Bolt Type Patents (Class 70/71)
  • Patent number: 11845590
    Abstract: A preload mechanism for an actuator is disclosed that includes a rotating element configured to rotate about a pivot. The rotating element has a first contact point that is configured to couple to the actuator such that contraction of the actuator displaces the first contact point such that the rotating element rotates from a first position to a second position. The preload mechanism also includes a bias element with a first end that is coupled to a second contact point of the rotating element and a second end configured to be pinned relative to the pivot. The bias element has a line of action extending from the second end through the first end. The line of action has an offset distance that is the minimum distance between the line of action and the pivot. The offset distance has a first value when the rotating element is in the first position and a second value when the rotating element is the second position, the second value being smaller than the first value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2022
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2023
    Assignee: CAREFUSION 303, INC.
    Inventors: Frank Dean Weber, Christoph Potakowskyj, Ernst Bayer
  • Patent number: 11284692
    Abstract: A carrying case or container having an box structure having a top opening and a lid configured to cover the top opening; and a locking mechanism having a first dial; wherein the locking mechanism is used to lock the lid to the open box structure so that the lid covers the opening of the box structure; wherein the box structure includes a first wall, a second wall, a third wall, a fourth wall, and a bottom member; wherein the first wall is parallel to the third wall, the second wall is parallel to the fourth wall, and the first wall is perpendicular to the second wall; and wherein the first dial is rotatably mounted to the first wall, so that the first dial rotates in a plane which is parallel to the first wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2022
    Inventors: Shonna Marie Simon, Sydney Weiss
  • Patent number: 11175579
    Abstract: A reticle pod includes a body, cover, sliding-rail member, sliding-fastening member and shut-corresponding element. The sliding-rail member has a dent portion and a slot portion and defines a locked direction. The dent portion extends from the slot portion in the locked direction. The sliding-fastening member is slidably disposed at the sliding-rail member. The sliding-fastening member has a fastening portion and resilient arms. The resilient arms are inserted into a slot of the slot portion. The fastening portion has a fastening groove corresponding in height to the slot portion. An oblique-guide surface is disposed above the fastening groove. When the cover switches from an open state to a closed state, the shut-corresponding element pushes the sliding-fastening member across the oblique-guide surface and thus compresses the sliding-fastening member, allowing the shut-corresponding element to enter the fastening groove.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2021
    Inventors: Chia-Ho Chuang, Hsin-Min Hsueh, Yu-Chen Chu, Ming-Chien Chiu
  • Patent number: 11085206
    Abstract: A lockable latch handle assembly for enclosures such as truck tool boxes comprises the combination of a key cylinder, and a latch handle that may be secured by a padlock to the front wall of the box, to collectively prevent opening of latches that secure the lid of the box in a closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Assignee: WERNER CO.
    Inventor: Craig Harrison
  • Patent number: 11078683
    Abstract: A lockable latch handle assembly for enclosures such as truck tool boxes comprises the combination of a key cylinder, and a latch handle that may be secured by a padlock to the front wall of the box, to collectively prevent opening of latches that secure the lid of the box in a closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2021
    Assignee: WERNER CO.
    Inventor: Craig Harrison
  • Patent number: 9435148
    Abstract: A latch bolt mechanism for tilting window sashes includes an actuating spring that is integrally molded of plastic material in one piece with the latch bolt. The spring has a transversely corrugated configuration, comprised of at least two transversely disposed wave-like spring sections. Each spring section includes a pair of oppositely oriented U-shaped sections having spaced apart semi-cylindrical portions at opposite sides joined by transverse connecting sections. In a relaxed configuration of the spring, the several connecting sections are substantially parallel to each other and are longitudinally spaced apart. In a compressed configuration of the spring the connecting elements lie at an angle to each other and the several semi-cylindrical portions are closely spaced or in contact providing for the required spring compression without excessively stressing the plastic material. Significant production economies are realized with the one-piece, molded construction of the latch bolt and spring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2016
    Assignee: Rodon Limited Partnership
    Inventors: Joel I. Glickman, Charles Rodgers
  • Patent number: 9260229
    Abstract: A lockable child container assembly includes a housing that has a first end wall, a second end wall and a perimeter wall attached to and extending between the first and second ends walls. The housing has a door therein for opening an access aperture in the perimeter wall to allow for accessing of an interior of the housing. A lock is mounted on the housing and releasably locks the door in a closed position covering the access aperture. A mount is attached to the housing and covers a portion of the lock facing outwardly of the housing. A lock actuator is removably mounted on the mount. The lock actuator is extendable through the mount to engage the lock and release door from the closed position. The lock actuator is removably mounted on the mount such that the lock is covered by the lock actuator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2016
    Inventor: Ira Ongchangco
  • Patent number: 8943862
    Abstract: The invention relates a composite coded lock for a bag, said lock comprises a central lock hook in the middle, at least one side lock hook, a bottom shell, a locking device, a clamping device and a linkage, wherein the locking device is fixed on a casing and has a key lock and a coded lock; the coded lock has a controlled lock blade which has a limiting portion; the limiting portion is controlled by the key lock and the coded lock to move between an unlocking position and a locking position; the clamping device has a clamping pedestal fixed on one side of the bottom shell; the clamping pedestal is provided with a locking piece clamped with the side lock hook and a push and control block used for controlling the movement of the locking piece; the linkage is arranged on the bottom shell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: Yifeng Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Leo Lai
  • Patent number: 8661861
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a zipper lock that includes an actuator operatively connected to an actuation plate and a blocking plate positioned relative to the actuation plate so as to at least partially block the movement of the actuation plate when the zipper lock is in the locked configuration. The actuator and the actuation plate are configured for interaction so as to transform movement of the actuator into movement of the actuation plate when the zipper lock is in an unlocked configuration. The zipper lock further includes a latch control plate operatively connected to the actuator, and operatively connected to a latch, in which the latch includes a locking finger configured for locking engagement with at least one locking head that is configured to retain a zipper pull tab to the zipper lock when the zipper lock is in a locked configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2014
    Assignee: The Sun Lock Company Ltd.
    Inventor: Karl Lai
  • Patent number: 8511359
    Abstract: A layup mandrel includes a shell having a tool surface on which plies may be laid up. The shape of the shell is changed by an actuator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2013
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: David Lynn Perlman
  • Patent number: 8393188
    Abstract: A sanitary dispenser (1) has a housing (1) having an openable cover (20). A locking mechanism (7) locks the cover (20) laterally to the housing (1) and unlocks it by means of a key (25). The locking mechanism (7) has a push rod assembly (9, 14) having two centrally coupled rods (11, 16) which can be displaced in opposite directions and each of which ends at an insertion opening (6). The insertion of the key (25) on either of the two sides (4) of the housing in each case displaces both rods (11, 16).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2013
    Inventor: Hans Georg Hagleitner
  • Patent number: 8161778
    Abstract: A card lock and key lock assembly includes a housing, a lock latch movably disposed in the housing, a swivel member pivoted to the housing and having a block portion stoppable against the lock latch, a card key lock disposed in the housing and having a lifting plate, a rotating shaft, and a hook plate connected with the lifting plate and engagable with the rotating shaft for driving the rotating shaft to rotate when the lifting plate is moved downwards, such that the rotating shaft is stoppable against the swivel member for driving the block portion of the swivel member to move away from the lock latch, and a pin tumbler lock disposed in the housing and having a plug with an arm portion for driving the block portion of the swivel member to move away from the lock latch when the plug is rotated to an unlocked position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2012
    Inventor: Sheng-Chueh Ma
  • Patent number: 8096150
    Abstract: By providing two separate and independent locking system formed in a single padlock construction which is employed for securely holding and locking zipper pull tabs, an effective, easily produced, padlock is achieved which is responsive to both a combination controlled locking system and a key controlled locking system for independently enabling the zipper pull tabs to be released and/or lockingly engaged in response to the activation of either locking system. In the present invention, an easily assembled, compact, highly efficient dual mode, zipper pull locking system is achieved by employing a pair of spring biased locking latch members which are constructed for being inserted in the apertures formed in each of the conventional zipper pulls/tabs employed on luggage, briefcases, and the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2012
    Assignee: The Sun Lock Company Ltd.
    Inventors: Eric Lai, Karl Lai
  • Patent number: 7866192
    Abstract: A locking mechanism for use in drawers of cabinet structures including a pair of bolts secured for lateral displacement along the interior face of the drawer front. A latch having a flange is rotationally secured to the drawer to permit the flange of the latch to be positioned between the opposing ends of the bolts and thereby preclude their further displacement. A lever, rotationally mounted out of the path of travel of the bolts is associated with an externally mounted lock that permits the user to rotate the lever and lift the latch flange out of engagement with the bolts, thereby permitting the bolts to be displaced out of a locking engagement with the cabinet structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2011
    Inventor: Angelo Gianelo
  • Patent number: 7825811
    Abstract: A locking device comprising a lock body having a through hole, a bolt member having a longitudinal bore therethrough and an insertion end which is inserted into the through hole of the lock body. The bolt member is further having a retaining pin disposed within the longitudinal bore and a resilient means for biasing the retaining pin axially out of the longitudinal bore. When the bolt member is inserted into the lock body, a means within the lock body prevents the removal of the inserted bolt member therefrom, and engages an actuating means to actuate an identifying means. The identifying means transmits a signal to indicate whether the locking device has been tampered with or defeated. If the bolt member is cut, the retaining pin is displaced out of the longitudinal bore and dislodges the actuating means resulting in the identifying means indicating that the locking device has been tampered with or defeated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2010
    Assignee: Amplus Communication Pte Ltd
    Inventors: Wee Piak Chan, Tai Wee Khoo, Huan Fong Tan, Kee Fatt Chen
  • Patent number: 7708002
    Abstract: An air pressure gun to shoot a projectile, such as a golf ball, long distances using pressurized air. A flapper makes an airtight seal with an air duct to prevent air from leaking out of an air chamber. When a triggering mechanism releases the flapper, pressurized air from the air chamber can then swing the flapper open, thereby shooting the golf ball out of a barrel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2010
    Inventor: Martin Gerardo
  • Patent number: 7667570
    Abstract: A lock and key mechanism comprising a sensor detecting friction between first and second nanostructured surfaces and a controller receiving output from the sensor and comparing same to stored values. Also a method for activating or deactivating a lock comprising providing a first nanostructured surface, causing a second nanostructured surface to frictionally interact with the first nanostructured surface, sensing the interaction with a sensor, the sensor producing an output signal, and via a controller comparing the sensor output signal to a reference signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2010
    Assignee: Lockheed Martin Corporation
    Inventor: Christian Adams
  • Publication number: 20090139282
    Abstract: To unlock and re-rock a dial lock for a traveling bag for inspection, a center lock 6 of the bag includes an ordinary dial lock 20 having dials 21, and an operation part 50 operated with a master key by only an inspector, a bolt of the dial lock has a pressing part, which is pressed by the master key inserted into a key hole 52 of a key hole plate 51 of the operation part 50 to make the dial lock in an unlocking state, the key hole plate 51 rotated together with the key is formed in an oval-like shape obtained by cutting off both sides of a disk so that a colored part 54 of a front plate 53 appears in the cut off part of the key hole plate when the key is rotated to the unlocking state, thereby preventing failure of re-locking.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 28, 2006
    Publication date: June 4, 2009
    Inventor: Tomohiro Yoshida
  • Patent number: 7458239
    Abstract: A combination-changeable complex lock includes a movable plate, a combination lock, and a sliding member. The combination lock is composed of two notched rotating discs, two gearwheels, and a combination-alteration control device. The combination-alteration control device is rotatable to separate the gearwheels from the notched rotating discs for allowing change of the set combination. The sliding member is controllable by the combination lock to engage or disengage the peripheral notches of notched rotating discs. When the combination lock is locked, the sliding member is disengaged from the notched rotating discs and forced against the movable plate to bias the movable plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2008
    Inventor: Min-Tsung Ma
  • Patent number: 7437899
    Abstract: A suitcase lock assembly formed of a push-button lock and a pin tumbler lock for working with two locking units and two linking units in a suitcase, in which each push button of the push-button lock has two grooves for receiving a movable member to force a movable plate away from the linking units for allowing the linking units to be driven by the push blocks to open the locking covers, and the pin tumbler lock has an actuation block rotatable with the key to move the movable plate away from the linking units for allowing the linking units to be driven by the push blocks to open the locking covers. Thus, the user can selectively use the push-button lock or the pin tumbler lock, enhancing the security and convenience of use of the suitcase.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2008
    Inventor: Min-Tsung Ma
  • Patent number: 7383706
    Abstract: A suitcase lock includes a housing forming a slot. A link bar is mounted to inside of the housing. A lid is mounted to an inner open side of the housing by the link bar pivoted to the lid. A push switch, a rotor, and a hook block are arranged on the lid. The assembled lock is mounted to a suitcase so that the hook block may engage a counterpart hook formed in an upper shell of the suitcase and a pawl of the push switch engages the lid and the rotor is set at a position abutting against the push switch to thereby prevent the upper shell from opening. When the rotor is operated so as to not abut against the push switch, the push switch is inward depressible to disengage the pawls from each other, to thereby allow the upper shell to be opened.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2008
    Assignee: Thomas Mendoza International Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Thavisak Mahanavanont
  • Patent number: 7380427
    Abstract: The present invention provides a latch-type of lock 2 that includes an override mechanism to grant access to an article of luggage 1 by an override tool such as a master key. The present invention can be used on any type of storage facility and/or transport vessel including large storage containers, such as molded plastic storage and shipping boxes for linens and the like, briefcases, computer bags, messenger bags, backpacks, hard or soft-sided totes, hybrids, other molded or non-molded vessels, framed cases, unframed cases, and so on. The latch lock 2 of the present invention includes a mechanism for clearing a pathway 46, that, when the lock 2 is in a locked condition, is blocked. A pivot arm 12 is provided to block/unblock pathway 46. The pivot arm 12 is operated by a cam 10, which is in turn operated by the override tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2008
    Assignee: Samsonite Corporation
    Inventors: Daniel G. Elles, Jonathan Ted Chopper
  • Patent number: 7158029
    Abstract: An electronic security system that would alert a homeowner that someone is attempting to gain access to their home. The system includes a transmitter positionable within a dead bolt housing within a doorjamb of an existing door assembly. The transmitter is engaged when a dead bolt is positioned within the dead bolt housing in a locked orientation. The transmitter emits a signal once the dead bolt is removed from the dead bolt housing. A receiver is in communication with the transmitter. The receiver has an internal alarm enunciator. The receiver receives the signal from the transmitter thereby activating the internal alarm enunciator upon removal of the dead bolt from within the dead bolt housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2007
    Inventor: Elva Lee Martyn
  • Patent number: 7104092
    Abstract: A security lock that can be unlocked by the owner of the security lock by dialing an unlocking number or by authorized security personals with a general key. The security lock mainly contains: a lock body, a plugging device, a controlling device, a securing mechanism, a restriction device, a first locking device and a second locking means. The lock body has a first channel and a second channel therein. The plugging device is pluggable into the first channel. The controlling device is slidably secured within the second channel. The securing mechanism is for securing or releasing the plugging device. The restriction device is slidably deposed within the second channel against the controlling device for controlling movement thereof. The first locking device is formed in the lock body for being engaged with or disengaged from the restriction device. The second locking device is formed in the lock body for rotating the restriction device to be disengaged from the first locking device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2006
    Inventor: Chun Te Yu
  • Patent number: 7010945
    Abstract: A double-lockable baggage case including two baggage shells which are pivotally connected with each other along one side and mated with each other to form the baggage case. A main lock device is mounted on one of the baggage shells and includes at least one displaceable latch member. At least one subsidiary lock device and reciprocally movable male fastening member are mounted on the other baggage shell corresponding to the main lock device. The subsidiary lock device includes a driving section. When the subsidiary lock device is turned, the driving section drives and displaces the male fastening member. In a locked state, the male fastening member is locked with the latch member of the main lock device to lock the baggage case. When the male fastening member is responsive of the turning of the subsidiary lock device to displace, the male fastening member is released from the restriction of the latch member of the main lock device for opening the baggage case.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2006
    Inventor: Chun-Te Yu
  • Patent number: 6912880
    Abstract: A combination lock having a combination lock mechanism and a key lock mechanism. The combination lock mechanism is able to unlock and lock the combination lock by switching a plurality of dials exposed on the surface of the combination lock, while the key lock mechanism allows the user to unlock the combination lock with a key.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2005
    Assignee: Sinox Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Renny Tse-Haw Ling, Chun Sheng Wu
  • Patent number: 6581422
    Abstract: The present invention consists of a molded locking device and opening device together with a cover provided on the top of box, a hook to facilitate locking, and a locking apparatus inside the box opposite to the opening device, and locking device. The present invention is known for two distinctive features: (1) a window provided on the shell of the opening device and a track on the edge of window to facilitate the movement of convex plates, and (2) holes in the lifting plate and locking plate and a folding plate between the lifting plate and opening device. The folding plate connects to one end of the locking plate to trigger the movement of the latch provided on the top of locking plate. Therefore, the design of present invention simplifies the assembly procedure of opening plate, lifting plate and locking plate; thereby reduces the manufacturing costs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2003
    Assignee: Shyh Ru Metallic Industrial Corp.
    Inventor: Wei Yu Chang
  • Patent number: 6462965
    Abstract: A switching power supply which includes a sychronous rectifier circuit that performs sychronous rectification with a main switching element by using rectifying switching elements. When a current begins to flow into the rectifying switching element 6, the rectifying switching element 6 builds up rapidly by the voltage induced in the auxiliary winding 21 of low impedance. Accordingly, the rectifying switching element 6 turns on rapidly at a point showing an approximately maximum current so that the ON-state resistance of the rectifying switching element 6 can be smaller. The voltage induced in the auxiliary winding 21 is fed directly as a drive signal of the rectifying switching element 6 so that the drive signal is not influenced by an output voltage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2001
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2002
    Assignee: Densei-Lambda Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Nobutaka Uesono
  • Patent number: 6418760
    Abstract: A mechanism for converting between rotational and linear movement includes a rotatable hub structure and a striker element having an inboard end and an outboard end. In one form of the mechanism, a pivot/spring structure is positioned to engage a pivot location on the striker element between the inboard and outboard ends of the striker element. The pivot/spring structure provides a deflectable pivot fulcrum which can be deflected from a pivot rest position in response to a deflecting force exerted on the striker element. The hub structure can be engaged with the inboard end of the striker element so that a rotational movement of the hub structure provides a force on the striker element tending to cause the inboard end to pivot about the pivot structure, deflecting the pivot fulcrum such that the outboard end of the striker element moves in a generally axial direction. The mechanism can be used in a latch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2000
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2002
    Inventor: Ian J. Fettes
  • Patent number: 6412316
    Abstract: A case lock having a locking slide (19) which is arranged in a lock housing (11) and is intended for securing and, by gripactuated displacement counter to spring force, for releasing a mating closure part (6). A grip (29) forms a supporting shoulder (40) which in a securing position, blocking the displacement of the locking slide (19), is located in front of a blocking shoulder (41) of the housing (11) and, by the grip (29) being pivoted transversely to displacement direction of the locking slide (19), is displaced into a release position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 1999
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2002
    Assignee: S. Franzen Söhne (GmbH & Co.)
    Inventor: Wolfgang Buss
  • Patent number: 6226587
    Abstract: An automotive vehicle stability control system determined which is a main cause of a change in a change rate of a yaw rate difference of an actual yaw rate from a target yaw rate between a change in the actual yaw rate and a change in the target yaw rate when the change rate of the yaw rate difference exceeds a specified change rate, increase threshold slip angle for starting braking control based on slip angle following the driver's intention when the main cause is the change in the actual yaw rate and increases an upper limit of target slip angle so as to allow the target slip angle to be increased according to a driver's steering operation when the slip angle preferential braking control takes place.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 1998
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2001
    Assignee: Mazda Motor Corporation
    Inventors: Tetsuya Tachihata, Haruki Okazaki, Tomoji Izumi, Toshiaki Tsuyama
  • Patent number: 6006558
    Abstract: FIG. 2 shows a cash box 1 provided with a hinged lid 2. The internal width and length dimensions of the lid 2 are slightly larger than the external length and width dimensions of the base 4 to provide a snug, overhanging fit. Lid 2 has a downwardly depending lip 2a with plain free edge and box 4 has a non-joggled plain free edge 4a with opposed side wall portions 4b and 4c having indented support portion 4e and 4f, to support flange portions 6a and 6b of coin tray 6. The cash box 1 has a key operated locking mechanism with rotatable locking tongue 9 and a push button operated catch means 11 including flat square spring portion 11b mounted on shaft S of the locking mechanism 8.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 1997
    Date of Patent: December 28, 1999
    Assignee: Helix Limited
    Inventor: Andrew Charles Peters
  • Patent number: 5943886
    Abstract: A chest lock has a linking action and consists of a base, a lock tool set mounted on the base and composed of a lock tool and two linking members which are located at two ends of the lock tool, two retaining members disposed at two ends of the lock tool set such that the retaining members are actuated by the linking members to slide on the base, two lock retainer sets consisting of a lock retainer seat, a slide block and a lock retainer. The lock retainer seat is disposed at one end of the base for the retaining hook to be inserted thereinto. The outer ends of the retaining members are inserted into the lock retainer seats. The slide blocks are slidably disposed in the lock retainer seats and provided with a retaining portion corresponding to the retaining hook. The lock retainer has a body which is pivoted at one portion thereof with the lock retainer seat, and connected at other portion thereof with the slide block.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 1998
    Date of Patent: August 31, 1999
    Assignee: Chih-Tien Chiang
    Inventor: Chih-Chang Chiang
  • Patent number: 5850796
    Abstract: A gun lockbox resistant to forced entry includes a guard member formed to an inside edge of a housing half, and one or more locks in an opposing housing half which engage the guard member, for securing the housing halves together and preventing insertion of a prying tool therebetween. The gun lockbox may additionally include clip members to attach the lockbox to a stationary object within a transport vehicle or to a wall, the clip members preferably consisting of complementary brackets with the attachment hardware being located inside the lockbox, to prevent easy theft of the lockbox outright. The gun lockbox or case may further be configured to facilitate aligning and positioning to the stationary object, through raised portions on the exterior surface of one of the housings. Also, the gun lockbox may be constructed from a conventional case.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 1996
    Date of Patent: December 22, 1998
    Inventor: Daniel M. Cislo
  • Patent number: 5713226
    Abstract: A luggage lock is composed of a lock body, a retainer engageable and disengageable with the lock body, and a retaining strap fastened at one end thereof with the retainer and at another end thereof with the body of a luggage to which the lock body is fastened. The lock body is provided with a locking and unlocking mechanism which works to enable the lock body to engage or disengage the retainer. The retaining strap is intended for use in securing the luggage to a fixed object such as a pole, guardrail, etc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 1997
    Date of Patent: February 3, 1998
    Inventor: Chen Te Yu
  • Patent number: 5507161
    Abstract: The invention is a device for locking the closure mechanism on an item of luggage. The device includes a movable rod which drives a movable clasp bolt on one part of the luggage. The clasp bolt interacts with an opening in another part of the luggage, which opening serves as the strike for the clasp bolt. A movable latch may be interposed in the path of the rod, so that in an active position the latch blocks the movement of the rod, thus locking the case, but when the latch is in a retracted position the rod is released. The latch is moved by an electric motor connected to the latch by a gear reduction unit which amplifies the output torque of the motor. The latch may remain in its blocking position when motor torque is not supplied. A control signal generator actuates the motor in response to the reception of an access code input by the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 1993
    Date of Patent: April 16, 1996
    Assignee: Samsonite Corporation
    Inventors: Dirk Broekaert, Willy Van Hoye, Erik Wijnen
  • Patent number: 5485734
    Abstract: A combination lock integrates the key lock performance into a combination lock, so that it can be unlocked by a supplement key when the combination number has been forgotten. The combination lock includes a base and cover assembly equipped with at least one numerical wheel, a sliding block slidably received within the base and cover assembly, a control means which has an engaging element being operably received on the sliding block, and sliding plate slidably received between the base and the sliding block. The sliding plate has at least one ear to control a sliding movement of the sliding plate and cooperate with the at least one numerical wheel, and a guide portion cooperating with the engaging element. The guide portion has two ends, the sliding plate being confined to move with the sliding block when the engaging element is in the first end and the sliding block being freely slidable relative to the sliding plate when the engaging element is in the second end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 1993
    Date of Patent: January 23, 1996
    Inventor: Kuo-Tsung Yang
  • Patent number: 5372022
    Abstract: A lock assembly for use on luggage, bags and the like has a mounting plate accommodating various lock operating parts including a latch, a hook member including a hook element and an ornamental cover fitted over the mounting plate. The latch is engageable resiliently with the hook element and lockable by a key. The ornamental cover is removably connected to the mounting plate and changeable from one to another with different types and designs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 1992
    Date of Patent: December 13, 1994
    Assignee: Yoshida Kogyo K.K.
    Inventors: Yasuharu Terada, Yoshiyuki Horita, Hiroshi Yoshida
  • Patent number: 5307654
    Abstract: A combination lock includes a lock body having a plurality of dials and sleeves rotatably mounted therein and secured on a container cover movably secured to a container such as a hand bag, a brief case, a luggage, or any containers for storing materials or objects in the container having a slide controller slidably held in the lock body to be engageable with a locking member secured on the container, whereby upon an actuation of the controller for disengaging the lock body secured on the cover from the locking member secured on the container, the cover can be directly lifted from the operating situation when unlocking the lock body on the cover for conveniently opening the cover of the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 1993
    Date of Patent: May 3, 1994
    Inventor: Chong-Kuan Ling
  • Patent number: 5235830
    Abstract: A locking device for a storage container such as a tool box in which a hinged lid includes a pair of spaced detents depending to a latching configuration at their distal ends. Cooperating with the detents is a tubular conduit slidably displaceable and including slots in an upper surface in which to receive and secure the distal ends of the detents. A padlock for unlocking the box is received within a recess of the tool box providing exterior exposure to only the key end of the lock. Opening the padlock causes the lock body to eject partially outward of the tool box while forming a gap between the latching end of the lock shackle and the lock body. Secured to the conduit in the plane of the gap is a manually displaceable wing which when the lock is opened can be displaced into the gap to in turn displace the conduit and enable release of the detents.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 1992
    Date of Patent: August 17, 1993
    Inventor: James A. Benge
  • Patent number: 5211040
    Abstract: A combination lock includes a housing, amount upon which is mounted first and second slide members, and a spring plate. The first slide member carries a stop stud that engages a closing lug as the first member shifts under spring bias in a plane from an open to a closed position. The second slide member is coupled with the first member and shifts in a plane substantially parallel with that of the first member. Additionally, the second member contains recesses capable of accommodating a tumbler disc that enables shiftable motion of the second member only when a cam on the tumbler is aligned with grooves in the mount. The tumbler disc connects with toothed structure on a combination setting wheel, and the spring plate contains respective fingers for biasing the setting wheel against the tumbler and for engaging catch recesses on the setting wheel. The spring plate further contains a finger for biasing the locking lug for ejection from the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 1992
    Date of Patent: May 18, 1993
    Assignee: Amiet AG
    Inventor: Urs Gisiger
  • Patent number: 5203449
    Abstract: An improved apparatus for transporting a utilitarian object such as a weapon, camera, or the like in a concealed manner which includes a deployment mechanism that can be easily activated to instantly deploy the object for use. The apparatus includes an enclosure which in its normal transport mode has the appearance of an attache case. The utilitarian object is concealed within the attache case until the deployment mechanism is actuated causing the attache case to fall away from the utilitarian object readying it for use. A novel safing mechanism is provided within the handle of the attache case to positively prevent accidental actuation of the deployment mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 1991
    Date of Patent: April 20, 1993
    Inventor: G. Fonda Bonardi
  • Patent number: 5193369
    Abstract: A latch for retaining together two parts of a piece of luggage has a latch element projecting from one of the parts, a housing mounted on the other part and shaped to receive the latch element, and a latch dog movable in the housing between a retaining position preventing the latch element, when engaged in the housing, from withdrawing from the housing and a freeing position permitting the latch element to withdraw from the housing. At least one operating element in the housing is displaceable in first and second nonparallel directions between an actuated and unactuated positions for, on displacement in the first direction and thereafter in the second direction, displacing the dog into the freeing position and for, on displacement in only one of the directions, leaving the dog in the retaining position. Thus if the operating element is accidentally hit by something the latch will not open.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 1992
    Date of Patent: March 16, 1993
    Assignee: Sudhaus Schloss- und Beschlagtechnik GmbH & Co.
    Inventors: Klaus-Ulrich Rose, Waldemar Ziebarth
  • Patent number: 5184887
    Abstract: A lock for an interlock mechanism that prevents the opening of more than one filing cabinet drawer at a time. The interlock mechanism comprises a fixed-length channel having at least one movable block and at least two wedges. When a drawer is opened, one of the wedges is moved, thereby filling the channel and preventing the opening of another drawer. The lock selectively prevents the wedges from moving into the channel when all of the drawers are closed, thereby locking all of the drawers in the filing cabinet in a closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 1992
    Date of Patent: February 9, 1993
    Assignee: Herman Miller, Inc.
    Inventors: Lawrence J. O'Keefe, Michael J. Veihl
  • Patent number: 5172575
    Abstract: A portable gun box for safely storing at least one of a variety of loaded and unloaded firearms. The gun box includes a child-resistant latching mechanism positioned inside the gun box. In turn, the latching mechanism has a slideable first latching arm; a slidable second latching arm adapted to engage and disengage the first latching arm; a catch attached to the second latching arm to engage a hook on the lid of the gun box when the gun box is closed and to disengage that hook when the gun box is open; and a guide bracket attached to the gun box and substantially surrounding the catch to prevent the hook from disengaging the catch unless the first latching arm and the second latching arm are disengaged.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 1991
    Date of Patent: December 22, 1992
    Inventor: Thomas I. Fisher
  • Patent number: 5150590
    Abstract: A latch for luggage includes: a housing secured to a base case, a trigger slide slidably held in the housing having a lock core rotatably mounted in the trigger slide provided with a lock bolt operatively biased to be retarded by a limiting block formed in the housing for locking the trigger slide, and a hook latch secured to a cover coverable on the base case for forming a luggage or the like and lockably engageable with a recess portion formed in the trigger slide. The hook latch is normally urged by an ejecting spring formed in the trigger slide so that upon a disengaging of the hook latch from the trigger slide when unlocking the trigger slide, the hook and the luggage cover will be automatically ejected upwardly for a quick opening of a luggage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 1991
    Date of Patent: September 29, 1992
    Inventor: Chong-Kuan Ling
  • Patent number: 5117663
    Abstract: A keylockable buckle comprises a plug having first engaging structure, a socket having second engaging structure engageable with the first engaging structure for releasably coupling the plug and the socket together and a mechanism mounted on the socket for locking the plug and the socket in coupled disposition by the help of a separate key for the purpose of security.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 1991
    Date of Patent: June 2, 1992
    Assignee: Yoshida Kogyo K.K.
    Inventor: Kazuo Ida
  • Patent number: 5010747
    Abstract: A door locking mechanism for a door which is mounted on the inside of a door which can be hung to open either inwardly or outwardly. The mechanism consists of a lever arm pivotally mounted connected at its ends to extended members which at their opposite ends are connected to lock bolts. The frame supporting the door is equipped with members to receive the bolts when the door is locked. The outside of the door is provided with a lock to move the bolts out or in to lock or unlock the door. The inside of the door is provided with a knob to effect the movement of the bolts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 1990
    Date of Patent: April 30, 1991
    Inventor: H. Peter Norden, Jr.
  • Patent number: 4962652
    Abstract: A lock for a window on a topper cap found on pickup trucks and the like. The lock comprises an inner housing having a rotating geared pinion engaging two racks. The racks are attached to deadbolts that can extend and engage the frame tubing on opposite sides of the pinion gear. An outer housing surrounds the inner housing and the deadbolts. A handle shaft is disposed through the outer and inner housings to attach to the pinion gear. Turning the handle turns retracts or extends the deadbolts. The whole assembly can be easily installed by attaching the outer housing to the window inside surface. The housings make it difficult for intruders to open the window by tampering with the mechanical components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 1989
    Date of Patent: October 16, 1990
    Inventor: Randy R. Schneider
  • Patent number: RE45429
    Abstract: A combination lock having a combination lock mechanism and a key lock mechanism. The combination lock mechanism is able to unlock and lock the combination lock by switching a plurality of dials exposed on the surface of the combination lock, while the key lock mechanism allows the user to unlock the combination lock with a key.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Sinox Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Renny Tse-Haw Ling, Chun Sheng Wu