Patents Assigned to The Eastern Company
  • 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: 9238925
    Abstract: A water seal system is provided for a latch assembly that comprises a housing having a receptacle in which a handle extends therein. A trigger extends from the handle through an aperture in the receptacle to a latching mechanism on a rear side of the housing. The trigger is operative to cause the latching mechanism to operate, responsive to movement of the handle. The water seal system includes a gasket mounted to a metal backing plate, with slots extending through the backing plate and gasket. The trigger extends through the slots such that the backing plate abuts a stop surface of the trigger. Movement of the handle from the extended position to the retracted position is operative to cause the stop surface to urge the backing plate to compress the gasket adjacent portions of the receptacle that extend around the aperture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2016
    Assignee: The Eastern Company
    Inventors: Lee S. Weinerman, Reese Bernot
  • Patent number: 9145710
    Abstract: A latch assembly is provided that includes a housing. The latch assembly also includes a latch in rotatable connection with the housing at a first axis. The latch assembly also includes a drive lug in rotatable connection with the housing at a second axis, wherein the first axis is spaced apart from the second axis on the housing. Rotation of the drive lug in a first rotational direction responsive to a striker acting on a first portion of the drive lug is operative to cause the latch to rotate in the same first rotational direction as the drive lug, such that a first portion of the latch moves in transverse relation relative to the striker to a position in which the striker extends between the first portion of the drive lug and the first portion of the latch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2015
    Assignee: The Eastern Company
    Inventors: Lee S. Weinerman, Grant A. Lugas, David J. Schlosser
  • Patent number: 8915105
    Abstract: A compression latch is provided having a lock bolt operated via a codable cylinder lock. The lock bolt includes a guide having first and second inner surfaces. The lock includes a rotatable portion having a cam with a projection that is movable between the first and second inner surfaces. When the rotatable portion of the cylinder lock rotates via the key to cause the projection to move from a first position to a second position, the projection contacts the second inner surface and urges the lock bolt to engage a control member which prevents a handle of the compression latch from rotating. When the rotatable portion rotates via the key to cause the projection to move from the second position to the first position, the projection contacts the first inner surface and urges the lock bolt to disengage from the control member, which enables the handle to rotate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Assignee: The Eastern Company
    Inventors: Lee S. Weinerman, Fredrick L. Putzier
  • Patent number: 8881558
    Abstract: A lock for luggage, travelcases, briefcases and the like that can be unlocked by setting a combination using a combination mechanism of the lock, and, alternatively, by using a key in a key mechanism of the lock. An indicator of the lock moves to signal when the lock has been unlocked by use of the key mechanism. In some embodiments the indicator can only be reset after the lock has been unlocked using the combination mechanism. In some embodiments the indicator is automatically reset when the lock is unlocked using the combination mechanism. In some embodiments the lock is a padlock that has a shackle defined, at least in part, by a flexible cable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: The Eastern Company
    Inventors: Michael O. Misner, Jian-Bing Lu, Xiuxing Lai
  • Patent number: 8857230
    Abstract: A lock for a retractable cover which overlies a bed of a pickup truck has a cover-connectable housing and a handle that pivots relative to the housing for clamping a pointed tip of a flexibly mounted fastener into engagement with a nearby member such as a guide rail extending along one side of the bed of a pickup truck to retain a housing-connected retractable cover in a chosen position. A push button trigger pivoted on the handle is depressable to unlatch the handle and thereby release the clamping action of the handle. A torsion spring biases the trigger relative to the handle. A compression spring biases the handle relative to the housing. A leaf spring flexibly mounts the fastener on the handle. A key-operated plug assembly may retain the trigger in a latched position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignee: The Eastern Company
    Inventor: Michael O. Misner
  • Patent number: 8844982
    Abstract: A latch, latching system and other components are disclosed that are particularly well suited for use with the heavy doors of armored military vehicles. Some component embodiments are usable in normal and emergency modes to provide access, entry, egress and rescue through vehicle door openings. Included among the disclosed components are latches having separate operating components that can be used to retract spring projected latch bolts and that usable advantageously in pairs and readily reconfigurable for use on left, right, front and rear doors of a vehicle at locations where door thicknesses differ. Also disclosed are operating linkages intended to extend exteriorly of door armor to turn shafts to operate latches situated interiorly of the door armor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignees: The Eastern Company, BAE Systems Survivability
    Inventors: Lee S. Weinerman, Scott A Arthurs, David J Wolf, Gerald M Szpak, John W Jostworth
  • Publication number: 20140265371
    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: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: THE EASTERN COMPANY
    Inventors: Lee S. Weinerman, Scott Arthurs
  • Publication number: 20140210222
    Abstract: A water seal system is provided for a latch assembly that comprises a housing having a receptacle in which a handle extends therein. A trigger extends from the handle through an aperture in the receptacle to a latching mechanism on a rear side of the housing. The trigger is operative to cause the latching mechanism to operate, responsive to movement of the handle. The water seal system includes a gasket mounted to a metal backing plate, with slots extending through the backing plate and gasket. The trigger extends through the slots such that the backing plate abuts a stop surface of the trigger. Movement of the handle from the extended position to the retracted position is operative to cause the stop surface to urge the backing plate to compress the gasket adjacent portions of the receptacle that extend around the aperture.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 21, 2013
    Publication date: July 31, 2014
    Applicant: THE EASTERN COMPANY
    Inventors: Lee S. Weinerman, Reese Bernot
  • Patent number: 8727841
    Abstract: A vent apparatus (10) comprises a perforated screen (12), a door (18), a guide (24), and a handle (26), and a lever assembly (30). 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 guide (24) is mounted adjacent a second face (14) of the screen. The handle (26) is in pivoting connection with the at least one arm and is operative to move relative to the guide to cause the door to move between a closed position (62) to an open position (64). A lever assembly (30) extends from the handle in pivoting connection with the guide. As the handle moves, the lever assembly is adapted to maintain the handle sufficiently close to the guide such that at least a portion of the handle is operative to slide along the guide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: The Eastern Company
    Inventors: Grant A. Lugas, Lee S. Weinerman
  • Publication number: 20140083147
    Abstract: A compression latch is provided having a lock bolt operated via a codable cylinder lock. The lock bolt includes a guide having first and second inner surfaces. The lock includes a rotatable portion having a cam with a projection that is movable between the first and second inner surfaces. When the rotatable portion of the cylinder lock rotates via the key to cause the projection to move from a first position to a second position, the projection contacts the second inner surface and urges the lock bolt to engage a control member which prevents a handle of the compression latch from rotating. When the rotatable portion rotates via the key to cause the projection to move from the second position to the first position, the projection contacts the first inner surface and urges the lock bolt to disengage from the control member, which enables the handle to rotate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 21, 2012
    Publication date: March 27, 2014
    Applicant: THE EASTERN COMPANY
    Inventors: Lee S. Weinerman, Fredrick L. Putzier
  • Patent number: D700824
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2014
    Assignee: The Eastern Company
    Inventors: Scott Arthurs, Lee S. Weinerman
  • Patent number: D701744
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2014
    Assignee: The Eastern Company
    Inventors: Lee S. Weinerman, Scott Arthurs
  • Patent number: D704526
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignee: The Eastern Company
    Inventors: Lee S. Weinerman, Fredrick L. Putzier
  • Patent number: D717152
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: The Eastern Company
    Inventors: Lee S. Weinerman, Fredrick L. Putzier
  • Patent number: D720599
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: The Eastern Company
    Inventors: Lee S. Weinerman, Fredrick L. Putzier
  • Patent number: D730716
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2015
    Assignee: The Eastern Company
    Inventors: Lee S. Weinerman, Fredrick L. Putzier
  • Patent number: D738701
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2015
    Assignee: The Eastern Company
    Inventors: Lee S. Weinerman, Fredrick L. Putzier
  • Patent number: D739204
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2015
    Assignee: THE EASTERN COMPANY
    Inventor: Scott Arthurs
  • Patent number: D753980
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2016
    Assignee: THE EASTERN COMPANY
    Inventor: Scott Arthurs