Closure Patents (Class 292/198)
  • Patent number: 10920362
    Abstract: A lock including a latch provided at one of a door and a cabinet, and a coupler provided at the other one of the door and the cabinet, the coupler including a housing including a latch insertion hole, an engaging lever including an engaging lever body rotatably provided within the housing, a latch insertion groove having a first end of the latch inserted therein by extending from a first end of the engaging part body, and first, second, third, and fourth projections formed by extending a second end of the engaging lever body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventor: Kichul Cho
  • Patent number: 10914026
    Abstract: A door-lock for household appliances, comprising: a casing having an opening through which it is intended to be inserted a hook connected to the door of the appliance, a cam articulated to the casing and rotatable between an open door position and a closed door position, wherein the insertion of the hook in the casing rotates the cam from the open door position to the closed door position, a locking mechanism including a locking pin movable between an unlocking position and a locking position, a main switch switchable between an open position and a closed position, wherein said locking pin in the unlocking position prevents the closure of the main switch, and a hook sensing mechanism including a hook sensing pin movable between a disengaged hook position and an inserted hook position, wherein said hook sensing pin cooperates directly with said main switch and prevents the closure of the main switch in the disengaged hook position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventor: Milost Uros
  • Patent number: 10766379
    Abstract: A charging apparatus for a vehicle includes a housing accommodating a charging portion, a case mounted to the housing, a PCB disposed inside the case and having a light source, a light guide plate configured to guide light emitted from the light source, a reflection plate configured to reflect the light through the light guide plate, a lens coupled to the case to form a region for accommodating the light guide plate and the reflection plate, and a cover hinged to the housing to open or close the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventors: In Hwang, SoYeon Park, ByungJoo Lee, Kiwon Kim, Byounghaan Choi
  • Patent number: 10612275
    Abstract: A receptacle that can receive a cell phone or other mobile communication device or other useful objects such as keys that attaches over a restroom or changing room door latch used to secure the door during use of the restroom or changing room. Receptacle's position such that the usual insert a cell phone into the receptacle when the restroom stall door is secured closed and locked by a latch bolt. The user will not forget the cell phone because it will be necessary to remove the cell phone to access the latch bolt for unlocking the stall door. The device can also include advertising with DC and disposed on the receptacle surface or adjacent a portion of the receptacle surface. An ultraviolet light can be activated to help as a disinfectant device to kill bacteria and viruses on any cell phones or other objects in the receptacle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Inventors: John W. Lynn, Therese Valdez
  • Patent number: 10487545
    Abstract: A latch arrangement for fastening a panel of a door or a window to a frame element, the panel including a depression is provided. The latch arrangement includes a locking element pivotally mounted on the frame element and displaceable between a locked position in which the locking element is engaged with the depression of the panel locking thereby the panel to the frame element, and an unlocked position in which the locking element is disengaged from the depression of the panel unlocking thereby the panel from the frame element, a stop latch selectively deployable to secure the locking element in the locked position, precluding thereby displacement of the locking element to the unlocked position; and an actuating mechanism configured to selectively pivot the locking element away from the depression to the unlocked position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: DAN RAZ LTD.
    Inventor: Amir Raz
  • Patent number: 10448738
    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: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: Accuride International Inc.
    Inventors: Darush David Hashemi, Xiaoping Zhou, Xiwen Wang
  • Patent number: 10428555
    Abstract: A lock mechanism is disclosed, the lock mechanism having a rotary latch configured for rotation between a locked position and an unlocked position, the rotary latch rotating in a first plane and the rotary latch is retained in the locked position after it has been rotated into the locked position from the unlocked position, the rotary latch being spring biased into the unlocked position by a biasing member; and a first lock mechanism for retaining the rotary latch in the locked position after rotation of the rotary latch into the locked position, the rotary latch being capable of being manipulated back into the unlocked position from the locked position after actuation of the first locking mechanism into a release position, wherein actuation of the first lock mechanism is in a second plane that is not parallel to the first plane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: WIND CORPORATION
    Inventors: Michael Gallo, Steve Sanelli
  • Patent number: 10385895
    Abstract: A hand-actuated closing device is provided. The closing device includes two closing parts which are fittable together along a closing direction, are mechanically interconnected in a closed position and are releasable from one another as by releasing the mechanical connection. One of the closure parts includes a housing and a locking element which is arranged so as to be movable on the housing and is in connection with the other closure part in the closed position to produce the mechanical connection between the closure parts. In the closed position, the locking part assumes a first position on the housing, is manually movable from the first position into a second position to release the closure parts and is resettable from the second position into the first position under the action of a resetting force. The closing device further includes a delaying system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: Fidlock GmbH
    Inventors: Joachim Fiedler, Breido Botkus, Laurentius Sommer
  • Patent number: 10087665
    Abstract: A door assembly includes a door frame and a door coupled to the door frame and movable between an open and closed position. The door includes a first surface that faces in a first direction and a second surface that faces in a direction that is greater than 90 degrees from the first direction. The door assembly also includes a securing member pivotably mounted to the door frame and pivotable between a first position, in which the securing member prevents the door from moving to the open position, and a second position, in which the securing member releases the door, wherein the securing member is configured to engage both the first surface and the second surface when the securing member is in the first position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: THERMA-TRU CORP
    Inventors: Seth R. Gillen, Jarrod Buffy
  • Patent number: 10065556
    Abstract: A warning system for a vehicle includes a vehicle door-mounted exterior illuminable signal, a door-open indicator associated with the vehicle door, and a controller configured to actuate the exterior illuminable signal to emit light in a selected one of multiple operating modes. The operating modes may include an increased visibility operating mode differing from other operating modes in an intensity and/or pattern and/or color of light emitted by the door-mounted exterior illuminable signal. The vehicle door may be a rear-hinged door and the illuminable signal may be associated with a handle of the door. The controller may actuate the exterior illuminable signal in a different operating mode on receiving both of a signal from the door-open indicator and a signal from a vehicle navigational system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies LLC
    Inventors: Howard Paul Tsvi Linden, Donald P. Iacovoni, Rajesh K. Patel, Rafic Jergess, Paul L. Heirtzler, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9969308
    Abstract: A lock device includes a base, a first rotation member, a second rotation member, a first elastic member, and a second elastic member. Protrusions are provided on one of the base and one of the first rotation member and the second rotation member. The protrusions are protruded in a direction parallel to the rotation axis of the first rotation member. An end of one of the first elastic member and the second elastic member is fixed to the protrusions. The protruding length in the rotation axis direction of the protrusions is longer than the length in the rotation axis direction of one of the first elastic member and the second elastic member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: SHIROKI CORPORATION
    Inventors: Masahiro Ban, Takayuki Sakurai, Hiroyuki Suzuki
  • Patent number: 9879452
    Abstract: In order to minimize the sliding friction between the locking parts, that is, between the pawl and the rotary latch of a motor vehicle door lock, it is advantageous if, during the production process, the different latch surfaces of both locking parts are provided with a stamped contour have straight grooves and also with a stamped contour, characterized in that the provided grooves are oblique. The grooves which are oblique to the latch surface on the pawl can be produced such that the entire pawl or also the rotary latch are connected in an oblique manner to the base of the lock case housing which can be produced in several ways. Between the straight grooves and the oblique grooves, at least two coverings are provided which ensure that both locking parts are in mutual contact reducing the friction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: Kiekert Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Thorsten Bendel, Werner Pohle, Thomas Waldmann
  • Patent number: 9725074
    Abstract: A front grille emblem is provided for a motor vehicle. That front grille emblem includes an integral hood latch release and a windshield washer fluid receiver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Annette Lynn Huebner, Kristin Ann Hellman, Artur Sakarian, Ryan Welch, Matthew Rutman
  • Patent number: 9668596
    Abstract: A frame hanger including a substantially planar fixed section, wherein a portion of the perimeter of the fixed section defines a substantially linear mounting guide edge. A single arm is rotatably mounted to the fixed section between a fully extended state and a fully retracted state. While in the fully retracted state, no portion of the arm extends beyond the mounting guide edge of the substantially planar fixed section. In a fully extended state, a pointed end of the arm extends beyond the mounting guide edge of the planar fixed section. A barrier prohibits rotation of the arm, when in the fully extended state, greater than a predetermined acute angle relative to the mounting guide edge. The arm and fixed section lie either in a common single plane or two planes substantially parallel to one another. Alternatively, the arm is integral with and non-rotatable relative to the fixed section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Inventor: Philip J. Crescenzo
  • Patent number: 9631405
    Abstract: A securing mechanism for a door, especially the door of a device, comprising a first closure element; an arresting structure disposed on the first closure element; a second closure element configured for latching with the arresting structure, wherein for unlatching purposes, the second closure element is rotatable relative to the first closure element; and a lever support that is movable relative to the second closure element such that it is transferable between a release position, in which it cancels a latching of the second closure element with the arresting structure, and a latching position in which the latching of the second closure element with the arresting structure is maintained. The lever support is also movable relative to the first closure element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: RAHRBACH GMBH
    Inventors: Michael Könkler, Rinaldo Pietrasch
  • Patent number: 9624699
    Abstract: The invention regards a locking device for the closing door of a washing and drying machine, constituted of a body of containment that houses a locking wheel for the door latch, subject to the action of elastic means, a sliding bolt capable of preventing the rotation of said wheel and a time-delay mechanism fitted with a locking pawl for said sliding bolt. The wheel is fitted with a cavity that presents a surface tilted with respect to the plane of rotation, so as to resolve the force it exerts on the bolt, when a pulling is exerted on the door while the device is in a closed and locked position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: ELETTROTECNICA ROLD S.R.L.
    Inventors: Onofrio Rocchitelli, Stefano Rocchitelli
  • Patent number: 9471004
    Abstract: A releasing mechanism usable for a toner supply container includes a groove fixable to the toner supply container, a releasing portion slidably fixable to the toner supply container, and a hook member. The releasing portion has an opening for releasing toner, and a fixing structure disposed over the groove. The hook member is disposed between the groove and the fixing structure, and has a first hook received in the groove, and a fixing portion fixable to the fixing structure. By operations of first and second forces pushing the releasing portion toward or away from the toner supply container, the first hook is slidable along the groove and is stoppable at first and second positions of the groove that are close to or away from the toner supply container, such that the releasing portion is movable relative to the toner supply container to provide or stop providing the toner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2016
    Assignee: GENERAL PLASTIC INDUSTRIAL CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kuan-Tung Li, Yueh-Chun Lee
  • Patent number: 9416569
    Abstract: A latch assembly may be configured for use with a first structure having an outer surface and a second structure that is movable relative to the first structure. The latch assembly may include a latch member and a visual indicator device. The latch member may be movable into and out of a latching position securing the second structure to the first structure. The visual indicator device may be movable between a retracted position not protruding outward from the outer surface of the first structure and an extended position protruding outward from the outer surface. A linkage may be operatively connected between the latch member and the visual indicator device to move the visual indicator device from the retracted position to the extended position under the influence of the latch member when the latch member is moved out of the latching position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2016
    Assignee: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventors: Cristiano Leone, Wayne Howard Peterson, James Paul Hacault
  • Patent number: 9388620
    Abstract: The present invention is related to a door stopper including a rod mechanism attached to a door, the rod mechanism being provided with a rod extending toward a floor; and a rod locking mechanism provided on the floor, the rod locking mechanism being configured to lock the door in an open state by locking the rod, wherein the rod locking mechanism includes a locking member that is moveable along a floor surface, the locking member being configured to lock a movement of the rod by engaging with the rod according to a motion of the door in an opening direction for a first time, and to allow a movement of the rod in a closing direction of the door by releasing the engagement with the rod according to a motion of the door in the opening direction for a second time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2016
    Assignee: MITSUBISHI STEEL MFG. CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Takao Endo
  • Patent number: 9175505
    Abstract: A door handle assembly for a vehicle includes a mount structure, a door handle, and a latch assembly. The door handle includes an interface portion and a mounting portion. The interface portion includes inner and outer surfaces. The mounting portion is pivotally coupled with the mount structure such that the door handle is pivotable about a first axis between first and second positions. The latch assembly includes a latch body and an actuator arm pivotally coupled with the latch body. The latch body is attached to the mount structure. The actuator arm is pivotable between released and actuated positions. The door handle is configured to contact the actuator arm during at least a portion of the pivotal movement of the door handle from the first position to the second position, forcing the actuator arm to pivot from the released position to the actuated position. Vehicles are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2015
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Masayuki Hirukawa
  • Patent number: 9151099
    Abstract: A door opening spring assistance apparatus is set forth that will automatically apply a door opening assistance force using a combination of rods and coil springs. The release of the rods by the coil springs reduces the force required to set the door in motion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2015
    Assignee: Savannah River Nuclear Solutions, LLC
    Inventor: Thomas L Allison
  • Patent number: 9145716
    Abstract: A motor vehicle hood latch mechanism for engaging a striker of a hood having a closed locked position and a released position is disclosed. The mechanism includes a latch assembly attached to a chassis member. The latch assembly includes a latch having a locking cam and a pawl movable between a locked position engaging the locking cam and an unlocked position away from the locking cam. A sensor detects the presence of a pedestrian proximate the front of the motor vehicle and generates a signal in response thereto. A deployment spring having an energized position and a released position is retained in an energized position by a release mechanism responsive to the signal generated by the sensor, such that actuation of the release mechanism releases the resilient member and rotates the pawl to the unlocked position to release the latch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2015
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Mangala A. Jayasuriya, Iskander Farooq, Mohammed Omar Faruque, James Chih Cheng, Allan Roy Gale
  • Patent number: 9121204
    Abstract: A bumper for a closure, such as a tailgate, acts between the tailgate and a frame to bias a striker in to engagement with a latch. The bumper is moved to a retracted position during closing to reduce the force needed to close the tailgate. After latching, the bumper is conditioned to an extended position to assert the bias between the tailgate and frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2015
    Assignee: MULTIMATIC INC.
    Inventors: Rudolf Gruber, Dennis Tak-Man Loui
  • Patent number: 9004547
    Abstract: The invention relates to a fixing device for a vertically movable closing element (1) for the at least partial closing of an opening (2) of a room. According to the invention, the fixing device for fixing of the closing element (1) in a closed state comprises at least one first fixing unit (6), arranged on the closing element (1), and an engaging unit (7), corresponding to the first fixing unit (6), in an opening bottom (2.1) and at least one second fixing unit (11), which is arranged on a guide (3), arranged to the side of the opening (2), for the closing element (1) and has a tensioning hook (11.1), which in the closed state of the closing element (1) can be latched in the closing element (1) in the area of an upper side of the closing element (1).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Inventor: Werner Thomas
  • Patent number: 8998275
    Abstract: An assembly is provided for opening a heavy weight door, such as on a military vehicle, by an occupant in the vehicle. The assembly includes a latch module with a catch and rotor adapted to engage and disengage the striker on the door frame, a blast lock module including a pawl adapted to engage and disengage the door frame, and a release handle module with a single interior handle for controlling the engagement and disengagement of the latch and blast lock modules. The three modules are pre-assembled on a carrier plate so as to form a rigid, unitary assembly for mounting on the inside of the door. When a person chooses to exit the vehicle, the handle is actuated so as to retract the blast lock and then release the latch. When the door is closed, a person inside the vehicle can actuate the handle so as to engage the blast lock for safety.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Trimark Corporation
    Inventors: Robert W. Donaldson, Brandon L. Hemann
  • Publication number: 20150076833
    Abstract: The invention is directed to a motor vehicle lock for a motor vehicle door arrangement, wherein a pivotable catch and an inlet mouth for a lock striker are provided, wherein the catch can be brought into at least one closed position and into at least one open position, wherein the catch as such in its closed position may hold the lock striker by a holding engagement between the catch and the lock striker and in its open position may release the lock striker, wherein during a closing cycle the lock striker comes into an actuating engagement with the motor vehicle lock such that the catch moves from its open position into its closed position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 18, 2013
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Inventors: David Rosales, Michael Wittelsbuerger
  • Publication number: 20150076837
    Abstract: The invention is directed to a motor vehicle lock for a motor vehicle door arrangement, wherein a pivotable catch and an inlet mouth for a lock striker are provided, wherein the catch can be brought into at least one closed position and into at least one open position, wherein the catch as such in its closed position may hold the lock striker by a holding engagement between the catch and the lock striker and in its open position may release the lock striker, wherein during a closing cycle the lock striker comes into an actuating engagement with the motor vehicle lock such that the catch moves from its open position into the direction of its closed position, preferably into its closed position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 18, 2013
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Inventors: David Rosales, Michael Wittelsbuerger
  • Publication number: 20150035293
    Abstract: A push-push latch arrangement includes, but is not limited to, a movable component adapted for mounting to a vehicle interior and configured to move between a first position and a second position. The arrangement further includes a latch component configured to engage the movable component and configured to move with respect to the movable component as the movable component moves between the first and second positions. The arrangement further includes a push-push pathway associated with either the movable component or the latch component. The push-push pathway has an ingress segment, a confining segment, and an egress segment. The arrangement further includes a pathway follower associated with either the movable component or the latch component. The pathway follower is engaged with the push-push pathway. The arrangement still further includes a damper engaged with the latch component and configured to retard movement of the latch component with respect to the movable component.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 2, 2013
    Publication date: February 5, 2015
    Inventors: Larry Vigneau, Brian Vigneau
  • Publication number: 20150015001
    Abstract: An electric household appliance having a casing (2); a compartment (3) housed inside the casing (2) and facing an opening (4); a door (5) fitted to the casing (2) and movable between an open position and a closed position; and a locking device (6); the locking device (6) having a box body (7) fixed to the casing (2), alongside the door (5); latch means (8, 13) fitted to the box body (7) to move between a lock position locking the door (5), and a release position releasing the door (5); and an actuating device (11) for selectively moving the latch means (8, 13) between the lock position and the release position, and which has at least an electrically conducting resistance wire (16) made of a shape-memory alloy and designed to vary in length alongside a variation in temperature, and electric power devices (18) for powering the resistance wire (16) and producing a controlled Joule-effect variation in temperature.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 3, 2014
    Publication date: January 15, 2015
    Applicant: ELECTROLUX HOME PRODUCTS CORPORATION N.V.
    Inventors: Edi FABBRO, Giancarlo ARRIGONI, Marco BIASIOTTO, Tommaso LUCHETTI
  • Patent number: 8844749
    Abstract: A fastening device for fastening a cover to a body of an explosion-proof enclosure can include a bracket having a back side mechanically coupled to a bottom side at a first angle and to a top side at a second angle, where the top side includes an engagement portion, where the first angle is substantially parallel to an under side of the body flange, and where the second angle is substantially parallel to a top side of the cover flange. The fastening device can also include a cam fixedly coupled to an outer surface of the cover flange and hingedly coupled to the engagement portion. The fastening device can further include a lever fixedly coupled to the cam and having a closed position and an open position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: Cooper Technologies Company
    Inventors: Joseph Michael Manahan, Yabin Zhao
  • Publication number: 20140265365
    Abstract: A push-push latch arrangement includes, but is not limited to, a trim component that is configured to move between a first position and a second position. The trim component has a push-push pathway. The push-push latch arrangement further includes, but is not limited to, a latch component having a pathway follower. The pathway follower is engaged with the push-push pathway. The latch component is configured for movement with respect to the push-push pathway to enable the pathway follower to follow the push-push pathway as the trim component moves between the first position and the second position. The push-push latch arrangement further includes, but is not limited to, a first biasing component urging the pathway follower towards an egress segment of the push-push pathway. The push-push latch arrangement still further includes, but is not limited to, a damper engaged with the latch component and dampening movement of the latch component.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: FAURECIA INTERIOR SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventor: Larry Vigneau
  • Patent number: 8727398
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a motor vehicle lock having the locking elements of a lock catch and a pawl and having a lock mechanism, with it being possible for the lock mechanism to be moved into different functional states such as “unlocked”, “locked”, “anti-theft locked” or “child-safety locked” and with the lock mechanism having for this purpose at least one functional element which can be adjusted into corresponding functional positions. It is proposed that at least one functional element is designed as a resiliently elastically bendable wire or strip, and can thereby be bent in a resiliently elastic manner, as a bendable functional element, into different functional positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: Brose Schliesssysteme GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Simon Brose, Roman Joschko, David Rosales, Stefanic Josip, Abdelali El Hamoumi
  • Patent number: 8684214
    Abstract: Provided is a degassing container for a refrigerator in which a portion of air within a storage space is forcedly discharged to allow the storage space to become a low pressure state. The degassing container includes a case, a door, a gasket, a pressing part, and a degassing adjustment part. The case has an opened side. The door selectively shields the opened side of the case. The gasket is interposed between the door and the case and elastically deformed and closely attached when the door is shielded. The pressing part is provided in the door and the case and selectively closely attaches the door by a rotation operation. The degassing adjustment part selectively enters and exits air within the case by operating the pressing part. Therefore, the refrigerator has improved storage performance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2014
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Seok-Min Lim, Jong-Min Shin, Bong-Jun Choi, Su-Won Lee, Ill-Shin Kim, Jeong-Yon Kim
  • Publication number: 20140084603
    Abstract: An exterior handle assembly for a vehicle door includes a movable handle member and a mounting structure. The mounting structure includes a predefined fracture line or line of weakening, whereby the reinforcing structure fractures along the line of weakening in the event a large external force is applied to the reinforcing structure. The handle assembly also includes a push surface that pushes against an inertia lock lever after fracture of the reinforcing structure to thereby push the inertia lock lever into a locked position to prevent unlatching of a vehicle door.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 27, 2012
    Publication date: March 27, 2014
    Applicant: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Daniel Carl Bejune, Charles Gregory Bambenek
  • Patent number: 8657348
    Abstract: A latch assembly is provided herein, the latch assembly having: a chassis; a latch bolt, movably mounted on the chassis and having a closed position for retaining a striker, an open position for releasing the striker; a first safety position between the closed position and the open position for retaining the striker; a first pawl having a first pawl engaged position at which the first pawl is engageable with the latch bolt to hold the latch bolt in the closed position and a first pawl disengaged position at which the first pawl is disengaged from the latch bolt thereby allowing the latch bolt to at least move towards the first safety position; and a second pawl having a second pawl engaged position at which the second pawl is engageable with the latch bolt to hold the latch bolt in the first safety position and a second pawl disengaged position at which the second pawl is disengaged from the latch bolt thereby allowing the latch bolt to move towards the open position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2014
    Assignee: Inteva Products, LLC
    Inventors: Peter Coleman, Gurbinder Singh Kalsi
  • Patent number: 8651538
    Abstract: The invention relates to a lock comprising a lockable knob, formed by a closure tongue (1) non-rotatably mounted on the shaft of a cylinder (2) which rotates in a casing (3) under the action of a knob (4). The knob (4) is mounted on the cylinder (2) and casing (3) such that it can move linearly between two end positions, namely an operating position and a locked position. The casing (3) and the knob (4) include at least two geometrically arranged linear guides (33, 43) which, during the linear movement of the knob (4), are engaged with, or released from one another. In addition, the cylinder (2) and the knob (4) include radial openings (20, 40) which are positioned coaxially in the locked position and offset axially in the operating position. The cylinder (2) and the casing (3) include geometrically arranged cams (22, 32) which limit the rotational movement of the cylinder (2) in the casing (3) between the tongue (1) -opening and -closing positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2014
    Assignee: Ojmar, S.A.
    Inventor: Ricardo Sendin Martin
  • Patent number: 8651535
    Abstract: The aim of the invention is to provide an electric household appliance, especially a dishwasher, comprising a child-proof lock which has a simple and reliable design and is easy to operate. According to the invention, a means for selectively blocking or slide which can be moved between two positions blocks, in a first position, the movement of the locking member, thereby activating the child-safety feature, and in a second position of the means for selectively blocking, does not block the movement of the locking member, thereby deactivating the child-safety feature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2014
    Assignee: BSH Bosch und Siemens Hausgeraete GmbH
    Inventors: Anton Oppel, Erich Schmid
  • Patent number: 8616592
    Abstract: A simply structured and smoothly operable latch device of a door in which a latch can be infallibly released by operating a handle from any of upper, lower, right, and left sides. The handle (1) having operation parts (1e) at the upper, lower, left, and right inner edges of the front opening part thereof is received in a handle receiving part (14) formed in a door (3) and having an opening in its front surface. The handle (1) can be moved to a non-operating position where the rear surface of the handle abuts on the rear end surface of the handle receiving part (14) or to an operating position where the handle (1) is tilted so that one of the upper and lower edges or one of the left and right edges is nearer to the person operating the handle (1) than the other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2013
    Assignee: Okamura Corporation
    Inventors: Kazuhiko Kitada, Yutaka Sugihara
  • Patent number: 8596693
    Abstract: The invention relates to a locking unit for a first flap, a second flap and a carrier, comprising a locking element which can be housed in a displaceable manner on the first flap and which comprises a tappet, and a driveable actuation device which is used to displace the locking element. In a first position, said locking element couples the first flap to the second flap in order to form a unit, and in a second position, the first flap is released from the second flap, and in an intermediate position, the first flap and the second flap are fixed together in the carrier. An active connection between the tappet of the locking element and the actuation element can be formed in said intermediate position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2013
    Assignees: Edscha Engineering GmbH, Skoda Auto A.S.
    Inventors: Eddy Meyer, Karel Erben
  • Patent number: 8585102
    Abstract: A compression latch comprises a latch housing with a driving end and a driven end and with a drive shaft which is rotatably supported between these ends and which has a driving device such as a socket wrench receptacle or gearing at the driving end of the latch housing. The latch housing, at the driven end, forms an annular surface around the axis of the drive shaft. According to the invention, the drive shaft has, at the driven end of the latch housing, a bearing journal whose axis has an angle of approximately 45 degrees relative to the axis of the drive shaft, and the base of a rotary latch is supported on the bearing journal, this base (30) forming an annular surface around the axis of the bearing journal, and two annular surfaces roll on one another by frictional engagement or positive engagement when the drive shaft is rotated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2013
    Assignee: DIRAK Dieter Ramsauer Konstruktionselemente GmbH
    Inventor: Reinhard Gottschling
  • Publication number: 20130234451
    Abstract: A latch mechanism is provided comprising a latch and a cover arranged for attachment to the latch. The latch includes a latch body and a projection extending therefrom wherein, when the latch and cover are attached to one another, the projection extends from an inner surface of the cover. The latch mechanism further comprises a docking area located on a device, the docking area being arranged to receive the latch such that the cover may be securely fixed to the device. When the cover is placed over the docking area, a sliding movement of the cover causes actuation of the latch to secure the cover to the docking area. When the cover is secured in the docking area, further sliding movement of the cover is prevented.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 25, 2013
    Publication date: September 12, 2013
    Applicant: CONTROL TECHNIQUES LTD
    Inventor: Hugh A. Connell
  • Patent number: 8517435
    Abstract: An espagnolette lock for a door or shutter. An actuating shaft can be rotatably mounted within the interior of a housing and can be coupled with a lock-actuator. The actuating shaft is monolithically formed with a tongue. A securement mechanism is configured for insertion into the housing parallel to the plane of a door panel or of the shutter for fixing the housing in position on the door panel or shutter. The securement mechanism is further configured for being supported against the door panel or shutter. When a mounting of the espagnolette lock is completed, the securement mechanism is configured to engage the actuating shaft to thereby secure and fix the actuating shaft in position in the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2013
    Assignee: EMKA Beschlagteile GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Friedhelm Runge
  • Publication number: 20130207405
    Abstract: A bumper for a closure, such as a tailgate, acts between the tailgate and a frame to bias a striker in to engagement with a latch. The bumper is moved to a retracted position during closing to reduce the force needed to close the tailgate. After latching, the bumper is conditioned to an extended position to assert the bias between the tailgate and frame.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 10, 2012
    Publication date: August 15, 2013
    Inventors: Rudolf Gruber, Dennis Tak-Man Loui
  • Publication number: 20130147211
    Abstract: A door latch apparatus for a vehicle may include an open lever and a release lever rotatably coupled to a base plate, an interlocking lever rotatably coupled to the base plate and having a pushing protrusion, an operating lever provided on the base plate wherein the operating lever includes a second slot formed in a medial portion of the operating lever, and a locking protrusion formed on a lower end of the operating lever and being engaged in a first slot of the release lever, wherein when the release lever rotates, the locking protrusion pushes and rotates the open lever, thus releasing the door, and an inertia lever rotatably coupled to the base plate by a rotating shaft and including an insert protrusion formed on an end of the inertia lever and being engaged to the second slot.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 26, 2012
    Publication date: June 13, 2013
    Applicants: Pyeong HWA Automotive Co., Ltd., Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventor: Hyundai Motor Company
  • Publication number: 20130056997
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a motor-vehicle door lock which is provided with a catch (2,3), with an actuating-lever mechanism (5, 6) which acts on the catch (2, 3). There is also a locking lever (7) which, together with the actuating lever (5), renders the actuating-lever mechanism (5, 6) inactive when accelerating forces of predetermined magnitude occur, for example in the event of a crash. According to the invention, the actuating lever (5) and locking lever (7) disable the actuating-lever mechanism (5, 6) mechanically, as a result of the accelerating forces occurring, by associated deflection. Following dissipation of the accelerating forces, the actuating lever (5) and locking lever (7) reconnect the actuating-lever mechanism (5, 6).
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 14, 2011
    Publication date: March 7, 2013
    Inventors: Stephan Mittelbach, Rolf Siemensmeyer, Dirk Eichel, Michael Strathmann
  • Patent number: 8376418
    Abstract: A latch for an appliance or the like provides a floating bolt assembly spring biasing a door against a sealing gasket in different positions depending on gasket compliance. A lock provides a stop that may adjustably bridge a distance between the latch frame and the floating bolt assembly as the gasket ages thereby providing positive locking of the door over the life of the appliance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2013
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventors: Michael S. Osvatic, Kenyon A. Hapke
  • Patent number: 8376478
    Abstract: A container is described. The container includes a receptacle, lid, and fastener. The receptacle includes a latch. The lid is coupled to the receptacle and moves between an open and a closed position. The fastener is coupled to the lid and fastens the lid to the receptacle. The fastener includes first, second, third, and fourth portions. The first portion is coupled to the lid and extends along a first axis that is perpendicular to a plane of the lid when the lid is in the closed position. The second portion is coupled to the first portion and extends along a second axis that is perpendicular to the first axis. The third portion is coupled to the second portion and extends along an axis that is parallel to the first axis. The fourth portion is coupled to the third portion and includes a contact member that couples to the latch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2013
    Assignee: CareFusion 303, Inc.
    Inventors: Frank Dean Weber, Christoph Potakowskyj, Johannes Pollhammer
  • Publication number: 20120274086
    Abstract: Falling latch locking device (1) having a first locking device casing (7) that comprises a handle (2), a closing element (3) and a lock, and having a second locking device casing (6) that comprises a cut-out for receiving the closing element in the closed state, wherein the lock comprises a stop (11) that can be moved by locking and unlocking the lock and in the locked state said stop blocks the opening of the handle (2).
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 27, 2012
    Publication date: November 1, 2012
    Applicant: FATH GMBH
    Inventor: Jan Mirko FATH
  • Publication number: 20120206873
    Abstract: An information handling system includes a base portion with a moveable first latch member. A display portion is moveable relative to the base portion. A first side of the display portion includes a first side latch engagement member and a second side of the display portion includes a second side latch engagement member. The display portion includes a first latch member actuator that is operable, in response to positioning the first side of the display portion adjacent the base portion, to move the first latch member adjacent the first side latch engagement member to resist movement of the display portion relative to the base portion and, in response to positioning the second side of the display portion adjacent the base portion, to move the first latch member adjacent the second side latch engagement member to resist movement of the display portion relative to the base portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 16, 2011
    Publication date: August 16, 2012
    Applicant: DELL PRODUCTS L.P.
    Inventors: Mark A. Schwager, Andrew Tosh
  • Patent number: 8235429
    Abstract: A fixing base is suitable to fix an electronic device having a locking hole. The fixing base includes a housing, a driving structure and a cam. The electronic device is suitable to be held in the housing. The driving structure is provided through the housing, and the cam is disposed in the housing. The cam has a hook, and the driving structure is fixedly connected to the cam. When the driving structure drives the cam to rotate, the hook is locked to the locking hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2012
    Assignee: ASUSTeK Computer Inc.
    Inventor: Wei-Te Yang