Patents Assigned to The Eastern Company
  • Patent number: 7205492
    Abstract: A push button actuator unit has a housing which defines a through passage that extends along an axis of the housing, and a slot that extends in a plane which transversely intersects the axis and communicates with the passage for supporting in the housing-defined slot a disc-shaped member having a central opening that aligns with the passage. Movable in the aligned passage and opening is a push button sub-assembly of the unit which includes a front element that, when depressed rearwardly, may cause a rear element of the push button sub-assembly to extend rearwardly from the housing to release a latch or to operate a switch or the like. If the unit is to be lockable, an optional locking mechanism is added to the elements of the push button sub-assembly to selectively drivingly connect the front and rear elements so that depression of the front element will cause rearward extension of the rear element only when the unit is unlocked.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2007
    Assignee: The Eastern Company
    Inventors: Baltazar S. Corcino, Brian M. Ott
  • Patent number: 7159422
    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: December 23, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2007
    Assignee: The Eastern Company
    Inventors: Michael O. Misner, Jian-Bing Lu
  • Patent number: 7126066
    Abstract: A push button actuator unit has a housing which defines a through passage that extends along an axis of the housing, and a slot that extends in a plane which transversely intersects the axis and communicates with the passage for supporting in the housing-defined slot a disc-shaped member having a central opening that aligns with the passage. Movable in the aligned passage and opening is a push button sub-assembly of the unit which includes a front element that, when depressed rearwardly, may cause a rear element of the push button sub-assembly to extend rearwardly from the housing to release a latch or to operate a switch or the like. If the unit is to be lockable, an optional locking mechanism is added to the elements of the push button sub-assembly to selectively drivingly connect the front and rear elements so that depression of the front element will cause rearward extension of the rear element only when the unit is unlocked.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2006
    Assignee: The Eastern Company
    Inventors: Baltazar S. Corcino, Brian M. Ott
  • Patent number: 7040675
    Abstract: A latching system includes a control unit that houses a remote signal responsive relay and a crank arm that is pivoted by the armature of the relay when the relay is energized to oppositely move a pair of elongate links each of which is connected to a separate latch assembly for moving operating arms of the latch assemblies to unlatched positions for causing the latch assemblies to release their latched engagement with strikers that hold a closure closed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2006
    Assignee: The Eastern Company
    Inventors: Brian M. Ott, Michael O. Misner, Thomas Heinrich, Timothy P. Laabs
  • Patent number: 7007521
    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: April 4, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2006
    Assignee: The Eastern Company
    Inventors: Michael O. Misner, Jian-Bing Lu
  • Patent number: 6899362
    Abstract: A linkage assembly includes a frame, an arm movement coordinating member slidably supported by the frame, and a pair of arms pivotally connected to the frame and connected to the coordinating member to ensure that the arms pivot in unison when the coordinating member is slided relative to the frame by depressing a push button that is connected to the frame for translation relative thereto. Either of the arms can be link-connected to a latch assembly for operating either a single latch assembly or for concurrently operating a pair of latch assemblies in response to depression of the push button. An optional emergency release cable may connect with the arm movement coordinating member to facilitate latch operation from inside a tonneau cover of a pickup truck or the like that is held closed by the latch or latches.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2005
    Assignee: The Eastern Company
    Inventors: Lee S. Weinerman, Scott A. Arthurs, Arthur J. Kuminski
  • Patent number: D523726
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2006
    Assignee: The Eastern Company
    Inventors: Lee S. Weinerman, Scott S. Kalanish
  • Patent number: D523730
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2006
    Assignee: The Eastern Company
    Inventors: Lee S. Weinerman, Scott S. Kalanish
  • Patent number: D523731
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2006
    Assignee: The Eastern Company
    Inventors: Lee S. Weinerman, Scott S. Kalanish
  • Patent number: D529782
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2006
    Assignee: The Eastern Company
    Inventors: Zaven Zafirian, Robin T. Green, Leslie A. Farkas
  • Patent number: D529783
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2006
    Assignee: The Eastern Company
    Inventor: Baltazar S. Corcino
  • Patent number: D532673
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2006
    Assignee: The Eastern Company
    Inventors: Lee S. Weinerman, Scott S. Kalanish
  • Patent number: D532675
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2006
    Assignee: The Eastern Company
    Inventors: Lee S. Weinerman, Scott A. Arthurs, Arthur J. Kuminski
  • Patent number: D533048
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2006
    Assignee: The Eastern Company
    Inventors: Lee S. Weinerman, Scott A. Arthurs, Arthur J. Kuminski
  • Patent number: D536949
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2007
    Assignee: The Eastern Company
    Inventors: Lee S. Weinerman, Scott A. Arthurs, Arthur J. Kuminski
  • Patent number: D537321
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2007
    Assignee: The Eastern Company
    Inventors: Douglas J. Paige, Lee S. Weinerman, Paul J. Wolos
  • Patent number: D538131
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2007
    Assignee: The Eastern Company
    Inventors: Douglas J. Paige, Lee S. Weinerman, Paul J. Wolos
  • Patent number: D539635
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2007
    Assignee: The Eastern Company
    Inventors: Lee S. Weinerman, Scott S. Kalanish
  • Patent number: D541628
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2007
    Assignee: The Eastern Company
    Inventors: Scott A. Arthurs, Lee S. Weinerman
  • Patent number: D543089
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2007
    Assignee: The Eastern Company
    Inventors: Robin T. Green, Leslie A. Farkas