Emergency Operating Means Patents (Class 292/92)
  • Patent number: 10844637
    Abstract: A locking device for a door located at a door frame having a door strike. The locking device includes an actuator having a neutral position and a displaced position, and a latchbolt assembly having an extended position configured to engage the door strike, and a retracted position configured to move past the door strike. The latchbolt assembly includes a latchbolt link configured to move the latchbolt in response to movement of the actuator. A first dampening device is disposed adjacent to the latchbolt link, with the dampening device resiliently engaging the latchbolt link as the latchbolt link moves from the retracted position to the extended position. The first dampening device limits movement of the latchbolt link. A second dampening device is configured to restrain movement of the latchbolt during movement from the retracted position to the extended position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: Schlage Lock Company LLC
    Inventors: Bhargav Yalamati, Chetan V, Sachin Chandra Shetty, Prabhat Kumar Yadav
  • Patent number: 10824827
    Abstract: A card reader which reads information recorded on a card may include a plurality of units having overlapping operation periods; and a control unit structured to operate each of the plurality of units by a plurality of drive powers. The control unit may be configured to control the plurality of units so that periods in which the drive powers of each of the plurality of units are maximum do not overlap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: NIDEC SANKYO COPRORATION
    Inventor: Munemasa Momose
  • Patent number: 10808420
    Abstract: An electronic lock housing for the inside surface of a door with an opening therethrough has an interior portion for receiving electronic components for a door lock, a back portion with channels, a bracket, a plug, and a front portion. The back portion is meant for securing onto the door surface and has an opening meant for alignment with the door opening. The channels in the back portion permit air from the outside of the door to flow through the door opening and housing back opening to the inside of the door without passing through the housing interior. The bracket secures the back portion to the door and receives the plug to create an air-tight seal within the housing interior. The housing front portion is secured over the assembled back portion, bracket, and plug once they are installed to the door surface, fully encasing the electronic components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: Yale Security Inc.
    Inventors: Scott Morstatt, Wai P. Wong, Craig Babcock, Mark Caterino
  • Patent number: 10718141
    Abstract: A compact door barricade apparatus for use on doors is described. The apparatus is equipped with a protective inner case, outer case, door mount, an upper barricade, a lower barricade, barricade pivot links, handles, and barricade latches. Screws or lag bolts are used to mount the barricade latches to the door frame. The door mount connects the apparatus to the door. The barricade pivot links effectively link the movement of the upper barricade to that of the lower barricade. The movement of the handle disposed on the apparatus facilitates the synchronous movement of the upper and lower barricades across the width of the door and door frame, effectively securing individuals within a room.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Inventors: Jeremy D. Battenfield, Edgar Wolf
  • Patent number: 10612833
    Abstract: A cooler access control system locks a cooler when occurrence of an event is detected that requires limiting access to the inside of the cooler. Examples of such events include the loss of power to the cooler for a predetermined period of time, the opening of the cooler door for longer than an allowed time, the loss of functionality of a temperature probe and others. In an embodiment, a service mode is supported wherein the door is left unlocked despite the occurrence of such an event, to allow a stocker or other personnel to leave the cooler door open while stocking the cooler with product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: TRITEQ LOCK AND SECURITY, LLC
    Inventors: William Denison, Calin Roatis
  • Patent number: 10584911
    Abstract: A cooler access control system locks a cooler when occurrence of an event is detected that requires limiting access to the inside of the cooler. Examples of such events include the loss of power to the cooler for a predetermined period of time, the opening of the cooler door for longer than an allowed time, the loss of functionality of a temperature probe and others. In an embodiment, a service mode is supported wherein the door is left unlocked despite the occurrence of such an event, to allow a stocker or other personnel to leave the cooler door open while stocking the cooler with product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: TRITEQ LOCK AND SECURITY, LLC
    Inventors: William Denison, Calin Roatis
  • Patent number: 10577832
    Abstract: An exit device located in a door frame having a door strike including a latchbolt assembly, a pushbar assembly, and a link assembly. The latchbolt assembly includes an extended position configured to engage the door strike, and a retracted position configured to move past the door strike. The pushbar assembly moves from a released position to a pressed position to move the latchbolt assembly from the extended position to the retracted position. The link assembly is operatively connected to the pushbar assembly and includes a security link having an elongated aperture and a pin configured to extend through the elongated aperture about which the security link rotates. A keeper surrounds the pin and supports the security link for rotation. In the event of extreme heat, the keeper melts and the security link moves to a position to substantially prevent opening of the door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: Schlage Lock Company LLC
    Inventors: Walter T. Blanchard, Jack R. Lehner, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10465424
    Abstract: A vehicle door latch device comprises a latch that can engage with a striker; a ratchet that engages with the latch to hold a door closed; a stationary stopper; a first lever pivotally mounted on a first shaft to rotate from an initial position in a releasing direction; a first spring that biases the first lever toward the initial position, a second lever supported to the first lever on a second shaft and rotating between an initial position where the second lever cannot contact the stationary stopper and a blocking position where the second lever can contact the stationary stopper and prevents the first lever from rotating in the releasing direction; and a second spring that biases the second lever toward the initial position with a force greater than a biasing force of the first spring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: GECOM CORPORATION
    Inventors: Katsuyuki Ishiguro, Bryan Farris
  • Patent number: 10406431
    Abstract: A hand-held controller includes a controller body having a front and a back, with at least one thumb control on the front of the controller body. A back shell on the back of the controller body has left and right portions, each having top and bottom regions. A first force sensitive resistor (FSR) underlies the top region of the left portion of the back shell. A second FSR underlies the bottom region of the left portion of the back shell. A third FSR underlies the top region of the right portion of the back shell. A fourth FSR underlies the bottom region of the right portion of the back shell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: Valve Corporation
    Inventors: Ian Campbell, Jeffrey Bellinghausen, Scott Dalton
  • Patent number: 10309125
    Abstract: Door sensor hardware is provided that automatically senses the orientation of a door. The door sensor hardware includes electronic circuitry and sensor(s). The sensor(s) determine a current orientation of a door (open, closed, ajar), recent movement, door swing speed, and door acceleration. The door sensor hardware is in communication with at least remote device. The remote device includes a user display to facilitate calibration of the door sensor hardware by a user. The remote device also provides the user with the door orientation as determined by the door sensor hardware.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: Spectrum Brands, Inc.
    Inventor: Chasen Beck
  • Patent number: 10174525
    Abstract: An over-travel mechanism configured to couple an input shaft and an output shaft in an exit device assembly. The input shaft is connected to an actuator that linearly displaces the input shaft, and the output shaft is connected to a locking member of the exit device. The over-travel mechanism includes a link coupled to the output shaft, and a preloaded elastic member transmits force between the input shaft and the link. Movement of the input shaft from a first input shaft position to a second input shaft position causes the elastic member to urge the link from a first link position toward a second link position. Movement of the input shaft from the second input shaft position to a third input shaft position causes the elastic member to elastically deform without moving the link from the second link position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: Schlage Lock Company LLC
    Inventors: Paul Raymond Arlinghaus, Jack R. Lehner, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10147025
    Abstract: A system and technique for visual indicator status recognition includes an imaging system configured to capture a first optical data of an indicator, the imaging system configured to verify indicator code indicia is derivable from the first optical data. Responsive to verifying that the indicator code indicia is derivable from the first optical data, the imaging system is configured to capture a second optical data of the indicator. The system and technique also includes a detection module executable by a processing unit to analyze the second optical data and derive status information of the indicator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: ShockWatch, Inc.
    Inventors: Clinton A. Branch, Angela K. Kerr, Kevin M. Kohleriter
  • Patent number: 10060161
    Abstract: An inner operating device for a door lock is mounted to an inner side of a door and includes a first detecting member electrically connected to an electric driving device. A second detecting member is mounted in a latch device of the door lock. When the first detecting member detects an external force applied to the inner operating device, the electric driving device is activated, and the latch is moved to the unlatching position. When the latch device is set to be in a locked state or an unlocked state, the second detecting device outputs a signal to a lighting device to emit light for indicating the locked or unlocked state. In another example, the lighting device emits light of a first color when the latch device is in the locked state and emits light of a second color when the latch device is in the unlocked state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Inventor: I-Ting Shen
  • Patent number: 9963902
    Abstract: An emergency access system comprising a structure having therein at least two rooms with at least one common wall between them and an exterior wall, at least one bi-directional access opening defined in at least one selected from an exterior wall and common wall, a sheet of material with a bi-directional breakaway panel sized to substantially fill the access opening, the sheet affixed and in-line to at least one wall, the breakaway panel is a double panel, one panel on each side of an internal framed structure allowing entry from either room, and at least one bi-directional breakaway mounting fastener retaining each panel within each opening and, under pressure, breakably releasing the panel whereby an access opening enables a person in an emergency to release the breakaway mounting panel by applying pressure to the panel, thus allowing emergency access.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Inventor: Tony D. McGarrah
  • Patent number: 9273495
    Abstract: A panic exit door lock includes an outer operational device mounted to an outer side of a door, an inner operational device mounted to an inner door of the door, a lock mounted in the door, and a locking mechanism mounted between the inner and outer operational devices and the lock. The locking mechanism includes an outer cylinder mounted to the outer operational device and an inner cylinder mounted to the inner operational device. An indicator member is operably connected to the inner cylinder and a setting member. The setting member is connected to a transmission block. When a key is used to set a locking function of the inner or outer cylinder, the transmission block and the indicator member pivot jointly. A user can see whether the locking function is set by observing the position of the indicator member via a window of an inner cylinder seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2016
    Assignee: I-Tek Metal Mfg. Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Hung-Jen Tien
  • Patent number: 9266414
    Abstract: A door device of a small-sized vehicle, that enables easily interlocking a door lock and a lever is provided. An openable door 70 is provided to a side of a body, a lever 92 provided inside the door 70 for opening the door 70 is swingably provided, and a rotational central axis of a lever supporting shaft 120 turned by a swing of the lever 92 and a rotational central axis of a latch for a door lock (a lever member 144) driven by a turn of the supporting shaft 120 are made the same.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2016
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kihoko Kaita, Kosaku Takahashi, Yoshiyuki Sato, Kazunori Kuroda, Masahiro Inoue, Yukinori Kawaguchi
  • Patent number: 9221319
    Abstract: A handle is supported by a hollow tube so as to be movable in the direction in which the handle is pushed toward a hollow space. A hole leading to the hollow space of the hollow tube has a first hole portion located at one end of a base portion extending in a longitudinal direction L of the hollow tube and a second hole portion extending from the first hole portion to a portion corresponding to the other end of the base portion in the longitudinal direction L. A dimension W2b of a grip portion of the handle in a width direction W is greater than a dimension W2a of the base portion of the handle in the width direction W and greater than a dimension W1a of the second hole portion in the width direction W.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2015
    Assignee: KOMATSU LTD.
    Inventor: Yasunari Kato
  • Patent number: 9217272
    Abstract: Automatic doors have become commonplace in hospitals or retirement homes to facilitate entry into auxiliary rooms, such as bathrooms. Unfortunately, when a patient becomes incapacitated inside the bathroom, the door often becomes obstructed by the patient, making entry into the bathroom through the door impossible without further injuring the patient. In many instances removal of adjacent walls is required to gain entry into the room. The automatic door of the present invention includes a retractable door stop enabling reverse rotation of the door, and sensors for automatically setting and resetting the automatic door controls when the door is opened and closed in either direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2015
    Assignee: Complete Entry Systems and Services (2004) Inc.
    Inventor: Parrish Phillips
  • Patent number: 9124085
    Abstract: In response to receiving information regarding an unsafe condition from portable electrical energy storage device (e.g., battery) safety sensors, a locking mechanism controller determines whether the battery is in a desired state to, as a safety measure, have the compartment that holds the battery locked and/or to send a signal to reduce or eliminate current draw from the battery. If the locking mechanism controller determines the battery is in the desired state to have the compartment locked, then it sends a signal to a compartment locking mechanism causing the compartment locking mechanism to lock the compartment in which the battery is located to prevent a user from opening the compartment, and thus helps protect the user against the unsafe condition. In some embodiments, the unsafe condition may be a potential or existing catastrophic failure of the battery in the compartment (e.g., a meltdown, explosion or dangerous leak, etc.).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2015
    Assignee: Gogoro Inc.
    Inventors: Yi-Tsung Wu, Hok-Sum Horace Luke, Wen-Hsien Tseng
  • Patent number: 9114869
    Abstract: A decompression panel for use in a door of an aircraft disclosed herein includes bi-directional latching mechanisms. A differential pressure sensor disengages upon a decompression event in a compartment of an aircraft, allowing latch hooks to disengage from a panel latch of the decompression panel. Once disengaged, the decompression panel can rotate to vent air in a compartment of higher pressure to the compartment experiencing the decompression event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2015
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Casey J. Barrett, Khoa Duy Nguyen, Mark A. Wolf, Andrew H. Wu
  • Patent number: 9039051
    Abstract: A push/pull operating device includes first and second operational devices mounted to two sides of a door. The first operating device includes a first bracket having a plurality of non-circular mounting holes. Two engaging rods extend through two of the mounting holes of the first bracket, the door, and a latch device mounted in the door. Each engaging rod has a limiting portion fixedly received in one of the mounting holes. A head of each engaging rod presses against the first bracket. The second operational device includes a second bracket having a plurality of non-circular mounting holes. A bolt is extended through one of the mounting holes of the second bracket and the door and engaged with one of the engaging rods. A head of each bolt presses against the second bracket. Thus, the first and second brackets are securely fixed to the sides of the door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: I-Tek Metal Mfg. Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Jimmy Shen
  • Publication number: 20150102607
    Abstract: An active hood latch apparatus for a vehicle includes a latch for locking or unlocking a striker connected to a hood; a base panel installed such that the latch can be rotated; a lever member rotatably installed in the base panel, the striker locked by the latch being located in a rotational path thereof; a locking part rotatably installed in the base panel to restrain movement of a guide pin, and to release the restraint of the guide pin in conjunction with the rotation of the lever member; and a driving part rotating the lever member by a force larger than a restraint force of the locking part that restrain the guide pin, to supply power to raise the striker, and then absorbing an impact.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 11, 2013
    Publication date: April 16, 2015
    Applicants: Hyundai Motor Company, PYEONG HWA AUTOMOTIVE CO., LTD., Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventors: Sang Il KIM, Seong Tae HONG
  • Patent number: 8991881
    Abstract: An anti-ligative ergonomic type door-knob primarily of the institutional type, essentially serving to defeat the effort of a temporarily mentally-depressed room occupant from succeeding in committing self-hanging via contrived ensnaring by which to secure a cord like hanging-noose. Generic-variant embodiments of my anti-ligative doorknob are set forth, including both a circular and semi-circular escutcheon-plate for I-shaped V-shaped Y-shaped X-shaped fin-levers, and also a non-finned hemispherical iteration. The novel critical minimum approximate 40-degree anti-ligative principle of my LIFESTAR™ doorknobs reliably prevents a person ensnaring any heretofore problematically hazardous to portion of the door-knob assembly, while my optionally cooperating door latchbolt is formed to a matching critical minimum approximate 40-degree anti-ligative tri-beveled latchbolt as well.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Assa Abloy, Inc.
    Inventor: Steven J. Shilts
  • Publication number: 20150076833
    Abstract: The invention is directed to a motor vehicle lock for a motor vehicle door arrangement, wherein a pivotable catch and an inlet mouth for a lock striker are provided, wherein the catch can be brought into at least one closed position and into at least one open position, wherein the catch as such in its closed position may hold the lock striker by a holding engagement between the catch and the lock striker and in its open position may release the lock striker, wherein during a closing cycle the lock striker comes into an actuating engagement with the motor vehicle lock such that the catch moves from its open position into its closed position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 18, 2013
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Inventors: David Rosales, Michael Wittelsbuerger
  • Patent number: 8979143
    Abstract: A fire bolt assembly (10) includes a receiving tube (117) mounted in a door (106). A mounting member (32) is mounted to the receiving tube (117). A positioning bolt (151) is received in the receiving tube (117). A stop member (58) is securely mounted in the mounting member (32) to hold the positioning bolt (151) in the receiving tube (117). The front end (153) of the positioning bolt (151) is moved out of the receiving tube (117) by a spring (100) to engage with a coupling hole (116) in another door (112) or a door frame when the stop member (58) melts due to the heat of a fire, locking the door (106) in place during the fire. A stick (175) in the receiving tube (117) is moved to a blocking position preventing the front end (153) of the positioning bolt (151) from disengaging from the coupling hole (116).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: I-TEK Metal Mfg. Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Hsi-Ting Lin
  • Patent number: 8979140
    Abstract: A latch assembly includes a latch having a body. A stop having a lower melting point is received in an engagement hole of the body. An ear is pivotable between a storage position in a transverse groove of the body and a blocking position partially extending out of the transverse groove. A pressing pin is slideably received in a longitudinal hole in the body. The ear is located in the storage position when the pressing pin is in a non-pressing position, allowing pivotable movement of the latch between a latching position and an unlatching position. When the latch is in the latching position and the ear is in the storage position, if the stop is melted by heat, the pressing pin is moved from the non-pressing position to the pressing position and pivots the ear to the blocking position, retaining the latch in the latching position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: I-Tek Metal Mfg. Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Hung-Jen Tien
  • Patent number: 8978305
    Abstract: A retractor element includes a rigid slide connected between a latch bolt and a solenoid plunger for movement between a first position and a second position, the slide operably connected to plunger. A pivoting link defines a slot having an inner end portion extending transversely, the slot configured for pivoting the link when the slide moves between the first position and the second position of the slide. When the retracting mechanism is energized the plunger retracts causing movement of the slide to the second position of slide and the pin to enter the transverse end of the slot in the link. A bearing surface intersects the path of movement of the pin such that significantly less current is required for retaining the plunger in the retracted position than to retract the plunger for blocking the return of the latch bolt to the projected position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Yale Security Inc.
    Inventors: Scott G. Morstatt, Jeffrey Sharps, Anthony Benitez
  • Publication number: 20150054293
    Abstract: An active hood latch device for a vehicle may actively reduce a pedestrian injury value by uniformly lifting up a front end portion of a hood of the vehicle by directly popping up a striker in case of a pedestrian collision accident. Such an active hood latch device may include an actuator for generating power for lifting up a striker locked by a passive latch, an actuator cooperating portion installed to connect the striker with the actuator and to lift up the striker in cooperation with the actuator when the actuator operates, and an electronic controller for operating the actuator upon receiving a sensing signal from a collision sensor that senses pedestrian collision.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 9, 2013
    Publication date: February 26, 2015
    Applicants: Hyundai Motor Company, PYEONG HWA AUTOMOTIVE CO., LTD., Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventors: Sang Il Kim, Seong Tae HONG
  • Publication number: 20150028601
    Abstract: A lock can include a catch and a pawl. The catch can be brought into an opening position and a closed position. The catch can be brought into holding engagement with a lock striker. The pawl may be brought into a position, where it is in blocking engagement with the catch. The pawl may be deflected into a release position. A pawl actuation lever is provided. A switchable lock arrangement in an unlocked state can be included. A first drive train component is decoupled from the pawl for letting the pawl actuation lever run free without deflecting the pawl or a first drive train component is blocked for blocking an actuation of the pawl actuation lever. A crash condition causes the switchable lock arrangement to be in the locked state such that during the crash condition a crash induced actuation of the pawl actuation lever runs free or is blocked.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 24, 2013
    Publication date: January 29, 2015
    Inventors: David Rosales, Michael Wittelsbuerger
  • Publication number: 20150014999
    Abstract: A striker for use with a vehicle having a lock element, which comprises an engagement portion engageable with the lock element and a reinforcing bracket disposed relative to the engagement portion of the striker, such that a predetermined space is provided between the reinforcing bracket and engagement portion. When a relatively small load is applied via the lock element to the engagement portion, an impact energy of the load to body side of the vehicle is absorbed by the striker in a period of time during which the engagement portion is deformed within the predetermined space. If the load is great, the engagement portion is deformed over that space and contacts the reinforcing bracket, thereby being prevented against further deformation, such that an impact energy of the great load to the body side of vehicle is absorbed and reduced in the striker and reinforcing bracket in a stepwise way.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 30, 2014
    Publication date: January 15, 2015
    Inventors: Hiroyuki FUJII, Toshinari MITSUMOTO
  • Patent number: 8915523
    Abstract: An apparatus provided for releasing the dogging function of a panic device for an exit door without the use of a key or other external device includes an end cap button; an adjustable connecting rod assembly; and a modified latch plate; Depressing the end cap button pushes the rod assembly to rotate the modified latch plate to release the dogging function of the panic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Inventors: Scott Christopher Tillman, Jeffrey Edward Bensinger
  • Patent number: 8904834
    Abstract: A lockable strike for walk-in cold rooms includes a housing that has a mounting plate, a cover and a deadbolt moveably engaged therein to reciprocally move along a path of travel between an extended position and a retracted position with respect to the housing. The mounting plate includes a base and a bridge defining a tongue channel through which the deadbolt travels. The mounting plate base is made of a metal for strength while the cover is made of a plastic for thermally insulative purposes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: Kason Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Burl M Finkelstein, Brett A Mitchell, Raymond J Hiller
  • Patent number: 8894108
    Abstract: An inertial blocking member subassembly is activated by an inertial force vector. A release handle assembly has a framework, a door handle grip, and a bell crank actuator. The subassembly has a blocking member and a biasing element. The blocking member is associated with the framework, and movable in at least one of rotation about an axis of rotation and translation. The biasing element is associated with the blocking member for biasing the blocking member to a first position. The blocking member center of gravity is offset from the axis of rotation. When the force vector acts on the center of gravity, the blocking member can rotate into a second position. When the center of gravity, axis of rotation, and force vector are aligned, the blocking member remains in the second position until the force vector has attenuated. The biasing element can rotate the blocking member to the first position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: Adac Plastics, Inc.
    Inventors: Cort Corwin, Jeffrey Craig Stokes, Drew Fouchea
  • Patent number: 8864192
    Abstract: Safety device comprising an inertial mass (1) pivoted to a frame (2) for rotating around an axis (4), wherein elastic means (6) act on the inertial mass (1) for opposing its rotation, a wedge (12) being arranged in the frame (2) so that the inertial mass (1), when it rotates around this axis (4), slides along the inclined wall of the wedge (12), so as to axially move the inertial mass (1) along this axis (4).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: VALEO S.p.A.
    Inventor: Guillaume Lesueur
  • Patent number: 8851530
    Abstract: An electric latch retraction device comprising a housing for receiving a plurality of internal components of the electric latch retraction device. An actuator mechanism is included in the housing, the actuator mechanism is adapted to impart linear movement on a latch, such that the latch is retracted towards the housing. A holding mechanism is also included in the housing, the holding mechanism holds the latch in a fully retracted position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: 1 Adolfo, LLC
    Inventors: Arthur V. Geringer, David A. Geringer, Richard Geringer
  • Publication number: 20140291997
    Abstract: A lock with a locking mechanism comprises a rotary catch, a pawl for engaging the rotary catch, a blocking lever capable of blocking the pawl if the latter is located in its catching position, and a releasing lever for opening or releasing the locking mechanism. When the releasing lever is actuated, the pawl and, if applicable, the blocking lever is moved out of its blocking position provided that the releasing lever is moved in a usual manner and the releasing lever is not exposed to increased or excessive accelerations. In case of an increased or excessive acceleration of the releasing lever such as caused by a crash or impact, an arresting device prevents the releasing lever from disengaging the pawl and optionally the blocking lever of the pawl. The arresting device is further releasable with the return of the releasing lever to the initial rest position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 27, 2013
    Publication date: October 2, 2014
    Applicant: Kiekert AG
    Inventor: Kiekert AG
  • Publication number: 20140284941
    Abstract: The invention is directed to lock for a vehicle door arrangement, wherein a catch and a pawl are provided. The catch can be brought into an opening position and into a closed position, wherein the catch, which is in the closed position, is or may be brought into holding engagement with a lock striker. The pawl may be brought into an engagement position. A pawl actuation lever is provided for deflecting the pawl into the release position. A switchable coupling arrangement comprises a first coupling lever on the side of the pawl actuation lever, a second coupling lever on the side of the pawl and a moveable coupling element that may be moved into a closing position for a coupling engagement with the two coupling levers and into an opening position for decoupling the two coupling levers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 27, 2013
    Publication date: September 25, 2014
    Inventors: Michael Wittelsbuerger, David Rosales
  • Publication number: 20140284943
    Abstract: The invention relates to a motor vehicle lock for a motor vehicle door arrangement, wherein a catch and a pawl are provided. The catch can be brought into an opening position and into a closed position. The catch may be brought into holding engagement with a lock striker. The pawl may be brought into an engagement position. The pawl may be deflected into a release position. A pawl actuation lever is provided for deflecting the pawl. An engagement arrangement is provided. The engagement arrangement comprises a deflection lever on the side of the pawl actuation lever and a counter contour on the side of the pawl. The deflection lever is configured to engage the counter contour. An actuation movement of the pawl actuation lever can deflect the pawl into the release. An inertial characteristic of the deflection lever causes a deflection movement along a free-wheeling path.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 12, 2013
    Publication date: September 25, 2014
    Inventors: Michael Wittelsbuerger, David Rosales
  • Publication number: 20140284942
    Abstract: The invention relates to a motor vehicle lock for a motor vehicle door arrangement, wherein a catch and a pawl are provided. The catch can be brought into an opening position and into a closed position. The catch may be brought into holding engagement with a lock striker. The pawl may be brought into an engagement position. The pawl may be deflected into a release position. A pawl actuation lever is provided for deflecting the pawl. An engagement arrangement is provided. The engagement arrangement comprises a deflection lever on the side of the pawl actuation lever and a counter contour on the side of the pawl. The deflection lever is configured to engage the counter contour. An actuation movement of the pawl actuation lever can deflect the pawl into the release. An inertial characteristic of the deflection lever causes a deflection movement along a free-wheeling path.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 27, 2013
    Publication date: September 25, 2014
    Inventors: Michael Wittelsbuerger, David Rosales
  • Publication number: 20140284939
    Abstract: The invention relates to a lock for a door, comprising a catch and a pawl. The catch can be in an open or closed position. The catch may be brought into holding engagement with a lock striker. The pawl may be brought into an engagement position. The pawl may be deflected into a release position, to release the catch. A pawl actuation lever can deflect the pawl into the release position. A switchable coupling arrangement is provided between the pawl actuation lever and the pawl. The switchable coupling arrangement may be brought into a closing and an opening state. When the actuation movement of the pawl actuation lever surpasses a threshold, an inertial characteristic of the lock causes the switchable coupling arrangement to switch into the opening state such that the pawl actuation lever runs without deflecting the pawl into its release state.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 27, 2013
    Publication date: September 25, 2014
    Inventors: Michael Wittelsbuerger, David Rosales
  • Publication number: 20140284940
    Abstract: The invention is directed to a lock for a door arrangement, wherein a catch and a pawl, which is assigned to the catch, are provided. The catch can be brought into an open position and into a closed position. The catch may be brought into holding engagement with a lock striker. The pawl may be brought into an engagement position or deflected into a release position. A lock mechanism and a crash mechanism with a crash element are provided. The crash mechanism may be brought from a normal condition into a crash condition. A switchable coupling is provided between the pawl actuation arrangement and the pawl. The crash element is acting on the switchable coupling or is part of the switchable coupling in such a way that bringing the crash mechanism into the crash condition opens the switchable coupling and lets the actuation of the pawl actuation arrangement run free.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 27, 2013
    Publication date: September 25, 2014
    Inventors: David Rosales, Michael Wittelsbuerger
  • Patent number: 8840153
    Abstract: The upper lock system of the passive door blade of a double door according to the invention comprises a bolt (19) arranged to be installed to the upper surface of the passive door blade and arranged to be controlled by means of a pull bar (9). The bolt is a part of the lock (18). The lock also has a power transmission connection part (23) for the interface part (17) of the upper lock system. The interface part comprises a grabber module (24), power transmission module (32, 34) and a spring (26). The grabber module (24) is arranged to linearly move between the extended position and the retracted position. A spring (26) is arranged to push the grabber module towards the extended position. The power transmission mechanism (32, 34) is operationally connected with the grabber module (4) and the power transmission connection part (23).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2014
    Assignee: Abloy Oy
    Inventor: Raatikainen Juha
  • Publication number: 20140246868
    Abstract: A vehicle door latch assembly includes a latch lever connectable to a latch mechanism, a latch rod coupled to the latch lever, and a door handle operative to effect movement of the latch rod to unlatch the latch mechanism via actuation of the latch lever. The latch rod is configured so as to attenuate vertical motion of the latch rod in response to a sufficient force associated with a side-impact event. In one embodiment, the latch rod has a first member operatively connected to the door handle, and a second member pivotally connected to the first member. The second member is coupled to the latch lever, and the-second member is pivotally movable with the latch lever laterally in a direction away from the first member in response to a sufficient force associated with a side-impact event.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 6, 2012
    Publication date: September 4, 2014
    Applicant: ADAC PLASTICS, INC.
    Inventors: Cort Corwin, Jerry Cummins, Eric Vandenbrink, Marcus Merideth
  • Patent number: 8777282
    Abstract: An anti-ligative ergonomic type door-knob primarily of the institutional type, essentially serving to defeat the effort of a temporarily mentally-depressed room occupant from succeeding in committing self-hanging via contrived ensnaring by which to secure a cord like hanging-noose. Generic-variant embodiments of my anti-ligative doorknob are set forth, including both a circular and semi-circular escutcheon-plate for I-shaped V-shaped Y-shaped X-shaped fin-levers, and also a non-finned hemispherical iteration. The novel critical minimum approximate 40-degree anti-ligative principle of my LIFESTAR™ doorknobs reliably prevents a person ensnaring any heretofore problematically hazardous to portion of the door-knob assembly, while my optionally cooperating door latchbolt is formed to a matching critical minimum approximate 40-degree anti-ligative tri-beveled latchbolt as well.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignee: Assa Abloy, Inc.
    Inventor: Steven J. Shilts
  • 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: 20140175807
    Abstract: A lock assembly (20) including a lock bolt (28), a first hub (36), a first electrically powered hub locker assembly (64 to 72) and a first remotely controllable, electrically powered setting mechanism (86 to 112). The lock bolt (28) is movable between a latching position and an unlatching position. The first hub (36) is adapted to move the lock bolt (28) in response to torque being applied to, or movement of, a first handle. The first electrically powered hub locker assembly (64, 66, 68) is settable to operate as fail safe or fail secure. The first remotely controllable, electrically powered setting mechanism (86 to 112) is adapted to set the first electrically powered hub locker assembly (64 to 72) to operate as fail safe in response to a remotely supplied fail safe signal or to operate as fail secure in response to a remotely supplied fail secure signal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 28, 2012
    Publication date: June 26, 2014
    Applicant: Gainsborough Hardware Industries Limited
    Inventors: Harris Lambrou, Ian Bartos
  • Patent number: 8752333
    Abstract: A door operable to swing in either a left handed manner or a right handed manner. The door includes a body having an upper panel and a lower panel. Peripherally mounted to the body is a frame wherein the frame includes a left longitudinal member and a right longitudinal member that are substantially hollow. A control bar is mounted proximate the midpoint of the body. Four pins are movably mounted to each of the four corners of the body. A first push member and a second push member are movably mounted on the control bar and are operable to control the four pins so as to allow the door to be swung in a left handed manner or a right handed manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2014
    Inventor: Mahlon Bautista Lewis
  • Publication number: 20140132008
    Abstract: The invention relates to a motor vehicle door lock equipped with a locking mechanism (1, 2, 3), an actuation lever unit (6, 7) acting on the locking mechanism (1, 2, 3), and a catch lever (12). The catch lever (12) blocks the locking mechanism (1, 2, 3) at least when acceleration forces of a given magnitude occur, e.g. in case of an accident (crash), rendering the locking mechanism ineffective. According to the invention, the catch lever (12) acts upon a pawl (3) of the locking mechanism (1, 2, 3) in the direction of the blocking position of the pawl during normal operation and in the event of a crash while allowing the pawl (3) and thus the locking mechanism (1, 2, 3) to be in the releasing position only during normal opening operation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 8, 2012
    Publication date: May 15, 2014
    Inventors: Thorsten BENDEL, Claus TÖPFER
  • Patent number: 8702132
    Abstract: A latch assembly includes a base having two sidewalls each having first and second guiding slots. A latch is pivotably connected to the base. A follower plate is movably received in the base and includes two sidewalls each having a restraining slot and an engaging notch. A safety plate is mounted between the sidewalls of the follower plate. A pin extends through the first guiding slots of the base, the restraining slots of the follower plate, and the safety plate. A positioning pin extends through the second guiding slots. A spring is attached between the positioning pin and the pin. When latch moves from a latching position to an unlatching position, the positioning pin moves along the second guiding slots of the base under action of the spring and engages with the engaging notches of the follower plate to retain the latch in the unlatching position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Assignee: I-Tek Metal Mfg., Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Hung-Jen Tien
  • Publication number: 20140084600
    Abstract: The invention relates to an emergency opening device for an aircraft door provided with an opening mechanism (10, 11, 17), said device comprising (i) a mobile manoeuvring member (21-23, 35) urged by elastic compression means (20) and provided with an end piece (35) connecting to the opening mechanism of the door, and an opposing resetting end segment; and (ii) a member (26) for retaining the resetting segment (23) of the manoeuvring member, comprising jaws (26a, 26b) that can move between a closed position in which the resetting segment is locked, in a manoeuvring member position in which the elastic means (20) are compressed, and an open position in which the resetting segment is released, thereby allowing the movement of the manoeuvring member under the resultant force from the expansion of the elastic means (20).
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 29, 2012
    Publication date: March 27, 2014
    Inventor: Patrick Lamat