Electrical Type (e.g., Solenoid) Patents (Class 70/277)
  • Patent number: 10965163
    Abstract: What is presented is a power-transfer system that provides resonant inductive power from a first object to a second object, which is adjacent to the first object. The system includes a first transformer portion that is positioned on the first object and having a first core portion. The first core portion includes a transmit unit configured to transfer an electromagnetic field to the second transformer portion. The first core portion also includes first circuitry that allows the transmit unit to transfer the electromagnetic field. The second transformer portion is positioned on the second object and has a second core portion. The second core portion includes a receiver unit configured to receive the electromagnetic field. The second core portion also includes second circuitry that allows the transmit unit to transfer the electromagnetic field.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: Hanchett Entry Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert W. Lewis, Leland J. Hanchett, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10930099
    Abstract: A cam lock for cabinets, drawers, drug cabinets, credenzas, sliding doors, lockers, mail boxes and other door type applications is compact in size, fits an existing cam lock opening and provides electronic access via a keypad or other electronic access. Using batteries, such as AAA size batteries or smaller, the lock has electronics that release a lock turn knob or handle when the correct code is entered. Preferably a set of electronic contacts is included at an accessible position on the lock housing to allow both master access and power jumping with a common manager's implement, for situations of lost codes and/or battery failure. In a particular embodiment the lock is long, narrow and low in profile so as to fit on the margin of a steel or wood file cabinet, compatible with the cam lock opening already provided. The locks, NFC-enabled, can be used in securing delivery boxes to enable delivery access, when authorized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: Digilock Asia Ltd.
    Inventor: Asil T. Gokcebay
  • Patent number: 10920455
    Abstract: A locking mechanism for a bored lock has a lock chassis, a locking element, a motor housing, a reversible electric motor, an auger, and a spiral lock spring disposed between the locking element and the motor. The motor may drive the auger in a first or second rotational direction to move the spring towards/away from the motor to reduce/increase spring force on the locking element, thereby moving the locking element to an unlocked/locked position. One of the locking element and motor housing has a projection while the other has a guideway for slideably receiving the projection. The guideway prevents rotation of the locking element with respect to the motor as it moves between locked and unlocked positions. The projection and guideway are interlocked to prevent disassembly of the locking element and motor housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: Sargent Manufacturing Company
    Inventors: Wai P. Wong, Michael Lorello, Adam O'Day
  • Patent number: 10905989
    Abstract: A water filter assembly is provided that includes features that facilitate mounting and removal of a water filter cartridge to and from a manifold. In particular, the water filter assembly includes an electromagnet interface that simplifies and aids mounting of the water filter cartridge to the manifold as well as removal from the manifold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: Haier US Appliance Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Sharath Chandra, Naresh Suthar, Gregory Sergeevich Chernov, Koncha Chandra Sekhar, Allamneni Naga Tejaswini, Syed Moin Ahmed
  • Patent number: 10909789
    Abstract: A cam lock for cabinets, drawers, drug cabinets, credenzas, sliding doors, lockers, mail boxes and other door type applications is compact in size, fits an existing cam lock opening and provides electronic access via a keypad or other electronic access. Using batteries, such as AAA size batteries or smaller, the lock has electronics that release a lock turn knob or handle when the correct code is entered. Preferably a set of electronic contacts is included at an accessible position on the lock housing to allow both master access and power jumping with a common manager's implement, for situations of lost codes and/or battery failure. In a particular embodiment the lock is long, narrow and low in profile so as to fit on the margin of a steel or wood file cabinet, compatible with the cam lock opening already provided. The locks, NFC-enabled, can be used in securing delivery boxes to enable delivery access, when authorized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: Digilock Asia Ltd.
    Inventor: Asil T. Gokcebay
  • Patent number: 10808423
    Abstract: An access control system including a locking assembly and a drive assembly operable to actuate the locking assembly. The drive assembly includes an electromechanical actuator, an energy storage device, and a control system. The electromechanical actuator is operable, upon receiving power, to transition the locking assembly between a locked state and an unlocked state. The energy storage device is electrically coupled to the electromechanical actuator, and is configured to store electrical power from the power supply when the drive assembly is coupled to the power supply. The control system is configured to couple the drive assembly to the power supply in response to a first condition, and to thereafter transmit energy only from the energy storage device to power the electromechanical actuator, based at least in part upon a level of energy stored in the energy storage device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: Schlage Lock Company LLC
    Inventors: John C. Carpenter, William B. Ainley
  • Patent number: 10710806
    Abstract: Disclosed are various embodiments that may facilitate transferring an item to a receptacle using a conveyor and a robotic drive unit. The robotic drive unit moves to be proximate to a receptacle. The robotic drive unit can align an item with the receptacle. The item can be transferred to the receptacle via the conveyor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: AMAZON TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Rishabh Agarwal, Venkataramanan Subramanian, Mustafa Mustansir Hussain, Ahmed Shareef, Vikas Vishwanatham
  • Patent number: 10711486
    Abstract: A clutch assembly for a lock includes a driver (1), having a driver shaft (9); a coupler (3); and a follower (2). The driver (1), the coupler (3) and the driver shaft (9) are configured to rotate concentrically together. The coupler (3) is configured to move along the central axis of the driver shaft (9) to couple to or decouple from the follower (2). The driver (1) and the follower (2) are configured to rotate concentrically together when the coupler (3) is engaged to the follower (2), and wherein the driver (1) and the follower (2) are configured to rotate independently when the coupler (3) is disengaged from the follower (2).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Inventors: Yan Guo, Henry Guo
  • Patent number: 10693310
    Abstract: Various door locks and their methods of operation are described. In one embodiment, one or more capacitors are discharged to power one or more electrical loads of a door lock and then charged by one or more associated power sources. During this type of operation, a voltage of the one or more capacitors may cyclically vary between a first voltage threshold and a second voltage threshold. Methods related to estimating an amount of energy provided to the one or more capacitors using time measurements are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: Sargent Manufacturing Company
    Inventors: Mark Bryla, Michael Lorello
  • Patent number: 10641008
    Abstract: The invention provides a magnetic actuator including at least two magnets. One magnet is a semi hard magnet and the other magnet is a hard magnet. The hard magnet is configured to open or close the magnetic actuator. The semi hard magnet and the hard magnet are placed adjacent to each other. A change in magnetization polarization of the semi hard magnet is configured to push or pull the hard magnet to open or close a digital lock realised with the magnetic actuator. The magnetic actuator of the invention can also be used to realise a valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: Axtuator OY
    Inventor: Mika Pukari
  • Patent number: 10597902
    Abstract: A double clutch assembly includes a first clutch assembly and a second clutch assembly. The first clutch assembly includes a cylinder (21), a driver assembly, comprising a control member (11), a driver (1), and a driver shaft (9), wherein the control member (11), the driver (1), the driver shaft (9) and are configured to rotate concentrically together and a follower (2). The cylinder (21) is connected to the driver shaft (9). The rotation of the cylinder (21) causes the driver shaft (9) to engage with or disengage from the follower (2). The second clutch assembly includes an actuating assembly and a coupler (3). The coupler (3) relates to and is configured to rotate concentrically with the driver assembly. The actuating assembly is operably connected to the coupler (3) and is configured to move the coupler (3) causing the coupler (3) to disengage from or engage with the follower (2).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Inventors: Yan Guo, Henry Guo
  • Patent number: 10533343
    Abstract: A lock including a housing and an opening for receiving a locking bolt moveable between a locked position and an unlocked position is provided. The lock also includes a rotary actuator having a rotary output of a predetermined amount and responsive to entry of an electronic combination input by a user; a cam wheel operably coupled to the housing and responsive to a manual combination input of the user, the cam wheel including a cam way; a bolt release lever moveably coupled to the housing and including a nose portion engageable with the cam way and a locking bar; and an armature post responsive to both the rotary and manual inputs, the armature post moveable between a blocking position for blocking the locking bolt in the locked position and an unblocking position for allowing the locking bolt to move into the unlocked position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: MG TECH CENTER BV H.O.D.N. LOCK TECHNOLOGY
    Inventor: Klaus W. Gartner
  • Patent number: 10536672
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a first video capture device, a second video capture device and a circuit. The first video capture device may be configured to capture a first plurality of video frames of a first field of view. The second video capture device may be configured to capture a second plurality of video frames of a second field of view. The circuit may be configured to generate a first video stream in response to the first video frames, generate a second video stream in response to the second video frames and wirelessly communicate the first video stream and the second video stream to a device. The first field of view may capture an area in front of the apparatus. The second field of view may capture an area under and behind the apparatus. The second field of view may comprise a blind spot of the first field of view.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: KUNA SYSTEMS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Sai-Wai Fu, Haomiao Huang, Harold G. Sampson
  • Patent number: 10490044
    Abstract: An anti-fraud security tag removal system reads product identifiers on groups of items presented for purchase at a point of sale area. The product identifiers indicate how many of the items include security tags that must be removed. A security tag detacher removes security tags only on items for which the system has detected that the item was present, preventing removal of security tags on items which were not read by the point of sale system. An RF antenna and a security tag detacher are co-located such that the product identifier of the item is highly likely to be read when a sales clerk removes the security tag. The product identifier may be incorporated into the security tag and disabled when the security tag is attached to the item. The product identifier may be shunted by the security tag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: Symbol Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Richard J. Lavery, Russell Calvarese, Rehan K. Jaffri, David Bellows, Sean Connolly
  • Patent number: 10424766
    Abstract: A battery housing including at least one interior space for accommodating at least one battery, and including at least one contact element which, in a connection position, establishes a connection to a counter-contact element, the connection passing through the battery housing out of the interior space and/or into the interior space, the connection being cut off in an out-of-contact position with the counter-contact element, the counter-contact element being situated on an insulation component movable relative to the battery housing, which is movable from a first position, in which the counter-contact element and the contact element are in the connection position, into a second position, in which the counter-contact element and the contact element are in the out-of-contact position, the contact element being thermally insulated in the out-of-contact position by the insulation component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Martin Tenzer, Jean Fanous, Joerg Poehler
  • Patent number: 10407116
    Abstract: An electronic security system for a bicycle includes an electronic security device, first connector and second connector. Electronic security device is disposed on frame of bicycle for securing bicycle and includes first rechargeable battery and first security circuit. First connector is disposed on electronic security device and includes first engagement member. Second connector includes first end portion, second end portion, second engagement member, second security circuit and second rechargeable battery disposed between first end portion and second end portion. Second end portion is connected to an anchoring device of a plurality of types of anchoring devices. Second engagement member is configured on first end portion and engages with first engagement member for charging first rechargeable battery by second rechargeable battery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Inventors: Mohamed Mohamed, Brendan Lake
  • Patent number: 10389983
    Abstract: An apparatus comprising a first video capture device, a second video capture device and a circuit. The first video capture device may be configured to capture a first plurality of video frames of a first field of view. The second video capture device may be configured to capture a second plurality of video frames of a second field of view. The circuit may be configured to generate a first video stream in response to the first video frames, generate a second video stream in response to the second video frames, analyze the first video frames and the second video frames to detect a package being delivered and generate control signals in response to the package being delivered. The second field of view may include the surface below a level of the apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: KUNA SYSTEMS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Sai-Wai Fu, Harold G. Sampson, Sean Keenan, Bijun Liang
  • Patent number: 10316573
    Abstract: A modular vault assembly including a plurality of vault modules variable in number and including a primary vault and one or more secondary vaults. The secondary vaults are interconnected in successively adjacent relation and a leading secondary vault is connected adjacent to the primary vault. The primary vault and each of the secondary vaults respectively include a master door and a slave door having a locking mechanism disposable in a locked and unlocked orientation. The locking mechanism of the leading secondary vault is manually positioned in the unlocked orientation from an interior of said primary vault and each of said locking mechanisms of a remainder of the secondary vaults is manually positioned, successively, in the unlocked orientation from an interior of a preceding, next adjacent one of the plurality of secondary vaults. Each master and slave door includes a sensor assembly indicating the locked orientation of a corresponding locking mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: MDC Industria De Conteineres Inteligentes Ltda.
    Inventors: Marc Green, Yoram Yaeli
  • Patent number: 10233672
    Abstract: Disclosed are various embodiments of lock devices, systems, and methods. A lock of the application can include an internal mechanism to permit backdriven operation and lost motion operation. In one form the lock can be made from an assembly of parts that have locating features that require one way installation/assembly. The lock can include an internal power source capable of driving electronics used to determine handedness of a door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Schlage Lock Company LLC
    Inventors: Aaron P. McKibben, Kenton H. Barker
  • Patent number: 10169940
    Abstract: A control method includes the electric lock entering an administrator setting mode after receiving an administrator password; the electric lock generating an authentication code in the administrator setting mode; the electric lock wirelessly receiving a first input from a portable device; the electric lock comparing the first input with the authentication code; the electric lock pairing with the portable device and receiving unique identification information of the portable device when the electric lock determines that the first input matches the authentication code; the electric lock storing the unique identification information of the portable device; and the electric lock performing an unlocking operation when the electric lock receiving a second input and sensing the portable device having the unique identification information within a predetermined distance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: TAIWAN FU HSING INDUSTRIAL CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Shih-Min Lu, Fu-Chih Huang
  • Patent number: 10125518
    Abstract: A handle mechanism used for driving a lock module in operation includes a handle, a linking member and a transmission rod, wherein the linking member is selectively engaged with the handle and the transmission rod. The handle is unable to drive the lock module in operation by the transmission rod driving and prevents the lock module from damage once an excessive force is applied to the handle when the linking member is not engaged with the handle and the transmission rod. Oppositely, the handle is able to drive the lock module in operation by the transmission rod driving when the linking member is engaged with the handle and the transmission rod.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: TAIWAN FU HSING INDUSTRIAL CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jiun-Nan Shiu, Shih-Min Lu
  • Patent number: 10046911
    Abstract: A locking device is provided, preferably for a container. The locking device keeps the lid of the container closed when the container is knocked over on its side, with a sudden jerking or jarring motion, such as by impact with the ground, to prevent spillage of its contents. The locking device, however, allows the lid to open when the waste container is tipped over, preferably in a forward direction, by a dumping operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: Serio-Us Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: David L. Reeb, James L. Martin, II
  • Patent number: 9885515
    Abstract: An appliance body of a refrigeration appliance can be closed off in its upper part by at least one door and receives a drawer in its lower part. The drawer can be locked in the closed position by a latch, which engages into a fitting part that supports the door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignee: BSH Hausgeraete GmbH
    Inventors: Bernd Osbar, Gerald Schmidt
  • Patent number: 9818247
    Abstract: An intelligent door lock system is provided. One or more wireless bridges each including a computing device, an internet-facing radio, and a second radio, a first radio within communication range of the second radio of the wireless bridge, and a third internet-facing radio responsible for transmitting video. One or more cameras are provided. One or more Bluetooth devices or Bluetooth peripheral devices, collectively, Bluetooth devices are in communication with the one or more bridges. An intelligent door lock system in communication with the one or more bridges and the one or more Bluetooth devices. A keypad is in communication with the intelligent door lock system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: August Home, Inc.
    Inventor: Jason Johnson
  • Patent number: 9745609
    Abstract: Biomass (e.g., plant biomass, animal biomass, microbial, and municipal waste biomass) is processed to produce useful products, such as food products and amino acids.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: Xyleco, Inc.
    Inventor: Marshall Medoff
  • Patent number: 9721412
    Abstract: Lock arrangement including a counterpart of the lock and a lock with a lock case. The lock case, which can be installed in a door, includes a locking latch and a latch mechanism, which includes an electrical device for opening and/or closing the locking latch. The counterpart of the lock can be installed in the frame of the door. A device for wirelessly sending electrical power to the lock case and/or into connection with the lock case is arranged in the counterpart of the lock; a mechanism is arranged in connection with the lock case for wirelessly receiving electrical power from the device for sending electrical power that is arranged in connection with the counterpart of the lock. Electrical power is arranged to be transmitted from the device for sending electrical power to the mechanism for receiving electrical power, when the lock case and the counterpart of the lock are at a certain distance from each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: ROLLOCK OY
    Inventors: Hannu Kankkunen, Timo Toivonen
  • Patent number: 9657500
    Abstract: An electronic-mechanical dual control lock includes an electronic control mechanism, a mechanical control mechanism, a half gear, a cam, a rotary plug, and a rotary tongue. The electronic control mechanism includes an electronic actuating part and an engaging groove gear. The electronic actuating part is meshed with the engaging groove gear. A bottom surface of the engaging groove gear is fit with a bottom surface of the cam. The mechanical control mechanism includes a mechanical actuating part and the half gear. The mechanical actuating part is meshed with the half gear. The cam is driven by the engaging groove gear and the half gear separately and independently. The rotary plug includes a rotary shaft and a plug body. The rotary shaft is arranged at one end of the plug body and is engaged in the cam. The plug body is a cylinder provided at a side thereof with a groove.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: NANJING EASTHOUSE ELECTRICAL CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Hao Min
  • Patent number: 9477211
    Abstract: An apparatus (1) for controlling the operation of a machine (3) includes a device for monitoring the status of a safety device (2), in particular a safety switch for monitoring the closed status of a safety gate or similar of the safety device (2). When the safety device (2) is in the closed state, the apparatus (1) can provide an enabling signal for operation of the machine (3) and has a detection device (10) for detecting a locking insert (14). The insert can be effectively connected to the detection device (10), is portable, and can be removed from the detection device (10) without the use of a tool. When the safety device (2) is in the closed state, the apparatus (1) will provide the enabling signal only if the locking insert (14) is effectively connected to the detection device (10).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2016
    Assignee: EUCHNER GMBH & CO. KG
    Inventor: Joachim Mailaender
  • Patent number: 9466190
    Abstract: Disclosed are systems and methods for an enclosure assembly for securely mounting an electronic component to an exterior surface of a door via attachment of a latching mechanism to the door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2016
    Assignee: Brady Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott Musser, Mat Sejas, Aaron Henderson
  • Patent number: 9359788
    Abstract: A clutch driving mechanism, comprising a motor, a worm, a torsion spring and a clutch rotating arm, wherein the motor is rotationally coupled with the worm, wherein the worm is operably coupled to at least a portion of the torsion spring, and the torsion spring is operably coupled to at least a portion of the clutch rotation arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2016
    Inventor: Yan Guo
  • Patent number: 9331850
    Abstract: Method to secure the communication of components within self-service automats that are linked to each other by a bus system, having a transmitter and a receiver, characterized in that data are exchanged as tupels (C,A,R,N,Z) on the transport layer of the bus system where C are the message data M encrypted with an encryption key, A are the message data M authenticated with an authentication key, R represents the role of a component on the bus system of active or passive participants, N represents a message counter, Z represents a session counter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2016
    Assignee: Wincor Nixdorf International, GmbH
    Inventors: Volker Krummel, Michael Nolte, Matthias Runowski, Johannes Bloemer
  • Patent number: 9303433
    Abstract: A transmission mechanism of a lock assembly includes a base; a core assembly partially received in the base and having therein a core adapted to connect to the rod so as to control movement of the rod; an operating element rotatably connected to the base; a clutch device movably received in the base and selectively engaged with the operating element; a driving device received in the core assembly to drive the clutch device to move toward/away from the operating element; and an activation device connected to the base to control operation of the driving device such that the latch is moved with assistance of the rotation of the operating element when the clutch device is connected to the operating element and the latch is immovable when the clutch device is away from engagement with the operating element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2016
    Assignee: TONG LUNG METAL INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Ming-Shyang Chiou, Chia-Min Sun, Yu-Ting Huang
  • Patent number: 9299204
    Abstract: A locking system with infrared communications includes a lock (1) and a programming key (2). The lock (1) includes an interacting device (3) for interacting with the user, a first communications module (4) having an infrared sensor which receives and sends information when communications with the key (2) is established. A first control module (5) manages the received information and a mechanical device (6) opens and locks the locking system a first warning (7) and a first power supply (8). The programming key (2) includes a second communications module (10) including an infrared sensor for communicating with the lock (1), a second control module (11), a storage module (12), a second warning (13), a connector for connection externally (14) and a second power supply (15).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2016
    Assignee: OJMAR, S.A.
    Inventors: Ricardo Sendín Martín, Sergio Pérez Urruticoechea
  • Patent number: 9235942
    Abstract: A non-contact power supply device of an electronic lock includes a power supply unit and an electronic lock, and the power supply unit is oppositely provided with a power supply member and a power-receiving member. The power supply member is connected with a power source, able to produce a radio-frequency signal, while the power-receiving member can induce and receive the radio-frequency signal to form electronic energy to be supplied to the electronic lock for operation. Thus, the power supply member and the power-receiving member can carry out wireless signal transmission to have electronic energy supplied to the electronic lock for locking and unlocking a door, able to avoid the trouble that the battery unit of a conventional electronic lock must periodically replaced with a new one.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2016
    Inventors: Chung-Yu Chen, Yen-Lun Wang
  • Patent number: 9208628
    Abstract: An electronic cam lock accessible either by PIN code or wirelessly transmitted code from a user's credential has a compact electronics housing that fits neatly and unobtrusively in office furniture, including metal or wood file cabinets. The housing has a rear-extending driver, which may be within a cylinder, preferably positioned where the driver of a cam lock of conventional keyed configuration would be located. One form of the lock is front-recess mounted. In another form the housing is inside-mounted, fitted within the usually one-inch top rail or vertical side rail of a file cabinet, with the electronic access terminal and a rotatable knob exposed for the user. The locks can be connected in a wired or wireless network for controlling access by time or by personnel, or for auditing entries.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2015
    Assignee: Security People, Inc.
    Inventor: Asil T. Gokcebay
  • Patent number: 9133649
    Abstract: A merchandise security device is provided. The merchandise security device may include a lock mechanism operably engaged with a shape memory material configured to receive electrical power for locking and unlocking the lock mechanism. The shape memory material may be configured to change in shape in response to receiving electrical power to thereby lock or unlock the lock mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2015
    Assignee: InVue Security Products Inc.
    Inventors: Gary A. Taylor, Jeffrey A. Grant, David N. Berglund
  • Patent number: 9135768
    Abstract: Storage systems for inventory control are disclosed. The storage systems include a vertical storage structure having a plurality of vertically-stacked pockets. Each vertically-stacked pocket can be configured to be separately openable for providing user access to contents of the vertically-stacked pocket. The vertical storage structure can be a vertical sliding-type door, a hinged-type door, or a wall-mounted cabinet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2015
    Assignee: CareFusion 303, Inc.
    Inventor: David Heffron
  • Patent number: 9051761
    Abstract: An exterior actuator assembly for a manually driven electronic deadbolt assembly includes a torque blade driver having a perimetrical lock recess, and is rotatable about a first rotational axis. A clutch assembly is drivably interposed between an exterior turnpiece and the torque blade driver. A motor shaft is arranged to rotate about a second rotational axis that is non-coaxial with the first rotational axis. A locking shifter is configured for axial translation along the second rotational axis. The locking shifter has a blocking tab portion configured for selective engagement with the perimetrical lock recess of the torque blade driver. A rotational-to-linear motion converter is drivably interposed between the motor shaft and the locking shifter and is configured such that a rotation of the motor shaft results in an axial displacement of the locking shifter to one of a locked position and an unlocked position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2015
    Assignee: Kwikset Corporation
    Inventor: Oscar Romero
  • Patent number: 9052306
    Abstract: A bio-measuring meter is provided. The bio-measuring meter includes a receptacle receiving a sample strip for the bio-measuring meter; and a figured piece identifying device comprising plural switches for receiving a figured piece, wherein at least one of the plural switches is switched by the figured piece to generate a current signal, and a datum of the sample strip is adjusted by a predefined respective parameter for the current signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2015
    Assignee: BIONIME CORPORATION
    Inventors: Chun-Mu Huang, Mao-Sung Huang, Cheng-Chieh Chuang
  • Publication number: 20150114052
    Abstract: A lid locking device of the present invention is provided with a power transmission mechanism which includes a worm gear, a worm wheel, a pressurizing protrusion portion, a pressurized face and an interference avoiding space between a motor and a locking member. The power transmitting mechanism transmits backward-driving power which allows the locking member to move backward to an unlocked position from the motor to the locking member but does not transmit the power from the locking member to the motor and cuts off the power. That is, the backward driving power received by the locking member from an engagement protrusion piece of a lid on closing the lid is cut off by the power transmitting mechanism and not transmitted to the motor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 28, 2014
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Applicants: AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAISHA, TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Toshihiro KITAMURA, Takumi NIWA, Tatsuya SHIMIZU, Masayuki NOMURA, Yoshichika ITO
  • Patent number: 9004570
    Abstract: A method of setting a gap or margin between an edge of a decklid and a vehicle surface includes providing a powered cinching latch assembly including a powered actuator that moves a striker member between a presented position and a fully cinched position. The cinched position of the striker is adjusted to provide an acceptable gap or margin between an edge of the decklid and an adjacent vehicle surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Venkatesh Krishnan, Bhupendra A. Patel
  • Patent number: 8981899
    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: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: iLoq Oy
    Inventors: Mika Pukari, Hannu Jokinen
  • Patent number: 8978428
    Abstract: An electromechanical lock includes a spring-biased cylinder plug return mechanism for automatically rotating the rotatable plug to a home position after the plug has been rotated from the home position and thereafter released. In one embodiment, the cylinder plug return mechanism comprises a torsional spring coupled to the plug, In a second embodiment, the cylinder plug return mechanism comprises a slider that is coupled to the plug so that rotation of the plug moves the slider, thereby increasing the potential energy in a return spring, and when the plug is released, the increase potential energy is released by moving the slider, and the coupling between the slider and the plug causes the plug to rotate back to a home position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Medeco Security Locks, Inc.
    Inventors: Doug Trent, Glenn Hartman
  • Publication number: 20150059424
    Abstract: A motor vehicle door includes an electrically operable motor vehicle door lock (3) and a handle (5, 6) that is able to swivel around an axis (A). The handle (5, 6) is designed mechanically independent of the motor vehicle door lock (3). In addition, the handle 5, 6 has at least one associated drive (8, 9). The drive (8, 9) moves the handle (5, 6) into a gripping position or into a covering position, depending on the locked state.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 4, 2013
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Applicant: Kiekert Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Rob Hunt
  • Publication number: 20150027178
    Abstract: A lock can receive electricity from a transformer of a doorbell chime while the lock is mounted on a door. The lock can be electrically coupled to the face plate. The face plate can be electrically coupled to the strike plate of the door frame. The strike plate of the doorframe can be electrically coupled to the transformer of the doorbell chime.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 27, 2014
    Publication date: January 29, 2015
    Inventor: Joseph Frank Scalisi
  • Patent number: 8937526
    Abstract: A method controlling access to a door using a merged power-communication cable. An access controlled door lock in door is operated using merged power-communication cable. Access control identification mechanism in door may operate using merged power-communication cable. The access controlled door lock may include a piezoelectric controlled door lock or a standalone door lock or a solenoid controlled door lock. A processing module may operate in door to control access with power interface receiving at least part of the electrical power from the merged power-communication cable. The invention includes a strike plate containing a magnetic sensor aligns by a latch hole to a latch included an access control door lock. The invention also includes using a door conduit to provide the merged power-communication cable to at least the processing module in the door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2015
    Inventor: Edmonds H. Chandler, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8922333
    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: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Inventor: Gregory Paul Kirkjan
  • Patent number: 8919159
    Abstract: The invention relates to an actuator (10) for closing and/or opening a mobile part, especially a door, a tailgate or the like. Said actuator comprises a support (20), an actuating element (30), an electronic unit (50) and a detector system (60), the actuating element (30) being arranged on the support (20), the detector system (60) being arranged in the region of the actuating element (30) and at least a locking or unlocking action being triggerable directly or indirectly on the detector system (60). The electronic unit (50) interacts with the detector system (60) and the electronic unit (50) controls a locking system (40) for locking or unlocking. The invention is characterized in that a receiving unit (70) is integrated into the support (20) and/or into a handle shell (32) in a material fit, at least a part of the electronic unit (50) being permanently accommodated in the receiving unit (70).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Huf Hulsbeck & Furst GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Martin Witte, Mario Christensen, Erkan Korultay
  • Publication number: 20140376181
    Abstract: An unlocking method and an electronic apparatus are described. The unlocking method is applied in an electronic apparatus that includes a first body, a second body, and a capacitance detecting unit wherein the first body and the second body are locked by a locking mechanism. The method includes detecting whether there is an unlocking operation from a first user based on the capacitance detecting unit; generating an unlocking instruction in response to the unlocking operation when the unlocking operation is detected; and executing the unlocking instruction to control the locking mechanism to release lock, so as to make the first body able to be separated from the second body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 12, 2014
    Publication date: December 25, 2014
    Applicant: Beijing Lenovo Software Ltd.
    Inventors: Qiang Zhang, Yintian Liu
  • Patent number: 8899081
    Abstract: An electromechanical lock, and its operation method are disclosed. The method includes: generating electric power from mechanical power by an electric generator; reading data from an external source with the electric power; matching the data against a predetermined criterion with the electric power; powering the electric generator by the electric power; and setting the lock mechanically from a locked state to a mechanically openable state by the electric generator, provided that the data matches the predetermined criterion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignee: iLoq Oy
    Inventors: Mika Pukari, Toivo Pääkkönen, Petteri Karjalainen, Jyrki Kananen, Mauri Arvola