Patents Examined by Clifford B Vaterlaus
  • Patent number: 6293599
    Abstract: A non-reusable locking device for sealing containers. The locking device employs an insertion bolt which is insertable into a receptacle having locking flanges to prevent removal of the insertion bolt once inserted into the receptacle. A rigid housing surrounds and protects the receptacle, preventing access to the insertion bolt once inserted into the receptacle. A multi-part locking collar secures one end of a flexible cable permanently and rotatably within the housing. The second end of the cable is crimp-secured into a bore at one end of the insertion bolt. The flexible cable permits attachment to any type of container. The device forms a contiguous loop which can not be severed without destruction of the device. Once the loop is severed, it cannot be rejoined and provides instant indication that the container has been tampered with.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 1999
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2001
    Inventor: Juan Ricardo Garcia
  • Patent number: 6203077
    Abstract: An over-center toggle latch for securing two members together having a latch housing affixed to one of the members, a keeper affixed to the other of the members, a toggle pivotally mounted within the housing for pivotal movement between a first position and a second position, and a retainer disposed within the housing and in pivotal contact with each of the housing and the toggle for retaining the toggle in either of the first and second positions. The keeper pivots the toggle from the first position to the second position upon the closing of the latch and the keeper pivots the toggle from the second position to the first position upon the opening of the latch. A switch operable between a closed position and an open position wherein a circuit is closed only when the keeper means is in the second position and the circuit is open only when the keeper is in the first position, the switch being completely inoperable until the keeper is fully inserted in the housing whereby closing of the circuit is avoided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 1998
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2001
    Assignee: Southco, Inc.
    Inventor: Richard E. Schlack
  • Patent number: 6174006
    Abstract: A tamper resistant seal comprises a series of ratchet teeth (12) arranged along a strap (14), with one end of the strap (14) being secured to a body (16) and the other end of the strap (14) being insertable into the body (16) so as to move the ratchet teeth (12) sequentially past a resiliently deformable catch (18), wherein the resiliently deformable catch (18) includes a pair of opposed jaws (44) which are movable laterally primarily with a vise-like or spelling action rather than a collet-like or flexing action.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 1998
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2001
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventor: David Austin Burt
  • Patent number: 6168214
    Abstract: A latch assembly for latching two components comprising a support member arranged to be attached, in use, to a first component to be latched. A lever member is pivotally attached to the support member at a first pivot point, and an engaging member is pivotally attached to the support member at a second pivot point. The engaging member is arranged to be moved, by movement of the lever member, from a position in which it urges a second component out of engagement with the first component to a position in which it engages with a second component to be latched to draw the second component into engagement with the first component and latch the components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 1999
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2001
    Assignee: MCKechnie UK Limited
    Inventor: Anthony Lambert
  • Patent number: 6168217
    Abstract: Mating closure part for a tailgate lock or door lock comprising a closure part with latch or the like and a mating closure part interacting therewith, having a closure member (2), in particular in the form of a closure block or closure bracket, which can be gripped by the latch and which, in order to generate a starting torque in closure direction (X), can be displaced from an open position (FIG. 3) into a closed position. The displacement of the closure member (2) is derived from the displacement of a threaded engagement part (spindle nut 3, 4) engaging in the thread of a rotationally driven spindle (5, 6).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 1999
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2001
    Assignee: Ewald Witte GmbH & Co., KG
    Inventors: Norbert Kr{umlaut over (u)}ger, Andreas Nickel
  • Patent number: 6164102
    Abstract: A bulbous hand grip facilitates the turning of a key within a lock by increasing the turning radius through which the key is turned, as well as providing finger and hand surfaces which may be utilized during turning. The hand grip may include a substantially arcuate or spheroidal surface contour. The key may be secured within the hand grip by elastic deformation forces and/or by conventional fasteners.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 1995
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2000
    Inventor: Brian E. Gapco
  • Patent number: 6158786
    Abstract: A latch for a top of an automobile has a housing mounted on the top with a movable latching hook cooperating with a link mounted on the windshield frame. The latching hook is displaceable by an actuating device from a closed position into an open position. To produce a latch which forms a compact module, takes up little space in the transverse vehicle direction, and whose latching hook is movable by a motor, the motorized actuating device for the latching hook has a drive motor aligned approximately parallel to the lengthwise direction of the latching hook. The motor is in an operating relationship through a transverse transmission element and a downstream transmission with a drive lever to move the latching hook.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 1998
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2000
    Assignee: Dr. Ing. h.c.f. Porsche AG
    Inventors: Hans Droste, Dieter Bauer, Wolfgang Moebius, Reiner Armbruster, Kurt Pfertner
  • Patent number: 6159036
    Abstract: A locking latch mechanism for an insulation displacement connector comprises a cap section including a biasing member, a base section and a latch member. The cap section is movable between an open position and a closed position. The base section is hingedly connected to the cap section and includes a latch retaining portion. The latch member is movable between an engaged position and a disengaged position such that the latch member maintains the cap section in the closed position when the latch member is in the engaged position. The latch member includes a latch engaging portion which is lockingly matingly engaged with the latch retaining portion to lock the latch in the engaged position, thereby maintaining the cap section in the closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 1999
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2000
    Assignee: Lucent Technologies Inc.
    Inventor: Bassel Hage Daoud
  • Patent number: 6155618
    Abstract: A striker for a vehicle door latch device comprises a metal base plate fastened to a vehicle body, a U-shaped metal rod fastened to the base plate and projected toward a vehicle door, and a block member formed on the base plate. The block member comprises a block stay projected from the base plate toward the door and a block portion formed at a tip of the block stay. The block portion is opposed to an inside metal panel of the door when the door is closed. The block portion is brought into contact with the inside metal panel, when the inside metal panel is deformed by an external force to approach the base plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 1999
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2000
    Assignee: Mitsui Kinzoku Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Mikio Ichinose
  • Patent number: 6152498
    Abstract: A latch assembly for installation in a recess along a side edge of a wing element, for covering or uncovering an aperture, the latch assembly being adapted to hold the wing element in a closed position. The assembly includes a housing having at least one wall, at least one espagnolette bolt and an espagnolette rod. The espagnolette bolt is slidingly arranged in the housing between a first open position, in which the espagnolette bolt is retracted into the housing, and a second latching position, in which the espagnolette bolt projects from the housing to engage with a catch. The espagnolette bar is operatively connected to the espagnolette bolt for maneuvering the espagnolette bolt between the first open position and the second latching position. A latching pin is arranged for displacement with the espagnolette bolt, during movement of the espagnolette bolt from the first open position to the second latching position and back.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 1998
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2000
    Assignee: FIX AB
    Inventor: Per Olof Lindqvist
  • Patent number: 6149210
    Abstract: A hood latch assembly (10) has a housing (14) having a mouth (13). A ratchet (16) is pivotally mounted within the housing (14) to cooperate with the mouth (13) to pivot between an open, a secondary closed and a primary closed condition for receiving, engaging and cinching a keeper of a striker (80). The ratchet (16) is biased to the open condition. A pivotally mounted primary pawl (18) is biased for engagement with the ratchet (16) to releasably retain the ratchet (16) in the primary closed condition. A pivotally mounted secondary pawl (62) is biased for engagement with the ratchet (16) to releasably retain the ratchet (16) in the secondary closed condition. The secondary pawl (62) has a release lever (20) which rotates between a deployed position and a retracted position. As the ratchet (16) engages the striker (80), the ratchet (16) will rotate in a latching sense from the open condition to the secondary closed condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 1999
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2000
    Assignee: Atoma International Corporation
    Inventors: Trevor Hunt, Ravi Joshi, Dikran Ghorghorian, Kris Tomaszewski
  • Patent number: 6149209
    Abstract: A latch that secures a closure member includes a bolt and a support member, with the support member attaching the bolt to a part, which could be a door frame. The support member is configured with head and shank portions, so that when the support member is tightened to the part, the bolt is free to rotate and slide about the shank. The bolt is held captive on the support member by a shoulder of the head, and a longitudinal slot in the bolt allows the bolt to rotate and slide about the shank. The bolt has a second slot with parallel sides that engage parallel flat surfaces of the support member head, thereby suspending the bolt in a horizontal closure locking position to allow unobstructed opening or closing of the closure member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 1999
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2000
    Inventor: Donn Barton
  • Patent number: 6148650
    Abstract: This invention relates to a bolt unit and frame arrangement. In particular it relates to a lockable bolt unit having a slidable bolt, typically for securing two moveable panels together or for securing one moveable panel to a fixed frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 1997
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2000
    Assignee: Home Doors Limited
    Inventor: Anthony Wilfred Kibble
  • Patent number: 6148651
    Abstract: Motor vehicle door lock having a means of locking/unlocking the lock from the outside and an electric actuator (50) for controlling the means of locking/unlocking from the outside. In particular, the means of locking/unlocking from the outside is a central locking/unlocking wheel (20) with which all the means (22, 38, 40) of controlling the locking/unlocking of the lock from the outside cooperate. Also, the wheel can be rotated by the electric actuator (50).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 1999
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2000
    Assignee: Valeo Securite Habitacle
    Inventor: Jean-Michel Roncin
  • Patent number: 6145357
    Abstract: A flat key for a tumbler-containing locking cylinder of a locking apparatus, with a key grip and, attached thereto, a key shank for locking grooves cut into the shank towards the end surface, the shank having a basic profile exhibiting an essentially T-shaped cross-sectional configuration, of which the T-bar forms a guide bar with guiding surfaces, and of which the T-stem extending in the longitudinal mid-plane provides the end surface and has wide side surfaces for the provision of profile ribs that have curvilinear cross-sectional contours.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 1998
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2000
    Assignee: C. Ed. Schulte GmbH
    Inventor: Alexander Stefanescu
  • Patent number: 6145897
    Abstract: A push-bar for doors in general, which comprises a bar element provided, at its ends, with couplings for connection to a door; the particularity of said push-bar is the fact that it is provided with a threaded bar which is arranged inside the bar element, each end of said bar element being connected to lever means which are in turn pivoted at one end to the bar element and, at the other end, to a pusher whose rotation as a consequence of a pressure applied to the bar element causes the rotation of a pawl which is adapted to engage the pivot of the lock of the door in order to turn it for opening, an empty space being provided between the bar element and the surface of the door to which the bar element is connected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 1999
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2000
    Inventor: Gebhard Heinrad Locher
  • Patent number: 6145354
    Abstract: A door lock system has a closing mechanism for bringing an ajar condition of a door into a fully closed condition. The fully closed condition of the door is locked for the sake of safety by the locking operation of a locking-and-unlocking mechanism. The locked condition of the door is released by an unlocking operation of the locking-and-unlocking mechanism. Moreover, by actuating a double lock mechanism, the door under the locked condition is further brought into a double-looked condition under which the unlocking operation of the locking-and-unlocking mechanism cannot be established. The closing mechanism, the locking and-unlocking mechanism, and the double lock mechanism are driven by a common electric motor thus allowing the door lock mechanism to be reduced in size and manufactured less expensively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 1999
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2000
    Assignee: Aisin Seiki Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Ichiro Kondo, Hiroshi Ishihara, Toshitsugu Oda
  • Patent number: 6145898
    Abstract: A door locking device for an electrical apparatus, in particular a household appliance, including a lock having a locking slide, supported in the lock and movable back and forth between an opening position and a closing position, having a blocking device for arresting the locking slide in its closing position, and having a locking tang (1, 51) which drops into the lock as the appliance door is being closed and once the appliance door is in its closed state is in engagement with the locking slide, in which a gear mechanism is permanently operative between the locking slide and the locking tang, for converting the drop-in motion of the locking tang upon closure or the dropping-out motion of the locking tang upon opening of the appliance door into a displacement motion of the locking slide (9, 69) once the blocking device is deactivated, and having a compulsory guidance of the locking tang in the lock in such a way that every opening motion of the appliance door from any arbitrary door position, once the blockin
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 1998
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2000
    Assignee: Ellenberger & Poensgen GmbH
    Inventors: Oswald Onderka, Gunther Hengelein, Hubert Harrer
  • Patent number: 6139075
    Abstract: A tool-operated sliding security system for a lockable enclosure comprising a bracket mounted to an outer door of an enclosure, the bracket being movable between an open position and a closed position, the bracket having at least one cutout therein; the outer door having a tool-operated security member mounted thereto, the security member extending through the cutout and moveable between an engaged position and a disengaged position; the outer door also comprising a tool-operated releasable retention member mounted thereto, the retention member releasably maintaining the outer door in a closed position; the bracket being immovable when the security member is in the engaged position and the bracket being movable when the security member is in the disengaged position; wherein the releasable retention member is accessible when the bracket is in the open position thereby rendering the outer door openable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 1999
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2000
    Assignee: Lucent Technologies Inc.
    Inventor: Bassel Hage Daoud
  • Patent number: 6139073
    Abstract: A door lock for locking a sliding door on a transit vehicle. The lock has a base for attachment to the transit vehicle and a lock cam having a slot for engaging a door lock element attached to the door. A pivot is connected to the base and to the lock cam to provide a rotary connection of the lock cam to the base. A lock actuator is attached to the base. The lock actuator includes a moveable actuator portion for engaging the lock cam to prevent rotation of the lock cam to lock the door. The actuator also has an energized actuator portion for withdrawing the moveable actuator portion from engagement with the lock cam to release the lock cam and unlock the door. The energized actuator portion is connectable with a control system for the transit vehicle door. The lock also has a manual release mounted to engage the moveable actuator portion to move it from engagement with the lock cam to release the lock cam and hence unlock the door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 1998
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2000
    Assignee: Westinghouse Air Brake Company
    Inventors: Steven P. Heffner, Fotios Golemis