Concealed Patents (Class 312/217)
  • Patent number: 10280650
    Abstract: Devices and methods for controlling access are described herein where such an assembly may generally comprise an index plate defining one or more spaces over a surface of the plate and each of the one or more spaces having a corresponding protrusion extending within, a first actuator configured to translate the plate in a first direction, and a second actuator configured to translate the plate in a second direction different from the first direction. The one or more lever arms may correspondingly extend from a locking mechanism and the one or more spaces, wherein selective engagement of a single lever arm by a corresponding single protrusion actuates the single lever arm from a locked configuration to an unlocked configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: Cubex LLC
    Inventor: John A. Duval
  • Patent number: 10208511
    Abstract: A cabinet having lockable drawers includes a frame and one or more drawers supported by the frame. At least one drawer has a releasable latching mechanism for securing the drawer in a locked position by way of engagement of the releasable latching mechanism engaging with a corresponding portion positioned on the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Belintra, Inc.
    Inventors: Charlotte Vanliefde, Peter Van der Vennet
  • Patent number: 10145149
    Abstract: A cammed lever is configured to nest and lock with a cam follower at a recess formed on the cammed lever or the cam follower. Upon rotation of the lever, the cam follower and the cammed lever are disengaged at the recess to form a gap when the cammed lever is rotated upon outward movement of a drawer or drawer slide. The lock assembly includes the cammed lever and cam follower in a stacked array for use in a storage unit having multiple drawers. Preferably, only one drawer is permitted to open in the stacked array. The cammed lever, when unlocked, is permitted to rotate between the open and closed positions. When locked, the cam follower prevents rotation of the cammed lever to an open position. An optional sliding bracket is provided for added security when the drawers are locked.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: 2603701 Ontario Inc.
    Inventors: Florian Westwinkel, Tonino Sabelli
  • Patent number: 9850687
    Abstract: A locking mechanism is selectively operable both electronically and mechanically by way of an integrated mechanical lock and motorized lock mechanism. A motorized lock mechanism is incorporated with a mechanical lock to provide for keyless access, while the mechanical lock and key system remains as a back-up. A toggle assembly is selectively positioned either mechanically via a first cam, or electronically via a second cam, both selectively operable independently of each other, without interference from each other, to move the toggle assembly to its unlocked position. A spring biases the toggle assembly to its locked position when the first and second cams are in their locked positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: TriTeq Lock and Security, LLC
    Inventor: Calin V. Roatis
  • Patent number: 9593523
    Abstract: A system and method for mitigating theft from a container includes a container having a plurality of walls defining a first volume and an anti-theft mitigation device having a plurality of walls defining a second volume. A fastening mechanism is attached to the anti-theft mitigation device such that the antitheft mitigation device may be coupled to the container by the fastening mechanism. The second volume of the anti-theft mitigation device is substantially smaller than the first volume of the container. The anti-theft mitigation device may be positioned within the first volume and may appear to define a portion of the first volume of the container. The fastening mechanism may comprise at least one of a magnet, a hook and loop fastener, a screw, a nail, a rivot, a snap, a mating protuberance, a channel-containing structure, a mating male or female mechanical structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2017
    Assignee: SECOND SAFE LLC
    Inventors: Kevin T. Trimble, Benjamin Lockhart
  • Patent number: 9260889
    Abstract: The invention relates to a tilt prevention assembly for a series of drawers in a tool cabinet, comprising a frame which, when in use, is connected to the tool cabinet, as well as a securing member pivotably mounted to the frame, which securing member is pivotable between a securing position in which the securing member forms an obstruction for the movement of the closed drawers, and between a releasing position in which a drawer is moveable at least to an extended position. The tilt prevention assembly also comprises an actuator member that is arranged for pivoting the securing member under the influence of the movement of the drawers to the securing position or the releasing position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2016
    Assignee: Thomas Regout International B.V.
    Inventors: Andreas Petronella Maria Stijns, Ronald Alexander Cornelissen
  • Patent number: 8936326
    Abstract: A pull-out blocking device for furniture parts that can be pushed into or pulled out of a basic furniture structure, the pull-out blocking device having a guide rail and a sequence of support elements mounted on the guide rail displaceable in the longitudinal direction, and at least one intermediate element arranged between two of the support elements. Each support element has an upper supporting surface for abutment against a support element arranged adjacently above, a lower supporting surface for abutment against a support element arranged adjacently below and a further supporting surface for abutment against the support element arranged adjacently above or below. Each support element is pivotably arranged on the guide element for movement between the blocking and releasing positions, and all the supporting surfaces are arranged outside the guide element. The intermediate element's longitudinal extent is a multiple of a longitudinal extent of one of the support elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2015
    Assignee: FULTERER Gesellschaft mbH
    Inventor: Axel Fulterer
  • Patent number: 8899699
    Abstract: A pull-out blocking device for furniture parts that can be pushed into or pulled out of a basic furniture structure, the pull-out blocking device having at least one guide rail and a sequence of support elements mounted on the guide rail displaceable in the longitudinal direction thereof, each support element having an upper supporting surface for abutment against a support element arranged adjacently above, a lower supporting surface for abutment against a support element arranged adjacently below and at least one further supporting surface for abutment against the support element arranged adjacently above or below. Each support element is formed as a body that connects the upper, lower, and further supporting surfaces together in an inherently rigid manner, and each support element is pivotably arranged on the guide element for movement between the blocking and releasing positions, and all the supporting surfaces are arranged outside the guide element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignee: FULTERER Gesellschaft mbH
    Inventor: Axel Fulterer
  • Patent number: 8757738
    Abstract: A mechanism for closing sliding doors of furniture. The mechanism includes at least two rotatable closing elements, each associated with a respective door. A locking body is associated with the closing element for rotating and locking the closing element in either an open position or a closed position. The closing element also includes a locking portion that, through the rotation of the closing element, can pass from a first position in which the locking portion prevents the translation of the sliding doors of the furniture, to a second position which allows the translation of the sliding doors. The closing mechanism also includes a synchronization bar that makes the closing elements rotate as a unit, ensuring the simultaneous locking of the sliding doors in the closed or open position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignee: Unifor S.p.A.
    Inventor: Bruno Fiori
  • Patent number: 8746816
    Abstract: An anti-tip lock assembly for a storage compartment includes a pair of geared actuators mounted on a base abutting against a follower. The follower and the base are configured to travel a limited distance along a vertical track installed in a storage unit. When the compartment is closed, the actuators are aligned with the track. When the compartment is opened, the actuators are moved out of alignment to block access to the moving components of the assembly. When the anti-tip lock assembly is operational, the array of like anti-tip assemblies in the track allow displacement of only one pair of actuators to occupy the limited distance at one time. A security bar array interacts with the actuators and other assemblies in the storage unit, to prevent simultaneous opening of two or more compartments. The security bar is provided with the track to lock and unlock the assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignee: Wesko Systems Limited
    Inventor: Florian Westwinkel
  • Patent number: 8733854
    Abstract: A cabinet with electrical locks forms a first through hole larger than a diameter of a horizontal rod for manually lifting a longitudinal track to unlock. A second through hole larger than a diameter of a pivoting arm for lifting the longitudinal track mechanically is also formed. Thereby, the first and the second through holes provide excess space for the horizontal rod and the pivoting arm, so the horizontal rod and the pivoting arm may not interfere each other when driven to lift the longitudinal track up. Thus, the pivoting arm may not be damaged when the longitudinal track is lifted manually.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Inventor: Ting-Yu Chang
  • Patent number: 8220879
    Abstract: An interlocking device for a slide rail is connected with other interlocking devices through a cable. The interlocking device has a sliding block and a rotary disc disposed on a fixed base. The rotary disc is disposed thereon with a stop block. The sliding block and the stop block are connected with the rotary disc respectively by second springs to link each other. The stop block is connected with a pulley of a slide rail. The sliding block is connected with the cable so that when the slide rail slides outward, the slide rail drives the stop block, the rotary disc, and the sliding block to move synchronously. After the pulley is separated from the stop block, the cable is drawn tightly by the sliding block to lock the other interlocking devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2012
    Assignee: Martas Precision Slide Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Wan-Lai Chen, Tsung-Po Chang
  • Patent number: 8113602
    Abstract: A locker is provided. The locker comprises a base defining a storage space, a door coupled to the base and rotatable relative to the base between an open position and a closed position, and a latch bar moveable relative to the door between an extended and a retracted position. The latch bar defines at least one guide slot configured to receive a projection for guiding the movement of the latch bar between the extended position and the retracted position. The at least one guide slot is at least partially non-linear. The latch bar is moved to the extended position to secure the door in the closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2012
    Assignee: The Mills Company Inc.
    Inventors: James R. Heimler, Mark A. Thielke, Thomas E. Pelt, Jon Dommisse, Todd Morris, Adam Perry
  • Patent number: 8100281
    Abstract: A sterilization case assembly including a plurality of sterilization cases having a first sterilization case and a second sterilization case. The second sterilization case is stacked upon the first sterilization case in a vertical direction. The second sterilization case is offset from the first sterilization case in a direction transverse to the vertical direction. In another embodiment, the second sterilization case is configured for both stacking offset from the first sterilization case in a direction transverse to the vertical direction and stacking inline from the first sterilization case in a direction transverse to the vertical direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2012
    Assignee: Symmetry Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel L. Sands, Jon D. Shoemaker, Chad M. LaMar
  • Patent number: 7946663
    Abstract: A drawer storage container having a plurality of lockable drawers includes a movable lock bar with a drawer catch associated with each of the lockable drawers. The lock bar is moved between an unlocked position and a locked position with an actuator that is coupled to a locking mechanism, such as for example, a key cylinder. Each drawer includes a striker mechanism that is configured to be held by the drawer catch when the lock bar is in the locked position. The actuator includes a release that allows the lock bar to be moved by the striker from the locked to the unlocked position when the striker impacts a camming surface on the catch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2011
    Assignee: Waterloo Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Gregory Jon Holcomb
  • Publication number: 20100259141
    Abstract: An enclosure includes a back enclosure unit, a front enclosure unit hinged to the back enclosure unit, a rod coupled to the front enclosure unit, and a spring latch coupled to the back enclosure unit, wherein the rod engages the spring latch when the front enclosure unit is closed upon the back enclosure unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 27, 2010
    Publication date: October 14, 2010
    Inventors: Steven J. Johnson, Johann Anthony Toikka, Trent T. Jones
  • Patent number: 7789471
    Abstract: A storage unit providing a storage space is disclosed. The storage unit comprises a base and a panel moveable relative to the base to expose and conceal a storage space a handle configured for at least vertical movement, at least one connector configured for at least vertical movement, and a member coupled by the connector to the handle through the panel and configured for at least horizontal movement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2010
    Assignee: The Mills Company Inc.
    Inventors: Klaus Fromme, David W. Newberry, Mark A. Thielke, James R. Heimler, Richard A. Goodare, Brian J. Boeck
  • Patent number: 7726750
    Abstract: An enclosure includes a back enclosure unit, a front enclosure unit hinged to the back enclosure unit, a rod coupled to the front enclosure unit, and a spring latch coupled to the back enclosure unit, wherein the rod engages the spring latch when the front enclosure unit is closed upon the back enclosure unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2010
    Assignee: Hoffman Enclosures, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven J. Johnson, Johann Anthony Toikka, Trent T. Jones
  • Patent number: 7699412
    Abstract: A locker is provided. The locker comprises a base defining a storage space, a door coupled to the base and rotatable relative to the base between an open position and a closed position, and a latch bar supported at an interior side of the door by at least one projection that engages at least one guide slot in the latch bar. The latch bar is moveable parallel to the door between an extended position and a retracted position. The latch bar is biased toward the extended position to secure the panel in the closed position. The extended position is horizontally and vertically offset from the retracted position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2010
    Assignee: The Mills Company Inc.
    Inventors: James R. Heimler, Mark A. Thielke, Thomas E. Pelt, Jon Dommisse, Todd Morris, Adam Perry
  • Publication number: 20090243444
    Abstract: A storage unit providing a storage space is disclosed. The storage unit comprises a base and a panel moveable relative to the base to expose and conceal a storage space a handle configured for at least vertical movement, at least one connector configured for at least vertical movement, and a member coupled by the connector to the handle through the panel and configured for at least horizontal movement.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 30, 2009
    Publication date: October 1, 2009
    Inventors: Klaus Fromme, David W. Newberry, Mark A. Thielke, James R. Heimler, Richard A. Goodare, Brian J. Boeck
  • Patent number: 7540573
    Abstract: A cabinet has a housing, multiple tracks, multiple drawers, a safety device and a lock assembly. Each track has a sliding rail having a guiding notch and a locking hole. The safety device is mounted in the housing and has a fixed base, a moving base, multiple locking blocks, multiple locking tongues, multiple guiding posts and multiple guiding blocks. The locking blocks are securely attached to the moving base and each have a locking tab. The locking tongues are mounted respectively on the drawers and selectively aligning with the locking tabs on the locking blocks. The guiding posts are mounted on the moving base and locate respectively above the locking blocks. The guiding blocks are slidably and respectively attached to of the tracks. Each guiding block has an inclined face and corresponding to and selectively abutting with a corresponding one of the guiding posts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2009
    Inventor: Ching-Hsiang Lin
  • Patent number: 7524002
    Abstract: A storage cabinet assembly for use in storing firearms or the like includes a cabinet with a recessed bifold door arrangement, to facilitate access to items contained within the cabinet assembly. The door arrangement includes a single-point locking system, which provides a secure arrangement for maintaining the doors in a closed position while providing ease in opening and closing the doors. Various support and storage modules or components are adapted to be contained within the interior of the cabinet, including stock rests for positioning in the bottom of the cabinet interior, as well as barrel rests and pistol supports that are secured to amounting member which may be adjustably positioned within the storage cabinet interior. A bin or shelf arrangement may also be positioned within the storage cabinet interior. The various support and storage modules or components may be used in various combinations, and may be moved to various positions within the storage cabinet interior.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2009
    Assignee: Spacesaver Corporation
    Inventors: William H Punzel, Jane E Glass, Andrew J. Kolman, Steven S. Dingle, James C. Muth
  • Patent number: 7524003
    Abstract: A cabinet includes a cabinet body, multiple drawers and a safety device. The drawers are mounted moveably in the cabinet body. The safety device is mounted in the cabinet body and has a control member and multiple hook members. The control member is mounted on the rear panel of the cabinet body and has a supporting base, a pivotal member and a resilient element. The pivotal member is mounted pivotally on the supporting base. The resilient element is connected to the supporting base and the pivotal member. The hook members are mounted respectively on the drawers and are aligned with the pivotal member. When a drawer is opened, the corresponding hook member pushes the pivotal member to pivot the pivotal member and stretch the resilient element and a hook flange on the pivotal member engages the hook members on other drawers to prevent other drawers from being opened.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2009
    Inventor: George C. M. Liu
  • Patent number: 7520576
    Abstract: An anti-tip linkage mechanism for vertical file cabinets of the type having drawers and/or pivotal front panels includes molded polymeric cam follower housings that snap-fit onto each of the slide channels for the drawers or panels and non-circular connecting rods attached to cam actuators that enable interaction of the anti-tip mechanisms incorporated with each slide channel. Lock actuated auxiliary cam mechanisms and panel locking assemblies controllable by a single cabinet lock are connected with a cabinet lock by linkage bars or cables.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2009
    Assignee: Compx International Inc.
    Inventors: Gary R. Ludwig, Jamie L. Payne, Todd T. Andres, Robert Dalton, Glyn A. Finch, Nicholas L. Blackburn
  • Patent number: 7510249
    Abstract: A storage unit providing a storage space is disclosed. The storage unit comprises a base and a panel moveable relative to the base to expose and conceal a storage space a handle configured for at least vertical movement, at least one connector configured for at least vertical movement, and a member coupled by the connector to the handle through the panel and configured for at least horizontal movement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2009
    Assignee: The Mills Company Inc.
    Inventors: Klaus Fromme, David W. Newberry, Mark A. Thielke, James R. Heimler, Richard A. Goodare, Brian J. Boeck
  • Patent number: 7481503
    Abstract: A storage cabinet assembly includes a housing including a pair of sidewalls, a rear wall, and a top wall that cooperate with one another to form a storage area, and a base assembly supporting the housing. The base assembly includes a top wall and a bottom wall that mate together to form an interior space, and a plurality of corner support brackets supporting the top wall from the bottom wall. The storage cabinet assembly further includes a drop-in drawer arrangement, and a drawer interlock assembly adapted to prevent multiple drawers from being simultaneously moved to an opened position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2009
    Assignee: Steelcase Inc.
    Inventors: Bradley D. Youngs, Daniel N. Phillips, Theodore M. Haan, David J. Battey, Michael G. Barney, Koryn L. Smith, Michael J. Feldpaush, Bruce W. DuVall, Jr.
  • Patent number: 7461908
    Abstract: A cabinet locking system having a drawer having a side panel disposed between a front panel and a back panel and a first corner formed by the intersection of the side and back panels. A lock bar is mounted within the cabinet adjacent a first corner when the drawer is in a closed position and the lock bar includes an aperture. A slide is provided having an integrally formed lock tab and the slide is mounted to the side panel of the drawer so that the lock tab protrudes beyond the back panel. In the closed position, the lock tab is received by the aperture so that the drawer may be locked within the cabinet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2008
    Assignee: Snap-on Incorporated
    Inventors: Charles H. Heiligenthal, David A. Doerflinger
  • Publication number: 20080231150
    Abstract: A toolbox assembly 10 which is adapted to allow material to be easily and securely stored and retrieved and which is aesthetically pleasing and structurally sound.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 21, 2007
    Publication date: September 25, 2008
    Inventors: Larry Mitchell Grela, Edwin Dizon Manalang
  • Patent number: 7426425
    Abstract: One aspect of the invention relates to an assembly comprising a plurality of bins with a plurality of lids associated therewith. Each of the bins has a lock assembly that includes a catch operable to lock the lid in its closed position and a mechanical indicator responsive to the catch. Another aspect of the invention relates to an automated dispensing cabinet that includes a control computer and a plurality of drawers having a plurality of row assemblies therein. Each row assembly has bins that include a tabbed lid, a lock assembly with a catch operable to engage and disengage the tab, and an indicator responsive to the lock assembly. Methods for dispensing from and restocking the remote dispensing systems are also given, as well as a method for indicating which item is to be dispensed from one of a plurality of bins.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2008
    Assignee: McKesson Automation Inc.
    Inventors: Robert B. Meek, Jr., Kirk A. Young, Louis S. Conley, Eric J. Switalski, Allen D. Bowers
  • Publication number: 20080203872
    Abstract: Stand including a stand body of a predetermined height having an opening in one side, a drawer for pushing in or pulling out through the opening in the stand body to open/close the opening, a guide device for smooth pushing in/pulling out of the drawer, and a self locking device for automatic locking of the drawer when the drawer is inserted in the stand more than a certain depth, and preventing slipping out of the drawer even if the stand is tilted.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 29, 2008
    Publication date: August 28, 2008
    Inventor: Han Ki Cho
  • Publication number: 20080106175
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a fixing apparatus for preventing drawers from being linked and slid, and the apparatus includes a fixing base installed at a side of a rail and a moving element erected on a lateral side of a cabinet. The fixing base has an embedding groove, and the moving element have a latching element and a linking element eccentrically and pivotally connected to upper and lower ends of the moving element, and the latching element is latched into the embedding groove, and the latching element and linking element are respectively and pivotally connected to the adjacent linking element and latching element. If one of the drawers is pulled, the linking element drives the moving element at the top to move, so that the latching elements of other drawers are latched into the embedding groove of the fixed base to maintain those drawers at their original positions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 28, 2006
    Publication date: May 8, 2008
    Applicant: NAN JUEN INTERNATIONAL CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Kuo-Sheng Huang
  • Patent number: 7320507
    Abstract: An interlock for a stack of drawers. A pair of drawer slides mounts each drawer, the interlock assembly being fitted to the rear of one of the drawer slides. A housing has a plate slidably supported thereon biased towards the rear of the slide. An actuator having an actuating surface co-operates with an actuator follower slidably supported in the slide member for movement at right angles to the movement of the plate. Releasable latching means extends between the housing and plate. Releasable catching means extend between the plate and the actuator. When a drawer is moved towards an open position, the catching means causes the plate to move to a blocking position where it can be held by the latching means, causing the actuating surface to co-operate with a follower surface on the actuator follower to move the actuator follower from a first position to a blocking position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2008
    Assignees: Accuride International Limited, USM Holding AG
    Inventors: David Martin White, Kurt Scherrer, Alexander Schaerer
  • Patent number: 7309114
    Abstract: A cabinet has a housing, multiple tracks, multiple drawers, a safety device and a lock assembly. Each track has a sliding rail having a guiding notch and a locking hole. The safety device is mounted in the housing and has a fixed base, a moving base, multiple guiding blocks, multiple locking blocks, multiple guiding brackets and multiple sliders. The guiding blocks are securely attached to the moving base and each have an inclined face. The locking blocks are securely attached to the moving base and each have a locking tab selectively engaging with a corresponding locking hole. The guiding brackets are attached to the fixed base and each have a guiding slot laterally defined through the guiding bracket. Each slider has a top abutting with a corresponding inclined face and a pin engaging with a corresponding guiding notch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2007
    Inventor: Ching-Hsiang Lin
  • Patent number: 7278695
    Abstract: A storage unit providing a storage space is disclosed. The storage unit comprises a base and a panel moveable relative to the base to expose and conceal a storage space a handle configured for at least vertical movement, at least one connector configured for at least vertical movement, and a member coupled by the connector to the handle through the panel and configured for at least horizontal movement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2007
    Assignee: The Mills Company Inc.
    Inventors: Klaus Fromme, David W. Newberry, Mark A. Thielke, James R. Heimler, Richard A. Goodare, Brian J. Boeck
  • Patent number: 7264319
    Abstract: A drawer locking apparatus of a cabinet, including a cabinet body, at least one drawer slidably disposed in the cabinet body, a base seat mounted in the cabinet body, a slide section slidably fitted in the base seat, an engaging section and a dogging device. One end of the engaging section is disposed on the slide section. The other end of the engaging section has a hook plate with a guide slope for hooking rear sideboard of the drawer. The dogging device serves to drive the slide section to slide between a first position and a second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2007
    Assignee: E-Make Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Chen Kung Cheng
  • Patent number: 7178716
    Abstract: A latch assembly of the type used on postal cluster units, such as central mailbox units including a latch assembly of multiple dual bold latch mechanisms for securing at multiple latch points a pair of center meeting hinged doors upon closure of the doors. The dual bolt latch mechanisms of the latch assembly are enclosed within the cabinet of the postal cluster unit and are operable by a single concealed handle to simultaneously unlatch the multiple latch points.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2007
    Assignee: 2B Global, Inc.
    Inventor: Teng-Long Yong
  • Patent number: 7144092
    Abstract: An arresting apparatus of multilayer drawers. Several drawers are slidably mounted in a cabinet. A linear rail is disposed on inner face of a backboard of the cabinet body. Several movable members are slidably mounted on the linear rail. The bottom section of the movable member abuts against the head section of an adjacent movable member. The bottom section of each movable member is formed with a working slope. The working slope and the linear rail define a notch. An arresting member of each drawer can be guided into the notch and located between two adjacent movable members by a locating member of the movable member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2006
    Inventor: Ting-Wei Chang
  • Patent number: 7140700
    Abstract: An interlocking system for preventing simultaneous opening of drawers of a cabinet, including activation members affixable to back sides of the drawers and coupled to carriage members slideably mounted in guide supports affixable in the cabinet behind the drawers in respective registration with the activation members. An elongated track member affixable in the cabinet on a side of the guide supports slideably guides a stack of mobile blocks between which bolt elements projecting from the carriage members are driveable only one at a time due to a limited space provided for displacement of the blocks and for insertion of one of the bolt elements. The carriage members slide using the pulling and pushing motions of the activation members when the drawers are opened and closed. Due to the limited space, only one bolt element is insertable between the mobile blocks and only one drawer is openable at a same time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2006
    Assignee: Rousseau Metal Inc.
    Inventors: Claude Dubé, Richard St-Pierre, Yves Lord
  • Patent number: 7104619
    Abstract: An anti-tip linkage mechanism for vertical file cabinets of the type having drawers and/or pivotal front panels includes molded polymeric cam follower housings that snap-fit onto each of the slide channels for the drawers or panels and non-circular connecting rods attached to cam actuators that enable interaction of the anti-tip mechanisms incorporated with each slide channel. Lock actuated auxiliary cam mechanisms and panel locking assemblies controllable by a single cabinet lock are connected with a cabinet lock by linkage bars or cables.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2006
    Assignee: CompX International Inc.
    Inventors: Gary R. Ludwig, Jamie L. Payne, Todd T. Andres, Robert Dalton, Glyn A. Finch, Jr.
  • Patent number: 7101001
    Abstract: A coupling device preventing two drawers from being pulled out simultaneously includes two flat main bodies and a coupling pipe. Each of the main bodies is provided at two opposite ends with a centered vertical recess and a horizontal recess, respectively. The centered vertical recess is provided in an open end with two opposite curved flanges, and at a closed bottom end with a projected post. The coupling pipe has an axially centered through hole, into two ends of which the projected posts in the vertical recesses of the two main bodies are inserted, so that each end of the coupling pipe is clamped between the two flanges on each main body to enable a stable connection of the main body to the coupling pipe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2006
    Inventor: I Hsiang Chiu
  • Patent number: 7029078
    Abstract: A storage unit providing a storage space is disclosed. The storage unit comprises a base and a panel moveable relative to the base to expose and conceal a storage space a handle configured for at least vertical movement, at least one connector configured for at least vertical movement, and a member coupled by the connector to the handle through the panel and configured for at least horizontal movement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2006
    Assignee: The Mills Company Inc.
    Inventors: Klaus Fromme, David W. Newberry, Mark A. Thielke, James R. Heimler, Richard A. Goodare, Brian J. Boeck
  • Patent number: 6979064
    Abstract: A drawer interlock mechanism comprises a fixation base, an axial cam, two braking slides and a guiding switch. The axial cam is put into a holding groove of the fixation base, so a big column and a small column are respectively placed into the position-limiting groove on top surface of the holding groove. The two braking slides are put in a slide groove of the fixation base, so when the axial cam rotates 90 degrees, its moving and stopping blocks move the two braking slides outward. The guiding switch is locked with the slide at the front. Its side has a guiding groove and a curved groove, which correspondingly match the big column and the small column, so they move according to the path lead by the curved slide groove and the guiding slide groove and the axial cam can rotate 90 degrees.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2003
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2005
    Assignee: Nan Juen International Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: I-Hsiang Chiu
  • Patent number: 6969129
    Abstract: An anti-tip linkage mechanism for vertical file cabinets of the type having drawers and/or pivotal front panels includes molded polymeric cam follower housings that snap-fit onto each of the slide channels for the drawers or panels and non-circular connecting rods attached to cam actuators that enable interaction of the anti-tip mechanisms incorporated with each slide channel. Lock actuated auxiliary cam mechanisms and panel locking assemblies controllable by a single cabinet lock are connected with a cabinet lock by linkage bars or cables.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2005
    Assignee: CompX International, Inc.
    Inventors: Gary R. Ludwig, Jamie L. Payne, Todd T. Andres, Robert Dalton, Glyn A. Finch, Jr.
  • Patent number: 6966619
    Abstract: A pull-out safeguard for a drawer cabinet, having a multiplicity of elements (20) which are arranged essentially in a row and can be displaced, a guide means (40) for guiding the elements (20), adjusting elements (50) which are connected to the drawers (12) to be secured, for adjusting the vertical position of the elements (20), and a restricting means (26) for restricting the displaceability of the elements (20). The adjusting elements (50) interact with the drawers (12) to be secured in such a manner that at the beginning of a pull-out movement of one of the drawers (12) to be secured, they move one of the elements (20) and all of the other elements (20) which are situated in one of the directions of the row, but, after a certain pull-out position of the pulled-out drawer (12), are moved back into their starting position by the gravitational force and/or the spring force of a spring element and/or a different driver driving back the elements (20).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2005
    Assignee: Lista Holding Europa AG
    Inventor: Thomas Muller
  • Patent number: 6957877
    Abstract: This invention relates a braking slide structure of the drawer interlock wherein the braking slide is composed of detachable bracket board and the insert sleeve. The bracket board is designed with a guide channel formed by side walls and with the guide stud to limit the bracket board sliding off the bracket. This drawer interlock is mounted on the drawer slides and rails, entailing additional installation of a pair of braking slides. The drawer interlock is an integral element fixed on the drawer for simplified assembly and operation. The braking rod is easy to be inserted into the insert sleeve linking to the top of the bracket board. The bracket board exposes to the outside of the slide hole on the bracket which is easy for the braking rod to slip into the insert sleeve and reach to the top of the bracket board with no space restraint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2005
    Assignee: Nan Juen International Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: I-Hsiang Chiu
  • Patent number: 6896342
    Abstract: A cabinet anti-tilt safety apparatus including a cabinet body, at least two drawers arranged in the cabinet body, an activation section disposed on rear side of each drawer, a base seat fixed on inner face of a panel of the cabinet body corresponding to the rear side of each drawer, a slide seat slidably fitted with the base seat and movable between a first position and a second position, a first connecting section disposed at one end of the base seat and a second connecting section disposed at one end of the slide seat corresponding to the first connecting section. A block body is disposed on the slide seat corresponding to the activation section. The activation section can get into or out of the corresponding block body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2005
    Assignee: E-Make Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Chen Kung Cheng
  • Patent number: 6890043
    Abstract: An upright storage cabinet has a lock assembly which operates a vertically movable lock bar to simultaneously lock all drawers of the cabinet. The lock assembly includes a rotatable cam body which has a resiliently deflectable cam that projects radially therefrom. The cam body is rotatable between a locked position wherein the cam rotates a drive element to vertically displace the lock bar into engagement with the drawers, and an unlocked position wherein the cam allows the drive shaft to return to an initial position which disengages the lock bar from the drawers. The cam generates a driving force on the drive shaft during rotation of the cam body and is also resiliently deflectable to accommodate dimensional variations which varies the radial position of the drive shaft relative to the drive element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2005
    Assignee: Haworth, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard G. Haworth, Jayson J. Robinson, Jeremy J. Jackson
  • Patent number: 6883440
    Abstract: Safe 10 has a firmly secured door 60 and latching and locking mechanisms on the frame 30 rather than on door 60. Door opening side 160 includes fingers 66 with catches 68. A movable latch plate 72 includes a plurality of openings 75 for receiving and retaining fingers 66. A locking mechanism 80 includes a main bolt 81 for locking latch plate 72, a first lock 90 actuated through frame 30 for locking main bolt 81, and a second lock 95, preferably actuated remotely, for locking main bolt 81. The latch and locking mechanisms do not operate through door 60 such that the front of door 60 may be featureless. Safe 10 is adapted for mounting in a wall 100 to framing 110, such as to studs 140.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2005
    Inventor: Lewis A. Correia
  • Patent number: 6742854
    Abstract: Anti-inclination and internal locking device for a cabinet, including a cabinet body, at least two drawers disposed in the cabinet body, a projecting body disposed on rear side of each drawer, a base seat fixedly disposed on inner side of a rear wall board of the cabinet body corresponding to each drawer, a slide seat slidably fitted in the base seat and movable between a first position and a second position and a first and a second connecting sections respectively disposed at one end of the base seat and one end of the slide seat. The projecting body has an activating section and a stop section. The slide seat is formed with an opening corresponding to the projecting body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2004
    Assignee: E-Make Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Kung Cheng Chen
  • Publication number: 20040100165
    Abstract: The invention relates to interlocks for file cabinets and the like which generally prevent more than one drawer from being opened at a given time. The interlocks include an elongated, flexible member, such as a cable, which is changeable from a high slack condition to a low slack condition. In the low slack condition, the interlocks prevent their associated drawers that are closed from being opened. In the high slack condition, the interlocks allow their associated drawer to be opened. The interlocks may be used in conjunction with a lock that selectively changes the cable from a high slack condition to a low slack condition and vice versa. The interlocks may be constructed to exert a force on the cable that is a small fraction of the pulling force exerted on a locked drawer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 27, 2003
    Publication date: May 27, 2004
    Inventor: Keith A. Hoffman