Identification module for key making machine

  • US 10,400,474 B1
  • Filed: 05/23/2019
  • Issued: 09/03/2019
  • Est. Priority Date: 08/16/2013
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A key making machine, comprising:

  • a housing;

    an identification system, wherein the identification system includes;

    a slot opening in the housing configured to receive only the shank of an existing key;

    a transponder sensor located at or around the slot opening configured to detect the presence of a transponder within the head of the existing key and to read a transponder code associated with the detected transponder; and

    an imaging system comprising one or more light sources and one or more receivers, wherein the imaging system is configured to determine at least one feature selected from the group of features consisting of a bitting pattern of the existing key and a channel profile of the existing key;

    a fabrication system, wherein the fabrication system is configured to;

    receive a key blank that the identification system has determined to be associated with the existing key;

    receive information associated with the determined bitting pattern from the identification system; and

    cut the determined bitting pattern into a key blank; and

    a user interface associated with the housing,wherein the user interface includes a touch screen, andwherein the user interface is configured to provide status information to a user regarding a key duplication process.

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