Housings Patents (Class 70/52)
  • Patent number: 8973415
    Abstract: In one example, a padlock storage system includes a central portion including a padlock body having a shackle and a key for opening the padlock body. The system includes an upper end having a chamber for accommodating the shackle and a lower end having a chamber for placement of a key. Additionally, a coupling system between the central portion and the lower end allows for rotation of the lower end in relation to the central portion and promotes the unlocking of the shackle, where the key activates the unlocking. The padlock system is operable in two operating positions, where the upper and lower ends are able to attach to each other by removal of the central portion or where the central portion is attached to both ends. When the central portion is removed, a retention capsule for containing the key is formed, and which can be held in an apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: Papaiz Nordeste Indústria e Comércio LTDA
    Inventor: Paolo Papaiz
  • Publication number: 20140360234
    Abstract: The invention relates to a padlock in particular to a padlock for securing and monitoring a switch of an industrial plant. The invention further relates to a set of padlocks, to a padlock housing and to a method of retrofitting a padlock.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 11, 2013
    Publication date: December 11, 2014
    Inventor: Bernhard Garthe
  • Patent number: 8839650
    Abstract: A lock assembly (210) including a body (220), at least one locking member (223, 240) and a length of lock material with two free ends and at least one leg (212) attached to one of the free ends, each leg configured to be engaged by a respective locking member. The locking members are separately actuable such that each leg (212) may be removed from the lock body independent of any other legs. A bracket assembly (300) for connecting a lock assembly (210) to a bicycle or the like. The bracket includes a bracket body (310) with a strap (330) that is secured via a pivotal buckle (340). The bracket body (310) includes at least one flange (320, 322) configured to slidably engage a groove (250, 252) provided along the lock assembly (210).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2014
    Inventor: Robert David Zuraski
  • Patent number: 8820125
    Abstract: A padlock assembly includes two padlock halves fastened with at least one fastener, and a cylinder lock assembled with the padlock halves. A shackle has legs that are receivable in the padlock halves and lockable with the cylinder lock. The padlock halves are interlocked with the shackle such that even if the at least one fastener is removed, if the shackle is in a locked position with the cylinder lock, the two padlock halves cannot be separated from each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Inventor: Moshe Dolev
  • Patent number: 8813529
    Abstract: Anti-theft device for an inverter assembly including an inverter having a housing with a rear panel, a mounting plate to which the inverter is attached and a locking pin connected at one end to the mounting plate and extending through a hole in the rear panel of the inverter housing when the inverter is in a mounted position, wherein the locking pin includes an opening at the other end through which a U-lock can be inserted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: SMA Solar Technology AG
    Inventor: Andreas Donth
  • Patent number: 8806907
    Abstract: A battery operated device includes a housing, an operating mechanism and an internal battery disposed within the housing, and an access member assembled with the housing and movable between first and second positions. The operating mechanism includes first and second sets of electrical contacts for transmitting power to the operating mechanism, with the internal battery being electrically connectable with the first set of electrical contacts for powering the operating mechanism. The access member is movable between a first position blocking external access to the second set of electrical contacts and connecting the first set of electrical contacts to the internal battery, and a second position permitting external access to the second set of electrical contacts and disconnecting the internal battery from the first set of electrical contacts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: Master Lock Company LLC
    Inventors: D. Scott Kalous, Zachery T. Nave
  • Patent number: 8806905
    Abstract: A padlock includes a lock body, a shackle assembled with the lock body, a lock subassembly disposed in a cavity in the lock body, and a shackle retainer assembled with the lock body. The lock subassembly is operable between a locked position securing the shackle in a closed position and an unlocked position permitting movement of the shackle to an open position. The shackle retainer extends into a first shackle bore and is received in a recess in a first leg of the shackle. When the shackle is in the open position, the lock subassembly is manipulable to be moved from a first position to a second position to generate a space in the cavity aligned with the shackle retainer, such that the shackle retainer is extendable into the space for disengagement of the shackle retainer from the first shackle leg recess.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: Master Lock Company LLC
    Inventors: Gary R. Burmesch, Elliot Gronland
  • Patent number: 8800329
    Abstract: A bar lock assembly including more than one protective hasp member, and a bar lock that locks together the protective hasp members, wherein the bar lock includes a code-operated locking device mounted in a housing that fits into an internal chamber defined by the protective hasp members, the housing including protrusions that are received in inner grooves of the protective hasp members so as to block movement of the protective hasp members away from each other when the housing of the bar lock is inserted into the internal chamber of the protective hasp members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Inventor: Moshe Dolev
  • Patent number: 8756960
    Abstract: An improved cable lock device incorporating a lock housing incorporating both a cylindrical combination lock and axial friction fingers and associated with a flexible shackle that stores entirely inside handlebars of vehicles that utilize handlebars. The shackle is secured at one end to the lock housing and the other end to a toothed key to be inserted into the anterior end of the combination lock to form a locked loop for securing the vehicle. In the stored configuration of the device in the handlebar the toothed key is retained at the posterior of the lock housing. At its midpoint the shackle is bent substantially 180 degrees and attached to a small ball that will fit inside the handlebars. Resilient rings of fingers are attached on the axis of the lock housing. Upon lock insertion the resilient fingers deform to interior bore of the handlebar for friction locking.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Inventor: Christopher Harold Poehlmann
  • Patent number: 8752407
    Abstract: The invention relates to a cable lock, which consists of a lock body combined with a traversing part, wherein a slider and a holder are set inside the lock body, at least an upper bead hole is set on the slider, the at least an upper bead hole is set corresponding to at least a lower bead hole set on the holder, the upper bead hole and the lower bead hole may be glided and corresponding to each other by shifting the slider, to control at least a lock ball gliding in and out, hereby perform unlocking and locking spacing on an inserting slice set on one end of the traversing part, to thereby achieve the burglarproof and prized-proof effect.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2014
    Assignee: Crops Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Keiji Taiga
  • Publication number: 20140157838
    Abstract: A lock subassembly for a padlock includes a housing, a locking element, and a locking mechanism. The housing defines an internal cavity and at least one shackle bore isolated from the internal cavity. The locking element is disposed in a first portion of the internal cavity and extends beyond an upper surface of the housing. The locking element is movable between a locked position for interlocking engagement with a shackle and an unlocked position for releasing the shackle. The locking mechanism is disposed in a second portion of the internal cavity and is operable between a locking condition securing the locking element in the locked position and an unlocking condition permitting movement of the locking element to the unlocked position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 12, 2013
    Publication date: June 12, 2014
    Applicant: MASTER LOCK COMPANY LLC
    Inventor: Zachery T. Nave
  • Patent number: 8739582
    Abstract: A locking arrangement for the latching of a door to a counterpart has an upper part and a lower part. The upper part has at least one base section, a first side section which is angled with respect to the base section, a cover section which is angled with respect to the first side section, and a securing section which is angled with respect to the cover section and has a securing opening. The lower part has at least one base section and a securing section which is angled with respect to the base section of the lower part and has a securing opening. A holding means for the holding of a hoop lock is provided at the upper part or at the lower part. The upper part and the lower part can be positioned in a position of use relative to one another such that the securing opening of the upper part and the securing opening of the lower part are arranged in alignment to be able to secure the two securing sections to one another by means of a lock hoop.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Assignee: ABUS August Bremicker Soehne KG
    Inventor: Michael Diesing
  • Patent number: 8713978
    Abstract: The present disclosure describes combination discus locks and associated methods. A lock device configured in accordance with a particular embodiment of the present disclosure includes a discus lock housing, a locking mechanism positioned in the lock housing, and a plurality of rotatable wheels operably coupled to the locking mechanism. The rotatable wheels can individually have a plurality of indicia used to display a combination. The locking mechanism can be configured to move from a locked configuration to an unlocked configuration when the combination is displayed. The lock device can further include a shackle and a slider actuator positioned on an outer surface of the lock housing. The slider actuator can be operably coupled to the shackle and to the locking mechanism, and can be configured to drive the shackle from a closed position to an open position when the locking mechanism is in the unlocked configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: Wordlock, Inc.
    Inventors: Peter Schmidt, Kurt Kemppainen
  • Patent number: 8534098
    Abstract: A padlock includes a shackle having a channel disposed along an axis of the shackle. The padlock also has a plurality of dials each having a single detent. The shackle can also include a plurality of circumferential grooves formed in a spaced arrangement along the shackle, each groove corresponding to one of the dials.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2013
    Assignee: OAK Novations, Ltd.
    Inventor: Yuriy Zakuskin
  • Patent number: 8499594
    Abstract: A combination operated padlock has indicia carrying dials that are turned to set a combination for unlocking a shackle of the padlock. Operating components of the padlock are carried by or within a housing-enclosed frame of the padlock. A strong, corrosion resistant insert, preferably formed from brass of uniform thickness, is configured to fit cleverly around and among the movable operating components to strengthen the padlock and to prevent operating component manipulation if an unauthorized unlocking of the padlock is attempted. In a preferred embodiment, the insert has two substantially identical question-mark-shaped tines configured to extend toward and between different adjacent pairs of the dials that are turned to set a combination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2013
    Assignee: The Eastern Company
    Inventor: Michael O. Misner
  • Patent number: 8429940
    Abstract: An armored cable assembly (10) includes a flexible cable (12), a plurality of first armor elements (14), and a plurality of second armor elements (20). The flexible cable (12) is received within a bore (16, 28) in each of the armor elements (14, 20), which are threaded in alternate manner on the flexible cable (12). A ball and socket joint is established between adjacent armor elements (14, 20). Each of the second armor elements (20) includes a cylindrical portion (22) between first and second arcuate or hemispherical ends (24), each end (24) being adapted to provide the ball of the ball and socket joint. A locking assembly (50) is further provided for use with an armored cable assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2013
    Assignee: Tyson Security Pty Limited
    Inventor: David John Evans
  • Patent number: 8393186
    Abstract: The present disclosure describes combination discus locks and methods for using and making the combination discus lock assembly. The locks include a lock body at least partially containing a locking mechanism coupled to a plurality of engagement members with indicia disposed thereon, capable of displaying a combination. An actuator is coupled to the locking mechanism and to a locking member. The locking member is in a closed position, connected to the body, when the combination is not displayed and in an open position, at least partially disengaged from the lock body, when the combination is displayed. The actuator is manipulated to move the locking member from the closed position to the open position. The lock may also be resettable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2013
    Assignee: Wordlock, Inc.
    Inventors: Peter Schmidt, Kurt Kemppainen
  • Patent number: 8347660
    Abstract: A padlock is provided that may include a lock body and a hoop which is movable between an open position and a closed position with respect to the lock body. The lock body may include an inner housing, an outer housing and a latching mechanism for latching the hoop in the closed position. The inner housing may include a first insertion part and a second insertion part which may receive the latching mechanism to form a pre-installable module. The pre-installable module may be inserted between first and second shells of the outer housing in shape matched manner to place the padlock in a fully assembled condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Abus August Bremicker Soehne KG
    Inventor: Raymond Guenther
  • Patent number: 8341986
    Abstract: A key box construction, wherein a shaft of a door is provided with two parallel flat surfaces in axial extensions of the shaft, an outer cover is provided with bearing parts which each comprise a groove having the same width between parallel flat surfaces of the groove as the width between the two parallel flat surfaces of each axial extension and at an angle. The door is provided at the lower end portion thereof with hooks, whereby the door is hooked directly on an inner case by the hooks and a latch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Keiden Security Kikihanbai Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Nobuyo Sakai, Yoshimasa Kataumi
  • Patent number: 8307677
    Abstract: A key containment apparatus includes a key container having a pocket and a liner positioned in the pocket of the key container, the liner being shaped to receive a key.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2012
    Assignee: UTC Fire & Security Corporation
    Inventors: Wayne Larson, Matthew S. Hill, Jon Marc Luebeck
  • Publication number: 20120234056
    Abstract: This invention relates to an antitheft device for off-the-shelf items comprising a housing which contains an antitheft detection system and locking means hidden from view, and an attaching element that can be locked into the body of the housing. The device has in particular the appearance of a padlock, the attaching element forming the rigid loop of the padlock and being adapted to be placed in an attached position where it is held locked by one of its ends in the housing body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 15, 2010
    Publication date: September 20, 2012
    Applicant: THOONSEN TRADING
    Inventor: Jacky Thoonsen
  • Publication number: 20120192599
    Abstract: A padlock includes a lock housing, a U-shaped lock hoop and a lock cylinder in order selectively to lock the lock hoop to the lock housing, wherein the lock cylinder has a cylinder axis and is secured to the lock housing by means of a securing element. The securing element is displaceably supported at the lock cylinder and is resiliently supported transversely to the cylinder axis, wherein the securing element engages into a securing opening at an inner side of the lock housing to secure the lock cylinder to the lock housing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 27, 2011
    Publication date: August 2, 2012
    Applicant: ABUS August Bremicker Soehne KG
    Inventor: Bernhard Garthe
  • Publication number: 20120167641
    Abstract: A padlock is provided that may include a lock body and a hoop which is movable between an open position and a closed position with respect to the lock body. The lock body may include an inner housing, an outer housing and a latching mechanism for latching the hoop in the closed position. The inner housing may include a first insertion part and a second insertion part which may receive the latching mechanism to form a pre-installable module. The pre-installable module may be inserted between first and second shells of the outer housing in shape matched manner to place the padlock in a fully assembled condition.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 7, 2012
    Publication date: July 5, 2012
    Applicant: ABUS AUGUST BREMICKER SOEHNE KG
    Inventor: Raymond GUENTHER
  • Patent number: 8146391
    Abstract: A multiple function lock comprising a body, an engaging element having a first end and a second end, a locking mechanism for securing the first end and the second end of the engaging element to the body, and a gate mechanism for selectively concealing or revealing a passage in the body through which the second end may move to unlock the lock. In certain embodiments, a multiple function lock may comprise a body, a U-shaped shackle having toe and heel portions, the heel portion rotatably secured within the body, a locking mechanism for locking the heel and the toe portions within the body, a passage through the body adjacent to the toe portion, the toe portion adapted to move through the passage to unlock the lock, and either a retaining cup, an adjustable gate, or an outer housing, each being adapted to selectively block or reveal the passage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2012
    Assignee: Stanton Concepts, L.L.C.
    Inventors: Robert Loughlin, John Loughlin
  • Publication number: 20120011909
    Abstract: A locking mechanism (10) comprising a housing (16) and a shackle (14) having a first side (44) and a second side (46). The shackle (14) is slidable between a primary closed position in which the first and second sides (44 and 46) are each engaged with the housing (16) and a primary open position in which the first side (44) is engaged with the housing (16) and the second side (46) is free from the housing (16). A port (65) is provided in the housing (16) exposing a portion of the first side (44) of the shackle (14) in the primary closed position. Severing the shackle (14) through the port (65) allows the shackle (14) to move from the primary open position to a secondary open position, from which the shackle (14) can move back to a secondary closed position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 26, 2011
    Publication date: January 19, 2012
    Applicant: ORIGINEERING PTY, LTD.
    Inventors: Theodore VALERIO, Stephen PAYNE
  • Publication number: 20120011903
    Abstract: A lock includes a housing, a locking mechanism and an indicator. The locking mechanism is disposed in the housing and includes a first module and a second module both configured to lock or unlock the lock. The indicator is able to move from an original position to an indicative position outside the housing in response to operation of the first module. However, when being located in the indicative position, the indicator is unresponsive to the operation of the first module.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 28, 2011
    Publication date: January 19, 2012
    Inventor: CHUN TE YU
  • Publication number: 20120011902
    Abstract: An electromechanical lock includes a lock body and a locking mechanism disposed in the lock body. The locking mechanism includes a blocker, first and second cams, and a motor. The blocker is movable between a locked position and an unlocked position. The first cam is rotatable about a first axis between a blocker obstructing position and a blocker clearance position. The second cam is rotatable about a second axis, spaced apart from the first axis, to move the first cam between the blocker obstructing position and the blocker clearance position. The motor is coupled to the second cam to rotate the second cam in response to an electrical authorization signal supplied to the motor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 15, 2011
    Publication date: January 19, 2012
    Applicant: MASTER LOCK COMPANY LLC
    Inventor: Glenn P. Meekma
  • 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
  • Patent number: 8028551
    Abstract: A mountable lock includes a lock body and a retaining member. The lock body is configured to be secured to an external structure by at least one fastening member. The lock body includes a lock interface movable from a locking condition to an unlocking condition in response to proper user manipulation of the lock interface. The retaining member includes a first end receivable in a first opening of the lock body and lockingly engageable with the lock body when the lock interface is in the locking condition, the first end being disengageable from the first opening when the lock interface is in the unlocking condition. The at least one fastening member is accessible through a passageway in the lock body that is blocked when the retaining member is in locking engagement with the lock body, thereby preventing disassembly of the lock body from the external structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2011
    Assignee: Master Lock Company LLC
    Inventor: D. Scott Kalous
  • Publication number: 20110179833
    Abstract: A lock apparatus includes a lock body which is slidably mountable over the legs of the shackle. At least one push nut is mounted within a recess carried in the lock body to allow easy insertion of the legs of the shackle through the bores in the lock sections and the at least one push nut, but exerts a substantial force resisting separation of the lock body from the shackle in an opposite direction. The lock body is formed of a unitary one-piece body, or a pair of identical lock sections which are reoriented with respect to each other and inter-engaged to form bores at one edge which receive the legs of the shackle. A method of installing the lock apparatus includes mounting at least one push nut in a lock body and then inserting the legs of the shackle through bores in the lock body and the at least one push nut.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 12, 2010
    Publication date: July 28, 2011
    Applicant: EKSTROM INDUSTRIES, INC.
    Inventors: Darrell Robinson, Allen Pruehs
  • Patent number: 7966849
    Abstract: A sliding padlock has a shell, a locking assembly, a shackle and a resilient element. The locking assembly is mounted in the shell and has a lock cylinder and a lock rod. The shackle is mounted in a locking end of the shell, is selectively blocked by the lock rod and abuts the resilient element. Because of the resilient element, the shackle is held to abut the shell without external force even when the lock cylinder is unlocked. Therefore, the sliding padlock still holds an object in position when unlocked so a user may take the object easily without using a key.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2011
    Inventor: Kun Yu Wu
  • Publication number: 20110138865
    Abstract: A multiple function lock comprising a body, an engaging element having a first end and a second end, a locking mechanism for securing the first end and the second end of the engaging element to the body, and a gate mechanism for selectively concealing or revealing a passage in the body through which the second end may move to unlock the lock. In. embodiments, a multiple function lock may comprise a body, a U-shaped shackle having toe and heel portions, the heel portion rotatably secured within the body, a locking mechanism for locking the heel and the toe portions within the body, a passage through the body adjacent to the toe portion, the toe portion adapted to move through the passage to unlock the lock, and either a retaining cup, an adjustable gate, or an outer housing, each being adapted to selectively block or reveal the passage.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 22, 2011
    Publication date: June 16, 2011
    Applicant: Stanton Concepts Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Loughlin, John Loughlin
  • Patent number: 7921682
    Abstract: A padlock includes a lock body, a lock shackle having two ends respectively inserted into a respective shackle hole in the lock body, two actuation members, two latches, a lock cylinder having a core inserted in between the actuation members and rotatable with a predetermined key to drive the actuation members in moving the latches to lock the lock shackle, and an alarm control device affixed to the lock body for causing a buzzer to buzz upon a vibration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2011
    Inventor: Jieh-Jung Chang
  • Publication number: 20110079056
    Abstract: The invention relates to a key box construction, wherein shafts of a door are each provided with two parallel flat surfaces in the direction of rotary shafts, an outer cover is provided with bearing parts which each comprise a groove having the same width at an angle which does not allow the door to be taken away at the time of usual opening and closing of the door, and the door is provided at the lower end portion thereof with hooks, whereby the door is hooked directly on an inner case by means of the hooks and a latch.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 16, 2010
    Publication date: April 7, 2011
    Applicant: KEIDEN SECURITY KIKIHANBAI KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Nobuyo Sakai, Yoshimasa Kataumi
  • Publication number: 20110056251
    Abstract: A padlock includes a casing having a bottom shell and a cover shell pivoted with each other, a shackle movably mounted in the bottom shell, a constraint member movably mounted in the cover shell and having a hook portion for hooking the shackle to lock the cover shell and the bottom shell, and a combination lock unit mounted in the cover shell for controlling the constraint member to determine whether the constraint member is allowable to move away from the shackle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 24, 2010
    Publication date: March 10, 2011
    Applicant: SHOPIN LOCK CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Takeshi Komiya
  • Patent number: 7891220
    Abstract: A lockable container comprising a lock portion and a container is provided. The lock portion has a first part and a second part, wherein the first part has an opening component and at least a lock mechanism, the second part has at least a latch driven by the opening component. The container fits the second part. The container has at least an inner space and a wedge corresponding to the latch. The lock mechanism restricts a displacement of the opening component when the lock mechanism is locked. The lock mechanism releases the opening component when the lock mechanism is unlocked.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2011
    Assignee: Sinox Company Ltd.
    Inventors: An-Ting Yen, Chi-Chang Tsai
  • Publication number: 20100319414
    Abstract: The invention relates to a hoop lock having a lock body and a hoop which is movable relative to the lock body between an open position and a closed position. The lock body has a lock housing and a closing mechanism which is fastened in the lock housing and has a driver. The driver is selectively movable into an unlatched position or into a latched position. A latching device is furthermore provided in the lock body and acts between the driver of the locking mechanism, the hoop and the lock housing. The latching device latches the hoop to the lock housing when the hoop is in the closed position and the driver of the locking mechanism is in the latched position. At least a part of the latching device is movable together with the hoop between the open position and the closed position of the hoop.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 18, 2010
    Publication date: December 23, 2010
    Applicant: ABUS August Bremicker Soehne KG
    Inventor: Hans-Theo Schaefer
  • 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
  • Patent number: 7819304
    Abstract: An example method of manufacturing a solid brazed laminate structure includes stacking a first lamina on a second lamina with an interfacial spacing between them, aligning mating portions of the first lamina and the second lamina, and introducing a braze material at least partially into the interfacial spacing to join the first lamina and the second lamina together. One example solid brazed laminate structure includes a lock assembly. Another example solid brazed structure includes a gear assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2010
    Assignee: Commando Lock LLC
    Inventor: Patrick Smith
  • Publication number: 20100225440
    Abstract: A lock mechanism for sealing a goods compartment has a housing (10) supporting a shackle (62) movable between open and closed positions to permit hoops on the ends of an elongate sealing member (44) to be connected thereto and then held thereby. The shackle (62) is retained in its closed position by a spying loaded push-button (32) and also by an auxiliary lock (64) including an electric actuator (71) controlled by a control unit (15). The housing (10) has a display device (17, 18, 19) to indicate the lacking condition and sealing of the mechanism and also has a proximity card reader adapted to read information from a presented smartcard, operation of the auxiliary lock (64) being controlled by presentation of an appropriate smartcard.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 24, 2010
    Publication date: September 9, 2010
    Inventors: Alan James Maple, Ian Martin Lennard
  • Patent number: 7712340
    Abstract: A lock includes a body, a key-operated core in the body, two spring-biased plates slideable on a recessed portion of the body, and a locking crutch to be fastened to the body with the spring-biased plates. The body has crutch embedding holes on two sides of the core; the core has a plate part, and force is applied to the spring-biased plates through the plate part when the core is turned. The locking crutch has a groove on each of two ends to engage a corresponding plate. The plates are biased to engage the locking crutch when the core is in the locking position; and, the plates are forced to disengage from the locking crutch by turning the lock core to the unlocking position. Saw-resistant pins are inserted in receiving holes formed on a periphery of the lock body to protect the lock against a saw.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2010
    Inventor: Wen-Kwei Chang
  • Patent number: 7694541
    Abstract: A padlock comprises a lock body including at least one passage defined therein. A shackle is displaceable between open and secured positions. The shackle has at least one leg which is slideable within the at least one passage and which includes a notch. A locking member is accommodated within the lock body and is displaceable between unlocked and locked positions. The locking member is preloaded towards the locked position to engage the notch to inhibit movement of the shackle from the secured position into the open position. One of the at least one passage and the at least one leg defines at least one recess. The other one of the at least one passage and the at least one leg defines at least one projection that extends into the at least one recess.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2010
    Assignee: ABUS August Bremicker Soehne KG
    Inventor: Jimmy Shum
  • Publication number: 20100000270
    Abstract: An apparatus for connecting a plurality of structures, such as ends of a sealing ring, with each end defining an aperture therein and with the ring being adapted to mount a meter to a meter box structure. The apparatus comprises a locking pin with a distal end adapted to be insertable through each of the apertures of the first and second ends of the ring. The locking pin comprises a head member having at least an engageable end and a fracturable member. The locking pin further comprises a shaft portion having the distal end. The apparatus further comprises a lock housing adapted to retain at least a part of the shaft portion such that the first and second ends of the ring are connected between the head member of the locking pin and the lock housing. The head member has an outer surface adapted to receive at least two opposing forces, the at least two opposing forces being of sufficient magnitude to break the fracturable member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 25, 2008
    Publication date: January 7, 2010
    Inventors: Norman Binz DeWalch, John Edward Staohowiak, JR., Zachary Leroy Davidson
  • Patent number: 7631524
    Abstract: A lock for luggage, sports gear or any type of travel enclosure which can be operated by a key, combination or both, which has at least one removable shackle. The lock has one shackle that secures the lock to the luggage or luggage handle while the other shackle secures the luggage closure or zipper. An addition shackle is provided for the purpose of re-closing the luggage after the luggage is inspected by an international airport security agent. If the luggage is inspected, the inspector simply cuts the zipper shackle and re-secures the luggage using the additional or third shackle. A disposable shackle system allows the customer to replace the cut shackle and return the lock to its original condition for reuse.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2009
    Inventor: Alberto Araujo
  • Publication number: 20090223259
    Abstract: The invention relates to a padlock having a lock body and a hoop which is movable between an open position and a closed position with respect to the lock body, with the lock body having an outer housing and a latching mechanism in the outer housing for the latching of the hoop in the closed position. The lock body furthermore has an inner housing which is formed by a front insertion part and a rear insertion part which are inserted into the outer housing in shape matched manner and which receive the latching mechanism in at least partly shape matched manner, with the front insertion part and/or the rear insertion part forming a respective unitary, three-dimensionally structured part.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 4, 2009
    Publication date: September 10, 2009
    Applicant: ABUS AUGUST BREMICKER SOEHNE KG
    Inventor: Raymond GUENTHER
  • Publication number: 20090223258
    Abstract: A padlock includes a lock body, shackle, locking mechanism and latch member. The latch member includes a laterally outermost shackle engaging portion that lockingly engages a recess in the shackle when the locking mechanism is in a locked condition and is disengageable from the recess when the locking mechanism is in an unlocked condition. The latch member is sized such that upward facing surfaces of the latch member that align with a circumferential edge of a shackle opening are limited to a notch laterally aligned with a laterally innermost portion of the circumferential edge when the shackle engaging portion is in a normal locking engagement with the recess.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 4, 2009
    Publication date: September 10, 2009
    Applicant: MASTER LOCK COMPANY LLC
    Inventors: Gary Burmesch, Jesse Marcelle, Glenn P. Meekma, Dean A. Paulson
  • Patent number: 7581423
    Abstract: A protective cover for a keyway disposed on an end surface of a lock is provided. A housing is adapted to be assembled over the lock end surface. The housing includes an opening that surrounds the keyway. At least one door is disposed in the housing opening. The door includes an edge for aligning with the keyway in a key insertion position. When a key is pressed against the door, the door moves away from the keyway, providing a key opening in the housing opening for insertion of the key into the keyway. At least one door biasing member engages the door and biases the edge of the door toward the keyway. The door is mounted on a pivot member disposed in the housing opening such that the pivot member and door pivot within the opening when the key is inserted into the keyway and turned in the lock. At least one pivot biasing member engages the pivot member to hold the edge of the door in alignment with the keyway when the keyway is in the key insertion position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2009
    Assignee: Master Lock Company LLC
    Inventors: Mike Brojanac, Gary Burmesch, Frank Scott
  • Patent number: 7555925
    Abstract: A padlock has a shell, a lock cylinder, a shackle and a resilient element. The lock cylinder is mounted in the shell and has a lock rod. The shackle is mounted slidably through a front opening of the shell and has a distal end, a proximal end and a protruding segment. The distal end is selectively received in a mounting slot of the shell. The protruding segment selectively abuts the lock rod to keep the shackle from sliding. The resilient element is mounted in the shell and presses against the proximal end of the shackle. With the resilient element, the distal end of the shackle is maintained in the mounting slot without any external force. Therefore, the padlock may still hold an object in position without locking and then the user may take the object easily without using a key.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2009
    Inventor: Kun Yu Wu
  • Patent number: 7540140
    Abstract: An improved shackle assembly is disclosed that provides a bow having specially configured receptacle on one end portion that interlocks with a specially configured pin assembly. The pin assembly has locking members or lugs that move between locking and releasing positions. The locking lugs can be moved to a locking position or unlocked using a rotating end portion of the shaft opposite the receptacle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2009
    Inventors: Carroll Diaz, Derrick Prentice
  • Patent number: 7536883
    Abstract: A vandal-resistant combination padlock includes a lock body, a core, a claw mount, a locking claw and an U-shaped locking shackle. The lock body has a cavity well for containing a core and shackle. The core has plural sets of numerical dial wheels and coupling tumbler cams as well as a claw mount together with a rocking claw inserted therein. The rocking claw has a latching lever, plural pawls, a blocking dog and a clipping spring. The claw mount has a pair of cantilevers with each shoulder, a ledge and plural dividing ribs extended downwardly for inserting between the adjacent numerical dial wheels. By of the claw mount, the rocking claw is enclosed therein, the numerical dial wheels are properly inserted by the dividing ribs and all the internal components are well protected to avoid damage from an external force or tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2009
    Assignee: Federal Lock Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Tien-Kao Liu