Patents by Inventor Bo Widen

Bo Widen has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Patent number: 10570643
    Abstract: A cylinder lock unit includes a housing having an upper part and a lower part that includes a cylindrical bore accommodating a rotatable key plug. A back region of the key plug has a minimum length of 50% of a total length of the key plug with an adjoining front region having a maximum length of 50% of the total length. The front region accommodates at least one side locking mechanism confined entirely within the front region of the key plug that includes a longitudinal row of at least two coded side locking tumblers each interacting with the lower part of the housing wherein each side locking mechanism is movable independently of each other with at least three different code positions for each coded side locking tumbler and a plurality of different code combinations for the at least two coded side locking tumblers in each of the longitudinal row.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: WINLOC AG
    Inventor: Bo Widén
  • Patent number: 10472856
    Abstract: A lock and key combination providing extra code combinations. The lock has a housing and a cylindrical key plug with a keyway and at least side locking tumbler. The side locking tumbler has, at its rear side, a tongue which will fit into an associated recess in a side bar. The outer surface of the tongue is shaped as a groove between two vertical edge portions. One of these edge portions will make contact with the sidebar, adjacent to an entrance opening of the recess in the sidebar and thereby stop the tongue from entering into the rectangular recess if the side locking tumbler is rotationally misaligned. Because of this, it is possible to design the cylinder lock with a large number of predetermined code positions for each side locking tumbler. An associated key with a key blade having a wave-like side code pattern, will have, for each side locking tumbler, a selected one of a large number of predetermined different code positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: WINLOC AG
    Inventor: Bo Widén
  • Patent number: 10443265
    Abstract: Cylindrical locks and more specifically a set of profile members in combination with a rotatable cylindrical key plug have a longitudinal keyway with a profile corresponding to an associated key. Each profile member is accommodated in an associated cavity in the key plug at a lateral side of the keyway so as to form a lateral part thereof. The profile members have a non-circular cross-section and are non-rotatably mounted in the associated cavities at a location adjacent to the keyway. A portion of each profile member has a profiled surface portion facing inwards toward the opposite lateral side of the keyway, the profiled surface portion having, in a plane being transversal to a longitudinal axis of the key plug, a specific profile section defining a local, lateral part of the keyway. An associated key, and a method to manufacture a cylindrical key plug with such profile members are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: WINLOC AG
    Inventor: Bo Widén
  • Patent number: 10422160
    Abstract: A cylinder lock and key combination with a key slot and at least one dual tumbler assembly for locking a key plug against rotation. The dual tumbler assembly includes an outer pin movable elevationally in a chamber in the key plug, and an inner pin movable telescopically in a cylindrical bore in the outer pin. The outer pin is provided with at least one key contacting end portion for engagement with a first code portion of a key blade upon insertion thereof in the key slot. The inner pin is provided with at least one key contacting end portion, for engagement with a second code portion of the key blade. The key contacting end portions of the outer and inner pins of the tumbler assembly are located adjacent to each other at axially and radially well-defined code positions relative to a center-line of the tumbler assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: WINLOC AG
    Inventor: Bo Widén
  • Patent number: 10337210
    Abstract: An interchangeable cylinder lock core with a mechanism for transferring a torque to a lock unit when a key plug is rotated. The interchangeable cylinder lock core includes a shell having an upper part, provided with a central row of locking pins in associated cavities, and a lower part with a cylindrical bore accommodating the rotatable key plug. At least a part of the cylindrical bore extends through a rotatable retainer sleeve. A back region of the key plug has a minimum length with the adjoining front region of the key plug being located in front of the mechanism for transferring torque. The adjoining front region accommodates, in addition to the central row of locking pins, at least one side locking mechanism which is located in its entirety within the front region of the key plug and interacts with at least one recess in a fixed front end sleeve portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: WINLOC AG
    Inventor: Bo Widén
  • Publication number: 20190106905
    Abstract: A cylinder lock unit includes a housing having an upper part and a lower part that includes a cylindrical bore accommodating a rotatable key plug. A back region of the key plug has a minimum length of 50% of a total length of the key plug with an adjoining front region having a maximum length of 50% of the total length. The front region accommodates at least one side locking mechanism confined entirely within the front region of the key plug that includes a longitudinal row of at least two coded side locking tumblers each interacting with the lower part of the housing wherein each side locking mechanism is movable independently of each other with at least three different code positions for each coded side locking tumbler and a plurality of different code combinations for the at least two coded side locking tumblers in each of the longitudinal row.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 6, 2018
    Publication date: April 11, 2019
    Applicant: WINLOC AG
    Inventor: Bo WIDÉN
  • Publication number: 20180355637
    Abstract: An interchangeable cylinder lock core with a mechanism for transferring a torque to a lock unit when a key plug is rotated. The interchangeable cylinder lock core includes a shell having an upper part, provided with a central row of locking pins in associated cavities, and a lower part with a cylindrical bore accommodating the rotatable key plug. At least a part of the cylindrical bore extends through a rotatable retainer sleeve. A back region of the key plug has a minimum length with the adjoining front region of the key plug being located in front of the mechanism for transferring torque. The adjoining front region accommodates, in addition to the central row of locking pins, at least one side locking mechanism which is located in its entirety within the front region of the key plug and interacts with at least one recess in a fixed front end sleeve portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 8, 2017
    Publication date: December 13, 2018
    Applicant: WINLOC AG
    Inventor: Bo WIDÉN
  • Publication number: 20180320408
    Abstract: Cylindrical locks and more specifically a set of profile members in combination with a rotatable cylindrical key plug have a longitudinal keyway with a profile corresponding to an associated key. Each profile member is accommodated in an associated cavity in the key plug at a lateral side of the keyway so as to form a lateral part thereof. The profile members have a non-circular cross-section and are non-rotatably mounted in the associated cavities at a location adjacent to the keyway. A portion of each profile member has a profiled surface portion facing inwards toward the opposite lateral side of the keyway, the profiled surface portion having, in a plane being transversal to a longitudinal axis of the key plug, a specific profile section defining a local, lateral part of the keyway. An associated key, and a method to manufacture a cylindrical key plug with such profile members are also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 2, 2016
    Publication date: November 8, 2018
    Applicant: WINLOC AG
    Inventor: Bo WIDÉN
  • Patent number: 10112243
    Abstract: A method and an apparatus for forming a profile groove in an elongated key blank having a key blade with opposite side surfaces. The profile groove is formed in a surface of the key blank by a punching or a broaching tool with at least one tooth. The punching or broaching tool is forced and guided longitudinally in parallel to the key blank so as to cut out the material of the key blank into the desired profile shape, corresponding to the cross-sectional shape of the at least one tooth. At the same time, the opposite side surfaces portions of the key blank are clamped or held firmly between opposite holding surfaces of a fixture, causing a firm abutment and retaining action on the longitudinal side surface portions of the key blank located adjacent to and all along the profile groove being formed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: WINLOC AG
    Inventor: Bo Widen
  • Publication number: 20180154467
    Abstract: A method and an apparatus for forming a profile groove in an elongated key blank having a key blade with opposite side surfaces. The profile groove is formed in a surface of the key blank by a punching or a broaching tool with at least one tooth. The punching or broaching tool is forced and guided longitudinally in parallel to the key blank so as to cut out the material of the key blank into the desired profile shape, corresponding to the cross-sectional shape of the at least one tooth. At the same time, the opposite side surfaces portions of the key blank are clamped or held firmly between opposite holding surfaces of a fixture, causing a firm abutment and retaining action on the longitudinal side surface portions of the key blank located adjacent to and all along the profile groove being formed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 25, 2018
    Publication date: June 7, 2018
    Applicant: WINLOC AG
    Inventor: Bo WIDEN
  • Patent number: 9919368
    Abstract: A method and an apparatus for forming a profile groove in an elongated key blank having a key blade with opposite side surfaces. The profile groove is formed in a surface of the key blank by a punching or a broaching tool with at least one tooth. The punching or broaching tool is forced and guided longitudinally in parallel to the key blank so as to cut out the material of the key blank into the desired profile shape, corresponding to the cross-sectional shape of the at least one tooth. At the same time, the opposite side surfaces portions of the key blank are clamped or held firmly between opposite holding surfaces of a fixture, causing a firm abutment and retaining action on the longitudinal side surface portions of the key blank located adjacent to and all along the profile groove being formed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: WINLOC AG
    Inventor: Bo Widén
  • Publication number: 20160017637
    Abstract: A cylinder lock and key combination is disclosed, comprising a key (10, 10?, 10?) with an elongate key blade (11), and a lock having a rotatable key plug (20) with a key slot (15) and at least one dual tumbler assembly (50) for locking the key plug against rotation. The dual tumbler assembly includes an outer pin (51) which is movable elevationally in a chamber in the key plug, and an inner pin (52) which is movable telescopically in a cylindrical bore (51a) in said outer pin. The outer pin is provided with at least one key contacting end portion (51b) for engagement with a first code portion (12b) of said key blade upon insertion thereof in the key slot of the lock, and the inner pin (52) is also provided with at least one key contacting end portion (52b), for engagement with a second code portion (12a) of the key blade.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 20, 2014
    Publication date: January 21, 2016
    Applicant: WINLOC AG
    Inventor: Bo WIDÉN
  • Publication number: 20150209878
    Abstract: There is disclosed a method and an apparatus for forming a profile groove in an elongated key blank having a key blade with opposite side surfaces. The profile groove is formed in a surface of said key blank by means of a punching tool with at least one cutting tooth. The punching tool is forced and guided longitudinally in parallel to the key blank so as to cut out the material of said key blank into the desired profile shape, corresponding to the cross-sectional shape of said at least one cutting tooth. At the same time, the opposite side surfaces portions of the key blank are clamped or held firmly between opposite holding surfaces of a fixture, causing a firm abutment and retaining action on the longitudinal side surface portions of the key blank located adjacent to and all along the profile groove being formed. In this way, the key blank material adjacent to the profile groove is retained in a fixed state without being deformed during the punching operation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 11, 2013
    Publication date: July 30, 2015
    Applicant: WINLOC AG
    Inventor: Bo Widén
  • Patent number: 8720241
    Abstract: A cylinder lock and key combination includes a cylinder lock with a housing accommodating a rotatable key plug having a keyway. A row of tumbler pins are arranged in corresponding cylindrical chambers for engagement with coded V-cut bittings of an associated key. A longitudinal side bar with a row of inner projecting lugs each selectively registering with one or more recesses in the tumbler pins is slidingly journalled for transversal movement in the key plug. The coded V-cut bittings are at a respective angle and are located at a respective vertical level. The row of inner projecting lugs of the side bar is located above the top bitting level of the key blade. The tumbler pins are positioned in pin recesses located in a cylindrical outer surface and covered by a cylindrical wall part of an associated one of said cylindrical chambers, without communicating downwardly with the keyway.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignee: Winloc AG
    Inventor: Bo Widén
  • Patent number: 8539803
    Abstract: A cylinder lock with a rotatable key plug (112) having a profiled keyway (113,116), the keyway being configured to accommodate an elongated, substantially flat key blade (120) with a longitudinal groove (122). The keyway in the key plug has two opposite lateral sides and a profile rib (150) located at a substantially flat lateral side. The profile rib has a downwardly projecting tongue portion (161) configured to extend inside the profile groove (122) upon inserting the key (120) into the key plug (112) of the lock, and the tongue portion of the profile rib is extended downwardly into a lowermost, massive end portion (162) which has two opposite side surfaces (163,164) and a lowermost transverse end surface (165) which is substantially flat or slightly curved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2013
    Assignee: Winloc AG
    Inventor: Bo Widén
  • Patent number: 8448485
    Abstract: A lock and key combination wherein at least one locking tumbler includes a key sensing portion, a body portion and a locking portion. A cavity, accommodating an associated locking tumbler, is larger than the contour of the body portion so as to permit a translatory as well as a rotary movement of the locking tumbler in a movement plane within the cavity. A code pattern on the key blade includes at least one wave-like guiding surface. When the key blade is inserted into the key slot, the locking tumbler is controlled by two mutually spaced formations, which engage with the wave-like guiding surface of the key blade, and is guided at opposite side surfaces by two associates walls of the cavity, to be retained precisely in the movement plane. The locking portion of the locking tumbler is movable to enable the locking mechanism to be released.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2013
    Assignee: Winloc AG
    Inventor: Bo Widén
  • Patent number: 8347680
    Abstract: A lock and key combination is disclosed, offering a large number of codes. The combination includes a lock (200) of the kind comprising a housing having a cylindrical bore, a cylindrical key plug (202) and a number of locking pins (205a-205g) in a row along a key plug axis for locking the key plug against rotation in the cylindrical bore, and a key (100) of the kind comprising a longitudinally extending, substantially flat key blade (102), with at least two longitudinally extending formations. The key blade comprises an upper edge portion having a first code pattern (103) and a lower, massive portion having a second code pattern (104).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Winloc AG
    Inventor: Bo Widén
  • Patent number: RE46878
    Abstract: A key for use in a cylinder lock with a rotatable key plug having a profiled keyway. The key comprises an elongated, substantially flay key blade (120; 120?) having a longitudinal profile groove (122; 122?) extending along at least a portion of the length of the key blade. The groove has an undercut portion (129) adjacent to a ridge portion (128, 128?), the outside of which forms part of a side surface (123; 123?) of the key blade. The undercut portion (129; 129?) of the groove is expanded, at its innermost part adjacent to and inside said ridge portion, into a longitudinally extending pocket (135; 135?).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: WINLOC AG
    Inventor: Bo Widen
  • Patent number: RE47555
    Abstract: A key for use in a cylinder lock with a rotatable key plug having an elongated key blade with a relatively wide lower portion and a relatively narrow upper portion. A step-like transition region between the wider lower portion and the narrow upper portion. The key blade includes a longitudinal profile groove located adjacent to the step-like transition region that extends along at least a portion of the length of the blade. An inner wall of groove is substantially parallel to a side surface of the lower portion of the key blade. The longitudinal profile groove includes an undercut portion adjacent to and inside a ridge portion of the key blade. The outside of ridge portion forms apart of the side surface of the blade in the relatively wide lower portion up to the step-like transition region and the inside of ridge portion facing inner wall of the groove.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: WINLOC AG
    Inventor: Bo Widen
  • Patent number: RE48585
    Abstract: A key for use in a cylinder lock with a rotatable key plug having an elongated key blade with a relatively wide lower portion and a relatively narrow upper portion. A step-like transition region between the wider lower portion and the narrow upper portion. The key blade includes a longitudinal profile groove located adjacent to the step-like transition region that extends along at least a portion of the length of the blade. An inner wall of groove is substantially parallel to a side surface of the lower portion of the key blade. The longitudinal profile groove includes an undercut portion adjacent to and inside a ridge portion of the key blade. The outside of ridge portion forms a part of the side surface of the blade in the relatively wide lower portion up to the step-like transition region and the inside of ridge portion facing inner wall of the groove.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignee: WINLOC AG
    Inventor: Bo Widen