Remote Control Patents (Class 292/DIG25)
  • Patent number: 6116067
    Abstract: A lock system for a tool container provides the convenience of remote control without compromising the simplicity of the manual key operation. The lock system has an electronically controlled actuating mechanism coupled to the locking mechanism for locking and unlocking the tool container. The coupling between the electronically controlled actuating mechanism and the locking system allows a user to manually override the electronically controlled actuating mechanism with the conventional key-turning operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 1998
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2000
    Assignee: Fort Lock Corporation
    Inventors: Gary L. Myers, Paul D. Caplinger, William D. Denison, Calin V. Roatis
  • Patent number: 6116110
    Abstract: A multi-functional apparatus employs an electromagnetic device. The electromagnetic device selectively causes movement of an intermittent motion mechanism thereby moving a mechanical device coupled thereto. In another aspect of the present invention, a single electric motor selectively actuates three intermittent motion mechanisms thereby causing three mechanical devices coupled thereto to operate. In a further aspect of the present invention, a clutch mechanism selectively drives a window wiper. A method for operating the multi-functional apparatus of the present invention is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 1997
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2000
    Assignee: Lear Automotive Dearborn, Inc.
    Inventors: H. Winston Maue, Eric J. Krupp
  • Patent number: 6058747
    Abstract: The present invention relates to latches, and in particular gravity latches. The latch comprises a housing which integrally mounts together with the latch a lock mechanism The latch can therefore be locked. The lock mechanism is such that the latch can also be locked in the open position.A further mechanism is also provided which enables operation of the latch from the opposite side of the fence, gate or door to where the latch is mounted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 1998
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2000
    Assignee: D & D Group PTY Limited
    Inventors: David Thomas Doyle, Anthony John Clark, Iulian Danut Turlea
  • Patent number: 6050619
    Abstract: A cable actuator assembly operates a door latch that has inside lock and latch operating levers that are coupled by a cam and follower arrangement and rotate in opposite directions. The cable actuator assembly includes a cable assembly and an actuator assembly. The cable assembly has a sheath and a core that slides in the sheath. The actuator assembly has an anchor fixed on a base and a bell crank lever pivotally mounted on the base. The sheath is attached to the anchor at one end and to the inside operating lever of the door latch at the opposite end with slack. The core is attached to the bell crank lever at one end and to the inside lock operating lever at the opposite end. The bell crank lever is rotated by a handle to rotate the inside lock and latch operating levers so as to unlock and unlatch the door latch in sequence.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 1998
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2000
    Assignee: General Motors Corporation
    Inventors: Frank Joseph Arabia, Jr., Donald Michael Perkins, Ian Martin
  • Patent number: 6035676
    Abstract: A system 10 for remote operation of a deadbolt lock locks or unlocks a deadbolt 22 associated with a door 14 with a remotely-operated actuator 28 that is operationally coupled to deadbolt 22. The system 10 can convert an existing manually operated deadbolt 22 into a remotely operated deadbolt by replacing an existing turnpiece associated with the manually operated deadbolt with a remotely operated actuator 28. Alternatively, the system 10 can lock door 14 of building 12 by mounting system 10 on or in either door 14 or building 12. System 10 can cooperate with other security systems in the building, including a siren 34 or a window sensor 46.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 1997
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2000
    Inventor: Chad W. Hudspeth
  • Patent number: 5996382
    Abstract: An automotive lock mechanism is disclosed having a housing with a cylindrical bore, a key cylinder rotatably received within the housing cylindrical bore, a flexible cable having first and second ends, the first end rotatably engaging the key cylinder, and a rotatable release cam receiving the second end in a rotatable, detachable relationship, the release cam adapted to operatively engage a latch mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 1998
    Date of Patent: December 7, 1999
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: David Bruce Lehmkuhl
  • Patent number: 5944369
    Abstract: A release mechanism for a vehicle door latch control assembly generally includes a base member, a camming member, and an actuator member. The base member is mounted to a frame of a sliding door. The actuator member is mounted to the base member for movement between first and second positions. The camming member includes first and second camming portions and is pivotally attached to the base member for rotation about a fixed axis in response to displacement of the actuator member. The first camming portion of the camming member is cooperatively arranged with the actuator member such that displacement of the actuator member rotates the camming member about its pivot axis. The second camming portion is operatively arranged with a cable which is connected to a latch control assembly for unlatching the door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 1997
    Date of Patent: August 31, 1999
    Assignee: Chrysler Corporation
    Inventor: Richard C. Kapes
  • Patent number: 5931033
    Abstract: A security system for cargo loading doors, comprising: a substantially narrow profile housing adapted to being connected to an inside of a cargo loading door; an actuator having a key receptacle, for moving a latch structure between a locked position and an unlocked position; the latch structure and the actuator being coupled by a linkage mechanism and plunger assembly, the latch structure is adapted to be at least partially received in a header of at least one of a cargo carrying enclosure, such as an ISO container, domestic container, semi-trailer and the like, when the latch structure is in the locked position and withdrawn from the header when the latch structure is in the unlocked position; and the linkage mechanism includes a distal section and a proximal section connected by a middle pivot pin, the distal section is coupled to the latch structure with an upper pivot pin and the proximal section is coupled with the plunger assembly, the proximal section is also pivotably connected to the housing with a
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 1997
    Date of Patent: August 3, 1999
    Inventors: William P. Lanigan, Peter W. Mirabella
  • Patent number: 5915766
    Abstract: Locking devices for locking two components that move relative to one another such as a housing and a cover are disclosed. The locking devices have two catches disposed on one component and opposite to one another and symmetrically with respect to a stop disposed on the second component and arranged in a plane of symmetry between the opposing catches. The catches have hook ends facing the plane of symmetry and the two catches are connected to a common shaft at the ends of the catches facing away from the hook ends. The common shaft is disposed in the plane of symmetry and is movable within the plane of symmetry toward and away from the stop. The shaft is arranged on a spindle disposed in the plane of symmetry or parallel to the plane of symmetry and engaged with a motor-driven gear to effect movement of the shaft. The catches have longitudinally-extending guide elements whose longitudinal axis does not run parallel to the plane of symmetry.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 1997
    Date of Patent: June 29, 1999
    Assignee: Kendro Laboratory Products GmbH
    Inventors: Karl-Heinz Baumeister, Dietmar Kopp, Thomas Ballhause, Michael Umbach
  • Patent number: 5916327
    Abstract: A multi-functional apparatus employs an electromagnetic device. The electromagnetic device selectively causes movement of an intermittent motion mechanism thereby moving a mechanical device coupled thereto. A main driving gear is rotated from the wiper positional range in either direction to access one or another adjacent release positional range, but not necessarily both at the same time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 1997
    Date of Patent: June 29, 1999
    Assignee: UT Automotive Dearborn, Inc.
    Inventors: H. Winston Maue, Eric J. Krupp
  • Patent number: 5911460
    Abstract: An electro-mechanical jamb pocket latch bolt assembly release which is adapted to be installed in a conventional door jamb behind the strike plate. When activated, a ram element of the apparatus will eject the latch bolt assembly from the door jamb allowing the door to swing freely upon contact with the door. The present invention allows for easy installation without a carpenter or electrician, and without specialized tools and is particularly suited for use by handicapped individuals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 1997
    Date of Patent: June 15, 1999
    Assignee: Georgia Tech Research Corp.
    Inventors: J. Riley Hawkins, Larry Tew, Nicole E. Hawkins, Michael Perdue, Mark Tew
  • Patent number: 5852943
    Abstract: A rotatable cam of the present invention has an internal edge completely surrounding an elongated slot, a portion of which serves as a camming surface for interfacing with a cam follower. A further aspect of the present invention employs a door lock control member linearly slidable from a locked position to an unlocked position while also being pivotable between a nominal latching position and an unlatching position. In yet another aspect of the present invention, one end of the door lock control member is coupled to a liftgate door latch and the other end is coupled to a multi-functional electric motor by way of a drive transmission and a cable. In still a further aspect of the present invention, a window wiper assembly is drivably coupled to the drive transmission. A method of unlatching an automotive vehicle door is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 1996
    Date of Patent: December 29, 1998
    Assignee: UT Automotive Dearborn, Inc.
    Inventors: Harry F. Dutka, Ronald L. Merckling
  • Patent number: 5738393
    Abstract: An automotive hood latch includes a striker carried by the hood latch and two separate latching members carried by the vehicle for alternate engagement with the striker, one of the latching members serving as a safety. The separate latching members are sequentially operated in the unlatching direction by double reciprocation of a remote cable operator. The motorist can release the hood from both latching members without leaving the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 1996
    Date of Patent: April 14, 1998
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Yi J. Chao
  • Patent number: 5738394
    Abstract: A child-proof door latch including a selector switch accessable from the door's exterior for enabling or disabling the functioning of a cable-driven latch of the type where a sheath about the cable pushes on the latches trigger to actuate the latchbolt. The selector switch includes a slot which controls the anchoring or movement of the end of the cable which, in turn, permits or prevents the tensioning of the cable sufficiently to straighten the sheath thereabout for actuating the trigger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 1996
    Date of Patent: April 14, 1998
    Assignee: General Motors Corporation
    Inventors: Frank Joseph Arabia, Jr., Colby Lenn Bellew, Ian Martin
  • Patent number: 5732988
    Abstract: A vehicle door latch device enclosed entirely within a vehicle door comprises a latch unit having a fork member which engages with a striker fixed to a vehicle body and a pawl which engages with the fork member for preventing the fork member from reversing, a power unit for turning the fork member from a half-latch position to a full-latch position, and a cable for transmitting power of the power unit to the fork member. The cable has a middle portion provided in vicinity of a bottom edge of the door, a first end portion which is provided in proximity of a rear edge of the door in such a manner as to extend nearly vertically, and a second end portion which extends almost parallel with the first end portion and is connected to the power unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 1996
    Date of Patent: March 31, 1998
    Assignee: Mitsui Kinzoku Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Tetsuro Mizuki
  • Patent number: 5720506
    Abstract: A vehicle door latch and handle mechanism including a cable-driven door latch wherein a sheath encasing a cable pushes on a trigger in the latch mechanism to actuate a latchbolt and cause it to disengage a striker. Tensioning of the cable causes the sheath thereabout to straighten and push upon the trigger for the latch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 1996
    Date of Patent: February 24, 1998
    Assignee: General Motors Corporation
    Inventors: Frank Joseph Arabia, Jr., Colby Lenn Bellew, Ian Martin
  • Patent number: 5694812
    Abstract: A multi-functional apparatus employs an electromagnetic device. The electromagnetic device selectively causes movement of an intermittent motion mechanism thereby moving a mechanical device coupled thereto. In another aspect of the present invention, a single electric motor selectively actuates three intermittent motion mechanisms thereby causing three mechanical devices coupled thereto to operate. In a further aspect of the present invention, a clutch mechanism selectively drives a window wiper. A method for operating the multi-functional apparatus of the present invention is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 1995
    Date of Patent: December 9, 1997
    Assignee: United Technologies Automotive, Inc.
    Inventors: H. Winston Maue, Eric J. Krupp
  • Patent number: 5660081
    Abstract: An operating member and relay operating member are interconnected through a driving cable. Inserted through the relay operating member are an inner cable portion of a first driven cable adapted to engage the relay operating member only upon movement of the latter in one direction, and an inner cable portion of a second driven cable adapted to engage the relay operating member only upon movement of the latter in the other direction. Thus, operating forces alternately applied to the operating member in two directions are efficiently transferred individually to two driven portions through the single driving cable and the two driven cables to reliably operate the driven portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 1995
    Date of Patent: August 26, 1997
    Assignee: Honda Giken Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Yoshikazu Sato
  • Patent number: 5647234
    Abstract: A vehicle door latch has a latching mechanism operated by longitudinal movement of the inner of a Bowden cable via a lever. The latch also has a locking mechanism operated by rotation of the cable inner. The longitudinal movement of the cable inner is effected by means of the external door handle, and the rotational movement by means of the key operated door lock.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 1995
    Date of Patent: July 15, 1997
    Assignee: Rover Group Limited
    Inventor: Edward de Ferry Foster
  • Patent number: 5630631
    Abstract: A door locking apparatus of the invention is suitable for locking and unlocking a door of a dispenser and a case thereof. The apparatus includes a door lock mechanism situated between the door and the case for latching the door at a locked position, a solenoid mounted inside the door for releasing the door lock mechanism, a receiver mounted inside the door and connected to the solenoid, and a transmitter for sending an ID signal from an outside of the door to the receiver. When the receiver receives the ID signal from the transmitter, the solenoid actuates to release the door lock mechanism. Since the door lock mechanism is not seen from the outside of the door, the lock is protected from bad mischief and burglary.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 1996
    Date of Patent: May 20, 1997
    Assignee: Fuji Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shozo Iwamoto, Tetsuya Miyao, Kosaku Ito
  • Patent number: 5614769
    Abstract: A vehicle door locking system comprises a control portion for performing control operations of changing positions of lock levers into locking positions and of changing positions of anti-theft mechanisms into anti-theft positions. The control portion causes sending means to send out a warning signal for a predetermined time period, when a faulty change in position of the lock levers or the anti-theft mechanisms occurs. If a key cylinder or a transmitter is operated during the signal is sent out, the warning signal is stopped even before the predetermined time period has elapsed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 1995
    Date of Patent: March 25, 1997
    Assignee: Mitsui Kinzoku Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Katsuya Kuroda
  • Patent number: 5586457
    Abstract: A vehicle disablement system that prevents and deters the unauthorized use of a vehicle by limiting engine operation to idle speed. A pedal obstructing device is located beneath the accelerator pedal of the vehicle that is selectively movable between an obstructing position, engaging the pedal, and an enablement position, clearing the pedal. The pedal obstructing device is moved into the obstructing position by an electromagnetic actuator (e.g., a solenoid) or by a motor. The device is locked into the obstructing position by a locking arm which is electromagnetically activated. In an alternative embodiment of the system, the electromagnetic actuator or the motor is controlled from a remotely operated transmitter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 1994
    Date of Patent: December 24, 1996
    Inventor: Manuel L. Keener
  • Patent number: 5575515
    Abstract: A door locking apparatus of the invention is suitable for locking and unlocking a door of a dispenser and a case thereof. The apparatus includes a door lock mechanism situated between the door and the case for latching the door at a locked position, a solenoid mounted inside the door for releasing the door lock mechanism, a receiver mounted inside the door and connected to the solenoid, and a transmitter for sending an ID signal from an outside of the door to the receiver. When the receiver receives the ID signal from the transmitter, the solenoid actuates to release the door lock mechanism. Since the door lock mechanism is not seen from the outside of the door, the lock is protected from bad mischief and burglary.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 1995
    Date of Patent: November 19, 1996
    Assignee: Fuji Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shozo Iwamoto, Tetsuya Miyao, Kosaku Ito
  • Patent number: 5544780
    Abstract: A power gas tank cover including a motor, a collar including an annular portion, a tubular portion formed at one side of the annular portion and having a hole communicated with an opening of the annular portion, a recess between the annular portion and the neck portion, and an inclined track on an inner side of the neck portion, a worm shaft inserted into the tubular portion and connected with the motor, a sleeve fitted in the inclined track, an inner jacket being a cone-shaped member with a first orifice, an outer jacket rotatably fitted on the inner jacket and provided at a lower portion with a worm gear meshed with the worm shaft, a pressure relief valve arranged on a top of said inner jacket, and a transmission shaft pivotally connected with the outer jacket at an end and with a gas tank door at another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 1994
    Date of Patent: August 13, 1996
    Inventor: Cherng B. Jye
  • Patent number: 5544508
    Abstract: A central lock system for a motor vehicle having a trunk door and a gas-filler door, has respective latches at the trunk and gas-filler doors movable between locked and unlocked positions corresponding to locked and unlocked conditions of the respective doors and an actuator adjacent the trunk latch having a single output member displaceable between an actuated and an unactuated position and a motor connected to the member for displacing same between the respective positions. Respective trunk and gas-filler links are connected to the respective latches and are both connected to the member. A controller is connected to the motor for actuating same and thereby simultaneously moving the trunk and gas-filler latches between the locked and unlocked positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 1995
    Date of Patent: August 13, 1996
    Assignee: Kiekert Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Thorsten Torkowski
  • Patent number: 5535608
    Abstract: An automobile with a body passenger compartment open at the top has two tilting hoods located at a distance from one another, with each hood being provided with a lock that is connected by a connecting element with an operating handle of an operating device. Both hoods are unlockable from the passenger compartment. Provision is made such that both operating handles are associated with a common operating device, which comprises a bearing housing with a central cylinder lock. Molded notches on both operating handles cooperate with outside walls of the lock housing of the cylinder lock.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 1994
    Date of Patent: July 16, 1996
    Assignee: Dr. Ing. h.c.F. Porsche AG
    Inventor: Constantin Brin
  • Patent number: 5531489
    Abstract: A vehicle door latch assembly comprises a latching mechanism carried by a vehicle door structure, a manually operable releasing assembly mounted on the door frame, a flexible cable, and a cable controlling assembly. The latching mechanism includes a movable releasing component and a latch, and is movable between an unlatched and latched relation with the door opening catch. The manually operable releasing assembly is mounted for resiliently biased movement into an inoperative position, the releasing assembly having a manually engageable component disposed outwardly of the interior panel. The manually engageable component can be manually engaged and moved to move the releasing assembly against the resilient bias thereof from the inoperative position thereof into an operative position so that upon manual release of the manually engageable component the resilient bias will return the releasing assembly into the inoperative position thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 1994
    Date of Patent: July 2, 1996
    Assignee: Atoma International Inc.
    Inventor: Roman Cetnar
  • Patent number: 5492379
    Abstract: A mechanical linking system includes a slidably supported guided link interposed between two operable rods. The operable rods are connected to an operator device and an operated device. A mechanical transfer is effected through the rods and guided link between the operator and the operated device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 1994
    Date of Patent: February 20, 1996
    Assignee: General Motors Corporation
    Inventors: Brian H. Staser, Danny W. Figlioli
  • Patent number: 5490698
    Abstract: The invention is an automatic door locking system that provides for unlocking of the door to a room from a remote location. In detail, the system includes a door lock that is manually operable by a lever mounted on the room side of the door when the door is locked. An electrical circuit is provided for unlocking the door lock from the remote location such that door can be opened from the opposite side of the door and to reset the door lock to the locked position when the door is closed upon the door being opened. In addition, the electrical circuitry provides visual indication of the status of the door at the remote location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 1994
    Date of Patent: February 13, 1996
    Inventor: Paul M. Dezso
  • Patent number: 5429400
    Abstract: When a trunk lid is pressed down, a latch and a striker engage to hold the lid in a position for closing the trunk opening, after which a control and a drive dislocate the striker downwards through a transmission, pulling the lid into a position to completely close the trunk opening and hold the lid in that position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 1994
    Date of Patent: July 4, 1995
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Jidosha Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Kenzo Kawaguchi, Hiroyuki Kyo, Hideaki Hukaya, Ichio Ikeda
  • Patent number: 5419616
    Abstract: A locking device for a seat back of a motor vehicle seat with two unlocking levers pivotably mounted on the seat back frame, one of the levers projecting on the left side and the other on the right side of the seat back from the seat back cushion. The levers are connected by a flexible tensioning element with an unlocking latch pivotably mounted on the seat back frame. To compensate for play in the locking device after the seat back frame has been completely upholstered and for rattle-free mounting of the unlocking levers, the tensioning element has a tensioning cable guided in two separate flexible sheaths. The tension cable is fastened to the first unlocking lever and to the locking latch and is guided at the second unlocking lever over a deflecting roller mounted thereon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 1994
    Date of Patent: May 30, 1995
    Assignee: Mercedes-Benz AG
    Inventor: Reiner Paetzold
  • Patent number: 5358292
    Abstract: A gate latch of the type including a latch bar mounted for movement with a hinged gate and a latch bracket secured to a stationary gate post disposed for engagement with the latch bar when the gate is in a closed position includes an elongated wire cable having a first end secured to a pivotal latch lever mounted in the latch bracket. The pivotal latch lever includes a recess for partially surrounding the latch bar in a latched position. A second end of the cable extends through a bore in the gate post and is secured to an enlarged handle for manual tensioning of the cable to move the pivotal latch lever to an unlatched position. A pair of bushings are disposed in opposite outer end portions of the bore formed through the gate post and include exposed radially extending abutment flanges.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 1993
    Date of Patent: October 25, 1994
    Inventors: Peter C. Van Wiebe, Dietmar H. Penno
  • Patent number: 5332273
    Abstract: An actuator for a door lock mechanism, that is capable of sufficiently securing a strong driving force as well as a necessary stroke quantum, that is small in size, and that makes manual operation possible under a light load, comprising: a columnar body that is rotated by a forward-reverse motor and provided with, on its outer circumferential surface, a first spiral stage, which forms an upward gradient in a first direction when the columnar body rotates in a forward direction, a second spiral stage which forms an upper-gradient in a second direction when the columnar body rotates in a reverse direction; and a displacement component having one end driven to move in the first direction by the first spiral stage at the time of the positive rotation of the columnar body and in the second direction by the second spiral stage when the columnar body rotates in the reverse direction, thus causing another end of the displacement component to actuate a latch mechanism for locking doors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 1992
    Date of Patent: July 26, 1994
    Assignee: Harada Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Hiroshi Komachi
  • Patent number: 5295374
    Abstract: A tailgate handle assembly in a housing including a flush-mounted handle and an adjacent key cylinder. The housing is spaced apart from a tailgate latch mechanism. A laterally extending lever is slidably actuated on the housing from a locked mode to an unlocked mode manually by rotation of the key cylinder, or electrically via a power actuator, and then pivoted by manual lift-pulling on the handle, to thereby lift a latch rod extending between the lever and the latch mechanism to actuate the latter. An electrical limit switch is mounted on the handle assembly, adapted to being actuated by one slidable movement of the lever to unlock the latch of an upwardly pivotable tailgate window.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 1992
    Date of Patent: March 22, 1994
    Assignee: Chrysler Corporation
    Inventors: Frederick F. Bender, Ralph G. Nedbal
  • Patent number: 5263347
    Abstract: A remote control locking device is provided for a door of a motor vehicle, which consists of a remote transmitter outside of the motor vehicle for transmitting a radio signal. A receiver is carried within and is electrically connected to the electrical system of the motor vehicle for receiving the radio signal from the remote transmitter. A piston is electrically connected to the receiver and is mounted within a door jamb of the motor vehicle adjacent the side of the door. A dead bolt plunger is axially aligned with and projects outwardly from the piston for a relative lineal movement between extended and retracted positions upon operation of the remote transmitter, so that the dead bolt plunger can engage with the side to lock the door and disengage from the side to unlock the door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 1992
    Date of Patent: November 23, 1993
    Inventors: Mark E. Allbaugh, George Spector
  • Patent number: 5261260
    Abstract: A remotely controlled door lock for a dog cage is provided. The door lock includes a pair of solenoids connected to a latch bolt, and a main controller which receives a radio frequency control signal from a remote radio transmitter. The main controller decodes the signal and sends it to one of the solenoids to retract the latch bolt from engagement with the cage door, or extend it into engagement therewith.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 1992
    Date of Patent: November 16, 1993
    Inventor: Chen-Che Lin
  • Patent number: 5233849
    Abstract: A remote control latch assembly includes a fork-bolt and detent style latch carried on the moveable deck lid of a vehicle. A key actuator is spaced from the latch and receives a standard key for unlatching the deck lid from a covered position over the trunk compartment. The key actuator includes a frame attached directly to the moveable deck lid, and a rotor supported in the frame and turned by the key. An involute track is formed in the frame having the rotor as its theoretical base cylinder. A core element operatively extends between the rotor and the latch. A conduit guidably surrounds the core element and includes a flange adjacent a terminal end portion thereof slideably received in the involute track. The angular orientation of the conduit is adjusted relative to the key actuator frame without relative lengthwise movement between the core element and the conduit by sliding the flange in the involute track.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 1992
    Date of Patent: August 10, 1993
    Assignee: General Motors Corporation
    Inventor: Anthony G. Forbers
  • Patent number: 5066062
    Abstract: An electrically-operated mechanism for locking a lid or filler cap associated with a fuel filler tube in an automotive vehicle. Switch mechanisms located in the driver compartment are used to remotely control a solenoid or reversible electric motor in the compartment containing the filler tube. The vehicle battery is used as the power source for the motor or solenoid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 1990
    Date of Patent: November 19, 1991
    Inventor: Bill G. Sekulovski
  • Patent number: 5062669
    Abstract: A lock mechanism for safely locking doors, such as trailer-tractor vehicle doors and for controllably releasing same including a reciprocal or rotatable locking member such as a sliding bolt movable up through the floor of a trailer to a first locking position wherein a door is positively locked and a release position wherein the vehicle door is released with the locking member housed in a tamper-proof box with a pivotal panel that is held shut by a latch released by a latch operator means which is activated by an air drive that can be primarily operated only when connected to the air pressure system of a vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 1990
    Date of Patent: November 5, 1991
    Inventors: Donald P. McManigal, David G. Yaksic, John McHugh
  • Patent number: 5056343
    Abstract: A motor-vehicle latch has an actuating lever displaceable between a position in which a respective door of the vehicle is locked and a position in which the respective door is unlocked. A locking knob connected to the lever is accessible from inside the vehicle to displace the lever between its positions. The actuator has a housing mounted directly on the door latch and formed with at least one longitudinally directed abutment face, a motor in the housing, a nut longitudinally displaceable in the housing by the motor between unlocked, locked, and antitheft positions, and a slide in the housing movable by the nut between locked and unlocked positions and formed with a recess receiving a portion projecting from the lever. At least one flexible arm extends longitudinally from the slide and has a head formed with a face directed longitudinally opposite the abutment face of the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 1990
    Date of Patent: October 15, 1991
    Assignee: Kiekert GmbH & Co. Kommanditgesellschaft
    Inventors: Frank Kleefeldt, Rolf Schuler
  • Patent number: 5048150
    Abstract: A door holder that includes a holding member adapted to be secured between the door and a frame of the door. The holding member includes a lever that may be clamped in either a first released position in which the door is freed to be opened and closed or a second holding position in which the door is held open. A foot operated actuating means operated by a user controls the lever to move it into a clamping position to hold the door open.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 1990
    Date of Patent: September 17, 1991
    Assignee: Professional Engineering Company Incorporated
    Inventor: Phillip Guerin
  • Patent number: 5025883
    Abstract: A motorcycle provided with a central trunk and left and right trunks at the rear portion of the vehicle body. The vehicle body frame of this motorcycle is composed of a main vehicle body frame at the front and a rear vehicle body frame that can be detachably mounted to this main vehicle body frame. The rear vehicle body frame constitutes a trunk assembly jointly with a central trunk, a left trunk, a right trunk and other equipments such as lamps, and after the above-mentioned trunk assembly has been formed preliminarily as one unit outside of a main assembly line, it is detachably mounted to the main vehicle body frame on the main assembly line. Accordingly, the work on the main assembly line becomes little and simple, and a productivity is improved. Upon replacement of a rear wheel tire, it is only necessary to dismount the entire trunk assembly together with the rear vehicle body frame without individually dismounting a large number of equipments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 1989
    Date of Patent: June 25, 1991
    Assignee: Honda Giken Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Shigehisa Morinaka, Tai Nakashima, Takeshi Yamazaki, Kazuo Morishima, Yoshiaki Kashio, Giichiro Akimori
  • Patent number: 5009456
    Abstract: A door lock apparatus includes a latch bolt which can be displaced from an operable position by actuating a door handle driver against the action of a biasing spring. A displaceable catch is provided for retaining the latch bolt in a retracted position. The catch is biased by a second spring into its catch position from which it can be displaced by an electromagnetic actuator, which in turn is connected to a wireless signal receiver. An alarm detector, remotely placed from the lock apparatus and connected to a wireless signal transmitter, is adapted to be activated when the detector detects a state of alarm, sending a signal which is detectable by the receiver at the lock apparatus for displacing the catch out of its catch position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 1990
    Date of Patent: April 23, 1991
    Assignee: Lasinvast Svenska AB
    Inventor: Berth Eck
  • Patent number: 4998758
    Abstract: A remote release actuating system for a deck lid latch includes an actuator lever pivotally mounted on the latch so that pivotal movement on the actuator lever unlatches the latch. At least a first and second remote actuatable actuator means are respectively coupled to the actuator lever by first and second lost motion coupling mechanisms so that the operator actuation of either one of the first and second operator actuatable actuator means pivots the actuator lever about the pivot means to unlatch the latch while the other of the first and second remote actuatable actuator means remains unactuated and free of any backdrive effort being imposed thereon. Accordingly, the effort required to effect a remote release of the deck lid latch is minimized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 1990
    Date of Patent: March 12, 1991
    Assignee: General Motors Corporation
    Inventors: David Kowalczyk, Ian J. Dow, Carl D. May
  • Patent number: 4994722
    Abstract: A system for automatically locking a lavatory door on an aircraft from a remote location comprises means for activating the system, means for sensing the presence of a person in the lavatory, means for locking the lavatory when it is unoccupied and means for selectively overriding the system to allow entry by authorized personnel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 1989
    Date of Patent: February 19, 1991
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: David C. Dolan, Jimmie L. Grimes, David C. Broman, Kwan-Ho Bae
  • Patent number: 4962955
    Abstract: A luggage compartment lid openable upon release of the deck lid latch and a release handle mounted in the operator compartment and connected to the latch by a cable for remotely releasing the latch upon operator actuation of the release handle. A drive gear is rotatably mounted on the latch to release the latch upon rotation of the drive gear. An actuator gear is also rotatably mounted on the latch and has gear teeth meshing with gear teeth of the drive gear. The actuator gear is connected to the cable so that operator actuation of the release handle rotates the actuator gear and the drive gear to release the latch. A shift bar is located inside the luggage compartment and is operable to selectively shaft the actuator gear away from the drive gear so that the gear teeth are disengaged and operator actuation of the release handle is thereby disconnected from the latch so that the deck lid cannot be opened without the use of a key to operate the conventional key cylinder release of the deck lid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 1989
    Date of Patent: October 16, 1990
    Assignee: General Motors Corporation
    Inventors: Randy Ferrara, Carl D. May, Ian J. Dow
  • Patent number: 4945784
    Abstract: A connector assembly for connecting a linearly shiftable cable to a lock structure includes a plastic housing which mounts a plastic lever, one arm of which is connected to the cable. The other leg of the lever has an abutment for engaging a release lever of the lock structure when the lever is rotated to operated position. A coil torsion spring surrounds a hub of the lever and has its legs engaging anchors on the arms of the lever. After the desired length of the cable is established and the cable secured to the one arm of the lever, installation of the connector assembly, the anchor of the one leg of the spring to the arm of the lever is broken so that the one leg of the spring can engage the housing and bias the lever to non-operated position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 1986
    Date of Patent: August 7, 1990
    Assignee: General Motors Corporation
    Inventor: Bela Gergoe
  • Patent number: 4917418
    Abstract: A fuel filler door release system comprising a spring loaded fuel filler door, a latch normally holding the door closed, and a fuel filler door release device including a first strand connected at one end to a remote manually operated lever and releasably connected at the other end to a spring loaded plunger of the release device. A second strand is releasably connected to the plunger and extends to the latch of the fuel filler door. A third strand is connected to the plunger and extends to a pull tab within the vehicle for providing auxiliary release for the fuel filler door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 1988
    Date of Patent: April 17, 1990
    Assignee: Babcock Industries Inc.
    Inventor: Donald J. Gokee
  • Patent number: 4890868
    Abstract: A safety door latch is provided for a door hinged to a door frame in a building having a first and second floor. The door latch is spring biased closed to keep the door in a secured locked position and can be manually released to unlock the door from the first and second floors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 1989
    Date of Patent: January 2, 1990
    Inventors: Edward Horvath, George Spector
  • Patent number: 4872366
    Abstract: A hood release assembly which can be snap fittingly attached to an instrument panel having a rectangular opening. The assembly includes a plastic housing having one end slidably connected to the panel via a tongue and groove connection and its opposite end snap fittingly attached to the panel via an integral fastener on the housing, a cable release lever having integral pivot pins which are snap fittingly received within complementary shaped openings in the housing and a rear cover which is integrally connected to the housing via a living hinge at one end and releasably detentable with the housing at its other end to permit access to the housing from the rear thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 1988
    Date of Patent: October 10, 1989
    Assignee: General Motors Corporation
    Inventors: John M. Appleby, James Bolsworth, Charles M. Wilson