Patents Examined by Thomas L Neubauer
  • Patent number: 10774564
    Abstract: Provided is a door handle device which can prevent rattling of a handle grip using an existing base member. A door handle device includes: a base member having a first shaft portion or a first bearing portion formed on one end side thereof, and having a guide hole which has a restricting portion projecting into an inner space formed on the other end side thereof; a handle grip having a second bearing portion which rotatably supports the first shaft portion or a second shaft portion which is rotatably supported by the first bearing portion on one end side thereof, and having an inserting portion advanceable into and retractable from the guide hole formed on the other end side thereof; and a slide guide having a slide contact portion which is brought into slide contact with the restricting portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: U-SHIN LTD.
    Inventor: Atsushi Naka
  • Patent number: 10767391
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a device for an actuation handle, having an actuation bolt, which has at least one section along its longitudinal axis (A) having at least one outer edge on its circumference. The device comprises a housing having a first receiving section for receiving an energy converter for supplying electrical energy to a radio transmitter by converting mechanical energy into electrical energy, and an aperture for the actuation bolt, wherein the aperture has a second receiving section for rotatably accommodating the section of the actuation bolt having at least one outer edge. The device is characterized in that the first receiving section is disposed such that it is adjacent to the aperture, wherein a switch element of the energy converter extends into a rotational path of the at least one outer edge when the energy converter is in a receiving state, and can be actuated such that it causes a switching by means of the at least one outer edge during a rotation of the actuation bolt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: ZF Friedrichshafen AG
    Inventor: Eduard Ruff
  • Patent number: 10767389
    Abstract: Bridge adapters configured for insertion into a cavity within a door stile are presented, the bridge adapter including: a planar body including, a top plate disposed along a distal end of the planar body, a first side plate including a first side plate front edge and a first side plate back edge located opposite the first side plate front edge, where the first side plate is mechanically coupled along the first side plate front edge and the top plate back edge by a first hinge, a bottom plate including a bottom plate front edge and a bottom plate back edge located opposite a bottom plate front edge, where the bottom plate front edge is mechanically coupled along the first side plate back edge and the bottom plate front edge by a second hinge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Inventor: Steven M. Goldstein
  • Patent number: 10745944
    Abstract: The invention relates to a motor vehicle door lock equipped with a locking mechanism, an actuation lever mechanism acting on said locking mechanism, and a locking element. The locking element disables the actuation lever mechanism when accelerating forces of a defined magnitude occur, for example in the event of an accident. According to the invention the locking element is a transmission lever which can be impinged upon by a locking unit and is located between the actuation lever mechanism and the locking mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: Kiekert Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Thorsten Bendel, Michael Scholz
  • Patent number: 10738505
    Abstract: A door lock for a household electrical appliance has an electric door switch with two contact elements, a pusher and a pusher control element. The pusher presses against a first contact element that holds the door switch in one of the two switching states. When the pusher is displaced from a first pusher position to a second pusher position, the door switch transfers into the other of the two switching states. The pusher control element, which is movable relative to the pusher, moves from one of the two control positions to the other on closing of the door. The pusher control element has a control path where a first path section blocks the pusher against displacement from the first pusher position to the second pusher position and a second path section provides the pusher with space for a displacement from the first pusher position to the second pusher position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: emz-Hanauer GmbH & Co. KGaA
    Inventor: Markus Lang
  • Patent number: 10734148
    Abstract: An electromagnetic holding magnet and a method for manufacturing the same, and an electromagnetic locking element that, that in a preferred embodiment, is a lock in a container of an oxygen emergency supply system of an aircraft. The electromagnetic holding magnet includes a yoke and a retaining plate interacting with the yoke as an anchor. At least one permanent magnet generates a magnetic retaining flux in the yoke that includes a first yoke leg and a second yoke leg as well as a middle pole. The middle pole is surrounded in sections by a magnetic coil. The first and second yoke legs are arranged symmetrically in relation to the middle pole and the magnetic coil.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: Kendrion Kuhnke Automation GmbH
    Inventors: Mathias Jotter, Borgar Pfeiffer, Bleik Teunis
  • Patent number: 10723525
    Abstract: A wafer container with a latch mechanism that provides sealing for large wafer containers, such as for 450 mm wafers, accomplishes secure door closing and latching with reduced torque requirements for rotating the central rotatable cam plate. In various embodiments, a camming slot formed in the rotatable cammed plate is arcuate and defined by opposing cam surfaces which are selectively engaged by a cam follower, such as a roller, attached to a proximal end of a latch arm. The roller can include unitary axle portions that snap into the proximal end of the latch arm and is supported at both axial ends of the roller. The proximal end of the latch arm can include parallel extensions separated by a gap, and have guide in surfaces to deflect the extensions as the axle portions of the roller are forced into position thereby seating the roller at both axial ends.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: ENTEGRIS, INC.
    Inventors: Barry Gregerson, Matthew A. Fuller
  • Patent number: 10724286
    Abstract: A deadbolt cushioning system includes: a deadbolt cushioning structure attached to a door frame so that when a door with a fully extended deadbolt closes from a wide open position toward a closed position the extended deadbolt impacts the deadbolt cushioning structure. The deadbolt cushioning structure for preventing the extended deadbolt from impacting the door frame and for preventing the extended deadbolt from impacting a strike plate attached to the door frame. The deadbolt cushioning structure may include at least first and second telescoping housings with a biasing structure (e.g., foam and/or spring) provided therebetween. When the deadbolt impacts the deadbolt cushioning structure the biasing structure compresses and the second housing slides relative to the first structure and moves toward the face of the door frame to which the first housing is affixed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Inventor: Robert Rissone
  • Patent number: 10724270
    Abstract: There is disclosed an exit trim that permits simplified changing of the handing of a lever handle between a left hand and a right hand orientation. The handing orientation of the lever handle can be repositioned without disassembling the exit trim or removing components positioned within the exit trim.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: Schlage Lock Company LLC
    Inventors: Jack R. Lehner, Jr., Joseph Janik
  • Patent number: 10697205
    Abstract: A vehicle door latch device comprises a latch; a ratchet for releasing the latch; a first lever that can rotate in a releasing direction from an initial position due to releasing of the ratchet, a synthetic resin part being fixed to a metal part on the first lever; a first spring biasing the first lever toward the initial position, a second lever pivotally mounted to the first lever via a second shaft at a certain angle and rotating from the initial position to a block position for preventing the first lever from rotating in a releasing direction; a second spring comprising a torsion spring for biasing the second lever toward the initial position; and a holding member made of the synthetic resin part and holding a coil of the second spring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: GECOM Corporation
    Inventors: Katsuyuki Ishiguro, Bryan Farris
  • Patent number: 10683686
    Abstract: A window security device has a support rod capable of securely contacting an upper window frame and a lower window frame. The device has two horizontal arms extending from away from the support rod terminating in thin blades capable of sliding between a first stationary window and a second sliding window sash. The device prevents unwanted tampering with the device by children located on the inside of the window as well as burglars located on the exterior of the window and to be easily removed in the event of a fire. The length of the device's blade can be adjusted allow a window to safely remain open a specified distance, and the device's arms can be adjusted to fit many different widths of windows. When the blades are disposed between the windows, the window is slid open and contacts the window stop, located at the end of the horizontal arms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: LaserSeed Inc.
    Inventors: Kenneth M. Brown, Myron K. Brown
  • Patent number: 10676969
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a vehicle door handle that prevents the door from opening in the event of a collision, and in particular, a side collision. The door handle also minimizes the sound attendant with the return of the door handle to a closed position. The handle for the vehicle door includes: a handle base having a rotatable base lever; and a handle grip connected to the handle base, wherein the base lever includes a shaft and a damping unit installed in the shaft, and wherein the damping unit is configured to buffer the rotation speed of the shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY
    Inventor: Ho Hyung Kim
  • Patent number: 10679523
    Abstract: A system and method for detecting tampering with a seal is provided. A loop seal tamper indicating device includes a seal wire that may be passed through a secured item or container to form a loop with the free ends of the seal wire passing through a seal housing. A plunger body including an adhesive-filled cavity is inserted into the seal housing, such that a piston expresses the adhesive into the space between the seal housing and the plunger body. The adhesive may contain reflective particles and is cured to fix the particles and the adhesive in place. A reference image may be taken to record the unique identifier and reflective signature of the adhesive. Future validation images may be compared to the reference image to determine whether the reflective signature has changed, thus indicating that the seal has been tampered with.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: Savannah River Nuclear Solutions, LLC
    Inventors: George E. Weeks, Keith Tolk, Jennifer E. Tanner, Jacob Benz, Keir C. Allen, Helen M. White, Daniel Krementz, Lawrence J. Harpring, Raymond R. Lawson
  • Patent number: 10662681
    Abstract: The aim of the invention is to provide a locking mechanism for a lock, which can be opened quietly. To achieve this aim, a lock is proposed comprising a locking mechanism with a rotary latch, a locking pawl for locking the rotary latch in a detent position and a braking pawl which initially can brake a rotary motion of the rotary latch that occurs after or during a movement of the locking pawl out of its detent position. Opening sounds can be reduced by means of this initial braking action. The lock also comprises a driving dog mechanism with a translatory action that can lift the braking pawl out of its braking position. This ensures that the braking pawl is moved out of its braking position in a reliable manner so that the lock can be opened.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: Kiekert AG
    Inventors: Carsten Fuchs, Pavol Sedlar
  • Patent number: 10634254
    Abstract: A seal ring (100) makes contact with a low-pressure-side (L) side wall surface of an annular groove (510) and slides against an inner circumferential surface of a shaft hole of a housing (600) through which a shaft (500) is inserted. The seal ring includes a pair of recessed portions (130) extending in a circumferential direction on an outer surface, wherein a distance between a side surface on one side of a protruding portion (120) that is disposed between the pair of recessed portions (130) and a side surface on another side of the seal ring (100), and a distance between a side surface on another side of the protruding portion (120) and a side surface on one side of the seal ring (100) are set to be shorter than a distance between an inner circumferential surface of the seal ring and an outer circumferential surface of the protruding portion (120).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: NOK CORPORATION
    Inventors: Koji Watanabe, Kazunari Seki
  • Patent number: 10626741
    Abstract: Aspects of the disclosure are directed to an apparatus comprising a first section, and a second section coupled to the first section, wherein the second section is configured to substantially coincide with an edge of a seal and includes a pre-tapered edge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: United Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Jonathan L. Miller, Nasr A. Shuaib
  • Patent number: 10619384
    Abstract: Disclosed is a trunk latch for a vehicle includes a base plate, a first locking groove in which a striker is inserted, a main gear supplied with power through a motor, a claw including a latch protrusion at an outer circumferential surface thereof, a link assembly moving in a linked manner in accordance with rotation of the main gear to transfer power to the claw, and a claw locking assembly supplied with power from the link assembly to fix or unfix movement of the claw.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Pyeong HWA Automotive Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yong Hyuck Im, Chang Soo Kim
  • Patent number: 10597908
    Abstract: A vehicle door latch device which prevents a theft component from getting into an operation-mechanism holding portion thereby improving an anti-theft performance of the vehicle door latch device, by a smaller and lighter arrangement. On a synthetic-resin body, a protection wall is provided that prevents a theft component, inserted in the door, from getting into the casing by covering a connecting part of an outside lever and an operation mechanism, held in the casing, from a vehicle-outside direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: MITSUI KINZOKU ACT CORPORATION
    Inventor: Takao Taga
  • Patent number: 10584521
    Abstract: A motor vehicle secondary hood latch release mechanism for a hood comprises a striker disposed on the hood, a secondary hood latch having an externally actuated release pawl, the secondary hood latch urged to a first position in engagement with the striker and a second position disengaged from the striker, and a longitudinally actuated release push button assembly, the push button assembly comprising a push button having a forward position and a rearward position, a guide along which the push button moves between the forward position and the rearward position, and a longitudinally extending actuator operatively coupled with the push button, wherein the longitudinally extending actuator comprises an inclined cam surface that engages and displaces the externally actuated release pawl of the secondary hood latch from the first position to the second position as the push button is moved from the forward position to the rearward position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Berenice Nieto Avila, Ricardo Jimenez, Ricardo Sanchez
  • Patent number: 10577842
    Abstract: Latches including a slot having a length that allows a striker of the latch to move from a normal closed position downwardly toward the closed bottom of the slot into an over travel position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: Gecom Corporation
    Inventors: Bryan Farris, Brian Kepler