Lever Patents (Class 292/143)
  • Patent number: 10526821
    Abstract: A keyless door latch system for doors of motor vehicles includes a backup electrical power supply to unlock the door latch in the event the primary power supply fails, thereby eliminating the need for a lock cylinder. The latch system includes a user input device having first and second user input features. The door latch system is configured to supply electrical power from the primary electrical power supply to unlock the latch upon actuation of the first user input feature, and to supply electrical power from the backup electrical power supply to unlock the latch upon actuation of the second user input feature. The user input device may comprise a wireless portable device that generates first and second wireless signals upon actuation of the first and second user input features, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Venkatesh Krishnan, Livianu Dorin Puscas
  • Patent number: 10370871
    Abstract: A lock assembly for an overhead door includes a lock bar and a spring clip receiver. The lock bar is configured to mount on and travel with the overhead door, and includes a track cover portion configured to encircle an overhead door guide track. The lock bar further includes a latch portion extending from the track cover portion. The spring clip receiver includes a spring clip configured to receive the latch portion of the lock bar, and a lock receiver having a pass-through hole for a lock shackle so that, when the overhead door is in a closed position, the lock shackle captures both the lock bar and the spring clip receiver to immobilize the overhead door. The lock assembly may further include an alignment bracket coupled to the lock bar defining an aperture configured to align with the pass-through hole in the lock receiver when the overhead door is in a closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Inventors: Kristian P. Garrow, Donald L. Metz
  • Patent number: 10177565
    Abstract: The purpose of the present invention is to enable use of a solenoid-type electromagnetic valve (120) in a valve driving device (10) that performs wireless communication. A contact signal converter (110) that converts an on-off contact signal to a control signal for operating a solenoid-type electromagnetic valve (120) comprises an explosion protection barrier (115) which restricts the current of the control signal to be no more than a maximum current established for safety regarding solenoid-type electromagnetic valves (120), and a group of batteries (111), the number of which can ensure a voltage at which the voltage supplied via the explosion protection barrier (115) surpasses the operating voltage of the solenoid-type electromagnetic valve (120).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: Yokogawa Electric Corporation
    Inventors: Hitoshi Saito, Nobuhiro Kanatani
  • Patent number: 10024086
    Abstract: The vehicle door handle comprises first and second levers (8, 10) mounted such that they can rotate on a common support (4), these levers being not coaxial and arranged in such a way that the first lever (8) operates the second lever (10) which operates a mechanical link that operates the lock (26).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: U-SHIN ITALIA S.P.A.
    Inventor: Guillaume Lesueur
  • Patent number: 9909344
    Abstract: A keyless door latch system for doors of motor vehicles includes a backup electrical power supply to unlock the door latch in the event the primary power supply fails, thereby eliminating the need for a lock cylinder. The latch system includes a user input device having first and second user input features. The door latch system is configured to supply electrical power from the primary electrical power supply to unlock the latch upon actuation of the first user input feature, and to supply electrical power from the backup electrical power supply to unlock the latch upon actuation of the second user input feature. The user input device may comprise a wireless portable device that generates first and second wireless signals upon actuation of the first and second user input features, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Venkatesh Krishnan, Livianu Dorin Puscas
  • Patent number: 9890569
    Abstract: A door latch assembly is described with a convertible cam drive having a door bolt assembly including a sliding bolt configured for reciprocal sliding action between a latch position and a release position. Such an embodiment includes a cam drive assembly having a bolt actuator as well as a cam holder configured for placement within the cam receiving aperture of the base plate to accommodate the base plate being mounted in one of the plurality of orientations with respect to the door. The cam drive assembly is constructed and arranged for receiving the cam engaging portion of the door handle when pivoted from the rest position to the actuating position, thereby causing the sliding bolt to move from a latch position to a release position using the bolt actuator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: ARCHITECTURAL BUILDERS HARDWARE MFG., INC.
    Inventors: Ankit Kirti Shah, Kirti Shah, Darryl Devine
  • Patent number: 9578971
    Abstract: A mechanism fixed under a cushion for adjusting an interval of two armrests is disclosed. The invention includes a base, an armrest support and a handle set. The base is a hollow body with a channel and has an elastic block with a central through hole. The armrest support has a connecting section slidably penetrating the channel. The connecting section is formed with a longitudinal through hole corresponding to the central through hole in position. The handle set is fixed under the base and includes a handle with a fixing bar and an opening; a presser received in the opening and has a fixing hole corresponding to the central through hole in position and an engagement trench for engaging with the fixing bar; and a bolt passing through the fixing hole, longitudinal hole and central through hole, and screwed with a nut to fasten the handle to the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignee: DONGGUAN KENTEC OFFICE SEATING CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Chih-Cheng Su
  • Patent number: 9528306
    Abstract: For a gate in a fence, where a person on the street-side cannot access the latch on the yard-side. A lock-assembly is fixed to the gatepost on the street-side, and a latch-assembly is fixed to the yard-side. A cable passes through the gatepost, and connects the assemblies. The latch-assembly is a more-or-less traditional gate latch. The street-side lock-assembly includes a lock-base and a lock-cover, which are relatively openable/closable in a clamshell mode. A combination-lock locks the cover to the base, unlocking the lock-assembly enables a street-side person to open the cover. The opening-movement of the lock-cover is cabled to the latch-lever, unlatching the gate and enabling the gate to open.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Inventor: Donald William Wepf
  • Patent number: 9446401
    Abstract: A container for ensuring the transport and the aseptic transfer of a biopharmaceutical product from or to a closed chamber provided with a leaktight joining device, includes: an annular flange delimiting an opening, a removable cover, built-in elements for locking/unlocking the removable cover and a peripheral envelope. The built-in locking/unlocking elements include a built-in functional locking/unlocking arrangement formed by a through-housing formed in the annular flange and a blind housing formed in the removable cover, and by a pin at an inner radial position and a pin at an outer radial position. The container is capable of being in an initial locking position, in an intermediate unlocking position and in a final locking position owing to the displacements of the pin at an inner radial position and the pin at an outer radial position in the blind hole of the removable cover and in the through-housing of the annular flange.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2016
    Assignee: SARTORIUS STEDIM FMT SAS
    Inventor: Gaelle Nodin
  • Patent number: 9440229
    Abstract: A leaktight joining device for ensuring the aseptic transfer of a biopharmaceutical product between a chamber equipped with a removable door and a container equipped with a removable cover, includes: stationary temporary flanging elements, stationary unlocking elements capable of changing the container from an initial locking position to an intermediate unlocking position so as to ensure an aseptic communication between the container and the chamber, stationary locking element capable of changing the container from the intermediate locking position to a final locking position, an annular functional ring gear capable of actuating the stationary unlocking elements and the stationary locking elements of the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2016
    Assignee: SARTORIUS STEDIM FMT SAS
    Inventors: Gaelle Nodin, Jeremy Gibelin
  • Publication number: 20150137526
    Abstract: A latch comprising a base, a handle, a socket, a nut, a threaded shank, and a hollow shaft is provided. The base includes a central through hole and a side recess. The handle includes a toothed holed end. The socket includes an upper toothed section, a lower extension, an intermediate annular flange, a tab extending outward from the flange, an axial channel through the socket, a top hole on the socket and communicating with the channel, and a shoulder between the channel and the top hole. The nut includes a hexagonal top hole and an internally threaded hole. The threaded shank includes an upper section, a lower section, an adjustment section extending downward from the lower section, and an intermediate annular flange between the upper section and the lower section; and the shaft includes an internally threaded hole.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 20, 2013
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Inventor: Wan Lai Liau
  • Publication number: 20150107313
    Abstract: A lock for a sliding panel for receiving different lock mechanisms includes: a housing configured to receive a lock mechanism; and a locking element configured to lock the lock, the locking element being movable between a locked position in which the locking element projects at least partially from the housing and an unlocked position in which the locking element dips at least partially into the housing. The housing is configured such that at least one actuating element is exchangeably arrangeable in and/or at the housing so that the at least one actuating element is operatively connectable with the locking element to actuate the locking element.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 16, 2014
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Inventors: Kai Gröne, Marc-André Schneider
  • Patent number: 8919830
    Abstract: A barrier isolator port assembly for connecting to a conventional docking port of an isolated enclosure is provided. The port assembly includes an annular body, a door assembly and a lock. The annular body is configured to engage a docking port of the isolated enclosure. The port assembly also includes a door assembly mountable within the annular body and a lock operatively connected to the annular body. The lock includes a lever and a pin. The lever is pivotably connected to the annular body about a pivoting member and configured to pivot about the pivoting member to removably insert the pin into the recess of the door assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: West Pharmaceutical Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul H. Norton, Edward Vander Bush, W. Edward Hill, Robert Nase
  • Patent number: 8899633
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a lock device, such as for safety functions, which includes a displaceable lock bolt, which can cooperate with a receiver in order to provide a locked position and unlocked position. The lock bolt includes a guide portion in a second lock bolt portion which, in response to a guiding device applying a force to the lock bolt, guides the lock bolt from the unlocked position to the locked position. The guiding device, in the locked position, is prevented from displacing the lock bolt to the unlocked position. The lock bolt is arranged to be displaced from the locked position to the unlocked position through influence of an external force applied to a first lock bolt portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignee: ABB AB
    Inventors: Mats Linger, Lars-Magnus Felth, Ingvar Gillholm, Mattias Bokesand, Martin Bredberg
  • Publication number: 20140259946
    Abstract: A window assembly includes a first sash having a first rail having a longitudinal axis extending between a first end and an opposite second end. A continuous handle extends along the length of the first rail and is pivotally connected to the first rail between a lowered first position and a second raised position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 27, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: MILGARD MANUFACTURING INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Richard Mansueto, Melvin Saunders, Michael Kuneman, Kevin D. Vilhauer, Eric A. Baczuk
  • Publication number: 20140252782
    Abstract: A door operator includes a housing, a sliding element, supported within the housing and translationally movable along a first axis, an output shaft, rotatably movable about a second axis, and a transmission element, which is adapted to mutually convert a rotational movement of the output shaft into a translational movement of the sliding element.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 7, 2014
    Publication date: September 11, 2014
    Inventor: Alexander HELLWIG
  • Publication number: 20140252781
    Abstract: Device for unlocking a door, comprising at least one operating element; a bolt; a coupling which can be placed in the door and which is coupled between the bolt and the operating element, wherein the coupling comprises a pair of scissor arms mounted rotatably around a fixed shaft, and a pair of pivot arms, wherein each pivot arm is connected at a first end for pivoting around a first shaft to a scissor arm and connected at a second end for pivoting around a second shaft to a push part intended to engage against the bolt, such that a tilting of the operating element brings about a movement of the push part, and thus of the bolt.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 8, 2012
    Publication date: September 11, 2014
    Inventor: Frans J.R. Vanderick
  • Publication number: 20140197645
    Abstract: A handle device includes a pivoting portion and a handle body. The pivoting portion includes a surrounding wall formed along a longitudinal axis, and the surrounding wall has a top surface. The handle body comprises an extending portion which protrudes from the pivoting portion along a radial direction perpendicular to the longitudinal axis and is apart from the top surface of the surrounding wall by a gap.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Publication date: July 17, 2014
    Applicant: TAIWAN FU HSING INDUSTRIAL CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Shih-Min Lu, Fu-Chih Huang, Tsung-Yu Li
  • Patent number: 8752868
    Abstract: The locking device for a window comprises a window side-locking unit which is installed in the window and a window frame side-locking unit which is installed in the window frame. For preventing intruder access to the window, a stop member of the window frame side-locking unit contacts a holding member of the window side-locking unit through vertical movement thereof in order to restrict the movement of the window. According to the present invention, the locking apparatus for the window comprises the window side-locking unit which is installed in the window and the window frame side-locking unit which is installed in the window frame. The stop member of the window frame side-locking unit contacts the holding member of the window side-locking unit through vertical movement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2014
    Inventor: Jeong Hwan Kim
  • Patent number: 8622442
    Abstract: A lid lock apparatus for a vehicle includes a retainer, a cap, and a lock pin. The retainer includes a fitting portion to which an end portion of the cap is configured to fit from an outside of the lid box towards an inside of the lid box and a first engaging portion formed to be positioned outward of the lid box relative to the fitting portion. The cap includes an operational lever portion configured to be elastically deformed to tilt by an operation at an outside of the lid box and including a second engaging portion configured to engage with and disengage from the first engaging portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2014
    Assignee: Aisin Seiki Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Yasuo Imatomi, Toshihiro Kitamura
  • Publication number: 20140001772
    Abstract: A door latch actuator includes a cage fixedly attached to a first surface and a torque plate coupled to the cage for rotation about a spindle axis. The torque plate includes a first engagement portion. An input member is rotatable about the spindle axis between a rest position and an actuated position. The input member has an actuator axis that is normal to the spindle axis. A spindle is coupled to the input member and includes a second engagement portion that is selectively engageable with the first engagement portion. The spindle is movable between an engaged position in which the torque plate holds the spindle and the input member in the rest position, and a disengaged position in which the spindle and the input member are movable with respect to the torque plate to change the orientation of the actuator axis when the input member is in the rest position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 27, 2012
    Publication date: January 2, 2014
    Applicant: SCHLAGE LOCK COMPANY LLC
    Inventor: Vijayakumar Mani
  • Patent number: 8602463
    Abstract: A latch which is suitable for latching a window in a closed and sealed position. The latch has latch furniture 10 adapted to fit into a window section S with minimal protrusion from the section. The furniture includes a sealing lever handle 17 and a latch release handle 16 located in a recess 15 in the latch furniture. The latch further includes a latch mechanism 11 adapted to engage with the latch furniture 10. The latch mechanism 11 has one or more latch bolts 65 operable by the latch release handle 16 and a latch pin 41 engageable with a striker assembly which is mounted to a section of a window frame. The latch pin 41 is coupled to the sealing lever 17 whereby operation of the sealing lever 17 moves the window section S into a sealing position relative to the striker assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2013
    Assignee: Assa Abloy New Zealand Limited
    Inventors: Garth Colin Keighley, Andrew John Terei
  • Publication number: 20130249221
    Abstract: A push button-knob gate latch assembly comprising of: a knob handle, a Center bar (striker); and a gate latch assembly to be mounted to a fence/gate. The push button knob handle is mounted on the exterior of the stationary fence (on the wood post) and includes three round rods and other simple mechanical components which extend through the fence post and connect to the latching device which is secured to the inside of the fence (on the wood post). Pressing the push-button knob moves the center rod and pulls on the closed latch releasing the locking mechanism and freeing the center bar or the striker. Due to its special design, the gate latch locks down on the center bar every time the gate is pushed to a close position and assures a secure closed position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 22, 2012
    Publication date: September 26, 2013
    Inventors: John Arssinous, Azin Farassat
  • Patent number: 8393650
    Abstract: The invention relates to a mechanism that attaches and releases a boat or personal watercraft or the like to a trailer or lift or the like and includes a trigger which can move between a secured and released condition by means of contact with the boat or manually and which is biased by an energy storage device. Said trigger in turn may restrict or release a securing member or members which releases or secures a boat's eyehook. Said securing member may be biased by a primary energy device that may be moved to a locked or released condition as desired to attach the boat to, or release the boat from, the trailer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2013
    Inventor: John Eliot, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8292336
    Abstract: Several new components are provided for a mortise lock. First, a non-handed clutching assembly, including a pair of spindle hubs rotatable within a pair of outer operating cams, is provided for a mortise lock. Second, a spindle-mounted lock-handing selector—which can be removed from one side of the lockset body while the lockset body is installed in the mortise of a door—is provided to set the handing of the clutching assembly. Third, an escapement mechanism is provided for a reciprocating-slide-based clutchworks, enabling the slides to move into a position biasing a clutch lever arm toward a hub-coupling position, even if the outer and spindle hubs are misaligned. Fourth, a guardbolt-actuated blocking assembly for a lockset is provided to block movement of the stop works or clutchworks when the door is closed and the outside door handle is disabled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2012
    Assignee: Townsteel, Inc.
    Inventor: Charles W. Moon
  • Patent number: 8272169
    Abstract: The invention relates to a locking device (11) with a bolt part (13) and a lock part (15) for arrangement on a room-closing element having an opening and a door (17) closing the opening. The bolt part (13) has a longitudinal guiding device (25) and a bolt (23) that can be displaced in a longitudinal displacement direction (21) with respect to the longitudinal guiding device (25). The lock part (15) has a receiving opening (29) for receiving a first end of the bolt (23). The bolt part (13) has in addition to the longitudinal guiding device (25) a transverse guiding device. Spring means (39), which are in active engagement with the longitudinal guiding device (25) and the transverse guiding device cushion a displacement of the bolt (23) in a transverse adjustment direction (47). The adjustment direction (47) is directed transversely to the displacement direction (21) of the bolt (23) and parallel to the door plane and is defined by the transverse guiding device (34).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2012
    Assignee: Pilz Auslandsbetbiligungen GmbH
    Inventor: Fouad Mahdi
  • Patent number: 8256251
    Abstract: A stop arrangement for precluding disengagement of a mortise deadbolt lock element by a cam which is employed to extend and retract the element. The arrangement employs first and second stop arms angularly spaced from a cam, which are rotatable, along with the cam, and which engage the lock element to preclude over-rotation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2012
    Assignee: Larson Manufacturing Company
    Inventor: Michael W. Kondratuk
  • Publication number: 20120200095
    Abstract: A tubular lever lock has a lock body and a bolt connected to each other, an interior handle assembly, an exterior handle assembly, an interior button assembly connected to the interior handle assembly and the lock body, and an exterior clutch assembly connected to the exterior handle assembly and the lock body. Position of an adjusting tube relative to a driving rod of the interior button assembly is adjustable to allow the tubular lever lock to match a thickness of a door. A pressing panel and a transmission tube of the exterior clutch assembly are able to disengage from each other so the exterior handle assembly is unable to drive the lock body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 9, 2011
    Publication date: August 9, 2012
    Applicant: EVERSAFETY PRECISION INDUSTRY (TIANJIN) CO., LTD.
    Inventors: ZHI-QIANG WANG, XIU-FENG LIU
  • Publication number: 20120175893
    Abstract: A heavy vehicle door or ramp is opened and closed using an intuitive control system. The door includes a latch assembly, a lock assembly, and a power unit to assist in opening and closing the door. The door includes an interior joy stick handle and an exterior lever handle. From outside the vehicle, the door is opened and closed by pivoting the lever handle downwardly and upwardly, respectively. From the interior of the vehicle, the joy stick handle is pulled inwardly to close the door and pushed outwardly to open the door. Pivoting the joystick handle forwardly engages the blast locks, while pivoting the joystick handle rearwardly unlatches the latch assembly and disengages the blast locks. The power assist unit is actuated by pivotal movement of the outside door handle and lateral pivotal movement of the interior joystick handle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 6, 2012
    Publication date: July 12, 2012
    Applicant: TRIMARK CORPORATION
    Inventors: TOM F. SONNEK, BRANDON L. HEMANN, ROBERT W. DONALDSON
  • Publication number: 20120169071
    Abstract: A power-operated latch is integrated to a casement window for selectively locking and unlocking a vertically hinged window sash. The power-operated latch is adapted to be concealed in the window frame and is directly connectable to the existing window latch hardware. A reversible rotary motor drives a lead screw on which a slider is threadably engaged for pivoting a lever connected to a longitudinally movable latch bar.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 16, 2012
    Publication date: July 5, 2012
    Inventor: André LABARRE
  • Publication number: 20120146344
    Abstract: A gate fastening latch system comprising: a housing; two fasteners; vertical slide slots comprising guides (guiding movement relative); and a striker body assembly including a striker bolt and a securing plate assembly having threaded receivers. The housing includes a front face; a rear face; a top face; a bottom face; a left face; a right face; a top lug; a bottom lug; and an inner volume. The front face; rear face; top face; bottom face; the left face; the right face, and the inner volume define confines of the housing. Further, the top face; the bottom face; the left face; and the right face form a boxed structure frame to surround and maintain the inner volume. The gate fastening latch system provides that the swinging gate is able to be repeated coupled to a latch body on a structure via the striker bolt; the system being adjustable.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 7, 2011
    Publication date: June 14, 2012
    Inventor: John Markou
  • Patent number: 8176761
    Abstract: A keypad lockset adapted for deadbolt as well as lever locks, and having as a first embodiment an exterior gear train, an interior gear train, and an electronically controlled clutch for coupling the gear trains when engaged and for uncoupling the gear trains when the clutch is disengaged, so that when the clutch is engaged rotation of an external thumb turn will permit the door latch to be withdrawn and thus to permit opening of the door, and a mechanical override mechanism that can be operated in case of electrical failure, and in which clutch mechanism and the override mechanism both operate through the single, standard 2? inch door preparation hole, or alternatively as a second embodiment, a keypad lockset in which two four-bar mechanical linkages are used in place of gears as means to actuate the clutch, and alternatively to provide for a pass-through override function.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2012
    Assignee: Emtek Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Birk Cliff Sorensen, Ping Hsien Tsai, Wai Pang Wong, John Edward Walsh, Louls Romo Martinez
  • Publication number: 20120036785
    Abstract: A vehicle door latch structure is basically provided with a door latch mechanism and a door latch engagement bracket. The door latch mechanism includes a latch release lever that is movably arranged between a rest position and a release position. The door latch engagement bracket defines an opening that is aligned with the latch release lever while the latch release lever is in the rest position such that the latch release lever extends through the opening upon movement of the door latch engagement bracket toward the latch mechanism while the latch release lever is in the rest position, and such that the door latch engagement bracket prevents movement of the latch release lever from the rest position to the release position while the latch release lever is extending through the opening in the door latch engagement bracket.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 12, 2010
    Publication date: February 16, 2012
    Applicant: NISSAN TECHNICAL CENTER NORTH AMERICA, INC.
    Inventors: Kaustubh Bedekar, Jeffery Tobey, Gunnar Mason
  • Patent number: 8113607
    Abstract: A storage assembly comprises a storage unit having a plurality of walls that cooperate to form an interior space and an opening in communication with the interior space, a first track having a first width and a second width along the length thereof, and a second track having a first width and a second width along the length thereof, wherein the second widths are different than the first widths, respectively. The storage assembly comprises a first door assembly slidably disposed along the first and second tracks via first guide members each having width less than the first width of the first and second tracks, and a second door assembly slidably disposed along the first and second tracks, and having a pair of second guide members each having a width that is greater than the first width of the first and second tracks and less than the second width of the first and second tracks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2012
    Assignee: Steelcase Inc.
    Inventors: Mark T. Slager, Timothy S. DeVries
  • Patent number: 8083269
    Abstract: The apparatus comprises a gripping-operating unit including a gripping subassembly, a base subassembly for mounting the components of the unit and an operating subassembly. The gripping subassembly includes a gripper, from which, at one of its vertical extremity, a lever, integral with the gripper, extends horizontally. The base subassembly generally includes an elongated body and a positioning-attachment element connected to the latter. The operating subassembly comprises a spring guide block with opposed channels, a helical compression spring, located in one of the channels, and a pushing pin having a tooth like extension. Should the lever act on the pushing pin, the later, via the tooth like extension, operates against the helical compression spring, and simultaneously moves beyond the spring guide bloc. When a lock is used, a subassembly strike-stopper and a lock actuator-stopper deactivator subassembly are included.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2011
    Assignee: Vanguard Plastics Ltd.
    Inventor: Ross Mitchell
  • Publication number: 20110296880
    Abstract: A lock for a sliding door or window including a latching linkage and an inner manual lever, that allows movement of the latching linkage between a locked and an unlocked position by means of the manual lever and by operation of a inside or outside key barrel, but also allows deadlocking of the latching linkage in its locked position so that operation of the manual lever to unlock the latching linkage is prevented. It is however, desirable that the lock be operable to lock the lock from the inside by a convenient operation of the manual lever when the user is inside the house. It is further desirable that the door is able to be dead-locked by a key from the inside or the outside in a manner that prevents unlocking of the door by the manual handle, since a house owner may find it inconvenient to have to walk around the outside of their house locking the doors.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 10, 2009
    Publication date: December 8, 2011
    Applicant: INGERSOLL-RAND ARCHITECTURAL HARDWARE LIMITED
    Inventors: Edward Norton Sieglaar, Peter Mark Hill
  • Publication number: 20110198867
    Abstract: A high security locking system can be used in a conventional pivot door adapted for use with a latch and deadbolt lock combination. The high security system can be a multi-point lock, received in a recess formed in a locking edge side of a door stile, cooperating with a linkage or other mechanism in a conventional deadbolt/location. The lock can be actuated with a keyed cylinder and thumb turn combination.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 25, 2011
    Publication date: August 18, 2011
    Applicant: Amesbury Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Bruce Hagemeyer, Dan Raap, Gary Tagtow, Tracy Lammers, Allen Rickenbaugh
  • Publication number: 20110168517
    Abstract: A locking device for flaps or doors that are pivotable in or on a frame or housing. The invention in particular includes a door or flap lock that serves as a protection against collisions of objects and/or persons with moving or rotating machine parts, with the possibility of unlocking said door or flap lock by manual operation. The locking device includes a movable bolt disposed on the pivotable flap or door with said bolt being manually operable via a lever, handle, or knob and interlocking with a receiving opening for the bolt that is disposed on the frame. The bolt includes several engagement elements for interlocking with a housing- or frame-anchored receiving element, with said engagement elements arranged along the direction of the bolt's longitudinal axis, which approximately corresponds to the direction of movement of the bolt on opening or closing the pivotable flap or door.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 20, 2010
    Publication date: July 14, 2011
    Applicant: KRONES AG
    Inventors: Robert Krieger, Reimund Hof
  • Publication number: 20110140462
    Abstract: Concepts and technologies described herein provide for a lockable cable-actuated mechanism for latching and releasing aircraft and other stowage bins. According to various aspects, a cable-actuated coupling mechanism includes a handle assembly and a latch assembly. The handle assembly includes an exterior handle connected to a pivoting arm. The latch assembly includes a release mechanism configured to release the latch upon rotation of the release mechanism. A cable connects the pivoting arm of the handle assembly to the release mechanism such that rotation of the exterior handle applies tension to the cable, pulling the release mechanism of the latch assembly. According to other aspects, a locking mechanism may selectively disengage the pivoting arm from the exterior handle to prevent rotation of the pivoting arm when the exterior handle is rotated.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 11, 2009
    Publication date: June 16, 2011
    Inventors: Dennis Carl Lin, Heidi Joy Kneller, Shawn A. Claflin, Mark L. Cloud
  • Publication number: 20110127779
    Abstract: The locking device for a window comprises a window side-locking unit which is installed in the window and a window frame side-locking unit which is installed in the window frame. For preventing intruder access to the window, a stop member of the window frame side-locking unit contacts a holding member of the window side-locking unit through vertical movement thereof in order to restrict the movement of the window. According to the present invention, the locking apparatus for the window comprises the window side-locking unit which is installed in the window and the window frame side-locking unit which is installed in the window frame. The stop member of the window frame side-locking unit contacts the holding member of the window side-locking unit through vertical movement.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 9, 2009
    Publication date: June 2, 2011
    Inventor: Jeong Hwan Kim
  • Publication number: 20110115239
    Abstract: A lid lock apparatus for a vehicle includes a retainer, a cap, and a lock pin. The retainer includes a fitting portion to which an end portion of the cap is configured to fit from an outside of the lid box towards an inside of the lid box and a first engaging portion formed to be positioned outward of the lid box relative to the fitting portion. The cap includes an operational lever portion configured to be elastically deformed to tilt by an operation at an outside of the lid box and including a second engaging portion configured to engage with and disengage from the first engaging portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 8, 2010
    Publication date: May 19, 2011
    Applicant: AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Yasuo IMATOMI, Toshihiro Kitamura
  • Publication number: 20110012374
    Abstract: A latching mechanism is particularly suited for use in latching a slide mechanism, such as used to slidably mount a drawer. The latching mechanism includes a latch assembly comprising a latch lever mounted for movement between a first, second and third positions, a latch tab for selective engagement with a second end of the latch lever, and a piezo electric controller. The controller has a plunger configured to selectively control the movement of the latch lever between the first and second positions, the plunger movable between an extended position corresponding to a first, locked position of the latch lever and a retracted position corresponding to the second, unlocked position of the latch lever, the controller when unpowered preventing the plunger from moving from the extended to the retracted position and the controller when powered permitting the plunger to move from the extended to the retracted position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 29, 2010
    Publication date: January 20, 2011
    Applicants: CareFusion 303, Inc.
    Inventor: ERIC ALLEN OSTROWSKI
  • Publication number: 20100327609
    Abstract: A vehicle door lock device includes an active lever freely switchable between an unlock position and a lock position, a switching actuator, and a switching lever receiving drive force of the switching actuator to move a bushing. The active lever includes a first engagement piece and a second engagement piece. When the active lever is located at the unlock position, the second engagement piece engages with the first engagement piece located at a set position of the bushing to limit movement of the switching lever so that movement of the bushing is restricted within a range between an unset position and the set position. When the active lever is located at the lock position, the first engagement piece is arranged at a position avoiding engagement with the second engagement piece to allow the switching lever to move the bushing between the unset position and a double lock position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 12, 2009
    Publication date: December 30, 2010
    Applicant: AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Ryujiro Akizuki, Takashi Nishio, Yusuke Yamada
  • Patent number: 7849719
    Abstract: The locking device contains an axle, a bolt, a positioning plate, and a cylinder. The axle is connected to a thumb-turn knob and, from a circumference of the axle, a lever is extended perpendicularly. The bolt has a vertical trough in a rear section. An end of the lever is embedded in the trough. The positioning plate has an elongated opening inside which the axle is embedded. The cylinder is positioned adjacent to and above the rear section of the bolt. The cylinder has a key hole in the center and an activation bar extended from a circumference of the cylinder. When the thumb-turn knob or a key in the key hole is turned, the positioning plate is moved towards an opposite direction. In turn, the lever of the axle pushes or pulls the bolt in the same directions as the key or the knob is turned.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2010
    Inventor: Der-Yuh Chern
  • Publication number: 20100276947
    Abstract: A latch which is suitable for latching a window in a closed and sealed position. The latch has latch furniture 10 adapted to fit into a window section S with minimal protrusion from the section. The furniture includes a sealing lever handle 17 and a latch release handle 16 located in a recess 15 in the latch furniture. The latch further includes a latch mechanism 11 adapted to engage with the latch furniture 10. The latch mechanism 11 has one or more latch bolts 65 operable by the latch release handle 16 and a latch pin 41 engageable with a striker assembly which is mounted to a section of a window frame. The latch pin 41 is coupled to the sealing lever 17 whereby operation of the sealing lever 17 moves the window section S into a sealing position relative to the striker assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 24, 2008
    Publication date: November 4, 2010
    Applicant: ASSA ABLOY New Zealand Limited
    Inventors: Garth Colin Keighley, Andrew John Terei
  • Patent number: 7823934
    Abstract: An exemplary fixing apparatus is provided for holding a data storage device defining a pair of holes in a sidewall thereof. The fixing apparatus includes a bracket, a sliding member, a rotating member, a pair of latch members, and a resilient member. The bracket includes a side panel defining a pair through holes therein. The sliding member is slidably attached to the side panel. The rotating member is rotatably attached to the sliding member. The resilient member is disposed between the sliding member and the rotating member. The latch members are pivotably attached to the rotating member and movably extend through the through hole of the bracket to engage in the holes of the data storage device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2010
    Assignees: Hong Fu Jin Precision Industry (ShenZhen) Co., Ltd., Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Ri-Dong Huang, Hsuan-Tsung Chen, Guang-Yao Lee, Chun-Chi Liang
  • Patent number: 7819445
    Abstract: According to an aspect of the present invention, there is provided a handle unit including: a main body including: a pair of bearings; and a pair of holding walls separated from the pair of the bearings; a handle including: a pair of support walls; and a pair of rotational shafts projecting outward from the pair of support walls to be engaged with the pair of the bearings, wherein the handle is rotatable between a stored position and a operating position, wherein the support walls are formed to not face the holding walls when the handle is in the stored position, and formed to face the holding walls and contact the holding walls by being deflected when the handle is in the operating position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2010
    Assignee: Piolax Inc.
    Inventor: Masahiro Najima
  • Patent number: 7793463
    Abstract: A shutter assembly includes left and right shutter doors hingedly mounted between upper and lower horizontal frame members secured over an opening to be shuttered. Vertical stiles serve as the left and right frame members of each of the shutter doors. The vertical stile on the unhinged side of one of the shutter doors includes a vertical flange that engages and secures the vertical stile on the unhinged side of the other shutter door when both doors are closed and locked. The two vertical stiles framing each door retain left and right pivot strips to which a plurality of louvers are mounted for rotation. A louver tilt rod mechanism is attached to and hidden from view behind one of the vertical styles of each of the doors and operates to mechanically link the louvers for movement in concert. A wire rope is positioned longitudinally within each of the louvers to prevent a breach of the shutter assembly through attempted bending of the louvers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2010
    Assignee: Cline Labs, Inc.
    Inventors: Warren W. Stansberry, Bradley D. Carlson, Jeffrey C. Heidel
  • Patent number: 7726681
    Abstract: A receiver hitch arrangement includes a receiver tube, a mount having a shank portion received within the receiver tube and a hitch pin inserted through hitch pin apertures which are formed in both the receiver tube and the shank portion and which are aligned at assembly to maintain the mount in a position for towing. A rattling that is usually caused due to movement between hitch components. is prevented by forming a pair of through and threaded apertures in each vertical wall of the receiver tube and in close proximity to a free end thereof, threadeably engaging a threaded shank of a fastener with each of the pair of apertures and then operably advancing each fastener for direct contact with the shank portion of the mount inserted into the receiver tube until the shank portion is frictionally caged and immobilized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2010
    Inventor: Douglas J. McKendry
  • Publication number: 20100127510
    Abstract: An operation rod 70 includes a first rod 71 and a second rod 72. A one-end portion 71a of the first rod 71 is connected to a lock closer 60 so as to be rotationally movable. The second rod 72 is supported so as to be slidingly movable relative to a hand lever 8. A connecting portion 73 connects an opposite-end portion 71b of the first rod 71 and a one-end portion 72a of the second rod 72 to each other. The connecting portion 73 includes: a long hole 80 which is formed in the opposite-end portion 71b of the first rod 71; and a pin 81 which is formed on the one-end portion 72a of the second rod 72 and which engages with the long hole 80 so as to be slidingly movable therein. While the hand lever 8 is moving rotationally, the connecting portion 73 allows the opposite-end portion 71b of the first rod 71 to move rotationally and slidingly relative to the one-end portion 72a of the second rod 72.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 11, 2008
    Publication date: May 27, 2010
    Applicant: ISUZU MOTORS LIMITED
    Inventors: Shigeo Okunaka, Hiromichi Matoba, Kenji Nakanose, Toshio Suhara