Multiple Patents (Class 292/263)
  • Patent number: 11299922
    Abstract: A modular door operating linkage system connectable to an extendable from a door pivotable between closed and open positions about a generally vertical axis disposed such that the door can be either pushed or pulled between positions. The modular linkage system includes a rigid generally L-shaped crank arm component connected to a powered driver which drives the crank arm component in opposite arcuate directions. The modular linkage system also includes a rigid elongated track component defining a generally C-shaped linear channel. The modular linkage system also includes a rigid but adjustable multipiece link component. The linkage system further includes a rigid block component which is configured and designed to act in concert with the other components of the linkage system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2022
    Assignee: MOTIONACCESS, LLC.
    Inventors: Robert L. Oakley, Joseph P. Madden
  • Patent number: 11280126
    Abstract: The invention comprises a door closer (1), a slide rail (3) and an arm (2). The arm is connected to the door closer (1) and to the slide rail (3). The slide rail is provided with a hold open device (4) in order to keep a door open. The arm (2) comprises an outer arm (8A, 9A) and an inner arm (8B, 9B). The inner is situated partly inside the outer arm in a sliding manner. The arm (2) also comprises a spring arrangement (11) in order to hold the inner arm (8B, 9B) in a normal position in the outer arm (8A, 9A), and a release device (10A, 10B). The release device is arranged to release the inner arm (8B, 9B) from its normal position when an external force being strong enough to active a release of the release device (10A, 10B) drives the inner arm (8B, 9B) out from the outer arm (8A, 9A).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2022
    Assignee: ABLOY OY
    Inventors: Sauli Seppänen, Juhani Karvonen
  • Patent number: 11261905
    Abstract: A virtual device for the limited pivoting of an object about a base virtual pivot point by means of a pivoting device, where a limiting device is provided for the pivoting angle. The virtual device is a mechanically stable and yet space-saving limiting device that is rotatable about an outer axis on the base and about an outer axis (23?) rotatable on the object, or on the slide, where the limiting device limits the distance and/or the angular position of the two axes relative to one another, with the proviso that the axes always occupy the same plane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2022
    Assignee: EB-invent GmbH
    Inventor: Franz Ehrenleitner
  • Patent number: 11142928
    Abstract: Receptacle locking devices are disclosed. A receptacle locking device having a contact arm and a pivoting feature can be pivoted from a first, unlocked position to a second, locked position, wherein the contact arm prevents opening of the receptacle door when the locking device is in the second, locked position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2021
    Assignee: United States Postal Service
    Inventors: James Edmund Matthews, Joram Shenhar, Terry Martin Gingell, Donald Eugene Irwin, William Albert Tartal
  • Patent number: 11058235
    Abstract: A fan plenum assembly for a merchandiser. The fan plenum assembly includes a plenum housing that defines an opening configured to receive a fan, and that has a side wall with a slot and a slot extension continuous with the slot. The slot has a major axis extending through a center of the slot. A bearing is configured to rotationally support a hinge pin and is coupled to the side wall. The bearing includes a positioning element that is disposed in the slot and in the slot extension. The positioning element is movable within the slot and the slot extension such that the bearing is movable along the major axis to permit axial adjustment of a position of the bearing relative to the plenum housing and the bearing is immovable rotationally relative to the plenum housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2021
    Assignee: Hussmann Corporation
    Inventor: Larry N. Leonard
  • Patent number: 11015374
    Abstract: Disclosed is a door locking device for manually/physically locking a vehicle door from inside a vehicle, especially a cab door of a truck, comprising a housing including locking members movable between an unlocked position and a locked position. A first lever arm is partly rotatable connected to the housing and a second lever arm is partly rotatable connected to the other end of the first lever arms. A first spring is striving to keep the first lever arm onto or in the housing and a second spring is striving to keep the second lever arm against or in level with the first lever arm and/or in the housing. The second lever arm is provided with a recess by which the first and second lever arms may be pulled out, operated, from their folded position on/in the housing and/or door, by the user/driver, and hooked on/around a rigid locking element/handle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: Scania CV AB
    Inventors: Rickard Magnusson, Christer Lang
  • Patent number: 10427795
    Abstract: Inter alia, an apparatus including a ramp, the ramp configured to enable variation of a cross section of a ram air passage of the apparatus. The ramp includes a first rigid member, a second rigid member and a flexible member coupled to the first rigid member and the second rigid member. The ramp is movably mounted at two ends. Moreover, a method of varying the cross section of the ram air passage of such an apparatus by moving the ramp of the apparatus is disclosed. Further, an arrangement including such an apparatus and a ram air channel communicating with the ram air passage is disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: Airbus Operations GmbH
    Inventors: Jens Telgkamp, Dirk Elbracht, Wolfgang Eilken, Bruno Stefes, Christian Bartels
  • Patent number: 9945483
    Abstract: A system includes a first surface, a second surface, and a sealing system operable to provide an aerodynamic seal between the first surface and the second surface. The second surface may be a surface to be sealed. The sealing system includes a first member and a base. The first member includes a first portion and a bulb coupled to the first portion. The first portion has one or more projections and is adapted to couple the first member to the first surface. The base includes a plurality of feet, a plurality of arms, and an arched portion. The plurality of feet are adapted to be positioned against the second surface. The plurality of arms are adapted to accept the bulb. The arched portion forms a preloaded seal adapted to seal against the second surface when air pressure is exerted against a side of the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: Lockheed Martin Corporation
    Inventors: Kent W. Benner, Roland A. Creswell, James K. Lash, William Alfred Thomas, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9670705
    Abstract: A device may limit opening of a sash hingedly coupled to a master frame, and includes: a bracket attached to the sash; a first arm having a first end pivotally coupled to the bracket; a second arm having a first end pivotally coupled to the first arm's second end; means for biasing the second arm into a retracted position; and a release assembly. The release assembly is secured to the master frame and includes a hook pivotable between a first position and a second position, which, in the first position, may be releasably received in an opening in the second end of the second arm when the second arm is in the retracted position, as the sash is closed and received within the master window frame The second arm is disengaged from the hook, permitting full opening of the sash, when the hook is pivoted into the second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: Vision Industries Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Luke Liang, Tong Liang, David Chen
  • Patent number: 9580933
    Abstract: Provided is an apparatus for detecting opening and closing of a door. The apparatus includes a sensor unit, which is installed at a location close to a first member and detects an opening and closing of a door, a loading unit coupled to the sensor unit and a folded unit, folded and rotated based on a center of the folded unit when a back set distance from a side surface of the door to a center line of an indoor unit is small, and led in an installation groove of an indoor unit, and a case coupled to the loading unit when the back set distance from the side surface of the door to the center line of the indoor unit is larger, and separated from the loading unit when the back set distance from the side surface of the door to the center line of the indoor unit is small.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignee: SAMSUNG SDS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Chul-Ho Maeng, Jae-Hoon Kim
  • Patent number: 9404302
    Abstract: Certain embodiments provide systems and methods for unlocking, opening, closing and locking a vent sash. The system may include a base configured to attach to one or more of a vent stop and a window frame. The system may include a lever pivotably or slidably attached to the base. The lever may be configured to pivotably attach to a locking mechanism interface of the vent sash. The lever may be configured to pivot substantially ninety degrees in a first direction to an unlocked position. The lever may be configured to pivot substantially ninety degrees in a second direction to an opened position. The lever may be configured to pivot substantially ninety degrees in a third direction to a closed position. The lever may be configured to pivot substantially ninety degrees in a fourth direction to a locked position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2016
    Assignee: REFLECTION WINDOW COMPANY, LLC
    Inventor: Kenneth R. Evensen
  • Patent number: 9388612
    Abstract: A device may limit opening of a sash hingedly coupled to a master frame, and includes: a bracket attached to the sash; a first arm having a first end pivotally coupled to the bracket; a second arm having a first end pivotally coupled to the first arm's second end; means for biasing the second arm into a retracted position; and a release assembly. The release assembly is secured to the master frame and includes a hook pivotable between a first position and a second position, which, in the first position, may be releasably received in an opening in the second end of the second arm when the second arm is in the retracted position, as the sash is closed and received within the master window frame The second arm is disengaged from the hook, permitting fill opening of the sash, when the hook is pivoted into the second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2016
    Assignee: Vision Industries Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Luke Liang, Tong Liang, David Chen
  • Patent number: 9319497
    Abstract: A portable terminal including a first housing including a first display; a second housing including a second display; and a hinge portion that couples the first housing and the second housing so as to be openable and closable with respective opposing end portions of the first housing and the second housing adjacent to each other and with respective surfaces of the first housing and the second housing positioned in the same plane as each other in an open state. The hinge portion is disposed so as to not be visible from a front side of the first display and the second display when the first housing and the second housing are in the open state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2016
    Assignees: Sony Corporation, Sony Mobile Communications Inc.
    Inventors: Tatsuya Sano, Naka Shibata
  • Patent number: 9121217
    Abstract: A method for controlling a door, comprising the steps of storing energy during a manual opening of a door, sensing an object within a doorway, selectively applying a force derived from the stored energy, to close the door, based on the sensing of an object in the doorway. The closure is preferably controlled by an electronic control. A door closing device comprising an energy storage device for storing energy during door opening and releasing the stored energy to subsequently close the door, a damping system for damping a closure of the door, a sensor for detecting an object within a doorway, having an output, a controllable device for selectively restraining the energy storage device from closing the door, and a control system for controlling the controllable device based on the output.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2015
    Inventor: Steven M. Hoffberg
  • Patent number: 9115529
    Abstract: A device may limit opening of a sash hingedly coupled to a master frame, and includes: a bracket attached to the sash; a first arm having a first end pivotally coupled to the bracket; a second arm having a first end pivotally coupled to the first arm's second end; means for biasing the second arm into a retracted position; and a release assembly. The release assembly is secured to the master frame and includes a hook pivotable between a first position and a second position, which, in the first position, may be releasably received in an opening in the second end of the second arm when the second arm is in the retracted position, as the sash is closed and received within the master window frame The second arm is disengaged from the hook, permitting full opening of the sash, when the hook is pivoted into the second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2015
    Assignee: VISION INDUSTRIES GROUP, INC.
    Inventors: Luke Liang, Tong Liang, David Chen
  • Patent number: 9074393
    Abstract: A motor vehicle lock having the locking elements lock catch and pawl (1) and having a lock mechanism (2), it being possible for the lock mechanism (2) to be moved into different functional states such as “unlocked”, “locked”, “anti-theft locked” or “child-safety locked” and with the lock mechanism (2), for this purpose, having at least one functional element (3) which can be adjusted into corresponding functional positions. The invention proposes mounting the functional element (3) in a subregion, in particular an end region, of the functional element (3) with a bearing arrangement (3a) such that the rest of the functional element (3) can be adjusted both in the lateral direction and in the vertical direction, in each case substantially perpendicular to its longitudinal extent, in relation to a reference plane (R) in any case.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2015
    Assignee: BROSE SCHLIESSSYSTEME GMBH & CO. KG
    Inventors: Simon Brose, Jürgen Zietlow
  • Publication number: 20140110953
    Abstract: The present invention provides a latch System for vehicles, equipment and other door open/close systems. The system comprises dual latch system operable horizontally thus making open/closure mechanism safe and secure. The Horizontal Latch System is activated by pistons or cylinders (pneumatic or hydraulic) and uses an approach that allows for the system to be operable at all times even if there is a problem with the cylinders or pistons. The System of present invention is unique because it offers a better and safer approach to the opening and closing of tailgates; adds longevity to the tailgate and reduces maintenance costs.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 23, 2012
    Publication date: April 24, 2014
    Inventors: Stéfane Leib, Luc Rainville
  • Patent number: 8555562
    Abstract: A window well cover jack is disclosed. The window well cover jack has three arms: a base arm, a support arm and an actuator handle, all connected to aid in the lifting of a window well cover and to allow egress. In one embodiment, the jack is lockable in a stowed position. It is also possible to add a spring assist to aid in the lifting of a window well cover. Ideally, the window well cover jack is also lockable in a deployed position to aid in holding an ajar window well cover so as to facilitate escape. A simple link, which is easily broken by emergency crews with the proper tools but secure against intruders without said tools, connects the window well cover jack to a window well cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2013
    Inventors: Vince S. Warner, David Ruff
  • Publication number: 20130047682
    Abstract: A door handle locking device is used to lock two door handles against pivoting movement. The device includes first and second handle engaging structures with a hinged connecting member extending therebetween. The first handle engaging structure includes a first channel member and a crosspiece extending across an open side thereof. The first handle engaging structure is arranged to be placed over a first door handle with one side of the first channel member resting on top and the crosspiece extending behind the first door handle. The second handle engaging structure includes a second channel member arranged to be placed over a second door handle with one side of the second channel member resting on top and a hook element extending behind. An opening is provided in the second channel member for receiving a padlock for locking the second handle engaging structure to a corresponding opening in the second door handle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 31, 2011
    Publication date: February 28, 2013
    Inventors: DeAnna Rae Kirkbride, Edward Steven Shields
  • Publication number: 20130020815
    Abstract: A sliding door panel and assembly is described, such that when in the door panel is in an open arrangement there is a functional cooperation or coupling between at least a first unit and a second unit of the assembly. The second unit is generally affixed to the sliding door and the first unit is fixedly mounted with a sliding door guide system or to a header/footer or frame. A third unit may be included with the assembly such that when the sliding door panel is positioned in the open arrangement, the third unit limits engagement between the first and second units. In addition, the third unit is positioned to limit linear movement of a slideable portion of the first unit thereby preventing damage.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 22, 2011
    Publication date: January 24, 2013
    Applicant: Overhead Door Corporation
    Inventor: Gary R. Smith
  • Patent number: 8251412
    Abstract: Apparatuses and methods for securing a door. The apparatuses including a door clamp having a stop, a base attached to the stop, a jamb bracket attached to the stop, and a fastener coupled to the jamb bracket. The methods including positioning a stop portion of a clamp horizontally, sliding the stop portion of the clamp under a door and past a far side of the door, rotating the clamp such that the stop portion is vertical, moving the clamp to adjacent a doorjamb, and placing a pin extending through the clamp into the door jamb.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2012
    Inventor: J. Robert Ploskunak
  • Publication number: 20120119521
    Abstract: A door latch system may include a foot actuator, a first disk, a first linkage coupled to the foot actuator and the first disk, a locking mechanism, and a second linkage coupled to the first disk and the locking mechanism. The first linkage may be configured to rotate the first disk from a first position to a second position responsive to a user actuating the foot actuator. The second linkage may be configured to cause the locking mechanism to transition from a first state to a second state responsive to the first disk rotating from the first position to the second position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 4, 2011
    Publication date: May 17, 2012
    Inventor: Robert Joshua Lehr
  • Publication number: 20100289277
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention include door-securing latches that allow an occupant of a room or other space accessed through a door to secure the door, from inside the room or other space in order to prevent entry or access by others. Embodiments of the present invention provide a mechanically strong and secure latch that cannot be easily broken or compromised by application of force to the door or by insertion of a tool or device between the door and an adjacent door frame to disable the latch, but that can he disabled by a knowledgeable individual, such as an apartment manger seeking to rescue a disabled apartment occupant in an emergency situation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 12, 2010
    Publication date: November 18, 2010
    Inventor: Gordon C. Tang
  • Publication number: 20100289276
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention include door-securing latches that allow an occupant of a room or other space accessed through a door to secure the door, from inside the room or other space, in order to prevent entry or access by others. Embodiments of the present invention provide a mechanically strong and secure latch that cannot be easily broken or compromised by application of force to the door or by insertion of a tool or device between the door and an adjacent door frame to disable the latch, but that can be disabled by a knowledgeable individual, such as an apartment manger seeking to rescue a disabled apartment occupant in an emergency situation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 4, 2010
    Publication date: November 18, 2010
    Inventor: Gordon C. Tang
  • Patent number: 7798541
    Abstract: A lid stay, for furniture, including a first arm (1) and a second arm (2) which are connected to each other so as to be pivotable about a swivel pin (3) between an open position and a closed position; a convex positioning contour (4) that is disposed on the first arm (1), extends around a central axis (5) located parallel to the swivel pin (3), and has the shape of a circular arc when viewed from a cross-section running perpendicular to the central axis (5); a positioning slide (8) which is movably guided along a positioning axis (9) by means of the first arm (1), is provided with a flat support area (12) facing the positioning contour (4), and is spring-biased in the direction of the positioning contour (4); and a sliding block (13), a concave first sliding surface (14) of which slidably leans on the positioning contour (4), while a flat second sliding surface (15) thereof slidably leans on the support area (12).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2010
    Assignee: Huwil-Werke GmbH Mobelschlob-und Beschlagfabriken
    Inventor: Artur Hirtsiefer
  • Publication number: 20100207402
    Abstract: Apparatuses and methods for securing a door. The apparatuses including a door clamp having a stop, a base attached to the stop, a jamb bracket attached to the stop, and a fastener coupled to the jamb bracket. The methods including positioning a stop portion of a clamp horizontally, sliding the stop portion of the clamp under a door and past a far side of the door, rotating the clamp such that the stop portion is vertical, moving the clamp to adjacent a doorjamb, and placing a pin extending through the clamp into the door jamb.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 13, 2009
    Publication date: August 19, 2010
    Inventor: J. Robert Ploskunak
  • Patent number: 7681421
    Abstract: An electrical panel lockout that locks the electrical panel door closed and prevents the panel cover from being removed. Two telescoping hollow tubes extend between two panel screws. Two slots in the ends of the hollow tubes slide under the screw heads of each of the loosened panel screws. The outer hollow tube and inner hollow tube extend across the panel door keeping it locked closed. The shackle of a padlock is inserted into one of the openings of the inner hollow tube to keep the device locked in the extended position onto the panel screws. The screw heads are encapsulated by the device rendering them inaccessible and preventing the electrical panel cover from being removed. Hollow tube extension fittings can be employed to increase the length of the device for use on electrical panels of larger widths. A guide screw attached to the inner hollow tube rides in a slot in the outer hollow tube to keep both tubes from separating.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2010
    Inventor: Richard Michael Cannon
  • Patent number: 7503194
    Abstract: A multiple padlock lock system for locking a first post to a second post has a common plate and connecting links. Padlocks connect the common plate and the connecting links around the first post lock the common plate to the first post. Connecting links or a tongue plate lock the common plate to the second post. At least two padlocks must be unlocked to remove the lock system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2009
    Inventor: Randy L. McNeil
  • Patent number: 7497490
    Abstract: A telescopic stay comprises a stay body including an inner arm and an outer arm into which the inner arm is slidably fitted. In order to lock the inner and outer arms in a pre-determined superposed position, a locking rod engages a locking hole in the inner arm by a locking spring disposed in a guide member attached onto the outer arm, but the guide member has a base portion passing through a flat board of the outer arm and a locking spring urges the guide member so that the base portion is forced against the inner face of the flat board portion. This requires no specific operation for securing the guide member and therefore the telescopic stay can be assembled with a reduced number of parts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2009
    Assignee: Sugatsune Kogyo Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Koushi Yamaguchi
  • Publication number: 20080150303
    Abstract: An assembly comprising a moveable panel, for example a swinging door or window, and a latching mechanism (10) for latching the panel (1) to at least one nearby element (2) in case the panel (1) is in a first, particularly closed, position, the latching mechanism (10) being provided with at least one first latch (11) and with operating means (13) for moving the latch (11) out of a first lateral side of the panel (1) from a panel-releasing position to a panel-latching position and vice-versa, wherein the at least one first latch (11) is dimensioned such that it extends along substantially the entire first lateral side of the panel (1).
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 13, 2007
    Publication date: June 26, 2008
    Inventor: Johannes Jacob Hans Willem Van Der Kooij
  • Publication number: 20040183314
    Abstract: A window handle assembly for use with a window having a moveable sash. The assembly including a window handle having a pivot mechanism. The handle pivotable at the pivot mechanism between open and closed positions. When open, the handle is free to rotate to move the sash between open and closed positions. When closed, the handle engages a cover to provide a sleek, aesthetically pleasing handle structure for the window. The assembly also including a lock activating mechanism coupled to the pivot mechanism and operationally couplable to a sash lock mechanism. The lock activating mechanism configured to operate the sash lock upon pivoting movement of the window handle. Opening of the handle opens the lock and closing the handle closes the lock. This mechanism including a sliding bar connectable to the sash lock and a movement mechanism causing sliding movement of the bar upon pivoting movement of the pivot mechanism.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 20, 2003
    Publication date: September 23, 2004
    Inventors: Marlo Van Klompenburg, Bruce A. Baier, Matt Van Dyne, John M. Mitchell
  • Patent number: 6694675
    Abstract: The combination of a frame, a closure element, and a closure element holding assembly. The closure element is mounted to the frame for movement between first and second positions. The closure element holding assembly has a linkage with first and second connecting ends and at least first and second link elements. The first connecting end is connected to the closure element. The second connecting end is connected to the frame. The first and second link elements are joined to each other for pivoting movement about a first axis and in such a manner that the first and second link elements can be connected to and disconnected from each other by relatively repositioning at least a part of the first link element and second link element through relative movement of the at least part of the first link element and second link element in a direction generally parallel to the first axis. In one form, one of the link elements has a post and the other link element has a socket to receive the post.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2000
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2004
    Assignee: Tri/Mark Corporation
    Inventors: David A. Craft, Julie M. Houdek, Eric S. Svenby, Craig Joseph Helton, Daniel Alan Bennett
  • Patent number: 6629712
    Abstract: An extended latch mounted to a structure for securing an adjacent structure. The extended latch is a remotely-actuated latch mechanism that allows the adjacent structure to be released and moved apart from the structure, and later rejoined with the structure without disengagement of the latch mechanism from either structure. The extended latch includes a housing that has a first wall and a second wall that are aligned with and positioned parallel to each other. An extendable linkage is rotatably mounted to the housing. The extendable latch also includes a strut having a central axis and opposing ends. One end of the strut is rotatably mounted to the extendable linkage. The other end of the strut is rotatably mounted to a keeper bar. The extendable latch also includes a detent mechanism rotatably mounted to both the housing and the extendable linkage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2001
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2003
    Assignee: Hartwell Corporation
    Inventors: Frank Thomas Jackson, Lionel Martinez
  • Patent number: 6612628
    Abstract: The invention relates to an adjusting device (20) for hinged windows (21) comprising, as components, a base body (25), a control element (26), an actuating lever (27), and a connecting bracket (28). These elements are connected to one another in twos and in an articulated manner by means of a hinged joint. The base body (25) is fastened with one end thereof to a body part (22). The connecting bracket is fastened with one end thereof to the hinged window (21). A detent device is preferably provided on the hinged joint (32) between the control element (26) and the actuating lever (27) and comprises a detent body and a detent notch. The detent body Is guided in a displaceable manner inside a longitudinal guide of the actuating lever (27) and is pressed, via a spring plate, against the control element (26) by means of a pressure spring. The control arm is provided with one or more detent notches.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2001
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2003
    Assignee: Richard Fritz GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Erich Herbst
  • Publication number: 20030052491
    Abstract: A resin bracket comprising a mount portion mounted to a member being mounted and an extending portion extended from the mount portion, wherein a ball joint with a substantially spherical-shaped portion is provided integrally on the extending portion. An opening/shutting mechanism having two resin brackets, wherein each of brackets is mounted members being mounted to be opened and closed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 13, 2002
    Publication date: March 20, 2003
    Applicant: AOYAMA SEISAKUSHO CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Toshiya Ohba, Hiromichi Mizuno, Ryuji Utsuno
  • Publication number: 20030025340
    Abstract: The device is suitable for a vehicle window and comprises a first attachment member for fixing to the window, an elongate handle articulated to the first attachment member, a second attachment member for fixing to the vehicle bodywork, and a connecting link connecting the second attachment member to the handle. The length of the link is less than half the length of the handle, and one end of the link is rotatable about an axis in the second attachment member, the other end of the link being rotatable about an axis in the handle which is parallel to the first axis. A locking mechanism acts between the handle and the second attachment member to prevent unauthorised opening of the window. For improved security, the mechanism may pass through an aperture in the handle and into the second attachment member, where it is shielded by sidewalls. The locking mechanism may also lock automatically on closure of the window, and preferably requires rotation of a knob to release the mechanism.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 19, 2002
    Publication date: February 6, 2003
    Inventor: Salvatore Colicino
  • Publication number: 20020140238
    Abstract: An extended latch mounted to a structure for securing an adjacent structure. The extended latch is a remotely-actuated latch mechanism that allows the adjacent structure to be released and moved apart from the structure, and later rejoined with the structure without disengagement of the latch mechanism from either structure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 30, 2001
    Publication date: October 3, 2002
    Inventors: Frank Thomas Jackson, Lionel Martinez
  • Publication number: 20020117864
    Abstract: An actuator handle mechanism used in conjunction with a multi-point latching system is adapted to allow a panel or door, such as a panel or a door on a cabinet to be opened and closed. The handle mechanism comprises at a handle, at least two end caps, at least two links, and a crossbar. The mechanism allows a user to open the system by rotating a handle around a vertical axis, as opposed to the horizontal axis.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 21, 2001
    Publication date: August 29, 2002
    Inventor: Richard E. Schlack
  • Patent number: 6431620
    Abstract: A mechanism for selectively operating and locking a pivotal window. The window is pivotally attached to a window frame so as to pivot between open and closed configurations. The mechanism includes an actuating rod slidably mounted to the window frame. A guiding arm is pivotally mounted to the window frame. An actuating arm is pivotally attached to the actuating rod. The distal end of the actuating arm is attached to the window by attachment component allowing for angular compensation. The distal end of the guiding arm is pivotally attached to the actuating arm intermediate the longitudinal ends of the latter. A pin and slot arrangement allows for selective pivotal or locking action between the guiding and actuating arms depending on their relative pivotal relationship.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2001
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2002
    Inventors: Martin Tremblay, Guy Guillemet
  • Patent number: 6145351
    Abstract: A Z-bar security system, one which is provided with a key and a secured latch, is combined with an electronic alarm and monitoring system. This combination provides the maximum degree of both mechanical and electronic security. In a preferred embodiment, a Z-bar latch assembly has a three-position rotatable cylinder which is operable by a key from outside of the door. These three positions correspond, respectively, to "open", "viewing" and "closed" positions of the door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 1999
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2000
    Assignee: The Brooke-Duveen Group, Ltd.
    Inventor: Alvin S. Levenson
  • Patent number: 6102456
    Abstract: An apparatus is provided for manually moving closure an open roof construction for a vehicle between closed and opened positions. This apparatus includes an element which is removably connected to a securing element to be secured to a frame of the open roof construction and which is held in a connected position by a locking device. The locking device includes a locking member which is displaceable between locking and unlocking positions. The locking member is loaded to a locking position by a spring and displacement from the locking position to the unlocking position has the same direction as the releasing movement of the element with respect to the securing element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 1997
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2000
    Assignee: Inalfa Industries B.V.
    Inventor: Egbert Boersma
  • Patent number: 6032990
    Abstract: A latch assembly for a windowpane of a motor vehicle window is disclosed. The latch assembly has a latch anchor attachable to the motor vehicle, a latch base and a lever or linking mechanism connecting the latch anchor to the latch base. The latch base has an upper base attached to the linking mechanism and a lower base attached to the windowpane. The lower base may be secured to the windowpane either by an adhesive or by partial encapsulation with a polyurethane material which bonds to the windowpane. The upper base is adjustable with respect to the lower base along a first axis to accommodate sheet metal variations, tolerance errors and other misalignments. At least one elongate riser extending from the lower base is received by a corresponding elongate opening of the upper base to form an interlock between the upper base and the lower base resisting separation along second and third axes, which are perpendicular to the first axis and to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 1998
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2000
    Assignee: Dura Automotive Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Ricky L. Stone, Bruce Handrinos, Michael Garascia, Marko Djekovic, Donald Gatson
  • Patent number: 5771720
    Abstract: A system for locking a door can: (1) lock the door in dead bolt fashion in three modes, (2) allow the door to open a limited distance, or (3) allow the door to open freely. The system has a door-mounted latch assembly that includes a base plate, an intermediate link pivoted to the base plate, and a mode selection and latching assembly that is pivoted to the intermediate link. A latch plate is mounted on the door frame in juxtaposition to the door-mounted latch assembly. The latch plate has a tubular portion with an opening for receiving the latch member. A sleeve fits inside the tubular portion of the latch plate. When the latch member is engaged in the tubular portion of the latch plate, the sleeve can be rotated so that the latch member is engaged to the sleeve in a secured position. The latch plate includes a locking mechanism to releasably lock the sleeve into the secured position. The locking mechanism may be a spring-loaded pin mounted within the sleeve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 1996
    Date of Patent: June 30, 1998
    Assignee: The Brooke - Duveen Group, Ltd.
    Inventor: Alvin S. Levenson
  • Patent number: 5605365
    Abstract: A door security device (10) is provided for effectively locking a door (22) that has been partially opened. The device (10) includes a base plate (12) that is screwed onto a door frame (14), a first hinge plate (16) that is connected to the base plate (12) at a first hinge joint (56), a second hinge plate (18) that is similarly connected to the first hinge plate (16) at a second hinge joint (64), and a door plate (20) that is mounted on the door (22) and which incorporates a pair of hinge ears (92 and 94) between which is received a uniquely shaped hinge tongue (90) that is present at the end of the second hinge plate (18). A latch pin (24) that is also uniquely shaped, is insertable, when the door (22) is in a closed position, into ear bores (104 and 106) and a tongue bore (102) that are present within the hinge ears (92 and 94) and hinge tongue (90) to form a third hinge joint (108).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 1995
    Date of Patent: February 25, 1997
    Inventor: David L. George
  • Patent number: 5544780
    Abstract: A power gas tank cover including a motor, a collar including an annular portion, a tubular portion formed at one side of the annular portion and having a hole communicated with an opening of the annular portion, a recess between the annular portion and the neck portion, and an inclined track on an inner side of the neck portion, a worm shaft inserted into the tubular portion and connected with the motor, a sleeve fitted in the inclined track, an inner jacket being a cone-shaped member with a first orifice, an outer jacket rotatably fitted on the inner jacket and provided at a lower portion with a worm gear meshed with the worm shaft, a pressure relief valve arranged on a top of said inner jacket, and a transmission shaft pivotally connected with the outer jacket at an end and with a gas tank door at another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 1994
    Date of Patent: August 13, 1996
    Inventor: Cherng B. Jye
  • Patent number: 5540466
    Abstract: A mechanism for latching a rotary shaft for, for example, a lift door, provided with a control arm connected to the rotary shaft and pivotally coupled by means of a coupling piece to an operating arm which is rotatable about a fixed shaft, coupling piece and operating arm being brought into line with each other for the latching of a rotary shaft, and a control mechanism being present for operating the latch. The operating arm bears a further shaft, upon which the control mechanism acts, and which can be actuated by a control unit, which can unlatch the mechanism while at the same time tensioning spring means, which on blocking of the rotary shaft are additionally tensioned, which additional tensioning still rotates the rotary shaft further when the blocking is removed, and in which the control unit can release the control mechanism, with the result that the spring means tensioned earlier will rotate the rotary shaft to the latched position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 1993
    Date of Patent: July 30, 1996
    Assignee: Thyssen de Reus B.V.
    Inventor: Eduard J. Duynstee
  • Patent number: 5438801
    Abstract: A quarter window opening/closing apparatus in which a torsion coil spring is provided at a link-connecting portion where a second link is rotatably connected to a first link is provided. When the quarter window is in a state other than a fully closed or fully open state, the torsion coil spring urges the quarter window in its opening direction by means of the second link. Accordingly, the occurrence of rattling of the quarter window is prevented even when the quarter window is in a state other than fully closed or fully open.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 1994
    Date of Patent: August 8, 1995
    Assignee: Asmo Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Mikiya Ishihara, Takahiro Yamada, Fumihiro Shimizu
  • Patent number: 5346267
    Abstract: A hinged panel, mounted in a frame, has a latch comprising a toggle mechanism having a first link connected to the panel by a first pivot pin and a second link connected at one end to the first link by a second pivot pin. At its end opposite to the second pivot pin, the second link has an open-ended slot for receiving a third pivot pin which is mounted on the frame. A resilient retention lever is pivotally mounted on the second link and has a hook-like formation adapted to engage with the third pivot pin to retain it in the slot. At least one part of the periphery of the third pivot pin is flattened for that part of its length which is engaged by the hook-like formation. The retention lever is so arranged that the hook-like formation can disengage from the third pivot pin only by traversing the flattened surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 1993
    Date of Patent: September 13, 1994
    Assignee: Britax Weathershields Limited
    Inventors: Timothy D. Betteridge, Adrian K. Lawler
  • Patent number: 5294159
    Abstract: A base lock includes pivotal first and second legs that respectively are mounted to first and second pivot blocks. The first and second pivot blocks include respective third and fourth legs that are arranged for engagement between one another, with the first and second pivot blocks mounted between a sliding door frame and a sliding door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 1993
    Date of Patent: March 15, 1994
    Inventor: Gavin J. Corrigan
  • Patent number: 5244240
    Abstract: A system for locking a door can: (1) lock the door in dead bolt fashion, (2) allow the door to open a limited distance, or (3) allow the door to open freely. The system has a door-mounted latch assembly that includes a base plate, an intermediate link pivoted to the base plate, and a mode selection and latching assembly that is pivoted to the intermediate link. The latch assembly also includes a high strength, "T"-shaped latch member, and camming means to slide the latch member back and forth as a control knob is rotated. A latch plate is mounted on the door frame in juxtaposition to the door-mounted latch assembly. The latch plate has a cylindrical portion with a vertical slot for receiving the "T"-shaped latch member. A cylindrical sleeve fits inside the cylindrical portion of the latch plate. Like the cylindrical portion of the latch plate, the sleeve has a vertical slot for receiving the latch member. The sleeve also has a horizontal slot running perpendicular to and intersecting with the vertical slot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 1992
    Date of Patent: September 14, 1993
    Assignee: The Brooke-Duveen Group Ltd.
    Inventors: Robert A. Nordmeyer, Alvin S. Levenson