Patents Assigned to The Eastern Company
  • Patent number: 7497103
    Abstract: A latch has a pair of oppositely acting latch bolts slidable on a housing that are engageable with latching formations on a strike. The housing has a pair of substantially parallel posts configured to shield portions of the latch bolts during insertion into and withdrawal from openings defined by the strike. A plug is turnable on the housing to slide the latch bolts toward and away from each other between latched and unlatched positions. In lockable embodiments of the latch, the plug may be provided with a keyway into which a key can be inserted and turned to move the latch bolts; and, in some embodiments, the latch bolts are retained in their latched positions when the key is removed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2009
    Assignee: The Eastern Company
    Inventor: Michael O. Misner
  • Patent number: 7454933
    Abstract: A handle and housing assembly includes a housing having front and rear sides. A handle is connected on the front side of the housing to a shaft that extends through the housing along a forwardly-rearwardly extending axis. The handle may turn the shaft about the axis to turn components connected to a rear portion of the shaft, and/or the handle may move shaft-connected components forwardly and rearwardly along the axis of the shaft. In some embodiments, the housing defines a forwardly facing recess, and the handle is nestable within and extendable from the recess. In some embodiments, the handle and housing are provided with padlockable formations that extend side by side when the handle is in its nested or retracted position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2008
    Assignee: The Eastern Company
    Inventors: Douglas J. Paige, Lee S. Weinerman, Paul J. Wolos
  • Patent number: 7401484
    Abstract: A handle, housing and cover assembly includes an relatively thick oval handle sandwiched between a relatively thin oval housing base and a relatively thin oval cover. The oval exteriors of these three relatively movable components are of substantially the same size and shape, and align when the cover is closed and when the handle is in its normal, non-operated position to provide a low profile stack of components that can nest comfortably within the palm of one's hand so the palmed cover can be moved by gentle hand pressure between closed and open positions, and so the handle can be pivoted by fingertip pressure between non-operated and operated positions. The cover, when open, provides access to a keyway into which a key can be inserted and turned to selectively prevent and permit turning of the handle relative to the housing base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2008
    Assignee: The Eastern Company
    Inventors: Matthew L. Holmes, Brian M. Ott
  • Patent number: 7398664
    Abstract: A handle and housing assembly includes a housing having front and rear sides. A handle is connected on the front side of the housing to a shaft that extends through the housing along a forwardly-rearwardly extending axis. The handle may be used to turn the shaft, to turn components connected to a rear portion of the shaft, and/or to move shaft-connected components forwardly and rearwardly along the axis of the shaft. In some embodiments, the housing defines a forwardly facing recess, and the handle is nestable within and extendable from the recess. In some embodiments, the handle is nestable within the recess in a variety of orientations. In some embodiments, housing-defined stop formations limit the range through which a shaft-connected component is permitted to turn. In some embodiments, housing-defined formations guide movement of a lock bolt that may engage a shaft-connected component to retain the shaft, the handle and the shaft-connected component in one or a plurality of orientations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2008
    Assignee: The Eastern Company
    Inventors: Lee S. Weinerman, Scott S. Kalanish
  • Patent number: 7363782
    Abstract: A padlock for luggage that can be operated by setting a combination or by inserting and turning a key is provided with an indicator that normally displays a first state when the lock being used in a normal way as a combination operated padlock, but which displays a second state if the padlock has been opened by utilizing a key.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2008
    Assignee: The Eastern Company
    Inventors: Michael O. Misner, Jian-Bing Lu
  • Patent number: 7347476
    Abstract: A ramp door suited to pivot about an axis that extends substantially horizontally along the bottom of a cargo compartment opening has features of lightweight construction that may be used separately or in combination with features of a frame assembly having an upright configured to extend substantially vertically along one side of the opening to provide an interior space that may be used to house components of a ramp door lift assist system and/or components of a ramp door latching system. In some embodiments, the extent to which a lift assist cable is exposed when the ramp door is open is minimized by connecting the cable to the ramp door, and by guiding the cable into the interior space of the upright, at locations relatively near to the pivot axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2008
    Assignee: The Eastern Company
    Inventors: Richard E. Luehr, Ron W. Phillips, Peter T. Watson
  • Patent number: 7306265
    Abstract: A panel-mountable push button actuator assembly for operating a latch or other apparatus having a link, trigger or other operating element that must move a short distance includes a housing having a front portion configured to be inserted through a panel opening from the rear side of the panel, and a generally annular retaining cap that is releasably connected to the front portion of the housing to hold the housing in the panel opening. The cap preferably is held in its installed position on the housing by a compressed foam rubber washer that provides a seal between the cap and the panel. Also disclosed are an O-ring seal that optionally may be interposed between a push button of the actuator assembly and the housing, and a rigidified cam that may be used with the present and other types of push button actuator assemblies to engage and move a link, trigger or other operating element in response to depression of the push button.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2007
    Assignee: The Eastern Company
    Inventors: Robin T. Green, Leslie A. Farkas
  • Patent number: D543434
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2007
    Assignee: The Eastern Company
    Inventors: Lee S. Weinerman, Michael J. Hollingsworth
  • Patent number: D545667
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2007
    Assignee: The Eastern Company
    Inventors: Lee S. Weinerman, Scott A. Arthurs, Arthur J. Kuminski
  • Patent number: D546165
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2007
    Assignee: The Eastern Company
    Inventors: Douglas J. Paige, Lee S. Weinerman, Paul J. Wolos
  • Patent number: D548037
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2007
    Assignee: The Eastern Company
    Inventors: Brian M. Ott, Michael O. Misner
  • Patent number: D548560
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2007
    Assignee: The Eastern Company
    Inventors: Lee S. Weinerman, Michael J. Hollingsworth
  • Patent number: D548561
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2007
    Assignee: The Eastern Company
    Inventors: Douglas J. Paige, Lee S. Weinerman, Paul J. Wolos
  • Patent number: D549551
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2007
    Assignee: The Eastern Company
    Inventors: Lee S. Weinerman, Scott A. Arthurs
  • Patent number: D552965
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2007
    Assignee: The Eastern Company
    Inventors: Scott A. Arthurs, Lee S. Weinerman
  • Patent number: D553472
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2007
    Assignee: The Eastern Company
    Inventor: Michael O. Misner
  • Patent number: D553945
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2007
    Assignee: The Eastern Company
    Inventor: Michael O. Misner
  • Patent number: D556538
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2007
    Assignee: The Eastern Company
    Inventors: Lee S. Weinerman, Scott A. Arthurs
  • Patent number: D558556
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2008
    Assignee: The Eastern Company
    Inventors: Lee S. Weinerman, Scott S. Kalanish
  • Patent number: D578373
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2008
    Assignee: The Eastern Company
    Inventors: Douglas J. Paige, Lee S. Weinerman, Paul J. Wolos