Patents Assigned to The Eastern Company
  • Publication number: 20140035293
    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: Application
    Filed: August 1, 2012
    Publication date: February 6, 2014
    Applicant: THE EASTERN COMPANY
    Inventors: Lee S. Weinerman, Grant A. Lugas, David J. Schlosser
  • Patent number: 8499594
    Abstract: A combination operated padlock has indicia carrying dials that are turned to set a combination for unlocking a shackle of the padlock. Operating components of the padlock are carried by or within a housing-enclosed frame of the padlock. A strong, corrosion resistant insert, preferably formed from brass of uniform thickness, is configured to fit cleverly around and among the movable operating components to strengthen the padlock and to prevent operating component manipulation if an unauthorized unlocking of the padlock is attempted. In a preferred embodiment, the insert has two substantially identical question-mark-shaped tines configured to extend toward and between different adjacent pairs of the dials that are turned to set a combination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2013
    Assignee: The Eastern Company
    Inventor: Michael O. Misner
  • Publication number: 20130178142
    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: Application
    Filed: February 22, 2013
    Publication date: July 11, 2013
    Applicant: THE EASTERN COMPANY
    Inventor: THE EASTERN COMPANY
  • Publication number: 20120313752
    Abstract: An electronic access control and recording system includes a lock, a card reader, a key card configured to communicate with the lock and with the card reader, a database, and an administrator microprocessor configured to provide a user interface and to communicate with the database and with the card reader. At least one of the lock and the card contain a microprocessor and a non-volatile memory storing encrypted information. In use, the key card provides access to the lock and transfers the encrypted information between the lock and the database via the card reader and the administrator microprocessor. The administrator microprocessor provides a user interface for reviewing and administering the database. The user interface also provides account and password qualification for users.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 14, 2012
    Publication date: December 13, 2012
    Applicant: The Eastern Company
    Inventors: James S. Piccirillo, Wayne J. Hooper, Christopher E. Lamourine, David A. Yudelson
  • Patent number: 8274365
    Abstract: An electronic access control and recording system includes a lock, a card reader, a key card configured to communicate with the lock and with the card reader, a database, and an administrator microprocessor configured to provide a user interface and to communicate with the database and with the card reader. At least one of the lock and the card contain a microprocessor and a non-volatile memory storing encrypted information. In use, the key card provides access to the lock and transfers the encrypted information between the lock and the database via the card reader and the administrator microprocessor. The administrator microprocessor provides a user interface for reviewing and administering the database. The user interface also provides account and password qualification for users.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2012
    Assignee: The Eastern Company
    Inventors: James S. Piccirillo, Wayne J. Hooper, Christopher E. Lamourine, David A. Yudelson
  • Patent number: 8201423
    Abstract: Locks for luggage, travelcases, briefcases and the like that can be operated by setting a combination or by using a key include an indicator to provide a signal in response to use of the key. The locks retain relatively movable components in latched engagement when locked, and permit relative movement of the components when unlocked. In some embodiments, the indicator provides a visual signal if an associated travelcase has been opened for inspection by unlocking the associated lock using a key; and, in some embodiments, the indicator can be reset upon entry of a proper combination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2012
    Assignee: The Eastern Company
    Inventors: Michael O. Misner, Jian-Bing Lu
  • Patent number: 8084701
    Abstract: A push button actuator unit has a housing that defines a passage extending along an axis. A push button assembly has components movable in the passage including a forwardly-biased push button at the front of the housing that is movable along and turnable about the axis. Two independently movable operating elements at the rear of the housing move differently in response to depression of the push button when the push button is turned to different orientations about the axis. The rear operating elements may extend concentrically along the axis, and the unit may be lockable to permit and prevent some operating element movement. The operating elements may be used to selectively disengage, or to engage and move a variety of auxiliary devices situated behind the unit. The unit may provide enhanced resistance to defeat by hammering than has been offered by a known form of push button unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2011
    Assignee: The Eastern Company
    Inventor: Michael O. Misner
  • Patent number: 8052182
    Abstract: A handle and housing assembly has a graspable handle turnable about a principal axis relative to a housing, structure extending from the handle along the principal axis through an opening defined by the housing, and a seal that turns with the handle and defines a thin annular skirt of resilient material extending about the principal axis and pressed substantially flatly into engagement with an annular portion of the housing extending substantially concentrically about the opening. In some embodiments, the structure includes a shaft that extends from the handle through a spacer that is encircled by the skirted seal; in some embodiments, an O-ring is interposed between the handle and the spacer; and, in some embodiments, a rear part of the spacer extends into the housing opening to facilitate smooth turning of the handle and the spacer about the principal axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2011
    Assignee: The Eastern Company
    Inventors: Lee S. Weinerman, Michael J. Hollingsworth
  • Publication number: 20110097983
    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: Application
    Filed: October 26, 2009
    Publication date: April 28, 2011
    Applicant: THE EASTERN COMPANY
    Inventors: Grant A. Lugas, Lee S. Weinerman
  • Patent number: 7832238
    Abstract: Locks for luggage, travelcases, briefcases and the like that can be operated by setting a combination or by using a key include an indicator to provide a signal in response to use of the key. The locks retain relatively movable components in latched engagement when locked, and permit relative movement of the components when unlocked. In some embodiments, the indicator provides a visual signal if an associated travelcase has been opened for inspection by unlocking the associated lock using a key; and, in some embodiments, the indicator can be reset upon entry of a proper combination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2010
    Assignee: The Eastern Company
    Inventors: Michael O. Misner, Jian-Bing Lu
  • Publication number: 20090256676
    Abstract: An electronic access control and recording system includes a lock, a card reader, a key card configured to communicate with the lock and with the card reader, a database, and an administrator microprocessor configured to provide a user interface and to communicate with the database and with the card reader. At least one of the lock and the card contain a microprocessor and a non-volatile memory storing encrypted information. In use, the key card provides access to the lock and transfers the encrypted information between the lock and the database via the card reader and the administrator microprocessor. The administrator microprocessor provides a user interface for reviewing and administering the database. The user interface also provides account and password qualification for users.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 14, 2008
    Publication date: October 15, 2009
    Applicant: The Eastern Company
    Inventors: James S. Piccirillo, Wayne J. Hooper, Christopher E. Lamourine, David A. Yudelson
  • Patent number: D622576
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2010
    Assignee: The Eastern Company
    Inventors: Leslie A. Farkas, James Harrett
  • Patent number: D639139
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2011
    Assignee: The Eastern Company
    Inventors: Michael O. Misner, Chi-Wen Liu
  • Patent number: D662396
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2012
    Assignee: The Eastern Company
    Inventor: Michael O. Misner
  • Patent number: D665244
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2012
    Assignee: The Eastern Company
    Inventors: Lee S. Weinerman, Grant A. Lugas, Clifford E. Lambarth
  • Patent number: D672632
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2012
    Assignee: The Eastern Company
    Inventor: Michael O. Misner
  • Patent number: D673442
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: The Eastern Company
    Inventor: Michael O. Misner
  • Patent number: D674266
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2013
    Assignee: The Eastern Company
    Inventors: Michael O. Misner, Jian-Bing Lu, Xiuxing Lai
  • Patent number: D674794
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2013
    Assignee: The Eastern Company
    Inventor: Michael O. Misner
  • Patent number: D694610
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2013
    Assignee: The Eastern Company
    Inventor: Michael O. Misner