Abstract: A door latch (100, 400, 500, 600, 1200, 1300, 1400, 1500, 1600, 1700, 1800, 1900) resists opening of a door (200) beyond a predetermined amount when it is engaged and also allows the opening of the door when it is disengaged. The door latch includes a catch (220, 220?, 3220) and a base (191) that is connected to a deformable member (140, 3140, 4140, 5140, 6140) at a joint (90). The joint configures the door latch and may include a pin (190). The catch (e.g., a hook) engages a catching portion (e.g., a loop 148, 3148, 6148) of the deformable member when engaged. The deformable member may stretch at least five percent when resisting an intrusion load (F) on the door. The base may mount to a door frame (300), and the catch may mount to the door. A spring (180) may urge the deformable member toward engagement. A shield (280, 2280, 4280, 5280, 6280) may protect the deformable member and resist cutting and may pivot with the deformable member urged by the spring.
Abstract: Systems, methods, and devices that efficiently stop and latch a door are presented. A first bracket component is attached to a door frame and has an overhang portion, comprising a holder component, that extends into the doorway to act as a door stop. A second bracket component, comprising an extended portion, is desirably adjusted in position in relation to the holder component and attached to the door such that the extended portion has a desired amount of overlap on the holder component, wherein the amount of overlap corresponds to an amount of latching force in accordance with the force profile associated with the extended portion based at least in part on shape of the extended portion. An operation device is attached to the first bracket component and/or second bracket component and the door latching holds the door in the desired position to facilitate operations of the operation component.
Abstract: A child-proof safety locking system may include an elastomeric loop. The loop may have at least one locking ball attached at a bottom end of the loop so that when the loop is wrapped around an object, a top end of the loop surrounds the locking ball and the top end of the loop is held in position overlying the bottom end of the loop.
November 3, 2011
May 9, 2013
Steve Fogarty, Michele Fogarty, Alan Verstraete, Mary Verstraete
Abstract: Disclosed are tie-down devices and related methods for securing oversized items in a vehicle trunk or rear storage compartment in preparation for transport. The tie-down devices include sections connected by a releasable buckle that allows for separately cinching the strap sections to desired lengths. The tie-down devices incorporate specialized connectors at each end in the form of at least one grip that is curved to attach to the edge of a panel on the vehicle and a latch that attaches to a fixed attachment mechanism at the opposite end.
February 24, 2011
August 30, 2012
GLOBAL CONSUMER PRODUCTS, INC.
Gail Bruce, Bob A. Schouten, Connie S. Schouten, David Voigts
Abstract: The invention discloses a hard disk securing apparatus including an upper housing, a lower housing, and a securing module. The lower housing is fixed in an electronic apparatus and includes a block part. An accommodation space is formed between the upper housing and the lower housing and used for accommodating a hard disk of the electronic apparatus. The securing module is disposed on the upper housing, and includes a ring-shape elastic body and a clasp member extending from the ring-shape elastic body. The clasp member detachably clasps the block part of the lower housing.
Abstract: A swing gate hold-back device for releasably retaining a gate frame having a horizontal rail in an open position relative to a fixed vertical gate post includes a main body member having a first elongated L-shaped arm, a second elongated L-shaped arm, and a strap mount plate member. Each of the first and second elongated arms are secured at their first ends to the strap mount plate member and are disposed in a spaced apart relationship to each other so as to form a channel therebetween. A V-shaped flapper is pivotally disposed in the channel between the first and second elongated L-shaped arms of the body member for rotating back and forth between a first position corresponding to where the gate frame is in a closed position and a second position corresponding to where the gate frame is in the open position. A U-bolt is used for tightly mounting to the strap mount plate member so as to retain the body member in a desired position on the gate post.
Abstract: The invention has a captive tooless fastener for securing the engine intake air filter. The tooless fastener comprises shaft and associated bodies. The body has two arms oriented about 180 degrees apart. The shaft is threaded through a sealing washer and an aperture in a closed end cap of the air filter. The shaft is expanded so it cannot be removed from the end cap. The body's threaded inner diameter mates with a threaded portion of a central shaft in an air filter housing. The body's arms are rotated to screw the fastener and the shaft of the housing together. When tightened, the sealing washer closes the aperture. To remove the air filter, the fastener is unscrewed from the shaft of the housing and in the shaft floats in the aperture. A person in the field can remove the air filter by inserting fingers under the arms and pulling.
August 29, 2005
Date of Patent:
July 19, 2011
Greenlees Filter LLC
Ronald Troxell, Roy E. Greenlees, Kenneth S. Schultz
Abstract: The door lock tool is used for securing closed swinging “push” doors against opening under the application of physical force and includes a hook and a length of braided nylon webbing. The hooks is designed to bite into the sides of the door jams and casings and has a generally J-shaped body which includes a flat back part that curves into a relatively short perpendicular leg part. A flat tooth extends perpendicularly from the hook's leg. One end of the strap is configured to form a loop for securing the strap to a door knob. The other end is laced through an opening in the hook and around a cross bar, which allows the strap to be pulled tight. Pulling the free end of the strap tightens the strap to close the loop and shortens the length of strap between the loop and the hook causing the hook to bite into or under the end of the door jam or casing to secure the door.
December 4, 2009
June 9, 2011
Edward Cameron Nind Hopkins, William H. Rogers, Matthew E. McKendrick
Abstract: The present invention relates to a gate assembly that can be configured to reduce the vulnerability of the gate to operation by a horse. In an embodiment, a lever operator is configured to extend above the head of a rider, such that a rider can reach up to operate the lever to open the gate. A configuration is illustrated wherein the operator lever moves relative to the gate as the gate opens and closes for providing full access through the gate area when the gate is open.
Abstract: A vehicle closure hardware nut connector (10) is embodied by a unitary, one-piece stamping (18) including a generally flat nut portion (20) having at least one stamped nut (22), at least one connection tab (30) shaped from the nut portion in a coplanar relationship, and at least one deformable connection portion (46) that extends between the nut portion and the connection tab coplanar with both and being deformed to provide adjustment of positioning of a vehicle closure hardware component (38) on a vehicle body component (34). One embodiment of the nut connector (10) has a pair of the connection tabs (30) and another embodiment of the nut connector (10?) has a single connection tab (30).
Abstract: A lock for locking a lid to a receptacle has a bolt extending into aligned holes in overlapping parts thereof. A handle is detachably connected to an outer end of the bolt for pulling the bolt. An expansion mechanism in the form of wedges, a chain or other mechanisms, expands to an expanded geometry larger than the aligned holes to prevent withdrawing the bolt, and contracts to a contracted geometry which is at most equal to the dimension of the aligned holes for allowing withdrawing of the bolt. An actuator mounted in the bolt engages the expansion mechanism for moving it from the expanded geometry to the contracted geometry when the actuator is pushed. A biasing spring engaged to the actuator biases it in the withdrawing direction.
Abstract: One first aspect of the invention relates to a connection device for the bottom (1) and lid (3) of a box with side-panels (2). The device comprises one or more first attachment means (5) firmly connected to the bottom (1) and lid (3) and one or more attachment means (6) firmly connected to at least one side panel (2). Connection means (7) are also provided for connecting the bottom (1) and lid (3) to the side panel (2) ny interaction with the attachment means (5, 6). Each connection means (7) consists of a clamp with a resilient body (7.1), a first hook (7.2) being arranged at one end and a second hook (7.3) being arranged at the other end. The first attachment means consists of a first rail (5), arranged along an edge on the bottom (1) and lid (3) respectively, equipped with connection means consisting of one or more slots (5.4). The second attachment means consists of a second rail (6) arranged on a side panel (2) essentially parallel to the edge of the side panel (2). The first hook (7.
Abstract: A cord lock device for releasably securing a hinged object in a closed position includes a first cord loop projecting from a first side of a hinged object and a second cord loop projecting from a second side of a hinged object, the first and second cord loops projecting generally towards one another. The second cord loop includes an engagement loop section temporarily formed therein, the engagement loop section being extended through the first side of a hinged object adjacent one end of the first cord loop. The engagement loop section engages one end of the first cord loop, the one end of the first cord loop passing through the engagement loop section such that the first cord loop is intertwined with the second cord loop and thus the first and second cord loops cooperate to generally prevent access to the interior of a hinged object on which the first and second cord loops are mounted.
Abstract: A device for securing lids of waste containers is provided. The device may be attached to an existing waste container or, at least part of the device may be formed integrally with the container. The device includes a strap with fasteners at each end that are matingly engageable with each other to secure the lid to the container.
Abstract: A security door lock that is secured by two lag bolts to the vertical wall studs forming a doorway frame. The security door lock is installed directly opposite a doorknob on the door and it has a vertically oriented base plate having at least one vertically oriented groove. A pair of cable tensioning sliders are reciprocally mounted in the vertically oriented groove. A cable has its opposite ends secured to the base plate and the cable passes around the respective cable tensioning sliders. A spring connected between the respective cable tensioning sliders keep them biased away from each other when the cable has not been looped over the doorknob. A cover plate is detachably secured to the base plate and a chamber is formed therebetween into which the cable returns when it is not being used.
Abstract: A door lock for an all-glass door with an adjacent fixed glass side panel. In this case, the door lock is attached through a boring contained in the all-glass door and basically presents a dead bolt, a latch bolt and a follower. Furthermore, a lock strike box is mounted through a boring contained in the glass side panel at the height of the door lock. Furthermore, the door lock comprises a first lock casing arranged on one side of the all-glass door and a second lock casing placed opposite to the first lock casing on the other side of the all-glass door. The first lock casing comprises the latch bolt and the second lock casing comprises the strike plate for the dead bolt. Furthermore, there are a first lock strike box and a second lock strike box, effectively connected to each other by means of a closing cylinder through a boring contained in the fixed glass side panel.
Abstract: A flexible coupling is provided for a lock actuator and a latch assembly. The coupling is particularly useful for sliding glass doors and enables the actuator to be mounted to the door in an axially offset relationship with respect to the connecting member of the latch assembly. The coupling includes a male member that includes an outwardly protruding knuckle that is pivotally and frictionally received in the socket of a female member. The male member is connected to either the lock actuator or the latch assembly while the female connector is connected to the other of the lock actuator or the latch assembly. Rotation of the lock actuator results in rotation of both the male and female member thereby resulting in rotation of the connecting member of the latch assembly even though the actuator is disposed offset from the connecting member.
Abstract: A security override system for a locked box comprising a first hasp portion mounted within a box and extending through a first opening in an outer door of the box; a second hasp portion connected to a bracket; the bracket slideably mounted within the box such that the second hasp portion extends through a second opening in the outer door, said sliding of the bracket being governed by a disguised false hinge latch which is connected to the outer door and extends through the bracket and a third opening in the outer door and is movable between a holding position and a released position; the bracket being movable between a closed position wherein the second hasp portion mates with the first hasp portion to form a padlock receiving portion for locking the outer door with a padlock and an open position wherein the second hasp portion does not mate with the first hasp portion; and wherein the outer door can be unlocked by moving the disguised latch to the released position so as to permit movement of the bracket int
Abstract: A locking device for a set of double sliding doors comprising two U-shaped clips and a flexible band operatively engaging both clips. The locking device is designed to prevent the relative movement of double sliding doors which comprise an interior door and an exterior door, with the interior door sliding in an interior track and the exterior door sliding in an exterior track. The interior and exterior tracks are parallel to each other. In a closed position, an inside vertical stile of the interior door is adjacent to, and which overlaps an inside vertical stile of the exterior door defining a space between the interior and exterior doors. A U-shaped clip is secured to the inside stile of each sliding door. The flexible band is secured at its first end to the U-shaped clip secured to the inside stile of the interior door and then traverses through the space between the interior and exterior doors to the inside stile of the exterior door.
Abstract: A cover assembly for ceiling registers connected to the air ducts or the trunk line of a central air conditioning system. The cover assembly is designed to prevent heat and moisture from entering the trunk line through the register or any wall sleeves, gaps and openings. The cover assembly is comprised of a flat rigid material of sufficient size to cover the opening of a ceiling register. The cover has a peripheral seal that presses against the rim face of the register by a fastening device. The fastening device attaches to the ceiling register to secure the cover to the ceiling register with an air tight seal.
Abstract: A permanent locking device for a nuclear waste container which, in combination with a lid and a box, utilizes a dee-shaped ring held by a wide, flat hinge and a protruding narrow malleable metal retaining strap. The ring can rotate or slide up and down within the hinge, as well as slide side to side. The hinge has a slot in its top for temporarily holding the ring in an up position while the lid is open and the box is being loaded with nuclear waste. When the lid is closed and the ring is disengaged from the slot, the ring can be quickly dropped to a down position permitting the retaining strap to extend through the ring. The retaining strap can then be readily bent down and over the circular (bottom) portion of the ring, to form a permanent seal. A deformable rubber gasket is positioned between the lid and the top edges of the box to form an air tight seal.
Abstract: An auxiliary door latch for children's safety which comprises a flexible tape-like member having openings in opposite end portions for detachably engaging projecting heads provided on the free end portion of a door and the adjacent jamb. The flexibility of the tape-like member permits reliable and facile accommodation for the particular locations of said heads, which latter may, if desired, be readily removed in periods of disuse.
Abstract: A collapsible container in which end and side walls are hinged to a rectangular base plate along the opposite short and long sides thereof. The vertical edges of the walls in their erect positions have ridges of triangular shape to abut at flanks lying diagonally. These flanks have formations enabling them to interengage. Cover plates have lips engaging in grooves of the side walls and are hinged to the end walls.
Abstract: A waste material container comprising a receptacle unit, a lid therefor, a resilient gasket interposed between the receptacle unit and the lid, and a locking assembly for holding the lid in place on the receptacle unit. The locking assembly includes an abutment element on the lid, and a locking member mounted for pivotal movement on the receptacle unit, the locking member including a camming surface for engaging the abutment element during such pivotal movement to cause compression of the gasket and including an indenture for receiving the abutment element when the locking member is pivoted to its locked position, with the compressed gasket imposing a bias on the abutment member to maintain it within the indenture at such locked position.
Abstract: A bonnet is locked to the body of a valve into which the bonnet screws by a sheet metal bonnet lock which includes a portion that will mate with facets on the bonnet or with the sides of the valve body. Another portion of the bonnet lock is then deformed to mate with the other of the bonnet facets or valve body sides. The portion of the bonnet lock that mates with the facets on the bonnet circumscribes the bonnet such that one portion of the bonnet lock is fixed to the bonnet and the other portion is fixed to the valve body following deformation of the bonnet lock to prevent the bonnet from turning relative to the valve body.
Abstract: A circuit board stiffener includes an elongated stiffening member adapted to extend over the board surface in spaced relation to that surface; the member has contact surfaces adapted to engage one side of the board, and bendable retainer structure to retain the member in position relative to the board. The retainer structure may comprise bendable arms that project through board openings to be bent at the opposite side of the board, and to be locked in position by solder at that opposite side. The member may have a zig-zag cross section to enhance its stiffness.
Abstract: A rectangularly shaped metallic container and sealed lid with permanent lid hold-down assemblies for use in disposal of low specific activity, minimally contaminated waste material. The hold-down assemblies give visual indications of the sealed condition of the container as they can only be removed or opened by total destruction after placed in holding position.
Abstract: Right angular corners of knock-down reusable multipanel containers are releasably joined in assembled relationship by metal reinforcing plates and right angular spring clips which span the corners. Formed terminals on the clip arms are received by apertures of the reinforcing plates. One such aperture is relatively large to receive a release implement and the adjacent clip terminal is slotted to receive the release implement after insertion thereof through the aperture. The aperture of the other reinforcing plate is relatively narrow to prevent dangerous separation of the clip from the container following the release of one arm thereof by means of said implement.
Abstract: A linking device is disclosed which comprises a connecting strip, a main trunk section formed integrally at each end of said connecting strip and an engaging member formed by extending the forward perpendicular end of said each main trunk section into an inserting and engaging portion integrally incorporating a hook element of the shape of a hook.