Having Pivotally Connected Interlocking Component Patents (Class 24/643)
  • Patent number: 9974287
    Abstract: A fish stringer has a locking body, an insert received in the locking body and a loop connected to the locking body and the insert. An insert-receiving cavity traverses into the locking body. The insert has a handle portion to be manipulated and a tongue portion within the insert-receiving cavity. A latching mechanism on the insert engages a latch receptacle on the locking body. The latching mechanism is a flexible arm with a tab. The flexible arm is deformed from an equilibrium position as the tab engages with the latch receptacle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: NELSON DEVELOPMENT GROUP, LLC
    Inventor: Jason Nelson
  • Publication number: 20150074957
    Abstract: A rotatable buckle assembly may include a male buckle member, and a female buckle member configured to rotatably connect to the male buckle member. The female buckle member may include a handle that is configured to be pulled to disconnect the first buckle member from the second buckle member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 16, 2013
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Inventors: Michael B. Grimm, Christopher A.J. Iannello, Martin J. Nilsen
  • Publication number: 20130120923
    Abstract: A latching mechanism for latching a wrist rest to a keyboard defining two latching holes, includes an actuating member slidably coupled to the wrist rest, and two hook members rotatably coupled to the wrist rest. The actuating member includes an abutting post, sliding between an unlatching position extending out of the wrist rest and a latching position hidden in the wrist rest. When the wrist rest contacts the front sidewall, the actuating member slides to the latching position, the hook members extend out of the wrist rest; when the actuating member returns to the unlatching position, the hook members disengage from the latching hole to retract into the wrist rest. A wrist rest and a keyboard assembly having the latching mechanism are also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 15, 2012
    Publication date: May 16, 2013
    Applicants: Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd., Fu Tai Hua Industry (Shenzhen) Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: WEN-HUA YU
  • Patent number: 7578034
    Abstract: A collar stay perforating device for perforating a portion of a collar stay and a collar stay storage device for storing the perforated collar stay are provided. The collar stay perforating device comprises a base member having a punch hole and a guide to receive an end of a collar stay. A first lever member pivotally attached to the base member has a punch member that cooperates with the punch hole. A second lever member pivotally attached to the base member bears on the first lever member to bring the punch member into cooperation with the punch hole thereby perforating the collar stay. The perforated collar stay may then be stored on a collar stay storage device comprising an openable ring member having releaseably engageable arms for forming a closed loop. The ring is openable permitting one of the arms to be inserted through the perforated collar stay thereby providing ordered and compact storage of collar stays.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2009
    Assignee: BG & Sons, LLC
    Inventors: Jason J. Bier, Joshua A. Gutstein
  • Patent number: 7523529
    Abstract: The present invention proposes an engagement mechanism employed in a first assembly part and a cooperating second assembly part. The engagement mechanism comprises a pivot member assembled in the first assembly part; and an elastic member having a double-wedged surface at an endmost portion thereof which extends outwardly from the projecting portion of the first assembly part. The elastic member is employed to provide an elastic force of maintaining the projecting portion extending outwardly from the first assembly part to engage with the second assembly part. The present invention, via the design of the double-wedged surface of the projecting portion, facilitates easy engagement or disengagement of the engagement mechanism, and overcomes the problem of having to provide extra disengagement arrangement in the prior art.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2009
    Assignee: Inventec Corporation
    Inventors: Yung-Chi Yang, Yue-Jun Hu, Mike Cai, Li-Ming Le
  • Patent number: 7240407
    Abstract: A buckle that is compact in a longitudinal direction and uses an unlatching force that may be effectively applied to a latch member when releasing a tongue from a buckle. The buckle is configured so that as an operation button is manipulated in the unlatching direction from a state in which a tongue and a latching portion of a latch member are latched, the slider moves so that the inclined face of a pressed portion of the slider comes in contact with the inclined face of a pressing portion of an ejector and presses the ejector. Then, the ejector is spaced from the tongue and the biasing force of an ejector spring is effectively applied to the latch member via the ejector and the slider in the unlatching direction. An unlatching force is thereby applied to the latch member so that the latch member pivots in the unlatching direction, causing release of the tongue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2007
    Assignee: Takata Corporation
    Inventors: Yoshihiko Kawai, Takaaki Kimura
  • Patent number: 6843072
    Abstract: An earring assembly including two movably connected earring segments and a clasp assembly structured to removably attach the earring assembly to a wearer's ear when in a closed, locked position. The clasp assembly includes a post secured to and extending outwardly from one earring segment and a movable locking arm secured to the other of the earring segments. The locked position of the clasp assembly is at least partially defined by the orientation of the locking arm into locking engagement with a portion of the post passing into the interior of the earring segment on which the locking arm is mounted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2005
    Inventor: Terry T. Lau
  • Publication number: 20030188944
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a handle assembly and a buckle assembly. The handle assembly includes a seat having a circular buckle projecting therefrom for guiding the handle bar by means of a slot and a cover cooperating with the seat to support an extending portion of the handle bar, and the buckle assembly includes a female buckle component assembly and a male buckle component having a recess at one end thereof for receiving a female buckle component and an engagement member close to the other end thereof for matching an engagement member of a switching plate in close condition.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 5, 2002
    Publication date: October 9, 2003
    Inventor: Fei-Chen Lee
  • Patent number: 6484373
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a latch for coupling tether straps attached to child vehicle seats to anchorages provided on the vehicle, e.g., anchorages provided on the package shelf of the vehicle or anchorages located at the crease of the seat bottom and seat back. The latch provides advantages over the common “T” hook currently in use, including a push button remote from the hook of the latch. In addition, the latch may include an opening for attachment of the tether strap. In one preferred embodiment, the latch further includes a plate which is coupled to a strap length adjuster, the plate and adjuster being pivotally connected to permit side-to-side rotation of the adjuster relative to the latch to prevent bunching or twisting of the strap which can cause the belt to loose its ability to uniformly distribute a load across its width.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2000
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2002
    Assignee: Graco Children's Products Inc.
    Inventor: Robert C. Barrett
  • Patent number: 6357092
    Abstract: A buckle which is used to removably fasten two pieces of webbing, strap or the like together requires two distinct actions for its opening and thus is “double locking.” A latch member is pivotally supported on a frame by means of a support shaft. A first strap end is fixedly attached to one end of the frame. A second strap end to be attached to the first strap end is removably attached to one end of an adjuster member. The other end of the adjuster member is T-shaped. The frame has a pair of opposing ledge portions which extend opposite the base portion of the frame, opposing slots being formed between these portions. The top of the “T” of the adjuster member fits into the slots to retain the adjuster member to the frame when tension is placed on the second strap end portion thereby providing a first locking action. The latch member has a detent formed thereon which engages a detent on the end of the ledge portion of the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2000
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2002
    Assignee: Ancra International, LLC.
    Inventor: Ward C. Burrows
  • Patent number: 6178600
    Abstract: A sling system for attachment to a firearm using conventional sling-mounting studs, or for attachment to luggage, and including a molded plastic connector portion attached to a strap portion. The strap portion may be of tubular cloth enclosing a padding element that is adhesively attached to the interior of the tubular cloth portion. The connector portion of the sling includes a pair of legs each defining one of a pair of collinear bores to receive a swivel pin extending between the legs to attach the connector to an article to be carried.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 1999
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2001
    Assignee: Michaels of Oregon Co.
    Inventor: John M. French
  • Patent number: 5784766
    Abstract: A buckle mechanism for use in vehicle safety restraint systems which is substantially shock proof against forces in many directions in a crash situation and also against forces generated by buckle pretensioners used to take up the slack in the belt webbing.The buckle mechanism has a movable button and a resiliently biased locking member guided by a rocking support member and movable transversely to the plane of movement of the button to engage or disengage a locking surface of a co-operating tongue. Mutually co-operating abutments are provided respectively on the button and on the locking member or on the rocking support member to lock the button against the buckle disengaging forces of a crash situation. Preferably an overlocking member is also provided to further resist spurious disengagement of the buckle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 1997
    Date of Patent: July 28, 1998
    Assignee: AlliedSignal Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew John Downie, David Burke
  • Patent number: 5584107
    Abstract: A buckle device for an infant restraining seat of the present invention includes: a frame member which has a base plate and side plates; an engaging member which is pivotally supported by supporting members formed in the side plates of the frame member and is capable of engaging a pair of tongue plates inserted into the buckle; and a blocking plate which is rotatably supported on the base plate of the frame member and has a blocking member for preventing the pivotal movement of the engaging member when the blocking plate rotates. When only one of the pair of tongue plates is inserted into the buckle, the blocking plate rotates by the insertion of the one of the tongue plates. The blocking member thereby prevents the pivotal movement of the engaging member so as to prevent engagement between the engaging member and the one of the tongue plates. Therefore, it can prevent the false latching between the tongue plates and the buckle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 1995
    Date of Patent: December 17, 1996
    Assignee: Takata Corporation
    Inventors: Toshiro Koyanagi, Koji Hiramatsu, Osamu Nakagawa
  • Patent number: 5353482
    Abstract: A releasable latching apparatus having a monitoring means for electrically indicating whether the latching apparatus is in the engaged or disengaged positions. The apparatus includes a main housing with a tab member selectively engageable therewith. A trigger member is pivotally mounted upon a trigger pin which in turn is pivotally mounted in the main housing. The trigger member is selectively engageable with the tab member for engaging or releasing thereof with respect to the main housing. An ejector member is movable between an engagement position and a released position responsive to whether the tab member is engaged to the trigger member. The ejector includes an ejector pin extending outwardly therefrom through an ejector pin opening defined in the main housing to selectively contact the switch lever of a switch which is affixedly secured to the exterior of the main housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 1993
    Date of Patent: October 11, 1994
    Inventors: Theodore Ziaylek, Jr., Michael P. Ziaylek
  • Patent number: 5271129
    Abstract: A seat belt buckle 10, adapted to releasably engage with a latch plate 24 insertable within a latch passage 22 in the seat belt buckle 10, comprises: a rigid frame 12 having an open forward end 11 defining the latch passage 22, an opposite rearward end 13 adapted to be attached to a seat belt, an apertured rectangular base plate 14, an upstanding side wall 16 extending from each longitudinal edge of the base plate 14, and a fixed bar 18 extending across the width of the base plate 14 between the forward and rearward ends thereof, parallel to, and spaced apart from, the base plate 14, the fixed bar 18 being secured at each end thereof to a respective side wall 16.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 1989
    Date of Patent: December 21, 1993
    Assignee: General Motors Corporation
    Inventors: Ron Clarke, Brian M. Martin
  • Patent number: 5257512
    Abstract: A fastener for jewelry articles includes a female component formed of two parts made of variable materials, having different shapes and dimensions, and defining an opening for receiving a male component, and a spring element for keeping the fastener in the closed condition thereof. The two parts are hingedly connected to each other. The female component further includes guides for guiding the male component in the opening, a retaining element for retaining the male component in the opening, and a ring secured to one of the two parts for attachment to an end of a jewelry article. The male component is a profiled plate having a hole cooperating with said retaining element to be held in the opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 1992
    Date of Patent: November 2, 1993
    Assignee: Perlas Manacor S.A.
    Inventor: Antonio A. Febrer
  • Patent number: 5177839
    Abstract: A seat belt buckle is disclosed in which play between a buckle base and a buckle button caused by vibration during the operation of an automobile is prevented, so that the tips of a pair of arm leaves formed on the buckle button are elastically pressed against the outer surfaces of a pair of upright plates on the buckle base to prevent lateral play between the buckle base and the buckle button, while vertical play is prevented by the elastic pressure from the tips of another pair of arm leaves against the upright plates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 1992
    Date of Patent: January 12, 1993
    Assignee: NSK Ltd.
    Inventor: Toshiaki Seto
  • Patent number: 5142748
    Abstract: A seat belt buckle with a pair of buckle tongues. The buckle includes a spring mechanism movable within the buckle housing from a position blocking engagement of a latch when a single tongue is inserted to a position away from the latch when both tongues are inserted allowing the latch to engage the tongues. In one embodiment, a latch indicator is slidably mounted to the buckle push button in the buckle cover and includes a lower end contacting the latch. The indicator is movable from a position flush with the buckle push button when the latch is not engaged with the tongues to an upraised position over the button when the latch moves up and engages the tongues. The tongues have mating portions, but are separable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 1991
    Date of Patent: September 1, 1992
    Assignee: Indiana Mills and Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventors: James R. Anthony, Michael A. Wiseman, Allan R. Lortz
  • Patent number: 4972559
    Abstract: A buckle adapted to receive and retain a tongue mounted on a safety belt includes an actuating member mounted for rotation about a first predetermined axis to and from a latch position, the actuating member having an engaging portion, and a latching member mounted for rotation about a second predetermined axis. The latching member is movable between a first, latching position in which the latching member or a latching component driven thereby engages a tongue to retain the tongue latched in the buckle and a second, release position in which the tongue may be released from or introduced into the buckle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 1988
    Date of Patent: November 27, 1990
    Assignee: General Engineering (Netherlands) B.V.
    Inventor: Artur L. Haglund
  • Patent number: 4942649
    Abstract: A seat belt buckle has a plastic outer body of a color and style suitable for the intended environment, with a formed steel inner frame having horizontally-spaced upturned sides having two parallel pairs of in-turned flanges serving as crush inhibitors, release slide guides, and tongue receiver guides. An upturned frame front flange cooperates with the sides and flanges as a wrack resistor and tongue retainer. The body front has a trough-shaped entrance to admit a latchable tongue, one margin of the entrance being provided by the sloped front of an end-release operating slide. A removable slide front button is curved to assist finding for release. A pivoting latching member with a latching pawl thereon is spring-urged into position latching the pawl with the tongue, and released by a cam on the slide, with a shallow ramp for ease of intentional release. A tongue ejector holds the pawl in unlatched position when the tongue is out of the buckle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 1989
    Date of Patent: July 24, 1990
    Assignee: Indiana Mills & Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventors: James R. Anthony, David Merrick, Ronald F. Homeier, Allan R. Lortz
  • Patent number: 4876772
    Abstract: A seat belt buckle has a plastic outer body of a color and style suitable for the intended environment, with a formed steel inner frame having horizontally-spaced upturned sides having two parallel pairs of inturned flanges serving as crush inhibitors, release slide guides, and tongue receiver guides. An upturned frame front flange cooperates with the sides and flanges as a wrack resistor and tongue retainer. The body front has a trough-shaped entrance to admit a latchable tongue, one margin of the entrance being provided by the sloped front of an end-release operating slide. A removable slide front button is curved to assist finding for release. A pivoting latching pawl is spring-urged into latching position, and released by a cam on the slide, with a shallow ramp for ease of intentional release. A tongue ejector holds the pawl in unlatched position when the tongue is out of the buckle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 1988
    Date of Patent: October 31, 1989
    Assignee: Indiana Mills & Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventors: James R. Anthony, David Merrick, Ronald F. Homeier, Allan R. Lortz
  • Patent number: 4870726
    Abstract: A safety belt buckle has a slider having first and also second parts each adapted to engage and retain a locking member in a locking condition in which it engages a tongue inserted in the buckle. The slider is spring biassed to a position in which one part engages and retains the locking member and is movable against the spring bias to a second position to permit the locking member to move to release the tongue. The arrangement is such that if the buckle is subjected to a severe force, which moves the slider against the spring bias, the slider moves to a third position in which the second part engages and retains the locking member in the locking position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 1987
    Date of Patent: October 3, 1989
    Assignee: Allied Engineering Company S.A.
    Inventors: Erik L. Eksell, Artur L. Haglund
  • Patent number: 4733443
    Abstract: A fastening means for safety belts for cars or the like is especially intended for resisting the high G-forces to which the fastening system is subjected in a collision. Said fastening means essentially comprises a locking flap (2) being provided with a rivet (2c), a supporting lug (2a), and two hinged arms (2b) to be in contact with the turnable about the rear portion of a locking case member (5) shaped with two parallel plates to form an intermediate space (5f). Said parallel plates are provided with three through recesses, i.e. one securing hole (5b) for securing said fastening means in a car, one hole (5e) for receiving the supporting lug (2d) of locking flap (2), and a locking hole (5c) for guiding and receiving locking flap rivet (2c).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 1986
    Date of Patent: March 29, 1988
    Assignee: Loyd's Industri A/S, Boks 609
    Inventor: Ulf Tolfsen
  • Patent number: 4679853
    Abstract: A seat belt anchorage consists of a support member which forms part of a carriage movable along a track. The support member is adapted to have a seat belt releasably connected thereto. The seat belt itself engages a connection member, one end of which is engaged by a spring-biassed catch member. The other end of the connection may either be pivotally connected to the support member or may be inserted into a socket or recess defined on the support member. The catch can be moved to a release position to enable the seat belt to be detached from the carriage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 1985
    Date of Patent: July 14, 1987
    Assignee: Autoliv Development AB
    Inventor: Bjorn Emanuelson
  • Patent number: 4677716
    Abstract: This buckle, which is intended in particular for the safety belt of a motor vehicle, has a housing (1) inside which there is located a body (4) intended to be fixed to a retaining means integral with the vehicle, a locking member (5) intended to keep the latch in a locked position, and a lock release member (6). The locking member (5) is mounted inside the said body (4) so as to oscillate and be displaceable between a position where the said latch is locked and a position where the latter is released and has at its ends means intended to co-operate with stopping surfaces of the body (4) and of the latch via the action of a destabilizing device (16).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 1986
    Date of Patent: July 7, 1987
    Assignee: Aciers et Outillage Peugeot
    Inventor: Jean Monsigny
  • Patent number: 4644617
    Abstract: A releasable locking device comprises a tubular housing (180) having a pair of rotary pawls (182) mounted therein. The angular position of the pawls are controlled by spring-loaded balls (183). A line (179) passing through the housing has a collar (184) thereon which latches with the pawls when the collar is brought into engagement therewith, the pawls being rotated so that the balls then bear on adjoining surfaces of the pawls. When the line is subsequently slackened the balls (183) act on the pawls to rotate them further into the housing so that on subsequent engagement by the collar (184), they are free to rotate so as to allow the collar to pass through the housing. This system provides an automatic latching of the line (179) followed by automatic disengagement of the latch simply by releasing tension in the line followed by reapplying such tension. Therefore latching and unlatching can be effected simply from a position remote from the latching mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 1984
    Date of Patent: February 24, 1987
    Inventors: Alan W. Tupper, Peter R. Flux
  • Patent number: 4642857
    Abstract: A belt buckle assembly comprises a tongue plate, a cover having a slot through which the tongue plate is inserted, a base received in the cover, a latch member provided with a latch part for locking the tongue plate and supported by the base rotatably between a tongue plate locking position and a non-locking position, a biasing member which urges the latch member in the direction of the tongue plate locking position, and a push button member for moving the latch member to the non-locking position against the action of the biasing member. At least one of the latch member and the tongue plate is configured so that the latch plate, when twisted, cannot turn the latch member toward the non-locking position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 1983
    Date of Patent: February 17, 1987
    Assignee: NSK-Warner K. K.
    Inventor: Katsuyasu Ono
  • Patent number: 4631784
    Abstract: The buckle consists of a buckle body, an angled buckle cover and a slider. The buckle cover is provided with a plate for engaging a band that is to be fixed. Cheeks protrude from the longitudinal edges of the plate. The angled buckle cover is movably mounted in the cheeks. When the cover is in its closed position, a shorter arm of the cover extends into a recess, which extends transversely to the longitudinal direction of the plate. The shorter arm of the buckle cover selectively holds the belt or the slider in position. For this purpose the slider has an aperture for latching the shorter arm. The shorter arm of the cover extending into the recess in the plate is shorter than the clearance between the cheeks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 1984
    Date of Patent: December 30, 1986
    Inventor: Gerhard Fildan
  • Patent number: 4617705
    Abstract: A buckle for receiving a tongue. A pair of helical springs are positioned between a latch and a main body having first slots for receiving one edge of a reinforcement plate pivoted downward depressing the latch springs and snapping into place into a yieldable hook shaped portion. A push button is positioned between the reinforcement plate and the cover having a skirt interferingly extending between the plate and main body securing the assembly together. The plate includes a pair of legs extending on opposite of the tongue mouth and into the main body transferring plate load into the main body of the buckle. The push button includes two legs fitting adjacent and inward of two arms of the latch in turn limiting outward travel of the button legs. An alternate embodiment includes a third leg depending from the plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 1985
    Date of Patent: October 21, 1986
    Assignee: Indiana Mills & Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventors: James R. Anthony, Allan R. Lortz
  • Patent number: 4610058
    Abstract: A central lock for safety belts. With such a lock, especially in aircraft and sports cars, where the lock has an external bead behind which the connection members can catch, which in the process can freely align themselves in the respective belt-pulling direction, and where the lock also has control elements for fastening the connection members, for holding them securely in place, and for releasing them, with these control elements being operatively coupled with a manually operable rotary member which is disposed over a stud in conjunction with which the various movements in the lock occur, there exists the problem of an expedient arrangement of the many necessary components while at the same time avoiding two great a structural height. To reduce the overall structural size, and to provide as few components as possible, a retention and release element is disposed around the stud, with this element having a part which extends parallel to the central longitudinal axis of the lock.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 1985
    Date of Patent: September 9, 1986
    Assignee: Autoflug GmbH
    Inventors: Hans-Joachim Stemmildt, Hubert Nohren
  • Patent number: 4587695
    Abstract: Snap-in installation double latch release bracket for retaining passenger car cargo cover end caps.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 1984
    Date of Patent: May 13, 1986
    Assignee: Irvin Industries Inc.
    Inventor: Kirk Jensen
  • Patent number: 4586499
    Abstract: An arrangement for supporting a limb wound bandage includes a waist belt and couplers extending from the belt to the bandage, each coupler including a pair of clamp jaws with confronting intermeshing ridges and valleys sandwiching and gripping the bandage upper border. Bands extend upwardly from each pair of jaws and are superimposed and joined at their tops and engage a connector which in turn directly or indirectly engages the belt. A locking slide member slidably engages the superimposed bands and includes depending tongues slidably engaging the clamp jaw outside faces to releasably lock the clamp jaws in closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 1984
    Date of Patent: May 6, 1986
    Inventor: Esther Kaletzky
  • Patent number: 4584858
    Abstract: A device for forming a bunch of keys having a centrally arranged disc from which individual key holder members extend. Ball heads of arms of the key holder members are slidably mounted in an undercut groove in the disc which opens towards the periphery of the disc. The groove has a removal opening for the ball heads which is releasably closed by a slide such that the ball heads can move around in the groove passing by the removal opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 1983
    Date of Patent: April 29, 1986
    Inventor: Heinz Wolter
  • Patent number: 4575907
    Abstract: A seat belt latch buckle includes a buckle body that releasably accepts and latches a buckle tongue. The buckle body includes a frame, a latch plate having a latching projection and pivotable in the frame, a release member to release the tongue, and an ejector to eject the released tongue. A control member is slidable on the latch plate between first and second positions. In the first position the control member is engaged between a portion of frame and the latch plate to positively lock the latch plate in the latched position. The release member slides the control member to the second position, in which it no longer prevents the latch plate from moving to the release position, before it engages the latch plate to pivot it and release the tongue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 1984
    Date of Patent: March 18, 1986
    Inventor: Juichiro Takada
  • Patent number: 4562623
    Abstract: A release mechanism is provided for releasably joining two objects such as straps, cables, ropes, or the like as well as two rigid members such as pipes, tubing, beams, columns, or the like. The mechanism is usable for releasing loads which are under tension and, in certain embodiments, also transmit compression and torsional forces. One mechanism includes a pair of pivoting plates connected to the ends of a bifurcated strap. The plates engage elongated surfaces on a root member connected to an opposite strap. An indexing arrangement is provided to prevent relative sliding movement. The plates are biased for outward movement. Outward movement is prevented by releasable securement links or straps. An alternative form of securement is provided in the form of a sliding enclosure. An alternative embodiment for flexible or rigid members is provided in the form of a central root surrounded by outwardly pivoting leaves. Pivoting members connected to the leaves engage projections on the root member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 1983
    Date of Patent: January 7, 1986
    Inventor: William W. Jeswine
  • Patent number: 4562625
    Abstract: A seat belt buckle having a buckle frame and a pivotal latching member mounted therein includes a single spring for biasing a push button toward an outer position and for ejecting a tongue plate from the frame when the latch mechanism is in its open position. The preferred spring is a coil spring which is loaded in tension in an extended configuration. In the preferred embodiment, the spring additionally provides biasing force to lock the latch mechanism in its latching position after insertion of the tongue plate into the buckle frame and provide biasing force to maintain the latching member in its open position prior to insertion of the tongue plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 1983
    Date of Patent: January 7, 1986
    Assignee: Gateway Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Gerald A. Doty, William E. Hunter, Jr.
  • Patent number: 4535514
    Abstract: A one-piece plastic safety belt buckle cover employs integral structural members depending from the inside of the top portion of the cover to support it and give it strength and rigidity to resist crushing under vertical loading. The preferred structural members comprise a latticework or honeycomb of intersecting walls and ribs defining supports at the front, sides and rear of the cover. The front support is positioned above a tongue plate and spaced therefrom to engage the tongue plate when the front of the cover is deflected downward. The preferred supports include walls which extend downward inside the cover shell and are positioned to engage various surfaces of the buckle when the cover is deflected downward due to vertical loading, and include ribs which do not extend as far downward, but which also support the outer shell of the cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 1982
    Date of Patent: August 20, 1985
    Assignee: Gateway Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Richard M. Grabowski
  • Patent number: 4505012
    Abstract: A sling swivel for removably attaching a sling of flat webbing or other strap material to a rifle or other firearm includes a loop member for receiving the webbing. The loop has a neck extending away from one side. A pivotable shaft carrying a movable link member extends through the neck and is spring-biased to urge the movable link toward the neck. A mounting pin is mounted on one end of the movable link member and is slidably receivable in a hole associated with the neck or a fixed link member. Moving the movable link from its normal position allows the mounting pin to be placed through an eye on a rifle, to attach the swivel to the rifle. The spring-biased pivotable shaft mounting pin is received within the hole. A stop extending from the neck, alongside the movable link, protects the movable link against being pushed away from the neck by an eye of a rifle on which the swivel may be mounted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 1983
    Date of Patent: March 19, 1985
    Inventor: David A. Johnson