Motor Patents (Class 292/144)
  • Patent number: 11131122
    Abstract: Disclosed is a self-latching gate latch device. The device comprises a latch and a magnet assembly housing. The latch assembly housing, secured to a hinged gate, comprises a slidable horizontal latch bar, attractable by a magnet. The magnet assembly housing comprises a slidable vertical magnet bar secured with a magnet at the bottom thereof. In a lock position of the magnet bar, the latch bar engages the magnet. The magnet assembly housing further comprises a locking member that, in an engagement position, engages the magnet bar to the magnet assembly housing preventing the magnet bar from any upward movement. Within the magnet bar is disposed a lock bar, which when depressed, frees the magnet bar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2021
    Inventor: Audrius Macernis
  • Patent number: 11131127
    Abstract: A motor vehicle door latch which is equipped with a locking bolt and a locking mechanism interacting with the locking bolt, including a catch and a pawl. The motor vehicle door latch possesses a stop lever pivotably located on the control lever, which interacts with a protrusion on the catch beyond a main ratchet position and a pre-ratchet position, whereby the protrusion corresponds to a third ratchet position with an increased distance of the locking bolt in respect of the main ratchet and pre-ratchet position compared to a catch axis. The stop lever impinges a triggering lever lifting the pawl from the catch in order to open the locking mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2021
    Assignee: Kiekert AG
    Inventors: Robert J. Hunt, Robert S. Pettengill
  • Patent number: 11111696
    Abstract: A lock mechanism for interengaging two relatively movable components includes a bolt mounted within a first component and interengageable with a second component when the first and second components are in a predetermined position relative to each other and the bolt is extended. A magnetically-releasable latch mechanism is positioned to latch the bolt in a retracted position and is mounted for movement between a biased latch engaging position and a latch releasing position in a non-common direction of movement of the bolt. A first magnet is disposed within a trigger being translatable along an axis parallel to a longitudinal axis of the bolt and a second magnet is positioned to displace the latch mechanism to the latch releasing position as the trigger is caused to translate vertically when the first component is in the predetermined position relative to the second component to permit displacement of the bolt to the extended position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2021
    Assignee: Interlock USA, Inc.
    Inventors: Peter J. Minter, Douglas Stadler
  • Patent number: 11066850
    Abstract: A lock actuator assembly includes an escutcheon defining a longitudinal axis. A rotatable drive disk is rotatably coupled to the escutcheon about a rotational axis. A slide arm is slidingly coupled to the escutcheon and operably coupled to the drive disk such that movement of the slide arm along the longitudinal axis rotates the drive disk about the rotational axis. Additionally, an electronic actuator is coupled to the escutcheon. The electronic actuator is configured to drive the slide arm along the longitudinal axis, and the drive disk is adapted to couple to a lock mechanism so as to shift the lock mechanism between a locked position and an unlocked position when the drive disk rotates about the rotational axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Assignee: Amesbury Group, Inc
    Inventors: Tyler Welbig, Gary E. Tagtow, Matt Halbersma, Michael Lee Anderson
  • Patent number: 11028912
    Abstract: A drive arrangement for motorized adjustment of an actuating element, rotatably mounted inside a motor vehicle door latch housing. The drive arrangement comprises a motor and a spindle drive connected to the motor, the spindle drive containing a spindle and a spindle nut mounted thereon. The spindle is coaxially driven by a driven shaft of the motor. The spindle nut acts on the actuating element in order to rotate it by at least one interposed coupling element. The spindle nut and the coupling element form a single unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignee: Kiekert AG
    Inventor: Robert L. Brickner
  • Patent number: 10994604
    Abstract: The present invention discloses an operating fluid container for a motor vehicle, wherein the operating fluid container comprises a fill level sensor, a tank control device and an electrically and/or electromagnetically actuable actuator; the tank control device is connected to the actuator by means of a first data exchange connection and to the fill level sensor by means of a second data exchange connection; the fill level sensor is designed to transmit data representing a fill level of the operating fluid container to the tank control device via the second data exchange connection; the tank control device is designed to transmit a filling stop signal to the actuator via the first data exchange connection upon receiving data which represent a predetermined fill level of the operating fluid container; and the actuator initiates the termination of a filling procedure of the operating fluid container upon receiving the filling stop signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: KAUTEX TEXTRON GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Hartmut Wolf, Theodor Ossege
  • Patent number: 10968661
    Abstract: A motor with a shaft and a shaft axis is disposed within a housing. A lead screw has an axis and is rotatably mounted in the housing. A deadbolt linearly extends from the housing based on rotation of the lead screw. A gear set with a plurality of gears, each having an axis, is disposed in the housing and operably connects the motor and the lead screw. A circuit board is disposed within the housing and has a plurality of portions communicatively connected by a ribbon. Each portion is disposed substantially orthogonal to the motor shaft axis, the lead screw axis, and the plurality of gear axes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: Amesbury Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Gary E. Tagtow, Michael Lee Anderson, Tracy Lammers, Bruce Hagemeyer, Douglas John Criddle
  • Patent number: 10934744
    Abstract: An actuator-controlled electric strike operates in conjunction with a latch having an engaged position to secure a door in a closed state and a released position. The strike comprises a housing defining an entry chamber. A keeper is disposed in the entry chamber about an axis for rotation between a locked position and an unlocked position. A unitized actuator module is provided including a body, a keeper release and an actuator movable between first and second positions. When the actuator is in one of the first or second positions the keeper release is coupled to the keeper and the keeper is secured in the locked position. When the actuator is selectively moved to the other of the first or second positions the keeper release is decoupled from the keeper and the keeper is rotatable to the unlocked position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: Hanchett Entry Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Ryan Matthew Sims, Baruch Spence, Michael Allen Webb
  • Patent number: 10927569
    Abstract: A door handle for actuating a mortise lock of a door with an output shaft and a handle facing away from the door. The output shaft and the handle have a common rotation axis and are connected to one another via an electromechanical clutch. The output shaft has a recess, on the side facing the handle, dimensioned for a coupling element that is axially displaceable between open and closed positions with a motor, while the handle has a receptacle dimensioned to accommodate the coupling element opposite to the recess. The door handle is particularly reliable when the motor drives a coupling (auxiliary) shaft on which and/or in which at least one coil spring is disposed non-rotatably and coaxially with respect to the stator of the motor. The auxiliary shaft has at least one protrusion engaging in an intermediate space between two neighbored windings of the coil spring to displace the coil spring axially as a result of rotation of the auxiliary shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: UHLMANN & ZACHER GMBH
    Inventor: Andreas Lauer
  • Patent number: 10914102
    Abstract: A motor vehicle door latch, in particular a servo latch, which is equipped with a locking mechanism including of a catch and a pawl. Furthermore, a spindle drive with a motor, spindle and spindle nut located thereon is executed at least to close the locking mechanism. The spindle nut impinges the catch at least in the closure direction via a closure lever. The closure lever is simultaneously formed as an opening lever to open the locking mechanism and consequently as a combined closure/opening lever. The combined closure/opening lever impinges either the catch in a closing direction or the pawl in an opening direction dependent on the actuating direction of the spindle drive.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Assignee: Kiekert AG
    Inventor: Robert J. Hunt
  • Patent number: 10907381
    Abstract: An electronic door lock includes a dead bolt moved by a deadbolt transmitting assembly, a spring-loaded latch bolt moved by a latchbolt transmitting assembly, a lock core rotated by a core transmitting assembly, and a spring-loaded prying resisting member. A monitoring unit includes sensors respectively corresponsive to those assemblies and the prying resisting member, and a security controller which performs a security procedure in accordance with position of those assemblies and the prying resisting member sensed by the sensors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: WFE Technology Corp.
    Inventor: Chih-Min Lien
  • Patent number: 10908762
    Abstract: A household appliance includes a housing; a treating chamber located within the housing and having an access opening; a closure element movable relative to the access opening between opened and closed positions to selectively provide access to the treating chamber through the access opening; a controller associated with the housing and implementing a treating cycle on at least one item in the treating chamber; and a human-machine interface. The HMI includes a first portion associated with the housing and a second portion associated with the closure element. The first portion includes non-touch sensitive indicia. The second portion includes an electrically conductive layer having a touch-sensitive area corresponding to the indicia of the first portion and is arranged to be in register with a corresponding selection area when the closure element is in the closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Darryl C. Bodine, Randell L. Jeffery, Eric Schuh
  • Patent number: 10851568
    Abstract: An apparatus and method are provided for controlling access to a space using an improved locking apparatus. The locking apparatus includes a central member having an actuator, a shaft connected to the actuator, at least one cam attached to the shaft, a control circuit configured to control operations of the locking apparatus, and a lifting member configured to be raised or lowered according to a command position. A method is provided for operating a mounted locking apparatus in a locked or unlocked state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignee: HavenLock Inc.
    Inventors: Alexander Michael Bertelli, Kenneth Clay Banks, Brian Douglas Smith, Michael E. Haarlander, Sr.
  • Patent number: 10844632
    Abstract: A digital lock including at least two magnets is disclosed. One magnet is a semi-hard magnet and the other magnet is a hard magnet. The hard magnet is configured to open or close the digital lock. The semi hard magnet and the hard magnet are placed adjacent to each other. A change in magnetization polarization of the semi hard magnet is configured to push or pull the hard magnet to open or close the digital lock.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: AXTUATOR OY
    Inventor: Mika Pukari
  • Patent number: 10808436
    Abstract: A motor vehicle secondary hood latch release mechanism comprises a striker, a primary hood latch, and a secondary hood latch. A remote secondary hood latch release device actuates the secondary hood latch only after a primary hood latch switch provides a signal to the controller indicating that the primary hood latch is in the disengaged position. A hood sensor provides a signal when the hood has been lifted to the open condition. The controller actuates the secondary hood latch to the disengaged position for a prescribed period of time upon actuation of a vehicle system input device, and thereafter the controller actuates the secondary hood latch to the engaged position upon the earlier of expiration of the prescribed time or the hood sensor providing the signal to the controller that the hood has been lifted to the open condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Mark A. Cuddihy, Hubert Szawarski, Tyler Glenn, Manoharprasad K. Rao
  • Patent number: 10787840
    Abstract: Certain aspects of the technology disclosed herein include an apparatus and method for electrically and mechanically connecting a deadbolt to a main housing of a lock. The main housing can be configured to extend a deadbolt along a path to lock and/or unlock a door while receiving electrical energy from an energy storage device disposed in the deadbolt. The energy storage device disposed in the deadbolt can be proximate to one or more electrical contacts electrically connected to one or more components in the main housing via conductive components of a bolt carriage. The bolt carriage includes a groove attachable to a male detent connector attached to the deadbolt. The groove in the bolt carriage provides a mechanical connection to the deadbolt and also aligns pogo pins with electrical components of the bolt carriage to enable electrical transmission from the deadbolt to the main housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: LEVEL HOME, INC.
    Inventors: John H. Martin, Kenneth D. Goto, Thomas E. King, Jordan R. Fountain
  • Patent number: 10753124
    Abstract: Certain aspects of the technology disclosed herein include an apparatus and method for electrically and mechanically connecting a deadbolt to a main housing of a lock. The main housing can be configured to extend a deadbolt along a path to lock and/or unlock a door while receiving electrical energy from an energy storage device disposed in the deadbolt. The energy storage device disposed in the deadbolt can be proximate to one or more electrical contacts electrically connected to one or more components in the main housing via conductive components of a bolt carriage. The bolt carriage includes a groove attachable to a male detent connector attached to the deadbolt. The groove in the bolt carriage provides a mechanical connection to the deadbolt and also aligns pogo pins with electrical components of the bolt carriage to enable electrical transmission from the deadbolt to the main housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: LEVEL HOME, INC.
    Inventors: John H. Martin, Kenneth D. Goto, Thomas E. King, Jordan R. Fountain
  • Patent number: 10738506
    Abstract: An exemplary clutch mechanism includes a casing, first and second hubs rotatably mounted to the casing, an electrically-actuated drive assembly mounted within the casing, and a clutching lug movably mounted within the casing. The lug has an engaged position in which the lug couples the hubs for joint rotation and a disengaged position in which the hubs are rotationally decoupled. The drive assembly is operable to drive the lug between the engaged and disengaged positions to couple and decouple the hubs. The clutch mechanism is modular and self-contained within the casing such that the mechanism can be installed to each of a plurality of different lockset products without opening the casing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: Schlage Lock Company LLC
    Inventors: Douglas A. Holmes, Kenton H. Barker, Aditya S. Heblikar, Nagesh Varadaraju, Vijayakumar Mani, Preethi M. Yogaraj, Adithya G. Shetty, Sushanth Kondi
  • Patent number: 10710658
    Abstract: An apparatus, which is connected to a bicycle, includes a case having a chamber, a main device received in the chamber of the case, a locking member connected to the main device, a lid connected to the case to seal the chamber, wherein the lid has a bore and the bore is received in the chamber of the case, and a transceiver received in the chamber of the case and electrically connected to the locking member, wherein the transceiver receives a signal to control the locking member accordingly. The apparatus can be opened by the outside signal transmitted to the transceiver only.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: Microprogram Information Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Teng Yan Wu
  • Patent number: 10704292
    Abstract: Certain aspects of the technology disclosed herein include an apparatus and method for storing energy in a electromechanical lock. The electromechanical lock can include a main housing and a deadbolt. The main housing can be configured to extend a deadbolt along a path to lock and/or unlock a door. The deadbolt can have a hollow inner region configured to receive an energy storage device. The energy storage device within the deadbolt can be electrically connected to the main housing. The energy storage device can be used to power an actuator and/or accelerometer in the main housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: LEVEL HOME, INC.
    Inventors: John H. Martin, Kenneth D. Goto, Thomas E. King, Jordan R. Fountain
  • Patent number: 10675969
    Abstract: A method for depressurizing a vehicular fuel storage system including a first portion and a second portion, the first portion being in fluid communication with a closable filler head opening, the first portion being separated from the second portion by a valve, the method including: in a first time period, depressurizing the first portion by bringing the first portion in communication with the atmosphere, while the valve and the filler head opening are closed; in a second time period, depressurizing the second portion by bringing the second portion in communication with the atmosphere; and obtaining readiness for access to the filler head opening as from the end of the first time period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: PLASTIC OMNIUM ADVANCED ENNOVATION AND RESEARCH
    Inventor: Bjorn Criel
  • Patent number: 10614641
    Abstract: A combination lock has a touch panel to receive a keypad entry code indicative of a combination code for unlocking the lock with various access levels, including a first level and second level. The combination lock is also arranged to receive the combination code from a mobile device via wireless signals. The combination lock also has an independent key-lock mechanism for unlocking the lock with a key. The mobile device has an application icon, when activated, prompting the wireless signals indicative of the combination code. The mobile device also has a deactivation icon and re-activation associated with the combination code of the first level. The deactivation icon causes the disablement of the touch panel and the key-lock mechanism when activated. The re-activation icon terminates the disablement of the touch panel and the key-lock mechanism when activated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: The Sun Lock Company, Ltd.
    Inventor: Karl Lai
  • Patent number: 10597904
    Abstract: A lock system for an appliance providing multiple detection switches for lid closure and lid locking encodes the switch states as different voltages on a single signal line to reduce wiring harness costs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventors: Michael K. Hintz, Michael S. Osvatic, Jason L. Berry, William D. Chatelle
  • Patent number: 10577841
    Abstract: The problem addressed by the invention is that of being to switch a motor vehicle lock from normal operation to emergency or disruption operation within an especially short time and/or with the least possible expenditure of electrical energy. This problem is solved in that a lock for a motor vehicle having a lock mechanism and an electric drive is provided such that the lock can be electrically opened in normal operation. The lock has an additional operating state, called disrupted operation. In disrupted operation, the lock can be opened mechanically, which is not possible in normal operation. The lock comprises a mechanical energy accumulator for switching the lock from normal operation to disrupted operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: Kiekert Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Thorsten Bendel, Michael Merget
  • Patent number: 10562390
    Abstract: The present invention discloses an operating liquid container system comprising at least one operating fluid container, a quality and/or filling level sensor arranged in the operating liquid container, for determining at least one quality characteristic of the operating liquid contained in the operating liquid container and/or a filling level of the operating liquid container, and a display device arranged in a tank recess and/or tank flap of the operating fluid container system, wherein the display device is connected to the quality and/or filling level sensor by means of a data line for transmitting data from the quality and/or filling level sensor to the display device, wherein the data represents at least one quality characteristic of the operating liquid contained in the operating liquid container and/or the filling level of the operating liquid container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: Kautex Textron GmbH & Co., KG
    Inventors: Dirk Eulitz, Hartmut Wolf, Theodor Ossege, Klaus Gebert, Ulrich Karsch, Christian Erben
  • Patent number: 10550602
    Abstract: A locking device is disclosed having (a) a tubular housing having a frontal end and a distal end; (b) a latch movable between a first position protruding from the frontal end of the housing and a second position wherein the latch is retracted in the housing; and (c) an electrically driven drive device for moving the latch between the first and second positions. The locking device further includes a deactivation mechanism provided in the housing and allowing movement of the drive device or at least part thereof from an active position wherein the drive device is enabled to move the latch between the first and second position and an inactive position wherein the latch is retracted in the housing irrespective of its movement by the electrical drive device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: 9DESIGN.BE BVBA
    Inventor: Roel Boutelegier
  • Patent number: 10507726
    Abstract: A pop-up device of a fuel door may include a fuel door configured to be rotatably provided on one side of a vehicle body to open or close a fuel inlet and have a locking portion formed on an internal side thereof, a cable housing configured to be disposed on an internal side of the fuel inlet and include a stopper connected to a cable, and a catch configured to be formed on one end portion of the cable housing and open or close the fuel door by a reciprocating movement of the pop-up rod.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventor: Seung-Jun Yang
  • Patent number: 10508481
    Abstract: An energy efficient and power versatile electro-permanent magnet system for use in a door holder unit is an electro-permanent magnet having a permanent magnet for holding a door open while unpowered and a control coils that can be pulsed powered, locally or remotely, by a pulsed capacitor control circuit for power versatility and for releasing of the door with little energy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Inventor: Glen A. Robertson
  • Patent number: 10493865
    Abstract: A single motor dual-motion actuator and method for a vehicle seat includes a pin actuator rotatable in the first rotatable direction from a pin actuator rest position toward a pin actuator first position and rotatable in a second rotatable direction from the pin actuator rest position toward a pin actuator second position. The actuator further includes a first actuator component and a second actuator component. The first actuator component is co-rotatable with the pin actuator from a first actuator component rest position in the first rotatable direction toward a first actuator component actuating position when the pin actuator is rotated to the pin actuator first position. The second actuator component is co-rotatable with the pin actuator from a second actuator component rest position in the second rotatable direction toward a second actuator component actuating position when the pin actuator is rotated to the pin actuator second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Terrie L. Ellison, Christopher Styn, Derek S. Lindsay
  • Patent number: 10487538
    Abstract: A door arrangement includes a door leaf movable relative to a frame. A locking device in a locked state locks the door leaf to the frame by at least one locking element and in an unlocked state releases the door leaf relative to the frame. An actuating element selects the state of the locking device. To transmit a movement of the actuating element, the locking device has a connecting bar which is arranged displaceably on the door leaf, wherein a motor-operated drive unit for driving the connecting bar is provided. A sensor device for the contactless detection of a movement of the connecting bar is provided and the motor-operated drive unit can be activated in accordance with a movement of the connecting bar detected by the sensor device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: GRETSCH-UNITAS GMBH BAUBESCHLAEGE
    Inventors: Hans Bentheimer, Daniel Gruendler, Wolfgang Uebele, Zoltan Bencsik, Georg Bonn
  • Patent number: 10465425
    Abstract: A door latch assembly for an automotive vehicle door includes a gearless cinch actuator. The cinch actuator includes an extensible housing member connected to a threaded rod by a nut. The extensible housing member is also connected to a cable for cinching the door. A motor rotates the threaded rod, which moves the extensible housing member between rest and cinched positions. The motor is connected to the threaded rod without the use of gears. An anti-friction agent, such as a combination of a PTFE-containing coating and PTFE-containing grease, is applied between the nut and the threaded rod. The materials and anti-friction agent used at the interface of the threaded rod and nut together provide a friction coefficient (?) of about 0.045 or less.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: MAGNA CLOSURES INC.
    Inventors: John Edward Clark, Ilya Neyman, Dani Andraos, John Robert Scott Mitchell, John Distefano, Shant Pailian
  • Patent number: 10458158
    Abstract: In a vehicle door lock apparatus, when disposed in an unlocking position, a second lever enables a fork to be displaced to an unlatched position and, in a locking position, it disables the fork from being displaced to the unlatched position. Third levers displace the second lever from the locking position to the unlocking position in response to an unlocking operation being performed on a lock operator and displace the second lever from the unlocking position to the locking position in response to a locking operation being performed on the lock operator. In an unblocking position, a fourth lever linked to the fork separates from the second lever. In a blocking position, the fourth lever contacts the second lever and blocks it from being displaced to the locking position. A fifth lever is linked with the fourth lever, detects the position of the fork, and disconnects or connects a switch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: ANSEI CORPORATION
    Inventors: Masaharu Takagi, Satoshi Yamaji
  • Patent number: 10443268
    Abstract: Provided herein is an inventory management system for dispensing products from an enclosure, methods of securing products within the enclosure, use of the enclosure and for maintaining inventory. The inventory management system may include an enclosure having a self-locking door. The self locking door may include a door, a lock located on the door, a strike plate, wherein the strike plate controls the lock, and a sensor configured to detect the presence of a user and wherein the sensor controls the lock.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: LIFE TECHNOLOGIES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Thomas Carr, Karen Spinks, Darren Thierry, Matt Willmon, Justin Curry, Alex Kascoutas
  • Patent number: 10422168
    Abstract: An energy-saving magnetic lock comprising: a first lock module (I) mounted to a part of a door such as a doorframe; and a second lock module (II), mounted to the other part of the door such as a door panel which can pivot about the doorframe, for interacting with the first lock module (I), wherein the first lock module (I) comprises: an electromagnet (1); a slot (12); a trip rod (11) inserted inside the slot; a sensor (13) equipped at the slot end; a member, which is arranged between the trip rod (11) and the slot (12), allowing the trip rod to move toward the slot opening axially a predetermined distance when the pressing force on the head of the trip rod (11) is less than the predetermined value; a circuit control board (15), wherein the trip rod (11) has a length equal to the distance between the slot opening and a surface of the sensor (13) facing the slot opening, the second lock module (II) comprises: an iron plate (2) installed on or in the part of the door panel by a main screw (21), wherein the main
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: SHANGHAI ONE TOP CORPORATION
    Inventor: Tsung-Chih Chang
  • Patent number: 10414628
    Abstract: An illustrative example elevator system device includes an interface configured to operate in a first mode that allows an elevator passenger to communicate with the elevator system. The elevator passenger may communicate with the elevator system by inputting an indication for desired elevator service or receive an indication regarding elevator service. A magnetically actuated switch selectively causes the interface to operate in a second mode that allows an authorized individual to communicate with the elevator system in a manner that is different than an elevator passenger communication in the first mode. The magnetically activated switch includes at least one magnet and at least one switch contact that changes between an open and closed state based on an interaction between the at least one magnet and a magnetic key brought into proximity of the at least one magnet by the authorized individual.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: OTIS ELEVATOR COMPANY
    Inventors: Harold Terry, Peter DePaola
  • Patent number: 10407944
    Abstract: A magnetic lock which requires only a single magnet for operation, yet which is biased into a locking position. A latch is slideably mounted in a slide way defined by a housing with a latch opening at one end. The latch comprises a magnet at its base, and a latch positioner of ferromagnetic material is positioned within the housing alongside the latch. The positioner is longer than the magnet, such that the magnetic field biases the magnet to locate at the center of the length of the latch positioner. The latch itself is sufficiently long that it projects beyond the latch opening of the housing when the magnet is allowed to center. The slide way is open below the magnet a sufficient distance that when a “key” of a ferromagnetic, or optionally magnetic, material, is located near the base of the housing, the magnet and its associated latch are drawn further into the housing a sufficient distance that the latch is drawn out of the way of an associated catch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: Geerpres, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott E. Ribbe, Ryan Schamper
  • Patent number: 10400476
    Abstract: Embodiments of the subject invention relate to a cross connecting locking apparatus for portals such as doors, gates, entryways, entrances, hatches, ingresses, garage doors, windows, fenestrations, or any other sort of passageway situated in a larger nonmovable structure. Specific embodiments are remotely operated and can be locked or unlocked under a variety of environmental and/or user-activated triggering mechanisms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: MAGLOCK, LLC
    Inventor: Michael Alan Grillo
  • Patent number: 10377037
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a speed reduction device, a joint servo and a robot. The speed reduction device includes a driving device, a first stage speed reduction assembly and a second speed reduction assembly. The first speed reduction assembly includes a power gear and a face gear. The second speed reduction assembly includes a sun gear that rotates coaxially with the face gear, a planet gear set driven to rotate by the sun gear, a fixed gear, an output gear for outputting power and a fixed shaft. The speed reduction device uses the first speed reduction assembly and the second speed reduction assembly for power transmission and is compact in structure and has a high single stage transmission ratio.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: UBTECH Robotics Corp
    Inventors: Xuchao Du, Wenquan Shu, Youjun Xiong
  • Patent number: 10371185
    Abstract: A magnetically-controlled connector for attaching a panel to a support member. The connector is configurable between locked and unlocked positions. In the locked position, an arm extends outward to engage with an exterior support member. In the unlocked position, the arm is retracted inward and is disengaged from the support member. The connector is configured to be movable between the positions using a magnetic actuator that is selectively moved into and out of proximity of the connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Inventor: David Lynn
  • Patent number: 10344520
    Abstract: A door stop, including: a top member, being fixed to the bottom of a door, the top member including a vertically movable bolt, and a spring, for lifting the bolt in relation to the door; and a bottom member, being fixed to the floor, for being disposed below the door at the stopping disposition thereof, wherein the bolt and the bottom member are characterized in bolting by magnetic attraction therebetween, being stronger than the lifting of the bolt by the spring, thereby the bolt does not protrude below the bottom of the door at the non-bolted state, thereby not requiring a gap between the door bottom and the floor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Inventor: Shmuel Burshtain
  • Patent number: 10336183
    Abstract: A fuel door arrangement for a motor vehicle includes a filler neck compartment, a fuel door and a pivot arm carrying the fuel door. The pivot arm is coupled to the filler neck compartment and can be pivoted between a closed position and an open position about a pivoting axis. The fuel door can be radially displaced on the pivot arm relative to the pivoting axis. The fuel door at least sectionally closes the filler neck compartment in a closed position. The filler neck compartment is sufficiently revealed for refueling the motor vehicle when the fuel door is in an open position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Heiko Betzen, Markus Frommann, Klaus Gerst, Philipp Huse
  • Patent number: 10316548
    Abstract: This invention relates to locking devices and particularly to an actuator assembly for a locking device with electronic control. The actuator assembly includes: a motor, having a drive shaft installed to a motor shaft, and a coil spring installed to the drive shaft, and further includes: a follower shaft capable of displacing in an axial direction in the coil spring, and a pin installed onto the follower shaft and rotatable into the coil spring, and the follower shaft is extended into the coil spring and slidably fitted to the coil spring. Compared with the prior art, this invention effectively maintains a radial limitation of the cylinder spring to overcome the vibration of the spring occurred during the rotation of the cylinder spring and the axial displacement of the follower shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignees: Locway Technology Co., Ltd., Dongguan ChongWei Metals & Plastic Products Factory Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Mengxiao Yuan
  • Patent number: 10309132
    Abstract: A passenger vehicle a vehicle body, a front door, and a rear door. The vehicle body comprises a forward base structure, a rearward base structure, and a floor structure extending between the forward base structure and the rearward base structure, which cooperatively define a passenger compartment and a continuous opening for a passenger to enter into and exit out of the passenger compartment. The front door is movable between a first closed position and a first open position. The rear door is movable between a second closed position and a second open position. When the front door is in the first closed position and the rear door is simultaneously in the second closed position, the continuous opening is closed cooperatively by the front door and the rear door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Noell G. Johnson, Ibuki Kamei, John Raff, Donald R. Monroe, Albert J. Golko, Phil M. Hobson, David J. Donohue, Jae Young Huh, Matthew L. Brown
  • Patent number: 10267063
    Abstract: An electric door lock includes an operating device and a latch device operably connected to the operating device. An inner electronic device, an outer electronic device, and an electric driver are electrically connected by an electrical connecting module. An inner fixing member and an outer fixing member are fixed to a door. The inner fixing member includes an inner groove through which a first cable extends. The outer fixing member includes two first grooves. A second cable selectively extends through one of the two first grooves according to an assembling direction of the door. Thus, no matter whether the electric door lock is mounted to a left handed-door or a right-handed door, the electrical connecting module can avoid the mechanical structure of the electric door lock, providing convenient assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: I-Tek Metal Mfg. Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hsi-Ting Lin, Hung-Jen Tien
  • Patent number: 10233671
    Abstract: A dual-power electromechanical lock is provided. The lock comprises a lock cover and a lock body with a latch therein, wherein the latch is installed in the lock body by a rotation restoring mechanism, the lock body is provided with a main power device in transmission connection with the latch, the lock cover is provided with a key hole corresponding to a key, a mechanical power device corresponding to the main power device is provided inside the lock body, and the mechanical power device is in transmission connection with the main power device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Inventor: Minghao Du
  • Patent number: 10208508
    Abstract: A modularized electric door lock includes an operating device mounted to a door, an outer electric device mounted to an outer side of the door for receiving an unlocking signal, and an inner electric device mounted to an inner side of the door and controlling the outer electric device. The inner electric device includes an electric driving device mounted in the operating device for setting the operating device to a locked state or an unlocked state. The outer electric device and the corresponding inner electric device can be selected among various types, such that the door lock of a desired type can be rapidly assembled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: I-Tek Metal Mfg. Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Hung-Jen Tien
  • Patent number: 10196840
    Abstract: The invention relates to an actuation device for a flap mounted moveably on a component between a closed position and an opened position, in particular for a flap mounted moveably on a housing of an automobile, comprising: a first actuation part and a second actuation part, wherein the first actuation part is to be fastened on the flap and is moved together with the flap when the flap is moved between the closed position and the opened position, and wherein the second actuation part is to be fastened on the component, locking means with a locking reception provided on the first or second actuation part and a locking element provided on the other of first or second actuation part, wherein the locking element engages in the locking reception upon a movement of the first actuation part with the flap from its opened position into its closed position, whereby the locking element holds the first actuation part against a spring pretension in a locking position on the second actuation part, and a remote unlocking dev
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: ILLINOIS TOOL WORKS INC.
    Inventor: Christian Beck
  • Patent number: 10196081
    Abstract: The invention relates to a locking device for locking a movable component, in particular a superposition drive of a superimposed steering system, comprising a locking element reciprocatable between a locking position and a release position, which in the locking position cooperates with a movable component located outside a housing of the locking device; and a damping device which damps a movement of the locking element into the release position. The damping device comprises a damping element with a damping portion which is located outside the housing of the locking device. The locking device is designed such that during a movement of the locking element into the release position an end of the locking element moves out of the housing of the locking device and impinges on the damping portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: TAKATA AG
    Inventor: Dieter Markfort
  • Patent number: 10190333
    Abstract: A strike plate mounting bolt assembly for resiliently mounting a strike plate to a door. The strike plate mounting bolt assembly includes a bolt and a post wherein the bolt is securably engageable with the post. The bolt is inserted through a bore in the door and the post is inserted through a bore in the strike plate. A resilient member such as at least one Belleville washer is disposed between a head of the post and a cavity in the strike plate wherein the at least one Belleville washer is compressed between the post head and cavity upon securing the bolt and post together to provide a resilient mount between the door and strike plate. The at least one Belleville washer may be a number of Belleville washers selectable stacked to form a pack of Belleville washers. By varying the number and orientation of the Belleville washers, the force/deflection characteristics of the pack may be tuned to accommodate the needs of a variety of electromagnetic lock design features.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: Hanchett Entry Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Larry Gene Corwin, Jr., Dan Van Dusen
  • Patent number: 10190337
    Abstract: The present invention relates to electronic and mechanical dual combination locks. In certain embodiments, electronic and mechanical dual combination locks include: a lock base, a spin dial, a spin dial cover, and a spin dial release conversion mechanism. The lock base includes a mechanical combination lock inside. An electronic combination lock is positioned inside the spin dial cover. The spin dial release conversion mechanism has a spin dial release positioned on the top of the lock base. The spin dial release is used by the user to switch the electronic and mechanical dual combination lock between the electronic combination lock and the mechanical combination lock. When spin dial release is placed in a first position, the electronic and mechanical dual combination lock becomes the electronic combination lock. When the spin dial release is placed in a second position, the electronic and mechanical dual combination lock becomes the mechanical combination lock.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: NANJING EASTHOUSE ELECTRICAL CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Hao Min