Motor Controlled Patents (Class 292/341.16)
  • Patent number: 10907385
    Abstract: A powered latch system for a door of a vehicle including a latch assembly, actuatable inside and outside handles, a powered actuator and a door controller that causes the powered actuator to unlatch the latch assembly upon actuation of the inside and outside door handles. The latch assembly may be mechanically unlatched by a user within a vehicle interior even if the powered actuator does not actuate due to a loss of electrical power or other failure. The controller can be programmed to unlatch the latch assembly according to various criteria as required to meet the specific requirements of different markets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Venkatesh Krishnan, Kosta Papanikolaou
  • Patent number: 10563436
    Abstract: A powered latch system for a door of a vehicle including a latch assembly, actuatable inside and outside handles, a powered actuator and a door controller that causes the powered actuator to unlatch the latch assembly upon actuation of the inside and outside door handles. The latch assembly may be mechanically unlatched by a user within a vehicle interior even if the powered actuator does not actuate due to a loss of electrical power or other failure. The controller can be programmed to unlatch the latch assembly according to various criteria as required to meet the specific requirements of different markets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Venkatesh Krishnan, Kosta Papanikolaou
  • Patent number: 10519695
    Abstract: A cathode lock comprising: a lock body 1 mounted on a door or on a door frame and a lock tongue capable of locking with the lock body 1. A lock catch 6 capable of locking with the lock tongue is arranged on the lock body 1. A solenoid 9 capable of generating an electromagnetic force when electrified is also mounted on the lock body 1. A breaking apparatus 10 capable of jamming the lock catch is connected to one end of the solenoid 9. The solenoid 9 is electrified to generate the electromagnetic force, and the breaking apparatus 10 is driven into motion under the effect of the electromagnetic force, thus allowing the breaking apparatus 10 to either be abutted against or separated from the lock catch 6. Also disclosed is a method for cathode lock to switch between a normally-opened state and a normally-closed stated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: SHANGHAI ONE TOP CORPORATION
    Inventor: Tsung-chih Chang
  • Patent number: 10501983
    Abstract: The invention relates to an electromagnetic door opener comprising a housing for installing in a door frame, a pivotable cover which can be rotated between an open position and a closed position, and a security device operating counter to a forced rotation of the cover from the closed position into the open position, which comprises a primary security step and a secondary security step. Said door opener is characterized in that the secondary security step comprises a locking element which is supported in a form fit on the base of the housing of the door opener housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: ELDOMAT INNOVATIVE SICHERHEIT GMBH
    Inventor: Eberhard Bartholdi
  • Patent number: 10435916
    Abstract: The locking system is provided for controlling the unlocking of a door by an electronic key. The locking system has a first pack configured to be received within a first recessed area of the door, the first pack having an actuator configured and adapted to move a bolt slidingly housed in the lock pack; a second pack configured to be received within a second recessed area of the door; a reader interface adapted to receive an input from the electronic key and a controller adapted to receive the input from the reader interface, authenticate the input, and control the actuator based on the authentication.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: DORMAKABA USA INC.
    Inventors: Daniel Heisler, Kyle Stopczynski, James Mills, Leo Laperriere, Sylvain Martel
  • Patent number: 10113334
    Abstract: An electric strike lock has a strike body, a latch having a latch bolt and a deadlatch, a keeper having a stop block to abut against the deadlatch, and an adjusting section having an elliptical adjusting hole corresponding to a screw hole on the keeper and an adjusting piece fitting a shape of the elliptical adjusting hole and having an eccentric through hole for an adjusting screw to pass through and to be screwed to the screw hole. The keeper further combined with a solenoid which has a movable rod passing through the keeper and engaging the stop block, and the elliptical adjusting hole has its major axis arranged in the same direction as an axis of the solenoid. By changing the placement of the adjusting piece, the positions of the stop block and the deadlatch can be altered to adjust the strike lock into a fail-safe or a fail-secure strike lock.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Inventor: Li-Shih Liao
  • Patent number: 10100556
    Abstract: A door security system and method may increase the home security for elderly people without limiting the privacy of or convenience for residents. The method comprises detecting closing of a door; keeping a first locking mechanism of said door in an open position for a first predetermined period of time after said closing; after said predetermined period of time, changing said first locking mechanism into a locked position. The re-entry time frame permits a user to re-enter without a key, immediately after realizing they forgot it. The method may further comprise recognizing motion of a person on a door of a house through a camera provided in or near the door; producing streaming footage; sending the streaming footage to a central processing server; processing the streaming footage for face recognition purpose and checking against several; and storing all data on the server.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Inventor: Rudolf King
  • Patent number: 10087671
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a body and a door that is movably mounted to the body. The door has a powered latch and an electrically-powered actuator that extends and retracts a plunger from an inner side of the door. A controller unlatches the powered latch and actuates the electrically-powered actuator such that the plunger contacts the body and pushes the door open. The controller then controls the electrically-powered actuator to retract the plunger while the door is open.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: H. Paul Tsvi Linden, Christopher Matthew Radjewski, Constantin Manolescu, James Parsons Sullivan
  • Patent number: 10072441
    Abstract: An electric strike assembly includes a housing formed with a recessed portion therein, a keeper assembly pivotably mounted in the recessed portion of the housing, a lock leg pivotably mounted in the recessed portion of the housing and configured to rotate independently of the rotation of the keeper assembly, a block assembly having a blocking element configured to engage and disengage the keeper assembly, and to control engagement and disengagement of the blocking element with the keeper assembly. A method of capturing and releasing a latch bolt mounted in a door includes mounting an electric strike assembly in an associated door jamb and controlling an actuator to rotate an actuator paddle to engage a blocking element such that the blocking element is engaged or disengaged from a keeper assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: Dormakaba Canada Inc.
    Inventor: Mandeep Singh
  • Patent number: 10072440
    Abstract: An electric strike assembly includes a housing formed with a recessed portion, a keeper pivotally arranged in the recessed portion of the housing, the keeper having an abutment, an actuator assembly having an actuator and an actuator paddle, and a blocking element rotatably mounted in the recessed portion of the housing, wherein cooperation of the actuator paddle with the blocking element is controlled by rotation of the actuator and determines a locking condition of the keeper based on a rotational position of the blocking element with respect to the abutment. In accordance with other aspects of the present disclosure, a locking system includes a door assembly having a latch, a door frame for mounting the door assembly, and an electric strike assembly mounted in the door frame. A method of controlling access through a door includes providing an electric strike assembly in accordance with aspects of the present disclosure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: Dormakaba Canada Inc.
    Inventors: Mandeep Singh, Ryan McMillan
  • Patent number: 10049910
    Abstract: An object of the present invention is to prevent a semiconductor substrate from being damaged when the substrate is conveyed by a conveying robot provided in a semiconductor manufacturing apparatus. A diffusion furnace apparatus has a diffusion furnace that processes a semiconductor wafer, a quartz boat that is arranged in the diffusion furnace to store the semiconductor wafer, and a conveying robot that delivers the semiconductor wafer between the quartz boat and a cassette carried in from the outside. Further, the conveying robot includes a column-like sensor support unit provided at a part that is not turned, and a first sensor that detects the presence or absence of the semiconductor wafer held on a plate of the conveying robot and a second sensor that detects the positional displacement of the semiconductor wafer held on the plate are provided at the sensor support unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: Renesas Electronics Corporation
    Inventors: Ryuji Kirino, Shinji Nakaguma
  • Patent number: 9981533
    Abstract: A liftgate/decklid assembly for a motor vehicle includes a liftgate panel hingedly connected to the vehicle to define a liftgate swing arc. A decklid panel is hingedly connected to the liftgate panel to define a decklid swing arc. The decklid and liftgate panels are not aligned, causing the decklid swing arc to be different from the liftgate swing arc. The assembly further includes a liftgate/decklid assembly closure mechanism including an articulating striker configured for translation between a first orientation and a second orientation. The first orientation is normal to the liftgate swing arc and the second orientation is normal to the decklid swing arc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global technologies LLC
    Inventors: Paul Elia, Donald P. Iacovoni, Paul L. Heirtzler, Henry W. Hausler, John Patrick Doyle
  • Patent number: 9909245
    Abstract: A method for controlling additive deposition in a washing machine appliance includes transmitting, after a first agitation of a load within a tub of the washing machine appliance, an additive deposition signal to a user of the washing machine appliance. The method further includes beginning a timer, the timer set to run for a predetermined time period. The method further includes determining whether a door of the washing machine appliance has been opened after transmitting the additive deposition signal and during the predetermined time period. The method further includes determining whether the door has been closed when the door has been opened during the predetermined time period, and performing a second agitation of the load when the door has been closed. The method further includes performing the second agitation when the door has not been opened during the predetermined time period after the predetermined time period has been reached.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: Haier US Appliance Solutions, Inc.
    Inventor: Roberto Obregon
  • Patent number: 9702167
    Abstract: An electric lock for doors has a housing with an opening, including a first catch and a second catch, an overlap formed by which enables the operation of the present invention. A blocking element connected to a driving device is displaced between an opening position and a closing position whereby the blocking element would stop the first catch from turning when being in the closing position, therefore controlling the turning of the second catch, rendering the opening a locked status and locking up the latch; when the blocking element is in the opening position, the blocking against the first catch would be eliminated, therefore turning the second catch together and rendering the opening an unlocked status, allowing the latch to be unlocked.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Inventor: Li-Shih Liao
  • Patent number: 9657501
    Abstract: This invention relates to an improved electric strike assembly (1) including a keeper (6) which is mounted to a housing (8). A locking means including an electrical actuator (9) and a detent (10) configured to resist adjustment of the detent (10) from an active lock condition. The detent (10) is preferably grooved so as to catch on the keeper (6) or housing (8) preventing it moving from an active condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: AASA ABLOY AUSTRALIA PTY LTD
    Inventors: Ernest Armari, Mark Aylesbury
  • Patent number: 9579245
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for storing medical products such as pharmaceutical and medical products in climate controlled storage devices includes climate control systems in communication with inventory access and tracking systems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignee: Helmer, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas J. Larkner, David A. Ferrer, Jesse M. Smith, Dennis H. Smith, Adam A. Cloud, Mark D. Lockwood, Mark G. Loeffelholz, James R. Edwards
  • Patent number: 9580935
    Abstract: An electric strike assembly includes a housing including a mounting device and defining an internal longitudinal cavity, a keeper pivotally arranged in the housing, and a selectively locatable component including a locking device to cooperate with the mounting device to secure the component at a predetermined incremental position along the length of the removable cavity. In accordance with other aspects of the present invention, an electric strike assembly includes a housing defining an internal longitudinal cavity, a keeper pivotally arranged in the housing, and a keeper shim assembly, including a shim, slidably engaged with the keeper to position the shim at a predetermined position along a length of the cavity. A method of securely capturing a latch bolt mounted in a door includes mounting an electric strike assembly in an associated door jamb and positioning a shim at a predetermined position in the cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignee: RUTHERFORD CONTROLS INT'L INC.
    Inventor: Mandeep Singh
  • Patent number: 9428944
    Abstract: A liftgate/decklid assembly for a motor vehicle includes a liftgate panel hingedly connected to the vehicle to define a liftgate swing arc. A decklid panel is hingedly connected to the liftgate panel to define a decklid swing arc. The decklid and liftgate panels are not aligned, causing the decklid swing arc to be different from the liftgate swing arc. The assembly further includes a liftgate/decklid assembly closure mechanism including an articulating member configured for translating a portion of the closure mechanism between an orientation normal to the liftgate swing arc and an orientation normal to the decklid swing arc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2016
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Paul Elia, Donald P. Iacovoni, Paul L. Heirtzler, Henry W. Hausler, John Patrick Doyle
  • Patent number: 9157255
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a locking device suitable for allowing or restricting access into an area or space. According to one aspect the locking device comprises locking device comprises at least one locking element, such as a bolt or cam, and a catch arranged to immobilize the locking element. According to another aspect the locking device comprises at least one locking element, such as a bolt or cam, and a blocking member arranged to block the locking element from moving, and a catch arranged to immobilize the blocking member. The locking device further comprises a control member arranged to both move the locking element or the blocking member and to control the state of the catch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2015
    Assignee: Stendals El AB
    Inventor: Jan Stendal
  • Patent number: 9068379
    Abstract: A vehicle door closer device comprises a latch that is capable of engaging with a striker of a vehicle body; a ratchet that is capable of engaging with the latch; and a release-canceling mechanism that comprises a first release-output lever, a second release-output lever and a canceling lever. A locking knob is operated, and the canceling lever disconnects a motion transmitting path between the first release-output lever and the second release-output lever thereby enabling the ratchet to engage with the latch, so that a vehicle door can be closed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2015
    Assignee: Mitsui Kinzoku Act Corporation
    Inventors: Kazuhito Yokomori, Kohei Yamashita
  • Patent number: 8998278
    Abstract: A vehicle closure assembly includes a closure movable relative to a vehicle opening between closed and open positions. A latch is coupled to one of a threshold of the vehicle opening and the closure, and a striker is coupled to the other of the threshold of the vehicle opening and the closure. The striker and latch are engageable to secure the closure in the closed position. A striker cover is movable relative to the striker between a concealing position in which the striker is substantially concealed from the latch, and an exposing position in which the striker is substantially exposed to the latch. An actuator is coupled to the striker cover and is operable to move the striker cover to the concealing position or the exposing position from the other position in response to movement of the closure relative to the vehicle opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Strattec Power Access LLC
    Inventors: Ronald J. Wilde, Jeffrey S. Hamminga, Eric Hansen
  • Patent number: 8991877
    Abstract: Door lock for a door of a household appliance with a first device for detecting a closed state of the door, and a second device for locking the door, wherein the first and second devices are electrically connected in series.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: emz-Hanauer GmbH & Co. KGaA
    Inventor: Georg Spiessl
  • Patent number: 8944478
    Abstract: A locking apparatus with tumbler for safety doors has a door part for fastening on a movable safety door and has a frame part for fastening on a door counterpart. The frame part has a receptacle and the door part has an actuator configured to be inserted into the receptacle. The frame part further has a blocking member which is displaceable between a release position, in which the actuator can be released in, and a blocking position in which the actuator is secured in the receptacle. The actuator is arranged on the door part via an elastic compensating element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: Pilz Auslandsbeteiligungen GmbH
    Inventors: Juergen Pullmann, Roland Rupp, Andreas Veit
  • Publication number: 20140367978
    Abstract: An electric strike according to the present invention comprises a housing, and an actuator mounted to the housing to switch operation of said strike between open and locked modes. In changing the modes the actuator provides lateral motion and a blocking element is included that is also mounted to the housing and cooperates with the actuator. The actuator's lateral motion causes rotational movement in the blocking element to switch between said open and locked modes. Different embodiments of the present invention can operate as dual mode electric strikes wherein the actuator is movable between fail-safe and fail-secure positions, and can include switches and paddles to monitor the position or condition of certain mechanisms in or working with the strikes. In some embodiments the blocking element can be rotatably mounted to the housing at a plurality of rotation mounting points and can comprise a plurality of blocking surfaces.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 27, 2014
    Publication date: December 18, 2014
    Inventors: ARTHUR V. GERINGER, David A. Geringer
  • Patent number: 8899637
    Abstract: A tailgate latching mechanism for a round bale that utilizes action of the tailgate lift cylinders to release the latch to allow the tailgate to be opened and an independent spring action to cause the mechanism to catch and latch the tailgate into position upon closure of the tailgate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignee: CNH Industrial America LLC
    Inventors: Scott C. Simmons, John H. Merritt, Robert D. Crandall
  • Patent number: 8833814
    Abstract: A lock device includes a tongue engaged in a housing, an anchoring device slidably disposed in the housing and movable with a moving device, the includes two sides each having a latch socket and an anchoring member, when one side of the anchoring device is directed toward the tongue, the lock device is locked when the moving device is turned off, and the lock device is locked when the moving device is turned on and when the other side of the anchoring device is directed toward the tongue, such that the electric lock device is adjustable and operatable when the electromagnetic mechanism of the moving device is either switched on or switched off.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: Gianni Industries Inc.
    Inventor: Chih Chung Chang
  • Patent number: 8814233
    Abstract: A safety switch for generating a system enable signal depending on the position of a movable guard door which is used for safeguarding a hazardous area of a machine installation. At least one part of the machine installation can only be operated when the system enable signal is present. The safety switch has a door part to be fastened to the movable guard door and a frame part to be fastened to a mating door piece. The safety switch also has a bolt which can be moved between a first position and a second position, a recess in which the bolt can engage in the second position, and a locking element designed to block the bolt in the second position. In addition, the safety switch comprises a first position sensor designed to clearly detect at least one of the positions of the bolt in order to generate the system enable signal. Moreover, the safety switch comprises a door release request unit configured to generate a door release request signal in addition to the system enable signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: Pilz GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Tobias Leska, Tilo Schmidt, Udo Kramer
  • Patent number: 8807606
    Abstract: An electrically powered lock, e.g. an electric strike, includes a housing and a latch mounted with respect to the housing so as to be pivotable about a latch axis between an open position and a locking position. The latch has a latch face and a segment that projects laterally of both the latch axis and the latch face. A locking element is mounted for rotation about a lock axis normal to but offset from the latch axis for selectively blocking the laterally projecting segment to hold the latch in the locking position or allowing the latch to move to the open position to thereby place the lock respectively in a locked condition or an unlocked condition. An electrically powered driver is disposed within the housing laterally of the latch axis actuable in a direction generally parallel to the latch axis for effecting rotation of the locking element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: K.J. Ross Security Locks Pty. Ltd.
    Inventors: Keith James Ross, Geoffrey Howard Ross, Beverley Ann Ross
  • Patent number: 8803689
    Abstract: Apparatus for counteracting a suicide attempt of a person trying to hang himself from a cord extended over the top edge of a door which door has an inside upper surface facing the interior of the room, the apparatus including an elongated pressure sensor mountable on that inside upper surface of the door, the sensor having an exposed surface facing away from the inside surface of the door, that exposed surface being responsive to a force applied thereagainst by a segment of a cord when it is draped over the top of the door and hanging downward adjacent the inside surface, and the apparatus being adapted to forward an alarm signal indicating the sensing of the force by the cord, and an electrical controller to forward an alarm signal indicating that the sensor has sensed the downward force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: Securitech Group, Inc.
    Inventor: Mark J. Berger
  • Patent number: 8783744
    Abstract: An actuator-controlled strike comprising a housing disposable within a doorframe and including a cavity for a spring latch and a dead latch of a mortise-type lockset. A keeper is pivotably mounted within the chamber to engage the spring latch. A pivotably mounted kicker cooperates with the keeper. A pivotably mounted dead latch release is supported by the keeper when the spring latch is within the strike. The keeper is released by the actuator and rotates into a position to ramp the spring latch out of the strike, also allowing the dead latch release to release the dead latch into the cavity, allowing the spring latch to be ramped out of the strike. Pivoting the keeper causes the kicker to urge the spring latch onto an exit ramp on a face of the keeper. The dead latch release can be installed in a plurality of different locations in the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Inventors: Dominik Scheffler, Scott Sullivan
  • Patent number: 8764071
    Abstract: A system for use with a emergency exit door, comprising: a door opener including a stationary actuator with a movable distal arm for pushing the door open; a door strike mountable to a door frame having an opening to receive a latch of the emergency exit door, the electric door strike including a gate having a locked condition and a release condition; a controller connected to the door opener and the door strike; a remote activator having a triggered condition, which provides a signal to the controller when the remote activator is triggered, to unlock the gate and then the door opener, to open the emergency exit door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Assignee: Mi-Jack Systems & Technology, LLC
    Inventors: William P. Lanigan, John J. Wepfer, Maciej Labowicz, Gary A. Naese, Gerald F. Chalko, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20140159394
    Abstract: An emergency device for a household appliance of the type comprising a door that has a prong is described. The emergency device has an emergency member, movable between a rest position and an operating position, in which the emergency member engages with the prong of the door when the door is in a closed position, and control means, capable to hold the emergency member in the rest position. The control means has a security element, electrically connected to a control logic of the household appliance, such that when the safety element is crossed by a suitable current intensity and/or when a temperature surrounding the safety element exceeds a preset threshold, the security element melts releasing the emergency member, the emergency member passing irreversibly from the rest position to the operating position, engaging with the prong of the door when the door is closed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 28, 2012
    Publication date: June 12, 2014
    Inventors: Fabrizio Promutico, Andrea Sacocci
  • Publication number: 20140159395
    Abstract: An actuator-controlled strike comprising a housing disposable within a doorframe and including a cavity for a spring latch and a dead latch of a mortise-type lockset. A keeper is pivotably mounted within the chamber to engage the spring latch. A pivotably mounted kicker cooperates with the keeper. A pivotably mounted dead latch release is supported by the keeper when the spring latch is within the strike. The keeper is released by the actuator and rotates into a position to ramp the spring latch out of the strike, also allowing the dead latch release to release the dead latch into the cavity, allowing the spring latch to be ramped out of the strike. Pivoting the keeper causes the kicker to urge the spring latch onto an exit ramp on a face of the keeper. The dead latch release can be installed in a plurality of different locations in the housing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 12, 2014
    Publication date: June 12, 2014
    Applicant: Hanchett Entry Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Dominik Scheffler, Scott Sullivan
  • Publication number: 20140132013
    Abstract: A device for locking and unlocking the door of an electric household appliance. The device includes an electrically controlled actuator (25, 26), which can be coupled to a movable control member (20) through a movable transmission member (29), and which, as a consequence of successive activations, tends, through the transmission member (29), to make the control member (20) alternately assume a first position and a second position, in which the control member (20) retains and frees, respectively, the locking member (9), maintaining it in the disengaged position and allowing its passage into the engaged position, respectively.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 26, 2012
    Publication date: May 15, 2014
    Applicant: BITRON S.P.A.
    Inventor: Stefano Colucci
  • Patent number: 8720959
    Abstract: The invention describes a remote-actuable door opener for installation in a door having a preferably positionally fixed door frame and having a door leaf movably mounted thereon. The door leaf has a movable door opener catch (1) and a remote-actuable blocking device (2) which interacts directly or indirectly with the door opener catch (1) in such a way that the door opener catch (1) can be switched into a blocking position and into a release position. It is essential that an actuating device (200) is provided which automatically sets the door opener catch (1) into a position in which the door opener catch (1) abuts against the lock catch (90) in the closed position of the door. Here, the door opener catch (1) is in particular formed from a bearing body (110) and from a catch body (10) which is displaceably guided on the bearing body and which is driven by the actuating device (200) in the direction of the actuating movement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignee: Assa Abloy Sicherheitstechnik GmbH
    Inventors: Norman Wittke, Oliver Hirschoff
  • Publication number: 20130328332
    Abstract: An actuator-controlled strike comprising a housing disposable within a doorframe and including a chamber for receiving a spring latch and a dead latch of a mortise-type lockset. A keeper is pivotably mounted within the chamber to restrain the spring latch. A pivotable spring latch lifter is positively driven by the keeper, and a pivotable dead latch release platform is supported by the keeper when the spring latch is locked within the strike. The keeper is released by the actuator and then may be rotated which causes rotation of the dead latch release platform, allowing the dead latch to enter the chamber. The keeper positively drives the spring latch lifter to lift the spring latch onto the external ramp of the strike. In an alternate embodiment, an internal ramp feature may be used instead of the spring latch lifter to positively lift the spring latch out of the chamber.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 15, 2011
    Publication date: December 12, 2013
    Inventors: Dominik Scheffler, Scott Sullivan
  • Patent number: 8596330
    Abstract: A vertical door locking system includes a sliding latch mounted to a door that opens vertically, such as a garage door or corrugated self-storage door, and an electrically operated solenoid mounted at a fixed location on a guide rail for the door or the door frame. The latch includes a latchbolt that extends outward from the door to prevent the door from being raised vertically and the latchbolt has an opening at one end. The solenoid includes a spring operated solenoid rod that extends into the opening in the latchbolt to prevent the latchbolt from being retracted thereby preventing the door from being opened unless the solenoid is electrically operated to disengage the solenoid rod and release the latchbolt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2013
    Assignee: Sargent Manufacturing Company
    Inventors: Ronald S Slusarski, Scott B Lowder, Paul P Marquis
  • Patent number: 8556308
    Abstract: A blocking device for a door of an electric household appliance in which a plate sliding on a support is selectively blocked in use in a engaging position with a striker of the door by a pawl selectively mobile between an extracted position and a retracted position from/into a sliding seat thereof, in which positions the pawl respectively engages/does not engage a perforation of the plate; wherein the pawl is selectively blocked in an extracted position by means of an electromagnet having a winding and a core mobile along the axis of the winding and operatively associated to a mobile slide parallel to the axis of the winding between a first and a second limit stop position, only in the first of which a protrusion of the slide cooperates with the pawl; a retaining device of push-push type being operatively associated on one side to the slide and on the opposite side to a pre-loaded spring sandwiched between the retaining device and a shoulder fixed in use to the support; the push-push device being configured t
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2013
    Assignee: Itw Metalflex, Druzba za Proizvodnjo Delov za Gospondinjske Aparate, D.O.O.
    Inventor: Joze Lavrencic
  • Patent number: 8540291
    Abstract: A lock device is adapted to unlock a lock by transferring a lock catch from a locking position to a releasing position. The device has an electric motor mechanically connected to an axle by means of at least one transmission means, and rotation of said axle actuates the lock catch. The device is characterized in that it comprises means for monitoring the current consumed by the electric motor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2013
    Assignee: Phoniro AB
    Inventors: Olle Bliding, Johan Hörberg, Lennart Sjöstedt, Thomas Persson
  • Patent number: 8454063
    Abstract: A lockable keeper arm extends across an opening of a door strike housing. A pivotally mounted transmission lever releasably engages the keeper arm. A pivotally mounted release lever releasably engages the transmission lever. An actuator engages the release lever at a point between the release lever pivot and the transmission lever and drives the release lever between alternate positions in either fail-safe and fail-secure modes. The actuator engagement point may be closer to the release lever pivot point than the transmission lever engagement point. A stop limits travel of the release lever and may be positioned in alternate positions. In alternate positions, the primary lever unlocks the keeper arm when the actuator is either energized or de-energized, placing the strike in fail-safe or fail-secure modes. Magnets may be mounted inside the housing to attract metal particles. The actuator may be an electric solenoid or a motor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2013
    Assignee: Hanchett Entry Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Dewey David, Matthew Petersen
  • Publication number: 20130088023
    Abstract: An electric strike assembly includes a housing including a mounting device and defining an internal longitudinal cavity, a keeper pivotally arranged in the housing, and a selectively locatable component including a locking device to cooperate with the mounting device to secure the component at a predetermined incremental position along the length of the removable cavity. In accordance with other aspects of the present invention, an electric strike assembly includes a housing defining an internal longitudinal cavity, a keeper pivotally arranged in the housing, and a keeper shim assembly, including a shim, slidably engaged with the keeper to position the shim at a predetermined position along a length of the cavity. A method of securely capturing a latch bolt mounted in a door includes mounting an electric strike assembly in an associated door jamb and positioning a shim at a predetermined position in the cavity.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 9, 2012
    Publication date: April 11, 2013
    Applicant: Rutherford Controls International Corp.
    Inventor: Rutherford Controls International Corp.
  • Publication number: 20130088024
    Abstract: A locking mechanism is disclosed including: a plunger; a plurality of locking elements; a cage including apertures in which the locking elements are housed; and a sleeve; the sleeve is moveable with respect to the cage between an unlocked position and a locked position; in the locked position, the sleeve maintains the locking elements in engagement with a recess on the plunger to restrict the movement of the plunger.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 31, 2011
    Publication date: April 11, 2013
    Applicant: FIRE & SECURITY HARDWARE PTY LTD
    Inventor: Trevor Mackle
  • Patent number: 8403380
    Abstract: A cover closure for housings of laboratory devices and the like, in particular for centrifuge housings, in which a cover hook is engaged by a closure hook and brought into a closing position, and the closing and opening movement of the closure hook essentially being caused by an eccentric in connection with a crank guide and a guide path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2013
    Assignee: Thermo Electron LED GmbH
    Inventor: Thomas Ballhause
  • Publication number: 20130049380
    Abstract: This invention relates to an improved electric strike assembly (1) including a keeper (6) which is mounted to a housing (8). A locking means including an electrical actuator (9) and a detent (10) configured to resist adjustment of the detent (10) from an active lock condition. The detent (10) is preferably grooved so as to catch on the keeper (6) or housing (8) preventing it moving from an active condition.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 6, 2010
    Publication date: February 28, 2013
    Applicant: ASSA ABLOY AUSTRALIA PTY LTD
    Inventors: Ernest Armari, Mark Aylesbury
  • Patent number: 8366160
    Abstract: A high strength electrically operable door strike having a simplified design and a gravity fed locking member. The strike comprises two solenoids operating in opposite directions wherein one solenoid is used when the strike is mounted for use with a left hand opening door and the other solenoid is used when the strike is mounted for use with a right hand opening door. The strike is simply turned upside down to accommodate a door having the opposite hand. The strike has a housing which is reinforced with ribs. The ribs also provide a reduced surface area sliding surface for the gravity fed locking member and thereby permit the locking member to slide up and down with less friction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2013
    Assignee: Trine Access Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Ferdinand E. Orbeta, William Schildwachter
  • Patent number: 8333411
    Abstract: This invention relates to an electrically controlled lock assembly (1) including a housing (10) and a retainer (6) mounted on the housing for movement relative thereto between an open and closed position. The lock assembly also includes locking means (12) including a detent (21) that when retained in an active position stops the retainer from moving relative to the housing. The lock assembly also includes an electrical actuator (14) being operable to cause the (10) retaining means to adopt a locked or released condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2012
    Assignee: ASSA ABLOY Australia Pty Limited
    Inventor: David Blanch
  • Patent number: 8287010
    Abstract: A door locking system has a lock latch which is movable between a locked position projecting beyond a door lock cuff and a unlocked position retracted in the direction of the door lock cuff, and has a lock latch blocking device, movable between a blocking position and a release position, which fixes the lock latch in the locked position in the blocking position retracted toward the door lock, and releases the lock latch in the release position, which is extended in relation to the blocking position, in such a way that the lock latch is displaceable between the locked position and the unlocked position. The door locking system has a driver control mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2012
    Assignee: Assa Abloy Sicherheitstechnik GmbH
    Inventor: Michael Holzer
  • Patent number: 8246088
    Abstract: A striker cover completely conceals a striker and includes a first cover portion and a second cover portion. The first cover portion pivots with respect to the striker, and the second cover portion pivots with respect to the first cover portion. A spring element biases the first cover portion to pivot away from the striker. The second cover portion may be biased by inertia or a spring element to pivot toward the striker.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2012
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Matt Stechschulte
  • Patent number: 8246089
    Abstract: The invention relates to a lock, in particular for a household appliance such as a tumble drier, a washing machine, a dishwasher or the like, having a movable retaining element, which is configured in particular in the manner of a slide. The retaining element interacts with a closure hook located on a closure element, such as a door, a cover, a flap or the like of the household appliance, which can be moved between an open and a closed state. The closure hook, in the closed state of the closure element, engages into the retaining element. Here, the closure hook is held by the retaining element in contact against a blocking face in such a way that a movement of the closure element into the open state is blocked. The blocking face is designed so as to be pivotable in the manner of a positive opener.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2012
    Assignee: Marquardt GmbH
    Inventors: Heinrich Mueller, Axel Rastemborski, Tobias Fischinger, Frank Rottler
  • Publication number: 20120146341
    Abstract: An electric strike which provides vertical adjustability of the position of the strike relative to the latch bolt in the closure with modification to the doorframe on the dust box. A ramp element in the strike housing is adjustable relative to the strike and is securable at the time of installation to align the center of the latch bolt and strike. The ramp element has a channel to allow entry and exit of a latch bolt having a dead latch. A keeper engages the dead latch and maintains it in a retracted position when the closure is locked and is released when the electric latch solenoid is energized.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 23, 2012
    Publication date: June 14, 2012
    Inventors: Michael A. Webb, Joshua T. Peabody, Scott Sullivan, Steve Whisel