Primus answers the issue vital to maintaining security, the elimination of key duplication. A patented “dual-locking” feature is tailored to suit your particular needs. The Primus key, with side-bit milling along the key blade, is designed to operate both standard as well as Primus keyways. A standard Schlage section key cannot enter the unique Primus cylinder. Only authorized Schlage Primus dealers can duplicate the key for the end-user designated with a Primus identification card.
Five security levels are differentiated by increasingly restrictive key availability, more selective signature verifications and side-bit milling combinations. The Primus system is compatible with Schlage’s full line of security locks, easily accommodating upgrades to existing Schlage keying systems.
Applications: Fine homes, multi-family housing, retail stores, office and commercial space, schools, universities, hospitals, industrial sites, and wherever key control and physical security are important concerns.
Certifications: 20-500 High Security cylinder: U.L. 437 Listed; ANSI A156.5, 1992, Grade 1. 20-700 Controlled Access cylinder: ANSI 156.5, 1992, Grade 1 Operational
Keying: Primus allows integration with existing standard Schlage key systems by utilizing a Primus key to operate both Primus cylinders as well as Schlage standard pin tumbler cylinders. Primus cylinders may be master or grandmaster keyed. Primus keys can be cut to operate all cylinders, while standard keys will not even enter Primus cylinders. In addition, 20-700 Controlled Access cylinders are available in Schlage’s family of interchangeable core cylinders.
Product Compatibility: Primus cylinders can be used with: A, AL, B, C/D, E/B, H, L, S and S200-Series locks. Mortise, rim cylinder, PL-Series padlocks, CL-Series cabinet locks, and interchangeable core versions are also available.
The Schlage Primus high security cylinder is precision built to extremely close tolerances and the highest standards of quality. These “dual-locking” cylinders consist of two independent locking mechanisms, operates by a single specially designed Primus key. In addition to a standard 6 pin tumbler mechanism there is a locking sidebar which is independently controlled by a set of 5 finger pins that interface with the side-bit milling (SBM) on the patented Primus key. Schlage Primus products are covered by issued and pending patents in the U.S.A. (4756177 and 4815307) and foreign countries (New Zealand: 219080).The side-bit milling operates the second locking mechanism and can be thought of as a unique “fingerprint” of the key.
Primus cylinders are offered in two different versions. The 20-500 High Security series which is U.L. 437 Listed and the 20-700 Controlled Access series which offers the same key control protection when U.L. 437 Listed cylinders are not necessary. Both series are fully compatible in application and can be combined into the same masterkey system, along with Schlage standard cylinders. For added flexibility, all Primus cylinders can be retrofitted into existing Schlage locks as well as many competitive products.
The Primus System features six different levels of security. Security increases from Level One through Level Four providing different restrictions for key acquisition. Each level requires an appropriate I.D. card and/or signature verification for key duplication. All levels utilize Primus cylinders and keys which are patent protected against unauthorized duplication. To select the proper level of security, consideration should be given to the overall key control, convenience, and service required for the installation.
Security Level One
One standard side-bit milling is allocated to Primus Level One. Cylinders and keys are available on a local stock basis. Level One provides the flexibility of local keying and integration into most existing Schlage key systems. Key control is in the hands of the owner who holds an I.D. card for the purpose of acquiring additional keys. Level One is services through qualified Schlage Primus Level One locksmiths.
Security Level One Express
One standard side-bit milling is allocated to Primus Level One Express. Cylinders and keys are available on a local stock basis. Key control is in the hands of the owner who holds an I.D. card for the purpose of acquiring additional keys. Level One Express is serviced through qualified Schlage Primus Level One Express locksmiths.
Security Level One-Plus
Primus Level One-Plus combines the convenience of locally stocked keys and cylinders with the enhanced security of multiple side-bit millings distributed on a limited basis. The Level One-Plus Center locksmith cuts all keys and performs all keying services after validating the Primus I.D. card and verifying customer customer signature.
Security Level Two
At this level, local service and inventory of Primus patented keys and cylinders are available but on a more restricted basis. Level Two offers the customer a dealer exclusive side-bit milling. The Primus Level Two dealer cuts all keys and performs all keying services after validating the Primus I.D. card and verifying the customer signature. Factory masterkeying is available.
Security Level Three
At Level Three the Schlage factory maintains control of the Primus key system. The side-bit milling is assigned to each installation based on the first two digits of the zip code. Product may be furnished factory keyed or “0″ bitted for local keying by the end-user or their local locksmith. Installation data and authorized signatures are controlled by the Schlage factory. To obtain key blanks, duplicate keys, or additions to a factory masterkeyed system, signature verification is performed by the factory.
Security Level Four
As with Level Three, the Schlage Factory maintains control of Primus Level Four key systems. Side-bit milling combinations are assigned by one of two methods. For those sensitive installations requiring stringent regional security, a side-bit milling exclusive to the installation’s time zone will be assigned. For sites with optimum security requirements, a nationwide side-bit milling exclusive to that installation can be assigned. Product may be furnished factory keyed or “0″ bitted for local keying by the end-user or their local locksmith. Keying, key records, installation data, and authorized signatures are controlled by the Schlage factory. To obtain duplicate keys or request additions to the system, signature verification is performed by the factory.