Patents Examined by Richard E. Moore
  • Patent number: 5238274
    Abstract: A device is suggested which serves to lock and unlock closed doors of a motor vehicle. The device comprises a lock which is assigned to every door, can be actuated with a key and whose locking element is swivelably supported at the door and whose retainers, which cooperate with the latter, are arranged near the door opening so as to be fixed with respect to the body of the vehicle. The locking element is a structural component part which is spring-loaded relative to the unlocking position and engages behind the pin-like retainers with a hook-shaped projection in its locking position. The locking element has two catches which together enclose an angle with reference to the swivel axis of the locking element, which catches cooperate with counter-catches of a swivelable latch element which are spring-loaded relative to the catch position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 1992
    Date of Patent: August 24, 1993
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Rainer Becker, Eckhard Ursel, Peter-Josef Bauer, Uwe Schaper
  • Patent number: 5238275
    Abstract: A locking mechanism for a double hung window includes a strike bracket and a locking member. The strike bracket attaches to the upper window sash, and has an upstanding locking plate with a vertical series of locking hooks, each extending inward and curling downward and back outward. The locking member attaches to the lower window sash, and has a rotatable clasp with a clasp hook extending outward and curling upward and back inward. The clasp hook selectively engages the locking hooks on an inward and downward line of action to clamp the window sashes together against relative movement, both vertical and horizontal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 1993
    Date of Patent: August 24, 1993
    Inventor: Gerald M. Fretto
  • Patent number: 5236234
    Abstract: Unitary integrated door latch assembly for vehicles, best seen in FIG. 1, has retention mechanism including a rotary or other latch bolt which engages a door post striker locking mechanism for locking and unlocking the retention mechanism, and electrical actuation and switching means for remote operation of the assembly and/or operation of latch assemblies of other doors of the vehicle e.g. as part of a central locking system, the assembly being in the form of a unit having a body or housing containing at least the electrical components and preferably also the mechanical components substantially sealed for protection and to resist tampering, and with electrical circuitry moulded into the body for plug-in connection of actuators, switches and other electrical components and for plug-in connection to external circuitry, the housing accommodating various selections of electrical components so that a common standard unit can be readily adaptable to different modes or systems of operation e.g.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 1992
    Date of Patent: August 17, 1993
    Assignee: Rockwell Automotive Body Systems (U.K.) Limited
    Inventor: Alan E. Norman
  • Patent number: 5236235
    Abstract: A rose retaining system comprising a mounting plate, rose, rose mounting screw and washer. The mounting plate is mounted to the door by screws passing through holes in the mounting plate. The rose plate is mounted to the mounting plate by the rose mounting screw. The rose mounting screw has a externally threaded tubular portion which passes through the center of the rose and is threaded into the internally threaded tubular projection of the mounting plate. The rose mounting screw is threaded until the slotted collar contacts the recessed shoulder of the rose plate. The key is then used to tightened the rose mounting screw, securing the rose plate in the desired position. The key can be used whether or not the spindle is mounted through the axially aligned openings of the mounting plate, rose and rose mounting screw. After mounting is completed, the exterior surface of the collar of the rose mounting screw is recessed below the outer surface of the rose mounting plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 1992
    Date of Patent: August 17, 1993
    Assignee: Chautauqua Hardware Company
    Inventors: Ronald E. Gustafson, Robert J. Hartzell, Robert J. Carlson, Dale L. Flowerday
  • Patent number: 5236233
    Abstract: A lid lock apparatus is comprised of a lid pivotally mounted to a vehicle-body for opening/closing an opening formed therein and movable between an opening position and a closing position, a locking mechanism which is in engagement with the lid in order to hold the lid at its closing position, a first driving mechanism associated with the locking mechanism for releasing the lid from the locking mechanism, a second driving mechanism associated with the locking mechanism for releasing the lid from the locking mechanism, and a device for assuring operations of the first driving mechanism and the second driving mechanism which are independent of the second driving mechanism and the first driving mechanism, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 1992
    Date of Patent: August 17, 1993
    Assignee: Aisin Seiki Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Ryoichi Fukumoto, Kazuhide Itagaki, Kazuhiro Sumiya, Yasuaki Suzuki, Kouji Ooe
  • Patent number: 5234237
    Abstract: A modular latch assembly is disposed in a sliding van door for unlatching the van from a closed position and actuating a roller latch release so that the door can be moved from the fully open position. The latch assembly includes interior and exterior handles pivotally mounted relative to a mounting plate. The handles alternately engage and forcibly rotate a crank bar supported on the mounting plate. A motion transmitting core element extends from the crank bar to a rear latch supported on the door for controlling the rear latch. An interior lock button and an exterior lock cylinder move the crank bar into and out of operative engagement with the interior and exterior handles. The interior and exterior actuator handles also control a roller latch release mechanism supported on the mounting plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 1992
    Date of Patent: August 10, 1993
    Assignee: General Motors Corporation
    Inventors: Bela Gergoe, Joseph M. Osenkowski
  • Patent number: 5234238
    Abstract: A ratchet type latch assembly, which can reliably lock a closing member to a stationary frame even if the relative positions of a lockable member and a latch member are shifted. The latch member is pivoted by a pivotal pin to rear end portions of a pair of bearing arms attached to a latch case. A pawl lever is pivoted by a pivotal pin to central portions of the bearing arms. The latch member has an arcuate edge formed on the side of its pivotal pin opposite its guide projection and about its pivotal pin, the arcuate edge being formed with a train of ratchets The pawl lever has its rear end portion provided with a check pawl latch for engagement and disengagement with respect to the ratchet train. The latch lever is urged against the pawl lever by a torsion spring. An operating handle is pivoted to a front plate member of the latch case, and can be lifted manually to release the latch member from the lockable member of the stationary frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 1992
    Date of Patent: August 10, 1993
    Assignee: Takigen Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Kazuhide Takimoto
  • Patent number: 5234236
    Abstract: A pawl assembly comprising a threaded shaft of noncircular cross section, a pawl of generally elongate shape having a circular through hole, and a clip that is nonrotatably mounted on the shaft and which contacts the pawl to prevent rotation thereof. The clip has a noncircular through hole that corresponds to the noncircular cross section of the shaft and a bent portion that contacts a side surface of the pawl to prevent rotation. By using such a clip, the pawl can be oriented in multiple angular directions while also providing for precise axial placement on the shaft. The pawl assemblies may be used in latches for cabinets and the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 1992
    Date of Patent: August 10, 1993
    Assignee: Southco, Inc.
    Inventor: Gabriel Gromotka
  • Patent number: 5234239
    Abstract: A locking device for securing a sliding window in either a fully closed or partially opened, vented position includes an elongated bar, a venting link and a clamp that attaches to the window channel. The bar may be attached to the clamp in either of two opposing orientations and thus may secure the window irrespective of whether the window opens to the left or the right. The bar is connected to the clamp by a retaining pin that engages a slot in the bar, and a spring-biased locking button on the clamp that engages one of two locking apertures in the bar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 1992
    Date of Patent: August 10, 1993
    Assignee: M.A.G. Eng. & Mfg. Inc.
    Inventor: Howard M. Allenbaugh
  • Patent number: 5232255
    Abstract: A button assembly for a button-actuated lockset having a locking mechanism. The button assembly includes a button member and an actuator mechanism such as a locking bar. A rib is provided on the button member to retain the button member on the locking bar yet permit rotation of the button member relative to the locking bar. The button assembly can further include a button cover provided with an engaging mechanism to allow the button cover to be press-fit on the button member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 1991
    Date of Patent: August 3, 1993
    Assignee: Best Lock Corporation
    Inventors: Ralph P. Palmer, John S. Shuler, Steve A. Kester
  • Patent number: 5232254
    Abstract: A door locking device having a first bracket with a slot formed thereon and extending outwardly from a flat surface, and a second bracket having a slotted member hingedly connected thereto. The first bracket has a first stop member extending from the flat surface adjacent an open end of the slot. The second bracket has a second stop member connected thereto and positioned adjacent an open end of the slotted member opposite the first bracket. The second bracket includes a flat member, a hinge joining the slotted member to the flat member, and a receiving latch fastened to the flat member and extending outwardly therefrom. The hinge causes the slotted member to be movable between an open position and a closed position. The slotted member has a slit which extends around the exterior of the receiving latch when the slotted member is in the closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 1992
    Date of Patent: August 3, 1993
    Inventor: Josette C. Teaff
  • Patent number: 5230542
    Abstract: A latch dog assembly for a hinged door in a bin for bulk material wherein the latch dog includes a housing with a wear block of UHMW polyethylene plastic or similar low friction material and with the assembly being constructed to ensure proper drainage during cleaning and so that pressure of the door cam retains the wear block in proper position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 1992
    Date of Patent: July 27, 1993
    Assignee: Custom Metalcraft Inc.
    Inventor: Delmar R. Wiese
  • Patent number: 5228733
    Abstract: A safe and taper resistant safety lock system for the top of sliding glass doors and consists of a metal bracket fastened to the top edge of the door, positioned on the door with a screw which is normally found in each door, and then permanently fastened to the door with a second screw. A top, horizontal section, is formed by bending a first end of a metal plate, and extends over the top of the sliding door. The safety lock system is adjusted to reduce the gap between the top of the door and the top of the upper track to prevent lifting of the door out of the bottom track.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 1992
    Date of Patent: July 20, 1993
    Inventor: John R. Winters
  • Patent number: 5228731
    Abstract: A locking pin assembly for sliding members comprises a member having bifurcated portions insertable within a hole extending through the sliding members. The bifurcated portions are adapted to be cammed apart by a bar supported for slidable movement within the bifurcated portions thereby securely wedging the pin in the hole and locking the sliding members together. In one preferred embodiment, the bifurcated portions are supported in a sleeve and are joined to a handle portion extending through the other end of the sleeve. Actuation between a locked and unlocked position is effected by movement of the sleeve relative to the handle portion. In an alternative embodiment, the camming bar is omitted, and locking action is carried out instead by causing slidable movement of one wedging portion relative to another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 1992
    Date of Patent: July 20, 1993
    Inventor: Dennis U. Glass
  • Patent number: 5228730
    Abstract: A conversion apparatus has a magnetic latching solenoid equipped with a special plunger shaft and piston mechanism which can move independently of the plunger, allowing mechanical locks to operate with momentary battery power. The plunger shaft is bored to accept the piston which consists of an inner shaft and a locking pin. The locking pin and inner shaft are secured to the plunger shaft with a light spring. With this mechanism, the operation of locking and unlocking is complete, regardless of readiness of the locking device, since the locking pin will move to the intended position of locking/unlocking after momentary prevention such as premature twisting of the lock knob.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 1992
    Date of Patent: July 20, 1993
    Assignee: Security People, Inc.
    Inventors: Asil T. Gokcebay, Mustafa Gunan
  • Patent number: 5228728
    Abstract: A release sleeve used with quick connect tube connectors includes a plurality of planar surfaces at an outer peripheral surface which bias retainer legs radially outwardly to allow removal of a tube. The use of planar surfaces provides a greater contact area than prior art release sleeves, thus reducing the amount of force necessary to allow tube removal. In a further feature of the present invention, the release sleeve has grooves at an outer peripheral surface which allow passage of indicator legs such that the release sleeve may be used in combination with an indicator used to give an indication that a tube is fully connected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 1991
    Date of Patent: July 20, 1993
    Assignee: Huron Products Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: James McNaughton, Mark G. Ketcham
  • Patent number: 5226684
    Abstract: A gate latch having a U-shaped bracket secured to a gate post by a U-shaped threaded fastener, the bracket having an upper section with a curved upper end, and a link with a U-shaped notch for receiving a gate frame, the link being movably secured to the bracket by a horizontal slot which receives the curved upper end of the bracket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 1992
    Date of Patent: July 13, 1993
    Inventor: Efrain S. De La Garza
  • Patent number: 5222774
    Abstract: A lid lock apparatus is comprised of an opening formed in a vehicle-body, a lid pivotally mounted to the vehicle-body, a locking mechanism is connected to the plate and has a shaft which engages and disengages the lid when operated to its closed and opened condition, respectively. A driving mechanism which is arranged for releasing the engagement between the shaft and the lid when in the closed condition, is mounted on the locking mechanism and positioned in such a manner that the driving mechanism is set to be in close relationship to the plate while being perpendicular to the axis of the shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 1992
    Date of Patent: June 29, 1993
    Assignee: Aisin Seiki Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Ryoichi Fukumoto, Kazuhide Itagaki, Kazuhiro Sumiya, Yasuaki Suzuki, Kouji Ooe
  • Patent number: 5222775
    Abstract: A power operated latch device for use in a hatch back type motor vehicle or the like. The device includes a striker secured to the hatch back door and a latch proper mounted to the vehicle body. The latch proper includes a base structure having a striker guide slot into which the striker is inserted when the door comes close to a door opening of the vehicle body, a pivotal structure connected to the base structure and pivotal between upper and lower positions, a latch plate carried by the pivotal structure and engageable with the striker, an electric motor securely connected to the base structure, the electric motor being arranged to lie parallel with respect to the base structure, a first mechanism for forcibly pivoting the pivotal structure between the upper and lower positions with the aid of the electric motor; and a second mechanism for forcibly driving the latch plate in a direction to disengage the striker from the latch plate with the aid of the electric motor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 1992
    Date of Patent: June 29, 1993
    Assignee: Ohi Seisakusho Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yuichi Kato
  • Patent number: 5222776
    Abstract: A seal and lock includes a flexible metal cable held permanently at one end in a housing, the other end being insertable through the housing and is locked therein by a spring-biased ball which wedges against the cable upon an attempt to pull the cable from the housing. A second ball is located between the spring and the first-mentioned ball, and wedges against the cable to further prevent removal thereof and to prevent twisting of the cable as a way of removing the cable from the housing. The second ball is of sufficiently soft material so that the cable when pulled digs into the second ball to increase the jamming force against the cable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 1992
    Date of Patent: June 29, 1993
    Assignee: E. J. Brooks Company
    Inventors: George Georgopoulos, Richard C. Dreisbach