Patents Assigned to E. J. Brooks Company
  • Patent number: 10020627
    Abstract: A watthour meter block having a safety shield is shown. The safety shield surrounds and isolates electrical components, for example watthour meter block jaws and wires in the watthour meter block. The watthour meter block is pre-wired to allow connection between a watthour meter block and a test switch assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: E.J. Brooks Company
    Inventors: Justin A. Olson, Allen V. Pruehs, Jeffrey John Hanft, Derrick G. Titus
  • Patent number: 9803399
    Abstract: A security seal includes a molded one piece body and a cover disc. The body has a cylindrical chamber for receiving the disc. A locking recess is formed in the body in communication with the chamber and defined in part by a locking shoulder. The cover is secured to the body in the chamber to enclose the locking recess. The disc is separated from the body when enclosing the chamber. A rotatable arm is attached to an extension member extending from the body via a hinge. The free end of the arm has an arrow shaped locking element attached that engages the recess locking shoulder when inserted into the recess. The locking element has a resilient tang member that is compressed by the locking shoulder and which tang member returns to its acquiescent state when fully inserted into the recess thereby locking the tang member in the recess.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: E.J. Brooks Company
    Inventors: Christopher Benning, Samuil Blonden
  • Patent number: 9558682
    Abstract: A seal housing body, extruded AL or molded plastic or metal, has cavity portions communicating through an interface region formed by one at least one frangible projection protruding from the first body into the cavity, a first cavity portion for receiving a locking body, the second cavity portion forming a shackle receiving passageway. The locking body has a channel inclined relative to and in communication with the passageway. A spring in the channel urges a shackle locking ball up the channel partially into the interface region, the ball, having a diameter sufficient to pass through the passageway, is captured in the channel by the at least one projection. The locking body has indicia and/or flanges, at one or both opposing ends, to provide tampering evidence. The channel is offset from the locking body's central plane forming a single channel side wall to preclude trapping the ball by tampering.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Assignee: E.J. Brooks Company
    Inventors: Richard Dreisbach, Robert Debrody, Michael Baker, Carlos Pinho
  • Patent number: 9495889
    Abstract: A tamper evident seal includes a wire hasp, an insert and a body for receiving the insert and the wire hasp. One leg of the wire hasp is received in a channel in the insert through an opening having a length slightly greater than the thickness of the wire hasp. The one leg of the wire hasp must be located in the channel in the insert prior to the insert being located in the body. A coupling structure for coupling the insert in the body includes extension tabs extending from the sides of the insert and located proximal a bottom of the insert and engagement members supported on angularly extending supports located proximal a top end of the insert and extending angularly outwardly upwardly from the sides of the insert and including teeth extending outwardly and for engaging reversely formed teeth (indentations) in the sides of the body for preventing removal of the insert and the wire hasp once they are fully inserted in the body and in the insert, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2016
    Assignee: E.J. Brooks Company
    Inventor: Janusz Gryczynski
  • Patent number: 9472125
    Abstract: An electronics circuit first portion is entirely within an electronics module housing, sensing and transmitting a tamper condition of a normally locked bolt. The bolt comprises a second portion of the electronics circuit. The seal electronics circuit first portion comprises a seal monitoring, tracking and communications system. The bolt passes through the module housing and is secured with a locking device external the module such that the module is reusable when the bolt is severed. The bolt and module housing include a cooperative contamination sealing arrangement for sealing the bolt to the housing. The electronics circuit first portion includes RFID tamper detection circuitry, GPS, Wi Fi and cell phone communication and tracking technologies. The cell phone technology tracks the seal using cell phone towers and Wi Fi access points and communicates the seal tracked position and seal status data to a cell phone communications center.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2016
    Assignee: E.J. BROOKS COMPANY
    Inventors: Robert Debrody, Donald Ruth, George Lundberg, Richard Dreisbach
  • Patent number: 9396671
    Abstract: A tamper evident seal includes a wire hasp, an insert and a body for receiving the insert and the wire hasp. The one leg of the wire hasp must be located in the channel in the insert prior to the insert being located in the body. A coupling structure for coupling the insert in the body includes angularly extending supports extending angularly outwardly upwardly from the sides of the insert for engaging indentations in the sides of the body for further preventing removal of the insert and the wire hasp once they are fully inserted in the body and in the insert, respectively. The insert of the seal further includes centrally located reinforcing extension members, each including a round base portion partially extending above base surface of the insert and a centrally located, flattened side tamper evident extension member extending from the round base portion and which extension member which will show a blemish if the insert is tampered after the seal is completed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2016
    Assignee: E.J. Brooks Company
    Inventors: Janusz Gryczynski, Robert Debrody
  • Patent number: 9244098
    Abstract: An improved banana jack adapter assembly is provided for use in connection with a test switch in a utility meter application. The banana jack adapter assembly improves connectability of testing equipment to a meter box test switch when a field operator desires to calibrate a meter of a utility box.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2016
    Assignee: E.J. Brooks Company
    Inventors: Erick William Rudaitis, Gregory L. Zook
  • Publication number: 20150308159
    Abstract: A security seal includes a molded one piece body and a cover disc. The body has a cylindrical chamber for receiving the disc. A locking recess is formed in the body in communication with the chamber and defined in part by a locking shoulder. The cover is secured to the body in the chamber to enclose the locking recess. The disc is separated from the body when enclosing the chamber. A rotatable arm is attached to an extension member extending from the body via a hinge. The free end of the arm has an arrow shaped locking element attached that engages the recess locking shoulder when inserted into the recess. The locking element has a resilient tang member that is compressed by the locking shoulder and which tang member returns to its acquiescent state when fully inserted into the recess thereby locking the tang member in the recess.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 30, 2015
    Publication date: October 29, 2015
    Applicant: E. J. Brooks Company
    Inventors: Chrisotpher Benning, Samuil Blonden
  • Patent number: 9146258
    Abstract: An end barrier that may be retroactively attached to a test switch is shown. End barrier includes extending caps to cover screws which are used to fasten the test switch to a utility box.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2015
    Assignee: E.J. Brooks Company
    Inventors: Erick William Rudaitis, Justin Arthur Olson
  • Publication number: 20130259598
    Abstract: A tamper evident security seal includes a locking unit and a bolt with a groove at its shank locking portion, the groove for receiving a resilient locking ring attached to a lock body in a locking unit receiving the bolt in a locked state. The locking unit includes two housing portions one of which has a top wall, a bottom wall and a first upstanding segment of a circular cylinder side wall interconnected thereto may be of any color. The top wall has an aperture for receiving the bolt therethrough. A mating second housing portion has a second segment of a circular cylinder side wall, preferably white having ID indicia thereon, forms a circular cylindrical housing with the first housing portion and is captured between the top and bottom walls. A lock body first element is plastic and molded one piece with the second housing portion. A lock body second steel element mates with the first element forming a lock body with an annular channel in which the ring is positioned.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 5, 2013
    Publication date: October 3, 2013
    Applicant: E.J. Brooks Company d/b/a Tydenbrooks Security Products Group
    Inventor: E.J. Brooks Company d/b/a Tydenbrooks Security Products Group
  • Publication number: 20130200637
    Abstract: A seal housing body, extruded AL or molded plastic or metal, has cavity portions communicating through an interface region formed by one at least one frangible projection protruding from the first body into the cavity, a first cavity portion for receiving a locking body, the second cavity portion forming a shackle receiving passageway. The locking body has a channel inclined relative to and in communication with the passageway. A spring in the channel urges a shackle locking ball up the channel partially into the interface region, the ball, having a diameter sufficient to pass through the passageway, is captured in the channel by the at least one projection. The locking body has indicia and/or flanges, at one or both opposing ends, to provide tampering evidence. The channel is offset from the locking body's central plane forming a single channel side wall to preclude trapping the ball by tampering.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 31, 2013
    Publication date: August 8, 2013
    Applicant: E. J. Brooks Company d/b/a TydenBrooks Security Products Group
    Inventors: Richard DREISBACH, Robert DEBRODY, Michael BAKER, Carlos PINHO
  • Publication number: 20090320541
    Abstract: A sealing device is provided that includes a bolt having a shaft, a tapered end and a circumferential groove; a lock body having an open end leading into a hollow portion; an overmold substantially surrounding the lock body and including an aperture aligned with the open end of the lock body; a lock clip located in the hollow portion of the lock body; and a washer having a hole aligned with the aperture in the overmold and the opening in the lock body and located between an end of the overmold and the lock clip, the lock clip including a plurality of spokes extending inwardly from an outer periphery portion. Some of the spokes can include an inner flange extending generally perpendicular to the spoke, and the inner flanges form a non-continuous inner ring portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 23, 2009
    Publication date: December 31, 2009
    Applicant: E. J. Brooks Company
    Inventor: Robert E. Stone
  • Publication number: 20090320540
    Abstract: A sealing device is provided that includes a bolt having a shaft, a tapered end and a circumferential groove; a lock body having an open end leading into a bore; an overmold substantially surrounding the lock body and including an aperture aligned with the open end of the lock body; a lock ring located in the bore of the lock body; and a washer having a hole aligned with the aperture in the overmold and the opening in the lock body and located between the overmold and the lock ring, the lock ring including a plurality of spokes extending inwardly from an outer ring portion. Some of the spokes can include an inner flange extending generally perpendicular to the spoke, and the inner flanges form a non-continuous inner ring portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 18, 2008
    Publication date: December 31, 2009
    Applicant: E. J. BROOKS COMPANY
    Inventor: Robert E. Stone
  • Patent number: 7616116
    Abstract: Disclosed is a reusable locking unit and a one time use electrically conductive molded thermoplastic shackle loaded with carbon black particles and having a linear resistance that is periodically monitored. The locking unit includes an integrated circuit for measuring shackle impedance through terminals capacitively coupled to the shackle. The terminals allow for adjustment of the length of the seal shackle in the locked secured state. The terminals and shackle form an RC network having a complex impedance that manifests the locked adjusted shackle length. Two AC signals at two different frequencies are used to measure impedance, which is compared with an initially determined or continually generated reference impedance to determine a tampered state of the shackle. Temperature compensation is also disclosed. A time stamp is stored for noting the tampering time of occurrence.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2009
    Assignee: E. J. Brooks Company
    Inventors: Jakob Ehrensvard, Fredrik Einberg, Robert Debrody, Richard Dreisbach, George Lundberg
  • Publication number: 20090071211
    Abstract: A cable seal lock assembly including a housing having a top end and a bottom end with at least two openings in each end. A generally cylindrical-shaped cable sleeve is located in the housing and has a bore therethrough, and ends of the bore are aligned with respective openings in the top and bottom ends of the housing. A clip sleeve is located at least partially within the housing and has a bore of non-uniform diameter extending therethrough, and one end of the clip sleeve extends through one of the openings in the top end of the housing, with the bore at the other end of the clip sleeve aligned with one of the openings at the bottom end of the housing. A locking clip is located in the clip sleeve, and a backing plate is located in the housing with holes that are aligned with the openings at one end of the housing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 14, 2007
    Publication date: March 19, 2009
    Applicant: E. J. Brooks Company
    Inventors: Robert E. Stone, Patrick A. Kumfer, David A. Franks, Jeffrey E. Warner
  • Patent number: 7239238
    Abstract: A battery operated cable security seal for cargo containers and the like includes a housing with a transparent cover for visual inspection of illuminated internal green or red LEDs, the red LED representing a tampered state of a stranded metal locking cable, which has a length sufficient to secure the keeper bars and hasp of a cargo container door. The cable has an internal conductor whose conductivity, e.g., resistance, manifests a tampered condition when severed and also if reattached, e.g., by a solder or spliced joint and so on. The electrical continuity of the conductor is monitored by a circuit in one embodiment for a severed state, i.e., tampering, and whose resistance is monitored in a second embodiment correlated optionally to either or both ambient temperature and a battery output voltage. The seal housing has two compartments one being hermetically sealed and contains the circuitry and the other containing a cable locking device for receiving and locking the cable to the seal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2007
    Assignee: E. J. Brooks Company
    Inventors: Theodore R. Tester, Robert F. Debrody, Donald A. Ruth
  • Patent number: 6981725
    Abstract: A bi-directional locking socket for use with a seal device which includes a shackle having a plurality of locking elements on a surface thereof. The socket comprises a locking insert forming a locking arrangement including a body defining a chamber therein. The locking insert further includes opposing top and bottom ends where the top end defines a top opening communicating with the chamber, and the bottom end defines a bottom opening communicating with the chamber. A plurality of mirror image spaced fingers define a passageway extending through the chamber. The plurality of fingers allow passage of the locking elements as a free end of the shackle is pulled through the passageway via either the top or the bottom openings in opposite insertion directions, and lock with a locking element of the shackle when the shackle movement is in an opposite direction to the insertion direction. In the alternative, the socket has a chamber with the locking arrangement formed one piece therewith.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2006
    Assignee: E. J. Brooks Company
    Inventors: Robert F. Debrody, George Lundberg, Richard Dreisbach, Louis J. Mattos, John DeMarco
  • Patent number: 6966584
    Abstract: A molded thermoplastic body is formed with a rectangular cavity. A molded thermoplastic insert is welded to the body in the cavity and has a top cross member, a stem member and a bottom member. The stem member has a plurality of molded fingers cantilevered on opposing sides inclined relative to the stem member longitudinal axis in one embodiment. The stem member forms the cavity into two channels. A wire shackle which may be round or square in section, a wire or molded plastic, is U-shaped with two legs. One leg is formed with notches to receive the tips of the fingers in one channel and the other leg is formed with a reversibly bent barb which engages the fingers in the other channel on the opposite side of the cavity. The bottom member limits the insertion depth of the legs. The notches and barb engage the fingers and lock the shackle to the body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2005
    Assignee: E. J. Brooks Company
    Inventors: Robert F. Debrody, George Albert Lundberg, Jr., Peter Farbaniec, Richard Dreisbach, Louis J. Mattos
  • Patent number: 6752439
    Abstract: A prior art security seal is molded one piece thermoplastic having a flag for receiving indicia such as serial number and so on and a strap extending from the flag. A locking socket depends from the flag at the junction with the strap. One or more projections extend from the flag from a surface opposite to the socket. The flag is too small for certain implementations which require a flag for receiving large labels. A large flag capable of receiving such labels is attached to the seal via the seal flag and projection. The flag has a channel for receiving the seal flag in an axial direction parallel to the plane of the flags and an opening for receiving the one or more projections, the opening having a contour that matches that of the projection(s). Snap fit latches secure the seal at flanges thereof as the projection(s) is inserted in the opening in a direction normal to the plane of the flags. The seal flag is releasably held in two normal directions to the large flag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2000
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2004
    Assignee: E. J. Brooks Company
    Inventors: George Albert Lundberg, Rui Pedro Henriques
  • Patent number: 6511108
    Abstract: A tote bin seal for securing sheet material lids via aligned lid apertures includes a flange forming an ID flag attached to a locking device having a hollow core body at one body end and two semi-circular arrays of tangs at the other body end, the tangs formed of stems and reverse hooks or barbs. The body is somewhat oval with a rectangular central portion, the tangs depending from each arcuate end of the oval. Each of the tangs and the body have an interior axially extending triangular stiffening rib. An insert with a head and a bifurcated shank is attached to the flange opposite the body and may be sheared from the flange for insertion into the body core. The shank forms a locking opening which captures a web in the body core for securing the insert locked to the body. The insert prevents the tangs from compressing inwardly to open the seal. The flange has a living hinge so it can be folded over to permit reading ID data from the flange in stacked bins.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 1999
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2003
    Assignee: E. J. Brooks Company
    Inventors: John K. Roessner, III, Richard Dreisbach, George Albert Lundberg, Jr.