Operating Mechanism Patents (Class 70/266)
  • Publication number: 20150128668
    Abstract: Presently disclosed is a locking device for a firearm that includes a longitudinally extending frame and a configurable butt support, a configurable action housing, and a barrel lock. The configurable butt support defines an opening for receiving a butt of the firearm, with one or more of the width, length or base of the opening being configurable. The configurable action housing defines a channel between interchangeable opposing profiles, which are associated with the configuration of one or more firearms and inhibit access to at least a trigger of the firearm. The barrel lock is configured to secure the barrel of the firearm when in a locked position, and to release the barrel of the firearm when in an unlocked position. The locking device may also include a biometrically activated lock, such as a fingerprint reader, and a communication interface to provide information about attempts to access the firearm.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 12, 2014
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Inventor: D. Jeffrey MEREDITH
  • Publication number: 20150121976
    Abstract: An anti-theft device for a motor vehicle includes a pedal engaging member (105), a first locking mechanism (215) and a second locking mechanism (210). The pedal engaging member (105) is movable between a first position and a second position, the first position for engaging a pedal of the motor vehicle and the second position for enabling the pedal to move freely. The first locking mechanism (215) is operatively connected to the pedal engaging member (105), for locking the pedal engaging member (105) at the first position. The second locking mechanism (210) is operatively connected to the pedal engaging member (105), for locking the pedal engaging member (105) at the second position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 27, 2012
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Inventor: Chee Wah Ng
  • Publication number: 20150114055
    Abstract: A deadbolt lock assembly comprising a retractable and extendable deadbolt, a housing, an outside member movably mounted on the housing, the member being normally disconnected from the deadbolt, and an operator input device on the housing, the device connecting the member to the deadbolt in response to presentation of an appropriate credential, such that a force applied to the member by the operator is mechanically transmitted to the deadbolt to move the deadbolt.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 6, 2015
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Inventors: George Frolov, John E. Walsh, Victor Bogdanov, Alfred S. Levesque, Kevin D. Miller, Don Shilonie, Adam O'Day
  • Publication number: 20150114051
    Abstract: A lock mechanism includes a driving arm having an arm portion and a fixing portion and a lock rod having first and second ends and a pivot portion. The pivot portion is pivoted to one of a cover and a casing. The fixing portion is disposed on the one of the cover and the casing so as to make a free end of the arm portion interfere with an interference portion of the lock rod. The arm portion swings to a first position or a second position when receiving force. When the first end or the second end is pressed, the interference portion drives the free end to make the arm portion swing to the first or second position, so as to make the lock rod move to a locking position for fixing the cover on the casing or a releasing position for releasing the cover from the casing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 24, 2014
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Applicant: Wistron Corporation
    Inventor: Zhong-hui Mao
  • Publication number: 20150068257
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a lock mechanism includes a control element arranged for rotation about an axis between an active position and an inactive position. The control element includes a control head having one or more axially extending projection(s). The lock mechanism further includes a lock element that is axially aligned with the control element and includes a lock element head. The lock element head has one or more axially extending projection(s). The projection(s) of the control head and the projection(s) of the lock element head are arranged such that in the active position, the lock element and control element are held apart by the projections, and such that in the inactive position, the projections can mesh together to permit axial movement of the lock element relative to the control element.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 11, 2013
    Publication date: March 12, 2015
    Inventors: David Ogden, Simon Powell
  • Patent number: 8950224
    Abstract: Provided is a temporary secure storage system for firearms. The system is designed to provide convenient, secure storage of handguns. A number of storage containers employing electronic locking mechanisms are stored within a secure facility. Customers can rent a storage container for a predetermined period of time, during which firearms and accoutrement are kept within an individually locked container. Biometric scanners, card readers, and PIN keypads are examples of the types of authenticators used on each storage container to ensure that only the owner gains access to the contents. The system is ideally suited for persons who lawfully carry concealed weapons and seek to abide by local ordinances regarding gun-free areas. In this manner the system provides convenience and peace of mind to gun-carrying persons.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Inventor: Thomas Spencer
  • Publication number: 20150033810
    Abstract: A security apparatus for a ratchet type gunlock that has a ratchet for locking the gunlock. The security apparatus prevents the gunlock from being shimmed using shimming techniques well known in the art. A star-shaped cogwheel having asymmetrical teeth prevents the shim from reaching the locked ratchet. The security apparatus also provides an extended ratchet latching assembly that features a pivot and a unique shoe-shaped latch that attaches to a plunger via a ball head such that the connections provided between the three elements of the latching assembly enable the latching assembly to remain locked despite severe impact, wrenching or shaking, yet can be easily opened even once the forces being applied to the gunlock ceases even when the deformation to the gunlock is irreversible.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 29, 2014
    Publication date: February 5, 2015
    Applicant: Santa Cruz Gunlocks, LLC.
    Inventor: Tibor Kalman Zalavari
  • Patent number: 8902040
    Abstract: An electronic lock, system and method for dynamic controlled access, without the lock communicating with or connected to a code server, are provided. The lock includes a locking mechanism, a clock, a microprocessor, and a memory storing a hash function and programmed instructions for the microprocessor to perform certain operations. The microprocessor and memory may be comprised in a microcontroller. When an access code is entered into the lock, the lock microcontroller hashes currently valid access start date/duration combinations with lock identifying data to return valid access codes. If the entered access code equals any of the valid access codes, the locking mechanism is opened. The lock identifying data may include data stored by a lock manufacturer and/or data created by a lock owner. Static access codes may also be programmed into the lock if desired. Caching of valid access codes may be used to reduce processing time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignee: Greisen Enterprises LLC
    Inventors: David J. Greisen, Daniel H. Greisen
  • Publication number: 20140338409
    Abstract: A power locking pull or push button handle assembly is provided for a vehicle door having a lock and a latch. The handle assembly includes a base with a housing. A handle is pivotally mounted on the base, a power lock assembly is mounted within the housing on the base, and a keypad on the handle is operatively connected to the power lock assembly for keyless unlocking of the door. The handle includes a cover and backbone secured together, with the keypad sandwiched between the cover and backbone. The keypad is reinforced with a steel plate. Loads on the handle are shared by the backbone, cover, and keypad.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 13, 2014
    Publication date: November 20, 2014
    Applicant: TRIMARK CORPORATION
    Inventors: Jason Kraus, Anita L. Reichling, Eric Wickstrom, David S. Magner
  • Publication number: 20140260449
    Abstract: A wireless electromechanical lock with one or more of an internal antenna, touch activation, and/or a light communication device that acts as a user interface. In some embodiments, the lock utilizes an antenna near the exterior face of the lockset, designed inside the metal body of the lockset itself. A light communication device is provided in some embodiments to communicate information, visually, to the user via animations and dynamic displays of light. In some embodiments, the lockset includes a touch activation capability, which can be used to lock/unlock the lock and/or otherwise provide input.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 10, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventors: ALAN UYEDA, MICHAEL MARIDAKIS, JEROME F. CZERWINSKI, JR., ELLIOTT B. SCHNEIDER, TROY M. BROWN, DAVID KJ KIM
  • Publication number: 20140250956
    Abstract: An electronic deadbolt assembly with a latch assembly having a bolt movable between an extended position and a retracted position. The deadbolt has an exterior assembly and an interior assembly. The exterior assembly has an electronic input device for entering a passcode and a wiring harness in electrical communication with the electronic input device. The interior assembly includes an electronic control assembly configured to move the bolt between the extended position and the retracted position responsive to an authorized passcode being entered in the electronic input device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 25, 2014
    Publication date: September 11, 2014
    Inventor: GERALD CHONG
  • Publication number: 20140208812
    Abstract: It describes the patent of the utility model belonging to the field of products that block or prevent access to a particular area or thing, consisting of a body (1) made of anti-flame plastic, comprising a cylindrical curved metal rod (2), internally locked by two plastic tabs (3) orthogonally fitted, so that said tabs (3) are moved by a zamac trigger (4), which has a predominantly cylindrical shape, consisting of channels in the base which engage in the cylinder (5) for opening and closing located just below. Said cylinder (5) is fixed to the main body by means of a screw (6) and nut (7). The lower cover (8) of the lock is made of anti-flame plastic. The shape of the plastic tabs (3) is predominantly trapezoidal and they have a verve (9) for engaging the guide axis (10) of the trigger (4), and they have, at one end, an is inclined and curved face (11) that facilitates sliding on the recesses (12) for locking the metal rod (2).
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 3, 2013
    Publication date: July 31, 2014
    Applicant: PADO S/A INDUSTRIAL COMERCIAL E IMPORTADORA
    Inventor: PEDRO DA SILVA FILHO
  • Publication number: 20140202220
    Abstract: A cooler access control system locks a cooler when occurrence of an event is detected that requires limiting access to the inside of the cooler. Examples of such events include the loss of power to the cooler for a predetermined period of time, the opening of the cooler door for longer than an allowed time, the loss of functionality of a temperature probe and others. In an embodiment, a service mode is supported wherein the door is left unlocked despite the occurrence of such an event, to allow a stocker or other personnel to leave the cooler door open while stocking the cooler with product.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 28, 2013
    Publication date: July 24, 2014
    Inventors: William Denison, Calin Roatis
  • Patent number: 8723641
    Abstract: A system uses a mobile unit to control access to physical spaces with electrical locking devices. An authority means connected to the mobile unit issues authorizing data (AD) access rights, which are sent to an authorization means connected to the authority means, generate a mobile unit alpha-numerical key and send the key and the mobile unit's unique identifier to an operator connected to the authorization means. The operator sends the alpha-numerical key to the mobile unit identified by the unique identifier. An electrical locking device and the mobile unit use an authentication protocol with the alpha-numerical key to authenticate the mobile unit, which, when authenticated, sends the authorizing data (AD) to the electrical locking device. If the authorizing data (AD) comprises an identifier of the electrical locking device, the mobile unit can open the electrical locking device using a communication means in the mobile unit for near field communication.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignee: Telecred AB
    Inventors: Babak Sadighi, Ling Cao, Ludwig Seitz
  • Patent number: 8680996
    Abstract: A lock has a body holding a locking member that can be locked to or released from the body by, for example, operation of a key. The lock includes an alarm that is triggered by the locking of the locking member. If, however, the lock is unlocked and relocked within a predetermined time interval, the alarm is disarmed. In this way, the lock can remain locked but with the alarm disarmed. The signals that cause the alarm to arm and disarm can be produced in any convenient way.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Assignee: Xena IP Holdings Limited
    Inventor: Ivan Foti
  • Publication number: 20140047878
    Abstract: A lock assembly (10) that has a first lock state and a second lock state. The lock assembly (10) includes a latch assembly (30) that has a latch (55) movable between an extended position and a retracted position, and a handle operatively coupled to the latch (55) to move the latch (55) between the extended position and the retracted position. The lock assembly (10) also includes a hub that is coupled to the handle for movement therewith, a member that is operatively coupled to the handle to permit or prevent movement of the latch (55) and a lock element. The member is engaged with the hub to permit or prevent movement of the hub. The lock element is engaged with the member in the second lock state such that the member prevents movement of the handle, and the lock element is disengaged from the member in the first lock state such that the member permits movement of the handle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 11, 2011
    Publication date: February 20, 2014
    Applicant: SCHLAGE LOCK COMPANY LLC
    Inventors: XueWen Zheng, Biao Liu
  • Publication number: 20130239630
    Abstract: The invention relates to a movement lock for a locking element or an actuator in a locking system which can be operated in a mechanical or mechatronic manner. Provision is made here for the movement lock to have a blocking element which can be brought into engagement with the locking element or actuator by a system which is maintained under tension or caused to move and can be triggered as a result of an external pulse application on the locking system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 23, 2011
    Publication date: September 19, 2013
    Applicant: ASSA ABLOY Sicherheitstechnik GmbH
    Inventors: Zeljko Pintar, Ulrich Fischer, Christopher Loeb-Ullmann
  • Publication number: 20130239629
    Abstract: A lock is provided, the lock having: a lock mechanism having a first member and a second member, the first member and the second member each being slidably mounted to a housing of the combination lock, wherein the first member is capable of movement between a first position and a second position and the second member is capable of movement between a first position and a second position and wherein movement of the first member from the first position to the second position causes the second member to move from the first position to the second position; a bolt configured for movement between a locking position and an unlocking position, the bolt preventing the second member from moving from the second position to the first position when the bolt is in the locking position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 12, 2012
    Publication date: September 19, 2013
    Inventors: Wai-Ho Choy, Patrick E. Wind, Kevin Houlihan, Cheung Yi Lam
  • Publication number: 20130239631
    Abstract: A cylindrical lockset comprises a multiple-compartment lock cage subassembly. A retractor is housed within a middle lock cage compartment. Spindle return torsion springs, for biasing corresponding handle-carrying spindles to their default positions, are housed within axially adjacent lock cage compartments. A torque plate transfers torque from the lock cage subassembly to relatively radially distal trim posts. A knob catch assembly seated in each handle-carrying spindle comprises a generally elliptically-shaped wrap around catch spring and a knob catch backup washer to resist axial loads produced by efforts to pull a handle off of the spindle. A key spindle provides a dog travel window defined by a closed, continuous edge of the key spindle, which window is positioned opposite of an axially-extending seam of the key spindle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2012
    Publication date: September 19, 2013
    Applicant: TOWNSTEEL, INC.
    Inventors: Charles W. Moon, Michael J. Wright
  • Publication number: 20130239632
    Abstract: A cylindrical lockset comprises a multiple-compartment lock cage subassembly. A retractor is housed within a middle lock cage compartment. Spindle return torsion springs, for biasing corresponding handle-carrying spindles to their default positions, are housed within axially adjacent lock cage compartments. A torque plate transfers torque from the lock cage subassembly to relatively radially distal trim posts. A knob catch assembly seated in each handle-carrying spindle comprises a generally elliptically-shaped wrap around catch spring and a knob catch backup washer to resist axial loads produced by efforts to pull a handle off of the spindle. A key spindle provides a dog travel window defined by a closed, continuous edge of the key spindle, which window is positioned opposite of an axially-extending seam of the key spindle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2012
    Publication date: September 19, 2013
    Applicant: TOWNSTEEL, INC.
    Inventors: Charles W. Moon, Michael J. Wright
  • Publication number: 20130226795
    Abstract: A vehicle immobilizing device includes a lock, a user interface, memory configured to store an unlock code, and a processor. The lock has a latch mechanism and the processor controls movement of the latch mechanism from a locked position to an unlocked position so that the immobilizing device can be removed from a vehicle. A person installing the immobilizing device on a vehicle utilizes the user interface to enter and store an unlock code and an identification code in the device memory at the time of installation. Upon payment of an outstanding fine, a vehicle owner is provided with an unlock code. To remove the device from the vehicle the owner utilizes the user interface to enter unlock code and the processor causes the latch mechanism to move to the unlocked position upon determining that the unlock code input via the user interface matches an unlock code stored in the memory.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 29, 2012
    Publication date: August 29, 2013
    Inventors: Gregory S. Hopper, Peter Kent McCammon, Neal Harris Stern, Elizabeth Wells Shumadine
  • Publication number: 20130174620
    Abstract: A device and method for controlling an electric lock control the electric lock by generating a password signal carrying an ID information from an electronic apparatus including a communication chip. The device includes an antenna unit, a communication unit, a processing module, and a memory unit. The processing module receives the password signal from the electronic apparatus via the communication unit and the antenna unit. The processing module controls a locked status of the electric lock based on the password signal. The ID information carried by the password signal is analyzed by the processing module and sent to the memory unit and stored therein to form a reference information. Once the processing module receives the password signal again, the processing module will determine whether to maintain or change the locked status of the electric lock based on a result of comparison of the password signal and the reference information.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2012
    Publication date: July 11, 2013
    Inventors: WEI-YU CHEN, CHING-FENG HSIEH
  • Patent number: 8482378
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a system (10) operable to control access to different physical spaces, each provided with an electrical locking device (121, . . . , 12n), with the aid of a programmable, mobile unit (14). The system (10) comprises an authority means (16) operable to issue access rights connected to the programmable, mobile unit (14) in the form of an authorizing data (AD), which authorizing data (AD) is sent to an authorization means (18) connected to the authority means (16), and operable to generate an alpha-numerical key for the mobile unit (14), and to send the alpha-numerical key and a unique identifier of the mobile unit (14) to an operator (20), which is connected to the authorization means (18). The operator (20) is operable to send the alpha-numerical key to the mobile unit (14) identified by the unique identifier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2013
    Assignee: Telcred AB
    Inventors: Babak Sadighi, Ling Cao, Ludwig Seitz
  • Publication number: 20130067971
    Abstract: A zipper lock contains: a lock body, a lock mechanism, and a shackle. The lock body includes at least one positioning post mounted thereon for fitting with at least one pull piece by using at least one through hole of the at least one pull piece. The lock mechanism is disposed on the lock body. The shackle is axially connected with the lock body and is rotated toward a unlock position relative to the lock body so that the at least one pull piece is fitted onto and removed from the at least one positioning post. The shackle allows being rotated toward a lock position relative to the lock body so that the at least one pull piece is fitted onto the at least one positioning post, and the shackle is locked by the lock mechanism.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 18, 2012
    Publication date: March 21, 2013
    Applicant: SINOX LOCK (KUNSHAN) CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Wen-Cheng Huang
  • Publication number: 20120297842
    Abstract: An electromechanical lock comprises a housing, a rectilinear locking lever slidable within the housing, a blocking element positioned adjacent the locking lever that is movable between a first position that engages with the locking lever and a second position that disengages with the locking lever, and an actuating device operable to control movement of the blocking element between the first and second positions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 23, 2011
    Publication date: November 29, 2012
    Inventor: Klaus W. Gartner
  • Publication number: 20120234062
    Abstract: A dual function lock having a body, a shackle and a frangible element extending from the body is disclosed. The dual function lock also includes a first locking mechanism within the body wherein when the first locking mechanism is locked, the shackle is in a first position where the toe of the shackle is located within the frangible element so that the shackle cannot be rotated and wherein when the first locking mechanism is unlocked, the shackle can be lifted from the first position so that the toe of the shackle is not within the frangible element so that the shackle can be rotated. Methods of using the lock and a refillable insert of frangible elements are also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 30, 2012
    Publication date: September 20, 2012
    Applicant: Stanton Concepts, L.L.C.
    Inventors: John Loughlin, Robert Loughlin
  • Patent number: 8269644
    Abstract: An apparatus for tracking and indicating the status of a lock, comprising: a movement sensing device for sensing movement of a key related to said lock and providing information about said movement; a controller for reception of said information about said movement, processing said information and identifying a key rotation event that is associated with a lock status; and an indication unit being connected to said controller; providing an indication of the lock status according to control signals that are provided by said controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2012
    Inventor: Hillel Weinstein
  • Patent number: 8231151
    Abstract: A system for securing and releasing doors includes at least two electromagnetic latches and a controller. Each of the electromagnetic latches includes a coil configured to be energized by a power signal to create a magnetic field. The controller switches the power signal between the electromagnetic latches so that the power signal is supplied to the electromagnetic latches one at a time. The electromagnetic latches may be electromagnetic door holders, electromagnetic door locks, or any combination of the two.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2012
    Assignee: SimplexGrinnell LP
    Inventor: Mark P. Barrieau
  • Publication number: 20120186312
    Abstract: A locking device includes an integrated circuit board specially shaped to fit the locking device and to bring a sensor on the circuit board adjacent to a moving lock component. The circuit board is preferably routed to form a convex shape that matches the locking device and provides printed circuit wiring to connect one or more sensors or other components to an external wiring harness, thereby reducing point-to-point wiring within the lock. Multiple different circuits may be provided on the same circuit board, which are automatically selected by the connectors used on different corresponding wiring harnesses and/or actuators. The design reduces assembly costs and allows rapid electrification of existing mechanical locking devices with minimal modification.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 20, 2010
    Publication date: July 26, 2012
    Applicant: SARGENT MANUFACTURING COMPANY
    Inventors: Scott B. Lowder, Todd C. Zimmer, Jeff P. Tonon
  • Publication number: 20120180536
    Abstract: A high security lock includes a lock bolt movable between extended and retracted positions, a bolt retraction gear coupled to the lock bolt, and a manually-driven gear train. When a controller verifies that user-input information is correct for unlocking the lock, the bolt retraction gear and manually-driven gear train are operatively coupled such that the gear train can drive the lock bolt from the extended position to the retracted position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 20, 2011
    Publication date: July 19, 2012
    Applicant: LOCK II, L.L.C.
    Inventors: J. Clayton Miller, Donald P. Cooke, JR., Michael P. Harvey
  • Publication number: 20120174636
    Abstract: A resettable, combination dial lock assembly has a housing, a shackle, and a dial with indicia thereon. A subset of the indicia defines an unlocking combination. The dial is rotatable relative to the housing to positions corresponding to each of the indica subset. A selector is coupled to the dial. Combination members rotate upon rotation of the dial and are each associated with a respective one of the subset of indicia comprising the combination. Rotary members are coupled to the combination members, wherein rotation of the combination members causes rotation of the rotary members. The rotary members and combination members allow entry of the combination by rotating the dial in any direction and independent of a number of rotations made by the dial for activation of the selector to select each of the indicia comprising the combination to unlock the lock assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 3, 2012
    Publication date: July 12, 2012
    Applicant: Wordlock, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher Rohde, Christopher Irgens, Frank Scott
  • Publication number: 20120067091
    Abstract: A rotating disk lock mechanism that includes a lock housing containing a plurality of rotatable disks. Each disk having a central aperture and being positioned in a stack such that the central apertures form a keyway. At least one of the disks includes a reduced central aperture with a diameter that is substantially less than a diameter of at least another one of the central apertures. The combination of the lock mechanism is determined in part by the number of disks with reduced central apertures and their placement in the stack.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 22, 2010
    Publication date: March 22, 2012
    Applicant: INNER-TITE CORP.
    Inventor: ANTHONY JOHN AGBAY
  • Publication number: 20110259063
    Abstract: A lock has a body (10) holding a locking member (11) that can be locked to or released from the body (10) by, for example, operation of a key (21). The lock includes an alarm (25) that is triggered by the locking of the locking member (11). If, however, the lock is unlocked and relocked within a predetermined time interval, the alarm (25) is disarmed. In this way, the lock can remain locked but with the alarm (25) disarmed. The signals that cause the alarm (25) to arm and disarm can be produced in any convenient way.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 20, 2009
    Publication date: October 27, 2011
    Inventor: Ivan Foti
  • Patent number: 7994925
    Abstract: The present invention addresses deficiencies of the art in respect to commercial asset control and provides a novel and non-obvious system and device for monitoring access to controlled areas. In one embodiment of the invention, the device can include a securing mechanism having an open state and a closed state. The device can further include a housing coupled with the securing mechanism, the housing comprising a radio frequency-opaque material, wherein the housing completely encloses a volume when the securing mechanism is in the closed state and wherein the housing includes an opening when the securing mechanism is in the open state. The device can further include an electronic marker located inside the volume of the housing, wherein the electronic marker periodically emits a signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2011
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventor: Sandip Lahiri
  • Patent number: 7984938
    Abstract: A door handle device for a vehicle includes a first handle member made of resin and formed with a housing portion which houses an electronic component and is arranged opposing to the outer panel and a second handle member covering the housing portion and assembled to the first handle member. A first connector, which protrudes in a vehicle width direction penetrating through the outer panel, is provided at an end of the first handle member. A board mounted with a control circuit connected to the electronic component is housed in the housing portion in a state where the board is connected to a terminal of the first connector and a terminal of the electronic component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2011
    Assignee: Aisin Seiki Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Tetsurou Tanimoto, Koichi Nagata, Eiji Mushiake
  • Publication number: 20110162418
    Abstract: Disclosed are internal lock mechanisms for doors of intermodal containers. The lock mechanisms include a lock member that moves between a locked position engaging a door to lock the door in the closed position and an unlocked position disengaged from the door to permit the door to move from the closed position to the open position. At least a portion of the lock mechanism is provided within or adjacent to the sill. In one instance, the lock member is biased toward the locked position, and a contact portion on a bottom of the container is contacted to unlock it. The lock mechanism may be accessed via connection openings in a corner fitting, for example. In another instance, hooks and hook receiving members are provided within an interior of the container, and rotated along a rotatable shaft between the two positions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 5, 2010
    Publication date: July 7, 2011
    Applicant: Union Pacific Railroad Company
    Inventors: Wayne L. RONCI, Adrian A. Hernandez
  • Publication number: 20110138866
    Abstract: An access identification assembly allows the owner of a piece of luggage or some other accessible structure to identify when someone has gained access to it. The assembly includes a housing which defines an interior space. The housing includes first and second openings. A locking member defines a fixed end, a movable end and an elongated body extending therebetween. The fixed end is fixedly secured to the housing and the movable end extends out and away from the housing. The movable end is selectively insertable into the housing to secure the access identification assembly. The access identification assembly also includes a releasing mechanism that is operatively connected to the housing for permanently unsecuring the access identification assembly. When either the releasing mechanism is broken or the locking member is severed, the user of the luggage knows that access has been obtained.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 16, 2009
    Publication date: June 16, 2011
    Applicant: LUKA Global, LLC
    Inventor: W. Kay Ponicall
  • Publication number: 20110132050
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a locking device and to an actuating device for activating said locking device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 2, 2010
    Publication date: June 9, 2011
    Inventors: Martin McCaffrey, Pao-hsing Tseng
  • Publication number: 20110107800
    Abstract: A latch system includes a latch and a key barrel operably coupled via a clutch to the latch. The clutch has an engaged condition where operation of the key barrel unlatches the latch, and the clutch has a disengaged condition where operation of the key barrel does not unlatch the latch.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 24, 2010
    Publication date: May 12, 2011
    Inventors: Stephane Barbier, Dominique Benoit, Remi Castella
  • Publication number: 20110056257
    Abstract: This is a cam lock that has a spring loaded latching cam. The cam has a ramp that allows it to be moved by a blocked surface without the normal radial turning of the plug. The cam retracts in a lateral motion to clear and then pass behind the blocking surface. This way a cam lock can be pushed to closed position rather than rotated.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 8, 2009
    Publication date: March 10, 2011
    Inventor: Thomas J. DiVito
  • Publication number: 20110056253
    Abstract: A latch apparatus for providing secure storage to an enclosure is disclosed. The latch apparatus can include an actuating device that operates to lock or unlock the latch apparatus in response to a control signal. The control signal can be communicated to the latch apparatus through an RF or other transmitted signal or through hardwires connecting the latch apparatus to the remote device. The latch apparatus can be maintained in either a locked state or an unlocked state without having to continuously supply power to the latch apparatus. The latch apparatus can include a latch hook that can be detent biased to both the open position and the closed position while the latch apparatus is in either a locked state or an unlocked state. The latch hook can move from the open position to the closed position while the latch apparatus is in a locked state. The latch apparatus can also have a thickness such that the latch apparatus will fit in the gap in which drawer slide hardware for an enclosure is installed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 9, 2010
    Publication date: March 10, 2011
    Applicant: COMPX INTERNATIONAL INC.
    Inventors: Matthew R. Greiner, Gregg W. Walla
  • Publication number: 20100188190
    Abstract: An electromechanical lock and its operation method is disclosed. The method includes: reading data from an external source; matching the data against a predetermined criterion; providing a fulcrum provided that the data matches the predetermined criterion; holding the lock by a locking pin, when engaged, in a locked state, and, when disengaged, in a mechanically openable state; and if the fulcrum is provided, levering mechanical power with the fulcrum to the locking pin to mechanically disengage the locking pin.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 16, 2008
    Publication date: July 29, 2010
    Applicant: iLoy Oy
    Inventors: Mika Pukari, Hannu Jokinen
  • Publication number: 20100139341
    Abstract: A lock device comprises an interlocking means comprising two axially movable parts (61, 62) interconnecting a cylinder core (20) and an extension (40, 50) so that free-turning operation is provided in one mode of operation and the extension rotates with the cylinder core in another operational mode.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 25, 2008
    Publication date: June 10, 2010
    Applicant: ASSA ABLOY AB
    Inventor: Daniel Andersson
  • Publication number: 20100122559
    Abstract: An anti-theft shield that protects the latching apparatus on the large rear doors of cargo trucks and truck trailers is provided, the shield including an elongated sheath-like member for sliding over and enclosing the cargo door latch handle, and a connected panel member for extending over and protecting the cargo door latch mechanism and the associated padlock for locking the latch handle to the latch mechanism. At a first end of the sheath-like member on the rear side thereof is a planar guide member for insertion behind the latch handle and pivot pin locking hook. The shield is secured in position over the latch mechanism by means of the guide member in combination with a shield locking bracket having an opening for accepting the padlock bight during the locking procedure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 20, 2009
    Publication date: May 20, 2010
    Inventor: Jim Chudzicki
  • Publication number: 20100095719
    Abstract: A door lock apparatus with safety switch capable of assuredly locking a door is provided. A coupling member is pivotally moved about a pivotal shaft by a closing operation by way of a rotary handle, thereby bringing an engaging portion thereof into engagement with a fixing member, so that a protective door is inhibited from moving in two directions of arrows X, Y including a moving direction of the protective door. Whether the protective door is of a slide type or a pivot type, the protective door is assuredly locked in a closed state because the protective door is inhibited from moving in the two directions including the moving direction thereof. Further, if an operation mistake or the like is made to forcibly open the protective door, the force for opening the protective door is not directly applied to the switch body or the actuator. Hence, a safety switch may achieve an increased in durability.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 7, 2006
    Publication date: April 22, 2010
    Applicant: IDEC Corporation
    Inventors: Takeo Yasui, Masaki Nobuhiro, Norifumi Obata, Takafumi Hidaka, Kiyo Hidaka
  • Publication number: 20100089104
    Abstract: A pneumatically operated barrier lock is provided. The barrier lock includes a body and a locking pin slidably mounted on the body for movement along a path between an extended position for engaging a catch and a retracted position for disengaging the catch. The lock also includes a pneumatic cylinder in connection with a pressure source and actuating the locking pin between the extended position and the retracted position. An opposite end of the cylinder is adapted for connection to a relatively low second pressure source. A second pressure source connectable to end of the pneumatic cylinder biases the piston away therefrom and generates a first biasing apparatus, in form of a pneumatic spring, which biases the locking pin toward the retracted position. A blocking member is hingedly connected, about a pivot axis, to the body and is selectively movable between a first position and a second position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 4, 2007
    Publication date: April 15, 2010
    Inventor: Michael John Watmough
  • Publication number: 20100064744
    Abstract: A high security lock includes a lock bolt movable between extended and retracted positions, a bolt retraction gear coupled to the lock bolt, and a manually-driven gear train. When a controller verifies that user-input information is correct for unlocking the lock, the bolt retraction gear and manually-driven gear train are operatively coupled such that the gear train can drive the lock bolt from the extended position to the retracted position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 4, 2009
    Publication date: March 18, 2010
    Applicant: Lock II, L.L.C.
    Inventors: J. Clayton Miller, Donald P. Cooke, JR., Michael P. Harvey
  • Publication number: 20100005840
    Abstract: Systems and apparatuses for a security device for a bottle are disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 7, 2005
    Publication date: January 14, 2010
    Applicant: Sensormatic Electronics Corporation
    Inventors: Dennis L. Hogan, Paul Griffiths, Gilbert Fernandez, Pedro Lopez, Dale W. Raymond, Franklin H. Valade, JR.
  • Publication number: 20090308113
    Abstract: A lock includes a lock housing, a lock interface, a rotary locking member, a locking bolt, and a locking mechanism. The rotary locking member extends from a side portion of the lock housing, the rotary locking member being rotatable about a first axis between a locking position and a releasing position. The locking bolt is configured to hold the rotary locking element in the locking position when the locking bolt is in a first position and to allow the rotary locking member to rotate from the locking position to the releasing position when the locking bolt is in a second position. The locking mechanism is configured to slide the locking bolt from the first position to the second position in response to proper manipulation of the lock interface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 16, 2009
    Publication date: December 17, 2009
    Applicant: MASTER LOCK COMPANY LLC
    Inventors: Glenn P. MEEKMA, Karthick BABU, Ajay JAYARAMAN, Paul R. PEOT
  • Publication number: 20090293560
    Abstract: An electronic device is provided with a first lock release code store memory including a first lock release code; a lock release flag store memory including a lock release flag that shows whether or not a lock is released; a comparison portion comparing the first lock release code with a second lock release code input by an input device; a control portion releasing, when the comparison by the comparison portion results in agreement, the lock to permit the electronic device to operate normally; and a determination portion determining whether or not the lock release flag store memory is authentic.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 26, 2009
    Publication date: December 3, 2009
    Applicant: SANYO ELECTRIC CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Yasuyuki Ikeguchi