The Importance of Vending Machine Locks
There are several options when choosing the vending machine lock. These locks can be of various sizes and designs, such as spring or dead bolt designs. According to different manufacturers, custom design is usually feasible. Vending machine locks are used in almost any building to provide security for machines.
Generally speaking, vending machines are fixed by a pin tubular lock, or, very similarly, by a barrel lock. These locks can also be found on many other types of equipment, such as pay phones, ATMs, computers and expensive bicycle locks.
The safety of a pin tubular lock's mechanism functions around the fact that its pins always surround the periphery of the lock cylinder plug. When a person turns the key to open the lock, the shape of the key is coordinated with the pins, allowing them to move to one side, thus opening the lock. When the key is removed, the pins are in place to prevent any unwanted tampering attempts, making it difficult to pick.
Besides the pins, vending machines usually include an additional locking device that includes a series of circular tumblers and a rod-like apparatus that connects the lid of the vending machine to the main lock, which prevents the lid from being removed, and maintains the overall safety of the entire machine.