Yale Locks & Hardware has provided dependable security since 1840. Yale® is one of fifteen brands represented by ASSA ABLOY, which is a global leader in door opening solutions, dedicated to satisfying end-user needs for security, safety and convenience.
The guidelines YALE had were: to keep the product looking like a YALE key, highly durable to last a lifetime and must be approximately the same size of the YALE signature design key.
We based our work on the KEEP concept product research and dived straight to visual definition, characterizing every little detail that makes a YALE key what it is. After refining the shape as close as it can be to the original key, we then had to deal with making it a real working product. One that would last for a long time without any issues. We also had to adapt ourselves to Yale’s existing manufacturing capabilities. We chose ultrasonic welding as a way to attach the USB cradle to the main part, causing the product to be bullet proof. Snapping features, specific material selection, surface finish and a great cooperation with the manufacturer concluded with a ripe, and accurate product.