Externally Mounted Locking Device Patents (Class 70/211)
  • Patent number: 8904834
    Abstract: A lockable strike for walk-in cold rooms includes a housing that has a mounting plate, a cover and a deadbolt moveably engaged therein to reciprocally move along a path of travel between an extended position and a retracted position with respect to the housing. The mounting plate includes a base and a bridge defining a tongue channel through which the deadbolt travels. The mounting plate base is made of a metal for strength while the cover is made of a plastic for thermally insulative purposes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: Kason Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Burl M Finkelstein, Brett A Mitchell, Raymond J Hiller
  • Patent number: 8881561
    Abstract: A security device for a handle of a door or a window for protecting against unauthorized actuation has a cover enclosing in a mounted position the handle. A lock is provided that secures the cover on the handle in the mounted position and releases the cover from the handle for removing the cover from the handle. The cover has at least two locking elements. Counter members are disposed on the handle, a handle fixture, a door, or a window, and are matched and interact with the at least two locking elements. One of the locking elements is a locking bar of the lock.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: Solarlux Aluminium Systeme GmbH
    Inventor: Uwe Niehausmeier
  • Patent number: 8806906
    Abstract: A lock-out bracket secures the position of a shaft extending through an actuator, the shaft having a first end and a second end, the first end being operative for controlling a valve, the second end being coupled to a limit switch mounted on a limit switch bracket mounted to the actuator. The lock-out bracket includes a substantially flat base plate and a substantially flat lock-out tab substantially perpendicular to the base plate, the base plate defining an opening configured for matingly fitting over, receiving, and engaging the second end of the shaft. The lock-out tab defines a first hole adapted for alignment with a corresponding second hole defined on the limit switch bracket for facilitating the insertion of a lock shackle through the first hole and the second hole to secure the lock-out bracket relative to the actuator and prevent movement of the shaft and valve coupled to the shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Inventor: Bryce M. Bagby
  • Patent number: 8794041
    Abstract: The present invention, and inventive system, is a new locking mechanism that prevents entry for doors, or other barriers that can use a deadbolt system, or system comparable to a deadbolt system. The present invention can be installed and works in conjunction with the existing deadbolt assembly to prevent lock picking, a bump key, or a user's own key from being used to open the door. In the present invention, by engaging the arm latch, or arm actuator, of the present invention, over the turn knob on an existing deadbolt, the present invention prevents the free rotation movement of the turn knob, thus not allowing retraction of the deadbolt, and entry through that door or barrier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Inventor: Ron R. Daniels
  • Publication number: 20140060128
    Abstract: A lockout device for a handle assembly includes first and second lockout members each including an outward facing base wall and outward extending first and second projections. The first and second projections of the first base member are spaced apart to receive the handle therebetween, and the first and second projections of the second base member are spaced apart to receive the handle latch therebetween. The first and second lockout members are pivotable with respect to each other to a lockout position for engagement of the base walls of the first and second lockout members with facing surfaces of a handle and a handle latch of the handle assembly. When the first and second lockout members are secured between the handle and the handle latch in the lockout position, the first and second lockout members block movement of the handle latch to prevent rotational movement of the handle assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 11, 2013
    Publication date: March 6, 2014
    Applicant: MASTER LOCK COMPANY LLC
    Inventors: Robert S. Fuller, John Whealon
  • Patent number: 8596100
    Abstract: A loading door safety lock for locking a loading dock in a closed position and for retaining the keys of a vehicle to prevent inadvertent drive-offs. The loading door safety lock generally includes a base member which is mounted to a loading dock door directly beneath its door latch housing. A cover member is hingedly secured to the base member. When the cover member is engaged with the base member in a closed position, the latch of the door latch housing may be locked in place to prevent the loading dock door from being opened. Further, the keys of a driver may be placed in a key storage compartment within the base member to prevent the driver from driving off while the truck is being loaded or unloaded through the loading dock door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2013
    Inventor: Rick A. Crispell
  • Patent number: 8567221
    Abstract: A lock for locking adjacent spools that have parallel, non-collinear adjacent axes of rotation has first and second locking plates with spool-engaging surfaces. A locking member connects the locking plates. The locking member is connected to an intermediate position on each of the first and second locking plates. The locking member has a release position and a locking position. In the locking position, the spool-engaging surfaces clamp against adjacent spools.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2013
    Inventors: Tanner Kyle Stewart, Adrien Patrick Lombard
  • Patent number: 8443640
    Abstract: Deadbolt locking devices for preventing a deadbolt from being unlocked from the outside are provided. The deadbolt locking devices may include a connecting assembly, for engaging a door knob to provide leverage to resist turning of the handle of the deadbolt, and a housing member for engaging the handle of the deadbolt when in a locked position. The deadbolt locking devices can accommodate various configurations of door hardware without sacrificing convenience of use and without sacrificing confidence in its correct placement. Various configurations of door hardware can include the position of the deadbolt knob in relation to the door knob, the angular position of the handle of the deadbolt when it is in the locked position, whether the door is hinged on the left or right side and whether the deadbolt knob turns clockwise or counter-clockwise to lock the door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2013
    Inventor: Elton G. Davis
  • Patent number: 8061164
    Abstract: An anti-theft device for protecting a laptop computer or similar portable electronic product from theft or unauthorized removal includes at least one retaining assembly including a laterally extending retaining arm terminating in a retaining hook for engaging a lateral edge of the laptop computer or similar portable electronic product, a retaining leg depending from the retaining arm and a retaining base for receiving the retaining leg in a locked configuration. The retaining arm is adjustable to accommodate laptop computers or similar portable electronic products having various widths and a lock mechanism includes a shuttle fixed to a collar made of a magnetically attractive material and a biasing spring for biasing the shuttle into engagement with the retaining leg of the retaining arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2011
    Assignee: InVue Security Products Inc.
    Inventors: Michael R. Johnston, John F. Roberts
  • Patent number: 8061167
    Abstract: A car handler lock mainly includes a vertical frame having a U shape cut, and a lock device is arranged to the opening of the U shape cut. The car handler lock also includes a buckle body. The buckle body includes a sheet shield unit and a bridge buckle arranged between the shield unit and the lock unit of the vertical frame. The bridge buckle will cover the linking gaps between the shield unit and the vertical frame while the bridge buckle is locked to the lock device. The U shape cut of the vertical frame will be slid in and fixed to a shaft of the car handler, and the bridge buckle of the buckle body will be locked to the lock device so that the shield unit will provide an all-round protection to the car handler. The lock assembly is light and convenient by its sheet components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2011
    Inventor: Chi-Hou Lee
  • Publication number: 20110056255
    Abstract: Handle lock structure includes: left and right lock members provided on a body of a working machine for movement into engagement with engaging portions of left and right handle sections of a handle as the handle is pivotally moved in a deploying direction from a stored position toward a deployed position, thereby locking the handle sections in the deployed position; and a lock cancellation lever for moving the left and right lock members out of the engagement with the engaging portions to compulsorily cancel the locking, by the left and right lock members, of the left and right handle sections in the deployed position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 20, 2010
    Publication date: March 10, 2011
    Applicant: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Kaku Okabe
  • Publication number: 20110036132
    Abstract: A car handler lock mainly includes a vertical frame having an approximately U shape cut, and a lock device is arranged to the opening of the approximately U shape cut. The car handler lock also includes a buckle body. The buckle body includes a sheet shield unit and a bridge buckle arranged between the shield unit and the lock unit of the vertical frame. The bridge buckle will cover the linking gaps between the shield unit and the vertical frame while the bridge buckle is locked to the lock device. The approximately U shape cut of the vertical frame will be slid in and fixed to a shaft of the car handler, and the bridge buckle of the buckle body will be locked to the lock device so that the shield unit will provide an all-round protection to the car handler. The lock assembly is light and convenient by its sheet components.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 16, 2009
    Publication date: February 17, 2011
    Inventor: Chi-Hou Lee
  • Patent number: 7805967
    Abstract: Apparatus is simply hung on a deadbolt knob when the deadbolt is in locked position. It prevents the deadbolt knob from rotating enough to retract the deadbolt. This ensures that the door cannot be unlocked from the outside. A passage in an upper end of the apparatus is dimensioned to receive the deadbolt knob. The deadbolt knob is not round. The passage has side walls narrow enough to prevent the deadbolt knob from rotating freely within the passage. As the knob is rotated, the knob engages the side walls of the passage so that the entire apparatus rotates until the lower end of the apparatus engages the door frame. Many passages are provided so that the apparatus may be used with deadbolt knobs that have different locked positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2010
    Assignee: Lok-A-Bolt Corp.
    Inventors: Andrew Agozzino, Domenic Mucciacciaro
  • Publication number: 20100212378
    Abstract: An electric steering lock for a motorcycle includes a housing, a transmission assembly, a spindle, and a circuit board. The transmission assembly has an actuator, a first gear, a second gear and a sliding block each arranged within the housing in transmissive engagement with each other. The spindle is assembled with the sliding block and acts in the second space. The circuit board is arranged on the bottom of the housing. The primary control chip of the motorcycle controls the circuit board to make the transmission assembly to drive the spindle to move accordingly. The sliding block touches an inner wall of the casing to make it unable to move forwards or backwards any more. The current of the actuator at this time is larger than that in its normal operation. The rotation of the actuator is ceased by the circuit board when a variation in current of the actuator is detected by the circuit board.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 17, 2009
    Publication date: August 26, 2010
    Inventors: Pei-Ting Chen, Chong-Guang Chen, Zhi Wen Hou, Wei-Chun Lin, Chun-Yi Sun
  • Publication number: 20090266121
    Abstract: The device for childproofing a door lock is a device that fits on a standard lockset and prevents a lever or doorknob from turning when the device is engaged. The childproof door lock includes a substantially rectangular base plate and a circular disk that mounts atop the base. A sliding plate mounted on the base has a cylindrical locking post that engages a notch on the circular disk and prevents it from turning. The sliding plate may be spring-biased to hold the locking post in the notch. A lever may be attached to the sliding plate to disengage the locking post from the notch and allow the circular disk to turn freely.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 17, 2009
    Publication date: October 29, 2009
    Inventor: Timothy D. Craig
  • Publication number: 20090113959
    Abstract: An automobile steering wheel lock includes a foundation base with a lock holder, an insert slot formed between the foundation base and the lock holder. The foundation base has its underside secured with a baffle plate having its front portion formed with a clasping recess. The lock holder is disposed with an accommodating chamber received therein with a push-in lock provided with an engage pin and a spring, and the engage pin can be pressed to extend in the insert slot. A resisting rod is fixed with a positioning insert bar to be inserted in the insert slot. The positioning insert bar is bored with at least one pin hole for an engage pin to be inserted therein and has one side provided with a lengthwise slide recess, and a fixing pin is inserted through the accommodating chamber and fixed in the slide recess of the positioning insert bar.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 5, 2007
    Publication date: May 7, 2009
    Inventor: Pin-Ying YU
  • Patent number: 7490838
    Abstract: A locking flange (200) for securing an airline cart (100) can include a hook shaped flange that wraps around a pull bar (130) of the airline cart, a pair of apertures (204) on opposing sides of the hook shaped flange where the apertures reside below the pull bar when the hook shaped flange is placed on top of the pull bar, and a locking mechanism (250) for insertion within the apertures once the flange is placed on top of the pull bar. The locking flange can project below a top plane of a door (102) of the airline cart. The locking flange can be made of metal such as high tensile steel. The locking mechanism can include a cylinder having a head (252) on one side and an aperture (256) on an opposing side for placement of a lock (502) through the aperture of the cylinder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2009
    Assignee: Duty Free Air and Ship Supply, Co.
    Inventors: Saul Hyatt, Kevin Greene
  • Publication number: 20080169913
    Abstract: An automobile steering wheel lock with an alarm includes a lock having a lock core with a chamber containing an alarm and at least one light hole. The alarm consists of a circuit board, a battery, a buzzer and a touch switch. The circuit board capable of sending signals has a warning light and a high-density LED light. Also, a help-signaling device is installed at a conspicuous location of a car and provided with at least one lamp panel. Each lamp panel is provided with a wireless receiver for receiving signals from the alarm and formed of luminescent lamps or LED lamps to show help signals. So, should the buzzer be moved by a burglar, it would sound immediately, spontaneously activating the high-density LED light to radiate toward the driver's seat and the lamp panel lit, achieving multiple anti-theft effects.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 12, 2007
    Publication date: July 17, 2008
    Inventor: Pin-Han Yu
  • Patent number: 7210320
    Abstract: A lock guard system for efficiently securing a dead bolt lock mechanism from outside access. The lock guard system includes a stop member comprised of a base including an upper slot and a plate that includes a lower slot for receiving a sleeve and fastener. The stop member connects to an existing dead bolt mechanism by extending the fastener and sleeve through the lower slot into an existing aperture in a covering plate. The stop member is able to adjust about the sleeve and lower slot to allow the dead bolt mechanism to operate both normally or to prevent the knob that controls the dead bolt from rotating.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2007
    Inventor: Albert J. Nokleberg
  • Patent number: 7210316
    Abstract: A lock assembly for a hinged door has a pair of hasps that align with each other, each having a hole. A housing with an open back fits over the hasps. A retainer pin extends through an aperture in the housing and through the aligned holes of the hasps. The retainer pin has a pair of axially spaced apart shoulders. A key actuated lock member has a lock pin that extends perpendicular to the retainer pin and between the shoulders in an engaged position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2007
    Assignee: Blaylock Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert P. Falconer, Jewel B. Smith
  • Patent number: 7091429
    Abstract: A privacy keypad providing privacy for keypad character entry and concealment of a joint in an escutcheon. A privacy keypad may include a faceplate, a keypad disposed on the faceplate, and at least one protrusion integral with the faceplate. An escutcheon for a door lock may include a housing, a keypad disposed on the housing for unlocking the door lock, and at least one protrusion integral with the housing. The protrusion may obstruct at least partially a line of sight to the keypad. An escutcheon may include top and bottom covers with the top cover projecting outward from the surface of a door more than the lower cover, resulting in an at least partially hidden joint between covers. Top and bottom covers may be interchangeable with covers having similar edges.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2006
    Assignee: Yale Security Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher N. Case, Robert C. Hunt
  • Patent number: 7073357
    Abstract: A handle lock is configured for use with a trailer door latch handle. The handle lock is configured to be coupled to the trailer door. The handle lock is used to lock the handle to lock the trailer door in a closed position and to unlock the handle to allow unlatching and opening of the trailer door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2006
    Inventor: Willie E. Nixon, Jr.
  • Patent number: 7017954
    Abstract: A latch assembly for a trailer roll up door has a base plate, a handle and hook assembly with a locking flange rotatably mounted to the base plate, a closed keeper to selectively retain the handle in the closed position. The closed keeper is moveably mounted to the base plate for movement between a latched position and an unlatched position. The movement of the closed keeper is limited by stops on the base plate and further has a rotation stop that is adapted to contact a portion of the handle when the closed keeper is in the unlatched position and the handle is moved to the closed position to move the closed keeper into the latched position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2006
    Assignee: Fleet Engineers, Inc.
    Inventors: Wesley K. Eklund, Andrew Hartmann
  • Patent number: 6993944
    Abstract: A dead bolt lock having a slot or slots for insertion on a dead bolt and legs for spanning the underlying door knob of a door to secure the dead bolt. In an adjustable embodiment the dead bolt lock includes a lock housing having a circular rim and downwardly-extending legs, with notches disposed around the curved top portion of the housing rim. A round opening in the center of the housing rotatably accommodates at least a middle plate, closed by front plate, and a rear plate, the middle plate provided with a middle plate profile slot for receiving a sliding retainer block. The retainer block alternately recesses in a corresponding retainer block slot adjoining the middle plate profile slot and extends into the middle plate profile slot for selective engagement with the dead bolt when the dead bolt lock is in locked configuration. The front plate and rear plate are connected to the middle plate and each have slots that correspond to the middle plate profile slot for accommodating the dead bolt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2006
    Inventor: Thurman B. Hicks
  • Patent number: 6990838
    Abstract: A skid steer attachment lock for preventing the theft of a tool attached to a skid steer loader. The device comprises of an extendable hollow shaft having a first and second opposite ends, wherein the first and second opposite ends are open and adapted to respectively accommodate a first and second attachment tool locking arms when the arms are facing each other; and a locking mechanism disposed in the outer shaft of the extendable shaft for temporarily locking the extendable shaft at a desired length.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2006
    Inventor: Bryan Witchey
  • Patent number: 6962066
    Abstract: A locking arrangement serving for locking a door hinged on a casing on e.g. a container by a combination or key lock. The locking arrangement comprises a rotatable closing rod for keeping the door closed by engaging the casing in a closed position; a fitting having a U-shaped part encompassing at least a length of the closing rod; two flushing locking holes made with one hole in each of the opposite walls of the U-shaped part; a transverse hole made in the closing rod and flushing with the locking holes in the closed position; and a bolt having a first section provided with a head, and a second section displaceably mounted in the lock between a locked inner position and an unlocked outer position; whereby the locking arrangement is locked when the bolt is extending through the transverse hole and the locking holes in locked inner position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2005
    Assignee: Servial CC ApS
    Inventors: Allan R Larsen, Henning Kummerfeldt
  • Patent number: 6860128
    Abstract: A clamp for preventing theft of a motor cycle, by disabling operation of a handlebar brake lever comprises: a pair of jaws connected together at a pivot so as to be movable between an open and a closed condition, the jaws providing when in the closed condition, first and second substantially parallel apertures and through the clamp, the first aperture being shaped to receive a handlebar handgrip portion therethrough, and the second aperture being formed in a movable member and positioned so as to receive a brake or clutch lever operably mounted on the handlebar. The clamp also has a locking device for enabling the jaws to be locked in the closed condition. The movable member is locked at optional positions when the jaws are in the closed condition, by a pair of ribs which engage into a series of transverse grooves formed in the jaw along the length thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2001
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2005
    Inventor: Neils William Chappell
  • Publication number: 20040221626
    Abstract: A security cover with releasable lock includes a rearwardly opening steel box secured over the ears of a hasp assembly on a cargo container, with the hasp ears positioned within the box. An operable lock is mounted on the box, for selectively securing the hasp ears by the selective positioning of a pin through the ears of the hasp within the box. In the preferred embodiment, the lock is a plunger type lock with a plug connected to the pin and operable to selectively slide the pin into journaled engagement with the hasp ears.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 26, 2003
    Publication date: November 11, 2004
    Inventors: Raymond G. Palzkill, Keith R. Feilmeier
  • Publication number: 20040211231
    Abstract: A locking arrangement serving for locking a door hinged on a casing on e.g. a container by a combination or key lock. The locking arrangement comprises a rotatable closing rod for keeping the door closed by engaging the casing in a closed position; a fitting having a U-shaped part encompassing at least a length of the closing rod; two flushing locking holes made with one hole in each of the opposite walls of the U-shaped part; a transverse hole made in the closing rod and flushing with the locking holes in the closed position; and a bolt having a first section provided with a head, and a second section displaceably mounted in the lock between a locked inner position and an unlocked outer position; whereby the locking arrangement is locked when the bolt is extending through the transverse hole and the locking holes in locked inner position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 18, 2004
    Publication date: October 28, 2004
    Inventors: Allan R. Larsen, Henning Kummerfeldt
  • Publication number: 20040206137
    Abstract: A locking device for inhibiting the movement of control arm of a machine relative to a second arm having a tubular main shaft body connected to a first hook base plate, a telescopic shaft body with a diameter adapted to be inserted into the main shaft body and connected to a second hook base plate, a pair of hooks connected to each of the first and second base plates at the ends of the plates and oriented substantially parallel to the shaft bodies and further oriented such that each member of the hook pair opposes the other member by substantially one hundred and eighty degrees. Various applications for the device are disclosed, as well as method for securing an all-terrain vehicle (ATV) with the device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 16, 2003
    Publication date: October 21, 2004
    Inventor: Terry Bullock
  • Publication number: 20040148984
    Abstract: An improved lock for the inside of automobile cab doors having paddle-type door handles, particularly long-haul tractor cabs. The device is an L-shaped stop that is removably attached to the door handle from the inside. The short leg of the “L” fits between the paddle and the housing, thereby preventing the paddle from pivoting open. The stop is fitted with a keyed cylinder lock and a rotating dog, to secure it to the door handle. The stop substantially fills and fits snugly within the recessed cavity of the door handle, thus preventing thieves from inserting tools into gaps and prying the device loose. The device is also substantially flush with the door handle, or at least has no edge upon which to gain purchase, so there is no surface for thieves to strike and break the device off.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 31, 2003
    Publication date: August 5, 2004
    Inventor: Av Robertson
  • Patent number: 6742369
    Abstract: An auxiliary door lock for a dead bolt lock includes a relatively flat rectangular housing for mounting on a door over the interior operating knob of the dead bolt lock; and an actuator slidable and rotatable in an opening in a front wall of the housing. The actuator includes a hollow handle, which is used to rotate the knob. Teeth on the actuator mesh with teeth in the housing in one position of the actuator so that the latter and the knob cannot be rotated when the door is locked. Thus, even using a key, someone outside of the door cannot unlock the dead bolt lock. By pushing the actuator into the housing to a second position, the teeth are disengaged and the actuator can be rotated to unlock the dead bolt lock.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2004
    Inventor: Pierre Veillette
  • Patent number: 6725694
    Abstract: A heavy duty steering wheel securing anti-theft device. Embodiments are described herein that also protect any air bag contained in the steering wheel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2004
    Inventor: Robert A. Vito
  • Patent number: 6725695
    Abstract: A heavy duty steering wheel securing anti-theft device. Embodiments are described herein that also protect any air bag contained in the steering wheel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2004
    Inventor: Robert A. Vito
  • Patent number: 6606888
    Abstract: An anti-pilfer lock device is provided for protecting against unauthorized access to the flow control valve units projecting from the outer surface of a mobile ammonia nurse tank. A box-shaped housing is sized and configured to be removably mounted on the shell of the nurse tank in complemental conforming relationship thereto in a position shielding the flow control valve units to prevent theft of ammonia from the nurse tank. Lock structure is provided for releasably holding the housing in its valve protecting position on the nurse tank storage vessel. The lock structure includes a coupling bar connected to at least one of the control valve housings, and an extension strap secured to the bar extends upwardly therefrom through a slot in the top wall of the housing. A bolt cutter proof lock is removably connected to the upper end of the extension strap above the top surface of the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2001
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2003
    Assignee: Farmland Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael J. Steinle, Guy Swenson
  • Patent number: 6581425
    Abstract: This invention pertains to a mechanism for securing a container. The container includes at least one wall, which is comprised of at least a first door. The mechanism includes a first rod, which is attached with the outer surface of the first door. The first rod is capable of being rotated from an openable position, when the first door is capable of being opened, to a closed position, when the first door is engaged with the container to be closed. The mechanism further includes a channel member, which is attached with the inner surface of the first door, and a sliding member, which is slidably received within the channel member. The sliding member is engageable with the first rod. As the first rod is rotated from the openable position to the closed position, engagement of the first rod with the sliding member causes the sliding member to slide to secure the first door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2003
    Assignee: Haulaway Storage Containers, Inc.
    Inventors: Roger L. Brown, Clifford R. Ronnenberg
  • Patent number: 6560999
    Abstract: A heavy duty steering wheel securing anti-theft device. Embodiments are described herein that also protect any air bag contained in the steering wheel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2003
    Inventor: Robert A. Vito
  • Patent number: 6553798
    Abstract: A door block (9) serving for blocking a door (2), which is side-hinged on a casing (3) around an opening in a container wall, against being opened by unauthorized persons. The door block comprises a rotatable closing rod (5), a handle (6) on the closing rod and a cam (7) fitted on the closing rod for engaging a keeper (8) on the casing when the door is closed and the closing rod rotated into closed position by means of the handle. The door block furthermore comprises a, seen in cross section, mainly U-shaped covering (14) having a body (16) and two flaps (17) projecting from this body, and in the blocking position extending across the closing rod with a piece of this rod located in flushing cuts (18) in the flaps and the handle encompassed between the body and the flaps; a catch hook (19) pivotally mounted in the covering for locking the closing rod in the cuts of the flaps by means of a projection (26) on the catch hook; and a lock (13) for locking the catch hook in its locking position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2000
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2003
    Inventors: Allan R Larsen, Henning Kummerfeldt
  • Patent number: 6550297
    Abstract: An automobile steering wheel lock with alarm function in the invention has a locking means combined in a lock housing of a lock body and comprising a sleeve, several core plates, two actuating rods, a driving member, a shell, a moving member and an alarm device having a circuit plate connecting a buzzer plate with electric cords and two actuating pieces corresponding to the actuating rods. The actuating rods can pass through the core plates and the driving member having an axle rod fixed with the circuit plate and an end inserted in the moving member. The alarm device will sound when a tool is inserted to push one of the actuating rods to contact with one of the actuating pieces, but not sound when a matching key is inserted to match with the core plates to make both actuating rods contact with or withdraw from the actuating pieces simultaneously.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2003
    Inventor: Tian-Yuan Chen
  • Patent number: 6546765
    Abstract: A bellcore-style latch with a safety lock feature, having a handle with a shank. The shank has an axial bore, with side apertures extending through the shank into the bore. A lock plug is positioned in the bore of the handle, and has a head and a shaft. The shaft has recessed portions and unrecessed portions, and the lock plug is rotatable to move the lock plug between a locked position, wherein the unrecessed portions are in alignment with the side apertures to cause the ball bearings located therein to protrude from the side apertures, and an unlocked position, wherein the unrecessed portions are in alignment with the side apertures permitting the ball bearings to retract into the side apertures. A spring is used to bias the lock plug to its locked position. An escutcheon with an aperture is provided for receiving the shank portion. The aperture has pockets for the ball bearings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2003
    Assignee: S.P.E.P. Acquisition Corporation
    Inventor: Rodolfo A. Linares
  • Patent number: 6543263
    Abstract: A heavy duty steering wheel securing anti-theft device. Embodiments are described herein that also protect any air bag contained in the steering wheel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2003
    Inventor: Robert A. Vito
  • Patent number: 6527312
    Abstract: A seal for a container. The seal is banana-shaped and is inserted over a container handle to make it impossible to move the handle without breaking the seal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2001
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2003
    Inventors: John Jackovino, Vincent MacNair
  • Patent number: 6502437
    Abstract: A heavy duty steering wheel securing anti-theft device. Embodiments are described herein that also protect any air bag contained in the steering wheel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2003
    Inventor: Robert A. Vito
  • Patent number: 6490897
    Abstract: A heavy duty steering wheel securing anti-theft device. Embodiments are described herein that also protect any air bag contained in the steering wheel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2002
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2002
    Inventor: Robert A. Vito
  • Patent number: 6484543
    Abstract: A heavy duty steering wheel securing anti-theft device. Embodiments are described herein that also protect any air bag contained in the steering wheel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2002
    Inventor: Robert A. Vito
  • Patent number: 6484542
    Abstract: A door handle lock (20) for hinged lever-style door handles (10) adapted for mounting on a portion of a hinged lever-style door handle (10) and overlapping a portion of a door handle housing (12), the door handle housing (12), with a hinged lever-style door handle (10), is received in a portion of a door, the hinged lever-style door handle (10) used for opening the door. With the door handle lock (20) in place on the hinged lever-style door handle (10), the door cannot be opened because the handle cannot be moved. Attempts to move the door handle (10) are unsuccessful because the door handle lock (20) interferes with the door handle housing (12) if one attempts to move the handle (10), thus preventing movement thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2001
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2002
    Inventor: Gregory Lee Klingler
  • Patent number: 6477874
    Abstract: A heavy duty steering wheel securing anti-theft device. Embodiments are described herein that also protect any air bag contained in the steering wheel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2002
    Inventor: Robert A. Vito
  • Patent number: 6460385
    Abstract: A heavy duty steering wheel securing anti-theft device. Embodiments are described herein that also protect any air bag contained in the steering wheel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2001
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2002
    Inventor: Robert A. Vito
  • Patent number: 6442982
    Abstract: A locking device (10) is serving for, with a lock (18), locking an already closed door (4) which is mounted with hinges (6) on a frame (5) in a gable (3) of a container (1). The door is held in the closed position by a turnable locking bar (7) which, at least at one end, has a projection for, by turning the bar, engaging it with a holder on the frame. The locking device (10) furthermore comprises a lock hole (25) running through the locking bar (7), the lock hole (25) assumes, in the closed position, a direction mainly parallel to the door plane; a house (11) with a channel (12) attached to the door, the channel (12) encloses the locking bar (7), and a bolt guide (22) which is in alignment with the lock hole (25) in the closed position; and a sliding bolt (23) for sliding through the bolt guide (22) and the lock hole (25) and locking the locking device (10) with a lock (37) which engage with tumblers (27) in the lock (18). A combination lock can advantageously be used as lock.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 1999
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2002
    Inventors: Allan Larsen, Henning Kummerfeldt
  • Patent number: 6434982
    Abstract: A lock for securing a lowered or non-lowered landing gear of a tractor trailer comprising two hinged interlocking halves secured by a keyed locking cylinder which has a pin intersecting apertures in flanges of the halves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2000
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2002
    Inventor: James E. Rowland