Rigid Engaging Means Patents (Class 292/320)
  • Patent number: 9877550
    Abstract: A pull tab is formed by a cord having a cord retaining member at one end and a plug at the other end. The plug has a flap connected to one end, the flap having an open position where the flap is connected to the plug only at one end of the flap, and a closed position where the entire flap is secured to the plug. The cord retaining member has first and second channels therethrough, with the second channel being larger than the first channel. When the flap is open, the plug fits though both the first and second channels, and when the flap is closed, the plug fits only within the second channel. The pull tab is assembled by feeding the plug through the channels, moving the flap to the closed position and pulling the plug back through the second channel until the plug is seated in the second channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: Duraflex Hong Kong Limited
    Inventor: Te Chien Chen
  • Patent number: 9396671
    Abstract: A tamper evident seal includes a wire hasp, an insert and a body for receiving the insert and the wire hasp. The one leg of the wire hasp must be located in the channel in the insert prior to the insert being located in the body. A coupling structure for coupling the insert in the body includes angularly extending supports extending angularly outwardly upwardly from the sides of the insert for engaging indentations in the sides of the body for further preventing removal of the insert and the wire hasp once they are fully inserted in the body and in the insert, respectively. The insert of the seal further includes centrally located reinforcing extension members, each including a round base portion partially extending above base surface of the insert and a centrally located, flattened side tamper evident extension member extending from the round base portion and which extension member which will show a blemish if the insert is tampered after the seal is completed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2016
    Assignee: E.J. Brooks Company
    Inventors: Janusz Gryczynski, Robert Debrody
  • Publication number: 20140265369
    Abstract: A tamper evident seal includes a wire hasp, an insert and a body for receiving the insert and the wire hasp. One leg of the wire hasp is received in a channel in the insert through an opening having a length slightly greater than the thickness of the wire hasp. The one leg of the wire hasp must be located in the channel in the insert prior to the insert being located in the body. A coupling structure for coupling the insert in the body includes extension tabs extending from the sides of the insert and located proximal a bottom of the insert and engagement members supported on angularly extending supports located proximal a top end of the insert and extending angularly outwardly upwardly from the sides of the insert and including teeth extending outwardly and for engaging reversely formed teeth (indentations) in the sides of the body for preventing removal of the insert and the wire hasp once they are fully inserted in the body and in the insert, respectively.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventor: Janusz GRYCZYNSKI
  • Publication number: 20140265368
    Abstract: A tamper evident seal includes a wire hasp, an insert and a body for receiving the insert and the wire hasp. The one leg of the wire hasp must be located in the channel in the insert prior to the insert being located in the body. A coupling structure for coupling the insert in the body includes angularly extending supports extending angularly outwardly upwardly from the sides of the insert for engaging indentations in the sides of the body for further preventing removal of the insert and the wire hasp once they are fully inserted in the body and in the insert, respectively. The insert of the seal further includes centrally located reinforcing extension members, each including a round base portion partially extending above base surface of the insert and a centrally located, flattened side tamper evident extension member extending from the round base portion and which extension member which will show a blemish if the insert is tampered after the seal is completed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventors: Janusz GRYCZYNSKI, Robert DEBRODY
  • Patent number: 8485572
    Abstract: A security seal has an outer body, a locking insert, and a shackle. The locking insert and shackle are received within a cavity of the outer body to be locked therein. Once the locking insert is engaged with the outer body, they cannot be disengaged without showing evidence of the disengagement. The evidence of the disengagement can be in the form of damage to any component of the security seal, in the form of mismatching of marked components of the security seal, or in any other suitable form showing evidence of the disengagement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2013
    Assignee: NIC Products Inc.
    Inventor: Ian Nazzari
  • Patent number: 8186731
    Abstract: Seals have a flexible wire that can be looped through a hasp-like device. The seals include a body having a recess, a plug insertable into the recess and a snap ring for fastening the plug to the body. The plug and/or body can have access holes for inserting the wire into the recess. “Teeth” on the outer diameter and through-holes through the thickness of the snap ring allow for passing the ends of the flexible wire from the recess through the snap ring. The ends of the wire can be folded back over the snap ring and into engagement with the teeth. Assembly of the seal causes the ends of the wire to be securely fastened between the teeth of the snap ring and the sidewall of the recess. Seals can include a plug and/or body made of a frangible material such as glass, ceramic, glass-ceramic or brittle polymer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2012
    Assignee: Sandia Corporation
    Inventors: Juan A. Romero, Charles A. Walker, Dianna S. Blair, Connie C. Bodmer
  • Patent number: 7703817
    Abstract: A unitized security seal having a shackle, an engagement housing with a passage for receiving the shackle, and at least two locking members spaced along the shackle with undercut openings to the outer surface of the locking members, at least one pin being located within the housing passage and oriented to engage the undercuts as the shackle is advanced through the passage to provide non-removable engagement of the shackle in the housing, and at lease one undercut including a frangible member positioned between its entry and its exit for engaging an engagement housing pin to resist removal of the shackle from the engagement housing until a sufficient force is applied to shear away the frangible member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2010
    Inventor: Peter G. Mangone, Jr.
  • Patent number: 7559587
    Abstract: A unitized security seal having a shackle, an engagement housing with a passage for receiving the shackle, and at least two locking members spaced along the shackle, where each of the locking members has at least one undercut opening to the outer surface of the locking members, the undercuts of adjacent locking members being offset from each other, and at least one pin being located within the housing passage and oriented to engage the undercuts as the shackle is advanced through the passage to provide non-removable engagement of the shackle in the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2009
    Inventor: Peter G. Mangone, Jr.
  • Patent number: 7338209
    Abstract: The application describes a container, bag, pouch or reusable envelope which is closed by one part (2) locating over a second part (1), the second part(1) having an opening (7) for receiving the head (14) of a breakable seal (13) which locks into the opening in such a manner that it cannot be removed without breaking, the seal (13) in its inserted position locking the first part (2) in place over the second part (1) in a tamper evident fashion. The second part (1) has a shoulder (17) at either side of the opening (7) and the seal (13) has on its underside recesses (19) for registration with the shoulders (17). Typically said one part (2) is the fastener tab of the zipped opening of a reusable envelope and the second part (1) is the enclosure or chamber of a lock unit mounted on the envelope, adjacent one end of the zipped opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2001
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2008
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc
    Inventor: Simon R. Winpenny
  • Patent number: 7300079
    Abstract: The invention relates to a lead seal which is introduced into an opening, having a projection, which shaves off when there is a continued insertion movement, the base body being provided with a hook which can be latched opposite the plane enclosed by the limiting contour of the opening to be sealed. In addition, an arrangement having a housing which can be joined together and having an opening to be sealed by the lead seal is the subject matter of the invention, the lead seal having a base body which is provided with a shaped section which limits, in an interlocking manner, the ability of the lead seal to move in the insertion direction. Such lead seals or arrangements have until now been deficient in terms of the intended evidence function. In this case, the invention provides a remedy by the lead seal being fixed to the second housing part opposite the plane enclosed by the limiting contour of the opening to be sealed. In addition, the hook may be in the form of a snap hook.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2007
    Assignee: Siemens AG
    Inventor: Juergen Goetz
  • Patent number: 7063362
    Abstract: A cargo seal assembly structured to maintain one or more doors on a cargo container in a closed and latched position comprising an elongated flexible material segment having a distal end, a proximal end and an intermediate portion extending therebetween. The flexible material segment is disposed and structured to extend in surrounding relation to the lock rods an concurrently into sealing engagement with the latch assembly. A lock body is attached to the flexible material segment at a location which prevents removal of the material segment from its operative position. As such unauthorized access to the interior of the cargo container can only be accomplished by destructive separation of the flexible material segment at two separate, spaced apart locations along its length. A single identifying indicia is disposed on the flexible material segment or an operative component associated therewith.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2006
    Inventor: Jeffrey Howard Liroff
  • Patent number: 6966584
    Abstract: A molded thermoplastic body is formed with a rectangular cavity. A molded thermoplastic insert is welded to the body in the cavity and has a top cross member, a stem member and a bottom member. The stem member has a plurality of molded fingers cantilevered on opposing sides inclined relative to the stem member longitudinal axis in one embodiment. The stem member forms the cavity into two channels. A wire shackle which may be round or square in section, a wire or molded plastic, is U-shaped with two legs. One leg is formed with notches to receive the tips of the fingers in one channel and the other leg is formed with a reversibly bent barb which engages the fingers in the other channel on the opposite side of the cavity. The bottom member limits the insertion depth of the legs. The notches and barb engage the fingers and lock the shackle to the body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2005
    Assignee: E. J. Brooks Company
    Inventors: Robert F. Debrody, George Albert Lundberg, Jr., Peter Farbaniec, Richard Dreisbach, Louis J. Mattos
  • Patent number: 6933844
    Abstract: A security seal for a freight car, freight container or other enclosure. The seal has an electronic timepiece which displays the time and date and is preset at an established reference time. A cut-resistant strap is secured at one end to the seal and has a latch at the other end. When the latch is passed through a lock and is engaged in a receiver in the seal, the strap is locked in place and the power to the timepiece is interrupted providing an indication of the time and date on which the lock was sealed. Other information may be applied to the seal at the time of sealing such as the identification of the individual responsible for the sealing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2005
    Inventors: Quent Augspurger, James W. Hill
  • Patent number: 6718598
    Abstract: A two-part clip construction includes a U-shaped clip made from a plastic material with the legs of the clip spaced so as to fit over and then be deformed through a through passage in a leg locking member. The construction is especially designed to permit utilization of polymerics for forming the clips.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2004
    Assignee: Delaware Capital Formation, Inc.
    Inventors: Gregory P. Gorman, James S. Smith
  • Patent number: 6543261
    Abstract: An EAS marker containing seal comprises a housing defining an interior recess seating an EAS marker and a latching structure adjacent an end of the housing. The housing has a flexible tail extending outwardly thereof and the tail defines a plurality of latching apertures. The housing defines an opening distal from each of the latching structure and the recess and of dimensions permitting entry of a free end of the tail into the housing members. The housing further defines an interior channel permitting movement of the tail over and beyond the EAS marker into the interior of the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2003
    Assignee: B&G Plastics, Inc.
    Inventors: Chester Kolton, Michael Norman, Robert Whittemore
  • Patent number: 6533335
    Abstract: A security device for a slide fastener, including a housing adapted to be fitted to an object to which the slide fastener is attached, the housing substantially surrounding the slider of the slide fastener in its fully closed position, a closure member adapted to cooperate with the housing which, in use, covers the slider to prevent access thereto and a frangible locking element adapted to link the housing to the closure member, the locking element being resiliently yieldable and slidably insertable into the closure member but not retractable therefrom without fracturing the frangible locking element. The closure member is attached at one end to a puller and the puller is attached to the slider. In a preferred embodiment the closure member can pivot about the housing and block withdrawal of the slider from the housing in its closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2000
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2003
    Assignee: Tebco Party Limited
    Inventor: Barry Hudson
  • Patent number: 6511108
    Abstract: A tote bin seal for securing sheet material lids via aligned lid apertures includes a flange forming an ID flag attached to a locking device having a hollow core body at one body end and two semi-circular arrays of tangs at the other body end, the tangs formed of stems and reverse hooks or barbs. The body is somewhat oval with a rectangular central portion, the tangs depending from each arcuate end of the oval. Each of the tangs and the body have an interior axially extending triangular stiffening rib. An insert with a head and a bifurcated shank is attached to the flange opposite the body and may be sheared from the flange for insertion into the body core. The shank forms a locking opening which captures a web in the body core for securing the insert locked to the body. The insert prevents the tangs from compressing inwardly to open the seal. The flange has a living hinge so it can be folded over to permit reading ID data from the flange in stacked bins.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 1999
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2003
    Assignee: E. J. Brooks Company
    Inventors: John K. Roessner, III, Richard Dreisbach, George Albert Lundberg, Jr.
  • Patent number: 6481765
    Abstract: A security seal with a male part having a security wire extending from it, and a female part that receives the male part. The security wire passes through two grooves on the male part and through a central opening between them. With the security wire so placed, the male part is inserted into the female part where two pairs of resilient spurs on the male part engage knobs in the female part preventing the male part from being removed and a protective cover on the male part receives the female part. The security wire preferably has a metal base with a thin metal thread spirally tightly wound around it that is separable from the metal base when the security wire is violently pulled or bent. The seal is preferably made of a transparent material and preferably has a thread connecting the male and female parts so they stay associated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2001
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2002
    Inventor: Ivan Jelavic
  • Patent number: 6416091
    Abstract: A padlock-type security seal that generally includes a U-shaped resilient shackle having two legs and a body having two apertures formed in a first end thereof for insertion of the shackle legs. The apertures are positioned in the first end of the body along two separate offset planes to provide a torsional force to the shackle upon insertion. The torsional force acts on locking elements of the legs to engage the body thereby preventing removal of the shackle. The locking elements are reversibly bent tangs formed at the ends of the shackle legs at offset angles with respect to the plane of the shackle. At least one of the shackle legs preferably includes a bent hinge portion for transferring the torsional force to the locking elements. A locking insert contained within the body engages at least one of the locking elements of the shackle legs under the torsional force to prevent removal of the shackle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2001
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2002
    Assignee: American Casting & Manufacturing Corporation
    Inventors: Joseph Wenk, Ephraim Natkins
  • Patent number: 6131969
    Abstract: A cable lock comprising a housing having two longitudinal channels extending therethrough, a pocket at one end, and a cable having one end permanently locked within one channel. There is a spring disposed within the other channel, a cap disposed in the pocket to retain the spring and a gripping mechanism slidably disposed within the second channel adjacent the spring. The second channel is tapered toward the end nearest the gripping mechanism. The gripping mechanism is a substantially rectangular device having a plurality of gripping teeth arranged in two rows along its top edge to form a plurality of opposing tooth pairs. The gripping mechanism is also tapered to conform to the tapered channel in which it is disposed. There is a longitudinal concave channel for receiving the other end of the cable disposed on the top surface of the gripping mechanism between each pair of teeth and an angled front surface for leading the other end of cable into longitudinal concave channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 1999
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2000
    Assignee: American Casting & Manufacturing Corporation
    Inventor: Ephraim Natkins
  • Patent number: 6128932
    Abstract: An anti-shoplifting seal is constituted by a rigid body provided with a flexible and/or elastic cord, the cord being provided at the end thereof with a spike. The spike after going through an opening formed in the product to be marked is inserted in a non-removable manner within the body. The seal comprises two half-bearings placed one in front of the other and joined one to the other in a manner to form an internal cavity within which there is placed a plate of a ferromagnetic material or any other material sensitive to apparatuses marking magnetic fields, radio frequency signals and other similar sources well known at the present state of technology.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 1998
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2000
    Assignee: Mainetti Tecnologie S.p.A.
    Inventors: Mario Mainetti, Chet Kolton
  • Patent number: 6098253
    Abstract: A one-piece, tamper-resistant fastener for attaching one item to another is described. The fastener is particularly suited for attaching an item such as a ski coupon to a skier's garment. The attachment mechanism of the fastener is designed to allow a user to attach both items to the fastener, and thus the items to each other, in one action. The fastener is made of a single piece of plastic material, preferably polypropylene, which is easily recycled, even with a typical ski coupon attached. The one-piece fastener may alternatively be made using a biodegradable material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 1998
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2000
    Assignee: YKK Corporation of America
    Inventors: Yasutaka Nishida, Ryoichiro Uehara
  • Patent number: 6082789
    Abstract: A seal for use with a flexible wire for providing visible evidence of tampering therewith includes a housing and a wire retaining key. The housing has two passageways for passage of the ends of the flexible wire therethrough so that the ends of the flexible wire extend beyond the boundaries of the housing. The housing also includes a keyway for receipt of the wire retaining key. The wire retaining key is inserted into the keyway and intersects the passageways so that the flexible wire passing through the housing is intercepted and bears against the wire retaining key. In this manner, the wire retaining key intercepts and deforms the flexible wire, whereby removal of the flexible wire from the housing is prevented. The key also preferably includes a detent which snaps into an engaging position within the housing when fully inserted therein. An audible snapping sound may preferably be heard to indicate that the detent is in the engaging position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 1998
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2000
    Assignee: American Casting & Manufacturing Corp.
    Inventor: Joseph H. C. Wenk
  • Patent number: 5871243
    Abstract: A seal for use with a flexible wire for providing visible evidence of tampering therewith includes a housing and a wire retaining key. The housing has two passageways for passage of the ends of the flexible wire therethrough so that the ends of the flexible wire extend beyond the boundaries of the housing. The housing also includes a keyway for receipt of the wire retaining key. The wire retaining key is inserted into the keyway and intersects the passageways so that the flexible wire passing through the housing is intercepted and bears against the wire retaining key. In this manner, the wire retaining key intercepts and deforms the flexible wire, whereby removal of the flexible wire from the housing is prevented. The key also preferably includes a detent which snaps into an engaging position within the housing when fully inserted therein. An audible snapping sound may preferably be heard to indicate that the detent is in the engaging position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 1997
    Date of Patent: February 16, 1999
    Assignee: American Casting & Manufacturing Corp.
    Inventor: Joseph H. C. Wenk
  • Patent number: 5851038
    Abstract: A sealing ring for an electric watthour meter apparatus has first and second housings mounted on opposed ends of an annular band. A fastener extends through a threaded aperture in an end wall of one housing into threaded engagement with an aperture in an end wall of the opposed housing to fixedly engage the ends of the sealing ring. A plurality of radially intersecting slots in one end of the fastener are alignable with apertures in one of a plurality of side walls of one of the housings for receiving a security device. Screwdriver receiving slots are formed in each of the first and second ends of the fasteners. An axial slot is formed in the second end of the fastener and alignable with apertures in the side walls of the other housing for receiving a security device. An enlarged head end on the fastener enables finger rotation of the fastener. The end walls have an elongated upper end forming a finger grip surface to facilitate movement of the first and second housings toward each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 1996
    Date of Patent: December 22, 1998
    Assignee: Ekstrom Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Darrell Robinson, Allen V. Pruehs
  • Patent number: 5839169
    Abstract: A cable tie (10) includes a tie portion (12) and a head portion (14). The tie portion (12) is inserted through a slot (16) of the head portion (14). The slot (16) allows for insertion of the tie portion (12) and prevents de-insertion of the tie portion (12). After insertion, an excess length 22 of the tie portion (12) is trimmed away leaving a remaining edge (24). The head portion (14) includes a safety guard (18) attached by a flexible hinge (20) that snaps onto the head portion (14) to enclose the remaining edge (24).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 1997
    Date of Patent: November 24, 1998
    Assignee: DSC Telecom L.P.
    Inventors: John B. Edwards, Kenneth M. Draganski
  • Patent number: 5766794
    Abstract: A latching mechanism (160) disposed on an accessory (102) for attaching the accessory (102) to a portable device (100) includes a support (164) and a latch (162) disposed about opposite ends (150, 152) that mate with first and second portions (206 and 300, 302) of a retaining device (123) disposed about opposite ends (112, 122) of the portable device (100). The support (164) includes feet (412, 414) having prongs (420) that face a hooked end (404) of the latch (162). The latch (162) includes a spring (502, 510) coupled to the hooked end (404) such that when the latch (162) is extended, the hooked end (404) exerts a force (700) on the first portion (206) of the retaining device (123) drawing the support (164) into abutment with the second portion (300, 302) of the retaining device (123). The exerted force (700), which is in a plane parallel to a front surface (146) of the accessory (102) extending between the ends (150, 152) thereof, maintains the accessory (102) in attachment with the portable device (100).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 1997
    Date of Patent: June 16, 1998
    Assignee: Motorola, Inc.
    Inventors: James Robert Brunette, Scott David Beutler, Stephen John Gaynes, James Dennis Domoleczny, Albert Leo Nagele
  • Patent number: 5762386
    Abstract: A tamper resistant seal and a method of sealing an object using the tamper resistant seal are disclosed. The seal includes a receptacle and an insert adapted to be received in the receptacle. A tamper indicating wire is partially embedded in the insert and protrudes from an end of the insert. When the seal is assembled the insert is received in the receptacle and the wire extends along channels formed in opposite faces of the insert. If the wire is severed or removed from the channels by a tamperer attempting to break the seal, the structure of the channels prevents the wire from being repositioned therein to give a false indication of non-tampering. In addition, the receptacle is transparent to enable the wire to be visually examined to determine whether tampering has occurred.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 1995
    Date of Patent: June 9, 1998
    Assignee: Stoffel Seals Corporation
    Inventor: Charles Fuehrer
  • Patent number: 5639131
    Abstract: A tamper resistant seal and method of forming a seal including a strip having at least one end portion which is foldable about one or more score lines each having two or more segments which converge with one another across the strip generally obliquely relative to a longitudinal axis thereof and wherein the end portion is caused to be severed in a controlled manner to provide visual evidence of tampering.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 1995
    Date of Patent: June 17, 1997
    Assignee: Stoffel Seals Corporation
    Inventor: Charles Fuehrer
  • Patent number: 5611583
    Abstract: An improved locking device which has a body member with a cable which has one end attached to the body member and a second end of the cable which can be inserted into the body member in a first direction but which cannot be withdrawn in a second direction. An improved spiral spring biases a disc that rides on a ramp into engagement with the second end of the cable so as to lock it so it cannot be withdrawn from the body member, the coil spring provides a simple and efficient biasing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 1995
    Date of Patent: March 18, 1997
    Assignee: Brammall, Inc.
    Inventors: Jerry Bystry, Alan Becker
  • Patent number: 5604050
    Abstract: A latching mechanism (160) disposed on an accessory (102) for attaching the accessory (102) to a portable device (100) includes a support (164) and a latch (162) disposed about opposite ends (150, 152) that mate with first and second portions (206 and 300, 302) of a retaining device (123) disposed about opposite ends (112, 122) of the portable device (100). The support (164) includes feet (412, 414) having prongs (420) that face a hooked end (404) of the latch (162). The latch (162) includes a spring (502, 510) coupled to the hooked end (404) such that when the latch (162) is extended, the hooked end (404) exerts a force (700) on the first portion (206) of the retaining device (123) drawing the support (164) into abutment with the second portion (300, 302) of the retaining device (123). The exerted force (700), which is in a plane parallel to a front surface (146) of the accessory (102) extending between the ends (150, 152) thereof, maintains the accessory (102) in attachment with the portable device (100).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 1995
    Date of Patent: February 18, 1997
    Assignee: Motorola Inc.
    Inventors: James R. Brunette, Scott D. Beutler, Stephen J. Gaynes, James D. Domoleczny, Sr., Albert L. Nagele
  • Patent number: 5533767
    Abstract: A molded one piece thermoplastic seal comprises a tab, a socket depending from the tab, a pair of links extending from the tab and a locking member secured to the other end of the links. A tether is secured at opposite ends to the locking member with one of the tether ends weakened. The locking member comprises a pair of resiliently secured tangs attached to a cross-member in which there are a pair of opposing grooves and a transverse hole for receiving the tether. The recesses and hole are inserted within the cavity of the socket with the tether free end inserted so as to lock the tether within the recesses and hole. The tether includes a plurality of projections, one projecting from the tether on each side of the locking member so that when the tether is locked to the locking member in the socket the tether cannot be removed. In a further embodiment, two locking members each having a pair of locking tangs are attached to a strap in tandem.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 1994
    Date of Patent: July 9, 1996
    Assignee: E. J. Brooks Company
    Inventors: George Georgopoulos, George A. Lundberg, Jr.
  • Patent number: 5441316
    Abstract: A thermoplastic unitary molded seal comprises a tab, a socket depending from the tab, a pair of links extending from the tab and a locking member secured to the other end of the links. A tether is secured at one end to the locking member adjacent to one of the links and at another end adjacent to the other of the links. The tether is attached at one of its ends by a reduced cross-section to permit the tether to be severed from the locking member. The locking member comprises a pair of resiliently secured tangs attached to a cross-member in which there are a pair of recesses and a transverse hole. The recesses and hole receive the tether therethrough. The recesses and hole are inserted within the cavity of the socket with the tether free end inserted so as to lock the tether within the recesses and hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 1993
    Date of Patent: August 15, 1995
    Assignee: E. J. Brooks Company
    Inventor: George Georgopoulos
  • Patent number: 5427423
    Abstract: A molded rectangular plastic body in one embodiment is formed with a shallow depth rectangular chamber in which an insert is inserted. The insert takes up the full width, depth and length of the chamber and comprises a relatively thin molded plastic sheet. A plurality of thin walls upstand from one side of the sheet to form a plurality of chambers with the body. A shackle formed of resilient wire has two legs each with a reversely bent end portion. Each leg is inserted into and lockable in a different chamber. A bar code label or bar code indicia is adhered to or imprinted on a side of the insert opposite the locking chambers and recessed in the insert. The indicia is surrounded by a wall which is welded to the body to seal the indicia. The body is transparent so the bar code is externally readable. The insert may be opaque to provide seal identity classification by color coding the insert.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 1993
    Date of Patent: June 27, 1995
    Assignee: E. J. Brooks Company
    Inventor: George Georgopoulos
  • Patent number: 5421177
    Abstract: The security tag (10) has a housing (11) and a clasp (12), which can move longitudinally therein, in the manner of a padlock. In its closed position, a piston (20), which is prestressed by a spring (21), engages into a gap or interruption (15) in the clasp (12). In order to open the clasp (12), a reduced-pressure source, which raises the piston (20), is placed onto a projection (28), so that the said piston releases the clasp (12). The use of a reduced-pressure source exacerbates the unauthorized opening of the security tag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 1992
    Date of Patent: June 6, 1995
    Assignee: Venda Security Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Heinrich Sieber, Roland Wolf
  • Patent number: 5314219
    Abstract: A padlock type security seal and method of making same include a U-shaped shackle, a pair of reversely bent end portions, and a transparent body having a pair of chambers for receiving the bent end portions. The chambers each have a locking groove therein for receiving the bent end portions. The seal elements are formed from two molded thermoplastic pieces, an insert and a body. The relative dimensions of the chambers, the shackle, and the locking grooves are chosen to prevent picking.The insert has a channel in which a liquid filled vial is inserted. The vial contains a colored liquid. When the shackle is attempted to be removed from the body portion, the shackle end portions penetrate the insert and the vial causing the liquid to seep into the various chambers, the seepage being visible through the body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 1993
    Date of Patent: May 24, 1994
    Assignee: E. J. Brooks Company
    Inventors: George Georgopoulos, Ritchie J. Fullerton, Louis J. Mattos
  • Patent number: 5306055
    Abstract: A plastic seal including: a body to which is connected at least one cord, provided with at least one end with a hook; an aperture provided in the body for insertion of the hook; a seat for housing the hook inserted into the aperture; a means for the irreversible retention of the hook to the body and a pair of closure plates applied to the body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 1992
    Date of Patent: April 26, 1994
    Assignee: Mainetti S.p.A.
    Inventor: Mario Mainetti
  • Patent number: 5275027
    Abstract: A security device is provided for use on pegboard type hooks. The device includes a housing with a lock mechanism which releasably locks with the tines of a latch to securely grip the rod of the pegboard hook. A simple key-operated camming cylinder is manually operated to release the latch so that merchandise products carried on hook can be removed. The latch can be inserted into the housing and relocked on the hook without using the key.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 1992
    Date of Patent: January 4, 1994
    Assignee: Santa Cruz Industries
    Inventors: Thomas E. Eklof, Walter M. Poterbin, Roger L. Fernandez
  • Patent number: 5118148
    Abstract: Label holders used for closing and sealing bags have the disadvantage of having to be individualized (numbered) since one type of violation would be destroying the label holder to withdraw the security seal intact and then substituting it with a new label holder and re-using the seal.The label holder of this invention has two protuberances formed with rectangular openings on one portion thereof, which pass through two corresponding openings in the other portion when the label holder is closed. Two stops, one on each side of the strip of the outer surface between the two corresponding openings are provided. The security seal has a capsule and a lock interconnected by a thread, which in the sealed configuration are separated by the first protuberance, a part of the lock passing through the opening in such protuberance and a head of the lock being locked within the capsule. The part of the lock is connected to the head by weakenings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 1990
    Date of Patent: June 2, 1992
    Assignee: ELC Produtos De Seguranca Industria e Comercio Ltda
    Inventor: Eduardo De Lima Castro Netto
  • Patent number: 5117575
    Abstract: The bait fish bridle positioning and attachment device disclosed herein includes a locking device having two flexible locking sections, each having a series of conically shaped knob sections, and having two openings in the locking device into which the flexible knob sections are drawn after embracing the bait fish and the hook shank. After tightening the flexible sections onto the bait fish and the hook shank, the sections are prevented from moving in reverse direction by the locking knobs on the flexible sections. The device may be made of nylon or similar composite material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 1991
    Date of Patent: June 2, 1992
    Inventor: Noel K. Desmond
  • Patent number: 5064231
    Abstract: A uni-directional lock having a body portion having two passageways extending therethrough and each having an internal indentation, an entrance portion and an exit portion and a link portion having an enlarged head portion and two integral leg portions each having a flexible portion having a hook projecting outwardly therefrom wherein the hook and the exit portion are dimensioned to prevent entry of the hook through the exit portion into the body portion or the flexible portion comprises two separate sections or the flexible portion is provided with structure so that it is frangible to form two separate sections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 1990
    Date of Patent: November 12, 1991
    Inventor: Peter G. Mangone, Jr.
  • Patent number: 5056837
    Abstract: A shackle seal which includes a housing that is open at each end and which receives through one end an enlarged end portion of an integrally formed shackle or strap which is engaged by an assembly of locking teeth which is formed of a material having a higher melting point than the housing and which is slidingly received within the housing and retained therein by a plug which closes the other end of the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 1990
    Date of Patent: October 15, 1991
    Assignee: Stoffel Seals Corporation
    Inventor: Charles Fuehrer
  • Patent number: 5048881
    Abstract: A one-piece seal ring for locking an electrical watt-hour meter into the socket of a meter base. The seal ring includes a locking mechanism which once locked cannot be unlocked without cutting or breaking a portion of the lock. The seal ring and locking mechanism are entirely manufactured of one-piece construction using a brightly colored, flexible and resilient thermoplastic, enabling the locking seal ring to be inexpensively manufactured with little or no manual labor using modern thermoplastic injection molding in automated machinery. The coloring of the lockable seal ring, being contrasting to that of the flange of the meter, provides structuring to provide a visual signal of an unlocked or missing seal ring on an installed electrical meter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 1990
    Date of Patent: September 17, 1991
    Inventor: Bradley W. Renfro
  • Patent number: 4950007
    Abstract: A ball seal having an elongated, flexible metal strap for providing locking engagement with a ball-shaped housing. A locking platform, having two frangibly joined leaves, is mounted in the housing for receiving the ends of the metal strap. A pair of locking tabs are located on one leaf and a pair of locking rings are mounted on the locking platform. The seal is placed in use by passing the strap through a structure to be sealed and then sliding the ends into the locking platform to effect locking engagement between the strap ends, and the locking tabs and rings. If the strap is forced from the housing, the leaf having the locking tabs thereon will be torn from the other leaf at the frangible joint, thereby destroying the locking platform beyond reasonable repair.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 1988
    Date of Patent: August 21, 1990
    Assignee: E. J. Brooks Company
    Inventor: Allan W. Swift
  • Patent number: 4909552
    Abstract: A padlock-type security seal including a U-shaped shackle having a pair of reversely bend end portions. A body portion and a brightly colored insert are assembled to form a pair of chambers for receiving and locking the bent end portions. Movable tangs and matching cavities are formed as an integral part of the insert adjacent the chambers. The body portion has a plurality of transparent windows adjacent the cavities. Attempts to open the seal by deforming the shackle to remove the bent end portions from the chambers will result in moving the tangs into locking containment with the cavities thereby visually indicating tampering via the transparent windows.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 1988
    Date of Patent: March 20, 1990
    Assignee: E. J. Brooks Company
    Inventors: George G. Weber, Louis J. Mattos
  • Patent number: 4893853
    Abstract: A padlock-type security seal having tamper-indicating means to cause the shackle ends to break through and protrude from the walls of the seal body when serious attempts are made to remove the shackle. The seal includes a pair of slots each having a shoulder for engaging the shackle ends. When serious attempts are made to force the shackle from the seal, a ramp will engage the shackle ends and force them against the seal walls. With sufficient force applied to the shackle, the shackle ends will rupture the seal body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 1989
    Date of Patent: January 16, 1990
    Assignee: E. J. Brooks Company
    Inventor: Richard S. Guiler
  • Patent number: 4887855
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a shackle-type seal. The seal comprises first and second body portions which enclose a hollow chamber therebetween, and define a shackle leg receiving area adapted to receive a pair of shackle legs. Shackle leg engaging means are provided within the chamber adapted to engage a shackle leg inserted into the chamber. One side portion of the body has a pair of apertures therein in communication with the chamber and each is adapted to receive a shackle leg. At least one of the apertures has stop means therein adapted to prevent egress of a shackle leg therefrom and means are provided for securing of the body portions together to form a seal assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 1986
    Date of Patent: December 19, 1989
    Assignee: Les Enterprises Tritton Ltee
    Inventors: Victor R. Tritton, Gary E. Tritton, Paul F. Chevillard
  • Patent number: 4836590
    Abstract: A padlock-type security seal including a U-shaped shackle, a pair of reversely bent end portions, and a transparent body portion having a pair of chambers for receiving the bent end portions. The chambers each have a locking groove therein for receiving the bent end portions. A frangible tab is mounted adjacent one of the locking grooves. Attempts to pick the seal by deforming the shackle will result in breaking the tab. The tab, after breaking, will protrude into the chamber where it can be viewed through the transparent body to indicated tampering.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 1988
    Date of Patent: June 6, 1989
    Assignee: E. J. Brooks Company
    Inventor: Allan W. Swift
  • Patent number: 4832387
    Abstract: A padlock type security seal and method of making same including a U-shaped shackle, a pair of reversely bent end portions, and a body portion having a pair of chambers for receiving the bent end portions. The chambers each have a locking groove therein for receiving the bent end portions. The seal elements are designed from two molded pieces, an insert and a body. The relative dimensions of the chambers, the shackle, and the locking grooves are chosen to prevent picking.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 1988
    Date of Patent: May 23, 1989
    Assignee: E. J. Brooks Company
    Inventor: Richard S. Guiler
  • Patent number: 4818002
    Abstract: A high security sealing system is described wherein a single-piece security seal has a lock introduced in a cavity through two openings formed respectively in two elements to be sealed. In order to prevent that a predeformation allows an apparent closing of the system, whereby a violation could take place, the invention proposes the formation of a deflecting member (18, 18') inside the cavity (9), so that, when the lock (26) of the seal (13) is introduced, the lock is inclined with respect to the axis of the openings (12, 21), whereby its locking arms become fastened not only laterally with respect to the inner opening (21) of the two openings, but also above or below them.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 1986
    Date of Patent: April 4, 1989
    Inventor: Eduardo De Lima Castro Netto