Door-controlled Patents (Class 232/35)
  • Patent number: 10953622
    Abstract: A sheet processing device includes: a conveying module that conveys a folded sheet; and a pressing module that presses a folded part of the folded sheet by rotating about a direction orthogonal to a sheet conveying direction of the conveying module as a rotation axis. The pressing module includes a projecting part arranged in a certain range in a direction of the rotation axis along a circumferential surface about the rotation axis. The projecting part is formed to be symmetric with respect to a middle part of the rotation axis in the direction of the rotation axis, and the projecting part arranged on one side from the middle part along the direction of the rotation axis are formed such that a position of the projecting part in a rotational direction of the circumferential surface varies along the direction of the rotation axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: RICOH COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventors: Michitaka Suzuki, Tomohiro Furuhashi, Tomomichi Hoshino, Akira Kunieda, Takahiro Watanabe, Yuji Suzuki, Satoshi Saito, Koki Sakano, Takao Watanabe
  • Patent number: 10890000
    Abstract: A safety system alerts individuals to the presence of a floor opening in a floor grid or work platform decking that is supporting the individuals. The safety system is a passive safety system that is operatively connected to a stationary first floor panel that is adjacent a second floor panel. The safety system is automatically operated to deploy a signal flag above the first floor panel (and activate an audio warning signal) when the second floor panel is removed, exposing a floor opening adjacent the first floor panel. The deployed signal flag alerts individuals on the floor grid or work platform decking to the presence of the floor opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Matthew E. Fife, Ryan W. Throckmorton, Harpreet Ghuman, Kevin R. Krostag
  • Patent number: 10750893
    Abstract: A mailbox assembly includes a mailbox and a mail status indication feature. The mail status indication feature or apparatus includes a base, an indicator arm carried on the base and displaceable between a home position, a first deployed position and a second deployed position and an adjustment feature for releasably holding the indicator arm in the home position, the first deployed position and the second deployed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Inventor: George K. Dean
  • Patent number: 10657483
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method for enabling secure delivery of a package to a designated delivery area of a premises is described. In one embodiment, information regarding a delivery of a package to a premises may be received, a delivery person arriving at the premises may be detected, and instructions may be provided to the delivery person regarding how to deliver the package to the designated delivery area within the premises.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: Vivint, Inc.
    Inventors: Jefferson Lyman, Brandon Hatch
  • Patent number: 10653260
    Abstract: Apparatus, systems and methods are provided that include a repository for receipt of an object and a mechanism for shielding from view the object. The repository may take the form of a mailbox and the object may be a letter, e.g., a letter addressed to Santa. The shielding mechanism is actuated by a trigger that is associated with the repository and, in exemplary embodiments, is triggered by an activity normally associated with the repository, e.g., raising a flag on a mailbox. The trigger actuation may interact with an electronic control system, a mechanical control system, or a combination thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: CSS Innovations, LLC
    Inventors: Christopher Cirri, David Seales, Stephen Signore
  • Patent number: 9601908
    Abstract: A wire support member for an environmental control system includes a bracket having an inner surface, an outer surface, and a thickness. A first arm projects from the bracket, a first flange projects from a first end of the first arm. The first flange includes a first harness support opening therethrough. A second arm also projects from the bracket parallel to the first arm, and a second flange projects from a second end of the second arm. The second flange has a second harness support opening therethrough. A ratio of a diameter of the first harness support opening and of the second harness support opening to the thickness of the bracket optimizes the routing and support for the wiring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: Hamilton Sundstrand Corporation
    Inventors: Brent J. Merritt, Kenneth Crawford, John Perella
  • Patent number: 9565961
    Abstract: A mailbox includes a hollow housing having a rear wall, an outer wall and an open front in communication with an interior mail receptacle. Within the mail receptacle is an actuator that deploys a delivery indicator when the access door is opened. Accordingly, when a mail carrier opens the door, the indicator automatically pivots downwardly to a vertical position, extending below the bottom surface of the housing, to conspicuously notify a user that mail has been delivered. The released indicator also exposes a textual alert message inscribed on the housing rear wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Inventor: Richard V. Kirschner, Sr.
  • Patent number: 9517731
    Abstract: An electronic device holder includes a mounting surface configured to receive an electronic device. A door is operably coupled to the mounting surface and is moveable between open and closed positions relative to the mounting surface. An electrical connector is slideably coupled to the mounting surface, wherein the electrical connector moves to an extended position as the door moves to the open position due to an abutting relationship with the door. The electrical connector is configured to remain in the extended position as the door moves from the open position to the closed position. The electrical connector is configured to be moved manually to an electrically connected position with the electronic device after the door has been moved to the closed position. When connected, the electrical connector is configured to power the electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2016
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Alan George Dry, Gunnar Groesbeck, Joseph S. Talamonti
  • Patent number: 9125507
    Abstract: A mail alert signaling device for use with a mailbox having a housing and door for receiving mail said device being attached at one of its ends to the exterior of the mailbox and having a signaling portion on the other end wherein an L-shaped member of the signaling portion reversibly couples with a lip portion on the mailbox to configure the device in standby mode, and when the door is opened die L-shaped member is dislodged from the lip portion thereby signaling mail delivery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2015
    Inventor: Lloyd Beachy
  • Patent number: 8991687
    Abstract: A mailbox indicator and lid closure system that includes a flag indicator mounted from a support plate of the container and connected by way of a cable to a bracket supported on the lid. Opening the lid causes the indicator to be pulled by the cable to the upright position thus indicating that mail has been delivered. A spring is connected between the container and lid to ensure that the lid remains open while mail is being delivered.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Inventor: Elias E. Solomon
  • Publication number: 20150021384
    Abstract: A mail alert, signaling device for use with a mailbox having a housing and door for receiving mail said device being attached at one of its ends to the exterior of the mailbox and having a signaling portion on the other end wherein an L-shaped member of the signaling portion reversibly couples with a lip portion on the mailbox to configure the device in standby mode, and when the door is opened die L-shaped member is dislodged from the lip portion thereby signaling mail delivery.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 16, 2014
    Publication date: January 22, 2015
    Inventor: Lloyd Beachy
  • Patent number: 8474690
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a depository (10) that can receive deposit containers (20) from persons authorized to open a door lock (24). The depository includes a depository head (12) and a chest (14). A security curtain assembly (36) is movable by an actuator to block the deposit entry opening into the chest. The security curtain assembly comprises a plurality of movable plate members (52, 54, 56). At least one processor is in operative connection with sensors that can sense conditions which correspond to an attack on the depository. The at least one processor causes the actuator to close the security curtain assembly in response to a sensed attack. The processor can also cause alarms to be activated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2013
    Assignee: Diebold, Incorporated
    Inventors: Steven R. Davis, Virgil Barnes, Robert V. Artino, Gary Baker, Neil Gromley
  • Patent number: 8297494
    Abstract: Apparatus that includes alarms with indicators to prevent burglary and theft includes a depository (10) operative to receive deposit containers (20) from authorized persons who open a lock (24). The apparatus includes a depository head (12) and a chest (14). A security curtain assembly (36) comprising a plurality of movable plate members is operative to selectively block an opening in the top of the chest that communicates with the head in response to an actuator. The actuator operates responsive to at least one circuit to cause the security curtain to close responsive to sensing conditions that may correspond to an attack through one or more sensors. Alarms are given locally or remotely when the at least one circuit senses conditions that may correspond to an attack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2012
    Assignee: Diebold, Incorporated
    Inventors: Steven R. Davis, Virgil Barnes, Robert V. Artino, Gary Baker, Neil Gromley
  • Patent number: 8087574
    Abstract: A mailbox kit is provided for retrofitting a standard mailbox. The kit includes a rear signal flap and hinge to allow the signal flap to pivot from a horizontal position to a vertical position to come into contact with the rear panel of the mailbox during mail insertion into the mailbox. The large, rear signal flap contains indicia for a homeowner to easily view from a remote location. The rear signal flap is joined to a wheeled control bar connected by a front linkage to the front door of the mailbox. Thus as the front door is opened the rear signal flap raises 90° alerting the homeowner that mail has been delivered.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2012
    Inventor: Howard D. Harris
  • Patent number: 7905390
    Abstract: A mailbox alert device comprising a flag pole attached to the mailbox; a first pulley disposed near the first end of the flag pole and a second pulley disposed the second end of the flag pole; a circular cable wrapped around the pulleys; a flag attached to the front portion of the cable; a flag stopper attached to the front portion of the cable at the top of the flag; wherein the flag can be moved between an up position and a down position, wherein the flag is biased in the up position caused by a weight attached to the back portion of the cable; tab dispose don the flag for closing in the door of the mailbox, which secures the flag in the down position until the door is opened to deliver mail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2011
    Inventors: Amy D. Settle, Patrick A. Compton
  • Patent number: 7740165
    Abstract: Magnetic mail notification apparatus. Apparatus for use with a mailbox having a door pivotably attached to a mail receptacle includes an indicator assembly including an indicator arm positionable in one position when the door is closed, and a magnetic coupling between the door and the indicator arm, the magnetic coupling displacing the indicator arm to another position when the door is opened. Another apparatus includes the indicator arm positionable in one position when the door is closed and in another position when the door is opened, and a magnet holding the indicator arm in the first position until the door is opened, and causing the indicator arm to displace to the second position when the door is opened. Another apparatus includes a base assembly securable to the mail receptacle, an indicator assembly pivotably attached to the base assembly, and a magnetic coupling between the base assembly and the indicator arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2010
    Assignee: C&S Innovations
    Inventor: Shelby G. Tackett
  • Publication number: 20100123000
    Abstract: A Flag Pole Buddy for helping the elderly and handicap from making a unnecessary trip to the mailbox. When mailperson deliveries mail and opens the mailbox door this pulls the Flag pole Buddy support from under the Flag pole buddy causing it to stand up straight telling that mail has arrived. You get your mail and lay heavier bottom end back on the Flag pole buddy support. You can see the Flag pole buddy from your window in many homes. The bottom cap of the Flag pole buddy comes off which allows a 2 AA cell mini maglite flash light to be installed. At night this flash light eliminates the Flag pole buddy and light shines out of holes drilled in the top cap. This will help rescue and law enforcement find your home at night. The flag pole buddy bolts on opposite side of mailbox of outgoing mail flag.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 16, 2009
    Publication date: May 20, 2010
    Inventor: Robert E. Glover
  • Patent number: 7559456
    Abstract: A mailbox delivery indicator system (700) for indicating when the mailbox door has been opened includes a signal ball (600) and a signal holder arm (501, 503, 505) extending laterally from the front face of a mailbox door. The signal holder arm (501, 503, 505) includes a ring section (507) for holding the signal ball (600) such that the ring section (507) includes a locking member (513). The locking member (513) extends from an edge of the ring section (507) for engaging with a clevis (603) on the signal ball (600) to hold the signal ball (600) in a fixed position within the ring section (507). The mailbox delivery indicator system (700) works to signal the user that mail has been delivered when the signal ball (600) is disengaged from the locking member (513).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2009
    Inventor: Dean McKenzie
  • Patent number: 7552858
    Abstract: The mailbox flag apparatus provides a single unit mechanical combination which requires no modifications to a mailbox. The bracket of the apparatus is made of various materials of choice, which each provide slight flexibility, with memory, such that the bracket is positioned over the finished front edge and on the inside and outside of one side of the mailbox. The mounting force and daily use forces are thereby exposed to a large surface area, which increases mailbox and flag durability and reliability. The critical dimensions of the bracket, flag arm, and pivot location provide automatic gravitational pivotal elevation of the flag arm and flag, upon opening of the mailbox door, thereby signaling a user that a postal stop has occurred.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2009
    Inventor: Tony F. Owens
  • Publication number: 20090127324
    Abstract: Magnetic mail notification apparatus. Apparatus for use with a mailbox having a door pivotably attached to a mail receptacle includes an indicator assembly including an indicator arm positionable in one position when the door is closed, and a magnetic coupling between the door and the indicator arm, the magnetic coupling displacing the indicator arm to another position when the door is opened. Another apparatus includes the indicator arm positionable in one position when the door is closed and in another position when the door is opened, and a magnet holding the indicator arm in the first position until the door is opened, and causing the indicator arm to displace to the second position when the door is opened. Another apparatus includes a base assembly securable to the mail receptacle, an indicator assembly pivotably attached to the base assembly, and a magnetic coupling between the base assembly and the indicator arm.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 15, 2007
    Publication date: May 21, 2009
    Inventor: Shelby G. Tackett
  • Publication number: 20080290151
    Abstract: A Mail Delivery And Mailbox Door Status Notification System including mechanisms sensitive to opening and closing of the hinged mailbox door and that includes; switching devices that are secured to a mailbox with an opening and a door, and that the electrical contacts of the such switching devices change their state from Open to Close or vice versa, every time the mailbox door is opened and closed; a timing device with a means of electrical contact that change state after a lapse of a predetermined time interval; a source of electrical energy; wires to interconnect all devices and status lights to indicate that either that the said mailbox door has been left in a open position or that mail delivery or a similar act has taken place.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 10, 2007
    Publication date: November 27, 2008
    Inventor: Faris Mohammad Usmani
  • Patent number: 7357297
    Abstract: A device for providing a positive indication that the door of a rural-type mailbox has been opened includes an elongate indicator strip with a first end and a second end, formed of a flexible, shape-retentive material with a spring bias toward a curved rest configuration. The indicator strip is connected at its first end to a mailbox such that the curved strip extends outward from the mailbox when in rest configuration, and may be flattened against the mailbox with the second end of the indicator confined between the sidewall of the mailbox and the lip of the closure door to hold the indicator against the mailbox in a cocked position. When the mailbox door is opened the second end of the indicator is released to assume its outwardly extending rest position and provide a visual indication that the mailbox has been opened.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2008
    Inventor: Ray E. Crowson
  • Patent number: 7337945
    Abstract: The present invention relates to mailbox indicators. More specifically, the present invention relates to a mailbox delivery indicator apparatus with a signaling mechanism which is automatically triggered to deploy when the box is opened to indicate that the mail has been delivered.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2008
    Inventors: Robert W. Riggs, Donald Riggs
  • Patent number: 7331510
    Abstract: The invention features a mail indication device for determining whether the daily mail postal person has deposited mail in a rural or suburban mailbox. The mailbox indicator features a signal indicator composed of a dense material, a linking tether, and an attachment assembly mounted near or to the mailbox door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2008
    Inventor: Lawrence K. Brown
  • Patent number: 7270260
    Abstract: A two-part mail delivery alert flag with a spring-loaded hinge and a signal flag member having a bent tailpiece, a broad width dimension, and a narrowed distal end that is inserted between the mailbox's outside surface and the lip of its door, when the door is fully closed. After a mail carrier approaches the mailbox and opens the door, the signal flag member is immediately released and rotates into an easily visible deployed position substantially perpendicular to the mailbox's outside surface. The mail alert flag operates independently from the flag typically used on the right side of a mailbox to alert the mail carrier to the presence of outgoing mail. Further, it can be mounted in almost any top or lateral position on the outside surface of the mailbox where it would be readily visible to the person typically expected to monitor mail delivery from a remote location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2007
    Inventor: W H Powers
  • Patent number: 7232056
    Abstract: There is provided a security mailbox for receiving mail and securely retaining the mail until removed by the mailbox owner. Outgoing mail may be placed in the mailbox and retained out of sight until accessed by the mail carrier. A visual indicator is provided to signal the presence of outgoing mail. Once mail has been deposited in the mailbox and secured within, additional mail may not be placed in the mailbox until the mailbox owner has unlocked and reset the mailbox. Another visual indicator signals the mailbox owner that mail has been deposited in the mailbox. The mailbox is sized to receive small packages such as boxes of checks from a check printer, packages of medications, and the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2007
    Inventor: Lee E. Jackson
  • Patent number: 7229004
    Abstract: A mailbox bracket assembly (400) for attachment to an existing mailbox door (105) operates to provide a signal when the mailbox door (105) has been opened. The mailbox assembly (400) includes a signal holder arm (101) perpendicularly mounted from the face of a mailbox door (105). A ring section is used for holding a signal ball connected to the signal holder arm while a guard section may be used for blocking objects from inadvertently contacting the signal ball. The signal holder arm (101) extends from the mailbox body such that the position of the signal ball can be easily observed from the rear of the mailbox.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2007
    Inventor: Dean A. McKenzie
  • Patent number: 7123147
    Abstract: An improved electronic mailbox increases the difficulty of stealing mail from the mailbox. The mailbox includes an electronically programmed access door, a mail slot shaped to prevent access to the mail box, and an auxiliary backup power system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2006
    Inventor: Raymond C. Engel
  • Patent number: 7083080
    Abstract: A mail delivery indicator assembly (100) for a mailbox (102) with a door (105) includes a signal holder bracket (101) attached to a mailbox door (105). A signal ball (108) is attached by a tether (110) to the signal holder bracket (101) for indicating when the mailbox door is opened. The signal holder bracket (101) attaches within a holder receptacle (109) attached to the mailbox door (105) which allows the signal holder bracket (101) to be removed. The signal holder bracket (101) may further include an offset section (103) for allowing the bracket to be attached to a recessed door. Additionally, the signal holder bracket may include one or more guards (112, 114) which prevent snow other debris from inadvertently removing the signal ball (108) from the ring section (107).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2006
    Inventor: Dean A. McKenzie
  • Patent number: 7066381
    Abstract: The invention features a mailbox indicator for determining when the daily mail courier has deposited mail in a rural or suburban mailbox. The mailbox indicator features a pivotal rod, which is pivotally secured to a base. The base is attached to the top of the front end of a mailbox in proximity to, and extending out beyond, the door latch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2006
    Inventor: William J. Bundy
  • Patent number: 7028883
    Abstract: A mail delivery indicator system comprises a minimum number of parts, namely, an indicator flagstaff with a flagged end and a weighted end, a sidewall mounting bracket and a latch element. A pivotal bolt attaches the indicator flagstaff to a side wall mounting bracket, which is then attached to a side wall of a mailbox. When the mailbox front door is opened, the latch element releases the flagged end to traverse rotationally backward away from the mailbox front door by the force of gravity associated with the weighted end of the indicator flagstaff. A weight element pivotally attached to the weighted end of the indicator flagstaff controls the traversing motion of the indicator flagstaff to a generally vertical signaling position to display the indicator flag above the mailbox, visible from a variety of directions. One can use one hand to lower the flagged end to the latch element on the mailbox front door to reset the mail delivery indicator system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2006
    Inventor: Kueun Choi
  • Patent number: 7025250
    Abstract: An automatic gravity-actuated mailbox indicator is adapted for use in combination with a mailbox including a housing with an access opening for receiving mail and a pivoted door for closing the access opening. The mailbox indicator includes a conspicuous object adapted for being viewed from a distance. A supporting stem extends from the object, and has a free end for being wedged between the pivoted door and housing of the mailbox with the door in a closed position. The object is temporarily held at an elevated location relative to the mailbox housing. The mailbox indicator is actuated by gravity upon movement of the pivoted door from the closed position to an open position, such that the object falls from the elevated location to a lowered location thereby providing a readily visible indication of an opening of the pivoted door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2006
    Inventor: Charles William Wolfe, Jr.
  • Patent number: 7014097
    Abstract: A kit includes a reflector and a mount for pivotally mounting the reflector on a mailbox. A door mount element attaches the reflector to a door of a mailbox whereby the reflector is raised from a stored position to a signaling position when the door of the mailbox is opened.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2006
    Inventors: Merrill J. Gaillard, Dorothea M. Gaillard
  • Patent number: 7007839
    Abstract: A mail delivery indicator device and method for providing a visual indication of the occurrence of a mail delivery. The mail delivery indicator device and method includes a coupling structure used for selectively securing the device to the conventional mailbox; an elongate member having a first end operationally coupled to the coupling structure, a second end, and a medial portion which is positionable between portions of a latching mechanism used to selectively secure a door of the mailbox in a closed position; and an indicator operationally coupled to the second end of the elongate member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2006
    Inventor: Roberto Piccolo
  • Patent number: 6896176
    Abstract: A crime-deterrent mailbox indicator assembly for providing notification to a user of the presence of materials in a mailbox includes a display member that is connected to the mailbox using a resilient member, a notification latch affixed to the door of the mail, and a locking attachment affixed to the side of the mailbox. The display member will be in an upright position not engaging either the notification latch or the locking attachment, thus indicating that materials are present in the mailbox. When the display member engages the notification latch, the display member will remain deflected and hidden until the door is opened, at which time the display member will return to the upright position. When the display member engages the locking attachment, the display member will be deflected and hidden from sight, and further prevented from returning to the upright position, thereby preventing the undesired effect of notifying others of the absence of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2005
    Inventor: Jerry J. Stinson
  • Patent number: 6788203
    Abstract: A mailbox and counter combination device for determining a number of times a mailbox has been opened includes a mailbox having an opening extending therein. A door is hingedly coupled to the mailbox such that the door may be selectively positioned in an open position or a closed position with respect to the opening. A sensor is adapted for detecting when the door is moved from the closed position to the open position. A processor is operationally coupled to the sensor and is adapted for recording a number of times the door is moved to the open position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2004
    Inventors: Brian A. Roxbury, Cerrie Roxbury
  • Patent number: 6766605
    Abstract: A normal four sided drop box 10 is provided with with new panels 12 which are made from translucent material replacing the standard solid metal or aluminum side, front and rear panels currently employed. The panels are placed on the sides, rear and front of the drop box or receptacle. At least one internal light source 20 (LED, Incandescent, etc.) is placed inside the box to be visible through the translucent material applied in place of the solid metal covering. A consumer thus sees the illuminated panels from the outside of the drop box or receptacle. But the internal components 30 are unseen and hidden from view. In one embodiment the companies or individuals message, logo, script, 22 is backlit by the internal light source 20 makes the message visible at night. A power source battery 50 is preferably powered by solar panel 40.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2004
    Inventor: David Scot Emert
  • Publication number: 20040060975
    Abstract: A receiver unit (2) for a radio signal-based mail delivery system comprising a transmitter unit (1) for being mounted on a mailbox or mail slot flap (4) and such receiver unit (2) for being located at a distance from the transmitter unit (1). The reciver unit (2) is provided with a receiver for receiving a radio signal and with means for indicating that such radio signal has been received. Besides, the receiver unit (2) is provided with a clock and is configured for registering the hour when the radio signal was received; and the means for indicating when a radio signal was received comprise a visual and/or audible message about the hour when the radio signal was received also including a mail delivery system comprising such receiver unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 3, 2003
    Publication date: April 1, 2004
    Inventors: Allan Dalgaard, Hans Ostergaard Hansen
  • Patent number: 6708875
    Abstract: An improved mail box signal comprises a case having a slide disposed therein. A catch on the slide engages a detent on the case interior and the slide hangs suspended from the detent when the case is in a substantially vertical orientation. When the case is rotated forward to a substantially horizontal position, the catch and detent disengage, freeing the slide to fall when the case is returned to the vertical. In embodiments, the device may allow the slide to partially project from the bottom of the case or may allow the slide to fall from the case, and/or hang suspended by a tether.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2004
    Inventor: Ronald W. Cunningham
  • Patent number: 6666372
    Abstract: A device is provided, for automatically illuminating a mailbox upon opening. A small box illuminating assembly is secured to the inside of a mailbox door and changes position as the door is opening and closed. The box illuminating assembly includes a light source, such as an LED, a power source, preferably a battery, and a tilt-actuated switch, all housed within a small container. When the mailbox door is opened, the tilt-actuated switch closes to activate the light source and illuminate the inside of the mailbox. Preferably, the light source is disposed at an acute angle to the door, so as to direct its light into the mailbox when the door is opened sufficiently to allow the inside of the box to be examined.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2002
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2003
    Inventor: Matthew T. Nagel
  • Patent number: 6659337
    Abstract: A universal mailbox signal device is provided to visually indicate mail is delivered. A detachable component is comprised of a wide flag element attached to a flat resilient nylon stem. Upon installation in a mailbox, the straight stem is bent and shaped as needed to conform to one of the many mailbox configurations available. The stem can also then be twisted to adjust the flag in a desired viewable direction. The other end of the stem will slide into a channel in an adhesively mounted base-plate on the inside of the mailbox door. The stem/flag assembly may be removed when absent to prevent an activated, non-attended flag posing a possible security problem. When mail is deposited the flag flips into view and is held firmly at the pre-adjusted viewing angle by the closed door. When mail is retrieved one hand is used to tuck in the flag and close the mailbox door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2002
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2003
    Inventor: Michael B. Woelfel
  • Patent number: 6655577
    Abstract: A mail box comprising a separated top and bottom port. A pivotally hinged gate/tray serves for depositing the incoming mail. The gate/tray has a pocket for outgoing mail and secures the top port from theft. Under the gate-tray a fixture with short wave ultraviolet (UV) light irradiates the box inside simultaneously generating ozone for a predetermined time. This time starts after the outgoing mail is put in the pocket or the incoming mail is dropped inside. A specially designed basket provides space around the mail where sanitizing gas freely diffuses. The light source can irradiate and activate gas-releasing material generating other disinfecting gas such as chlorine dioxide or ethylene oxide. The bottom port is closed by a locked door and allows for retrieving the mail, and setting and maintaining the UV-fixture. Two signals on an outside flag indicate the beginning and the end of the sanitizing process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2002
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2003
    Inventors: Gueorgui Mihaylov, Evdokia Mihaylov
  • Publication number: 20030183682
    Abstract: An improved mail box signal comprises a case having a slide disposed therein. A catch on the slide engages a detent on the case interior and the slide hangs suspended from the detent when the case is in a substantially vertical orientation. When the case is rotated forward to a substantially horizontal position, the catch and detent disengage, freeing the slide to fall when the case is returned to the vertical. In embodiments, the device may allow the slide to partially project from the bottom of the case or may allow the slide to fall from the case, and/or hang suspended by a tether.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 28, 2002
    Publication date: October 2, 2003
    Inventor: Ronald W. Cunningham
  • Patent number: 6575357
    Abstract: The rural mailbox has a rigid flag that is raised by a Post Office patron to indicate that there is outgoing mail in the mailbox. The mail carrier lowers the rigid flag when outgoing mail is removed from the mailbox. Opening the mailbox lid to place incoming mail in the box releases a flexible flag pole to raise a flag that indicates the mailbox has been serviced by the mail carrier. Following removal of incoming mail from the mailbox, the mailbox lid is closed and the flag shaft tip is inserted into the flag shaft tip holder plate to indicate any incoming mail in the mailbox has been removed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2000
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2003
    Inventor: James Frederick Rundell
  • Patent number: 6513706
    Abstract: A mailbox apparatus includes a flag support assembly being mounted to a mailbox assembly and a housing attached to the mailbox. Aflag support arm is movably disposed in the housing. A spring member biases the flag support arm. A flag member is pivotally attached to the housing such that it contacts the flag support arm. A mail delivery signaling assembly including a switch member being disposed in the housing and being in contactable relationship to the flag support arm, and also including a light-emitting member being connected to the switch member with wires, and further including a pressure sensitive sensor being disposed in the box and being connected to the light-emitting member, and also including a power source being connected to the switch member, to the light-emitting member, and to the pressure sensitive sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2003
    Inventor: John A. Kuca
  • Publication number: 20020158117
    Abstract: A universal mailbox signal device is provided to visually indicate mail is delivered. A detachable component is comprised of a wide flag element attached to a flat resilient nylon stem. Upon installation in a mailbox, the straight stem is bent and shaped as needed to conform to one of the many mailbox configurations available. The stem can also then be twisted to adjust the flag in a desired viewable direction. The other end of the stem will slide into a channel in an adhesively mounted base-plate on the inside of the mailbox door. The stem/flag assembly may be removed when absent to prevent an activated, non-attended flag posing a possible security problem. When mail is deposited the flag flips into view and is held firmly at the pre-adjusted viewing angle by the closed door. When mail is retrieved one hand is used to tuck in the flag and close the mailbox door.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 31, 2002
    Publication date: October 31, 2002
    Inventor: Michael B. Woelfel
  • Publication number: 20020152949
    Abstract: A mailbox delivery indicator for a standard rural mailbox signals to a resident when the mail carrier has been to his mailbox. When the mailbox door is opened, an actuator arm extends and pushes an active signaling element, causing it to fall by gravity to a hanging position below the mailbox. Once the active signaling element has fallen, a passive signaling element is exposed for remote observation. The active signaling element in the hanging position together with exposure of the passive signaling element indicate to the resident that the mail carrier has been by his mailbox. At this time, the resident can check his mailbox without wasting a trip to the mailbox. After the resident checks his mail, he closes the door and resets the active signaling element to the covering position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 18, 2001
    Publication date: October 24, 2002
    Applicant: Joe D. Turner
    Inventor: Joe D. Turner
  • Patent number: 6448898
    Abstract: A signaling device is mated with a conventional container to develop a change in state for indicating that the container has been accessed. The change in state can be developed manually, or automatically when the cover of the container is opened, to signal that the container has been accessed, and can be automatically returned to the initial state as part of the procedures used to empty the container. The signaling device is used in combination with a system for auditing a refuse collection process so that subscribers to the service can be charged for service according to usage. This then motivates the subscribers to call for collections of their refuse only from containers that are substantially full, or to compensate the refuse collection service for additional container pick-ups.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2001
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2002
    Assignee: Cardinal Automation, Inc.
    Inventor: John P. Kasik
  • Patent number: 6425521
    Abstract: An indicator flag for attachment to a mailbox for indicating the presence of mail therein uses a generally horizontally disposed flag member that is rotatably attached to the door of the mailbox and that rotates between a first position wherein the flag member is generally flush against the mailbox door, indicating an absence of mail for pickup, and a second position wherein the flag member extends generally horizontally outwardly from the door, indicating the presence of mail therein for pickup. A mail carrier can easily rotate the flag member back to the first position with the same motion used to open the mailbox door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2000
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2002
    Inventor: Gary E. Cooper
  • Patent number: 6371367
    Abstract: A mailbox indicator for signaling a person that he has mail in his mailbox having a signal flag pivotally affixed to a mailbox at one side. A string mechanism works in conjunction with the mail box door and indicating flag to automatically open and raise the indicating flag when the door is opened.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2002
    Inventor: Armando Otero