Rigid Operating Means Patents (Class 292/241)
  • Patent number: 10681898
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a portable feeding apparatus or bowl, more particularly to a travel feeding apparatus for pets having a hinged lid that converts to legs for supporting the bowl in an upright manner. The hinged lid has a lock for locking the lid in a closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Inventors: Eric Abbey, John James Stone
  • Patent number: 10357120
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a portable feeding apparatus or bowl, more particularly to a travel feeding apparatus for pets having a hinged lid that converts to legs for supporting the bowl in an upright manner. The hinged lid has a lock for locking the lid in a closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignees: LOVING PETS CORPORATION, GRAVITY PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT, LLC
    Inventors: Eric Abbey, John James Stone
  • Patent number: 10309135
    Abstract: A handle is provided with a main unit base having an engaging pin, a door base having a rotating shaft, a knob portion, and a rotation stopper. The knob portion has an engaging groove. The engaging groove has an open end. At the door-locking position, the engaging groove and the engaging pin become engaged with each other, and at the door-unlocking position, the engagement is released. When the knob portion is located at the door-unlocking position, the rotation stopper positions the knob portion such that the engaging pin is located inside an extension range of the open end. The engaging groove has a pushing surface, which pushes the engaging pin at the time of the displacement of the knob portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: PHC HOLDINGS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Tadashi Okada, Eiichi Mori
  • Patent number: 10221058
    Abstract: A beverage dispensing machine which defines a service opening through which beverage dispensing equipment is accessible to an operator includes a service door on a housing that is movable between an open position, such that the beverage dispensing equipment is accessible to an operator via the service opening, and a closed position, such that the service door closes the service opening so that the beverage dispensing equipment is inaccessible to the operator. A display panel on the service door displays operational characteristics of the beverage dispensing equipment. When the service door is in the open position the display panel is maneuverable so that the display panel is angled towards the service opening so that an operator can view the display panel while accessing the beverage dispensing equipment via the service opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: Cornelius, Inc.
    Inventors: Zachary Dresser, Slawomir Kielian
  • Patent number: 10190343
    Abstract: A rotatable window lock including a cam positioned within a housing and rotatably connected to a handle. The housing defines a vertical protrusion on the exterior surface sized and configured to be inserted within an aperture defined in the bottom surface of the handle. By positioning the protrusion closer to the housing edge than the housing center, the protrusion is able to rotatably refrain the handle, preventing inadvertent rotation of the handle and unauthorized window access.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Inventor: Barry G. Lawrence
  • Patent number: 9920513
    Abstract: A construction set and method for assembling a single level Relocatable Habitat Unit (RHU) requiring a plurality of flat panels that include male (M) and female (F) lock connectors located on their respective peripheries and a frame constructed from a plurality vertical corner posts and horizontal beams. The panels are a wall panel, a ceiling panel, or a floor panel. The entire RHU can be assembled using a single, hand-operated tool to engage a selected M lock with a selected F lock in addition to other securing hardware. First the floor is established and leveled. Next, starting at a corner, the walls are erected around the floor using vertical corner posts and horizontal beams. Finally, the roof is created. The hand-operated tool is used for each task.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Inventor: Stuart Charles Segall
  • Patent number: 9702173
    Abstract: A window lock assembly accomplishing FER manipulation protection against unintended window opening without using additional components in the typical FER lock assembly by using a passive barrier system to help prevent access to both the lock cam and lock lever handle. The device can include at least one lock assembly mounted on the interior side of the window's inner sash and having a locked and unlocked position. The lock assembly engages with at least one keeper mounted on the outer sash to secure the window. The lock assembly housing has a barrier extending outward from the bottom surface which effectively helps to block access to the cam. The lock assembly housing also has a shroud which extends from the top and side edges which partially or completely covers the keeper and effectively helps to block access to the lever handle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: Truth Hardware Corporation
    Inventor: Glen M. Wolf
  • Patent number: 9657503
    Abstract: A fenestration operation hardware assembly includes latch mechanisms configured for coupling to respective top and bottom sashes, and a paddle member configured for coupling the latch mechanisms. The latch mechanisms include movable latch bolts, and at least one of the latch mechanisms includes an operator interface feature movable between at least initial and operating positions. In an initial position, the latch bolts are in respective projected positions, and the top and bottom panels are immobilized. In a first withdrawn position, at least one of the top and bottom panels is movable, and in a second withdrawn position, at least one of the top and bottom panels is tiltable. In an example, a top latch bolt is moved by the paddle member according to movement of the bottom latch bolt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: Marvin Lumber and Cedar Company
    Inventors: Ross Michael Hollermann, Nathan H. DeBoer
  • Patent number: 9512653
    Abstract: Disclosed are apparatus and methodology for fine tuning the fit and function of a cam lock used to secure an enclosure or similar. A cam lock is provided with a cam and a set of variously sized adjustment pads that may be individually secured at one end of the cam. The adjustment pads each differ in thickness, and are installable on the cam without the need of tools. The variously sized adjustment pads allow field installation and adjustment of the position of cam contact surfaces to easily and quickly adjust positioning for spacing variations due to manufacturing tolerances. Such customized installation provides improved security, reduced noise and rattle of the enclosure door, and a more professional aspect to the installation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Assignee: CompX International Inc.
    Inventors: Robert E. Dalton, Jr., Matthew Greiner
  • Patent number: 9341006
    Abstract: A polymeric sash lock including a housing slideably received by a base, the housing defining a pair of rail channels and a cam positioned within the housing. A pair of rails are opposingly mounted on the base for engaging separate rail channels. The base also includes first and second resilient ears mounted in opposing relation along the base for frictionally engaging said housing. A method of locking a window sash is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2016
    Inventor: Barry G. Lawrence
  • Patent number: 9234369
    Abstract: A latch assembly for securing a furnace door to a furnace casing includes a latch for placement on an inside of the furnace door; a knob for placement on a front surface of the furnace door; a latch plate for placement between the latch and the knob; and a threaded screw for threadably coupling the knob to the latch. The latch plate supports the weight of the furnace door in a closed position and reduces a pinch force used for rotating the knob.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2016
    Assignee: CARRIER CORPORATION
    Inventors: Nitu Gupta, Larry D. Rieke, Edward Foxworthy
  • Patent number: 9200660
    Abstract: A quarter turn fastener includes a deflectable head and part in assembly legs for securing the fastener in a subassembly with one component positioned between the deflectable head and the part in assembly legs. Cooperating lock arms on the fastener and lock ribs on the component secure the fastener against unintended rotation for loosening. Stop ribs on the component limit the distance the fastener can be rotated. Main body legs are provided for securing a second component with the subassembly. Cooperating structures of the fastener and the components limit the fastener to rotate only in the lock direction from the unlocked position and in the unlock direction from the locked position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2015
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works, Inc.
    Inventor: James S. Tisol, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9140033
    Abstract: A window lock assembly accomplishing FER manipulation protection against unintended window opening without using additional components in the typical FER lock assembly by using a passive barrier system to help prevent access to both the lock cam and lock lever handle. The device can include at least one lock assembly mounted on the interior side of the window's inner sash and having a locked and unlocked position. The lock assembly engages with at least one keeper mounted on the outer sash to secure the window. The lock assembly housing has a barrier extending outward from the bottom surface which effectively helps to block access to the cam. The lock assembly housing also has a shroud which extends from the top and side edges which partially or completely covers the keeper and effectively helps to block access to the lever handle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2015
    Assignee: Truth Hardware Corporation
    Inventor: Glen M. Wolf
  • Patent number: 8967684
    Abstract: A sash lock for single- and double-hung window installations having upper and lower sashes having respective lower and upper check rails. The sash lock includes a latch for being pivotably mounted to the upper check rail of the lower sash, and a catch for being fixedly secured to the lower check rail of the upper sash. The latch includes a draw member, and the catch has a concave surface for being slidably engaged by the draw member. The concave surface is configured so that when the draw member is increasingly engaged with the catch the sash lock forces the upper and lower sashes into proper vertical alignment with one another regardless of whether upper check rail of the lower sash is initially above or below the lower check rail of the upper sash.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Phelps Company Architectural Specialties, Inc.
    Inventor: Walter E. Phelps
  • Patent number: 8950618
    Abstract: A flange plate closure for accessing a containment vessel has a metal base plate, having an interior and an exterior surface, at least one vertical metal tube having an open end, a metal flange ring at said open end defining an upper planar surface, and a lining made of non-corrosive material. The lining is disposed in overlying relation to the interior surface of the base plate, the interior of the tube and the upper planar surface of the flange ring. The lining is rigid, and is mechanically affixed to the metal components. The lining is made of Ultra High Molecular Weight Polyethylene.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Inventors: Alex V. Degutis, William R. Borowski, David A. Oestermeyer, Steven J. Vannocken, Joshua J. Chesser, Brian D. Putnam
  • Publication number: 20140259945
    Abstract: A window lock assembly accomplishing FER manipulation protection against unintended window opening without using additional components in the typical FER lock assembly by using a passive barrier system to help prevent access to both the lock cam and lock lever handle. The device can include at least one lock assembly mounted on the interior side of the window's inner sash and having a locked and unlocked position. The lock assembly engages with at least one keeper mounted on the outer sash to secure the window. The lock assembly housing has a barrier extending outward from the bottom surface which effectively helps to block access to the cam. The lock assembly housing also has a shroud which extends from the top and side edges which partially or completely covers the keeper and effectively helps to block access to the lever handle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: Truth Hardware Corporation
    Inventor: Glen M. Wolf
  • Patent number: 8807607
    Abstract: A sash lock mechanism of all-plastic construction incorporating a plastic detent spring arrangement having operating characteristics equal or superior those of conventional metallic springs while providing a more economical manufacture and assembly. The detent spring is of closed rectangular form, with inwardly bowed side elements positioned to act on opposite sides of a detent cam positioned between them, and connected at their ends by integral end and corner elements. The end and corner elements are closely confined against outward movement, causing the inwardly bowed side elements to be significantly more resistant to outward displacement by the detent cam when operating the lock. The arrangement provides a superior “feel” and snap-action effect than expected from all-plastic detent mechanisms for the purposes intended.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: Rodon Limited Partnership
    Inventor: Joel I. Glickman
  • Publication number: 20140197646
    Abstract: A camming dog configured for use with a window having a frame and a hinged lens. The camming dog includes an angled base having a base mounting portion and a handle mounting portion, wherein the base mounting portion is secured to the frame, the base mounting portion is disposed at an angle relative to the handle mounting portion, the angle is less than ninety degrees. The camming dog further includes a handle having an arm boss, wherein the handle is rotationally secured to the handle mounting portion of the angled base and rotates about an axis of rotation. Upon rotation of the handle to an open position, the hinged lens rotates unimpeded past the arm boss and upon rotation of the handle to a closed position, the hinged lens is secured within the frame by the arm boss.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 15, 2013
    Publication date: July 17, 2014
    Applicant: POMPANETTE, LLC
    Inventor: James H. Kyle
  • Publication number: 20140035298
    Abstract: A sash lock mechanism of all-plastic construction incorporating a plastic detent spring arrangement having operating characteristics equal or superior those of conventional metallic springs while providing a more economical manufacture and assembly. The detent spring is of closed rectangular form, with inwardly bowed side elements positioned to act on opposite sides of a detent cam positioned between them, and connected at their ends by integral end and corner elements. The end and corner elements are closely confined against outward movement, causing the inwardly bowed side elements to be significantly more resistant to outward displacement by the detent cam when operating the lock. The arrangement provides a superior “feel” and snap-action effect than expected from all-plastic detent mechanisms for the purposes intended.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 2, 2012
    Publication date: February 6, 2014
    Inventor: Joel I. Glickman
  • Publication number: 20130285391
    Abstract: A locking system for sliding windows. The system includes a lock assembly that uses plastic components designed for enhanced strength. The system can be readily aligned in manufacturing through the use prefabricated aspects on the lock rail of a sash that complement features on the lock assembly. The system can also be assembled using a single mounting fastener for ease of assembly in manufacturing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: October 31, 2013
    Applicant: Truth Hardware Corporation
    Inventor: Glen M. Wolf
  • Patent number: 8517436
    Abstract: A locking assembly for a swinging door of a container. The locking assembly includes an axially elongated lock rod having cam structure at opposed ends thereof. The lock rod is provided, toward each end thereof, with axially spaced radial projections which are axially fixed relative to the lock rod and define a channel therebetween. The locking assembly further includes a pair of guide plates; with each guide plate rotatably accommodating a lengthwise portion of the lock rod between the plate and the door. Each guide plate further includes structure for allowing each plate to be fastened to the door. After each guide plate is fastened to the door, a portion of each plate is entrapped between the axially spaced radial projections on the lock rod whereby inhibiting axial shifting movements of the lock rod.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2013
    Assignee: Powerbrace Corporation
    Inventor: Brian A. Senn
  • Publication number: 20130214545
    Abstract: An integrated lock and latch device for use in sliding sash windows includes a lock assembly including a sweep cam that has a pinion portion adjacent and extending downwardly from it. The pinion portion presents gear teeth extending outwardly. A tilt latch assembly including a sliding bolt is biased toward an extended position where a terminal portion of the sliding bolt extends outwardly. The sliding bolt has at least one track portion. The sweep cam is rotatably shiftable between a locked position where the sweep cam is engaged to the keeper, an intermediate unlocked position where the sweep cam is disengaged from the keeper and a tilt position where the sweep cam is disengaged from the keeper and the first gear teeth are engaged to the second gear teeth and the sliding bolt is withdrawn inwardly from the extended position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 3, 2013
    Publication date: August 22, 2013
    Applicant: TRUTH HARDWARE CORPORATION
    Inventor: TRUTH HARDWARE CORPORATION
  • Patent number: 8434797
    Abstract: A shutter and fastener system comprising a shutter and two or more fastener mechanisms each comprising cooperating latching and anchor devices, one device mounted on an edge portion of the shutter and the other on an adjacent trim portion. The latching device engages the anchor device and exerts a strong pulling force substantially parallel with the surface of the shutter. The anchor device converts a portion of this force to a perpendicular force resulting in firm engagement between the shutter and the trim portion. An installation method comprises the steps of proving a shutter with at least one latching device mounted thereon and a small opening in the shutter aligned with operating means for the device. An anchor device is provided on an adjacent trim portion and the operating means is actuated from inside the shutter though the small opening to secure the shutter in place.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2013
    Assignee: Norse, Inc.
    Inventor: Alfred C. Langer
  • Patent number: 8408608
    Abstract: A hood hold down device for securing a vehicle hood to a cab includes a cab mount assembly securable to a portion of the cab and a hood mount assembly securable to a portion of the hood. The hood hold down device further includes a linkage assembly extending from the cab mount assembly and a handle moveably coupled to the linkage assembly, wherein the handle is releasably securable to the hood mount assembly to secure the hood to the cab.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2013
    Assignee: PACCAR Inc
    Inventors: Jonathan F. Wilkens, Michael J. Fanning, Charles Baer
  • Patent number: 8269627
    Abstract: A status monitoring device for a fenestration unit is provided. The device is positioned in or on the fenestration unit and includes a panel position sensor and a lock status sensor. The device is capable of transmitting panel position data and lock status data to a remote device, trigger an audible alarm on the device or the remote device, trigger a visual alarm on the device or the remote device, or a combination of these.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2012
    Assignee: Andersen Corporation
    Inventors: Sachin Gore, David Plummer, Daniel Timmerman
  • Publication number: 20120181799
    Abstract: The housing of a panel fastener is provided with pockets along the upper edge of the elongated recess that receives a hook assembly or a pin assembly and pairs of locking elements are mounted in selected pairs of oppositely disposed pockets to engage adapters used in the foamed-in-place molding of a wall panel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 14, 2011
    Publication date: July 19, 2012
    Inventors: Thomas Graham, Martin P. Burns
  • Patent number: 8215043
    Abstract: A frame back retainer for a multi-use frame includes a tab-like structure and a fastening structure. The tab-like structure defines an aperture at a first end and defines a substantially flattened profile at a second end for engaging the multi-use frame. The tab-like structure includes at least one securing arm depending from the tab-like structure. The fastening structure is positioned through the aperture of the tab-like structure and mounted to the multi-use frame. The fastening structure defines a raised pedestal profile from a surface of the multi-use frame. The at least one securing arm engages an outer edge of the fastening structure to rotatably attach the fastening structure to the tab-like structure. In operation, the user rotates the tab-like structure relative to the fastening structure about an axis to engage or disengage the second end of the tab-like structure within the multi-use frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2012
    Assignee: Craft, Inc.
    Inventor: Armand E. Roy
  • Patent number: 8205920
    Abstract: A sash lock mechanism includes a handle, a housing adapted to be supported by a sash window assembly, the housing having an opening receiving the handle therethrough, and a rotor coupled to the handle. The rotor is moveable between at least a locked position and an unlocked position by movement of the handle. The sash lock mechanism also includes a locking mechanism that contains a pivotable member pivotably connected to the housing. The pivotable member is pivotable between a first position and a second position. When the rotor is in the locked position and the pivotable member is in the first position, the pivotable member confronts the rotor to prevent movement of the rotor to the unlocked position. When the pivotable member is in the second position, the pivotable member does not prevent movement of the rotor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2012
    Assignee: Newell Operating Company
    Inventor: Edward C. Flory
  • Patent number: 8205919
    Abstract: A sash lock mechanism includes a handle, a housing adapted to be supported by a sash window assembly, the housing having an opening receiving the handle therethrough, and a rotor coupled to the handle. The rotor is moveable between at least a locked position and an unlocked position by movement of the handle. The sash lock mechanism also includes a locking mechanism that contains a pivotable member pivotably connected to the housing. The pivotable member is pivotable between a first position and a second position. When the rotor is in the locked position and the pivotable member is in the first position, the pivotable member confronts the rotor to prevent movement of the rotor to the unlocked position. When the pivotable member is in the second position, the pivotable member does not prevent movement of the rotor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2012
    Assignee: Newell Operating Company
    Inventor: Edward C. Flory
  • Patent number: 8136851
    Abstract: An apparatus and method providing a quick-release latch mechanism for a walled enclosure access door. The latch mechanism includes a striker with one end slidably inserted into the enclosure and the other end located outside the enclosure. A keeper is located within the enclosure and adapted to releasably engage and be captively held by the striker when the access door is in the closed position. If necessary, the access door can be readily unlatched from within the enclosure by manually rotating the keeper away from the enclosure wall to disengage and cause removal of the striker as the access door is being manually pushed open from within the enclosure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2012
    Inventor: Norman D. Nelson
  • Patent number: 8092114
    Abstract: A connecting device or means and method of connecting components are described. In one example, a device comprises a first connecting element that is configured to be arranged on the first component in the connected state of the components and a second connecting element that is configured to be arranged on the second component in the connected state of the components. At least one of the connecting elements comprises a curved bearing surface which is in the form of an arc of a circle in longitudinal section. The first connecting element may comprise a housing and at least one holding element which is moveable relative to the housing of the first connecting element and, in a holding position, cooperates with the second connecting element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2012
    Assignees: Lamello AG
    Inventors: Franz Baur, Franz Haser, Wilfried Schneider
  • Patent number: 8020904
    Abstract: An integrated sash lock and tilt latch assembly is mounted in a sash window having a top rail, a base, and two stiles connected together at their extremities. The integrated assembly contains a sash lock mechanism, a tilt latch mechanism, and a connector. The sash lock mechanism includes an actuator movable to adjust the assembly among a locked position, an unlocked position, and a tiltable position, and a rotor coupled to the actuator. The tilt latch mechanism includes a tilt latch housing supported by the top rail and a latch bolt slidably supported by the tilt latch housing and moveable between an extended position and a retracted position. At least a portion of the tilt latch housing has a generally circular cross-section. The connector has a first end of operably coupled to the latch bolt and a second end operably coupled to the sash lock mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2011
    Assignee: Newell Operating Company
    Inventors: Edward C. Flory, Jason L. Annes, Dean Pettit
  • Patent number: 7976077
    Abstract: An integrated sash lock and tilt latch assembly is mounted in a sash window having a top rail, a base, and two stiles connected together at their extremities. The integrated assembly contains a sash lock mechanism, a tilt latch mechanism, and a connector. The sash lock mechanism includes an actuator movable to adjust the assembly among a locked position, an unlocked position, and a tiltable position, and a rotor coupled to the actuator. The tilt latch mechanism includes a tilt latch housing supported by the top rail and a latch bolt slidably supported by the tilt latch housing and moveable between an extended position and a retracted position. At least a portion of the tilt latch housing has a generally circular cross-section. The connector has a first end of operably coupled to the latch bolt and a second end operably coupled to the sash lock mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2011
    Assignee: Newell Operating Company
    Inventors: Edward C. Flory, Jason L. Annes, Dean Pettit
  • Patent number: 7963577
    Abstract: An integrated lock and tilt-latch mechanism for a sliding window including an actuator assembly operably connected by a flexible linking member to at least one tilt-latch mechanism adapted for mounting in a window sash. The actuator assembly includes a control lever that rotates a sweep cam and a selectively rotates a spool, thereby locking or unlocking the sliding window or actuating the tilt-latch mechanism. At least one biasing member causes the control lever to favor locked or unlocked positions over intermediate and tilt positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2011
    Assignee: Truth Hardware Corporation
    Inventor: Glen Wolf
  • Patent number: 7954880
    Abstract: A sliding door structure of a vehicle is provided for sliding a door body with respect to an opening portion of a vehicle body in forward and rearward directions of the vehicle body for opening and closing. The sliding door structure includes a rail disposed on the door body and aligned with the forward and rearward directions of the vehicle body. An arm protrudes from an edge portion on a door opening direction side of the opening portion of the vehicle body, and is configured to engage with the rail to hold the door body movably in the forward and rearward directions. The door body is able to slide in the door opening direction after engagement between the vehicle body side engagement portion and the arm side engagement portion when the arm pushes the door body outwardly in the width direction of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2011
    Assignee: Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shinichi Kunishima, Masaya Endo, Masato Yamamoto, Yukiko Jinishi
  • Patent number: 7922223
    Abstract: A security lock having a housing and a cam. The housing includes an indent with a pair of guide portions. The cam is positioned within the indent and includes an axle port. A shaft of an axle is adapted to be inserted into the axle port so that the cam and the axle are rotatable together. The cam includes a sweep arm and a channel disposed on an upper surface of the sweep arm. The sweep arm has an outer wall that is either elongate-shaped or semicircular-shaped. The channel has a semi-circular-shaped inner wall and an elongate-shaped outer wall. Upon rotation of the axle, the cam rotates about the guide portions into a locked posture in the housing. The elongate-shaped outer wall of the channel allows the security lock to be self-locating when the housing and a keeper are misaligned when installed, respectively, on opposing window sashes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2011
    Inventor: Barry G. Lawrence
  • Patent number: 7871113
    Abstract: The invention has an object to provide a door unit for a cold storage, enabling easy opening and closing operations of a door by engaging a latch with a latch receiver. The door unit includes a handle pivotally mounted on the side face of an outer door on its non-pivotal side at a predetermined height, and a latch receiver provided on the forward portion of a side surface of a main body at a height corresponding to the handle. The handle includes a grip to be grasped by fingers of a hand, and a latch detachably engageable with the latch receiver so that the latch engages a roller of the latch receiver in a state of the substantially vertical grip, and when the grip is pivotally moved in a direction away from the main body to a position where the grip intersects a horizontal plane at a predetermined angle, the pivotal movement of the handle is stopped and the latch disengages from the roller of the latch receiver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2011
    Assignee: Sanyo Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yasuhide Watanabe, Yasushi Sakata
  • Patent number: 7699365
    Abstract: A sash lock for a sash window assembly where the sash window assembly includes an upper sash window and a lower sash window, each of the sash windows being mounted within opposed guide rails on a master frame wherein at least one of the sash windows is slidable within the frame relative to the other sash window. The sash lock has a housing for mounting on a stile of one of the sash windows and a keeper for mounting on a stile of a second sash of the window. The housing has a locking assembly comprising an actuator and a catch. The actuator is adapted to move the catch. The catch is adapted to engage and disengage a keeper as the actuator is moved from a first position to a second position. The movement of the catch from a first position to a second position causes an indicator in the housing to signal whether the locking assembly of the sash lock is in locking position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2010
    Assignee: Vision Industries Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Luke Liang, Toni Liang, David Chen
  • Patent number: 7588271
    Abstract: A security lock for a window jamb includes a pivotable stop for use on single hung, double hung and other type windows. The stop is manually operated to limit the window opening to about four inches to prevent unauthorized entry. The stop incorporates a lip which closes the stop opening to thereby prevent dust, debris and insect infiltration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2009
    Inventor: Barry G. Lawrence
  • Publication number: 20090189398
    Abstract: A security lock having a housing and a cam. The housing includes an indent with a pair of guide portions. The cam is positioned within the indent and includes an axle port. A shaft of an axle is adapted to be inserted into the axle port so that the cam and the axle are rotatable together. The cam includes a sweep arm and a channel disposed on an upper surface of the sweep arm. The sweep arm has an outer wall that is either elongate-shaped or semicircular-shaped. The channel has a semi-circular-shaped inner wall and an elongate-shaped outer wall. Upon rotation of the axle, the cam rotates about the guide portions into a locked posture in the housing. The elongate-shaped outer wall of the channel allows the security lock to be self-locating when the housing and a keeper are misaligned when installed, respectively, on opposing window sashes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 30, 2008
    Publication date: July 30, 2009
    Inventor: Barry G. Lawrence
  • Publication number: 20090127872
    Abstract: A sash lock for use with door and window is provided. The lock has a base housing shaped into a laterally extending crib to contain a partially protruding plunger sliding under a forward bias, a large button block that occupies a substantial area at the top of the lock to allow for a unique squeeze release of the plunger and translates in a perpendicular plane with respect to the plunger movement under an expansive bias for normally pushing the button block away from the base housing in cooperation with the biased counteraction of the cam surfaces of the plunger but yielding to a manual depression to activate the plunger through a cam engagement, and a top housing fastened to the base housing to enclose the plunger and button block. The plunger has cam surfaces at a rear end facing forwardly and a beveled lip portion at a front end while the button block has a beveled surface facing the cam surfaces of the plunger.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 20, 2007
    Publication date: May 21, 2009
    Inventor: Jintian Ye
  • Patent number: 7481470
    Abstract: An integrated sash lock and tilt latch assembly for a sash window slidable within a master frame, including a handle movable among a first, a second and a third position to adjust the assembly among a respective locked, unlocked and tiltable position. The integrated assembly further comprises a rotor coupled to the handle and having a locking cam. The integrated assembly also includes a keeper adapted to be connected to an upper sash window. The integrated assembly further includes a latch bolt housing having a latch bolt slidably disposed therein and a spring for biasing the latch bolt towards the master frame. The integrated assembly further includes a connector coupled proximate a first end to the latch bolt and operably coupled proximate a second end to the rotor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2009
    Assignee: Newell Operating Company
    Inventors: Mark B. Eenigenburg, Dean Pettit, Mark V. Murphy
  • Patent number: 7438332
    Abstract: A cam-action remote latch mechanism comprises a housing; a support, placed inside the housing, being able to perform a movement between an innermost position and an outermost position; a plurality of guiding openings in the housing for guiding the movement of the support; a cam, set on a primary axis and placed inside the housing, when turned driving the movement of the support; and a pawl, mounted on an outer side of the support, protruding from the housing when the support has reached the outermost position and exerting a sealing force driven by the support, with the cam and the support stably holding each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2008
    Assignee: Industrial Technology Research Institute
    Inventors: Feng-Ho Wang, Kai-Yu Hsiao, Han-Jou Lee
  • Publication number: 20080211281
    Abstract: An inertial latch assembly including a planar shaped sector pivotally mounted between a pair of spaced apart support plates. The sector exhibits a bottom including a central projecting shoulder separating first and second bottom surfaces. An arcuate interior channel in the sector is offset from its pivotal mounting location, a pin extending through a second channel defined in a selected support plate and seating within the arcuate channel so that the pin exerts a bias against the sector during travel along the arcuate interior channel. A pendulum is secured in sandwiching fashion between the support plates and proximate the bottom extending surface of the planar shaped sector, an arcuate edge thereof seating against a selected bottom extending surfaces of the rotatable sector, depending upon a pivoted position established between the sector and the support plates.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 12, 2008
    Publication date: September 4, 2008
    Applicant: Bae Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: David Grable, Keith Brantley
  • Publication number: 20080169658
    Abstract: A locking system for locking together the sashes of a window includes a base assembly, a cover assembly, and a keeper. The base assembly includes a cam receiver with an interchangeable cam that can engage the keeper so as to lock the window. The cover assembly includes an interchangeable shroud adapted to fit over the base assembly and a handle for rotating the cam. The base assembly, the cover assembly, and the keeper include additional features that resist forced entry through the window.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 15, 2008
    Publication date: July 17, 2008
    Inventor: Glen Wolf
  • Patent number: 7272903
    Abstract: A picture frame turn button has a base plate with at least one fastener for attaching the base plate securely to a picture frame back. Pivotably mounted to the base plate is a latch plate with an arm and a tongue portion opposite of each other. The latch plate may be pivoted about base plate between an engaged state, where the picture frame back is locked closed, and a disengaged state, where the picture frame back may be removed to replace a picture sandwiched between the picture frame and picture frame back.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2007
    Inventor: Armand E. Roy
  • Patent number: 7261340
    Abstract: A cam remote latch mechanism comprises a housing; a support, placed inside the housing/ being able to perform a movement between an innermost position and an outermost position; a plurality of guiding openings in the housing for guiding the movement of the support; a cam, set on a primary axis and placed inside the housing, when turned driving the movement of the support; and a pawl, mounted on an outer side of the support, protruding from the housing when the support has reached said outermost position and exerting a sealing force driven by the support, with the cam and the support stably holding each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2007
    Assignee: Industrial Technology Research Institute
    Inventors: Feng-Ho Wang, Kai-Yu Hsiao, Han-Jou Lee
  • Patent number: 7159908
    Abstract: An improved window sash latch which has a locking mechanism and a keeper is provided with a handle that rotates from a “locked” to an “unlocked” position. An inner cavity of the handle has a spring assembly having a sliding part that can be forced into a detent as the handle slides around a cylindrical extension of an outer surface of the latch. The detents correspond to a “locked” and an “unlocked” position of the latch. The latch also provides two cams where both cams revolve relative to each other; one cam is activated by the handle through the handle's shaft, the other cam engages the keeper, and both cams engage each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2007
    Assignee: Vision Industries Group, Inc.
    Inventor: Luke Liang
  • Patent number: 7147255
    Abstract: A latch reinforcing block for engagement with the nose portion of any tilt latch assembly and preferably with the above-mentioned camlock/tilt latch combination, the block comprising a top and bottom and having extending from proximate the top to proximate the bottom there-through fastening portions to fasten the reinforcing block within the track of a preferred window assembly, the reinforcing block having disposed proximate the top thereof at least one cutout, notch or pocket extending towards the bottom and for receipt of a corresponding nose portion of the latch assembly in order to pass loads such as wind loads or the like to the frame section to which the reinforcing block is attached.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2003
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2006
    Assignee: 420820 Ontario Limited
    Inventors: Shaul Goldenberg, Sean Davies
  • Patent number: 7140801
    Abstract: A latch is designed to attain and keep full engagement of a sub-assembly in a chassis and to increase the reliability and longevity of connectors by increasing the chances that they remain fully engaged even in the presence of shock and vibration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2006
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Michael J. Greenside, Alisa C. Sandoval