Using A Powered Device (e.g., Motor) Patents (Class 70/275)
  • Patent number: 10330378
    Abstract: A freezer includes a plurality of evaporators coupled to a payload bay with a multiplicity of coolant tubes in each evaporator, wherein each tube enters and then exits the payload bay, further comprising one or more cryogenic valves coupled to the coolant tubes; a pump to force coolant flowing through the evaporators; sensors coupled to the evaporators of the freezer to monitor vital parameters of the freezer; a processor; a wireless telemetry system to communicate one or more measured characteristics of the freezer in accordance with a service level agreement to a remote computer; and at least one notification component that provides a notification associated with a specific customer responsive to the measured characteristic of the service crossing a pre-defined threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: Reflect Scientific Inc.
    Inventors: Bao Tran, William Moon
  • Publication number: 20150109097
    Abstract: An electronically controlled locking system includes a receiver for receiving signals from one or more electronic keys, a locking and unlocking mechanism that can be controlled on the basis of signals received from electronic keys, and a transmitter for transmitting a message confirming the successful execution of a locking and/or unlocking process to the electronic key that initiated the unlocking and/or locking process.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 22, 2014
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Inventor: Wolfgang KOGLER
  • Publication number: 20150107316
    Abstract: An embodiment of an electronic access control system includes an electronic access apparatus, an electronic lock, and an access control administration program. The electronic access apparatus provides a wireless power signal and a wireless digital data signal to the electronic lock. The wireless power signal can be the only source of power used by the electronic lock to actuate an electronic lock mechanism. In some embodiments, the lock mechanism includes a piezoelectric latch.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 29, 2014
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Inventor: Gregory Paul Kirkjan
  • Patent number: 8952782
    Abstract: A door usable for after market installation of remotely actuatable locking systems is provided with a spacer element within its interior. The spacer element includes an orifice sized for accommodating a motor and locking mechanism. A tubular element is also provided through the interior of the door body adjacent to the first orifice, the tubular element being usable to accommodate wiring. A motor disposed within the first orifice can be placed in communication with a power source and/or receiver using wiring extending through the tubular element, while a lock assembly can be installed within the first orifice in operative engagement with the motor. Receipt of a remote signal by the receiver causes actuation of the motor, which then actuates the lock assembly. Use of the spacer and tubular elements enables all primary components of the remotely actuatable locking system to be installed within the interior of the door, after market.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Inventor: Mark Kilbourne
  • Publication number: 20140338408
    Abstract: An electronic system with an electronically electronic locking element is provided. The system includes a first electronic device having a first part, a first fastening element, a second part, and an electronic locking element. The first fastening element is pivotally connected to the first part and rotates relatively to the first part. The second part includes a fastening portion. The electronic locking element is disposed at the first part, electronically connected to the first electronic device, and connected to the first fastening element. When the fastening portion of the second part contacts and fastens to the first fastening element of the first part, the first electronic device supplies power to the electronic locking element, and thus the electronic locking element fixes the first fastening element to lock the first part and the second part together.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 12, 2014
    Publication date: November 20, 2014
    Applicant: ASUSTEK COMPUTER INC.
    Inventors: Yuan-An Hsu, San-Feng Lin, Mei-Fang Chou, Wei-Cheng Kao, Jia-Hong Lu, Chong-Xian Wu
  • Publication number: 20140326027
    Abstract: The present invention is generally directed to locking devices and, more particularly, to locks that are electronically operable and controllable by mobile devices such as telephones, PCs, tablets and the like.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 1, 2014
    Publication date: November 6, 2014
    Inventor: Meir Avganim
  • Patent number: 8869576
    Abstract: A rotary electronic locking system for locking utility box or storage compartments installed on trucks or other vehicles, using a remote device like a remote key fob to lock and unlock the storage compartments, or by wiring the system to the vehicle's factory-installed electronic door lock system and utilizing the remote device supplied with the factory-installed electronic door lock system to lock and unlock the storage compartments. The rotary electronic locking system operates independently from the existing handles on the storage compartments. It may be used as a primary or secondary locking system, providing additional security. The system includes a rotating rod assembly with strikers, which is rotated by an electronic actuator causing the strikers to engage with or disengage from striker plates attached to the interior of the storage compartments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Inventors: Kevin Daniel O'Leary, Monty Andrew Contente
  • Patent number: 8814094
    Abstract: A locking mechanism includes a hydraulic actuator component and an electronic actuator component that are arranged coaxially, each of the actuator components being arranged to control a locking member that retains a movable component. In one version, each of the actuator components can individually engage a mechanical detent to enable unlocking of the movable component, for use, for example, in an uplock mechanism for aircraft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: Tactair Fluid Controls, Inc.
    Inventor: Hai H. Tran
  • Patent number: 8800402
    Abstract: In one use, a motor mechanism for an electronic lock is disclosed. In one embodiment, the motor mechanism includes a split nut that travels along a threaded screw drive. When the split nut is physically limited from further travel along the screw drive, the split nut decouples and recouples with the screw drive to reduce drag on the motor and thereby reduce motor burnout. As a result, smaller, more cost effective and efficient electric motors may be utilized together with simplified electronics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: VingCard Elsafe AS
    Inventor: Dag Trygve Weum
  • Patent number: 8789643
    Abstract: A motor control apparatus includes an electric motor, a homing control section, a distance determination section, and a forbiddance section. The electric motor moves a control object equipped to a vehicle at least between two positions. The homing control section executes a homing control for controlling the electric motor to move the control object so that the control object press-contacts a stopper wall when an initialization condition is satisfied. The distance determination section determines whether a user of the vehicle is apart from the vehicle at a distance greater than a predetermined distance. The forbiddance section forbids the homing control during a period, which starts at a time of the homing control execution and ends at a time when the user of the vehicle is apart from the vehicle farther than the predetermined distance, even when the initialization condition is satisfied during the period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2014
    Assignee: Denso Corporation
    Inventors: Tomoya Iwami, Katsuki Ishigaki, Kenji Shimizu
  • Publication number: 20140165678
    Abstract: A device for preventing unwanted opening of a locked enclosure includes a lock bolt moveable between a locked position and an unlocked position. A face gear is meshable with and rotatable by the worm gear between locking and unlocking positions when the worm gear is driven in the first and second directions, respectively. A blocker member is rotatable between first and second positions. A biasing member is operatively coupled to the face gear and the blocker member to bias the blocker member in a biasing direction. A sliding member selectively disengages the blocker member to allow the blocker member to rotate in the biasing direction. A lever arm is operatively coupled to the sliding member such that the lever arm is in the disengaged and engageable positions when the sliding member engages the blocker member in the first and second positions, respectively.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 18, 2013
    Publication date: June 19, 2014
    Applicant: LOCK II, LLC
    Inventors: Chris L. Burrus, Brian T. Craycraft, J. Gregory DeHaven, John H. Janes, Kenneth H. Mimlitch, Benjamin T. Redmon, J. Clayton Miller, Donald P. Cooke, JR.
  • Patent number: 8746024
    Abstract: A rebound locking mechanism (10) is taught that consists of a spring loaded shaft (28) having an activating flat (34) thereon, a spring loaded latch (78) interfacing with the shaft activating flat and a rebound plate (40) attached to the shaft. An inertia flywheel (56) having an offset protruding striker (58) is in alignment beneath said rebound plate, with an electric motor (60) rotating the flywheel. In operation when the motor rotates the flywheel in a counter clockwise direction, the striker hits a top surface of the rebound plate and bounces the flywheel clockwise until the striker hits beneath the rebound plate causing the shaft to rotate realigning the flat permitting the latch to rotate under spring urging and thereby repositioning the catch from a locked position into an unlocked position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Inventor: Aaron M. Baker
  • Patent number: 8727391
    Abstract: A safety lock for a door of a household appliance, preferably of a washing machine, includes a housing on one end of which there is a mechanical assembly of the door lock, on the other end there is an assembly of the electric switch used to reach closed or interrupted electric circuit, into which also a part of a programme selection switch is included, whereby the assembly of the door lock and the assembly of the electric switch are mutually linked by a slider, which is designed in a way that its lug engages with the hook of the appliance door, when the hook is in the guide, so that upon manual closing of the appliance door the hook pushes the slider towards the assembly when entering the guide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: ITW METAFLEX, d.o.o. Tolmin
    Inventor: Bostjan Berginc
  • Publication number: 20140047877
    Abstract: Door handle assembly (1) for a vehicle, including a door handle (2) for actuating a door lock (6), which can be moved by external power from a level rest position to an exposed operative position, and a lock cylinder (3) placed adjacent to the door handle (2) for locking and unlocking a door lock (6). The lock cylinder (3) can be covered by a cover plate (4) which, when actuated by hand, exposes the lock cylinder (4) and allows switch of the door handle (2) from the rest position to the operative position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 17, 2011
    Publication date: February 20, 2014
    Applicant: Audi AG
    Inventors: Günther Böhm, Georg Hochholzer
  • 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: 20140041421
    Abstract: The lock has a rotatable latch. The latch is mounted for movement between a position wherein it engages a fixed part of the vehicle to secure the door in the closed position and a position remote from the fixed part of the vehicle such that the door can be opened. A latch movement preventing member is moveable relative to the latch between a position remote from the path of movement of the latch, wherein the latch is free to disengage the fixed part of the truck, and a position intersecting the path of the latch, wherein movement of the latch to disengage the fixed part of the truck is blocked. A pair of magnets are oriented to force the member to move from its remote position, against the action of a spring, to its intersecting position, to prevent the latch from disengaging the fixed part of the truck.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 7, 2012
    Publication date: February 13, 2014
    Applicant: Babaco Alarm Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Greg Haber
  • Patent number: 8646298
    Abstract: A key for opening multiple axial pin locks has a base member with an indexing element and a number of lock pins, configured to match the keyways of the locks. The key has a microprocessor with access to information on the pin configuration for each lock to be opened, and the lock pins are selectively positioned along the base member to match the configuration of a key for a particular lock in response to the user entering an identification code for that lock. The lock pins can slidably engage recessed tracks in the base member, which serve to direct the lock pins parallel to an axis of the base member. A pin latching mechanism can be provided to secure the lock pins in the desired position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2014
    Inventor: Peter J. Lessels
  • Publication number: 20140013812
    Abstract: A free floating paddle handle assembly is provided for a vehicle door having a latch. The handle assembly includes a housing with a pivotal paddle on the front and a logic assembly on the back. The handle can be pulled from its neutral or rest position to an actuated position so as to rotate the logic assembly when a lock cylinder is unlocked so as to release the latch. When the lock cylinder is locked, the paddle free floats and does not move the logic assembly, such that the logic assembly is inoperative and the latch remains closed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 13, 2012
    Publication date: January 16, 2014
    Applicant: TRIMARK CORPORATION
    Inventors: Jayden Burns, David L. Root, Alexander C. Everett, Jennifer L. Bearman
  • Publication number: 20130276488
    Abstract: The lock includes a latch member moveable between a retracted position where the truck door can be moved and an extended position where movement of the door is prevented. The latch member is moved by a reversible motor connected to drive a threaded screw through a set of speed reduction gears. An internally threaded drive nut is moveable along the screw. The drive nut has a radially extending protrusion which engages a slot formed in the latch member. Limit switches are tripped by the latch member at either end of its path of movement. The drive nut is situated between two springs. A control circuit is provided to regulate the energization of the motor and other functions of the lock.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 16, 2012
    Publication date: October 24, 2013
    Applicant: BABACO ALARM SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventor: Greg Haber
  • Patent number: 8539800
    Abstract: A system for managing liquid supply suitable for a process equipment with a liquid tank is disclosed. The system includes a host, a data-reading tool, a system controller and a tank-locking device. The host stores a built-in liquid database. The data-reading tool used for reading data related to the liquid tank is electrically connected to the host. The host receives the data related to the liquid tank from the data-reading tool, and the received data mapped with the liquid database. The system controller drives the tank-locking device according to the signal from the host to whether or not allow replacement of the liquid tank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2013
    Assignee: Powerchip Technology Corporation
    Inventors: Yen-Liang Chen, Yuh-Shyang Su, Sou-Yung Hsieh
  • Publication number: 20130219976
    Abstract: A locking mechanism (1) responsible for moving crossed rods for locking a door or compartment of a vehicle such as a bus, has a main cylinder (2), a fixed base (3) and articulated arms (4) equipped with rod holders (4.1). The locking mechanism herein being substantially more compact and efficient than similar mechanisms in terms of application and functionality, as the locking mechanism avoids rotating parts in the mechanism for effecting locking and unlocking, instead relying on a push/pull activation which provides many advantages.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 25, 2013
    Publication date: August 29, 2013
    Inventor: Antonio Jorge Freire LOPES
  • Patent number: 8516863
    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: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2013
    Assignee: Lock II, L.L.C.
    Inventors: J. Clayton Miller, Donald P. Cooke, Jr., Michael P. Harvey
  • Patent number: 8495899
    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: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2013
    Inventor: Klaus W. Gartner
  • Publication number: 20130160504
    Abstract: A hydraulically-coded lock mechanism for encoding a locked space formed by a housing and a bolt body. The hydraulically-coded lock mechanism includes: an endec for controlling a connecting part between the housing and the bolt body; and a hydraulic converting element connected to the endec. The endec is fully disposed inside the locked space. The hydraulic converting element converts a hydraulic signal into a mechanical movement of the endec or a photoelectric signal to drive the endec to decode.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 21, 2013
    Publication date: June 27, 2013
    Inventor: Yueping ZHOU
  • Publication number: 20130152643
    Abstract: A locking arrangement comprising: a handle assembly; a primary locking mechanism comprising a locking bar having a first shoulder and a second shoulder, which bar is movable between an extended locking position and a retracted release position, whereby when the locking bar is in the retracted release position, the handle assembly is movable “between a latched condition and an unlatched condition; a secondary locking mechanism having an override means, wherein when the override means is independently urged against the first and/or second shoulder of the locking bar, the locking bar is reversibly movable between the extended locking position and the retracted release position; and a biased catch means to releasably retain the locking bar in either the extended locking position or the retracted release position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 22, 2011
    Publication date: June 20, 2013
    Applicant: DAVID STUCKEY INVESTMENTS PTY LTD.
    Inventor: David Martin Stuckey
  • Publication number: 20130036780
    Abstract: A security tag is provided that includes a housing, an electronic sensor held within the housing, an accessory pin provided with the housing and a lock assembly held within the housing. The accessory is pin provided with the tag housing and may be moveable with respect to the housing between locked and unlocked positions. When the accessory pin is in the locked position, the tag housing is secured to the accessory. When the accessory pin is in the unlocked position, the tag housing is disengaged from the accessory. The lock assembly may include a magnetically influenced (MI) member which is movable from a biased position to a relaxed position in the absence of the selected magnetic field to lock the accessory pins.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 23, 2012
    Publication date: February 14, 2013
    Applicant: SENSORMATIC ELECTRONICS, LLC
    Inventors: Franklin H. Valade, JR., Qiuxia Hu, Charles T. Turgeon, Thang Tat Nguyen
  • Patent number: 8353187
    Abstract: A keyless padlock system includes an electromagnetic switch system and a fingerprint process system. The electromagnetic switch system operates the padlock with a mechanical actuated mechanism. The system also secures the padlock against the force and vibration. The fingerprint process system provides the padlock device an easy operation as the key system. The buttons and LED's manage using both fingerprint and the combination code. A changeable battery system without losing the memory provides the padlock device a reliable and easy application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2013
    Inventor: Yiqi Wu Woodling
  • Patent number: 8347659
    Abstract: A lock mechanism for locking at least one door of a container in a closed position includes a housing, at least one lock member at least partially enclosed within the housing, the at least one lock member comprising a first lock member configured to engage a first portion of a container to lock at least one container door in a closed position, and a latching mechanism coupled to the at least one lock member. The latching mechanism includes a fluid chamber configured to hold a fluid, a piston slidably housed within the fluid chamber, and a valve coupled to the fluid chamber and configured to be in one of two states, the two states including an open state where fluid can flow through the valve in two directions to allow the piston to be moved in two directions, and a closed state where fluid is inhibited from flowing through the valve in at least one direction to prevent the piston from moving in at least one direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Cubic Corporation
    Inventors: David R. Powers, Daniel Bertuna, David K. Aberizk, Keith L. Frankie, Stuart J. Waddell
  • Publication number: 20120248115
    Abstract: Provided is a security package which generally comprises a casing for housing a product and a collar for locking the casing. The collar generally has a locked and unlocked configuration and comprises a first locking member having at least one male locking mechanism, and a second locking member having at least one female locking mechanism lockable to the at least one male locking mechanism. The casing generally has an open and closed configuration, and comprises a cavity shaped to substantially conform to the product. In the locked configuration the collar secures the casing in the closed configuration. The casing may comprise a first and second casing portion, and these may be integrally formed with the one or more of the first and second locking members. The collar may form a perimeter around the casing, may be adjustable, and may house a security device such as an RFID (radio-frequency identification) tag.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 1, 2011
    Publication date: October 4, 2012
    Inventors: Glen Walter GARNER, Sheila Maureen Barry
  • Publication number: 20120222460
    Abstract: A key for opening multiple axial pin locks has a base member with an indexing element and a number of lock pins, configured to match the keyways of the locks. The key has a microprocessor with access to information on the pin configuration for each lock to be opened, and the lock pins are selectively positioned along the base member to match the configuration of a key for a particular lock in response to the user entering an identification code for that lock. The lock pins can slidably engage recessed tracks in the base member, which serve to direct the lock pins parallel to an axis of the base member. A pin latching mechanism can be provided to secure the lock pins in the desired position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 2, 2012
    Publication date: September 6, 2012
    Inventor: Peter J. Lessels
  • Patent number: 8245548
    Abstract: A handle assembly, includes, but is not limited to a handle on one side of a vehicle tailgate liftglass. The handle is connected to a shaft member that passes through a hole in the liftglass. A motor pivots the assembly into either a closed position, in which the handle lies adjacent to the liftglass, or an open position, FIG. 2, in which a gap is left between the handle and the liftglass into which the user may place his hand in order to pull the handle or push the liftglass. Preferably there is a resilient element between the motor and the handle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2012
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Paul Sibley, Phillip Taylor, Simon Keane
  • Publication number: 20120111070
    Abstract: An electronic lock is provided for removably securing a movable item to a structure, the electronic lock comprising first and second complementary cooperating member, each mounted to a respective one of the movable item and the structure and being engageable together in a lockable position and a securing assembly for securing the first and second connecting member together when engaged in the lockable position, wherein the securing assembly comprises inter alia a position detecting means, an electronic control means, an actuator, a locking aperture and a movable locking member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 8, 2011
    Publication date: May 10, 2012
    Applicant: SOCIETE DE VELO EN LIBRE-SERVICE
    Inventors: Charles Ibrahim KHAIRALLAH, Michel DALLAIRE
  • Publication number: 20120096908
    Abstract: Techniques are generally described for a lock system. An example lock system includes a lock with a lock module that controls a lock mechanism. The lock is configured to transmit optical signals to a key. The key reflects the optical signals back to the lock. The key is configured to encode the optical signals with a combination. The lock module is configured to determine whether the combination is valid. The lock module actuates the locking mechanism when the key is determined to be valid.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 20, 2010
    Publication date: April 26, 2012
    Applicant: EMPIRE TECHNOLOGY DEVELOPMENT LLC
    Inventor: Kenichi Fuse
  • Publication number: 20120036905
    Abstract: In one embodiment, the optical lock system may include an electronic control unit, a lock housing including a lock chamber, and an optical key including a multilayer photonic structure. The multilayer photonic structure may produce a unique intensity profile and includes a plurality of coating layers of high index dielectric material and a plurality of coating layers of low index dielectric. A light source may transmit a reference light to the multilayer photonic structure when the optical key is disposed within the lock chamber. A photo detector may receive an interaction light from the multilayer photonic structure and may transmit the unique intensity profile to the electronic control unit which may execute machine readable instructions to: compare the unique intensity profile to an electronic master; and cause the lock actuator to transition from a first state to a second state when the unique intensity profile corresponds to the electronic master.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 10, 2010
    Publication date: February 16, 2012
    Applicants: Toyota Motor Corporation, Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Benjamin Alan Grayson, Debasish Banerjee, Minjuan Zhang, Yasuo Uehara, Masahiko Ishii
  • Publication number: 20110316683
    Abstract: An anti theft locking system for the cargo carrying portion of a truck, trailer, shipping container, and/or railcar having at least one access door. The anti theft locking mechanism and associated signal processing means for locking the access door are all located entirely within the cargo carrying portion and cannot be accessed from outside. The locking mechanism can be locked in response to a coded locking signal generated from the exterior of the cargo carrying portion. The locking mechanism can be unlocked in response to a coded unlocking signal generated from a remote location.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 28, 2010
    Publication date: December 29, 2011
    Inventors: Jean Ramy Louis, Milton L. Hultberg, William J. Seeber
  • Publication number: 20110260867
    Abstract: A lock for engaging a cable. The lock has a housing with an aperture through which the cable may pass. A first locking member and second locking member are coupled to the housing. A first biasing member is configured to bias the first locking member towards the cable to prevent cable movement in a first direction. A second biasing member is configured to bias the second locking member away from the cable. A third biasing member is configured to selectively bias the second locking member towards the cable to prevent cable movement in a second direction. A trigger is movably coupled to the housing, with the trigger configured to selectively deflect the first locking member away from the cable.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 21, 2010
    Publication date: October 27, 2011
    Inventors: Robert E. McCracken, Ryan T. Harrison, Christopher Clearman
  • Publication number: 20110225433
    Abstract: An electronic locking and sealing device, including: a housing, a lock tongue, an operating unit, a main control unit, and a connecting part, the operating unit is disposed in the housing and fixedly connected to the lock tongue, and operates to push out or to take back the locking tongue from or in the housing, the main control unit is connected to the operating unit, and operates to receive an external control instruction whereby automatically controlling the operating unit, and the connecting part has a hole disposed at the center thereof and corresponding to the lock tongue.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 20, 2011
    Publication date: September 15, 2011
    Applicants: HUBEI SHENGJIA WIRING CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Jiasheng WAN
  • Publication number: 20110185779
    Abstract: An improved method of rotating the lockrod of a tool storage unit to the “locked” or “unlocked” position by use of a linear actuator to rotate the lockrod actuator, where the linear actuator operates electrically, allowing for control by any remotely or automatically operated system. The tool storage unit locking mechanisms include a center-neutral key position that rotates 90 degrees in either direction from center to lock and unlock the unit. This design allows a standard key to operate the locking mechanism, but also allows a secondary mechanism (such as an electromagnetically driven mechanism) to directly operate the lock. Due to its specifics, the design would also allow for retrofitability.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 2, 2011
    Publication date: August 4, 2011
    Applicant: SNAP-ON INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Matthew M. Crass, Jon M. LaRue, Mark T. Gordon, John J. Landree, Robert Keith Folkestad, II
  • Publication number: 20110175373
    Abstract: The present utility model discloses a smart lock with a modified structure comprising: a lock body including an inner handle and an outer handle, a latch and a bolt, an electrical locking mechanism for interfering retraction of the bolt; the lock body further comprises a manual locking and controlling mechanism connected to the inner and outer handles and controlling opening and closing; the manual locking and controlling mechanism is provided with a rotation actuating piece linked to the inner and outer handles and a bolt moving piece controlling extension and retraction of the bolt, wherein the rotation actuating piece is linked to the bolt moving piece via a locking member to control the bolt for locking when the inner and outer handles are lifted, and the rotation actuating piece is linked to the bolt moving piece via an unlocking member to control the bolt for unlocking when the inner and outer handles are pressed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 12, 2010
    Publication date: July 21, 2011
    Applicant: CMECH (GUANGZHOU) INDUSTRIAL LTD.
    Inventors: Junliang Ding, Fubin Zhou
  • Publication number: 20110083480
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a lock device, such as for safety functions, which includes a displaceable lock bolt, which can cooperate with a receiver in order to provide a locked position and unlocked position. The lock bolt includes a guide portion in a second lock bolt portion which, in response to a guiding device applying a force to the lock bolt, guides the lock bolt from the unlocked position to the locked position. The guiding device, in the locked position, is prevented from displacing the lock bolt to the unlocked position. The lock bolt is arranged to be displaced from the locked position to the unlocked position through influence of an external force applied to a first lock bolt portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 15, 2010
    Publication date: April 14, 2011
    Applicant: ABB AB
    Inventors: Mats LINGER, Lars-Magnus Felth, Ingvar Gillholm, Mattias Bokesand, Martin Bredberg
  • Publication number: 20110016934
    Abstract: A lock (10) which includes a body and an actuator (36) which is pivotally displaceable between a rest position and a displaced position. The lock further includes a first member (64) which is longitudinally displaceable by the actuator (36) and a second 5 member (66) which is longitudinally in register with the first member (64) and longitudinally displaceable relative to the body and the first member (64). The lock includes bias means (90) biasing the first and second members (64, 66) away from one another. The lock further includes retaining means (98) which is displaceable from a locked position, in which it inhibits displacement of the second member (66) and a 10 released position in which it permits displacement of the second member (66).
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 10, 2009
    Publication date: January 27, 2011
    Inventor: Piotr Leonard Kowalczyk
  • Publication number: 20110016931
    Abstract: A lock assembly comprising a lock body, a shackle, and a locking member configured to selectively lock the shackle relative to the lock body. At least one combination dial is rotatable between various combination positions. The at least one combination dial is associated with the locking member and is configured such that entry of a given series of combination positions causes the locking member to unlock the shackle relative to the lock body. A sensor is configured to sense the rotational position of the al least one combination dial. A display screen is associated with the sensor and is configured to display a position indicia which corresponds to the rotational position of the at least one combination dial.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 4, 2009
    Publication date: January 27, 2011
    Inventors: Cornelius McDaid, Robert D. Zuraski, John Paul Thambusami Joy Sachidanadam
  • Publication number: 20100283575
    Abstract: A security device is disclosed to include a processor defined to control operation of the security device. The security device also includes a radio defined in electrical communication with the processor. The security device also includes a location determination device defined in electrical communication with the processor. The processor, radio, and location determination device are defined to operate collaboratively to provide a wireless tracking and communication system. The security device also includes a shackle and a locking mechanism. The locking mechanism is defined in electrical communication with the processor. The processor is defined to operate the locking mechanism to control locking and unlocking of the shackle based on information obtained through the wireless tracking and communication system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 6, 2010
    Publication date: November 11, 2010
    Applicant: iControl, Inc.
    Inventors: Earl Fred Tubb, Diane Quick, Mark Brinkerhoff, Thomas Geraty
  • Publication number: 20100231350
    Abstract: The invention relates to a mechatronic lock comprising a linearly movable bolt which can be moved from a retracted position into an advanced position in order to lock the lock. Said lock further comprises an actuating element for manually actuating the bolt, a blocking element which can laterally engage into a profiled section of the bolt in order to block the linear movement of the bolt in the advanced position of the bolt, and an electric drive for moving a movable intermediate element. The blocking element can be actuated by the movable intermediate element via a first spring means, especially a coil spring, in such a way that the spring means can be biased by actuating the drive when the bolt is in the retracted position. The blocking element thus snaps into the advanced position thereof in the profiled section of the bolt when the bolt is advanced, and the bolt is prevented from being retracted.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 25, 2008
    Publication date: September 16, 2010
    Inventors: Alexander Scharer, Kaspar Stockli, Stefan Krenger
  • Patent number: 7784315
    Abstract: A locking device for a truck is disclosed. The locking device is mounted on the door plank of a container door and is fastened in the doorframe in order to lock the container door. The device comprises a first body, a second body, and a lock. The first body includes a pushing element, a pressing element, and a driver unit. The end of the pressing element is pressed against the end of the pushing element. The driver unit is connected with the pressing element and is next to the second holder. The driver unit is electrically connected to the control unit. The second body includes a rotary element. The rotary element is stopped on the pressing element. The lock is disposed next to the first body. The present invention provides an improved locking device for a truck and ensures the safety of cargo when user forgets to lock the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2010
    Inventor: Ping-Jan Yang
  • Publication number: 20100206023
    Abstract: In a locking device with a power supply unit, the energy supply unit includes at least one chamber for a liquid or a gas as energy carrier or electrolyte former for a battery.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 22, 2008
    Publication date: August 19, 2010
    Applicant: EVVA Sicherheitstechnologie GmbH
    Inventor: Reinhard Pöllabauer
  • Publication number: 20100194527
    Abstract: A process for opening a combination lock having a known opening sequence with a tool having a driven portion operable only upon receipt of an authorization, the process including associating the tool's driven portion with the lock such that the driven portion automatically calibrates with the lock irrespective of the initial position of the lock and authorizing the driven portion to proceed through the known lock opening sequence of a predetermined series of clockwise and counterclockwise rotations to unlock the lock. A method of opening a combination lock with a tool, the combination lock having an opening sequence consisting of clockwise and counterclockwise rotations of a non finger manipulable lock opening component, the method including mating the tool with the lock opening component and operating the tool to rotate the lock opening component through a series of clockwise and counterclockwise rotations corresponding to the opening sequence to unlock the lock.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 22, 2010
    Publication date: August 5, 2010
    Applicant: Stanton Concepts Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Loughlin, John Loughlin, Arthur L. Arledge
  • 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: 20100139342
    Abstract: An electronically controlled lock with a single throw acting as a passage lock and also as a deadbolt lock is provided by the invention. The lock is equipped with an electronic activation device on its exterior housing and a door lever on its internal housing. A user unlocks the door from outside by touching an electronic key against the electronic activation device. After the door is unlocked, the throw acts as a passage lock. The door can be locked internally by moving the door lever from a horizontal position upwardly to a vertical position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 18, 2010
    Publication date: June 10, 2010
    Inventors: John Lie-Nielsen, Tibor Szenti
  • Patent number: 7726294
    Abstract: A motorized oven latch includes a base plate. A latch member is slidably connected to the base plate by a first mounting stud or first and second mounting studs connected to the latch member and located in a contoured slot defined in the base plate. The latch member includes an inner end and an outer end, and the outer end includes a hook adapted to engage an oven door. A motor is drivingly coupled to the latch member, and the motor is selectively operative to move the latch member forward and rearward relative to said base plate between a locked position and an unlocked position, wherein the latch member moves on a non-linear path relative to the base plate in response to movement of the first mounting stud or both the first and second mounting studs in the contoured slot when the motor moves the latch member forward to the unlocked position or rearward to the locked position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2010
    Assignee: Mansfield Assemblies Co.
    Inventors: James J. Collene, Nicholas R. SirLouis