Lever Patents (Class 292/126)
  • Patent number: 10029595
    Abstract: A locking assembly for a vehicle armrest includes a pivoting catch member disposed below an armrest body and a catch wire disposed on a seat back frame member. A retractable stop pin maintains engagement of the pivoting catch member and the catch wire. A release is operatively connected to the retractable stop pin, which may be urged into engagement with the pivoting catch member by a spring. Armrest and seat assemblies including the locking assembly are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies LLC
    Inventors: Nicholas Salenbien, Thomas J. Susko, Macit Aktas
  • Patent number: 9637032
    Abstract: A locking assembly for a vehicle armrest includes a pivoting stopping member disposed below an armrest body and a catch wire disposed on a seat back frame member. A retractable stop pin maintains engagement of the pivoting stopping member and the catch wire. A release is operatively connected to the retractable stop pin, which may be urged into engagement with the pivoting stopping member by a spring. Armrest and seat assemblies including the locking assembly are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Nicholas Salenbien, Thomas J. Susko, Macit Aktas
  • Patent number: 9458646
    Abstract: The present invention generally relates to a handle for a door having a body mountable to a surface of the door, a slide member configured to be received at least partially within the body so as to slidingly move between a first position wherein the slide member projects beyond the body and a second position wherein the slide member is substantially retracted into the body, a fastening member mounted within the body so as to receive at least a portion of the slide member when the slide member is in the second position so as to lock the slide member in the second position, and a locking mechanism configured to prevent opening of the door when the sliding member is in the second position, wherein sliding movement of the slide member from said first position to said second position engages the locking mechanism to prevent opening of the door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2016
    Inventor: Cary Maguire
  • Patent number: 9249599
    Abstract: A lever and mounting plate combination attachable to the exposed vertical surface of a door that includes a latch assembly with a spindle extending horizontally outward from the vertical surface, the lever and mounting plate combination including a main plate mountable onto the door's exposed surface and having a window-like opening extending completely through the plate, a lever having a base part which is coupleable to the spindle and pivotable therewith and has an exposed outer part, and a lever plate fixed to the base part of the lever and pivotable with though lever and with the spindle when it is coupled to the lever, the lever plate closely underlies and contacts said inner surface of the main plate while at all times covering the window, the lever being engagable by a user to rotate the lever plate and simultaneously rotate the spindle to open the door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2016
    Assignee: Securitech Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark J. Berger, Jeffrey Regen
  • Patent number: 9180802
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a retractable striker (1) and a vehicle seat for a vehicle with a retractable striker (1), wherein the retractable striker (1) is arranged on a seat structure (8), wherein the retractable striker (1) is at least partly retractable into the seat structure (8).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2015
    Assignee: Johnson Controls Technology Company
    Inventors: Guido Haladuda, Helmut Jeck, David Alexander, Eric B. Michalak
  • Patent number: 9151078
    Abstract: A truck box is provided having latch elements, one or more locking mechanisms and a keyless entry system which is operative independently of the locking mechanisms to move the latch elements to an unlatched position in order to permit opening of the lid of the truck box.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2015
    Assignee: Daws Manufacturing Co., Inc.
    Inventor: John S. Lackey
  • Patent number: 8979141
    Abstract: A washing machine door, in which assembly efficiency of the door is improved, and an assembling structure and assembling method thereof are disclosed. The door includes a front panel forming the front surface of the door, a rear panel forming the rear surface of the door, a door handle mounted on the rear panel, fixing parts provided on the rear panel, a hook member operated in connection with the operation of the door handle, and an elastic member provided with one side fixed to the fixing parts and the other side fixed to the door handle to provide elastic force to the hook member and the door handle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Sang Bin Lee
  • Patent number: 8960733
    Abstract: A new latch device for a screen door includes inside and outside handle assemblies. Each assembly has a lever adapted to be pivotably connected, respectively, to the inboard and outboard side of the screen door. The inboard lever has a paddle at one end and a stem at the other. The stem extends through an opening formed in the screen door. When the paddle is depressed, the stem moves along a cam surface formed in the outboard lever. This causes the outboard lever to disengage the fastener on the solid door to disconnect the solid door from the screen door. Additionally, when the screen door is in its latched position and not connected to the solid door, depressing the paddle causes the latching end of the outboard lever to disengage the doorjamb so that the screen door can be moved independently from its latched position into its open position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Atwood Mobile Products, LLC
    Inventor: Mark L. Smith
  • Publication number: 20140284945
    Abstract: The invention is directed to a lock for a door arrangement, wherein a catch and a pawl are provided. The catch can be in an open or closed position. The catch may be brought into holding engagement. The pawl may be brought into an engagement position. The pawl may be deflected into a release position. A pawl actuation lever is provided for deflecting the pawl. A switchable coupling arrangement comprises a first coupling lever, a second coupling lever and a spring biased coupling element. A control spring arrangement is provided that is engageable with the coupling element, which control spring arrangement acts against the spring bias of the coupling element, and that the pawl actuation lever is coupled to the control spring arrangement such that a predefined movement of the pawl actuation lever changes or eliminates the resulting force acting from the control spring arrangement onto the coupling element.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 27, 2013
    Publication date: September 25, 2014
    Inventors: Michael Wittelsbuerger, David Rosales
  • Patent number: 8678451
    Abstract: A gate latch for use with a gate may include a first handle to operate the gate latch from a first side of the gate and a second handle to operate the gate latch from a second side of the gate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Inventor: Jim Martin
  • Patent number: 8601838
    Abstract: A locking mechanism for a storage container is provided. The locking mechanism is positioned on a center post of the storage container and includes a sled, a handle or knob, a connecting mechanism, a sled arresting mechanism, and a lock. Depending upon the position of the lock, the handle can unlatch the container. When the lock is in the unlocked position, the sled arresting mechanism allows the unlatching of the container. When the lock is in the locked position, the sled arresting mechanism prevents the unlatching of the container. The locking mechanism is resistant to drill attack due to its vertical configuration and positioning of a cover on the center post.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2013
    Assignee: Knaack LLC
    Inventors: Wayne Hansen, Curtis J. Scadden, Robert A. Bergum, Pravin E. Lokhande
  • Patent number: 8579337
    Abstract: A handle assembly is provided for a vehicle passenger door or compartment door and has a free floating paddle when the door or compartment is locked. The paddle is pivotally mounted on the exterior of the handle housing, while a logic assembly is mounted on the interior of the housing. The logic assembly includes a pivotal drive plate, a pivotal driven plate, and a pivotal lock arm. The drive plate is independent of the driven plate when the door is locked. The drive plate and driven plate moving in unison when the door is unlocked and the paddle is opened, thereby opening the latch mechanism for the vehicle compartment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2013
    Assignee: Trimark Corporation
    Inventors: Matthew L. Hidding, Toby Schwickerath
  • Publication number: 20120242059
    Abstract: A locking mechanism for a foldable motorized vehicle for locking a main frame body thereof comprises a pulling arm, locking shafts, shaft sleeves, elastic elements, and locking pins. The shaft sleeves are fixedly positioned in parallel below the main frame body and respectively sleeved on the locking shafts. Each of the locking pins is fixed on one end of a corresponding locking shaft and penetrates corresponding locking holes on the main frame body. Each elastic elements is sleeved on the corresponding locking shaft and pressing against the locking shaft and the corresponding shaft sleeve, respectively. The pulling arm comprises a pulling rod pivoted on one end of one locking shaft, and a connecting member with one end pivoted on one end of the other locking shaft, and the other end pivoted on the pulling rod.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 15, 2011
    Publication date: September 27, 2012
    Inventors: Chichun Wu, Zhao Zhang
  • Publication number: 20120170182
    Abstract: A locking mechanism for locking an outer shell includes a frame adapted to be stacked with an outer shell and having a through hole for extension of an engaging piece of the outer shell therethrough, a locking element disposed movably on the frame, and a release button disposed slidably on the frame. The locking element has a hook-engaging portion, and a contact portion opposite to the hook-engaging portion. The hook-engaging portion is extendable to the through hole for engaging releasaby the engaging piece. The release button has one end abutting against the contact portion. The release button is operable to push the contact portion, which in turn moves the hook-engaging portion to disengage from the engaging piece.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 14, 2011
    Publication date: July 5, 2012
    Applicant: WISTRON CORPORATION
    Inventors: Xing Liu, Chia-Ching Lee, Xiu-Feng Cheng
  • Patent number: 8191938
    Abstract: A push-pull type door latch opens a door by applying direct mechanical force on the pull side, and by remote action on the push side through conveying a force through a motion transfer belt that connects the two handles. The latch involves no access holes in the door so each handle may be situated at offset positions with respect to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2012
    Inventor: James David Zimmerlee
  • Publication number: 20120091734
    Abstract: A lock for a luggage box installed overhead in the cabin of an aircraft, including a stationary housing and a cover that can move about a rotary axis. The lock includes a locking pin device that can be mounted on the housing, having two locking pins (32, 32b) disposed in parallel, a catch (20) that can be mounted on the cover and that has two locking hooks (55, 55b) that can be pivoted about a pivot axis (22, 22b) for receiving the locking pins (32, 32b) for locking the lock (10), and a manually actuatable drive device (60) for jointly pivoting the locking hooks (51, 51b) away from the locking pins (32, 32b) for unlocking the lock (10). The drive device (60) has a gear rack (62) and a sliding element (64) that can be linearly displaced against the pressure of a spring element (70).
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 2, 2010
    Publication date: April 19, 2012
    Applicant: SFS INTEC HOLDING AG
    Inventors: Olav Schendel, Sascha Costabel
  • Patent number: 8136849
    Abstract: The invention relates to a furniture closure for doors, shutters and drawers, in particular for cabinets and the like in the vehicle sector. In order to provide a furniture closure which, while being particularly straightforward to design and produce, ensures sealed and secured closure of doors, shutters (3) and drawers, a profile rail (5) having a seal (6), a grip strip and a locking element (7) is arranged along the peripheral region thereof and can be pivoted about a horizontal axis (23). The seal (6) has a spring force which retains the locking element (7) in the closure position and can be compressed for the opening position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2012
    Inventor: Fritz Hakemann
  • Publication number: 20120043766
    Abstract: A latch assembly is provided, the latch assembly having: a fork bolt pivotally secured to the latch assembly for movement between an unlatched position and a latched position; a detent lever pivotally secured to the latch assembly for movement between an engaged position and a disengaged position, wherein the fork bolt is prevented from moving toward the unlatched position from the latched position when the detent lever is in the engaged position; a frame, the frame having a striker opening and a first opening; and a secondary lever pivotally mounted to the latch assembly for movement between a first position, wherein a hasp of the secondary lever is positioned over the striker opening and a second position wherein the hasp is not positioned over the striker opening and wherein a feature of the secondary lever blocks access to the first opening when the secondary lever is in the first position and wherein the feature of the secondary lever does not block access to the first opening when the secondary lever is
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 23, 2010
    Publication date: February 23, 2012
    Inventors: Kurt E. Nurmi, John F. Reelhorn, Rogelio Terrazas
  • Patent number: 8056943
    Abstract: A latching overlay for a tool storage unit drawer includes a drawer pull with a substantially horizontal flange portion perpendicular to a front face of the drawer and extending across at least a portion of the drawer width. In a preferred embodiment, the latching overlay includes a trim channel having a first surface for engaging a top face of the horizontal flange portion of the drawer pull, a second surface for engaging a bottom face of the horizontal flange portion of the drawer pull, and a release connected between the first surface and the second surface such that the trim channel is capable of pivoting about the horizontal flange portion. At least one drawer latch hook connected to the trim channel is provided, wherein the drawer latch hook engages and disengages from a latching component of the tool storage unit in response to the pivoting movement of the trim channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2011
    Assignee: Snap-On Incorporated
    Inventors: Clark Scheffy, Andy Deakin, Sarah Hall “Sally” Madsen
  • Patent number: 8016328
    Abstract: The invention relates to a locking device for the door of an apparatus comprising a rotary drum, and to a latch for one such device. The inventive device comprises a latch articulated to a moving leaf of the door, and a control box attached to a fixed frame of the door and configured to receive and immobilize the tip of the latch into a passage provided therein. The aforementioned tip acts primarily as a control tip. The latch comprises at least one second tip acting as a coupling tip which is spaced apart from the control tip and which is configured such that it can be coupled in a retaining stop that is attached to the fixed frame of the door in a position spaced apart from the passage in the control box.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2011
    Assignee: Girbau S.A.
    Inventors: Ramon Sans Rovira, Jordi Mas Gili, Ignasi Riera Curcoll, Jaume Villar Febre
  • Patent number: 7921685
    Abstract: A latch assembly for releasably securing a closure element with a striker element in a closed position. The latch assembly consists of first and second latch elements mounted to a housing for movement relative to each other and the housing, with the first latch element being movable relative to the housing between a latched position and a release position, and cooperating structure on the release lever for moving the second latch element relative to the housing and, in response thereto, causing the first latch element to move from its latched position to its release position. A guard plate is positioned between the housing and the first latch element to more securely retain the striker element and prevent tampering or theft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2011
    Assignee: Ryadon, Inc.
    Inventor: Gregg Teskey
  • Publication number: 20100156119
    Abstract: An adjustable gate latch assembly for a fence gate is adapted to close against a fence post. The gate latch assembly includes a gate latch body including an extended plate section and a cantilever plate section joined by a curved intermediate section. At least part of the curved intermediate section is corrugated. The cantilever plate section extends at a second angle from a second edge of the curved intermediate section. The curved intermediate section is adapted to receive a fence gate pipe. A latch clamp includes a plurality of curved protruberants at a first end and an opening proximate to a second end. At least a part of the latch clamp is corrugated. A plurality of adjustment slots are formed on the extended plate section to selectively receive the curved protruberants to anchor the first end of the latch clamp to the extended plate section. An opening is formed on the cantilever plate section.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 22, 2008
    Publication date: June 24, 2010
    Applicant: Mueller Metals, Inc.
    Inventors: Frederick Harold Mueller, Douglas Ray Diebold, Michael Alvis Lee
  • Patent number: 7690700
    Abstract: A door latch device for a domestic electrical appliance, in particular for a dishwasher, has a frame (10) provided or to be provided on a first component of the domestic appliance, a latching unit (28) arranged so it can be displaced relative to the frame between an open position and a latched position for engagement with a closure system of a second component of the domestic appliance that can be moved relative to the first appliance component and is to be locked with respect thereto, and a latching spring assembly that pre-tensions the latching unit and which in the open position of the latching unit forces the unit into engagement with a blocking surface (24) that blocks relaxation of the latching spring assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2010
    Assignee: emz-Hanover GmbH & Co. KGaA
    Inventor: Thomas Neumann
  • Patent number: 7552950
    Abstract: A latching overlay for a tool storage unit drawer includes a drawer pull with a substantially horizontal flange portion perpendicular to a front face of the drawer and extending across at least a portion of the drawer width. In a preferred embodiment, the latching overlay includes a trim channel having a first surface for engaging a top face of the horizontal flange portion of the drawer pull, a second surface for engaging a bottom face of the horizontal flange portion of the drawer pull, and a release connected between the first surface and the second surface such that the trim channel is capable of pivoting about the horizontal flange portion. At least one drawer latch hook connected to the trim channel is provided, wherein the drawer latch hook engages and disengages from a latching component of the tool storage unit in response to the pivoting movement of the trim channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2009
    Assignee: Snap-on Incorporated
    Inventors: Clark Scheffy, Andy Deakin, Sarah Hall (“Sally”) Madsen
  • Patent number: 7552951
    Abstract: A tray locking structure of a vehicle includes a housing installed in an inner panel of the vehicle, having an accommodating room, an installation recess formed in a front side thereof, and a locking bar that crosses the installation recess; a door hinged to a rear side of the housing that can move up and down to thus open and close the door; and a locking part installed in a front side of the door, having a locking body, a locking step provided in a lower end of the locking body and locked by the locking bar, an upper end pulled forward to release the locking part from the locking bar, a plurality of rotation protrusions provided on lateral sides of the locking body, and a button including an insertion plate having a plurality of insertion holes such that the rotation protrusions are respectively inserted into the insertion holes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2009
    Assignee: Hyundai Mobis Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Keun Chul Kim
  • Patent number: 7530609
    Abstract: A secondary latch assembly includes a mounting bracket, a release hook, and a release handle operably connected to the release hook. The release handle is pivotable relative to the mounting bracket between a first position wherein the release handle is out of view, a second position wherein the release handle is presented and the release hook is engaging the striker, and a third position wherein the release handle is rotated from its second position and the release hook is released from the striker. A spring member biases the release handle towards the first position. The release hook is pivotable relative to the release handle between a locked position wherein the release hook is lockingly engageable with the striker and a released position wherein the release hook is out of locking engagement with the striker while the release handle remains in the first position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2009
    Assignee: Dura Global Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Jason Allen Beauchamp, James Robert DePlonty, Daniel Ethan Bies
  • Patent number: 7452010
    Abstract: A latch for use with a boat hatch including a housing having a well, a floor, and a flange mounted against the boat hatch. The housing has a boss with a bushing and a vertical bore. A slot extends transversely through the boss and the vertical bore. A pull shaft with an annular O-ring is mounted in the bushing bore. A rotation stop pin on the pull shaft will contact the slot, limiting the rotation to one-half turn. A latch bar projects outward from the pull shaft lower end. A D-shaped handle is pivotally mounted on the pull shaft upper end. A spring is disposed below the rotation stop, to bias the pull shaft downward. A lock shaft is mounted for rotation in the housing. A hook with a finger is attached to the lock shaft. A key rotates the hook into engagement with the second pin. The second pin, enclosed between the finger and the boss slot, prevents rotation of the pull shaft and unlatching of the latch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2008
    Inventor: Oren Cotton
  • Patent number: 7261332
    Abstract: A multi-position latch mechanism is provided for a subsurface aircraft ground servicing chamber formed by a pit having an upright interior wall and a pit lid seat disposed atop the pit. A pit lid is provided which, when closed, rests upon the pit lid seat. The latch mechanism includes a catch member depending from the pit lid adjacent the upright wall of the pit. The catch member is mounted to the pit lid for rotatable movement relative thereto. A latching member is mounted on the upright interior pit wall and has a plurality of vertically spaced teeth that face the catch member. The catch member has a hook facing the latching member. The hook is alternatively engageable with each of the teeth, depending upon the extent to which debris on the pit lid seat holds the pit lid off of its pit lid seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2007
    Assignee: Dabico, Inc.
    Inventors: Craig Petersen, Dennis Hernandez
  • Patent number: 7052053
    Abstract: A load floor latch for securing a first closure member to a second closure member. The latch is opened by actuating a handle and a pawl supported on the housing is pivoted away from a keeper on the second closure member by the actuation of the pawl by the handle which is biased to the closed position. The pawl is biased to the closed position. The pawl projects through an opening on the latch housing and also has a pawl projection which is guided during pivoting of the pawl by a portion of the exterior surface of the housing of the latch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2006
    Assignee: Southco, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew Hall, Paul Soldo, Kevin A. McCloskey, David Milne, Andrew Thornton
  • Patent number: 7029040
    Abstract: A device for locking a closure (2) with a housing includes at least one swiveling lever (8), a drive (19) for pivoting the at least one swiveling lever 98) about an axis of rotation and having teeth (20) which interact with teeth (10) provided on the marginal area of the swiveling lever extending around the axis of rotation, at least one catch hook (12) supported on the swiveling lever (8) and having a cam segment (14) concentric to the pivot axis (11) of the at least one catch hook and into which a guide element (9) provided on the swiveling lever (8) engages, and a spring (17) for biasing the at least one catch hook in a closing direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2006
    Assignee: Eppendorf AG
    Inventors: Roland Lippoldt, Rüdiger Uhlendorf, Hans-Dieter Baudisch
  • Patent number: 7028798
    Abstract: It comprises a rear part provided with a cylindrical body surrounding and clamping a sheath for receiving and protecting a driving cable. There is provided a lock for retaining the sheath at the opposite end thereof helped by a dust-coat. Rotation of the rear part makes said lock to be released through a spear. The sheath is provided with a cover inside of which a stranded wire bundle is disposed wherein a metal coil is arranged. Disassembling of the device is made by rotating the hood of the rear part and releasing the spear from the lock. There are also provided projections extending from the spear which may be transversely moved and either transversely compressed or expanded but never being released from the lock as the cable is rotated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2006
    Inventor: Melchor D. Castellon
  • Patent number: 6991273
    Abstract: A tailgate handle apparatus is hidden in a tailgate having an upper panel and a lower panel both mounted in a vertical manner to give the tailgate a refined appearance. The tailgate handle apparatus is structured in a simple manner to give reliability in its operation and reduce the manufacturing cost of a vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2006
    Assignee: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventor: Yong-Soo Kim
  • Patent number: 6953209
    Abstract: A compression latch with a folding handle for selectively holding a door closed. The latch includes a housing with a cup portion for receiving the handle in the folded down position such that the projection of the latch handle above the exterior surface of the door is minimized in the folded-down position. The handle functions to move a pawl in a combination of rotational and linear translational movements as the pawl is moved between latched and unlatched positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2002
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2005
    Assignee: Southco, Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph W. Jackson, Jr., Gerard J. Clisham, Jeremy L. Godin, H. Allen Riblett
  • Patent number: 6550824
    Abstract: Disclosed is a snap lock device for a sliding door of a machine casing, which sliding door is preferably reinforced on at least one side by a sheet metal fold or a hollow rectangular profile, with a handle which is swivelably mounted at the reinforced side of the sliding door and which cooperates with a latch bolt device, and with a retaining device for receiving the latch bolt when the door is closed, this retaining device being arranged on or accommodated in a door frame or in a profile defining an opening in the machine casing. The handle comprises a bar whose ends are supported around a swivel pin extending parallel to the reinforced side of the door leaf and located behind the door leaf or inside the sheet metal fold or hollow profile, the ends of the bar being received in a bar holder, and at least one of the two bar holders is coupled with a hook which is mounted so as to be swivelable coaxially to the swivel pin and has free travel and forms the lock latch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2000
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2003
    Inventor: Dieter Ramsauer
  • Patent number: 6547289
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is an improved drawer latch mechanism, particularly suited for attaching to the front side of a drawer. The drawer front latch preferably has a handle with a full-length grip that is sufficiently large so that it may be operated while wearing gloves, holding a towel or other types of hand coverings. The handle is used to open and close the drawer such that the action of pulling on the handle to open the drawer releases spring-loaded latches biased to be in a locked position. Pushing the drawer closed causes catch surfaces of tapered leading ends of the latch to engage with drawer mounting walls of the cabinet and latch the drawer closed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2000
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2003
    Assignee: C-Tech Trailer Cabinets
    Inventors: James D. Greenheck, Eugene J. Heil
  • Patent number: 6527353
    Abstract: A latch handle for doors and drawers for latching construction elements such as windows and doors. The latch handle may be located on the upper front edge portion of a drawer or the midportion of a door and may be manually opened by reaching under the front edge portion or trim member of the handle and pressing upwards on an actuator bar located inside the frame of the handle. The handle provides an aesthetic advantage in that the latch mechanism is concealed behind the front panel of the drawer or behind the door. The latching mechanism is made up of an actuator bar, a connecting link, and a hook. The hook is configured to engage with a keeper. At least one spring is fixedly attached to the frame for urging the actuator downwards and for carrying the hook into a reliable and secure engagement with the actuator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2000
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2003
    Inventors: Darrell R. Bradfish, Tracey M. Geurts, Jay A. Jaecks
  • Patent number: 6513841
    Abstract: Disclosed is a blowout latch for releasably securing an aircraft panel to an aircraft structure. The blowout latch includes a housing, a bolt, and a handle. The housing includes a bias section that has a plate, a block adjacent the plate, at least one coil spring having opposing ends, a roller mount, and a roller pin. The roller mount has a roller mount base. One end of the coil spring contacts the roller mount base. The opposing end of the coil spring contacts the block. The roller pin is rotatably mounted to the roller mount. The bolt is rotatably mounted to the housing and is used to engage the aircraft structure. The bolt has a secured position. The bolt is held in its secured position by the coil spring which biases the roller pin against the bolt. The handle is rotatably mounted to the bolt and is moveable between a latched position and an unlatched position, without the use of a tool. The handle provides an indicator when the blowout latch is in an open position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2000
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2003
    Assignee: Hartwell Corporation
    Inventor: Frank T. Jackson
  • Publication number: 20020175523
    Abstract: A latch device includes a latch body defining a lever-receiving cavity, and is formed with a running passage in spatial communication with the cavity. A shaft is mounted on the latch body and crosses the cavity. A lever is mounted pivotally in the cavity in the latch body, and has a bar engaging section and an operable section. An engagement bar is mounted pivotally on a bottom side of the latch body, and has a cabinet engaging end that extends laterally relative to the bottom side of the latch body, and a lever-activated member that projects in a transverse direction relative to the shaft through the running passage and into the cavity. A tension spring interconnects the latch body and the engagement bar under tension, and retains the cabinet engaging end at a position, where the cabinet engaging end is adapted to engage a cabinet.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 25, 2001
    Publication date: November 28, 2002
    Applicant: Interseng Hardware Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Francisco Lu
  • Publication number: 20020113443
    Abstract: A locking mechanism for a self-dumping skid mounted container having a catch pin is disclosed and claimed. When the locking mechanism is unlocked the container dumps itself. When the locking mechanism is locked the container may be filled with material, usually scrap steel. A safety latch which engages the catch pin ensures that the container is not accidentally dumped. The catch pin is secured in the locked position by a catch pin hook, a pin support and locator and the safety latch. A spring is operable between the safety latch and the skid which ensures that the safety latch remains engaged. The safety latch is pivotally connected to the catch pin hook and wedgingly acts against the skid to rotate the catch pin hook out of the path of the catch pin allowing the container to self-dump.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 22, 2001
    Publication date: August 22, 2002
    Inventor: Richard L. Sipley
  • Patent number: 6402208
    Abstract: A latch for an oven comprises a support plate mounted within the oven. A bracket member is pivotably supported on the support plate. A handle is fixed to the bracket member and is manually operable to move the latch between the latching and unlatching positions. A latch arm is movably supported on the support plate and connected to the bracket member to be moved between the latching and unlatching positions in accordance with the movement of the bracket member. A spring is connected between the support plate and the bracket member for biasing the bracket member toward the latching or unlatching position, selectively. First and second arcuate guide projections are integrally formed with the support plate beneath the bracket member for guiding the bracket member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 1999
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2002
    Assignee: World Kogyo Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Mikio Shimizu
  • Patent number: 5984383
    Abstract: A lockable, slammable rotationally actuated latch assembly for use as a latching and locking mechanism on a door or panel of an enclosure or compartment has a mounting pan with a recessed draw and peripheral mounting flange. A rotatable cam shank intersects the mounting pan and has a handle attached to an end of the cam shank on the exterior side of the pan. A latch is rotationally mounted on a latch shank located on the interior side of the mounting pan and is biased into the latched position by a torsion spring. A cam is attached to an end of the cam shank on the interior side of the pan and the cam has a contact edge positioned to contact and rotate the latch upon rotation of the cam shank. An optional latch guide can also be mounted on a latch shank for guiding a striker into a striker receiving cavity formed between the latch and latch guide. A lock assembly may be mounted on the flange of the mounting pan or inside the recessed draw of the pan.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 1997
    Date of Patent: November 16, 1999
    Assignee: Cleveland Hardware and Forging Company
    Inventors: Bhupendra Parikh, Donald J. McFarland
  • Patent number: 5979949
    Abstract: A latch for a sliding door of a truck or the like comprises a housing, a latch bar mounted to the housing for pivotal movement and spring means biasing the latch bar towards a latched position. An outboard cam is rotatably mounted to the housing for camming engagement with the latch bar. An outside handle is mounted to the outboard cam. An inboard cam is rotatably mounted to the housing for camming engagement with the latch bar and an inside handle is mounted to the inboard cam. A lock slide is mounted for manual movement into and out of locking engagement with the outboard cam. A mechanism is also included for moving the lock slide when positioned in the locking position out of the locking position in response to pivotal movement of the latch bar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 1998
    Date of Patent: November 9, 1999
    Assignee: Kason Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Burl Finkelstein, Stevie C. Roop
  • Patent number: 5967541
    Abstract: A towing head is provided including three primary members. The first member is stationary and includes a channel which receives the tow pin or towing fitting of an aircraft. The second member pivotally attaches to the first member and itself includes a channel which communicates with the channel of the first member. The third member rotatably attaches to the second member and includes a handle for which to place the towing head in either a locked, partially locked, or unlocked position. In the unlocked position, the second member is moved away from interfering with the channel of the first member so that the tow pin or fitting may be freely inserted or removed from within the channel of the first member. In the locked position, the second member is moved to a position so that it interferes with the channel of the first member and prevents the tow pin from being removed from the towing head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 1997
    Date of Patent: October 19, 1999
    Assignee: Stanley Aviation Corporation
    Inventor: Hans Simon Johansen
  • Patent number: 5820174
    Abstract: A lockable, slammable paddle operated latch assembly for use as a latching and locking mechanism on a door or panel of an enclosure or compartment has a paddle handle pivotally mounted on a pin transversely mounted through side walls of a recessed draw of a mounting pan and attached at one end to an orthogonal trip/lock member on the interior of the pan adjacent the draw. One extension of the trip/lock member is positioned underneath the locking arm of a key cylinder when the paddle is fully recessed and the key is in the locked position. Another extension of the trip/lock member contacts the latch which is pivotally mounted on the interior of the pan draw. A torsion spring about the latch mounting shank biases the latch into the latched position, but allows the latch to be deflected for engagement with a striker with the trip/lock member locked or unlocked, so that the latch can be slammed shut even when locked. A latch guide can also be mounted on the latch mounting shank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 1997
    Date of Patent: October 13, 1998
    Assignee: Cleveland Hardware & Forging Company
    Inventors: Bhupendra Parikh, Donald J. McFarland
  • Patent number: 5601206
    Abstract: A container (20) suitable for use as a truck box for a pick-up truck, includes a base container portion (21) having an open top, and a cover (22) to close the open top. The cover (22) is pivotally attached to the base (21) by hinge mechanisms (23) which are uniquely formed by combining a hinge pin assembly (101) with a pin retaining assembly (102). The cover (22) may also be latched to the base (21) by a latch assembly (24) which includes pivotable handles (56, 57) on each end of the base (21) which, when either is pivoted, rotates latch hooks (68, 74) from a position engaging the cover (22) to a position releasing the cover, without moving the other handle. The container (20) may also receive a tray (150) therein positionable on a ledge (30) and positively located in one direction by ribs (159) and in the other direction by feet (162) positioned in depressions (38) formed between ribs (37) on the inside of the base (21).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 1995
    Date of Patent: February 11, 1997
    Assignee: Rubbermaid Specialty Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Joel C. Haas, Michael D. Howell, David G. Mann, Matthew P. Williams
  • Patent number: 5072974
    Abstract: An oven door latching system has a latch bolt with a latch arm at one end and its other end pivotably connected to a lever through a resilient connection. The lever in turn is pivotably coupled to a positioning device which has a positioning element which is reciprocatable between spaced positions. When the positioning element is moved, pivotal motion is imparted to the other end of the lever, and the connection enables pivotal motion of the latch bolt. A solenoid acts on the positioning device to move the positioning element between its stable positions and produces concurrent motion of the lever to enable movement of the bolt between an oven door latching position and an oven door unlatching position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 1991
    Date of Patent: December 17, 1991
    Assignee: The Stanley Works
    Inventor: John R. Henne
  • Patent number: 5042853
    Abstract: A latch assembly for releasably securing a closure element with a striker element in a closed position. The latch assembly consists of a housing with a body, a release lever mounted for movement relative to the housing between (a) a normal position and (b) a release position; first and second latch elements mounted to the housing for movement relative to each other and the housing, with the first latch element being movable relative to the housing between a latched position in which it maintains the closure in its closed position and a release position in which the closure can be moved out of its closed position, and cooperating structure on the release lever and first and second latch elements for moving the second latch element relative to the housing and, in response thereto, causing the first latch element to move from its latched position to its release position as an incident of the release lever moving from its normal position to its release position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 1990
    Date of Patent: August 27, 1991
    Assignee: Tri-Mark
    Inventors: Stephen J. Gleason, Marvin L. Larsen
  • Patent number: 5004276
    Abstract: An oven door latching system has a latch bolt with a latch arm at one end and its other end pivotably connected to a lever through a resilient connection. The lever in turn is pivotably connected to a positioning device which has a positioning slide reciprocatable in a housing and biased towards the lever. A recessed camming surface in the slide seats a follower arm which is adapted to follow a camming surface therein which define two stable positions for the follower arm which are spaced apart in the direction of motion of the slide and at which the follower arm will seat and releasably lock the slide. When the positioning slide is moved, pivotal motion is imparted to the other end of the lever, and the connecting structure enbables pivotal motion of the latch bolt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 1990
    Date of Patent: April 2, 1991
    Assignee: The Stanley Works
    Inventor: Roger T. Hanley
  • Patent number: 4947661
    Abstract: Disclosed is a detachable type carborne electronic apparatus equipped with a rotatable handle, which can be used both in carrying the electronic apparatus and in locking and unlocking the electronic apparatus from the car body. Specifically after being pushed in the dashboard, the electronic apparatus can be locked by rotating and lowering its handle. The electronic apparatus can be unlocked by rotating and raising its handle, and then the electronic apparatus is ready for withdrawal from the dashboard.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 1988
    Date of Patent: August 14, 1990
    Assignee: Clarion Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Tomoji Yoshida
  • Patent number: 4904003
    Abstract: Herein disclosed is a latch device for latching an inclinable bark rest cushion to a seatback of a seat when the cushion is snugly received in a tunnel formed in the seatback.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 1988
    Date of Patent: February 27, 1990
    Assignees: Ikeda Bussan Co., Ltd., Ohi Seisakusho Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hiroshi Yamazaki, Toshiyuki Hara, Yuji Tanaka, Takayuki Mouri