are less common and more expensive.