SOME OF OUR OVERSEAS COMPETITORS MIGHT STATE DIFFERNTLY ABOUT OUR LOCKS. THIS PAGE IS DEDICATED TO STATE THE FACTS.
IS THE BELINE LOCK BODY MADE OF REAL STAINLESS STEEL?
YES. ABSOLUTELY YES.
Beline's lock body, has two layers, one stainless steel layer and one mixed metal layer below the stainless steel layer. If you are performing a stainless steel test with a magnet, you must uncap the top stainless steel layer before testing the stainless steel with a magnet. The purpose of the first base layer is to provide added protection to the system. This is a dual layer lock.
You should know facts about stainless steel before testing.
It is important to understand that stainless steel is not a pure magnetic metal. In fact, stainless steel is really a collective name for a steel alloy that is mixed with other metals in order to give it the properties that make the metal compound so desirable. For instance, the typical stainless steel contains just over ten percent of chromium.
In fact, it is the presence of the chromium that provides stainless steel with the ability to repel permanent stains and keep looking fresh and clean over long periods of time. The chromium essentially creates a protective layer on the alloy that prevents rusting and makes the metal resistant to any real damage. Any scratches to the surface are simply filled in by this protective layer, making it possible to prevent corrosion to occur. It is the introduction of chromium into the mix that we refer to as stainless steel that makes it possible for the alloy to exhibit magnetic properties.
It is important to note that other metals may be introduced into the steel compound as well as the chromium. One of these metals is nickel. Essentially, the addition of nickel to the stainless steel compound helps to strengthen the protective qualities of the chromium. Generally referred to as a 300 series, stainless steel that contains nickel is not magnetic at all. The reason is that the presence of the nickel alters the physical structure of the stainless steel and removes or inhibits any magnetic qualities.
ORIGIN OF BELINE'S CIRCUIT BOARD INSIDE THE LOCK
BeLine's card reader circuit board is designed, manufactured and assembled in San Jose, CA. Parts of the circuit board such as the processor come from Texas Instruments.
ORIGIN OF BELINE'S MAIN MECHANICAL MORTISE
BeLine's main mechanical mortise is filled with various parts. The parts are purchased from countries around the world. Springs, screws and wires originate from China. Special mechanical pieces are made in the US. Micro switches are from Japan. The entire mortise is assembled in Houston, TX.
ORIGIN OF BELINE'S LOCK BODY
BeLine's lock body fully fabricated in China. This is a non critical component of the system. BeLine does have special lock bodies fully fabricated here in the United States. Those lock bodies are for special order. Contact your BeLine Rep for more information.
TOP RATED QUESTION TO A LOCK SUPPLIER
BeLine feels this is an important question you should ask. Does the vendor have any past or pending lawsuits filed against them in the past 10 years? In all fairness we will answer our own question. BeLine does not have any past or pending lawsuits.
How much do you want to spend? There is an enormous selection of lock models in existence today as a result of advances in technology. If you want the best, expect a high price tag from a reputable dealer. If you are looking for a moderate lock, expect a reasonable price. The point here is for you as the buyer to be aware of items that are too good to be true. As the old saying goes, "If it's too good to be true….it is!".
REFERENCES AND WEBSITE
Independent research is the best. This will give you non bias feedback from people. Vendors can provide a list of references but that is not always the best way to go. In this day and age of the internet turn to search engines where people are posting information all the time. Perform a search on the name of the lock vendor. Also, search the Vendor's website. Do they have support information and product information to help you in the future? A good website will be very informative. Also, when calling technical support their tech staff should be knowledgable.