Unlocking Success: A Collaborative Guide to Proper Lock Cylinder Installation

08 January 2024

A new guide for installing lock cylinders is out, and it's a joint effort from big industry players: Guild of Architectural Ironmongers (GAI), Door & Hardware Federation (DHF), Glass and Glazing Federation (GGF), and Master Locksmiths Association (MLA).

This guide has been crafted in response to reports from association members, highlighting instances of improper installation and mishandling of cylinders, which have led to failures in functionality. That’s why it focuses on how to install euro profile cylinders in different locking devices correctly.

This guide is made for manufacturers, locksmiths and architectural ironmongers. Its goal is to improve industry practices, fix current problems, and set a better standard for everyone involved.

Key Features of the Guide

  1. Best Practices and Dos and Dont's: The guide presents a consolidated set of best practices, highlighting dos and don'ts in cylinder installation. This ensures that industry professionals have a reliable resource for avoiding common errors.

  2. Technical Expertise: Benefit from the expertise of industry leaders. The guide is a product of collaboration between trade federations and manufacturers, ensuring a well-rounded perspective on cylinder installation.

  3. Detailed Guidance: Specific instructions on the correct installation of euro profile cylinders are provided, catering to manufacturers, installers, and architectural ironmongers. The focus is on practical and actionable guidance to enhance competency levels across the industry.

Industry Voices

Justin Freeman, MLA Technical Manager said:“ MLA member locksmiths are very aware of problems with cylinders fitted incorrectly and the MLA was pleased to contribute to this installation guide to use as reference.”

Embracing Collaboration for Industry Growth

GAI Technical Manager, Douglas Masterson, who chaired the Working Group of industry experts, commented: “This was a great collaboration between the four trade associations as well as a number of cylinder manufacturers. It provides best practice advice on the dos and don'ts of cylinder installation, highlighting some common pitfalls along the way. We look forward to this being used by a wide cross-section of industry with the aim of increasing levels of competency in this area.”

How to Access the Guide

The installation guide is readily available and designed to serve as a valuable resource for locksmiths, installers, and architectural ironmongers. Click here to download the guide.


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