Mounting And Attachment Patents (Class 292/DIG53)
  • Patent number: 6141914
    Abstract: A door panel formed with a throughgoing hole carries adjacent the hole a shaft pivotal about an axis and having radially projecting retaining formations. An assembly body engaging the panel around the hole carries a movable handle. Retaining formations on the body are engageable with the shaft retaining formations in a predetermined angular holding position of the shaft. The body formations are disengaged from the shaft retaining formations in an angularly offset freeing position of the shaft. The shaft formations are cam lobes and the body has an inwardly extending projection formed with a seat snugly receiving the shaft formations in the holding position of the shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 1999
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2000
    Assignee: Kiekert AG
    Inventors: Stefan Feige, Thomas Hulsmann
  • Patent number: 6131970
    Abstract: A latch assembly with a keyed rose plate for quick and easy adjustment to doors of different thickness without the use of threaded components. The latch assembly includes a latch body with an outside end having at least two grooves. The grooves are preferably spaced longitudinally apart from one another by one-half (1/2)the difference in standard door thickness. An outside rose plate has an oblong central opening which allows it to fit eccentrically over the outside end of the latch body. Once aligned with one of the grooves, the outide rose plate may be moved laterally with respect to the latch body to engage in the groove with which it is so aligned. An inside rose plate fits over the inside end of the latch body so that the inside rose plate is free to move longitudinally along the inside end of the latch body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 1997
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2000
    Assignee: Yale Security Inc.
    Inventors: Barclay H. Hurst, Kerry D. Huebner, J. Steven Gray
  • Patent number: 6112471
    Abstract: A prison door arrangement includes a cavity formed in a side edge of a door; an adapter releasably secured to the door and extending within the cavity; and a strike disposed within the cavity and releasably secured to the adapter. A method for installing a strike within a cavity formed in a side edge of a door of a prison door arrangement includes selecting one of a plurality of different strikes, each strike dimensioned to fit completely within the cavity; based on the selection of the strike, selecting one of a plurality of adapters, each adapter designed to receive one of the strikes; and releasably securing the selected adapter to the door such that the adapter extends within the cavity, and mounting the selected strike within the cavity by releasably securing the strike to the adapter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 1999
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2000
    Assignee: United Dominion Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Tom E. Welch, Timothy A. Browne
  • Patent number: 6106037
    Abstract: A vehicle door striker is manufactured from a U-shaped striker plate and a striker bolt. The striker plate has a mounting plate connected to an arm by a support segment. The mounting plate has a striker bolt hole and two mounting bolt holes therethrough and the arm has a boss with a threaded hole therethrough. The striker bolt has a head and a threaded end with a shaft therebetween. The shaft is surrounded by a profiled plastic sleeve which serves to dampen sound and reduce wear. In assembling the vehicle door striker, the striker bolt is inserted through the striker bolt hole such that the head is fully recessed in the mounting plate and such that the threaded end is threaded into the threaded hole of the boss. The striker bolt and threaded hole interface in an interference fit designed to maximize the failure point of the connection. The sleeve may be placed over the shaft of the striker bolt either before or during the assembly process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 1998
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2000
    Assignee: ATF, Inc.
    Inventor: John E. Burton
  • Patent number: 6089056
    Abstract: A mounting apparatus comprises a resin part, an attaching hole formed in the resin part, a metallic pin having an anchor inserted into the attaching hole and an exposure portion. Both sides of the attaching hole are opened to an outside of the resin part. The anchor penetrates the resin part through the attaching hole, and a tip end of the anchor is in the outside of the resin part. The exposure portion has a first supporting portion continued with the anchor, a second supporting portion, a flange located between the first and second supporting portions, and a projection continued with the second supporting portion. First and second levers are rotatably fitted on the first and second supporting portions, respectively. A base seat makes a contact with the tip end of the anchor when the anchor is inserted into the attaching hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 1998
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2000
    Assignee: Mitsui Kinzoku Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Yuji Yoda, Mikio Ichinose
  • Patent number: 6068304
    Abstract: An espagnolette edge bar assembly for use in a latch assembly. The espagnolette edge bar assembly includes an espagnolette edge bar lock housing mounting means (14) attached to the espagnolette edge bar, and an espagnolette rod connector associated with the lock housing mounting means. The espagnolette rod connector is arranged for displacement along the espagnolette edge bar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 1998
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2000
    Assignee: Fix AB
    Inventor: Per Olof Lindqvist
  • Patent number: 6059328
    Abstract: A vehicle door latch device comprises a latch body provided at a front side thereof with a recess for accommodating a latch and a ratchet, a metal front plate fixed to the front side of the latch body, a metal back plate fixed to a rear side of the latch body, a lock lever rotatably mounted on the latch body by a first shaft, an actuator for rotating the lock lever. The back plate includes a rear plate substantially parallel to the latch body and a first angled plate projecting backward from the rear plate. The front plate has a cover plate for substantially covering the recess and a second angled plate projecting backward from the cover plate. The actuator is fixed to both of the first and second angled plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 1998
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2000
    Assignee: Mitsui Kinzoku Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Yoshihito Gomi
  • Patent number: 6059329
    Abstract: An automotive door handle assembly adapted to be mounted in an aperture defined in the outer skin of a motor vehicle door by a flange structure. The assembly includes an escutcheon plate sized to fit in the door skin aperture and having a peripheral flange sized to fit against an outer face of the outer door skin in surrounding relation to the door skin aperture. The door handle is pivotally mounted on a front face of the escutcheon plate for door unlatching movement, and a locking member is slidably mounted on a rear face of the escutcheon plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 1998
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2000
    Assignee: ADAC Plastics Inc.
    Inventor: Larry W. Spitzley
  • Patent number: 6056335
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a lock button assembly for installation on a threaded actuating member operatively connected to a vehicle door locking mechanism. The assembly has a manually engageable lock button having a longitudinally extending bore. The bore is configured to receive a threaded end portion of the actuating member. The lock button has an opening on one side thereof providing access to the bore. A clip member is mounted exteriorly to the lock button. The clip member has a resilient projection extending inwardly through the opening and into the bore for frictional engagement with the threaded portion. The projection is biased to permit ingress of the actuating member into the bore and to prevent egress of the actuating member from the bore. The present invention also relates to a method for installing a lock button assembly on a threaded actuating member operatively connected to a vehicle door locking mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 1998
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2000
    Assignee: Magna Interior Systems Inc.
    Inventor: Robert G. Dietrich
  • Patent number: 6050618
    Abstract: A sliding-action slam latch includes an integrally molded rearwardly curving leaf spring for engaging the door panel in which the latch is mounted. A recess in the underside of the latch permits free travel of the leaf spring as the latch is opened.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 1998
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2000
    Assignee: Southco, Inc.
    Inventor: Loc B. Tieu
  • Patent number: 6036244
    Abstract: A vehicle door handle assembly has a support that includes a concave shell having a pair of vertically spaced bosses with pivot holes for two concentric shafts. One shaft is operated by a handle in the shell and moves an operating lever behind the shell. The other shaft is operated by a lock knob in the shell and moves a second operating lever behind the shell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 1999
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2000
    Assignee: General Motors Corporation
    Inventors: Zinovy Tyves, Joseph Frank Carnaghi, Mark Vickery, Brian A. Barnes, Gordon Leroy Cook, Derek L. Roberts, Philippe Jenot, Mike Skiba
  • Patent number: 6019401
    Abstract: In a lock for sliding closures a covering plate forms an integral part of a sliding assembly. Fixing members include arrangements to receive complementary arrangements of the covering plate and to cooperate with the latter to guide the moving assembly when it slides relative to the wall and to hold it against the wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 1998
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2000
    Assignee: Ferco International Ferrures Et Serrures De Batiment
    Inventors: Gerard Prevot, Gerard Desplantes, Eric Alvarez
  • Patent number: 6019400
    Abstract: In a lock for sliding closures two fixing members are disposed at respective corresponding ends of the casing and inserted with the casing into a slot in the closure. A first fixing member has at least one part which retracts elastically in the longitudinal direction of the casing in the direction towards the center of the casing to enable it to pass through the slot in the closure and to return elastically in the opposite direction to engage the corresponding edge surface of the slot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 1998
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2000
    Assignee: Ferco International Ferrures Et Serrures De Batiment
    Inventors: Gerard Prevot, Gerard Desplantes, Eric Alvarez
  • Patent number: 6007119
    Abstract: A shear-type electromagnetic lock is disclosed whose armature can approach the electromagnet from any transverse direction, which can be mounted in any orientation with respect to gravity, and which does not require any door position sensing means. The armature includes a pair of standoffs in the form of conically projecting buttons affixed thereto, the buttons projecting from the plane of contact between the armature and the electromagnet. The buttons have a base angle of 60-80 degrees adjacent the armature, and an angle of 45 degrees distal from the armature, and terminate in a smoothly rounded point. The armature is mounted to a sub-plate via counteracting springs such that the armature "floats" on the sub-plate, with the distance between the armature and the sub-plate being adjustable via adjusting screws.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 1997
    Date of Patent: December 28, 1999
    Assignee: Securitron Magnalock Corp.
    Inventors: Thomas E. Roth, Vincent J. Frallicciardi
  • Patent number: 5961162
    Abstract: A latch is mounted in an aperture in a door, panel or the like by first and second retaining members. The first retaining member limits rotational movement of the latch and the second retaining member limits axial movement of the latch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 1997
    Date of Patent: October 5, 1999
    Assignee: Southco, Inc.
    Inventors: Gerald Glaser, J. Thomas Weuthen
  • 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: 5927775
    Abstract: A door locking system for child-safety door locking systems on an automobile door including a latch and a door lock mechanism. The door handle is incapable of unlatching the door when the locking mechanism locks the latch. The locking system includes a door panel having an opening for receiving the lock lever in a guard lock mode when moved to its locked position so that the lock lever is substantially recessed within the door panel. The lock lever and the door panel are constructed such that the lock lever cannot be accessed through the opening for manual movement back to its unlocked position. In the normal lock mode, the lock lever is not received within the opening in the door panel in the locked position so that it is accessible for manually moving the lock lever to the unlocked position. A key lock interconnects the lock lever and a lock rod for selectively actuating the locking mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 1997
    Date of Patent: July 27, 1999
    Inventor: Earl M. Trammell, Jr.
  • Patent number: 5893593
    Abstract: A relay assembly for a vehicle sliding door comprises an outer opening lever mounted on a base plate for releasing a latch unit by operation of an outside open handle, a locking lever mounted on the base plate and having an unlocked position and a locked position, an inner opening lever mounted on the base plate for releasing the latch unit by operation of an inside open handle, a child-proof lever mounted on the base plate and having a non-proof position and a proof position, and a ratchet lever mounted on the base plate and coupled to the latch unit through a rod or wire. The locking lever and child-proof lever are pivotally mounted on the base plate by a first shaft, and are provided on opposite sides of the base plate, respectively. The inner opening lever and outer opening lever are pivotally mounted on the base plate by a second shaft parallel to the first shaft, and are provided on opposite sides of the base plate, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 1997
    Date of Patent: April 13, 1999
    Assignee: Mitsui Kinzoku Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Patrick J. Dowling
  • Patent number: 5890753
    Abstract: A lock mechanism is provided which may actuate both a deadbolt and flush bolts in response to a single lock movement. The mechanism includes a dual element bolt throw and flush bolt actuator, which locks in place in the extended position if the end of the bolt is pressed inwardly. The throw includes a transfer mechanism which translates the horizontal movement of the bolt to vertical movement at the flush bolts. The flush bolts also include a mechanism to limit retraction thereof if the extending end of the flush bolt is exposed to inward directed force. The entire lock mechanism may be actuated by a standard cylindrical lockset having actuating jaws extending therefrom. The lock mechanism case may include an aperture therein, through which the handle housing extends, which aligns the jaws in the handle housing with the rear end of the bolt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 1996
    Date of Patent: April 6, 1999
    Inventor: Mark Weston Fuller
  • Patent number: 5860684
    Abstract: An apparatus for opening and closing a vehicle door comprises an outer open handle assembly and a latch assembly. The handle assembly has an handle base which is brought into contact with an outer surface of an outer door panel and a handle lever which is rotatably mounted on the handle base. The latch assembly has a bracket which is brought into contact with an inner surface of the outer panel, a latch mechanism which is engaged with a striker and mounted on the bracket, and an opening mechanism which is operative to release the latch mechanism and mounted on the bracket. The handle base and the bracket are fixed to each other with screws or bolts across the outer door panel. The latch assembly is covered with a decorative case.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 1996
    Date of Patent: January 19, 1999
    Assignee: Mitsui Kinzoku Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Tetsuro Mizuki
  • Patent number: 5845522
    Abstract: A fastening device used with a lock for firmly securing the lock in position against undesired rotational movement with respect to a door where the lock is mounted. The fastening device comprises a pair of mounting screws for firmly securing an inside and an outside escutcheon to the door and a pair of fastening screws extending through a main lock assembly to firmly support it with respect to the outside escutcheon of the already firmly secured inside and outside escutcheons assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 1997
    Date of Patent: December 8, 1998
    Inventor: Mu-Lin Shen
  • Patent number: 5806355
    Abstract: A universal adapter (300) for a security system, having: a back plate (302) having a left portion (304) and a right portion (306); and positioning adapter plates (308,310) extending substantially outwardly from the left and right portions (304,306) of the back plate (302), the positioning adapter plates (308,310) having an adjustment structure, such as a first pair of ports (314) spaced in proximity to the back plate (302) and a second pair of ports (316) spaced away from the back plate (302) , adapted to adjustably receive a lock assembly of a security system in a first position proximate to the back plate and a second position away from the back plate. Also, the adapter can have a clamping structure (350) for holding a locking structure with respect to an inside of a cargo loading door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 1996
    Date of Patent: September 15, 1998
    Inventors: William P. Lanigan, Peter W. Mirabella, Gerald F. Chalko, Jr.
  • Patent number: 5775745
    Abstract: A latch and lockset system comprises a common unit having a socket (30) that houses a rotor (40) pivotably supporting a catch (50) on a pin (53) and attached to latch means (handles 20, 22). As the lockset (10) is assembled, its components (50, 53, 40, 33/34, 23) secure themselves successively. The unit is mounted in a transversal bore (Q) of a door leaf (T) by introducing a handle (20) sideways so as to point outwardly towards the free door edge whereby the common unit becomes seated in the transversal bore (Q); then the handle main portion (24) is pivoted by 180.degree. to reach its idle position in which the handle (20) is biased by a returning spring block (34) on the rotor (40). A guide bush (18) radially screwed into the socket (30) for securing it in a longitudinal bore (L) receives a spring-biased bolt (15).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 1994
    Date of Patent: July 7, 1998
    Assignee: Hoppe Holding AG
    Inventors: Friedrich Hoppe, Heinz-Eckhard Engel
  • Patent number: 5769473
    Abstract: A door restraining assembly for use with a door hingedly connected to a surrounding door frame. At least one pin member includes a cylindrically shaped body and is positioned within a recess drilled into either or both a hinge side and door side of a door. A seating portion extends laterally from the pin member past the door surface. At least one receiving member includes a pin receiving portion and a reduced diameter reinforcing portion and is mounted within a corresponding recess drilled within the door jamb. The recess for the reinforcing portion extends well past the door jamb and through one or more of the vertically extending wall studs of the wall structure surrounding the door frame. According to further embodiments, a restraining assembly is provided on each the hinge side and latch side of the door frame. A method for installing a restraining assembly according to the present invention is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 1997
    Date of Patent: June 23, 1998
    Inventor: Martin Sovis
  • Patent number: 5769472
    Abstract: A drive-in housing for mounting a latch assembly in a bore formed in a door comprises two identical housing parts each having a slot therein. When the housing parts are brought together they form an opening for receiving a bolt casing of the latch assembly. Tabs on the casing are captured in the slots as the housing parts are moved normal to the axis of the casing. Movement of the casing relative to the housing parts is then limited by direct engagement of the housing parts with the tabs. The housing parts each have two abutment surfaces facing in a circumferential direction, the abutment surfaces of one housing part having a projection and a recess, respectively, for mating with a corresponding recess and projection on the abutment surfaces of the other housing part. The housing parts, when brought together, form a faceplate having an opening therein for accommodating a bolt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 1996
    Date of Patent: June 23, 1998
    Assignee: Schlage Lock Company
    Inventor: Steven D. Small
  • Patent number: 5746457
    Abstract: The present invention discloses an improved locking device for a vehicle's trunk, door and seat which is simple in structure with a minimized number of parts, assembly steps and likelihood of deformation caused by weight pressure. This locking device includes shafts, each having a large diameter portion at its middle part and a small diameter portion at both ends thereof. The small diameter portions have a smaller diameter than the large diameter portions. The locking device also includes a latch and a pawl revolvably combined on each of the shafts. The shafts are used to affix the whole device to a vehicle body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 1997
    Date of Patent: May 5, 1998
    Assignee: Dongyang Mechatronics Corp.
    Inventor: Manyeob Kim
  • Patent number: 5730478
    Abstract: Method and apparatus for mounting a push/pull handle on a latch mechanism is disclosed. Recently, it has become desirable for large medical service facilities, such as hospitals, to change their door latch mechanisms from rotatable lever handles to push/pull handles. The apparatus comprises a pair of mating adapter plates mountable on either side of a door outwardly adjacent a mortise lock presently mounted in the door. The adapter plates include a plurality of pairs of aligned apertures, each of the several pairs of which are adapted to align with a pair of apertures which differing lock manufacturers position in differing radial and arcuate positions with respect to a mortise operating key. The adapter plates fasten through the mortise to the respective door sides and allow push/pull type handle assemblies to be mounted on the adapter plates so as to be operatively connected through the mortise operating key.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 1996
    Date of Patent: March 24, 1998
    Assignee: Architectural Builders Hardware Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventor: Richard E. D'Hooge
  • Patent number: 5662365
    Abstract: A latch assembly for a lockset is disclosed comprising a cylindrical bolt including at least one axially extending flat portion and a cylindrical casing which is to be inserted into matched bore in a door and which includes a bore for receiving the bolt. The bolt and bore include cooperating structure for maintaining a desired orientation of the bolt relative to the bore as the bolt is displaced from an extended position to a retracted position. A cylindrical adaptor is provided for effectively increasing the diameter of the cylindrical casing including first and second semi-cylindrical portions displaceable into abutting relationship to capture the cylindrical casing and to define a selectively sized outer diameter. The semi-cylindrical portions are releasably secured together when they abut and have a radially inwardly extending end portion which together define an opening selectively configured to matingly receive the cylindrical bolt thereby defining a facing for the cylindrical casing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 1996
    Date of Patent: September 2, 1997
    Assignee: Emhart Inc.
    Inventor: Thomas J. Ghostley
  • Patent number: 5660420
    Abstract: A bolt construction for use in an espagnolette locking system for the multi-point locking of sashes is made up of a linking rod (16) and a locking pin (17), one or the other of which is of fixed length and the other of which may be any one of a plurality of different lengths, the rod and pin being adapted to be connected together with a snap fit in any one of a plurality of different positions, thereby allowing the length of the interconnecting rod and pin to be chosen to fit a particular size of sash. The construction also provides a bolt construction for use in an espagnolette locking system for multi-point locking of sashes, which bolt construction is formed for assembly within a rebate in a face of the sash by means of a snap fit within the rebate. The construction also extends to a sash fitted with two such bolt constructions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 1994
    Date of Patent: August 26, 1997
    Assignee: Schlegel (U.K.) Holdings Limited
    Inventors: John Colin Smith, Patrick Ernest Christmas
  • Patent number: 5630632
    Abstract: A quarter turn latch (10) includes a latching member (12) connecting to an actuating member (14). The latching member (12) and actuating member (14) snap together from opposite sides of a mounting surface member (100). The latching member (12) includes a cam member (20) for engaging the complimentary latch member (102) to retain it against the mounting surface member (100). The mounting surface has a depressed portion (16) with an orifice (18) formed therein. The orifice has opposed straight sides (70) and rounded end portions (72). The actuating member includes a barrel shaped body (24) having opposed rounded larger radius corner portions (32) and opposed squared corner portions (34). The actuating member provides for rotation along the rounded portions (32) against the end portion (72) and straight side (70) while the squared portions (34) engage the straight side portion (70) to limit rotation to one quarter turn.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 1994
    Date of Patent: May 20, 1997
    Assignee: Federal-Hoffman, Inc.
    Inventor: David A. Swan
  • Patent number: 5605365
    Abstract: A door security device (10) is provided for effectively locking a door (22) that has been partially opened. The device (10) includes a base plate (12) that is screwed onto a door frame (14), a first hinge plate (16) that is connected to the base plate (12) at a first hinge joint (56), a second hinge plate (18) that is similarly connected to the first hinge plate (16) at a second hinge joint (64), and a door plate (20) that is mounted on the door (22) and which incorporates a pair of hinge ears (92 and 94) between which is received a uniquely shaped hinge tongue (90) that is present at the end of the second hinge plate (18). A latch pin (24) that is also uniquely shaped, is insertable, when the door (22) is in a closed position, into ear bores (104 and 106) and a tongue bore (102) that are present within the hinge ears (92 and 94) and hinge tongue (90) to form a third hinge joint (108).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 1995
    Date of Patent: February 25, 1997
    Inventor: David L. George
  • Patent number: 5593193
    Abstract: A thumb actuated latch retracting mechanism, for mounting with a grip handle on a door, includes a thumbpiece, the thumbpiece having a laterally offset cam on a second end thereof; an escutcheon plate having an opening through which the second end of the thumbpiece and the cam protrude into a door preparation cavity; and provision within the cavity for retracting a latchbolt in response to pressing the thumbpiece, the provision including a chassis mounted to the escutcheon and containing further provisions for converting linear motion of the thumbpiece cam to rotary motion of a spindle for retracting the latchbolt. The chassis also has tabs which act as barbs to hold the handle and mechanism against the door when pushed into mounting position and to simplify installation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 1996
    Date of Patent: January 14, 1997
    Assignee: Schlage Lock Company
    Inventor: Jonathan R. Heim
  • Patent number: 5584514
    Abstract: A window guard locking device (34) comprises a flange member (36) having a keyhole (42) therethrough, a member (40) having a central cavity (50), an intermediate member (38) having an opening (46) disposed between the flange member (36) and the member (40) with the axis of the keyhole, the opening and the central cavity being coincident, and at least one projection (48) extending inwardly from a wall of the opening (46) adjacent the keyhole (42) with a surface of the projection (48) being aligned with a respective wall of the keyhole (42).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 1994
    Date of Patent: December 17, 1996
    Inventor: Lawrence L. Mascotte
  • Patent number: 5564296
    Abstract: A kit for converting a key-in-knob lockset to a lever handle operated lock employs the existing cylindrical lock and its associated latch bolt. The conversion apparatus employs a lever handle having a non-circular shank portion which is received in, and thus drives, a resiliently biased coupling device which is interpositioned between the handle and a rose housing affixed to the door. The existing cylindrical lock is supported within the lever handle shank portion by a dummy bible member in such a manner as to prevent forces resulting from operation of the lever handle from damaging the cylindrical lock.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 1994
    Date of Patent: October 15, 1996
    Assignee: International Security Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Kenneth Theriault, William J. Rochette, Thomas Hennessy
  • Patent number: 5544925
    Abstract: An automotive door lock apparatus comprises a lock body having a latch for engaging with a striker and a ratchet for preventing the latch from pivoting in reverse direction, the lock body defining a cavity for receiving the latch and the ratchet, a spring arranged between the wall portion of the cavity and the tip end of the ratchet for resiliently contacting the ratchet to the latch, a cover plate mounted on the body for covering the cavity and preventing the spring from jumping out, and holding portions formed in the wall portion and the tip end. The holding portions having slightly smaller diameter than the diameter of the spring for temporarily holding the end of the spring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 1995
    Date of Patent: August 13, 1996
    Assignee: Mitsui Kinzoku Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Takao Ikeda
  • Patent number: 5503439
    Abstract: An improved wedge bar locking mechanism for a burial casket requires only a bracket, a screw and a clip which cooperate with one end of a wedge bar to cause longitudinal movement of the wedge bar in two directions for locking end unlocking the lid of a casket to the body of the casket. The components of the mechanism are located in the body of the casket, adjacent an end wall. The bracket mounts rigidly to the body. The screw threads directly to the wedge bar, and the bracket and clip hold opposite ends of the screw to prevent axial and radial movement thereof so that rotational movement of the screw is converted to longitudinal movement of the wedge bar. The screw is accessible for rotation via a keyway in the end wall. A center wall of the bracket engages the end of the wedge bar to prevent rotational movement thereof when the screw is rotated. The bracket also includes integral tabs which serve as over-travel stops for both the locked and unlocked positions of the wedge bar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 1994
    Date of Patent: April 2, 1996
    Assignee: Batesville Casket Company, Inc.
    Inventors: John P. LaJeunesse, Francis Hensley, Louis Scheele, Harold E. Metcalf, Edward Lodics
  • Patent number: 5499851
    Abstract: A handle assembly, formed with a terminal flange, is adapted for flush installation in a panel aperture from the outboard side of the panel in a rock-in manner with the terminal flange overlying the panel outer surface. The housing has at least one inboard projecting stem receiving a one-piece clip through a hole in a retaining clip enabling a nut, upon being threaded on the stem, to hold handle assembly in the panel opening. The clip of the present invention is initially installed from the inboard side of the panel by means of upper and lower tabs adapted for manual push-on frictional engagement with associated upper and lower tongues projecting inboard from the handle housing. As a result of the clip tabs being manually engaged the installer has both hands free for threading a nut on the stem and torquing the nut down to complete the handle assembly installation. The housing tongues also provide a support function in that they prevent the clip from being distorted during the torquing operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 1994
    Date of Patent: March 19, 1996
    Assignee: Chrysler Corporation
    Inventor: Stephen J. Mitchell
  • Patent number: 5482334
    Abstract: A door lock having upper and lower vertically spaced actuator seats centered on respective vertically spaced upper and lower axes has a handle assembly having inner and outer mounting plates horizontally flanking the door lock. An upper stem fitted in the upper actuator seat and supported on the inner plate can rotate about the upper actuator axis and carries an inner handle. A lower stem fitted in the lower actuator seat and supported on the outer plate can rotate about the lower axis. An outer stem separate from the inner stem and supported on the outer plate can rotate about the upper axis coaxially with the inner stem and carries an outer handle. Gearing interconnects the outer and lower stems for rotation of the lower stem about the lower axis on rotation of the outer stem about the upper axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 1993
    Date of Patent: January 9, 1996
    Assignee: Roto Frank Eisenwarenfabrik Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Manfred Hotzl
  • Patent number: 5480117
    Abstract: A bracket for mounting a rotary lock member in the frame of a panel is provided. The bracket is a preferably U-shaped body having a base and two legs extending therefrom. The inner dimension of the bracket is chosen to allow insertion of a rotary lock member therein. Panel engaging steps and protrusions are located on the outside surface of each leg for engaging the frame material. The legs of the bracket are biased inwardly towards one another, such that when a locking member is inserted therein, the legs are pressed outwardly, driving the protrusions into the frame material. A number of bores are located in the bracket to allow supplemental locking members to lock the bracket to the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 1994
    Date of Patent: January 2, 1996
    Inventor: Joseph C. Fleming, III
  • Patent number: 5474346
    Abstract: A face plate includes a tubular member for freely and rotatably receiving a latch housing and having a first end and a second end. An opening is formed in the first end through which a latch bolt passes and has a diameter smaller than an outer diameter of the latch housing. The second end of the tubular member has an inner diameter smaller than the outer diameter of the latch housing. A flange extends radially and outwardly from the first end of the tubular member. The tubular member further has a plurality of axially extending projections formed on an outer periphery thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 1993
    Date of Patent: December 12, 1995
    Assignee: Tong Lung Metal Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yaw-Shin Fann, San-Yi Lin, Rong-Faa Wu, Ching-Chuan Kuo, Lan-Kun Don
  • Patent number: 5457861
    Abstract: A locking device for a rounded wall casket is sealable or weldable to the rounded wall casket, while maintaining the aesthetic appearance of the burial casket due to attaching the locking device from the inside of the casket. The sealable locking device has a curved end, interior cylinder with a threaded portion to provide the mounting structure for locking a casket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 1994
    Date of Patent: October 17, 1995
    Assignee: Reliance Tool and Manufacturing Company, Inc.
    Inventor: Wayne W. Lloyd
  • Patent number: 5437484
    Abstract: There is provided a lock handle assembly with a detachable handle.A mechanism provided in the assembly can perform a three-point locking up operation of a door 56. In the assembly: a rotor 12 has its rear-end portion fixed to a cam 16 which has its opposite ends connected with links 22a, 22b each of which has its front end carry each of arms 23a, 23b each of which has its front end carry each of rods 55a, 55b, so that the arms 23a, 23b are linearly moved back and forth as the cam rotates, whereby the rods 55a, 55b have their front ends engaged with and disengaged from receiving portions 60, 61 of a stationary frame element 58. At the same time, a catch plate 37 fixed to a rear-end portion of the cam 16 is rotated as the cam rotates, so that the catch plate 37 is engaged with and disengaged from a receiving portion 59 of the stationary frame element 58.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 1994
    Date of Patent: August 1, 1995
    Assignee: Takigen Manufacturing Co. Ltd.
    Inventor: Kenichi Yamada
  • Patent number: 5411303
    Abstract: In a door knob assembly, a guide ring for a door fits within a rose member and provides a locator so the rose member is located exactly in the center of the round opening through the door, and provides additional strength to prevent movement of the door knob assembly in the door. The guide ring has guide tubes thereon that align with holes in the inside rose member. The guide tubes ensure that attachment screws to be threadably received in tapped holes in posts of the outside rose member are inserted axially parallel to both the axis of rotation of the door knob assembly and the posts. The guide ring ensures that the screws line up with tapped holes in posts of the outside rose member and do not float or drift out of such alignment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 1993
    Date of Patent: May 2, 1995
    Assignee: Masco Corporation of Indiana
    Inventor: Derrick To
  • Patent number: 5385374
    Abstract: A cylindrical door lock set includes inner and outer knob supporting plates, a turning mechanism, an annular mounting plate and a latch unit. The outer knob supporting plate has a central hole and an inner side provided with a pair of posts on two sides of the central hole. The posts are hollow and are threaded internally. The turning mechanism is supported on the inner side of the outer knob supporting plate and is provided with a turn shaft. The annular mounting plate is secured on the inner side of the outer knob supporting plate and is formed with a pair of mounting shafts and a central hole to permit the turn shaft of the turning mechanism to extend therethrough. The latch unit is formed with a shaft engaging hole to permit the turn shaft to extend therethrough, and two side holes disposed on two sides of the shaft engaging hole in a lengthwise direction of the latch unit to receive respectively the mounting shafts. The latch unit is disposed between the posts of the outer knob supporting plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 1993
    Date of Patent: January 31, 1995
    Assignee: Tong-Lung Metal Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yaw-Shin Fann, San-Yi Lin, Rong-Faa Wu, Ching-Chuan Kuo, Lan-Kun Don
  • Patent number: 5340174
    Abstract: A handle assembly is adapted for installation in a vehicle panel aperture having a flanged border from the outboard side of the panel. The handle housing has a pre-installed attaching clip retained on the housing by a screw tightened to an initial setting enabling predetermined upward and inward travel of the clip between a lower gravity induced position to an installation rocked-in induced upper position. The clip has tapered flanges configured to bear on the aperture border during rocked-in movement of the housing along a determined swingline. Upon clip tabs being positioned inboard of the border the tapered flanges disengaging the border thereby returning the clip by gravity to its installed position such that tightening the screw clamps the tabs against the aperture border.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 1993
    Date of Patent: August 23, 1994
    Assignee: Chrysler Corporation
    Inventors: Frederick F. Bender, Earl L. Watson
  • Patent number: 5315850
    Abstract: A surface mounted slide bolt including a base, a strike, a bolt and a plug for locking the bolt in either extended or retracted positions and for disposing the bolt in position relative to the base for assembly and disassembly. The bolt includes tongues receivable in notches of L-shaped flanges of the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 1993
    Date of Patent: May 31, 1994
    Assignee: National Manufacturing Company
    Inventors: James A. Edeus, Timothy J. Powell
  • Patent number: 5308129
    Abstract: A mounting panel of stamped steel has the door hardware such as the window regulator and door handles fixedly mounted thereon to facilitate preassembly and shipping. The mounting panel is subsequently mounted on the vehicle door. A door latch is provided for latching the door in the closed position and a retainer means is provided acting between the mounting panel and the door latch to loosely connect the door latch to the mounting panel for convenience of preassembly and shipping. The retainer means is a molded plastic retainer having integral projections which are force fit into plurality of openings provided in a door latch. The retainer means also has an integral headed prong structure which is loosely retained within an opening in the mounting panel with the aperture being oversized with respect to the headed prong to thereby permit adjusting movement of the door latch relative to the mounting panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 1993
    Date of Patent: May 3, 1994
    Assignee: General Motors Corporation
    Inventor: David G. Hlavaty
  • Patent number: 5265923
    Abstract: A lock-end tube for receiving the outer end of a locking rod of a locking apparatus for a casket lid is mounted on a curved end of a round-cornered beveled casket by means of a structure which is positioned in an opening in the curved casket wall and clamped in position by clamping members on each side of the curved wall, these members having confronting end surfaces conforming to the shape of the curved wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 1992
    Date of Patent: November 30, 1993
    Assignee: The York Group, Inc.
    Inventor: Lynn E. Paddock
  • Patent number: 5265921
    Abstract: A child-resistant lock structure includes cooperative first and second plates arranged for adjacency relative to one another mounted to a respective refrigerator and refrigerator door, wherein a first mounting plate is arranged to receive a latch bolt from a second mounting plate in communication relative to one another, with the first and second plates having first and second suction cups arranged for ease of securement of the lock structure without damage to the refrigerator surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 1993
    Date of Patent: November 30, 1993
    Inventors: John P. Nikitas, Robert D. Anderson
  • Patent number: RE35146
    Abstract: An electromagnetic shear lock comprising an electromagnet assembly adapted to be mounted to a doorway and an armature assembly adapted to be mounted to a door in a position to be attracted to tile electromagnet, the electromagnet comprises an elongated core of E-shape in cross section with an energizing coil positioned about the middle leg of said E-shaped core and between the outer legs of said E-shaped core. The electromagnet assembly in one embodiment has projections on either side and at both ends thereof extending beyond the surfaces of the core. An armature member has a generally rectangular surface adapted to be mounted to a door and positioned to be attracted by the electromagnet, the armature is relieved at the corners thereof whereby when the armature is attracted to the electromagnet the projections on the extension members extend into the relieved portions of the armature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 1993
    Date of Patent: January 16, 1996
    Assignee: Harrow Products, Inc.
    Inventor: George Frolov