Sliding Catch Patents (Class 292/150)
  • Patent number: 10533356
    Abstract: A latch system has a pin movable along a pin axis, a control rod connected to the pin, a control wall comprising a control aperture comprising a lock hole joined to an unlock hole by a rod channel, and a control knob biased toward the pin, wherein the control knob comprises a lock tip sized to fit within each of the lock hole and the unlock hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: Textron Innovations Inc.
    Inventors: William A. Amante, Arunkumar Koppa Siddalingappa
  • Patent number: 10427149
    Abstract: A laboratory cabinet, for instance a cold chamber, a heating cabinet, a drying cabinet, or an incubator, can have a housing featuring at least one exterior door, featuring at least one interior space which can be closed by means of an interior door, such that the laboratory cabinet features adjustable means, such that as a function of the position of the means, the interior door can be opened together with the exterior door or independently of the exterior door, such that the means are inaccessible when the exterior door is closed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: Binder GmbH
    Inventors: Patrick Efinger, Ewald Storz, Peter M. Binder, Eugen Baumgärtner
  • Patent number: 10407949
    Abstract: A tray device for a vehicle may include a tray provided in the vehicle and having a cover configured for being opened, a locking module provided in the cover to lock or unlock the cover, and a touch pad provided on an outer side of the cover and interworking with the locking module to unlock the cover through a touch operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, KOREA HITEK CO., LTD, LS Automotive Technologies Co., Ltd., Ecoplastic Corporation
    Inventors: Hye Kyung Kim, Gye Young Ahn, Sang Min Lee, Young Ju Lee, Dae Ig Jung, Keon Soo Jin, Hyo Kyoung Jeon, Chul Ho Chun, Won Lee, Moon Soo Kim
  • Patent number: 10267059
    Abstract: A sliding latch replaces a prior art door strike plate. The sliding latch has two components, a strike plate and a sliding latch cover reciprocal within the strike plate. A handle protrudes from the sliding latch cover sufficiently to extend beyond a closed door and door frame, to permit the handle to be manually grasped and lifted in a crisis. When the sliding latch cover is thus elevated, it no longer blocks the door bolt, allowing the bolt to extend farther and engage with the strike plate and extend into the door jamb, locking the door. One of the strike plate mounting screw holes is preferably drawn slightly out of the primary plane of the strike plate toward the jamb, and a pair of elevated distally located edges run longitudinally along the strike plate. The drawn screw hole and raised edges guide and limit motion of the sliding latch cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Inventor: Victor Schulz
  • Patent number: 10223941
    Abstract: A nameplate includes a nameplate holder, a nameplate insert, and a locking member. The nameplate holder defines a longitudinal channel. The nameplate insert defines a notch and is configured for movable receipt within the longitudinal channel of the nameplate holder. The locking member is movable within the nameplate holder between a first condition and a second condition. In the first condition, a portion of the locking member extends within the notch of the nameplate insert to resist longitudinal movement of the nameplate insert relative to the nameplate holder. In the second condition, the portion of the locking member is disposed outside of the notch of the nameplate insert.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Inventor: Michael Joseph Anzalone
  • Patent number: 10117536
    Abstract: An automatic built-in closing apparatus includes at least one common pivoting shaft that is driven by a unique motor, intermediate gear wheels and a clutch coupled to control doors of a series of lockable compartments pertaining to a same block of an electronic locker unit and a set of freewheels and overload clutch which is mounted on the common pivoting shaft as a hinge for each door of the series of lockable compartments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: NEOPOST TECHNOLOGIES
    Inventor: Christophe Peynet
  • Patent number: 9889725
    Abstract: A simplified truck cap handle and lock assembly is provided. Unlike truck cap handle and lock assemblies known in the art, the assembly is comprised of a codeable lock that is disposed in a position that is not perpendicular to the glass access window of the cap. The lock of the present invention is rotated 90° from the perpendicular. Further, the lock is codeable because it is preferably keyed to match other locks and ignition key switch of the vehicle with which the assembly is used. The invention provides a unique locking structure having a number of components that form the assembly. The assembly is easy to use and easy to install in an aftermarket application. Further, the assembly can be easily converted to an electronic actuated version without any retooling of the component parts of the assembly. The assembly provides the user with tactile feedback as to its operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: VSI, LLC
    Inventors: Lucas Boesel, Joshua J. Miller
  • Patent number: 9834956
    Abstract: A mechanism for selectively coupling a first moving part with a second moving part. The mechanism includes and engaging member that is movable between a detent position, a uncoupled position, and a coupled position in which the load transferring surface is within the aperture. A biasing member biases the engaging member into the detent position or coupled position. The engaging member overrides the biasing force and moves out of the detent position into the uncoupled position when first and second moving parts move relative to each other. When the engaging member is in the coupled position, the first and second moving parts are coupled for movement together. One embodiment of the invention is a child safety door handle rotating on a spindle. Other embodiments include water faucets, stove or burner controls, or any other rotatable or movable parts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: Schlage Lock Company LLC
    Inventor: Michael P. Hogan
  • Patent number: 9745780
    Abstract: The lock of the present invention includes a housing, a fastening element, a stopping element, a first locking mechanism and a second locking mechanism. The fastening element is movable relative to the housing and is selectively located at a securing position and a releasing position; the stopping element has a first state and a second state. The stopping element in the first state restricts the fastening element to be in the securing position while the stopping element in the second state releases the fastening element. The first locking mechanism includes a dynamic element and a sensing device. The dynamic element drives the stopping element to change between the first state and the second state. The sensing device senses a signal and controls the dynamic element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: SINOXLOCK (KUNSHAN) CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Mao-Yi Chen
  • Patent number: 9610831
    Abstract: A tonneau cover system for a pickup truck cargo bed includes two longitudinal side rails attached to at least one fore and aft cross rail. Located at the outer edges of the cross rails are a series of individual holes having interconnection to an integrated slot used in the lateral adjustment of an adjustable clamp assembly. A series of clamp assembly are used to secure a tonneau cover system to the top wall surfaces of a pickup truck cargo bed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2017
    Inventors: Hang Shi, Hongjuan Zheng
  • Patent number: 9546506
    Abstract: One embodiment of a simple door security device comprising a generally U-shaped member, and staple assemblies is structured with heavy-duty material and construction. The generally U-shaped member of the embodiment functions to secure doors when installed on the staple assemblies mounted appropriately on doors, or the combination of doors and door-frames. The generally U-shaped member also secures doors when installed on a staple assembly and a door handle, or two door handles. Each staple assembly is secured to doors or door-frames using six fastener means. The installed, generally U-shaped member is secured by a safety hook member, coupled to an attached flexible means on the generally U-shaped member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2017
    Inventor: Nirmalakanthi Kangatharalingam
  • Patent number: 9303434
    Abstract: A slidable device allows a door to be locked but prevented from latching into the doorjamb until a sliding mechanism releases the door latch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2016
    Inventor: Dominick Tarquinio
  • Patent number: 9140040
    Abstract: A latch assembly with an automatic returning bolt includes a chassis, a bolt and an elastic element. The chassis has a pair of supporting boards and a guiding board located on one side of the pair of supporting boards. The guiding board is formed with a guiding slot. Each supporting board is formed with a receiving hole. The bolt has a main shaft, a lateral-guiding post and a restricting portion disposed on a periphery of the main shaft. The main shaft is slidably passed through the receiving holes of the supporting boards. The lateral-guiding post is slidably disposed in the guiding slot for limiting a stroke distance thereof. The elastic element is disposed between the restricting portion and one of the supporting boards, and constantly pushes one end of the main shaft to protrude outside the other supporting boards to lock a locking piece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2015
    Assignees: LITE-ON ELECTRONICS (GUANGZHOU) LIMITED, LITE-ON TECHNOLOGY CORPORATION
    Inventor: Ping-Kun Fu
  • Patent number: 9010815
    Abstract: An anti-theft system for securing a removable battery to a power tool. The system employs a tamper-proof retainer to ensure that the retail display of a combined power tool and its associated battery can be displayed as a single unit without fear of theft of the battery. This may be achieved by the tamper-proof retainer securing a battery release latch against its release position hence securing the battery to the tool in a manner preventing the removal of the battery by a potential thief. The tamper-proof retainer either prevents removal of the battery from the power tool, as removal of the tamper-proof retainer is impossible, or, if it is destroyed by a thief, then it permanently secures the battery to the power tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Black & Decker Inc.
    Inventor: Vince Cooper
  • Patent number: 9004549
    Abstract: A locking apparatus for a case and the case having the same are disclosed. In one embodiment, the locking apparatus includes an operating knob formed at an external surface of the case and a latch connected to the operating knob and configured to slide with respect to the case. The latch may include i) a body portion connected to the operating knob, ii) an opposite wall portion having opposite walls which extend from a first side of the body portion, iii) a hitch member formed on a second side of the body portion, wherein the first and second sides are opposing each other, and iv) a reinforcing member disposed between the opposite walls.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Samsung SDI Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Won-Il Lee
  • Patent number: 8864183
    Abstract: A latching apparatus includes a catch and a pin to maintain a chassis in a closed configuration. The catch is coupled to a first chassis panel and movable relative to the pin that is coupled to a second chassis panel. In response to relative movement between the catch and the pin along a first axis, a first portion of the pin is positioned within an opening of the catch to maintain the chassis closed. In response to relative movement between the catch and the pin, the catch opening is positioned around a second portion of the pin to define an unlatched position. Whereas the closed configuration inhibits relative movement between the first and second chassis portions, the unlatched position permits relative movement therebetween for separation between the first chassis panel and the second chassis panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: Cisco Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Todd M. Mason, John D. Eales, William Robert Huth
  • Patent number: 8827325
    Abstract: The invention relates to a locking mechanism for a cargo door (1, 27) in a fuselage cell (3) of an aircraft. The cargo door (1, 27) is attached by a hinge (5) in the area of a recess (2) to open outwards. The locking mechanism comprises inter alia a number of fuselage cell fitments (9, 41) which are disposed in the area of a loading edge (8) of the cargo door (1, 27), and a corresponding number of cargo door fitments (7, 28, 61) which are fixed in the area of a lower edge (6) of the cargo door (1, 27).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: Airbus Operations GmbH
    Inventor: Ronald Risch
  • Patent number: 8764073
    Abstract: A structure of the lockable door includes a door cover, a first sliding member, a fastening member, and a second sliding member. The door cover is hinged to a case, and can selectively cover an opening of the case. The first sliding member is inserted through the door cover, and can be slidably mounted on one side surface of the door cover. The fastening member is slidably mounted on the other side surface of the door cover, and has at least one protrusion. The first sliding member is inserted through the fastening member, and the first sliding member and the second sliding member are connected to each other. When the first sliding member is in a retaining position, the second sliding member moves to be on the protrusion, and the first sliding member presses the door cover towards the second sliding member, so as to enhance waterproofness.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Assignee: Getac Technology Corporation
    Inventor: Chun-Ta Lin
  • Publication number: 20130320692
    Abstract: A locking device for a cover of a storage compartment in a motor vehicle has at least one bolt element that is displaceable an actuating handle and, in the locked state, engages in a first storage compartment recess for fixing the cover in a closed position. At least one securing bolt engages in a second storage compartment recess and is actuable via the bolt element so that it only extends out of the second recess if the bolt element already is extended out of the first recess and which thereby secures the cover against undesirably opening in the event of accident-induced accelerations. Increased safety standards can thereby be obtained.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 30, 2013
    Publication date: December 5, 2013
    Inventor: Thomas Bruening
  • Patent number: 8567829
    Abstract: A safety device used together with a push-push type latch device latching and releasing a movable body to a main body by a push operation against an urging force of an urging device, has a circulation cam groove having a reciprocation groove portion and a latch groove portion; a responding member having a pin to trace the circulation cam groove and a balancer disposed therein; and an urging member disposed on the responding member to urge the responding member in a pull-in direction. When the responding member receives a load, the responding member slides against an urging force of the urging member and the pin irreversibly moves from the reciprocation groove portion to the latch groove portion, so that even if the latching of the latch device is released due to the load, the movable body is retained in the fixed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2013
    Assignee: Nifco Inc.
    Inventor: Keisuke Suzuki
  • Publication number: 20130221687
    Abstract: An apparatus for reinforcing a deadbolt lock comprising a pin, a door brace with an orifice for a deadbolt, a base plate with an orifice for engaging said pin with a base plate further being attached to the door brace, a turn knob attached and in rotational communication with a base plate. The turn knob further comprising an orifice for said pin and a deadbolt which can extend through the door brace. When the turn knob is rotated the pin can engage the door brace or base plate and prevent movement of the deadbolt through the door brace.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 25, 2013
    Publication date: August 29, 2013
    Inventor: Ron R. Daniels
  • Patent number: 8480137
    Abstract: A locking device disposed on a casing and suitable for buckling up with a detachable object is provided. The locking device includes a base, an actuating element, and a driven latch. The base has a body fixed at the casing and a first slide track passing through the body. The actuating element has a first sliding block passing through the body and moves between a first position and a second position along a first axis via the first sliding block slidingly connected to the first slide track. The driven latch is slidingly disposed at the base and slides between a third position and a fourth position along a second axis. The driven latch and the actuating element are located at two opposite sides of the base. The driven latch has a second slide track and a locking portion. The first sliding block is slidingly connected to the second slide track.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2013
    Assignee: Compal Electronics, Inc.
    Inventors: Hung-Chi Chen, Chia-Te Tsao, Chung-Cheng Hua, Chong-Kuo Lai
  • Patent number: 8468661
    Abstract: A pin latch assembly for releasably securing a casket lid in a closed position includes a latch housing and inner latch member disposed along a side wall of the casket, and a pin member projecting from the casket lid. The latch housing and inner latch member each include a respective bore or through-hole for receiving the pin member when the lid is closed. The inner latch member is movable within the latch housing between a pin-engaging position and a pin-disengaging position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2013
    Assignee: Clarion Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: John Brownlow, Timothy D. Derengowski, Ricky L. Eustice
  • Publication number: 20130069514
    Abstract: A drawer slide with lock mechanism has an elongated outer slide member extendably coupled to an inner slide member. A latch arm or pin is fixed to the inner slide member for latching by a lock mechanism fixed to the outer slide member. The lock mechanism uses a latch receiver that rotates with respect to the lock mechanism and is in a travel path of the latch arm. A lever arm rotates with respect to the lock mechanism and is positionable to block rotation of the latch receiver in a locked position to retain the latch arm. A motor drives a cam to position the lever arm to free the latch receiver from the locked position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 12, 2012
    Publication date: March 21, 2013
    Applicant: Accuride International Inc.
    Inventors: Darush David Hashemi, Xiaoping Zhou, Xiwen Wang
  • Patent number: 8393651
    Abstract: A safety device with a push-push type latch device latching and releasing a movable body to a main body by a push operation, has a circulation cam groove provided in the movable body; a responding member provided in the main body, and having a pin for tracing the circulation cam groove and a balancer; and an urging member for urging the responding member. When the responding member receives a load, the responding member turns and the circulation cam groove allows the pin to irreversibly move from a reciprocation groove portion to a latch groove portion through a latching guide groove portion. When the movable body retained in the fixed position receives the push operation, the circulation cam groove allows the pin to move from the latch groove portion to the reciprocation groove portion through the returning guide groove portion, thereby releasing the movable body from the fixed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2013
    Assignee: Nifco, Inc.
    Inventor: Keisuke Suzuki
  • Patent number: 8360485
    Abstract: An electronic device with a holding mechanism is provided. The device includes a main body, a housing, a carriage, a first elastic member, a stopper member, a second elastic member, and a button. The housing includes a first sidewall, a second sidewall opposite to the first sidewall, and a third sidewall formed between the first sidewall and the second sidewall, an opening is defined in the second sidewall. The stopper member is slidably received in the housing and connected to the third sidewall. The carriage is slidably received in the housing and connected to the first sidewall. The ridge protrudes from the carriage and is capable of blocking a free end of the stopper member to retain the carriage in a retracted position. The button is slidably connected to the housing and includes a distal end, which engages with the stopper member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2013
    Assignees: Hong Fu Jin Precision Industry (ShenZhen) Co., Ltd., Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Xian-Wei Ma, Ting Luo
  • Publication number: 20130020813
    Abstract: A latch assembly for a door comprising a bolt disposed on the door, the bolt movable between a locked position and an unlocked position. The latch assembly further includes a lock plate disposed on a door jamb, the lock plate movable between an upper position and a lower position. During operation, when the bolt is in the locked position, the bolt slideably engages the lock plate to move the lock plate from the lower position to an upper position to enable the bolt to be inserted within an opening in the lock plate to secure the door in a closed position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 22, 2011
    Publication date: January 24, 2013
    Inventor: Walter K. Storr
  • Patent number: 8297088
    Abstract: An enclosure includes a main body, a cover for covering the main body, a movable member movably attached to an inner surface of the main body, and a latch member. The main body defines a through hole. The cover defines a through hole aligning with the through hole of the main body. The movable member defines a locking hole. The locking hole includes a small part and a large part communicating with the small part. The movable member is moved to align the large part of the locking hole with the through hole of the second sidewall. The latch member extends through the through hole of the cover, the through hole of the second sidewall, and the large part of the locking hole. The movable member then is restored, thereby the latch portion engaging in the small part of the locking hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2012
    Assignees: Hong Fu Jin Precision Industry (ShenZhen) Co., Ltd., Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Guang-Yi Zhang, Jia-Qi Fu, Pu-Yu Yao
  • Publication number: 20120235425
    Abstract: A pin latch includes a housing, a handle attached to the housing, a shear pin attached to the handle, and a finger member attached to the handle and the shear pin. The handle may be set in an intermediate position between open and closed positions. Trigger pins slidably engage slots formed within the finger member until they engage stops to retain the handle in its intermediate position. To further retract the shear pin and move the handle towards the open position, the finger member is lifted and the trigger pins disengage the stops. Alternately, the latch includes a button mechanism having a cross-pin that engages a stop formed by a slot within the shear pin to maintain the handle in its intermediate position. To further retract the shear pin and rotate the handle, the button mechanism is depressed to disengage the cross-pin from the slot of the shear pin.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 9, 2012
    Publication date: September 20, 2012
    Inventor: THAI DO
  • Patent number: 8267464
    Abstract: A door latching system for a vehicle and method of latching are provided. The system includes a carrier and a receiver each connected to one of a door and a door interface. The latching system, when non-actuated, does not substantially protrude from the latching faces of the door and door interface into an opening therebetween. The latching system is adaptable to a vehicle defining a continuous access opening closed by independently openable and closeable doors. The latching member is actuated to move from a retracted position to a protracted position in response to a triggering event, which may be defined by a sensor. In the protracted position, the latching member engages the receiver and the carrier to operatively latch the door and door interface portion. A latching feature defined by the latching member may be selectively engageable with a retaining member when the latching member is in the protracted position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2012
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Jeffrey L. Konchan, Balakrishna Chinta, Louis J. Conrad, Ronald P. McKenney
  • Patent number: 8146963
    Abstract: What is described is a device for releasable mounting an accessory (12) on an operating table (102), comprising two coupling parts (10, 100) which can be connected to each other and a mechanism for locking and unlocking.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2012
    Assignee: Maquet GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Ulrich Wyslucha
  • Patent number: 8083272
    Abstract: A mechanically actuated airtight device for wafer carrier comprises a cover, at least one sealing gasket, at least one linked plate, and a driving wheel. The cover has a first face and a second face, and being formed with at least one hole therethrough. The sealing gasket is positioned above the hole of said cover, and has a base in a form of wedged ramp, where the base is further formed with a through opening. The linked plate has a first face and a second face, where the second face is at one side provided with a protuberance, and the first face is provided with at least one wedged ramp, and where the wedged ramp has a slope equal to that of the wedged ramp of the base, such that at least one of the wedged ramp of the first face of the linked plate mates with the wedged ramp of the second face of the linked plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 1998
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2011
    Assignee: Industrial Technology Research Institute
    Inventors: Tzong-Ming Wu, Gwo-Jou Huang
  • Patent number: 8033583
    Abstract: A lock device includes a tongue slidably engaged with a housing and extendible out of the housing, an anchoring device slidably disposed in the housing and having two anchoring members for selectively aligning with the tongue and having a compartment formed between the anchoring members, and a moving device for moving the anchoring device relative to the housing to selectively align either of the anchoring members with the tongue and for preventing the tongue from being engaged into the compartment of the anchoring device. The moving device includes an electromagnetic mechanism coupled to the anchoring device for moving the anchoring device relative to the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2011
    Assignee: Gianni Industries Inc.
    Inventor: Chih Chung Chang
  • Publication number: 20110198866
    Abstract: A security bolt includes a unitary case having a front surface, a rear surface and being formed to define a substantially enclosed, elongate passageway. A strike has a front surface, a rear surface and is formed to define a strike passageway being alignable with the elongate passageway. An elongate bolt is reciprocally engaged in the elongate passageway between a retracted position and an extended position in which a free end of the bolt is received in the strike passageway. At least one of the case and the strike is configured so that opposed edges engage each other at the rear surface along a line obscured by the respective front surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 17, 2010
    Publication date: August 18, 2011
    Inventors: John Benson, Randy Boonstra
  • Publication number: 20110179720
    Abstract: A cane bolt is spring biased up to allow a movable barrier with which the cane bolt is engaged to move. The cane bolt can be pushed down into a strike hole to prevent movement of the barrier. To hold the cane bolt down, a pin on the cane bolt abuts a slotted stop on the barrier. To raise the cane bolt, the cane bolt is simply rotated so that the pin aligns with and thus passes through the slot, allowing the spring to urge the cane bolt up.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 27, 2010
    Publication date: July 28, 2011
    Inventor: SJIRK W. ZIJLSTRA
  • Patent number: 7984936
    Abstract: A latch mechanism for locking a cover unit to a base unit which comprises a bottom panel and a cover panel defining a through hole therein, includes a latch member slidably installed to the bottom panel, a supporting member fixed to the bottom panel and defining a hole therein, a plug received in the hole of the supporting member, a resilient member placed between the supporting member and the bottom panel configured for resiliently driving the plug to move to make a top of the plug extend through the hole of the supporting member to engage in the through hole of the cover panel, and a hook protruding from the cover unit for extending through the through hole of the cover panel to drive the plug to move to engage with the latch member when covering the cover unit to the base unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2011
    Assignee: Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Ming-Chang Lee
  • Patent number: 7967348
    Abstract: A key alignment system for safety interlock switches uses alignment holes, and alignment pins to compensate for misalignment between a body assembly and a key assembly. The misalignment is often due to normal wear and tear or outright abuse of a gate or other movable member that should be safely interlocked. The key is fixed to a floating plate connected to a mounting plate by a suspension. The alignment pins and holes on or in a fixed alignment assembly and the floating plate can move the floating plate into a position such that the key enters the key hole. Some embodiments incorporate the fixed alignment assembly into the body assembly. The normal function of a keyed safety interlock wherein the key can be caught and held or released is preserved and enhanced by compensating for misalignment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2011
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Gary W. Eisenhower, Jr., Jeffrey S. Hall, Mark A. Mantua
  • Patent number: 7946633
    Abstract: A roller pin of the type mounted on a tie bar that slides to drive the roller pin into engagement with a keeper of a casement window includes an inner pin and an outer roller. The outer roller includes an integral outer flange that is circular and spins with the outer roller to reduce friction during engagement with keeper. The inner pin includes an offset mounting pin at one end and is enlarged at the other end to hold the outer roller on the inner pin. The enlarged end of the inner pin is flush with the outer flange and is provided with a recessed opening that receives a tool, such as a screwdriver, to rotate the inner pin and adjust its position relative to the tie bar and a keeper. The invention is also directed to a tie bar and multiple roller pins in combination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2011
    Assignee: Interlock USA, Inc.
    Inventor: Peter Minter
  • Publication number: 20110113838
    Abstract: A locking arrangement comprising: (a) a handle assembly; (b) a primary locking mechanism comprising: (i) a locking bar movable between an extended latching position and a retracted release position, whereby when the locking bar is in the retracted release position the handle assembly is movable between a locked condition and an unlocked condition; and (ii) an actuator means which acts upon the locking bar to move the locking bar between the extended latching position and the retracted release position; (c) a secondary locking mechanism which acts independently upon the locking bar to move the locking bar between the extended latching position and the retracted release position; and (d) at least one biased catch means to releasably retain the locking bar in either the extended latching position or the retracted release position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 17, 2009
    Publication date: May 19, 2011
    Inventor: David Martin Stuckey
  • Patent number: 7914226
    Abstract: A non-removable safety pin (20) for an excavator coupler for securing a latching hook thereof. The safety pin (20) comprises a head (26), a shaft (24), a distal end (22) and a longitudinal axis starting at the head (26), extending along the shaft (24) and terminating at the distal end (22), wherein either or both of the shaft (24) and the distal end (22) are keyed so as to have an element thereon that extends relative to a side of the shaft. The element prevents removal of the safety pin from a hole (36) in which the safety pin (20) is inserted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2011
    Assignee: Miller UK Limited
    Inventor: Gary Miller
  • Patent number: 7903423
    Abstract: An optical disk drive (ODD) disposed in the base of a notebook computer is provided. The front end of the tray of the ODD has a panel having a body with a side edge, a guide member and a fastening member. The guide member is connected to the body, and it can move relatively to the body. The guide member has a guide channel having a first end and a second end. The fastening member has a sheet structure and a guide pillar inserted into the guide channel protruding from the sheet structure. When the guide member is moved to allow the guide pillar to move from the second end to the first end along the guide channel, the sheet structure of the fastening member is driven to protrude from the side edge to be fastened to the base of the notebook computer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2011
    Assignee: Asustek Computer Inc.
    Inventor: Cheng-Yuan Yang
  • Publication number: 20100283267
    Abstract: A safety device is used together with a push-push type latch device which latches a movable body to a main body at a fixed position by a push operation against an urging device and which allows the latching to be released by a next push operation. The safety device includes a responding member having a circulation cam groove provided in the main body or movable body and having a reciprocation groove portion and a latch groove portion, and a pin provided in the other of the main body or movable body and tracing the circulation cam groove. The pin irreversibly moves from the reciprocation groove portion of the circulation cam groove to the latch groove portion when the responding member receives a load, and even if the latching of the latch device is released due to the load, the movable body is retained in the fixed position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 25, 2008
    Publication date: November 11, 2010
    Applicant: NIFCO INC.
    Inventor: Keisuke Suzuki
  • Patent number: 7823934
    Abstract: An exemplary fixing apparatus is provided for holding a data storage device defining a pair of holes in a sidewall thereof. The fixing apparatus includes a bracket, a sliding member, a rotating member, a pair of latch members, and a resilient member. The bracket includes a side panel defining a pair through holes therein. The sliding member is slidably attached to the side panel. The rotating member is rotatably attached to the sliding member. The resilient member is disposed between the sliding member and the rotating member. The latch members are pivotably attached to the rotating member and movably extend through the through hole of the bracket to engage in the holes of the data storage device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2010
    Assignees: Hong Fu Jin Precision Industry (ShenZhen) Co., Ltd., Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Ri-Dong Huang, Hsuan-Tsung Chen, Guang-Yao Lee, Chun-Chi Liang
  • Patent number: 7823425
    Abstract: A latch assembly for preventing access into a door or drawer is provided. The latch assembly includes a housing configured to mount on a door or drawer, and at least one dog is slidably mounted in the housing for movement between a locked position and an unlocked position. The latch assembly include actuators operatively connected to the dog for moving the dog to the unlocked position. A key is insertable into a key slot on a side of the housing to move the actuators. The latch assembly may be used in combination with a catch assembly configured to mount on a door or drawer frame. The catch assembly is constructed to engage at least a portion of the dog in the locked position. The catch assembly may include a spring to move the latch assembly relative to the catch assembly such that the door or drawer may open slightly while in the locked position enabling a key to be inserted into the key slot to move the dog to the unlocked position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2010
    Assignee: Elbee Pty Ltd.
    Inventor: David W. Crossley
  • Patent number: 7798544
    Abstract: A latch assembly for securing a gate or door to a doorframe or post that comprises a keeper and a latch. The latch comprises a base member, first and second extension guides, first and second extension locks, a sliding bolt and a handle member. The handle member has a handle base having a first portion with one side attached to the sliding bolt and a wide tapering portion extending away from the opposite side of the handle base and defining an elongated slot, and a horseshoe shaped grip member having one end attached to the wide tapering portion and an opposite grip portion. The handle base and the wide tapering portion are sized and shaped so as to provide the grip portion closed to the sliding bolt to assure a smooth sliding movement of the sliding bolt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2010
    Inventor: Elwood Bates
  • Patent number: 7796396
    Abstract: A latch for retaining moving parts on an enclosure service module (ESM) is provided. This latch comprises a retaining groove in the latch that holds a self-clinching standoff fastener attached to the ESM. A return spring is contained within a molded cavity in the latch, and an alignment groove in the latch is placed at one end of the return spring. The alignment groove guides an alignment pin on the ESM into a secure position, and the return spring applies pressure against the pin while the pin is in the alignment groove.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2010
    Assignee: LSI Corporation
    Inventor: George E. Hanson
  • Publication number: 20100225125
    Abstract: A safety lock is disclosed and comprises a body, a bolt and a handle. The body is securable to one member. The bolt is mounted to the body for reciprocation between projecting and retracted positions. In the projecting position, a bolt end portion protrudes beyond the body and is engageable in another member, to prevent relative movement of the members. In the retracted position, the end portion is incapable of engagement in the other member, to permit said relative movement. The handle is releasably engageable to the bolt. The handle, body and bolt are adapted such that when the handle is engaged to the bolt, the handle permits manual reciprocation of the bolt, and are further adapted such that when the handle is disengaged from the bolt and the bolt end portion is inaccessible for manual manipulation, the bolt is inaccessible for said manual reciprocation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 5, 2009
    Publication date: September 9, 2010
    Inventor: Edmond Rampen
  • Patent number: 7789438
    Abstract: A battery cover latching mechanism used in portable electronic device (10) is described including a cover member (11), a housing member (12), a latch base (14), a latch member (13), and a return member (15). The latch base can be securely attached to the housing member. The latch member is mounted on the latch base and movable relative to the latch base to latch the cover member to the housing member. The return member drives the latch member to move in such a manner that the movement of the latch member detaches the cover member away from the housing member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2010
    Assignees: Shenzhen Futaihong Precision Industry Co., Ltd., FIH (Hong Kong) Limited
    Inventors: Zheng Shi, Chih-Chiang Chang
  • Patent number: 7789437
    Abstract: A lockable door assembly of an electronic device is used to cover and seal an opening of a housing of the electronic device. The lockable door assembly includes a door, a first sliding member, and a second sliding member. The door is pivoted to the housing to cover the opening. The first sliding member is movably disposed on the door for being engaged with a rib formed on the housing, so as to stop the door from rotating. The second sliding member is movably disposed on the door, and the sliding paths of the second sliding member and the first sliding member are intersected. The second sliding member is used for being inserted into a nick of the first sliding member to prevent the first sliding member from moving, thereby a double secure mechanism is achieved and the thickness of the lockable door is reduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2010
    Assignee: Getac Technology Corporation
    Inventor: Yen-Long Sheng
  • Patent number: 7789439
    Abstract: A battery cover latching mechanism used in portable electronic device (10) is described including a cover member (11), a housing member (12), a latch base (14), a latch member (13), and a return member (15). The latch base can be securely attached to the housing member. The latch member is mounted on the latch base and movable relative to the latch base to latch the cover member to the housing member. The return member is compressed when the cover member is latched to the housing member. The cover can be detached from the housing either by a movement of the latch member driven by the return member or by another movement further compressing the return member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2010
    Assignees: Shenzhen Futaihong Precision Industry Co., Ltd., FIH (Hong Kong) Limited
    Inventors: Xiang-Guo Zhao, Chih-Chiang Chang, Zhi Li, Si-Quan Chen, Zhi-Yun Shen