Motor Patents (Class 292/144)
  • 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: 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: 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: 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: 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
  • 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: 10181233
    Abstract: The system includes a digital counter adapted to display a number which is changed in response to an actuation signal. A lock assembly mounted to the cargo door is connected to the counter. The lock assembly has a hollow housing within which a member having a recess adapted to receive the handle is moveable by the handle between an unlocked position, wherein the door may be opened, and a locked position, in which the door is prevented from being opened. A magnetically actuated switch is mounted within the housing. The switch is adapted to generate an actuation signal to the digital counter in response to movement of the member within the housing from its locked position. The signal causes the counter to change the displayed number, indicating that the door may have been opened in transit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Inventor: Greg Haber
  • Patent number: 10167656
    Abstract: A retractable handle system for a vehicle may include an electric actuator disposed inside a door panel, a driving member configured to be rotated in forward and reverse directions by receiving rotational force of the electric actuator, a driving arm provided to be rotated in the forward and reverse directions by the rotation of the driving member and blocked by the driving member from being rotated in a state in which an operation of the electric actuator is stopped so as to maintain a stored state and a pop-up state of a handle, and the handle which is supported by and coupled to the driving arm and configured to be moved by the forward and reverse rotation of the driving arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventors: Hoo Sang Park, Jung Ho Han
  • Patent number: 10166847
    Abstract: A vehicle side portion structure includes a front side door and a rear side door of a vehicle that does not have a center pillar. A lock member is disposed at a vertical direction lower portion of one side door of the front side door and the rear side door. When the one side door is closed, the lock member engages with the other side door to lock the one side door. A reinforcement member is provided inside the one side door at the vertical direction lower portion. A part of the reinforcement member is disposed on an upper side of the lock member so that the lock member is surrounded by the reinforcement member and the peripheral edge portion of the one side door as seen in a side view of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Kazuki Sugie, Masanobu Ohmi, Kosuke Sakakibara
  • Patent number: 10145147
    Abstract: Clutch actuating mechanism for electronic cylinders in locks and method for operating the same. The clutch actuating mechanism for an electronic cylinder in locks relates, in particular, to a clutch actuating mechanism which is responsible for storing the energy supplied by the motor and returning said energy to the clutch at the moment it passes from a clutched position to a declutched position, all of this being carried out with reduced energy consumption. It also relates to the method for operating said mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: SALTO SYSTEMS S.L.
    Inventors: Carlos Ferreira, Ander Muñoz
  • Patent number: 10113339
    Abstract: The invention concerns an Actuator for a fuel tank cap (1) or tailboard in a vehicle comprising a latch (2) for locking the fuel tank cap (1) or tailboard as well as an electric drive (3) to enable an automatic opening and closing cycle of the fuel tank cap or tailboard, wherein a rotatable control plate (4) with a control contour for transmitting a force and/or motion by means of a preferably direct contact to at least one adjacent member is designed such that the transmission of force and/or motion depends on the rotation position of the control plate (4). A compact actuator can be obtained.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: Kiekert AG
    Inventor: Adrin Wagner
  • Patent number: 10114938
    Abstract: Embodiments are directed to simulating an operation of a mechanical lock in an electronic context, comprising: applying a contactless wireless credential to a lock, authenticating the credential, unlocking the lock to provide access to a resource protected by the lock based on having authenticated the credential, determining a security level associated with the lock, and conditionally capturing the credential based on the security level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: UTC FIRE AND SECURITY AMERICAS CORPORATION, INC.
    Inventors: Alan Marchiori, Ulf J. Jonsson, Vijaya Ramaraju Lakamraju, Nicholas Charles Soldner, Ritesh Khire, Joseph Zacchio, Adam Kuenzi, Ron Chapin
  • Patent number: 10107012
    Abstract: A controller for energizing a vehicle door lock indicator is provided wherein in a power source OFF state, energization of in-vehicle equipment activated by energization is cut off, energization control means cuts off energization of electric display means, energization of which has started at the time of switching when lock state detection means has detected switching from the locked state to the unlocked state, when a predetermined time has elapsed from the time of the switching, and in a power source ON state, energization of the in-vehicle equipment is enabled, as long as the lock state detection means detects the unlocked state, the energization control means continues the energized state of the electric display means even after the predetermined time has elapsed. Thus, when a power source is in an ON state, an unlocked state is clearly displayed, and a door can be prevented from opening undesirably.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Honda Lock
    Inventors: Kazuyuki Kuriyama, Tomonori Kamimura, Yu Nishio
  • Patent number: 10094148
    Abstract: A closure device comprises a locking mechanism, which has a rotary latch and a pawl, and an electrical drive for opening the locking mechanism. The closure device has an actuating apparatus for actuating the electrical drive, such that the locking mechanism can be opened exclusively electrically. Thus, there is no mechanical system for enabling the locking mechanism to be opened exclusively in a mechanical manner. In the non-actuated state, the electrical drive is completely disconnected from the current-carrying electrical conductors. Thus, there is then no voltage on the drive, which must be used to open the locking mechanism. The actuating apparatus includes one or more electrical contacts that are closed to contact the electrical drive to a current source and put the electrical drive into operation such that an associated door or flap can be opened.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: Kiekert Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Thorsten Bendel
  • Patent number: 10035392
    Abstract: A computer is programmed to actuate an electric socket mounted to an exterior of a vehicle to close upon determining that the vehicle's speed exceeds a predetermined threshold, that a cover is open, and that the electric socket is in an electrically disengaged state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Mahmoud Yousef Ghannam, Swadad A. Carremm, Joel Allen Pittenger, David James Tippy
  • Patent number: 10017966
    Abstract: An electronic lock includes a base, an electromagnetic mechanism, a connecting mechanism, a clamping mechanism and a magnetically-attractable plate. The base has an opening. The electromagnetic mechanism has a protrusion block. The electromagnetic mechanism is installed within the base. The protrusion block is penetrated through the opening and exposed outside the base. The connecting mechanism is connected with a rear cover. The clamping mechanism is arranged between the connecting mechanism and the electromagnetic mechanism. Moreover, the magnetically-attractable plate is connected with the clamping mechanism. When the electromagnetic mechanism is electrically conducted to generate a magnetic attraction force, the magnetically-attractable plate is attracted by the magnetic attraction force, so that the clamping mechanism is attracted on the electromagnetic mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: FLYTECH TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD
    Inventors: Chiung-Chi Lin, Ping-Chou Chen, Chih-Kuang Chiang, Chin-Lung Yang, Li-Wen Yeh, Sung-Lin Chan
  • Patent number: 9982460
    Abstract: An electric lock includes an input switching clutch for selectively transmitting electric or manual driving force to an output line. The input switching clutch includes an outer ring that rotates together with an electrically driven input gear, and an inner ring which rotates together with an output gear. Wedge-shaped spaces are defined between the outer ring and the inner ring. Two rollers are mounted in each wedge-shaped space and are biased toward narrow portions of the wedge-shaped space by a coil spring also mounted in the wedge-shaped space. The input switching clutch further includes an unlocking piece having crossbars inserted at both circumferential ends of the respective wedge-shaped spaces, and coupled to a manually driven input shaft so that rotation of the manually driven input shaft can be transmitted thereto; and a torque transmission mechanism for transmitting the rotation of the manually driven input shaft to the inner ring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: NTN CORPORATION
    Inventor: Seiichi Takada
  • Patent number: 9963912
    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: March 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: LIFE TECHNOLOGIES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Thomas Daniel Carr, Karen Spinks, Darren Thierry, Matt Willmon, Justin Curry, Alex Kascoutas
  • Patent number: 9957731
    Abstract: A locking device includes a spindle follower linkage coupled with a latch and rotatable between a locked position and an unlocked position. A locking block is formed with a pin hole. A pin is insertable through an opening of a housing and into the pin hole. A locking block spring for biasing the locking block in a first position where the pin is inserted into the pin hole and the locking block is disengaged from the spindle follower linkage, and a second position where the pin is removed and the locking block is pushed towards and engaged with the spindle follower linkage, thereby holding the spindle follower linkage in the locked position. A spring unit is held inside the pin hole to facilitate ejection of the pin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: Borger Limited
    Inventor: Ngai Kwong Wong
  • Patent number: 9889817
    Abstract: A steering lock device includes a lock bar attached to a case member, a motor having an output shaft, a driving gear member which is attached to the output shaft of the motor and which is rotatable together with the output shaft, a driven gear member which is assembled in a state of being meshed with the driving gear member, and which is rotatable in a direction corresponding to a rotation direction of the driving gear member, and a feed screw member which is connected coaxially with the lock bar, which has a male thread screwed with a female thread of the driven gear member and which is capable of causing the lock bar to advance or retreat in an axial direction by the rotation of the driven gear member. The motor, the feed screw member and the lock bar are accommodated in parallel within the case member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: ASAHI DENSO CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Michiyuki Suzuki, Yusuke Sawaki
  • Patent number: 9863500
    Abstract: A gearbox includes a main housing, a cover, a worm wheel and an output shaft. The main housing includes a receiving chamber having a bottom and a hub. The cover is mounted to an opening of the receiving chamber. The worm wheel is mounted in the receiving chamber. The output shaft is mounted to a center of the worm wheel and coaxially rotatable with the worm wheel. The output shaft extends outwardly through the hub from the receiving chamber. The hub directly supports either the worm wheel or the output shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: Johnson Electric S.A.
    Inventors: Wei Xing Mao, Fan Ouyang, Xiang Huai Qiu