Patents Assigned to The Eastern Company
  • Patent number: 10794095
    Abstract: A lock includes: a plug housing rotatable about a central axis to unlatch a closure when the lock is in an unlocked state, wherein the plug housing defines a plug passage therein along the central axis and an intersecting pin slot through a side wall thereof; a plug rotatable within the plug passage to transition the lock between unlocked and locked states, wherein an inner portion thereof defines a helical groove that extends into the intersection of the plug passage and pin slot; and a stop linearly movable parallel to the central axis between inward and outward positions to place the lock in unlocked and locked states, respectively, wherein a stop pin of the stop extends through the pin slot and into the helical groove to interact therewith such that turning the plug causes the stop to linearly move between the inward and outward positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: The Eastern Company
    Inventor: Matthew D Schroll
  • Patent number: 10759327
    Abstract: A tie down (10, 116, 122, 128) is used for connecting a connecting member (58) such as a rope, cord, chain, wire or hook into operative connection with a supporting structure such as a wall (66). The tie down includes an annular base (16) and a centerpiece (32). An eye (36) is movably mounted in connection with the centerpiece to facilitate the engagement of the eye with a connecting member. A light ring (28, 128) includes at least one light (30). The at least one light is selectively operative to surroundingly illuminate the centerpiece and the eye.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: The Eastern Company
    Inventors: Lee S. Weinerman, Frederick L. Putzier, Marinel Rosu
  • Publication number: 20200198578
    Abstract: Systems and methods for remotely locking and unlocking vehicle accessory locks of vehicle accessories positioned on a vehicle are disclosed. The vehicle includes main doors with locks that are remotely lockable and unlockable using main door lock actuators. Vehicle includes a vehicle controller that receives a user signal from a user, first determines a main door actuation command based on the first signal, and first transmits, based on the main door actuation command, a first actuation command signal to the main door lock actuators. The system includes accessory lock actuator(s) operably coupled to the accessory lock(s), accessory lock controller(s) operably coupled to the accessory lock actuator(s), and a gateway controller operably coupled to the vehicle controller. Gateway controller second determines an accessory lock actuation command based on the first actuation command signal, and second transmits, based on the accessory lock actuation command, a gateway signal to the accessory lock controller.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 10, 2019
    Publication date: June 25, 2020
    Applicant: The Eastern Company
    Inventors: Matthew Schroll, James C. Fournier
  • Patent number: 10676962
    Abstract: An actuator (24, 528, 606, 646, 670, 700, 702) is configured to cause a latch assembly (22, 322, 422, 522, 526, 604, 644, 668, 694) to be changed from a closed condition in which an item is latched, to an open condition in which the item is unlatched. A catch jaw (30, 530, 690) is operative in a first position to engage a member (106) connected to the item when the latch assembly is in the closed condition. The catch jaw in a second position enables the member to disengage from the catch jaw when the latch assembly is in the open condition. The actuator assembly includes a drive (152, 526, 608, 706) and a gear system (157, 563, 610, 712). The gear system is operative to move a release member (174, 538, 612, 722, 764). The release member is configured to be in operative connection with the catch jaw such that the movement of the release member causes the catch jaw to be enabled to move to the second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: THE EASTERN COMPANY
    Inventors: Lee S. Weinerman, Scott Arthurs, Grant A. Lugas
  • Publication number: 20190383058
    Abstract: A lock has a locked condition and an unlocked condition comprising a barrel with a circular bore having three splines. A cylindrical plug is adapted to reside in the bore. First, second and retaining tumblers are positioned in tumbler slots, with the first and retaining tumblers biased in one direction toward the first spline and the second tumbler biased in the opposite direction into the second spline. When a first key is inserted, the first and second tumblers are moved against the bias so they retract from the respective splines and the plug can be rotated from the locked and unlocked conditions. When a second key is inserted while in the unlocked condition, the first, second and retaining tumblers are moved so the respective tumblers are either positioned in the third longitudinal spline or fully retained in the plug and the plug can be retracted axially from the barrel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 12, 2019
    Publication date: December 19, 2019
    Applicant: The Eastern Company
    Inventor: Michael O. Misner
  • Patent number: 10208512
    Abstract: A latch is provided for latching and automatically unlatching a lid from a waste container. The latch mechanism includes a release weight that moves responsive to gravity in a housing from a first position to a second position to cause the latch to disengage from a striker when the latch is rotated to a dump angular orientation. The latch includes a damper that controls movement of the release weight in the housing such that an amount of time for the release weight to move responsive to gravity from the first position to the second position is at least two times an amount of time the release weight would take to move responsive to gravity from the first position to the second position absent the effect of the damper.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: THE EASTERN COMPANY
    Inventors: Scott Arthurs, Lee S. Weinerman, Keith A. Braun, Richard Jelen
  • Patent number: 9963276
    Abstract: A latch is usable for latching and automatically unlatching a lid operative to close a bin of a waste container. The latch includes a release weight that is moveable responsive to gravity from a first position to a second position to cause the latch to disengage from a release mechanism when the latch is rotated to one or more angular positions in a dump angular orientation. The latch and release mechanism are held in latched engagement when release slide bolts and latch slide bolts are engaged in extended positions. Movement of the release weight causes the latch slide bolts to move to retracted positions to enable disengagement of the release slide bolts and latch slide bolts. A release knob is operative responsive to manual movement in two different directions to enable the latch and release slide bolts to disengage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: THE EASTERN COMPANY
    Inventors: Scott Arthurs, Lee S. Weinerman, Keith A. Braun
  • Patent number: 9856058
    Abstract: A latch is usable to latch and automatically unlatch a lid of a waste container. The latch includes a release weight that moves responsive to gravity in a housing from a first position to a second position to cause the latch to disengage from a release receptacle when the latch and the waste container are oriented in a dump angle orientation. The latch includes a rotary damper in the housing that controls movement of the release weight in the housing such that an amount of time for the release weight to move responsive to gravity from the first position to the second position is slower than the amount of time the release weight would move responsive to gravity from the first position to the second position in the housing absent the effect of the rotary damper on the release weight.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: THE EASTERN COMPANY
    Inventors: Scott Arthurs, Lee S. Weinerman
  • Patent number: 9822556
    Abstract: Spring-projected latch bolt assemblies each having a retractable latch bolt component are used to upgrade commercially available lock operating mechanisms so that closures carrying the upgraded lock operating mechanisms can lock automatically when the closures reach their fully closed positions. To permit unobstructed closing of each closure, a normally extended component of each associated spring-projected latch bolt assembly retracts during a final segment of the closing of an associated closure, and snaps back to its fully extended position as the associated closure comes to rest in its fully closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: THE EASTERN COMPANY
    Inventor: Matthew D Schroll
  • Patent number: 9809999
    Abstract: An actuator (24, 528, 606) is configured to cause a latch assembly (22, 322, 422, 522, 526, 604) to be changed from a closed condition in which an item is latched, to an open condition in which the item is unlatched. A catch jaw (30, 530) is operative in a first position to engage a member (106) connected to the item when the latch assembly is in the closed condition. The catch jaw in a second position enables the member to disengage from the catch jaw when the latch assembly is in the open condition. The actuator assembly includes a drive (152, 526, 608) and a gear system (157, 563, 610). The gear system is operative to move a release member (174, 538, 612). The release member is configured to be in operative connection with the catch jaw such that the movement of the release member causes the catch jaw to be enabled to move to the second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: THE EASTERN COMPANY
    Inventors: Lee S. Weinerman, Grant A. Lugas
  • Patent number: 9644397
    Abstract: A tubular lock and its operating key have safety features that render the lock and key well suited for use with food freezer appliances and the like where the keyway of the lock extends horizontally. The tubular portion of the operating key, and the keyway of the tubular lock are cooperatively configured so a key inserted into the keyway of the lock fits quite loosely and is minimally supported even when fully inserted. The graspable bow of the operating key is made unusually long causing the center of gravity of an inserted operating key to be spaced far from the front face of the lock—so the weight of the loosely fitting and minimally supported operating key levers the graspable bow downwardly, causing the key to drop from the keyway unless being held in the keyway. Gravity is optimally used to effect key ejection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: THE EASTERN COMPANY
    Inventors: Timothy P. Laabs, Michael O. Misner
  • Patent number: 9611678
    Abstract: A latch assembly is provided that includes a housing, a release mechanism and a latch mechanism. The release mechanism includes a handle. Movement of the handle from a retracted position towards an extended position relative to the housing is operable to cause the latch mechanism to change from a latched condition to an unlatched condition. When the latch mechanism changes from an unlatched condition to the latched condition, the latch mechanism is operable to cause the release mechanism to cause the handle to move to the retracted position. When the latch mechanism is in the unlatched condition, the latch mechanism maintains the release mechanism in a configuration that maintains the handle away from the retracted position and provides a visual indication that the latch mechanism is in the unlatched condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2017
    Assignee: THE EASTERN COMPANY
    Inventors: Lee S. Weinerman, Scott Arthurs
  • Patent number: 9464465
    Abstract: A handle assemble is provided that includes a pivotable handle on a first side of a housing that when moved to an extended position is operative to cause a lever arm to move on a second side of the housing in order to operate a latch mechanism. To move the lever arm, the assembly includes a lock slide that in a first pivot position is operative to slide longitudinal and urge the lever arm to pivot responsive to either the handle causing a trigger to urge a first end of the lock slide to slide or an inside release member urging a second end of the lock slide to slide. However, when the lock slide is in a second pivot position, the trigger and the inside release member are not operative to engage the respective first and second ends of the lock slide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2016
    Assignee: THE EASTERN COMPANY
    Inventors: Lee S. Weinerman, Scott Arthurs
  • Patent number: 9393853
    Abstract: A vent apparatus (10, 600) includes a perforated screen (12), a door (18), and a handle. The screen includes hexagonally shaped perforations (15). The door is adjacent a first face (13) of the screen and includes at least one arm (20, 22) that extends through at least one slot in the screen. The handle is in operative connection with the at least one arm and is operative to cause the door to move between a closed position (62) adjacent the screen to one of a plurality of open positions (64) extending at an acute angle with respect to the screen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2016
    Assignee: THE EASTERN COMPANY
    Inventors: Grant A. Lugas, Lee S. Weinerman
  • Patent number: 9340327
    Abstract: A combination operated lock for use with a security container that has a zippered closure operated by a pull tab movable between open and closed positions, with the lock being operable, when locked, to retain the pull tab in closed position until the lock is unlocked by setting a combination. The lock preferably has a housing connected to a flexible fabric wall of the security container, and dials that are turned to set a combination for unlocking the lock. In some embodiments, the lock cannot be unlocked unless and until a one-use seal is broken and removed from the housing to which the seal was attachable only after the lock was locked.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2016
    Assignee: THE EASTERN COMPANY
    Inventor: Michael O. Misner
  • Patent number: D760574
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2016
    Assignee: THE EASTERN COMPANY
    Inventors: Scott Arthurs, Lee S. Weinerman
  • Patent number: D795674
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: THE EASTERN COMPANY
    Inventor: Matthew D Schroll
  • Patent number: D853825
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: THE EASTERN COMPANY
    Inventors: Lee S. Weinerman, Fredrick L. Putzier, Marinel Rosu
  • Patent number: D879591
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: THE EASTERN COMPANY
    Inventors: Lee S. Weinerman, Fredrick L. Putzier, Marinel Rosu
  • Patent number: D880280
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: THE EASTERN COMPANY
    Inventors: Lee S. Weinerman, Fredrick L. Putzier, Marinel Rosu