HUMAN MANIPULATION
VS
ROBOTIC PROGRESSION



Understanding the main differences
between 
both opening methods



Introduction

The robotic progressioner, better known as the safe dialer, is a highly specialized tool that opens safe combination locks by dialing combinations in sequence according to the settings that are programmed into the machine. We must understand and always keep in mind that this tool is not the robotic version of a human safe lock manipulator. (1) What this tool does is dial combinations, one after another, in a crazy manner, without knowing what its doing. (2) The programming of the machine in no way takes into consideration measuring of wheel circumference, as is it done in real manipulation. (3) Opening time is totally unpredictable, it all depends on how high or high low the first number of the combination is.

More information on the Safe Dialer ITL-2000

Human Manipulation

ADVANTAGES

  • In most cases opening time is much less than in robotic progression.
  • There is no wear and tear nor evidence of surreptitious entry that can be detected in forensic locksmithing examination.
  • Opening time is not necessarily bound to the first number of the combination, but to the experience level of the technician. 
  • As a general rule the lock is opened the same day.

DISADVANTAGES

  • In most cases the combination lock has to be perfectly operational in order to be manipulated successfully.

Robotic Progression

ADVANTAGES

  • The combination lock not necessarily has to be perfectly operational in order to be opened by the machine.

DISADVANTAGES

  • Opening time is totally unpredictable, depends on the first number of the combination.
  • Sometimes the mechanism is subject to jamming and giving a false positive.
  • Work is lost is there is an interruption of electrical power.
  • There is no guarantee whatsoever that the lock will open the same day.
  • Creates much wear and tear in the lock and leaves evidence of surreptitious entry which can be detected in forensic locksmithing examinations.

A Date in Spanish

Martin Luther King Birthday

15 of January of 1929

(Grammatical order in Spanish)

Lock combination numbers:

15-01-29

Human manipulation should be able to open the lock (depending on the particular skill and dexterity level of the technician) between one and three hours. Robotic progression will take more time finding the first number of the combination.

VERDICT: Human manipulation wins!

A Date in English

Martin Luther King Birthday

January 15, 1929

(Grammatical order in English)

Lock combination numbers:

01-15-29

Human manipulation should be able to open the lock (depending on the particular skill and dexterity level of the technician) between one and three hours. Having the first number such a low value, robotic progression should open the lock in less than 5 minutes.

VERDICT: Robotic progression wins!

A PROGRESSIONER IS NOT A MANIPULATOR!

A robotic progressioner dials combinations, one after another, until it eventually finds the correct one by a systematic process of elimination.


Safe Dialer for S&G 8500 Series

Here we see a robotic progressioner prototype designed specifically to open the S&G 8500 series manipulation proof locks used on high security safes, for unknown reasons (it is rumored its was because of government pressure) this mechanism never made it to the assembly line.

In the video we can clearly see when the robotic hand returns the dial to cero and pushes in (we can hear the click when this happens) to test the combination each time.

The prototype is being tested with a GSA Approved Security Container HAMILTON Field Safe like those ones used by the armed forces.


Robotic Manipulators

Some years ago there was in the market a tool called Soft Drill, which really manipulated safe combination locks, seems it was discontinued or taken out of the market because I dont see it advertised or promoted anywhere.

I remember it came ready to be connected to a portable computer, I think its price was around USD $10,000.00

What has really caught my eye is this tool by BEL-TEC

Distributor information here:

https://www.zieh-fix.com/en/tsm-the-safe-manipulator.html

A MANIPULATOR IS NOT A PROGRESSIONER!

A robotic manipulator constantly measures the wheels circumference to find the combination numbers by a scientific process of determination.


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