Dogging Manual Operator Patents (Class 70/283)
  • Patent number: 9708832
    Abstract: A lock core for a lock assembly is provided including a housing having a first end. An operating member is configured to move between a retracted position and an extended position. When the operating member is in the retracted position, the operating member is at least partially recessed within the housing. A control member is arranged within the housing and is configured to selectively limit movement of the operating member between the retracted position and the extended position. The control member is operably coupled to the controller via an actuator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: UTC FIRE & SECURITY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Lawrence Binek, Ritesh Khire, Andrzej Ernest Kuczek, Ulf J. Jonsson, Vijaya Ramaraju Lakamraju, Adam Kuenzi, Wayne Floyd Larson, Matthew S. Hill
  • Patent number: 9532472
    Abstract: Aspects of the present invention include systems and methods include unique solutions for providing secure, selectable access to one or more functional elements of a device. In embodiments, a tab-lock system with moveable tab-locks can be positioned to block or allow access to functional elements of a device. In embodiments, the tab-lock system is configured so that when a locking device, such as a common Kensington lock, is locked to the device, the tab-locks settings cannot be changed. Such systems may be used to control the ability of individuals to physically access the interfaces of the device. Thus, such systems help secure an electronic device against inadvertent or malicious actions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Assignee: DELL PRODUCTS LP
    Inventors: Andrew B. Berry, Orin M. Ozias, John Charles Donachy
  • Patent number: 9500007
    Abstract: A lock assembly (20) including a lock bolt (28), a first hub (36), a first electrically powered hub locker assembly (64 to 72) and a first remotely controllable, electrically powered setting mechanism (86 to 112). The lock bolt (28) is movable between a latching position and an unlatching position. The first hub (36) is adapted to move the lock bolt (28) in response to torque being applied to, or movement of, a first handle. The first electrically powered hub locker assembly (64, 66, 68) is settable to operate as fail safe or fail secure. The first remotely controllable, electrically powered setting mechanism (86 to 112) is adapted to set the first electrically powered hub locker assembly (64 to 72) to operate as fail safe in response to a remotely supplied fail safe signal or to operate as fail secure in response to a remotely supplied fail secure signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2016
    Assignee: Gainsborough Hardware Industries Limited
    Inventors: Harris Lambrou, Ian Bartos
  • Patent number: 9222281
    Abstract: A lock cylinder monitoring assembly for monitoring position of a lock cylinder. The monitoring assembly includes a housing having an inner cavity and an exterior diameter. The exterior diameter of the housing is not significantly greater than the corresponding cylinder diameter. The assembly further includes a switch received into the inner cavity of the housing. The switch is in electrical communication with an indicator. The switch is reactive to any change in position of the lock cylinder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2015
    Assignee: Corbin Russwin Architectural Hardware
    Inventors: Tracy R. Fowler, Brian R. Fournier, Damon J. Lenk, Scott Morstatt
  • 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
  • Patent number: 8720239
    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: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignee: Snap-on Incorporated
    Inventors: Matthew M. Crass, Jon M. LaRue, Mark T. Gordon, John J. Landree, Robert Keith Folkestad, II
  • Patent number: 8683833
    Abstract: The present invention provides for a handle set for a lock with a latch, the handle set having an authentication circuit and actuator in the interior handle that allow access to authenticated transponders. The present invention also provides a device and method for transmitting a rotational movement and force in an electronic lock, wherein the transmission takes place in a coupled state and not in a decoupled state and wherein the transmission of force does not damage an actuator that requires little energy to change between the coupled and decoupled states. A coupling cartridge of an electronic lock can easily be handed. The electronic lock can be retrofitted in installed mortise locks and used with cylindrical locks. The electronic lock can include a security feature that prohibits the electronic lock from changing between the coupled and decoupled states.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2014
    Assignee: Simonsvoss Technologies AG
    Inventors: James S. Marschalek, Warren A. Simonsen, Ludger Voss, Herbert Meyerle, Norbert Voss, Stefan Parhofer
  • Patent number: 8671723
    Abstract: A micro motor locking bolt system (8) comprising a locking bolt (5) mounted inside a lock (11) in order to provide a locking function in electronic gates, drawers, cabinets, safes and similar structures. The locking bolt system has a locking position by entering into a lock housing (13) structured on the lock (11) and an unlocking position by removing from the lock housing (13). A motor (1) provides the necessary driving force in order for the locking bolt (5) to enter into and be removed from the lock housing (13). A worm gear (2) performs rotational motion around its own axis due to the driving force from the motor (1) and comprises grooved parts (2.1) thereon. Motion transmission members transfer the rotational motion of the worm gear (2) to the locking bolt (5) by transforming the rotational motion into linear motion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Assignee: Vemus Endüstriyel Elektronik Sanayi ve Ticaret Limited Şirketi
    Inventors: Vehbi Dayanikli, Mustafa Dayanikli
  • Patent number: 8671724
    Abstract: In combination, a door, two latches at an edge of the door, and door latch operating components at opposite sides of the door; displaceable structure in the door having a position blocking movement of the latches, first mechanism responsive to displacement of one of the components for displacing the structure from blocking position to allow movement of the latches, for door opening; and electrically operable actuating means for effecting displacement of the structure from blocking position to allow movement of the latches, for door opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Assignee: Adams Rite Manufacturing Co.
    Inventor: Alan K. Uyeda
  • Patent number: 8635893
    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. When a controller verifies that user-input information is correct for unlocking the lock, the bolt retraction gear and manually-driven gear are operatively coupled such that the gear can drive the lock bolt from the extended position to the retracted position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2014
    Assignee: Lock II, L.L.C.
    Inventors: J. Clayton Miller, Donald P. Cooke, Jr., Michael P. Harvey, Brian T. Craycraft, Philip D. Mason, Kenneth H. Mimlitch, Craig Volk
  • Patent number: 8590948
    Abstract: An outer operational device includes a cover mounted to an outer side of a door. The outer operational device includes a handle and an actuating member operatively connected between the handle and a latch. A sliding block is movable between an alignment position and an alignment position under control of a driving device through electrification. When the sliding block is in the engagement position, a locking block locks the actuating member to prevent rotation of the handle, and the outer operational device is in a locked state avoiding retraction of the latch. When the sliding block is in the disengagement position, the sliding block allows rotation of the actuating member and the handle, and the outer operational device is in an unlocked state allowing retraction of the latch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2013
    Assignee: I-Tek Metal Mfg. Co., Ltd
    Inventor: Chun-Meng Shen
  • Patent number: 8555685
    Abstract: An electrically controlled door lock device with a lockset with an inside handle, an outside handle, a spring loaded continuous spindle, biased to maintained a lockset's latch in a projected position and connecting the lockset and the outside handle, a first half and a second half of a clutch connecting the continuous spindle and the inside handle with a spring maintaining the second half of the clutch in predetermined position relative to the first half of the clutch. There is also a mechanical means blocking the first half of the clutch from rotation and electromechanical means controlling the blocking means, the mechanical means built into the second half of the clutch, allowing the second half of the clutch a predetermined degree of free rotation before it engages with the first half of the clutch, the mechanical means built into second half of the clutch, mechanically inhibiting the blocking means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2013
    Inventors: George Frolov, James Scott
  • Patent number: 8544303
    Abstract: A lock device is provided that includes a housing (2) having an opening (4) and a core (10) which is rotatably mounted in the opening (4) about a longitudinal axis of the core and which includes a key way (12) for reception of a key. Also included is a latching dement (20) that co-acts between the housing (2) and the core (10). An electronically controllable actuator (30) is mounted in the core (10) and is movable using a motor (40) between an opening-registering position in which movement of the latching element (20) to the release position is permitted, and a latching position in which movement of the latching element (20) to the release position is blocked. The motor (40) is provided in a recess (10a) in the barrel surface (10b) of the core at a distance from the end surfaces of the core.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2013
    Assignee: ASSA AB
    Inventor: Daniel Andersson
  • Patent number: 8534102
    Abstract: A lock device comprises a housing (2) which includes an opening (4) and a core (10) which is rotatably disposed in the opening. A latching element (20) co-acts between the housing and the core and can be moved between a release position in which the core is rotatable relative to the housing, and a latching position in which rotation of the core relative to the housing is blocked. An electronically controllable actuator (30) is disposed in the core and is moveable between an opening-registering-position in which the latching element is movable to the release position, and a latching position in which movement of the latching element to said release position is blocked. A returning means (50) co-acts mechanically with a key in a key way in the core and with the actuator and such as to move the actuator away from the position of the opening to a further latching position in response to the key being drawn out of the keyway.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2013
    Assignee: ASSA AB
    Inventor: Daniel Andersson
  • Publication number: 20130192319
    Abstract: An electrically controllable lock assembly (20) including a lock bolt (28), a first hub (36), a second hub (68), a first hub locker (64), a second hub locker (72), a first driver (62) and a second driver (70). The lock bolt (28) is movable between a latching position and an unlatching position. The first hub (36) is adapted to move the lock bolt (28) in response to movement of a first handle. The second hub (68) is adapted to move the lock bolt (28) in response to movement of a second handle. The first hub locker (64) is positionable to selectively prevent or allow movement of the lock bolt (28) in response to torque being applied to the first hub (36) from the first handle. The second hub locker (72) is positionable to selectively prevent or allow movement of the lock bolt (28) in response to torque being applied to the second hub (68) from the second handle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 20, 2011
    Publication date: August 1, 2013
    Applicant: GAINSBOROUGH HARDWARE INDUSTRIES LIMITED
    Inventors: Harris Lambrou, Ian Bartos
  • 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
  • Patent number: 8490444
    Abstract: The invention relates to a wirelessly controlled electric lock, comprising a lock body (2a), a key cylinder (2b), a turn spindle (3) rotatable by a handle element (3a) internal of the door, the turning of which enables opening of the lock, an opening spindle (4) rotatable by an opening element (5) external of the door, a drive link mechanism (41, 20, 21, 22) enabling the turn spindle (3) and the opening spindle (4) to be coupled with each other for a drive link engagement, such that turning of the opening spindle translates also into a turning motion of the turn spindle. The lock also comprises electrically controlled coupling elements (10, 21, 22, 24, 25, 26), including a piezoelectric actuator (10) which, in a mode activated by an electrical control (12, 31, 33) transmitted (32) wirelessly to the electrical lock, is adapted to fixedly lock a bolt or plunger (10a) which, in its fixedly locked condition, activates said drive link engagement as the opening spindle (4) is turned.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2013
    Assignee: Megalock Oy
    Inventor: Juha Saari
  • Patent number: 8474290
    Abstract: An improved locking handle and power module assembly provides continued ability to open and close a truck cap or tonneau cover from within or without, and presents an enclosed mechanism to prevent obstruction or jamming. A release handle is provided to permit unlatching of a latch mechanism operated by the locking handle without regard to whether the locking handle is locked or not.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2013
    Assignee: PiOptima, Inc.
    Inventors: David Lee Terhaar, David Jay Terhaar
  • Publication number: 20130152646
    Abstract: An electromechanical cylinder lock includes an outer lock shell and a rotatable lock barrel located therein which is controlled by dual locking features. A side bar or fence selectively blocks and permits rotation of the barrel with respect to the shell in response to insertion of a key into a keyway in the barrel. A slider bar is movable between a blocking position in which the side bar is prevented from permitting rotation of the barrel, and an unblocking position in which the side bar permits rotation of the barrel. Alternately, a blocking mechanism is provided to block motion of tumbler pins in the cylinder lock. A shape memory alloy actuator, such as a wire made of nitinol, disposed in the barrel is activated by an electric current in response to determination by an electronic control device whether an attempt to open the lock is authorized. Thermal interlock protection from external heating of the lock is also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 24, 2013
    Publication date: June 20, 2013
    Applicant: Medeco Security Locks, Inc.
    Inventor: Medeco Security Locks, Inc.
  • Patent number: 8459071
    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: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2013
    Assignee: Assa Abloy AB
    Inventor: Daniel Andersson
  • Patent number: 8375753
    Abstract: An electromechanical lock is provided that comprises a locking assembly and a latch solenoid with a plunger axially displaceable, by an electrical command signal, between retracted and extended states and being associated with a first urging arrangement that biases the plunger in a first axial direction from the retracted to the extended states. The locking assembly comprises a lock actuation member movable between first and second states for locking and unlocking the lock, respectively. A second urging arrangement is operative to bias the actuation member to move to the second state. A third urging arrangement is operative to bias the actuation member to move from the second to the first state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2013
    Assignee: Knock N'Lock Ltd.
    Inventor: Ilan Goldman
  • Patent number: 8375752
    Abstract: According to the present invention, a key box is provided to include: a body; a cover, pivotally connected with the body to render an open state and a closed state; and a panel set, embedded on the cover, comprising a keypad module and a lock module. Wherein, by manipulating either the keypad module or the lock module, the open state and the closed state can be switched.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2013
    Assignee: Shyh Ru Metallic Industrial Corp.
    Inventors: Wei-Yu Chang, Wei-Chih Chang
  • Patent number: 8356499
    Abstract: An electric lock includes an outer door assembly, a nexus, an inner door assembly, and a latch bolt. The outer lock assembly is arranged to an outer side of a door. The nexus is connected to the outer door assembly. The inner door assembly is connected to the nexus and arranged to an inner side of the door. The latch bolt is connected to a latch bolt retaining unit of the nexus. An actuator of the nexus will move an engagement rod and a protruded block forward to engage an outer handle to the nexus for opening the door when inputting a correct password to the electric lock. The door can be opened by a proper key also. The nexus will be isolated from the outer handle to prevent damage to the nexus when a user does not have a right key and a correct password to the electric lock.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2013
    Assignee: Fu Chang Locks Mfg Corp.
    Inventor: Fu-Chang Peng
  • Publication number: 20120324969
    Abstract: The presently disclosed subject matter is directed towards an anti-vandalism electronic cylinder lock (10). The lock comprising a cylinder housing (30), an electronic cylinder lock mechanism, an inside knob (26), and an outside knob (100), the outside knob (100) being configured for assuming a first non-accessible, non-operable, retracted position, and a second, accessible operative position, in which the outside knob (100) projects from the cylinder housing (30).
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 25, 2011
    Publication date: December 27, 2012
    Applicant: KNOCK N'LOCK LTD.
    Inventor: Ilan Goldman
  • Patent number: 8316674
    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: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2012
    Inventor: Piotr Leonard Kowalczyk
  • Patent number: 8302438
    Abstract: A driving device for an electric lock latch, comprises a housing, a motor having a power output shaft connected to a drive shaft with an external thread on a part thereof, an unequal diameter coil spring having a cylindrical spiral in the middle thereof screwing with the drive shaft, and a first and second conical spiral on both end thereof not screwing with the drive shaft, and a lock latch secured to the second conical spiral. The drive shaft is driven and rotated by a motor to pass the rotation power to the cylindrical spiral, and a rotary motion of the drive shaft is converted into a linear motion of the unequal diameter coil spring for moving the lock latch to change the locked and unlocked state of the lock device. Accordingly, the lock structure and the installation thereof may be simplified and the power-saving effect is achieved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2012
    Inventor: Pang-Cheng Lui
  • Patent number: 8276414
    Abstract: A micropower passive electronic lock cylinder including an immovable cylinder body (3), a rotatable plug (1), and an electronic control circuit part is described. An electronic control circuit board (13) electrically connected with a micromotor (14) and locating switches (15, 16) is arranged in the rotatable plug (1). A lock pin (8), which is controlled by a displacement limiting cam (5) driven by the micromotor (14), moves between the immovable cylinder body (3) and the rotatable plug (1) to release or block the rotatable plug (1).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2012
    Inventor: Shifu Luo
  • Patent number: 8245549
    Abstract: A tamperproof power lock is provided for use in a pickup truck tailgate latch handle. The lock includes a power actuator, a rotating crank, a connecting rod and a lock bolt that locks the tailgate handle. The linear output motion of the actuator is transferred into rotation of the crank that is limited to rotate between two stops. An over center spring or friction keeps the crank or the lock bolt in either of the two stop positions. The rotation of the crank is transferred into linear motion of the locking bolt by the connecting rod. In the locked position the crank is up against one of the stops and the connecting rod past dead center. As a result the locking bolt cannot be pushed back forcibly in an attempt to defeat the lock.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2012
    Assignee: Pop & Lock, LLC
    Inventor: Dimiter S. Zagoroff
  • Patent number: 8225629
    Abstract: A lock assembly including a body and at least one locking member. An actuator mechanism within the body is moveable between locked and unlocked positions. The actuator mechanism may be actuated by either a key lock cylinder or an electronic actuator. The lock assembly may also include a memory configured to store user identification information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2012
    Assignee: Ingersoll Rand Company
    Inventors: Robert D. Zuraski, Cornelius McDaid, John Paul Thambusami Joy Sachidanadam
  • Patent number: 8186192
    Abstract: Disclosed is a rotary lock cylinder including a blocking element that engages into the rotor in a closed position while releasing the rotor in an open position. An actuator can be controlled in accordance with data located on the key. In order to displace the blocking element from the closed position into the open position, a latch element is provided which can be moved along with the key. The blocking element can be attached by means of the actuator. The energy required for moving the blocking element is supplied by the user when introducing the key into the key duct such that the load on the power source used for actuating the actuator is minimal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2012
    Assignee: Keso AG
    Inventors: Martin Spycher, Urs Oechslin, Bruno Vonlanthen, Marcel Kölliker, Dieter Peier
  • Patent number: 8141400
    Abstract: A keypad lockset adapted for deadbolt as well as lever locks, and having as a first embodiment an exterior gear train, an interior gear train, and an electronically controlled clutch for coupling the gear trains when engaged and for uncoupling the gear trains when the clutch is disengaged, so that when the clutch is engaged rotation of an external thumb turn will permit the door latch to be withdrawn and thus to permit opening of the door, and a mechanical override mechanism that can be operated in case of electrical failure, and in which clutch mechanism and the override mechanism both operate through the single, standard 2 and ? inch door preparation hole, or alternatively as a second embodiment, a keypad lockset in which two four-bar mechanical linkages are used in place of gears as means to actuate the clutch, and alternatively to provide for a pass-through override function.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2012
    Assignee: Emtek Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Birk Cliff Sorensen, Ping Hsien Tsai, Wai Pang Wong, John Edward Walsh, Louis Romo Martinez
  • Patent number: 8091392
    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: September 4, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2012
    Assignee: Lock II, L.L.C.
    Inventors: J. Clayton Miller, Donald P. Cooke, Jr., Michael P. Harvey
  • Patent number: 8051689
    Abstract: A cylindrical lock includes inner and outer chassis, inner and outer spindles, and first and second actuating members. One of the first and second actuating members is selectively and rotatably received in the outer spindle. Each of the first and second actuating members includes a limiting groove having first and second groove sections with different arcs in a circumferential direction about a longitudinal axis. A driving member is rotatably received in one of the first and second actuating members. The driving member has a leg movable in the outer spindle between first and second positions along the longitudinal axis and received in one of the first and second groove sections. A driving device is received in the inner spindle. The cylindrical lock has two modes corresponding to selective use of the first and second actuating members to provide locking/unlocking states through supply or not supply of electricity to the driving device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2011
    Assignee: I-Tek Metal Mfg. Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Chun-Meng Shen, Wei-Chung Hsu
  • Patent number: 8033583
    Abstract: A lock device includes a tongue slidably engaged with a housing and extendible out of the housing, an anchoring device slidably disposed in the housing and having two anchoring members for selectively aligning with the tongue and having a compartment formed between the anchoring members, and a moving device for moving the anchoring device relative to the housing to selectively align either of the anchoring members with the tongue and for preventing the tongue from being engaged into the compartment of the anchoring device. The moving device includes an electromagnetic mechanism coupled to the anchoring device for moving the anchoring device relative to the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2011
    Assignee: Gianni Industries Inc.
    Inventor: Chih Chung Chang
  • Patent number: 8011217
    Abstract: The present invention provides for a handle set for a lock with a latch, the handle set having an authentication circuit and actuator in the interior handle that allow access to authenticated transponders. The present invention also provides a device and method for transmitting a rotational movement and force in an electronic lock, wherein the transmission takes place in a coupled state and not in a decoupled state and wherein the transmission of force does not damage an actuator that requires little energy to change between the coupled and decoupled states. The handle set can include a coupling cartridge that can be easily handed. The electronic lock can be retrofitted in installed mortise locks and used with cylindrical locks. The electronic lock can include a security feature that prohibits the electronic lock from changing between the coupled and decoupled states.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2011
    Assignee: SimonsVoss Technologies AG
    Inventors: James S Marschalek, Warren A. Simonsen, Ludger Voss, Herbert Meyerle, Norbert Voss, Stefan Parhofer
  • Patent number: 8001818
    Abstract: A clutch mechanism permits a pulling movement to be transferred or not to the bolt of a lock when turning the internal or external handles attached to separate square-section shafts belonging to clutch elements and which can have independent rotation or they can do so integrally. A first clutch element connected to the outside handle possesses a prismatic projection with a radial orifice into which fits a pulling pin assisted by a spring and which is able to be displaced in order to be introduced into a slot of a second clutch element. The movement is controlled by a motor with a worm-screw linked to a spring which can displace a thruster rocker arm which makes contact with the pulling pin. The mechanism also includes an emergency device having a rod and another spring linked to the thruster rocker arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2011
    Assignee: Salto Systems, S.L.
    Inventors: Juan Antonio Imedio Ocaña, Carlos Ferreira Sánchez
  • Publication number: 20110088439
    Abstract: An electromechanical cylinder lock includes an outer lock shell and a rotatable lock barrel located therein which is controlled by dual locking features. A side bar or fence selectively blocks and permits rotation of the barrel with respect to the shell in response to insertion of a key into a keyway in the barrel. A slider bar is movable between a blocking position in which the side bar is prevented from permitting rotation of the barrel, and an unblocking position in which the side bar permits rotation of the barrel. Alternately, a blocking mechanism is provided to block motion of tumbler pins in the cylinder lock. A shape memory alloy actuator, such as a wire made of nitinol, disposed in the barrel is activated by an electric current in response to determination by an electronic control device whether an attempt to open the lock is authorized. Thermal interlock protection from external heating of the lock is also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 22, 2010
    Publication date: April 21, 2011
    Applicant: Medeco Security Lock, Inc.
    Inventors: Peter FIELD, Duncan Kerr
  • Patent number: 7918114
    Abstract: An actuator assembly is for a lock including a handle, a latch, a retractor for retracting the latch when the handle rotates, and a lock member displaceable between locked and unlocked positions, which either releasably couples the handle with the retractor or releasably prevents handle rotation. The actuator includes a motor having a shaft rotatable about an axis and a coupler spring disposed about the axis and having a first end coupled with the lock member and a second end. A drive member is coupled or integrally formed with the motor shaft and has a helical drive surface threadably engaged with the coupler spring second end, such that rotation of the shaft displaces the coupler spring along the axis to move the lock member between the locked and unlocked positions. Preferably, the drive member includes a spring coupled with the motor shaft and threadably engaged with the coupler spring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2011
    Assignee: Harrow Products LLC
    Inventor: John E. Walsh, III
  • Patent number: 7878035
    Abstract: A lock system includes a lock mechanism for holding a lid element in a locked state, an electric actuator for driving the lock mechanism to an unlocking side based on an operation of an open switch, and a key cylinder adapted to be operated to rotate by a key so as to be switched through the rotational operation to an “UNLOCK” position where the open switch is enabled to function and a “LOCK” position where the open switch is disabled from functioning, whereby unlocking of the lid element is prohibited through a rotational operation of the key cylinder to the “LOCK” position. An operating unit of the lock system causes the key cylinder and the lock mechanism to be mechanically linked with each other by a wire cable, whereby the lock mechanism is forcibly driven to the unlocking side through a rotational operation of the key cylinder to the “OPEN” position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2011
    Assignee: Toyoda Gosei Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Taishi Yamaguchi, Yasuhiro Sakakibara
  • Patent number: 7874190
    Abstract: The invention concerns an electromechanical lock cylinder that cooperates with evaluation electronics to recognize access authorization and has a housing that includes two opposite cylindrical receptacles, in which a lock core, which can be operated by a key, or a knob shaft, which is connected to rotate in unison with a know, are mounted to rotation, in which the lock core and/or knob shaft cooperate with a lock tab, which operates, in particular, a bolt or latch with a door lock, and, with a fitting key or access authorization, an electromechanically driven blocking or coupling element is moved from the rest position to an operating position and produces a splined connection between the key or knob and the lock tab, characterized by the fact that the lock tab is freely rotatable relative to the two lock cores or the two knob shafts in the rest position of the blocking or coupling element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2011
    Assignee: ASSA Abloy AB
    Inventors: Volker Krisch, Hardy Bismark, Bernhard Mueller, Jürgen Hofmann, Bertrand Roland
  • Patent number: 7870769
    Abstract: A lock device comprises a housing (2) which includes an opening (4) and a core (10) which is rotatably disposed in the opening and which includes a key way (12) for reception of a key. A latching element (20) co-acts between the housing (2) and the core (10) and is movable between a release position in which the core is rotatable relative to the housing, and a latching position in which rotation of the core relative to the housing is blocked. An electronically controllable actuator (30) is disposed in the core and is rotatable between an opening-registering-position in which the latching element is movable to the release position, and a latching position in which movement of the latching element to said release position is blocked. A spring (46) abuts an abutment portion (30c) of the actuator. Since the spring is provided with two mutually parallel leg portions (46d, 46e), which abut radially opposite surfaces of the abutment portion of the actuator, several advantages are obtained.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2011
    Assignee: ASSA AB
    Inventor: Daniel Andersson
  • Patent number: 7870770
    Abstract: A door lock (10) having a lock body (11), an external handle and an internal handle (12), a rotatable interconnecting member (13) to interconnect the internal handle and the external handle, and a mechanism to allow the lock to have a passage mode, and a privacy mode and a deadlock mode, in one embodiment the mechanism comprises an outer hub (14) and an internal hub (15) which are inside the lock body, in a second embodiment a remote control arrangement is provided to allow at least some of the modes to be operated manually or by remote control.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2011
    Assignee: Assa Abloy Australia Pty Limited
    Inventor: David Garfield Blanch
  • Patent number: 7861563
    Abstract: A dual locking system having a manual lock and an electrical lock, and a shuttle connected to both the manual lock and the electrical lock. The shuttle is moveable by either the manual lock or electrical lock between an engaged position in which a hook on the shuttle can engage a prong and a disengaged position in which the hook does not engage a prong. Upon de-energization of the electrical lock, the shuttle remains in the engaged position if the shuttle was in the engaged position prior to de-energization and the shuttle remains in the unengaged position if the shuttle were in the unengaged position prior to de-energization. The dual locking system is incorporated in a latch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2011
    Assignee: Southco, Inc.
    Inventor: Jeffrey L. Antonucci
  • 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
  • Patent number: 7775072
    Abstract: There is disclosed a safety switch for generating an enable signal as a function of the position of a moveable guard door. The safety switch comprises a door part and a frame part. The door part has an activator, which can be displaced between a first and a second position. The frame part has a cutout, in which the activator can engage in the second position. A locking element is arranged on the door part in order to lock the activator in the second position. A sensor is designed to detect at least one of the positions of the activator in order to generate the enable signal as a function thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2010
    Assignee: Pilz GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Jürgen Pullmann, Roland Rupp, Andreas Veit, Peter Eichinger
  • Publication number: 20100170312
    Abstract: An electromechanical cylinder lock includes an outer lock shell and a rotatable lock barrel located therein which is controlled by dual locking features. A side bar or fence selectively blocks and permits rotation of the barrel with respect to the shell in response to insertion of a key into a keyway in the barrel. A slider bar is movable between a blocking position in which the side bar is prevented from permitting rotation of the barrel, and an unblocking position in which the side bar permits rotation of the barrel. Alternately, a blocking mechanism is provided to block motion of tumbler pins in the cylinder lock. A shape memory alloy actuator, such as a wire made of nitinol, disposed in the barrel is activated by an electric current in response to determination by an electronic control device whether an attempt to open the lock is authorized. Thermal interlock protection from external heating of the lock is also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2010
    Publication date: July 8, 2010
    Applicant: Medeco Security Lock, Inc.
    Inventors: Peter FIELD, Duncan Kerr
  • Patent number: 7698919
    Abstract: Disclosed is a locking device which comprises a housing, and a cylinder device rotating within the housing, wherein the housing is provided with a protrusion therein to prevent the cylinder device from being rotated, and the cylinder device includes a motor, a cylinder receiving the motor, a tilting mechanism located at the front of the cylinder, having an upper portion tilted to be fixed to the protrusion of the housing by forward rotation of the motor and a recess released from the protrusion of the housing by reverse rotation of the motor, and a locking plate adapter fixed to the tilting mechanism, and a locking plate fixed to the adapter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2010
    Inventor: Gab-Sik Kim
  • Patent number: 7698918
    Abstract: One embodiment of an electric door lock according to the present invention is interchangeable between fail safe and fail secure modes and comprises a housing for receiving the internal components of the door lock. A latch bolt is mounted within the housing and is movable from partially extending from and retracted into the housing. A doorknob is mounted to the housing and is rotatable to retract the latch bolt. A solenoid assembly is also mounted within the housing and can be interchangeably arranged to cause the lock to operate a fail secure mode wherein the doorknob is prevented from retracting the latch bolt when the solenoid is not energized, or a fail safe mode wherein the doorknob is allowed to retract the latch bolt when the solenoid is not energized. The solenoid is nested in place within the housing in both modes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2010
    Assignee: Security Door Controls
    Inventors: Arthur Geringer, David Geringer, Richard Geringer
  • Patent number: 7690231
    Abstract: An electromechanical cylinder lock includes an outer lock shell and a rotatable lock barrel located therein which is controlled by dual locking features. A side bar or fence selectively blocks and permits rotation of the barrel with respect to the shell in response to insertion of a key into a keyway in the barrel. A slider bar is movable between a blocking position in which the side bar is prevented from permitting rotation of the barrel, and an unblocking position in which the side bar permits rotation of the barrel. Alternately, a blocking mechanism is provided to block motion of tumbler pins in the cylinder lock. A shape memory alloy actuator, such as a wire made of NITINOL disposed in the barrel is activated by an electric current in response to determination by an electronic control device whether an attempt to open the lock is authorized. Thermal interlock protection from external heating of the lock is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 1997
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2010
    Assignee: Medeco Security Lock, Inc.
    Inventors: Peter Field, Duncan Kerr
  • Patent number: 7681424
    Abstract: A latch has a pawl, a handle connected to the pawl, a manual lock for preventing movement of the handle between a closed position and an open position, an electrical lock for preventing movement of the handle between the closed position and the open position, and a shuttle connected to both the manual lock and the electrical lock. The shuttle is moveable between an engaged position in which the handle is prevented from moving from the closed position to the open position and a disengaged position in which the handle is permitted to move from the closed position to the open position. Upon deenergization of the electrical lock, the shuttle remains in the engaged position if the shuttle was in the engaged position prior to deenergization and the shuttle remains in the unengaged position if the shuttle were in the unengaged position prior to deenergization.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2010
    Assignee: Southco, Inc.
    Inventor: Jeffrey L. Antonucci