Flexible Patents (Class 292/225)
  • Patent number: 9392723
    Abstract: A rack-based information handling system (RIHS) includes a rack chassis having at least two opposing side panels which are structurally held in place by one or more segments spanning between the two opposing side panels to generate an internal volume between the at least two opposing side panels. The internal volume has structures that enable insertion and retention of information technology (IT) gear and other components of the IHS at one of a front access space and a rear access space of the rack chassis that extend between the two opposing side panels. The RIHS also includes at least one security screen that is removably affixed to opposing edges of the two opposing side panels and span across a first segment of an access space to prevent direct physical access to the IT gear or other components that are inserted within the rack chassis behind the security screen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2016
    Assignee: DELL PRODUCTS L.P.
    Inventor: Edmond Bailey
  • Patent number: 8925980
    Abstract: The object of the invention is a method and an arrangement for opening and closing a suspended ceiling or corresponding of an elevator car and also a locking device. The suspended ceiling or corresponding is supported in place at least partly by one or more locking devices. In the method the suspended ceiling or corresponding is opened from its locking and lowered away from its position and fixed again into its position. In the opening phase of the suspended ceiling the locking devices supporting the suspended ceiling are pre-tuned into a state where the suspended ceiling continues to stay in place in the upper position and after pre-tuning the suspended ceiling is released from its locking by lifting the suspended ceiling first upwards and after this by letting the suspended ceiling lower downwards.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: Kone Corporation
    Inventors: Rami Heikintupa, Pekka Halonen
  • Patent number: 8764076
    Abstract: A gate latch release mechanism has a cylindrical tubular guide having a first length, a mechanism to firmly fasten the tubular guide in a hole through a gate member, a compression spring having a length less than the first length of the tubular guide, the compression spring positioned within the tubular guide and having a first end bearing on a shoulder at a first end of the tubular guide, a flexible line of a length substantially longer than the tubular guide, the line passing through the compression spring and the tubular guide, and having a handle on one end and a coupling interface on an opposite end, and a planar element securely fastened to the line within the tubular guide, with the planar element bearing on a second end of the compression spring within the tubular guide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Inventor: Jerry Dean Glover
  • Patent number: 8636308
    Abstract: One embodiment of an improved gate latch pull cable of the type being made of metal for durability and having a one-piece clevis clip secured to one end for easy attachment to a gate latch, and a pull loop secured with a cable sleeve on the other end for securely grasping the cable. The clevis clip incorporates an integral clevis pin eliminating loose parts, and a fillet transition to the cable to prevent it from catching on edges. Surrounding the cable is a tapered return-spring which assists in gate latch closure, and a spring cup which fits in a gate post hole for centering the large diameter of the spring over the hole. The small diameter of the spring is proximal to the clevis clip, and lightly pushes against a gate latch cam. The tapered spring coils fit inside each other when compressed allowing the gate latch to fully open.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2014
    Inventor: Eric Francis Calamia, III
  • Patent number: 8451087
    Abstract: A passive entry system for an vehicle door requires no active operator input to gain entrance to the vehicle. A door module recognizes the signal transmitted by an authorized key fob to identify the operator of the vehicle. The authentication of the operator coupled with the operator touching a sensor on the door to be opened actuates a release actuator that unlatches the selected door. The spring-load provided by the door seal will pop the door open from the closed position. A key cylinder, which can be located substantially anywhere on the door, is coupled mechanically to the release latch for use if the battery is weak and cannot activate the release actuator. An LED signals the state of the opening sequence for the door. The fixed door handle can incorporate a membrane switch or a capacitive sensor to indicate the selection of the door by the operator when touched.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 25, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2013
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Venkatesh Krishnan, James Joseph Loschiavo, Kosta Papanikolaou
  • Patent number: 8333413
    Abstract: A latch for a window sash is disclosed. The latch includes a cover with a handle, a chassis, a bolt biased towards an extended position and containing a notch, a plunger biased towards the extended position and containing a guide, a rotary latch, pivotally connected to the chassis, containing a guide slot for receiving the guide and a protrusion biased towards the notch. The latch is operated wherein the bolt is locked in a retracted position when the handle slides the bolt inwardly towards the chassis and the protrusion engages the notch as the rotary latch rotates towards the notch, and wherein the bolt is released to the extended position when the plunger slides inwardly towards the chassis and the protrusion disengages from the notch as the rotary latch rotates away from the notch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2012
    Assignee: Roto Frank of America, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian Bourgoin, Jeffrey M. Briggs
  • Patent number: 7703310
    Abstract: In a door opening and closing device for a vehicle in which a cylinder body of a cylinder lock having a rotor turned in response to a key operation and a casing of a door-locking device which has a door-locking lever shaft turned in response to the turning of the rotor and is switched over between a locking state and an unlocking state in response to the turning of the door-locking lever shaft are mounted to a door, a turning movement-transmitting member having a flexibility is disposed between the cylinder lock and the door-locking device so as to transmit a turning force of the rotor to the door-locking lever shaft by its twisting motion responsive to the turning of the rotor. Thus, it is possible to increase the degree of freedom for the relative dispositions of the cylinder lock and the door-locking device, while eliminating the need for a protector for preventing the unauthorized access from the outside.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2010
    Assignees: Kabushiki Kaisha Honda Lock, Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yuuichi Usuzaki, Fumio Kobayashi, Naoki Katsumata, Nobuyuki Kishikawa, Hidetoshi Ijuin
  • Patent number: 7216901
    Abstract: An operation force transmitting member of a door lock apparatus has a guide tube and an inner cable passed through the guide tube and is connected to one of the door lock apparatus and an operating device for operating the door lock apparatus at the upper end portion thereof and to the other of the door lock apparatus and the operating device at the lower end portion thereof. In this operation force transmitting member, a cover member, which is enabled to close the upper face of the guide tube during non-operation of the operating device, is provided on the inner cable projecting from the upper face of the guide tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2007
    Assignees: Ohi Seisakusho Co., Ltd., Valeo Securite Habitacle
    Inventors: Masazumi Miyagawa, Michio Ohashi
  • Patent number: 7213428
    Abstract: An apparatus for locking and unlocking a vehicle door includes a cylinder lock having a rotor, a door lock mechanism including a key operation input shaft which rotates to switch a locked state and an unlocked state of a door, and a torque cable for transmitting rotation of the rotor to the key operation input shaft. One end of the torque cable is connected to the rotor via a gear transmission mechanism accommodated in a gear case. The gear transmission mechanism is constructed by a face gear coaxially connected to the rotor, and a pinion gear which has an axial line perpendicular to an axial line of the face gear, is connected to the torque cable, and is meshed with the face gear. The pinion gear is accommodated in the gear case to be capable of being displaced in an axial direction in a limited range while keeping a meshed state with the face gear.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2007
    Assignees: Kabushiki Kaisha Honda Lock, Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Masahiko Harada, Hidetoshi Ijuin, Nobuyuki Kishikawa, Kozou Munezane, Naoki Katsumata
  • Patent number: 7140211
    Abstract: This invention relates to a security system aimed at closing and locking a cover of an opening of a tank trailer to avoid any tampering of its content and to prove that the content of the tank has not been tampered. The security system comprises a locking member movable between a lock position to prevent the opening of the cover, and an unlock position to allow the opening of the cover. The invention also comprises an actuating device mounted to the tank trailer operatively connected to the locking member for moving it between the lock and the unlock positions. A sealing mechanism engages the actuating device when the locking member is in the lock position to prevent any movement of the locking member. The sealing mechanism comprises a breakable indicator which is broken upon disengagement from the actuating device, thereby indicating that the openable cover has been tampered with.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2006
    Assignee: Tremcar Inc.
    Inventor: Daniel Tremblay
  • Patent number: 7059639
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for a hood latch cable retaining system. A cable mounting cavity for a conventional snap-fit cable fastener is provided in a latch support structure of the hood release mechanism. A retainer is mounted to the latch support structure and positioned such that a flange portion of the retainer having a confronting edge is spaced a predetermined distance and offset from the center line of the cable mounting cavity. The latch support structure may be deformed or repositioned during a frontal vehicle impact, causing the confronting edge of the flange to come into contact with the control cable. The confronting edge impedes the snap-fit fastener from disengaging from the latch support structure, preventing the vehicle hood from inadvertently opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2006
    Assignee: Honda Giken Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Lee Bettencourt Gates, Patrick Joesph Ellison
  • Patent number: 7011347
    Abstract: A latch for a section door wherein near the hinges located between the door elements there are provided, at each end of the elements, small rolling wheels which turn on horizontal pivots and slide within side guide bars having a vertical branch, an upper horizontal branch, and a curved connection branch located between the vertical and horizontal branches; the latch is located sideways and is intended for engaging, in its active position, in an opening provided in one of the side guide bars. The side latch is located coaxially with one of the small wheels intended to slide within the side guide bars of the section door. Preferably, the small wheel coaxial to the latch is mounted on a hollow pivot, and the latch is guided to slide within the bore of this hollow pivot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2006
    Inventor: Ivo Finardi
  • Patent number: 6945584
    Abstract: A tailgate advertising assembly includes a tailgate and a billboard. The tailgate is for attachment to a rear of a vehicle so as to be moved between a closed position and an open position as for loading and unloading, and has an upper extremity, a lower extremity, opposing side extremities, an inner face, and an outer face. The billboard is engaged to the tailgate, and overlies the outer face of the tailgate. The billboard supports advertising indicia.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2005
    Inventor: Frank R. Alber
  • Patent number: 6918275
    Abstract: A combination key lock and latch assembly for a vehicle trunk lid having the key lock located separately and closely adjacent the latch assembly without requiring modification of an existing latch assembly. A sliding actuator is attached to an existing latch assembly without requiring modification. The key lock includes a projecting arm for rotation upon user rotation of the key lock; and, the arm contacts a projection on the sliding actuator for affecting movement and release of the latch. The latch assembly may be manually released from inside the trunk by moving the projection on the sliding actuator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2005
    Assignee: Eaton Corporation
    Inventors: Charles R. Martus, Scott L. Loring
  • Patent number: 6896302
    Abstract: A push button release apparatus for releasing a door of a vehicle has a housing secured to the door of the vehicle. The housing defines a cavity. A push button supported by the housing is slidable relative to the housing and moves between an inoperative location and an operative location. A cam device pivotally supported about a pivotal axis has a first termination defining a cam surface that cooperates with the push button and a second termination connected to a cable. When the push button is moved from the inoperative location toward the operative location the cam rotates about the pivotal axis and the second termination of the cam device moves, pulling the cable for releasing the door of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2005
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventors: Walter Belchine, III, Robert N. Templeman
  • Patent number: 6789833
    Abstract: A tailgate advertising assembly includes a tailgate and a billboard. The tailgate is for attachment to a rear of a vehicle so as to be moved between a closed position and an open position as for loading and unloading, and has an upper extremity, a lower extremity, opposing side extremities, an inner face, and an outer face. The billboard is engaged to the tailgate, and overlies the outer face of the tailgate. The billboard supports advertising indicia.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2004
    Inventor: Frank R. Alber
  • Patent number: 6776554
    Abstract: A vehicle has a storage compartment latch that includes a moveable detent member and a release actuator for moving the detent member to a release position that is operated from inside the storage compartment. The release actuator has a handle that pulls a cable to move the detent member. The cable is attached to the detent member by a cable attachment that comprises a retention slot in an end portion of the detent member and an end length of the cable that has a ferrule attached to it. The end length of the cable is loaded into the retention slot in a transverse manner via a loading slot and transition slots in the end portion of the detent member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2001
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2004
    Assignee: Delphi Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Allan Charles Acciacca
  • Patent number: 6742819
    Abstract: A hood latch assembly for a front end module of a vehicle includes a hood latch, which locks a striker of a hood, installed at an upper horizontal portion of a front panel of the front end module formed of upper and lower horizontal portions and a vertical portion connecting the left and right sides of the upper and lower horizontal portions. The first release cable has one end connected to a release lever disposed at a driver's seat. The first release cable is installed at the upper horizontal portion of the front panel to be capable of sliding. A second release cable has one end connected to the hood latch. A connection unit is installed at the other end portions of the first and second release cables, which connects or separates the first and second release cables.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2004
    Assignee: Halla Climate Control Corporation
    Inventors: Won-Sub So, Dae-Bok Kwan
  • Patent number: 6598912
    Abstract: The actuating device for a hood should be designed in such a way that an actuation from the outside for misuse is not possible. For this purpose, the actuating device is equipped with a handle, in which a locking sensing device and a catch element, which is connected with a Bowden cable, are arranged. By pressing the locking sensing device in the direction of the catch element is created a rigid connection between the locking sensing device and the catch element. For this purpose, the actuating sensing device is equipped with a catch nose and the catch element with a catch recess.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2003
    Assignee: Dr. Ing. h.c.F. Porsche Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Klaus Hillgaertner, Michael Hubmann
  • Patent number: 6547292
    Abstract: A door closing mechanism for pulling a door tight to a frame to which the door is mounted comprises a latch arm assembly having a latch arm pivotally secured to a panel of the door and pivotable between a first, open position and a second, latched position. An activating mechanism is operably connected to the latch arm assembly by a connecting apparatus and actuates the latch arm between its first and second positions. A latch member is secured to the jamb in which the door is mounted and is arranged and constructed so that when the latch arm is moved into its second, closed position, the latch arm engages the latch member and exerts force upon the latch member in a direction substantially normal to the plane of the door so as to cause the door to contact the door frame over substantially its entire height.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2000
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2003
    Assignee: Hi-Fold Door Corporation
    Inventor: Richard D. Keller
  • Patent number: 6540269
    Abstract: A locking mechanism (10) is produced for holding a sliding door in the open position and has a Bowden cable (22) which acts on its locking element (20), a moving-carriage support (14) and a moving carriage (18), which move relative to one another during the closing of the door. In order to disengage the door handles from the locking mechanism when the sliding door is closed and therefore in order to reduce the actuating forces for unlocking the door lock, the moving-carriage support (14), during the closing movement, shifts a driver (34) which is guided on the moving carriage (14) and carries along the locking element (20) in the direction of its unlocking position. By this, the Bowden cable (22) is moved in its actuating direction, thereby enabling the door handles to be disengaged.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2003
    Assignee: Mannesmann VDO AG
    Inventors: Mathias W├╝rges, Martin Roos
  • Patent number: 6361091
    Abstract: Devices and methods of releasing engine compartment hoods, designed to be used in conjunction with vehicles equipped with passenger compartment hood releases allow a hood to be released from outside the vehicle. The disclosed devices are positioned between an existing lock assembly and the protective sheath of the existing release cable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2000
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2002
    Inventor: Bradley R. Weschler
  • Patent number: 6253634
    Abstract: An opener device having an operation lever rotatably supported so as to open a lid member through a remote operation, and a spring hooked at one end to spring hooking member of the operation lever so as to elastically urge the operation lever, and hooked at the other end to a fixing member. The opener device is improved such that the spring hooking member includes: a recess located at the base end of the operation lever; and a hook-receiving portion provided in the recess, while being located in an internal position of the thickness direction of the operation lever.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 1998
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2001
    Assignee: Ohi Seisakusho Co., LTD
    Inventor: Katsumi Nakagome
  • Patent number: 6168216
    Abstract: The present vehicle door latch device comprises a latch unit for keeping a door in a closed state, and a powered closing unit for supplying the power for fully closing the door, to the latch unit. A motor of the closing unit is connected to a wire lever of the latch unit through a power wire, and an opening lever of the latch unit is connected to a canceling lever of the closing unit through a safety wire. The latch unit has a one-motion door opening mechanism. An inner lever connected to an inside opening handle is engageable with the opening lever. A switch which detects the rotational position of a latch of the latch unit is arranged in such a position as not to be overlapped onto the wire lever.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 1998
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2001
    Assignee: Mitsui Kinzoku Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Manabu Nakajima, Kazuhito Yokomori, Hiroshi Ishigaki
  • Patent number: 6135514
    Abstract: Latch release mechanism for a latch of the lid of a trunk storage compartment of an automobile. A detent retains the latch in a latching position holding the lid closed. The detent can be withdrawn from the latch-retaining position enabling the latch to be moved by a spring to the release position permitting the lid to be opened. A cable within the trunk can be used to withdraw the detent. An electric charge storage device is charged in response to movement of the trunk lid from closed to open position. A light-emitting device is energized by the electric charge storage device to illuminate the trunk for a period of time after the trunk lid is closed to make it easy for a person to find and operate the cable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 1999
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2000
    Assignee: Delphi Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas Joseph Kowalewski, Daniel William Danko
  • Patent number: 6092845
    Abstract: A vehicle hood latch and release mechanism is latched when the hood striker engages the latch portion of the mechanism as the hood is moved to its closed position. The mechanism is actuated to release the hood striker by a pushing action on the cable or strand movable in the sheath of a cable assembly rather than by the typical pulling action on current hood releasing mechanisms. The pushing action is obtained with actuation of a hood latching and releasing control, by movement of a handle which operatively pushes on the cable or strand, transmitting a longitudinally compressive force rather than a longitudinally tensional force to the latch mechanism and moving that mechanism to the striker-released position. Release of the control permits one or more springs to cause the control handle to be returned to its position wherein the latching and release mechanism is ready to again be latched to the hood striker.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 1998
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2000
    Assignee: Dura Automotive Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Peter C. Koenig
  • Patent number: 6050619
    Abstract: A cable actuator assembly operates a door latch that has inside lock and latch operating levers that are coupled by a cam and follower arrangement and rotate in opposite directions. The cable actuator assembly includes a cable assembly and an actuator assembly. The cable assembly has a sheath and a core that slides in the sheath. The actuator assembly has an anchor fixed on a base and a bell crank lever pivotally mounted on the base. The sheath is attached to the anchor at one end and to the inside operating lever of the door latch at the opposite end with slack. The core is attached to the bell crank lever at one end and to the inside lock operating lever at the opposite end. The bell crank lever is rotated by a handle to rotate the inside lock and latch operating levers so as to unlock and unlatch the door latch in sequence.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 1998
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2000
    Assignee: General Motors Corporation
    Inventors: Frank Joseph Arabia, Jr., Donald Michael Perkins, Ian Martin
  • Patent number: 5738394
    Abstract: A child-proof door latch including a selector switch accessable from the door's exterior for enabling or disabling the functioning of a cable-driven latch of the type where a sheath about the cable pushes on the latches trigger to actuate the latchbolt. The selector switch includes a slot which controls the anchoring or movement of the end of the cable which, in turn, permits or prevents the tensioning of the cable sufficiently to straighten the sheath thereabout for actuating the trigger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 1996
    Date of Patent: April 14, 1998
    Assignee: General Motors Corporation
    Inventors: Frank Joseph Arabia, Jr., Colby Lenn Bellew, Ian Martin
  • Patent number: 5720506
    Abstract: A vehicle door latch and handle mechanism including a cable-driven door latch wherein a sheath encasing a cable pushes on a trigger in the latch mechanism to actuate a latchbolt and cause it to disengage a striker. Tensioning of the cable causes the sheath thereabout to straighten and push upon the trigger for the latch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 1996
    Date of Patent: February 24, 1998
    Assignee: General Motors Corporation
    Inventors: Frank Joseph Arabia, Jr., Colby Lenn Bellew, Ian Martin
  • Patent number: 5549337
    Abstract: A latch mechanism includes a rotary latch bolt spring-biased to a rotative position allowing opening of an associated closure. The latch bolt has a shoulder which may be engaged with an extremely lightweight catch mechanism designed to retain the latch bolt in a locked position until the catch is released. An electric motor powers the release mechanism for the catch. The lightweight nature of the catch deters accidental actuation of the catch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 1994
    Date of Patent: August 27, 1996
    Assignee: Thomas Loeff
    Inventor: William C. McCulloch
  • Patent number: 5531489
    Abstract: A vehicle door latch assembly comprises a latching mechanism carried by a vehicle door structure, a manually operable releasing assembly mounted on the door frame, a flexible cable, and a cable controlling assembly. The latching mechanism includes a movable releasing component and a latch, and is movable between an unlatched and latched relation with the door opening catch. The manually operable releasing assembly is mounted for resiliently biased movement into an inoperative position, the releasing assembly having a manually engageable component disposed outwardly of the interior panel. The manually engageable component can be manually engaged and moved to move the releasing assembly against the resilient bias thereof from the inoperative position thereof into an operative position so that upon manual release of the manually engageable component the resilient bias will return the releasing assembly into the inoperative position thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 1994
    Date of Patent: July 2, 1996
    Assignee: Atoma International Inc.
    Inventor: Roman Cetnar
  • Patent number: 5498041
    Abstract: A gate latch assembly which includes a latch bar fixedly attached to a swingable gate is received into a slot in a latch frame. The latch frame is fixedly attached to a gate post enabling the gate to swing from the gate post upon the actuation of pawl releasing the latch bar. A number of modifications have been made to the standard gate latch assembly in order to improve its overall function and usability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 1993
    Date of Patent: March 12, 1996
    Assignees: James Bezzerides, Oscar W. Lux, III, Clyde Wiggins
    Inventors: James Bezzerides, Oscar W. Lux, III
  • Patent number: 5358292
    Abstract: A gate latch of the type including a latch bar mounted for movement with a hinged gate and a latch bracket secured to a stationary gate post disposed for engagement with the latch bar when the gate is in a closed position includes an elongated wire cable having a first end secured to a pivotal latch lever mounted in the latch bracket. The pivotal latch lever includes a recess for partially surrounding the latch bar in a latched position. A second end of the cable extends through a bore in the gate post and is secured to an enlarged handle for manual tensioning of the cable to move the pivotal latch lever to an unlatched position. A pair of bushings are disposed in opposite outer end portions of the bore formed through the gate post and include exposed radially extending abutment flanges.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 1993
    Date of Patent: October 25, 1994
    Inventors: Peter C. Van Wiebe, Dietmar H. Penno
  • Patent number: 5233849
    Abstract: A remote control latch assembly includes a fork-bolt and detent style latch carried on the moveable deck lid of a vehicle. A key actuator is spaced from the latch and receives a standard key for unlatching the deck lid from a covered position over the trunk compartment. The key actuator includes a frame attached directly to the moveable deck lid, and a rotor supported in the frame and turned by the key. An involute track is formed in the frame having the rotor as its theoretical base cylinder. A core element operatively extends between the rotor and the latch. A conduit guidably surrounds the core element and includes a flange adjacent a terminal end portion thereof slideably received in the involute track. The angular orientation of the conduit is adjusted relative to the key actuator frame without relative lengthwise movement between the core element and the conduit by sliding the flange in the involute track.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 1992
    Date of Patent: August 10, 1993
    Assignee: General Motors Corporation
    Inventor: Anthony G. Forbers
  • Patent number: 5116261
    Abstract: A computer panel includes a panel member to be locked against the side of a computer casing from which the disk drives are accessed. The panel member has a window opening to access the disk drives. A cover is hinged to the panel member to close the window opening. A first lock is provided on the panel member to lock the panel member against the computer casing. A second lock is similarly provided on the panel member to lock the cover against the panel member. A key operable rotary actuator is mounted on the panel member and connected to the first and second locks to simultaneously actuate the first and second locks to unlock the cover from the panel member and the panel member from the computer casing when the rotary actuator is operated by a key.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 1990
    Date of Patent: May 26, 1992
    Assignee: Mitac International Corp.
    Inventors: Ray Lan, Collins Tsai
  • Patent number: 5054826
    Abstract: The vehicle has a luggage compartment panel which carries a latch engageable with a striker mounted on the vehicle body. A release trigger carried by the latch is positioned near the striker when the latch engages the striker. An actuator member is movably mounted on the striker and has an actuator arm extending into proximity with the trigger. A remote release handle mounted in the operator compartment is connected to the actuator member so that operator actuation of the release handle moves the actuator member relative the striker to carry the actuator arm into engagement with the trigger and actuate the trigger to unlatch the latch. A hinge is interposed in the actuator member by which the operator may fold the actuator member to a folded condition removing the actuator arm from proximity with the release trigger so that operator actuation of the remote release handle moves the actuator member without releasing the latch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 1991
    Date of Patent: October 8, 1991
    Assignee: General Motors Corporation
    Inventors: Ian J. Dow, David Kowalczyk, Carl D. May, Charles M. Wilson
  • Patent number: 5035452
    Abstract: In a cable latch system for a vehicle door, the inside door handle is connected by a single push/pull control cable to a bellcrank lever mounted on the latch housing. The bellcrank lever is itself connected to the locking and release levers of the latch by a vertically disposed spring-loaded push/pull element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 1989
    Date of Patent: July 30, 1991
    Assignee: Bomoro, Bocklenberg & Motte GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Wilfrid D. Rogers
  • Patent number: 5000496
    Abstract: A latch for the tailgate of a pickup truck is provided which employs a conical striker mechanism engaging a resiliently biased jaw, contact surfaces of the jaw and striker being arranged to cause further locking engagement upon attempted withdrawal of the striker from engagement with the jaw in the locked condition, the striker and jaw being arranged in the vehicle body to be self-adjustingly positionable at assembly and utilize a minimal number of separate parts to perform these functions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 1988
    Date of Patent: March 19, 1991
    Assignee: Ford Motor Company
    Inventors: Peter Miskech, George E. Ruck, Jr., William J. Coseo
  • Patent number: 4998447
    Abstract: A device for coupling and uncoupling at least the cores of two cable line sections is disclosed, particularly for use in a motor vehicle theft prevention installation for prevention unauthorized opening of the engine hood and the like. A control element is provided by which positive engagment of two shaped parts each connected to a cable line core can be created and/or cancelled by remote control.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 1989
    Date of Patent: March 12, 1991
    Assignee: Daimler-Benz AG
    Inventors: Dieter Feichtiger, Horst Holzhauer, Rudi Kneib, Marko Polic, Gunther Weikert
  • Patent number: 4962955
    Abstract: A luggage compartment lid openable upon release of the deck lid latch and a release handle mounted in the operator compartment and connected to the latch by a cable for remotely releasing the latch upon operator actuation of the release handle. A drive gear is rotatably mounted on the latch to release the latch upon rotation of the drive gear. An actuator gear is also rotatably mounted on the latch and has gear teeth meshing with gear teeth of the drive gear. The actuator gear is connected to the cable so that operator actuation of the release handle rotates the actuator gear and the drive gear to release the latch. A shift bar is located inside the luggage compartment and is operable to selectively shaft the actuator gear away from the drive gear so that the gear teeth are disengaged and operator actuation of the release handle is thereby disconnected from the latch so that the deck lid cannot be opened without the use of a key to operate the conventional key cylinder release of the deck lid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 1989
    Date of Patent: October 16, 1990
    Assignee: General Motors Corporation
    Inventors: Randy Ferrara, Carl D. May, Ian J. Dow
  • Patent number: 4702117
    Abstract: A vehicle use-lock actuator is proposed comprising a stationary housing and a reversible drive motor for locking and unlocking successively two remotely positioned locks. In this actuator, the drive motor is mounted within the housing in a hidden position. There is a single control slide for keeping normally respective wire cables at their neutral position for keeping in turn the locks in their locked position. There is provided within the housing a three stage reduction and reversely accelerating gearing between the drive motor and the control slide. The first stage includes a crown gear, while the third stage includes rack teeth which is united rigidly with the control slide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 1986
    Date of Patent: October 27, 1987
    Assignee: Kokusan Kinzoku Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Sunsaku Tsutsumi, Takurou Ozawa
  • Patent number: 4569546
    Abstract: A pedal is secured to the bottom of a door and a clamp is secured to the door knob. The pedal is coupled to the clamp through a cord or the like. Operation of the pedal by a user turns the knob through the clamp, whereby the door latch is disengaged from a latch plate in the door jamb to free the door therefrom, so that the door may be opened by the user by pushing with a hand or foot, as the case may be.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 1984
    Date of Patent: February 11, 1986
    Assignee: Maddak, Inc.
    Inventors: James M. Howard, Thomas G. Gover
  • Patent number: 4426858
    Abstract: Tamper deactivating pivotal motion transmission assembly, e.g. between a motor vehicle deck lid exterior lock and interior latch, comprising a bearing, e.g. containing a bore concentric to an axis; an actuator mounted thereon for pivotal movement about the axis at an activating position, e.g. for releasing the latch, and for deviating movement out of operative relation with the bearing to a deactivating position, e.g. preventing latch release; an urging mechanism, e.g. a spring, urging the actuator to deactivating position; and a pivotal force transmitting shaft, preferably of curved cross section and flexible and extending through the bore, e.g. axially connected at its head end to the actuator for conjoint movement therewith relative to the bearing and having its tail end remote therefrom and arranged for attachment under tension at a remote reference point, e.g.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 1981
    Date of Patent: January 24, 1984
    Inventor: Bruno Interrante
  • Patent number: 4103950
    Abstract: A latch shield for covering a latch assembly and preventing opening of the latch assembly from outside of a closure associated with the latch assembly. The shield has a hollow interior arranged for receiving the latch asembly and is attached to a stationary frame of the associated closure for spanning the gap between the stationary frame and a movable element of the closure when the movable element is in a position blocking access through the closure in order to prevent a tool inserted through the gap from releasing the latch assembly and permit opening of the closure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 1976
    Date of Patent: August 1, 1978
    Inventor: Daniel C. Yunt
  • Patent number: 4068871
    Abstract: A one-piece continuous resilient rod extends between spaced apart latch bolts and has its ends operatively connected to the latch bolts. The unrestrained free length of the rod exceeds the spaced relation between the latched positions of the latch bolts so that the rod is flexed and resiliently biases the latch bolts to their respective latched positions. A rotatably journalled handle engages the rod intermediate the latch bolts. Rotation of the handle flexes the rod, and shortens its effective length to withdraw the ends of the flexible rod toward each other and simultaneously move the latch bolts from their latched position to their unlatched position. An integral coil compression spring may be provided in the continuous rod.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 1976
    Date of Patent: January 17, 1978
    Assignee: General Motors Corporation
    Inventor: Robert R. Mercer