The introduction of the computer, which occurred with the revolutionary Unocode duplicating machine based on the Computerized Numeric Machine concept made its début with some difficulties. PCs were still not particularly widespread (at the time only a few Zeniths were visible here and there) and this presented a big problem, even if only for the training of the locksmiths.
But now the machine launched by Massimo Bianchi was heralding the way forward and these were immediately recognized as the ”pioneers” of electronic and code duplication. Progress was swift and already in the ’90s sector specialists could have in their shops machines that used the same methods of key construction used by the industry and all this in accessible sizes as well as being user-friendly and affordable.
The consolidation of this technology came about thanks to the new models designed by the research and development team led by Massimo Bianchi who succeeded in the endeavor of extending code duplication to dimple keys and to bit and dual bit keys. These were the years of the great global spread of electronic machines, equipped with a small display and with the brain still enclosed in the memory of the external computer.
Everything was in place for the next big step. In the first decade of the 21st century, the new course of Keyline envisaged by Massimo Bianchi marked the beginning of a new phase and a new vision: the Computerized Key Cutting Machine. For some time Bianchi worked on introducing cutting-edge technologies and these studies soon took the form of a new generation of duplicating machines.
Models such as the progenitor 993 Power Lynx and then the increasingly evolved 994 Laser, Dezmo and Versa, all made between 2000 and 2010, also brought about a reversal of the trend resulting in duplicating machines becoming easier to use, with user-friendly interfaces facilitating distribution to a wider market and opening up new possibilities for the key business industry.
Technically, these Keyline mode
ls introduced the components that transformed the electronic duplicating machines into those technological gems that are all too familiar to us today: the touch-screen on board the machine, the high-performance C+ cards, the graphical interfaces, the possibility of key free positioning together with the latest generation motors with even more comprehensive databases.
To finish the decade in style, there was just one more milestone outstanding which was reached with the extraordinary development of the first ever optical key reading device, another and very important leap in quality that took the task of duplication to the next level.
The embracing of electronics and its continuous evolutions also had another important consequence: the customization of products. Today indeed machines can be programmed in any language bringing them even more into line with the needs of customers.
A lot has changed since the first mechanical examples and in a relatively short space of time. The spirit that characterizes the brilliant innovators of the sector remains unchanged: an indomitable curiosity for what new technologies can achieve if skillfully introduced in this fascinating world between the mechanical and the electronic.