Horizontal Rod Type Patents (Class 211/7)
  • Patent number: 8947201
    Abstract: A biometric access control system, and a weapon rack. The system may include an identification station including a biometric reader, an equipment identification reader, and a user interface, and an equipment structure in communication with the identification station and including a plurality of locks corresponding to a plurality of storage locations. The weapon rack may include a plurality of storage locations individually storing a plurality of weapons, and including a plurality of weapon stock receiving and supporting pockets to secure the weapons, a plurality of clamps corresponding to the plurality of storage locations to additionally secure the weapons, and a plurality of sensors aligned with the plurality of clamps to indicate presence or absence of the plurality of weapons.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: Law Enforcement Intelligent Devices, LLC
    Inventors: Rick Crigger, Dave Foster, Sam Hoff
  • Patent number: 8922335
    Abstract: A weapons container for releasing a defense weapon includes a cabinet, a cabinet door, and an interior securing the defense weapon. Upon detection of a fingerprint input by a biometric sensor, a surveillance camera captures video and an audio intercom provides communication with a central command center. A recording system saves the video and audio to a storage database. A delay release lock secures the defense weapon for an amount of time and releases the defense weapon depending on a signal from the central command center. A communications system is connected over a network to the central command center, a local authority, and an emergency responder. The communications system notifies the local authority or the emergency responder upon detection of the fingerprint input and streams the video and audio to the central command center and at least one of the local authority and the emergency responder over the Internet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Inventors: Timothy Deweese, Brandon Delibro
  • Patent number: 8896322
    Abstract: A method for dispensing and detecting solid pharmaceutical articles includes: forcing an article through a dispensing channel and past a sensor configured and positioned to detect the article passing through the dispensing channel, wherein the article includes one of the solid pharmaceutical articles; generating a detection signal using the sensor responsive to the article passing through the dispensing channel, wherein the detection signal indicates a time that the article takes to traverse the sensor; and determining whether the article is a complete article or an article fragment responsive to a comparison of the time indicated by the detection signal and an article fragment travel time representing an expected travel time for a complete article to traverse the sensor that is determined independent of physical attributes of the solid pharmaceutical articles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: Parata Systems, LLC
    Inventor: James Robert Rivenbark, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8869983
    Abstract: A sweep theft resistant product container for a peg hook display includes a theft deterrent pad affixed to an upper portion of a product container. The product container has an opening for suspension of the product container from a peg hook display. The theft deterrent pad comprises an elastomer element having an opening therein for insertion of a peg hook of the peg hook display. The opening is configured to cause increase in friction sufficient to substantially prevent simultaneous removal of a plurality of product containers when the product containers are moved along the peg hook simultaneously.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: Bruegmann USA, Inc.
    Inventor: Malte Bruegmann
  • Patent number: 8842011
    Abstract: An anti-sweep device having a mechanism that allows a customer to take a pre-determined number of items from a peg or display hook, after which the hook is locked for a pre-determined period of time before allowing another predetermined number of items to be taken.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2014
    Inventor: Michael Casey
  • Patent number: 8814108
    Abstract: A product display system includes a hanger support member and one or more product hangers. The hanger support member includes a web having opposite first and second sides. A plurality of receiving apertures extend through the web from the first side to the second side. Each product hanger includes body having an outboard side opposite an inboard side, a product support member extending from the outboard side of the body, and one or more brackets extending from the inboard side for mounting in the receiving apertures. The brackets and the receiving apertures are arranged such that one product hanger may be secured to the first side of the web and a second product hanger may be secured to the second side of the web, wherein the second product hanger is aligned directly opposite the first product hanger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Inventor: David Bernstein
  • Patent number: 8800785
    Abstract: A merchandise display device includes a rear cross-bar, first and second side arms, a locking pin, and a front cross-bar that is interoperable with the locking pin to secure merchandise on the display device and to secure the display device to a vertical support member. The locking pin is carried by a side arm and movable between an extended position and a retracted position. When occupying the extended position, the locking pin is adapted to engage the vertical support member to secure the merchandise display device thereto. The front cross-bar is mounted to the first and second side arms and is movable between a locked position, engaging the locking pin to prevent the locking pin from being moved out of the extended position, and an unlocked position, spaced away from the locking pin to allow movement of the locking pin out of the extended position toward the retracted position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: Midland Metal Products
    Inventor: Andrew Kalafut
  • Patent number: 8794453
    Abstract: A security product display hook assembly comprising a unique form of product display hook, in combination with a security lock, providing optional levels of product security and customer convenience. The display hook has a merchandise supporting arm formed with a back section, an intermediate section and a front section. The intermediate section is of sharply irregular configuration to allow, but inhibit, product removal, while effectively preventing mass product removal often attempted by shoplifters. The locking device is positionable in front of or directly behind the intermediate section to provide the highest security, with all products locked or an intermediate level, with a portion of the products locked. The locking device can also be positioned at the back of the back section such that all products are unlocked and available for customer selection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: Trion Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Joseph F. Kologe
  • Patent number: 8777020
    Abstract: The present invention provides a lockable eyewear display system. Embodiments of the system include a frame holder on which the eyewear is placed, a locking mechanism that secures the eyewear to the holder, and a key that enables a user to holder unlock and to remove the eyewear from the holder. In one embodiment, frame holder includes an articulating joint allowing at least a portion of the holder and eyewear to be swiveled. The frame holder is removably attachable to a display rod of the system configured to hold a plurality of frame holders. The display rod includes a lock in one embodiment to prevent removal of the frame holders from the rod without use of a specially configured access key. The display rod is mountable to a surface of a fixture or display object such as a rack or furniture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignee: Eye Designs LLC
    Inventors: Alan Winig, Richard Winig, James Eldon
  • Patent number: 8684227
    Abstract: A merchandise display hook for displaying items of merchandise includes a support rod and a helix disposed about the support rod and extending along at least a lengthwise portion of the support rod. The support rod includes mounting structure for mounting the display hook to a display fixture and has a first end adjacent the mounting structure and a second end opposite the first end adjacent the helix for loading the items of merchandise onto the support rod and for dispensing the items of merchandise from the support rod. The merchandise display hook further includes a time delay mechanism attached to the helix adjacent the second end of the support rod so as to define a space therebetween for loading and dispensing the items of merchandise. The time delay mechanism includes a gear assembly configured for permitting the items of merchandise to be loaded onto the support rod at a rate that is faster than the rate at which the items of merchandise can be dispensed from the support rod.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2014
    Assignee: InVue Security Products Inc.
    Inventors: Justin A. Richardson, David N. Berglund, Larry K. Hooks, Gregory C. Schultz
  • Patent number: 8646623
    Abstract: The present invention provides a lockable eyewear display system. Embodiments of the system include a frame holder on which the eyewear is placed, a locking mechanism that secures the eyewear to the holder, and a key that enables a user to holder unlock and to remove the eyewear from the holder. In one embodiment, frame holder includes an articulating joint allowing at least a portion of the holder and eyewear to be swiveled. The frame holder is removably attachable to a display rod of the system configured to hold a plurality of frame holders. The display rod includes a lock in one embodiment to prevent removal of the frame holders from the rod without use of a specially configured access key. The display rod is mountable to a surface of a fixture or display object such as a rack or furniture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2014
    Assignee: Eye Designs, LLC
    Inventors: Alan Winig, Richard Winig, James Eldon
  • Patent number: 8646619
    Abstract: The present invention provides a lockable eyewear display system. One embodiment of the system includes a support frame on which the eyewear is placed, a lock that secures the eyewear to the frame, and a key that removes the lock from the frame. The device may further include an anchor connected to the frame that anchors the frame to a fixture or display object such as a rack or furniture. In another embodiment, the eyewear display device includes an articulating joint allowing at least a portion of the support frame to be swiveled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2014
    Assignee: Eye Designs, LLC
    Inventors: Alan Winig, Richard Winig, James Eldon
  • Patent number: 8602224
    Abstract: An anti-sweep device having a mechanism that allows a customer to take a pre-determined number of items from a peg or display hook, after which the hook is locked for a pre-determined period of time before allowing another predetermined number of items to be taken.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2013
    Inventor: Michael Casey
  • Patent number: 8573414
    Abstract: The present invention provides a lockable eyewear display system. Embodiments of the system include a frame holder on which the eyewear is placed, a locking mechanism that secures the eyewear to the holder, and a key that enables a user to holder unlock and to remove the eyewear from the holder. In one embodiment, frame holder includes an articulating joint allowing at least a portion of the holder and eyewear to be swiveled. The frame holder is removably attachable to a display rod of the system configured to hold a plurality of frame holders. The display rod includes a lock in one embodiment to prevent removal of the frame holders from the rod without use of a specially configured access key. The display rod is mountable to a surface of a fixture or display object such as a rack or furniture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2013
    Assignee: Eye Designs, LLC
    Inventors: Alan Winig, Richard Winig, James Eldon
  • Patent number: 8567614
    Abstract: A counter display includes a pedestal adapted to be positioned on a support surface and at least one lockable display arm for securely displaying items of merchandise suspended from the display arm. The display arm has an elongate rod for supporting the items of merchandise thereon and a mounting end for mounting the display arm on the pedestal. The rod has a free end opposite the mounting end for loading the items of merchandise on the rod and for removing the items of merchandise from the rod. An end assembly is disposed on the display arm adjacent the free end of the rod and is movable between a locked position for preventing items of merchandise from being removed from the rod and an unlocked position for permitting items of merchandise to be removed from the rod. A lock mechanism releasably locks the end assembly on the display arm. Another lock mechanism releasably locks the display arm on the pedestal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2013
    Assignee: InVue Security Products Inc.
    Inventors: James K. Sankey, Larry T. McKinney, Michael R. Johnston, Gregory C. Schultz, Kai-Sheng Cheng, Mitchell S. Goldstein
  • Patent number: 8534469
    Abstract: A display lock system and display lock used therein are provided. The display lock system includes a display hook having a display lock attached thereto. The display lock includes a lock body attached to a bar of the display hook and a lock bar that surrounds a second bar of the display hook. A lock arrangement operates between the lock body and the lock bar to selectively permit and prohibit movement of the lock bar relative to the lock body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2013
    Assignee: Southern Imperial, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Louis Northrup, Jr., Patrick J. Barkdoll, Thomas E. Valiulis
  • Patent number: 8523012
    Abstract: A merchandise display hook has a time delay mechanism for increasing the amount of time required to dispense items of merchandise from a display arm, while permitting bulk loading of the items of merchandise onto the display arm. The time delay mechanism includes a housing, a helix extending from the housing in a rearward direction, and a rotatable handle extending from the housing in a forward direction. Rotation of the handle causes the helix to rotate about the display arm to thereby dispense the items of merchandise from the display arm in the forward direction. The time delay mechanism further includes a lock mechanism having a secured position for attaching the time delay mechanism to the display arm and an unsecured position for allowing the time delay mechanism to be detached from the display arm to permit bulk loading.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2013
    Assignee: InVue Security Products Inc.
    Inventors: Justin A. Richardson, Michael R. Johnston, John F. Roberts
  • Patent number: 8499967
    Abstract: An apparatus for dispensing solid articles includes a housing and at least one vacuum source. The housing defines a hopper chamber to hold the articles and a dispensing channel fluidly connected to the hopper chamber. The dispensing channel has an inlet and an outlet defining a dispensing flow path therebetween. The vacuum source is adapted to provide a vacuum pressure and induce a gas flow in the housing. The apparatus is configured to generate a forward drive gas flow from the vacuum pressure and induced gas flow, and the forward drive gas flow conveys articles through the dispensing channel along the dispensing flow path in a direction from the inlet to the outlet to dispense the articles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2013
    Assignee: Parata Systems, LLC
    Inventor: Richard D. Michelli
  • Publication number: 20130105419
    Abstract: A security product display hook assembly comprising a unique form of product display hook, in combination with a security lock, providing optional levels of product security and customer convenience. The display hook has a merchandise supporting arm formed with a back section, an intermediate section and a front section. The intermediate section is of sharply irregular configuration to allow, but inhibit, product removal, while effectively preventing mass product removal often attempted by shoplifters. The locking device is positionable in front of or directly behind the intermediate section to provide the highest security, with all products locked or an intermediate level, with a portion of the products locked. The locking device can also be positioned at the back of the back section such that all products are unlocked and available for customer selection.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 26, 2011
    Publication date: May 2, 2013
    Inventor: Joseph F. Kologe
  • Patent number: 8387808
    Abstract: A garment hanger management device provides convenient, secure, and organized storage for garment hangers, including garment hangers having various sizes of hook portions, such as for use in a retail clothing environment. The device includes locking mechanisms with movable pins or mounting members that support a retainer element in spaced arrangement relative to a hanger support rod on which the garment hangers are hung. The pins and retainer element are positionable between a fully open configuration and a fully closed configuration, or substantially any position in between the fully opened or closed configurations, and are lockable or fixable in a desired configuration by a locking tab that is capable of engaging the pins substantially anywhere within a region along the length of the pins.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2013
    Assignee: Pipp Mobile Storage Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: James A. Radowski
  • Patent number: 8376150
    Abstract: Described herein is technology for, among other things, a theft deterrent apparatus for cooperation with an elongate member attached to and extending outwardly from a forward-facing side of an article display panel. The apparatus includes a housing defining an internal chamber. The housing includes a first aperture passing through the housing into the internal chamber for receiving the elongate member, a second aperture for receiving a magnetic key, and a locking member that has a magnetic portion and is movably disposed within the internal chamber. The locking member is adapted to selectively: maintain the apparatus in locked and unlocked configurations in which the locking member respectively prevents or permits the elongate member from being at least partially withdrawn from the first aperture. Whether the locking member maintains the apparatus in the locked or unlocked configuration depends on whether or not the magnetic key is inserted into the second aperture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2013
    Assignee: Se-Kure Controls, Inc.
    Inventor: Roger J. Leyden
  • Patent number: 8341987
    Abstract: A security device for locking a merchandise display rod to a support structure. The device includes a housing slidably received on the display rod and including a locking mechanism movable between a locked and an unlocked position. The housing defines a recess extending inwardly from an exterior surface thereof and perpendicularly to the linear motion of a locking member in the locking mechanism. A complementary shaped dipole magnet of a magnetic key is inserted into the recess to move the locking mechanism to the unlocked position. The security device further includes an adjustment member on a rear surface thereof. The adjustment member is engaged to compensate for different thicknesses of the support structure to which the security device is to be attached.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: InVue Security Products Inc.
    Inventor: Keith C. Nagelski
  • Patent number: 8307995
    Abstract: Described herein is technology for, among other things, a theft deterrent apparatus for cooperation with an elongate member attached to and extending outwardly from a forward-facing side of an article display panel. The apparatus includes a housing defining an internal chamber. The housing includes a first aperture passing through the housing into the internal chamber for receiving the elongate member, a second aperture for receiving a magnetic key, and a locking member that has a magnetic portion and is movably disposed within the internal chamber. The locking member is adapted to selectively: maintain the apparatus in locked and unlocked configurations in which the locking member respectively prevents or permits the elongate member from being at least partially withdrawn from the first aperture. Whether the locking member maintains the apparatus in the locked or unlocked configuration depends on whether or not the magnetic key is inserted into the second aperture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2012
    Assignee: Se-Kure Controls, Inc.
    Inventors: Terrance Surma, Roger J. Leyden
  • Patent number: 8286454
    Abstract: A locking device for a merchandise display hook has an upper rod disposed along a longitudinal axis and a lower rod disposed generally parallel to the longitudinal axis and the upper rod. The locking device includes a housing having a vertical slot adapted to receive the upper rod and the lower rod of the display hook. A bayonet is movable between a locked position in which a portion of the bayonet extends into the slot and restricts movement of at least one of the upper rod and the lower rod within the slot, and an unlocked position in which the bayonet does not extend into the slot and thereby permits movement of the upper rod and the lower rod within the slot. An elongate nose depending outwardly from the housing defines a channel that intersects the slot of the housing and receives the upper rod of the display hook with the upper rod and the lower rod disposed within the slot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2012
    Assignee: InVue Security Products Inc.
    Inventors: Justin A. Richardson, John F. Roberts, Michael R. Johnston, Gregory C. Schultz
  • Patent number: 8281624
    Abstract: There is disclosed an anti-shoplifting device for projecting holders (4), in particular for the display of blister packs, comprising a first (1) and a second body (2), which are mutually movable between a locked position, in which they define an opening (21) for the passage of a hooked projecting holder, ensured by locking assembly (8, 9, 10), and an unlocked position achieved by unlocking assembly (12, 13, 14, 15) acting on the locking assembly (8, 9, 10). The locked and unlocked positions are such that the device is respectively hooked or removable from the projecting holder (4). Further, the first and second bodies (1, 2) are rotateably coupled in a separable manner by a rotating structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2012
    Assignee: Designer Club SRL
    Inventor: Daniel Rizzi
  • Publication number: 20120228243
    Abstract: A biometric access control system, and a weapon rack. The system may include an identification station including a biometric reader, an equipment identification reader, and a user interface, and an equipment structure in communication with the identification station and including a plurality of locks corresponding to a plurality of storage locations. The weapon rack may include a plurality of storage locations individually storing a plurality of weapons, and including a plurality of weapon stock receiving and supporting pockets to secure the weapons, a plurality of clamps corresponding to the plurality of storage locations to additionally secure the weapons, and a plurality of sensors aligned with the plurality of clamps to indicate presence or absence of the plurality of weapons.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 23, 2012
    Publication date: September 13, 2012
    Applicant: Law Enforcement Intelligent Devices, LLC
    Inventors: Rick Crigger, Dave Foster, Sam Hoff
  • Patent number: 8235223
    Abstract: The present invention provides a lockable eyewear display system. One embodiment of the system includes a support frame on which the eyewear is placed, a lock that secures the eyewear to the frame, and a key that removes the lock from the frame. The device may further include an anchor connected to the frame that anchors the frame to a fixture or display object such as a rack or furniture. In another embodiment, the eyewear display device includes an articulating joint allowing at least a portion of the support frame to be swiveled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2012
    Assignee: Eye Designs, LLC
    Inventors: Alan Winig, Richard Winig, James Eldon
  • Publication number: 20120187055
    Abstract: The present invention provides a lockable eyewear display system. One embodiment of the system includes a support frame on which the eyewear is placed, a lock that secures the eyewear to the frame, and a key that removes the lock from the frame. The device may further include an anchor connected to the frame that anchors the frame to a fixture or display object such as a rack or furniture. In another embodiment, the eyewear display device includes an articulating joint allowing at least a portion of the support frame to be swiveled.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 6, 2012
    Publication date: July 26, 2012
    Applicant: EYE DESIGNS, LLC
    Inventors: Alan Winig, Richard Winig, James Eldon
  • Publication number: 20120097622
    Abstract: Described herein is technology for, among other things, a theft deterrent apparatus for cooperation with an elongate member attached to and extending outwardly from a forward-facing side of an article display panel. The apparatus includes a housing defining an internal chamber. The housing includes a first aperture passing through the housing into the internal chamber for receiving the elongate member, a second aperture for receiving a magnetic key, and a locking member that has a magnetic portion and is movably disposed within the internal chamber. The locking member is adapted to selectively: maintain the apparatus in locked and unlocked configurations in which the locking member respectively prevents or permits the elongate member from being at least partially withdrawn from the first aperture. Whether the locking member maintains the apparatus in the locked or unlocked configuration depends on whether or not the magnetic key is inserted into the second aperture.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 29, 2011
    Publication date: April 26, 2012
    Inventors: Terrance Surma, Roger J. Leyden
  • Patent number: 8146754
    Abstract: A storage and/or organization system may be used to store and/or organize various items. For example, the system may include one or more panels and one or more attachment members, which may be connected to the panels and may be used to hold and/or position various items in desired locations. The attachment members may be selectively connected to and/or removed from the panels to provide a variety of storage and organization solutions. The panels may include, for example, one or more receiving portions to which the attachment members may be connected to and/or disconnected from using a snap, friction and/or interference fit. One or more portions of the panels and/or the attachment members may deform and/or deflect to provide the snap, friction and/or interference. One or more portions of the panels and/or the attachment members may remain deformed and/or deflected to provide a tension fit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2012
    Assignee: Red Star Traders, LLC
    Inventors: William G. Apgood, II, Lenny Vainberg, William G. Apgood, Robert Glenn
  • Patent number: 8127946
    Abstract: The present invention provides a lockable eyewear display system. One embodiment of the system includes a support frame on which the eyewear is placed, a lock that secures the eyewear to the frame, and a key that removes the lock from the frame. The device may further include an anchor connected to the frame that anchors the frame to a fixture or display object such as a rack or furniture. In another embodiment, the eyewear display device includes an articulating joint allowing at least a portion of the support frame to be swiveled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2012
    Assignee: Eye Designs, LLC
    Inventors: Alan Winig, Richard Winig, James Eldon
  • Patent number: 8054086
    Abstract: A method for dispensing and detecting solid pharmaceutical articles includes: forcing an article through a dispensing channel and past a sensor configured and positioned to detect the article passing through the dispensing channel, wherein the article includes one of the solid pharmaceutical articles; generating a detection signal using the sensor responsive to the article passing through the dispensing channel, wherein the detection signal indicates a time that the article takes to traverse the sensor; and determining whether the article is a complete article or an article fragment responsive to a comparison of the time indicated by the detection signal and an article fragment travel time representing an expected travel time for a complete article to traverse the sensor that is determined independent of physical attributes of the solid pharmaceutical articles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2011
    Assignee: Parata Systems, LLC
    Inventor: James Robert Rivenbark, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20110084578
    Abstract: A support apparatus includes a patient assist bar that is coupled to a wall or to some other structure in a room of a healthcare facility, such as a headwall that is configured to be coupled to the room wall. The patient assist bar is pivotable a first axis that is substantially vertical and parallel to the headwall and a second axis that is substantially horizontal. The patient assist bar provides the patient with a stable support and guidance in moving about the room.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 29, 2010
    Publication date: April 14, 2011
    Inventors: David C. Newkirk, Dennis J. Gallant
  • Publication number: 20110062092
    Abstract: An anti-sweep device having a mechanism that allows a customer to take a pre-determined number of items from a peg or display hook, after which the hook is locked for a pre-determined period of time before allowing another predetermined number of items to be taken.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 10, 2010
    Publication date: March 17, 2011
    Inventor: Michael Casey
  • Patent number: 7882964
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for removably coupling a hanger to a latch at a first end of the hanger, removing the hanger from the latch while the latch remains coupled to a support member, threading an item of hanging stock onto the hanger via the first end, and recoupling the hanger to the latch while the latch remains coupled to the support member, wherein the hanger extends from the latch at an angle that is less than the horizontal, so that the hanging stock is urged by gravity toward a second end of the hanger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2011
    Assignee: Frito-Lay North America, Inc.
    Inventor: Joe Battaglia
  • Publication number: 20100300992
    Abstract: Described herein is technology for, among other things, a theft deterrent apparatus for cooperation with an elongate member attached to and extending outwardly from a forward-facing side of an article display panel. The apparatus includes a housing defining an internal chamber. The housing includes a first aperture passing through the housing into the internal chamber for receiving the elongate member, a second aperture for receiving a magnetic key, and a locking member that has a magnetic portion and is movably disposed within the internal chamber. The locking member is adapted to selectively: maintain the apparatus in locked and unlocked configurations in which the locking member respectively prevents or permits the elongate member from being at least partially withdrawn from the first aperture. Whether the locking member maintains the apparatus in the locked or unlocked configuration depends on whether or not the magnetic key is inserted into the second aperture.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 2, 2009
    Publication date: December 2, 2010
    Applicant: Se-Kure Controls, Inc.
    Inventors: Terrance Surma, Roger J. Leyden
  • Publication number: 20100199538
    Abstract: A locking device for a merchandise display hook includes a housing disposed adjacent a free end of the merchandise hook and defining an interior cavity adapted for receiving an end portion of the display hook. A shuttle biased by a biasing spring secures the end portion of the display hook in a locked configuration within the interior cavity. A label holder mount is integrally formed with the housing and disposed adjacent the free end of the merchandise display hook. The label holder mount is adapted for mounting a plurality of different types of label holders on the display hook.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 8, 2010
    Publication date: August 12, 2010
    Applicant: INVUE SECURITY PRODUCTS INC.
    Inventors: John F. Roberts, Michael R. Johnston, Kai-Sheng Cheng, Gregory C. Schultz
  • Patent number: 7743931
    Abstract: A display lock a for securing merchandise on a display hook having at least two bars is provided. The display lock comprises, a clasp, a buckle, and a band. The clasp defines a channel sized closely to the outer periphery of one of the bars for a close fitting receipt of the bar. The projects away from the clasp and defines a detent region extending at least partially along the length of the band. The buckle is connected to the clasp. The buckle defines an aperture adapted to slidably receive the band and a catch engageable with the detent region of the band when the band is received in the aperture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2010
    Assignee: Southern Imperial, Inc.
    Inventor: Patrick J. Barkdoll
  • Patent number: 7708153
    Abstract: A lockable display hook adapted to display items of merchandise in a retail environment includes a lock that directly engages the rod assembly of the display hook. The lock is configured to securely lock to the rod assembly without the need for teeth or notches to be formed in the rod assembly. One embodiment of the display hook provides an end assembly that prevents sweeping while allowing quick loading of merchandise.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2010
    Assignee: InVue Security Products Inc.
    Inventors: Eric H. Mansfield, Richard E. Corney
  • Patent number: 7703308
    Abstract: A securable system for displaying items of merchandise on a display board. The display system includes a lockable end assembly that engages the free end of at least one rod of a merchandise display therein. The end assembly is slidable along the rod between an unlocked position where items of merchandise may be removed therefrom and a locked position where items of merchandise cannot be removed therefrom. The end assembly is lockingly engaged with the rod by a locking mechanism that is linearly moveable within an interior chamber of the end assembly. The end assembly is provided with a specially shaped recess in its outer wall which is positioned perpendicular to the linear motion of the locking mechanism. A complementary dipole magnet key is inserted into the recess to unlock the locking mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2010
    Assignee: Invue Security Products Inc.
    Inventor: Keith C. Nagelski
  • Patent number: 7628281
    Abstract: The invention relates to a readily installable and removable device for storing multiple elongate locking load bars and other elongated items for use inside the bodies of trucks and vans. The device is readily and reversibly mounted on preexisting E-track slotted tracks in the cargo spaces of commercial fleet trucks. The device includes one or more wall mountable brackets having outwardly extending arms that form slots for receiving elongated members. The device is selectably installed using a latch engaged in the E-track slotted tracks and a self-locking latch retainer positioned on opposed ends of the brackets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2009
    Assignee: Yellow Rack, LLC
    Inventor: Matthew John Sopel
  • Publication number: 20090057244
    Abstract: A merchandise display system for displaying items of merchandise on a support has vertically spaced first and second rods extending outwardly from the support. A time delay mechanism is mounted on the upper rod and includes a pair of pivotally mounted plates which are selectively moveable into and out of blocking engagement with the lower plate on which the items of merchandise are slidably supported. An item of merchandise is moveable past the forwardmost plate from a space between the plates for removal from a free end of the lower rod while the rearward plate prevents movement of another item of merchandise into the intervening space until the forward plate moves to the blocking position and the rear plate moves to an unblocking position. A magnetically actuated lock mechanism locks the rear plate in an adjusted linear position with respect to the front plate to adjust the intervening space.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 28, 2007
    Publication date: March 5, 2009
    Applicant: Alpha Security Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian V. Conti, Andrew W. Moock, Nicholas M. Sedon, Ningsheng Zhang
  • Publication number: 20080209960
    Abstract: A securable system for displaying items of merchandise on a display board. The display system includes a lockable end assembly that engages the free end of at least one rod of a merchandise display therein. The end assembly is slidable along the rod between an unlocked position where items of merchandise may be removed therefrom and a locked position where items of merchandise cannot be removed therefrom. The end assembly is lockingly engaged with the rod by a locking mechanism that is linearly moveable within an interior chamber of the end assembly. The end assembly is provided with a specially shaped recess in its outer wall which is positioned perpendicular to the linear motion of the locking mechanism. A complementary dipole magnet key is inserted into the recess to unlock the locking mechanism.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 3, 2008
    Publication date: September 4, 2008
    Applicant: INVUE SECURITY PRODUCTS INC.
    Inventor: Keith C. Nagelski
  • Publication number: 20080169250
    Abstract: A security device for locking a merchandise display rod to a support structure. The device includes a housing slidably received on the display rod and including a locking mechanism movable between a locked and an unlocked position. The housing defines a recess extending inwardly from an exterior surface thereof and perpendicularly to the linear motion of a locking member in the locking mechanism. A complementary shaped dipole magnet of a magnetic key is inserted into the recess to move the locking mechanism to the unlocked position. The security device further includes an adjustment member on a rear surface thereof. The adjustment member is engaged to compensate for different thicknesses of the support structure to which the security device is to be attached.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 3, 2008
    Publication date: July 17, 2008
    Applicant: INVUE SECURITY PRODUCTS INC.
    Inventor: Keith C. Nagelski
  • Publication number: 20080156749
    Abstract: A free-standing, point-of-purchase display includes a base portion and a display portion. The display portion upwardly extends from the base portion and includes a frame having a plurality of upright members and at least one display element for supporting product for retail display. The display further includes first and second advertising panels carried by first and second upright members of the plurality of uprights, respectively.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 20, 2007
    Publication date: July 3, 2008
    Inventor: Thomas SHEA
  • Patent number: 7392673
    Abstract: A lock mechanism is mounted on a pair of vertically spaced merchandise display rods to prevent removal of items of merchandise supported on the lower rod. The lock mechanism includes a housing having a internal lock chamber and a pair of upper and lower slots, each receiving one of the rods therethrough. The lower slot has a side opening enabling the lower rod to pass out of the housing when the housing is pivotally moved on the upper rod to an unlocked open position. A bayonet is slidably moveable in the chamber of the housing and has an elongated slot through which both of the rods extend. A locking device has a magnetically attractable locking tine which locks the housing and bayonet in a closed locked position on the pair of rods. A magnetic key moves the tine to an unlocked position enabling the housing and bayonet to move to an unlocked open position exposing the side opening of the housing lower slot for removing the housing out of engagement with the lower rod.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2008
    Assignee: InVue Security Products Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher J. Fawcett, Ronald M. Marsilio, Keith C. Nagelski
  • Patent number: 7197902
    Abstract: A display lock is provided. The display lock is adapted to selectively secure merchandise on a display hook. The display hook having at least two bars. The display lock comprising a lock body, an arm and a clasp. The lock body having a locking mechanism. The arm having a first end hingedly connected to an upper portion of the lock body and a second end adapted to mate with a lower portion of the lock body. The arm having a catch portion engageable with the locking mechanism. The display lock having a locked position in which the arm is mated with lock body and engaged with the locking mechanism. The display lock further having an unlocked position in which the second end is not mated with the lock body. The clasp connected to at least one of the lock body and the arm and being adapted to mount the display lock to the display hook.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2007
    Assignee: Southern Imperial, Inc.
    Inventor: Patrick J. Barkdoll
  • Patent number: 7178678
    Abstract: A lockable display hook adapted to display items of merchandise in a retail environment includes a lock that directly engages the rod assembly of the display hook. The lock is configured to securely lock to the rod assembly without the need for teeth or notches to be formed in the rod assembly. One embodiment of the display hook provides an end assembly that prevents sweeping while allowing quick loading of merchandise.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2007
    Assignee: Alpha Security Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Eric H. Mansfield, Richard E. Corney
  • Patent number: 7137513
    Abstract: A merchandise display system includes a rod lockably connected to a peg board, a hanging member hanging from the rod and a swivel member rotatably connected to the hanging member about a first axis. The swivel member is connected to a lockable display case for carrying an item of merchandise and is rotatable about a second axis perpendicular to the first axis. Thus, the display case is rotatable about the first and second axes to facilitate viewing the merchandise from any angle while the case is lockably connected to the rod. The hanging and swivel members may be a ball and socket combination. Alternately, the swivel member may connect to the display case via a hinge pin about which portions of the case may rotate to open and close. Alternately, a lower member may extend from within the case through holes therein to rotatably connect to the swivel member about the second axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2006
    Assignee: Alpha Security Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Nicholas M. Sedon, Richard E. Corney
  • Patent number: 7131542
    Abstract: A merchandise display hook attaches to a display board and has a rod assembly from which items of merchandise are hung and a base assembly that moves relative to the rod assembly. The base may lock directly to the rod or to an inner base member attached to the rod. When locked, the display hook is locked to the display board. The display hook may include an end assembly that slides along and selectively locks to the rod assembly to allow or prevent removal and loading of the items of merchandise from and onto the rod assembly. The display hook may alternately include an anti-sweeping mechanism to prevent rapid removal of the items of merchandise from the rod assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2006
    Assignee: Alpha Security Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Nicholas M. Sedon, Frank H. Copen