Drawer Patents (Class 70/85)
  • Patent number: 8984919
    Abstract: A drawer block of a support system, the drawer block including at least one drawer accommodation including a housing defining a receptacle, a drawer including a lock having an actuator and a mechanism configured to lock the drawer in the receptacle of the drawer accommodation, and a receiver assembly that is electrically connected to the actuator and configured to convert an opening signal to an opening instruction for the actuator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Trumpf Medizin Systeme GmbH + Co. KG
    Inventors: Robert Jelin, Michael Bartesch, Martin Haenel
  • Patent number: 8833118
    Abstract: A lock for retrofitting onto a drawer or a door includes a drawer having a front panel. The drawer slidingly engages an item of furniture having a front face that is positioned above the front panel when the drawer is closed. A bracket has a vertically disposed flat front plate, a horizontally disposed flat top plate, a vertically disposed flat back plate, and a horizontally disposed motor platform that extends horizontally into an interior of the drawer. A motor having an output shaft is mounted on the motor platform. A latch supported by the motor platform is engaged by the output shaft. The latch is retracted when the drawer is unlocked and is extended to engage an interior side of the front panel of the furniture item when the drawer is locked.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Inventor: James E. McLane
  • Patent number: 8789901
    Abstract: A communication apparatus includes a clapboard having a locking hole defined therein and forming part of a receiving portion, and a housing structure defining a latching hole opposite to the locking hole. A locking assembly is mounted to the housing structure and used to disengagably lock the housing structure in the receiving portion, and includes a locking part, a sliding part and a handle. The locking part is fixed to the housing structure and a sliding part including a resisting portion passing through the latching hole and the locking hole to engage with the communication apparatus. The sliding part is movably mounted in the housing structure and includes a resisting portion to engage with the latching portion. The handle slidably passes through the housing structure and is fixed to the sliding part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2014
    Assignee: Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Chang-Ming Kuan
  • Patent number: 8511120
    Abstract: An electronic locking system to secure consumable items in an image forming device and a method therefore. In one embodiment of the invention, an electronic locking system to secure media sheets includes a media tray to hold media sheets, a tray receiving member for receiving the media tray, and a controller. The tray receiving member includes a drive device and a plunger. The plunger is moved by the drive device between a locked and an unlocked position. The controller is configured to control the drive device to move the plunger to engage a portion of the media tray in the locked position and to move the plunger to disengage from the portion of the media tray in the unlocked position. The electronic locking system, incorporating the controller, provides an effective and efficient way to lock/unlock the media tray and eliminates the use of mechanical keys.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2013
    Assignee: Lexmark International, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel Paul Cahill, Chad Michael Plening, Louann Behymer Samuels, Thomas Campbell Wade, Curtis Duane Woodson
  • Patent number: 8483536
    Abstract: A cable management panel including a chassis, a drawer, and an open-drawer locking arrangement. The open-drawer locking arrangement preventing inadvertent closing movement of the drawer relative to the chassis. The open-drawer locking arrangement including an activation arm accessible from the front of the drawer and a locking piece located at the rear of the drawer. The activation arm moving in a linear direction to engage the locking piece, causing the locking piece to rotate from a locking position to a non-locking position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2013
    Assignee: ADC Telecommunications, Inc.
    Inventors: Dennis Krampotich, Ryan Kostecka
  • Patent number: 8438885
    Abstract: The present invention, relates to an apparatus for securing cassettes housed within an automatic teller machine (ATM). The apparatus comprises at least one barrier and a supporting structure for supporting at least one barrier. Each barrier is formed and arranged to be associated with a pair of adjacent cassettes and to be movable between a first position in which the barrier prevents removal of a pair of adjacent cassettes in use of the apparatus along their respective removal paths. The barrier is moveable to a second position in which the barrier prevents removal of one cassette of the pair of adjacent cassettes along its removal path and to a third position in which the barrier prevents removal of the other cassette of the pair of adjacent cassettes along its removal path. In use, only one cassette of a pair of adjacent cassettes is removable along its removal path when the barrier is in the second or third position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2013
    Assignee: Scotia Safes Limited
    Inventor: Paul Robert Calder
  • Patent number: 8408147
    Abstract: A cards safe for the safe keeping of credit, debit, and switch cards, or any other small personal item used for making payments or for deposit/security purposes. A card is retained inside a box (30) which is retained by the seller. The box (30) is locked in a secure condition with two locking arms (88), which require a key (70) to unlock them. A locking bar (126) slides across the edge of the box (30) in a slot (46). The key has a protrusion (110), which stops at a correct location to bear against locking arms, which are otherwise biased to a locked state by springs. The key (70) enters the box (30) through a slot (106), and the lock releases. The box (30) can only be opened with the unique key.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2013
    Assignee: Cardssafe, Ltd.
    Inventors: Christopher John Holloway, Trond Rornes, Alan Hawkins, Nick Brown, Lee Manvell
  • Patent number: 8397546
    Abstract: A cabinet security system in accordance with the present disclosure includes a retractable latch associated with a cabinet drawer or door and a latch blocker coupled to a cabinet frame. A magnet is used to retract the latch to unlock the drawer for movement relative to the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2013
    Assignee: Cosco Management, Inc.
    Inventors: Jim R. Varney, Bryan R. Hotaling, Scott A. Leclerc, Jim Ormond, Chuck Buckavich
  • Patent number: 8359986
    Abstract: The present invention relates to protection of accommodated items such as cartridges each incorporating recording media and enhances a protection function for the accommodated items. The present invention relates to protection of accommodated items accommodated in an accommodating shelf into/out of which accommodated items (cartridges) such as cartridges each incorporating recording media such as magnetic tapes can be put/taken.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2013
    Assignee: Fujitsu Limited
    Inventors: Yukio Sekiguchi, Masahiko Katada, Katsufumi Onaka, Takanobu Kashiwagi, Akira Nanba
  • Patent number: 8201427
    Abstract: A lock housing for a security drawer is disclosed. The lock drawer system includes a cabinet drawer having a front wall including a front surface and a rear surface and a combination lock on the drawer with a combination lock dial. The drawer includes a lock housing defining an enclosure within which the dial can fit and extend through. The lock housing also includes a combination lock dial window. The system integrates a keyed locking bolt extending through the housing and to the drawer and is removable therefrom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2012
    Assignee: Millenium Metals, Inc.
    Inventor: Ron Anderson
  • Patent number: 8186188
    Abstract: A system for securely storing a weapon. The system includes a tray for containing a weapon. The tray has an opening for accessing a weapon. The system also includes a portable safe having an interior space sized and shaped for retaining the tray and the contained weapon. In addition, the system includes a mounting module attachable to a fixed surface. The mounting module includes an interior space for holding the portable safe and an access control system for locking the portable safe within the interior space of the mounting module. The access control system allows access by an authorized user and denies access of the weapon within the portable safe to an unauthorized user. The weapon is contained in the tray, the tray is retained in the portable safe and the portable safe is held in the interior space of the mounting module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2012
    Inventor: Dennis Brown
  • Patent number: 8152208
    Abstract: A panel lock includes a stationary support base adapted to mount to a frame of an article near a panel mounted on the article. The panel lock also includes a panel-movement blocker mounted to the stationary support base to block selectively movement of the panel from a closed position to an opened position at the option of a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2012
    Assignee: Cosco Management, Inc.
    Inventors: Jim R. Varney, Bryan R. Hotaling, John MacNeill
  • Patent number: 8041175
    Abstract: A cable management panel including a chassis, a drawer, and an open-drawer locking arrangement. The open-drawer locking arrangement preventing inadvertent closing movement of the drawer relative to the chassis. The open-drawer locking arrangement including an activation arm accessible from the front of the drawer and a locking piece located at the rear of the drawer. The activation arm moving in a linear direction to engage the locking piece, causing the locking piece to rotate from a locking position to a non-locking position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2011
    Assignee: ADC Telecommunications, Inc.
    Inventors: Dennis Krampotich, Ryan Kostecka
  • Patent number: 8020416
    Abstract: A safe which is attachable to a motor vehicle. The safe may have a door bearing a lock which is centered on the door so that access to the lock is equal from opposed sides of the safe. The safe may have a slide-out drawer which rides on a track, in which case the track and drawer are centered within the safe. The drawer may be locked by a lock which is centered within one face of the drawer. The safe may have a mounting flange bearing at least one hole for engaging a retention element such as threaded fasteners or a tether.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2011
    Inventors: Kimberley Talmage, William Talmage
  • Publication number: 20110088436
    Abstract: A safety closure device (100) for drawers or doors is disclosed, which comprises a lock device (7) designed to be fixed to a border (6) of a drawer or door for locking in closed position and an actuation mechanism (M) designed to be connected to a handle (1) and to the lock device (7), in order to unlock the lock device (7) by means of the handle (1). The actuation mechanism (M) comprises a body (2, 4) designed to be fixed in a hole (60) or the door (6) of the drawer, and a joint (3) mounted in the body (2, 4) in an articulated way. The joint (3) comprises a pin (30) to unlock the lock device (7) and a connection (31) fixed to the handle (1).
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 15, 2009
    Publication date: April 21, 2011
    Inventor: Paolo Cioni
  • Publication number: 20110068598
    Abstract: The sliding console assembly includes a lock assembly housing, a lock assembly, and a slidable storage compartment. The lock assembly housing is configured to house and guide the movement of a lock assembly. The lock assembly housing is fixedly mounted to the slidable storage compartment. The lock assembly has a plate slidable within the lock assembly housing between a first position and a second position. The plate also includes a pair of operative surfaces. The operative surfaces are spaced apart from each other, and are generally symmetrical to the other. The operative surfaces are disposed at an angle relative to the rails. The lock assembly also includes a pair of retainers and a first biasing member. A cable is attached to a pair of handles on one end and the plate on the other end. The handles actuate the lock assembly and disengage the lock assembly from the rails.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 22, 2009
    Publication date: March 24, 2011
    Applicant: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventor: Benjamin Warren Penner
  • Publication number: 20110056253
    Abstract: A latch apparatus for providing secure storage to an enclosure is disclosed. The latch apparatus can include an actuating device that operates to lock or unlock the latch apparatus in response to a control signal. The control signal can be communicated to the latch apparatus through an RF or other transmitted signal or through hardwires connecting the latch apparatus to the remote device. The latch apparatus can be maintained in either a locked state or an unlocked state without having to continuously supply power to the latch apparatus. The latch apparatus can include a latch hook that can be detent biased to both the open position and the closed position while the latch apparatus is in either a locked state or an unlocked state. The latch hook can move from the open position to the closed position while the latch apparatus is in a locked state. The latch apparatus can also have a thickness such that the latch apparatus will fit in the gap in which drawer slide hardware for an enclosure is installed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 9, 2010
    Publication date: March 10, 2011
    Applicant: COMPX INTERNATIONAL INC.
    Inventors: Matthew R. Greiner, Gregg W. Walla
  • Patent number: 7874189
    Abstract: A four-way, field-reversible self-latching cabinet lock includes a cylinder and plug assembly shell that is rotatable with respect to a bolt housing cover for the lock. A locking device is provided to fix the cylinder and plug assembly shell in one of four orthogonal positions with respect to the bolt housing cover. The bolt housing cover is receivable by a bolt housing and conventional self-latching latch bolt. In this manner, pins in the cylinder and plug assembly may be retained in a desirable vertical position while a throw of the bolt can be adjusted to vertical, inverted, left-hand, and right-hand positions in the field without special tools or additional parts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2011
    Assignee: Frank J. Martin Company
    Inventor: Frank J. Martin
  • Publication number: 20110005283
    Abstract: Locking system for furniture drawers, comprising a rivet attached to the drawer which operates a locking device, wherein all these locking devices are correlated through a base-plate fitted to the piece of furniture. The drawers have a height (H) such that this is a multiple of a predetermined dimension (d1). Each locking device consists in a rocker, for actuation by the rivet, incorporated in a one-piece element bearing a surface cam for the rivet and a T-shaped back projection for sliding thereof in the base-plate. The height (m) of the one-piece element is such that the predetermined quantity (d1) is a multiple of said height (m); in such a way that the one-piece elements of the system interlock. The rivet is positioned at a distance (Z) from the side that is a multiple of the height (m) of the one-piece element.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 20, 2007
    Publication date: January 13, 2011
    Applicant: OJMAR, S.A.
    Inventor: Benito Sevillano Gil
  • 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: 7823425
    Abstract: A latch assembly for preventing access into a door or drawer is provided. The latch assembly includes a housing configured to mount on a door or drawer, and at least one dog is slidably mounted in the housing for movement between a locked position and an unlocked position. The latch assembly include actuators operatively connected to the dog for moving the dog to the unlocked position. A key is insertable into a key slot on a side of the housing to move the actuators. The latch assembly may be used in combination with a catch assembly configured to mount on a door or drawer frame. The catch assembly is constructed to engage at least a portion of the dog in the locked position. The catch assembly may include a spring to move the latch assembly relative to the catch assembly such that the door or drawer may open slightly while in the locked position enabling a key to be inserted into the key slot to move the dog to the unlocked position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2010
    Assignee: Elbee Pty Ltd.
    Inventor: David W. Crossley
  • Publication number: 20090187274
    Abstract: The invention describes improved methods and mechanisms for providing secure access to pharmaceutical and supply items in a clinical setting. In one version of the invention, a dispensing unit has an interior housing one or more drawers. Each drawer has one or more storage locations. The fronts of the drawers are covered with one or more locking doors, preventing access to a particular drawer, unless the covering door is unlocked. Indicators are mounted on the side of the enclosure, to guide the user to a drawer covered by an associated unlocked door. The unit further includes indicators on the sides of the drawers, to guide the user to the right storage receptacles or pockets within the drawer. Some pockets may have lids. Some of the lids may have locks. Sensors associated with at least some of the individual pocket lids may be provided to detect the lifting of a lid. Means to automatically detect the entry of a hand or fingers into a pocket may be provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 18, 2008
    Publication date: July 23, 2009
    Inventor: John David Higham
  • Patent number: 7540573
    Abstract: A cabinet has a housing, multiple tracks, multiple drawers, a safety device and a lock assembly. Each track has a sliding rail having a guiding notch and a locking hole. The safety device is mounted in the housing and has a fixed base, a moving base, multiple locking blocks, multiple locking tongues, multiple guiding posts and multiple guiding blocks. The locking blocks are securely attached to the moving base and each have a locking tab. The locking tongues are mounted respectively on the drawers and selectively aligning with the locking tabs on the locking blocks. The guiding posts are mounted on the moving base and locate respectively above the locking blocks. The guiding blocks are slidably and respectively attached to of the tracks. Each guiding block has an inclined face and corresponding to and selectively abutting with a corresponding one of the guiding posts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2009
    Inventor: Ching-Hsiang Lin
  • Publication number: 20090013732
    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: Application
    Filed: March 7, 2008
    Publication date: January 15, 2009
    Inventor: Angelo Gianelo
  • Publication number: 20080276667
    Abstract: A latching overlay for a tool storage unit drawer having a drawer pull with a substantially horizontal flange portion perpendicular to a front face of the drawer and extending across at least a portion of the drawer width is disclosed. In a preferred embodiment, the latching overlay includes a trim channel having a first surface for engaging a top face of the horizontal flange portion of the drawer pull, a second surface for engaging a bottom face of the horizontal flange portion of the drawer pull, and a release connected between the first surface and the second surface such that the trim channel is capable of pivoting about the horizontal flange portion. At least one drawer latch hook connected to the trim channel is provided, wherein the drawer latch hook engages and disengages from a latching component of the tool storage unit in response to the pivoting movement of the trim channel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 8, 2007
    Publication date: November 13, 2008
    Inventors: Clark Scheffy, Andy Deakin, Sarah Hall "Sally" Madsen
  • Publication number: 20080256993
    Abstract: A latch assembly for preventing access into a door or drawer is provided. The latch assembly includes a housing configured to mount on a door or drawer, and at least one dog is slidably mounted in the housing for movement between a locked position and an unlocked position. The latch assembly include actuators operatively connected to the dog for moving the dog to the unlocked position. A key is insertable into a key slot on a side of the housing to move the actuators. The latch assembly may be used in combination with a catch assembly configured to mount on a door or drawer frame. The catch assembly is constructed to engage at least a portion of the dog in the locked position. The catch assembly may include a spring to move the latch assembly relative to the catch assembly such that the door or drawer may open slightly while in the locked position enabling a key to be inserted into the key slot to move the dog to the unlocked position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 23, 2007
    Publication date: October 23, 2008
    Applicant: Elbee Pty Ltd.
    Inventor: David W. Crossley
  • Patent number: 7410095
    Abstract: An improved coin box assembly is provided for a coin operated laundry appliance. The assembly includes a mounting bracket mounted in the cabinet of the appliance, a vault mounted within the mounting bracket, and a coin box mounted within the vault. The mounting bracket and vault provide double-wall protection for the coin box so as to inhibit prying. The assembly further includes external and internal plates sandwiching the front wall of the coin box to prevent cutting of the front wall of the coin box. A freely-spinning washer is mounted between the front plate and the front wall of the coin box to preclude a hole saw from cutting out the lock cylinder of the coin box.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2008
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventor: Michael D. Selover
  • Patent number: 6988078
    Abstract: A system for controlling currency exchange and merchandise sales on commercial airline flights includes a point-of-sale (POS) computer for receiving currency and merchandise inventory information preflight and for recording transactions in-flight. Data is exchanged between the POS computer and a cash/currency processing computer (CPC) for reconciling preflight and post-flight inventories and for generating reports for use by the airlines, merchandise vendors and currency exchange service providers. A control method includes the steps of determining currency and merchandise inventories preflight, recording transactions in-flight and reconciling and reporting transactions post-flight.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2000
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2006
    Assignee: First Data Corporation
    Inventors: Sharon K. Heidenreich, Anthony J. Selway, Woodrow Hendricks Danda, Daniel J. Ebert, Gael Ellen Jose, Jeff D. Shafer, Robert F. Drab
  • Patent number: 6874825
    Abstract: A drawer locking assembly includes a panel has a first side and a second side. The first side has a pressure sensitive adhesive thereon for selectively attaching the first side to a vertical surface adjacent to a drawer. A post is attached to the second side of the panel. The post has a terminal end. A peripheral lip is attached to and extends along a length of the terminal end. A plate has an inner surface and an outer surface. A sleeve is attached to and extends away from the inner surface. The sleeve has a free end having a well extending therein. An inwardly extending peripheral flange is attached to the free end. The terminal end of the post is positioned within the sleeve. The plate is selectively positionable over the drawer. A biasing member is positioned within the well and biases the lip away from the flange.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2005
    Inventor: Paula M. Rauner
  • Patent number: 6851286
    Abstract: A frontal latch handle assembly for operating a drawer of a cabinet. The latch handle assembly has a handle member and a mounting arrangement for movably mounting the handle member on a front panel of the drawer so that the handle member is movable between first and second positions. The assembly is provided with a latching arrangement having a block member mountable on the front panel of the drawer and a latch member movable with respect to the block member between a lock position wherein opening of the drawer is prevented by engaging the latch member with the cabinet, and an unlock position wherein the opening of the drawer is allowed. A mechanism responsive to movement of the handle member is provided for moving the latch member between the lock and unlock positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2005
    Assignee: Rousseau Metal Inc.
    Inventors: Claude Dubé , Marc Laurendeau
  • Patent number: 6722167
    Abstract: A cabinet lock controlled by a press-button lock is disclosed to include an upright track affixed to the back side of the cabinet, a sliding locking bar vertically movably mounted in the upright track and adapted to hook the drawers in the cabinet, a linkage coupled between the top end of the upright track and the top end of the sliding locking bar and driven by the lock cylinder of the press-button lock through a push bar to move the sliding locking bar, and a spring member adapted to push the sliding locking bar upwards from the locking position to the unlocking position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2004
    Inventor: Long-Jung Hsu
  • Patent number: 6698258
    Abstract: A rotating modular arm with two arm segments is used in a cabinet locking system. The two arm segments are urged apart by a spring. Each arm segment is connected to a lock bar. When the modular arm is rotated, the arm segments displace the lock bars to lock or unlock the drawers of the cabinet. One of the arm segments defines an elongated asymmetrical slot with two slot portions. The first slot portion is elongated and has a width that is less than the diameter of the second slot portion. A keyed lock housing includes a rotating lock core attached to a Z-shaped crank. A retainer is securely attached to the crank. The retainer has a diameter that is less than the diameter of the second slot portion, but the retainer diameter is greater than the width of the first slot portion. During installation, the retainer is engaged with the modular arm by first inserting the crank through the second slot portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2004
    Assignee: Wesko Locks Ltd.
    Inventor: Florian Westwinkel
  • Publication number: 20040020248
    Abstract: A frontal latch handle assembly for operating a drawer of a cabinet. The latch handle assembly has a handle member and a mounting arrangement for movably mounting the handle member on a front panel of the drawer so that the handle member is movable between first and second positions. The assembly is provided with a latching arrangement having a block member mountable on the front panel of the drawer and a latch member movable with respect to the block member between a lock position wherein opening of the drawer is prevented by engaging the latch member with the cabinet, and an unlock position wherein the opening of the drawer is allowed. A mechanism responsive to movement of the handle member is provided for moving the latch member between the lock and unlock positions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 5, 2002
    Publication date: February 5, 2004
    Applicant: ROUSSEAU METAL INC.
    Inventors: Claude Dube, Marc Laurendeau
  • Publication number: 20030221465
    Abstract: A rotating modular arm with two arm segments is used in a cabinet locking system. The two arm segments are urged apart by a spring. Each arm segment is connected to a lock bar. When the modular arm is rotated, the arm segments displace the lock bars to lock or unlock the drawers of the cabinet. One of the arm segments defines an elongated asymmetrical slot with two slot portions. The first slot portion is elongated and has a width that is less than the diameter of the second slot portion. A keyed lock housing includes a rotating lock core attached to a Z-shaped crank. A retainer is securely attached to the crank. The retainer has a diameter that is less than the diameter of the second slot portion, but the retainer diameter is greater than the width of the first slot portion. During installation, the retainer is engaged with the modular arm by first inserting the crank through the second slot portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 12, 2002
    Publication date: December 4, 2003
    Inventor: Florian Westwinkel
  • Patent number: 6655762
    Abstract: A drawer assembly with an interchangeable lock for mounting on a furniture piece. The drawer assembly comprises a storage area formed by exterior walls. In one embodiment, a front wall includes a cut-out section in which an adapter plate is removably mounted. A locking bar having first and second ends is selectively positioned adjacent to the adapter plate to mate with different locks. The first end includes a tongue that extends through the adapter plate to receive a hasp lock. The second end includes an angled edge for mating with an integrated lock mounted within the adapter plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2001
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2003
    Assignee: Bob Barker Company, Inc.
    Inventor: Todd D. Krueger
  • Patent number: 6532399
    Abstract: The present invention provides a novel method for selectively dispensing inventoried items, such as pharmaceutical and therapeutic agents in a hospital.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2001
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2003
    Assignee: Baxter International Inc.
    Inventor: Joseph C. Mase
  • Patent number: 6437976
    Abstract: A housing for a central processing unit including a body capable of supporting and enclosing the central processing unit. The body has a front side including an upper portion and a lower portion. A first decorative faceplate is for detachably engaging with at least a portion of the upper portion of the front side of the body. A first-faceplate-quick-connect-device extends from the first decorative faceplate for readily attaching and removing the first decorative faceplate to the body. Also described herein is a housing for a central processing unit including a body capable of supporting and enclosing the central processing unit. The body has a front side including an upper portion and a lower portion. A first decorative faceplate is detachably engagable with at least a portion of the upper portion of the front side of the body. A second decorative faceplate is for detachably engaging with at least a portion of the lower portion of the front side of the body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2000
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2002
    Assignee: Compaq Information Technologies Group, L.P.
    Inventors: Stacy L. Wolff, Kevin W. Mundt, Troy Anthony Della Fiora, Ken D. Reddix, Carrie Bader, Philip Leveridge
  • Patent number: 6341511
    Abstract: A lock system for locking a chest having multiple banks of drawers having a horizontally situated transfer mechanism, the transfer mechanism adapted to move horizontally and where the transfer mechanism is positioned behind a portion of each of the multiple banks of drawers intended to be locked and unlocked; a lockrod for actuating the horizontally situated transfer mechanism; and a plurality of vertically situated lock hinges, where each of the lock hinges corresponding to a bank of drawers, and wherein each of the vertically situated lock hinges are actuated by a horizontal movement of the transfer mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 1997
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2002
    Assignee: Stanley Mechanics Tools, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven R. Snoke, James D. Stewart, George Funari, Gary Silvis
  • Patent number: 6288902
    Abstract: The present invention provides a modular data storage system that can constraint movement of a data storage module within an enclosure during operation, handling, and transportation. The present invention achieves the objective by employing compliant features at strategic locations in the data storage system by utilizing shock/vibration isolators and the frictional forces generated by the compliant elements to introduce damping effects. In addition, this invention provides a locking mechanism that will allow the user to smoothly insert, remove and firmly grip a data storage module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 1999
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2001
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Company
    Inventors: Kwang Ho Kim, Julie McDonald
  • Patent number: 6173593
    Abstract: An improved locking mechanism and method for securing drawers and cabinet doors is disclosed which allows the drawers and cabinet doors to be only partially opened until the locking mechanism is unlocked. When the drawer or cabinet door is closed, the hidden locking mechanism of the present invention is entirely concealed from view behind the drawer or cabinet door. The locking mechanism of the present invention allows the drawer or cabinet door to be opened sufficiently to expose the locking mechanism, but effectively prevents the drawer or cabinet door from being more than slightly opened until the locking mechanism is unlocked. When the locking mechanism is unlocked, the drawer or cabinet door may then be fully opened.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 1999
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2001
    Inventor: Christopher John Liermann
  • Patent number: 5946953
    Abstract: A storage cabinet is disclosed having a frame and a drawer movable with respect to the frame and a locking system. The locking system includes an input device having an output link movable along a path between a raised position and a lowered position and a lock blade (or coupling link) coupled to the output link of the input device, an output end and a fulcrum point. The locking system also has a lockbar coupled to the lock blade, a first locking element associated with the lockbar, and a second locking element associated with the drawer to be engaged by the first locking element. When the input device drives the output link to the raised position, the input end of the lock blade is raised and the lock blade pivots about the fulcrum point so that the output end of the lock blade is lowered and the lockbar disengages the first locking element from the second locking element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 1998
    Date of Patent: September 7, 1999
    Assignee: Steelcase Inc.
    Inventor: Stephen J. Feldpausch (incapacitated)
  • Patent number: 5862689
    Abstract: An improvement in a drawer lock of a cabinet includes a cylinder, a trigger bar, a fixing block, a sliding block, a latch hook, a first elastic member and a latch mechanism. The latch mechanism has a clutch pivotally engaged with a latch bar. A second elastic member keeps the clutch to be engaged with the latch bar at a preset angle. The latch hook of a closing drawer can wedge the latch bar to turn an angle smoothly while the clutch and the sliding block remain stationary, so as to prevent causing any damage to the latch hook even when the cabinet is in a locked position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 1997
    Date of Patent: January 26, 1999
    Inventor: Cheng-Kan Wen
  • Patent number: 5775140
    Abstract: A lock for a cabinet cassette having a drawer comprises a frame structure which carries on one hand a locking bar (47) passing through an opening (50) in a frontal part (23) of drawer, said bar being turnable and projecting from the inside of said frontal part (23), and on the other hand a handle connected to the bar. At least one fixed projection (54) is connected to the frame structure, said projection projecting from the back side of the frontal part, the locking bar (47) being, by turning the handle (48), movable between on one hand a locking turned-up position in which the bar engages behind an upper vertical flange (16) of the frontal frame (6) of the cassette and on the other hand a liberating turned-down position in which the bar is located below the upper side (55) of the projection (54).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 1996
    Date of Patent: July 7, 1998
    Assignee: Borgstroms Platindustri AB
    Inventor: Lars Olof Hallsten
  • Patent number: 5657652
    Abstract: A deadlocking, self-latching lock for cabinet doors and drawers employs a unitary shell with an adjacent main bolt and self-latching deadlocking bolt. A pivoting locking arm prevents external retraction of the main bolt without the use of a key.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 1995
    Date of Patent: August 19, 1997
    Assignee: Frank J. Martin Company
    Inventor: Frank J. Martin
  • Patent number: 5491993
    Abstract: A lock having a housing and flange, a lock cylinder, a cam lever, and a lock nut. The housing has a length which is slightly less than the thickness of the panel into which it is to be inserted. Its exterior surface has axial ridges which engage with the inner surface of the panel hole in which the housing is inserted. The ridges preferably extend only a short distance from the flange. These ridges hold the housing in place and prevent it from turning in the panel hole. The lock cylinder, which fits within the housing, has a threaded portion extending outwardly to receive the cam lever and the lock nut. Tightening up on the lock nut serves to draw the housing fully into the hole and to clamp the housing in place. The lock cylinder is keyed to the inner surface of the housing; and the cam lever is keyed to the threaded portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 1994
    Date of Patent: February 20, 1996
    Assignee: Loctec Corporation
    Inventor: Victor R. Anderson
  • Patent number: 5385039
    Abstract: A lock for furniture includes a plunger assembly for actuating a lock mechanism. The plunger assembly includes a reader for receiving a control signal from a key. The plunger assembly includes a curved surface for contacting a lock rod such that the plunger assembly requires a constant force to move the lock rod through its range of motion to a locked position. A catch assembly secures the plunger, and hence the lock rod, in a locked position. A solenoid shifts the catch assembly to release the plunger assembly. The lock assembly may also include a lever connected at one end to the catch assembly and having a counterweight on an opposite end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 1993
    Date of Patent: January 31, 1995
    Assignee: Steelcase Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas G. Feldpausch, Joseph R. Branc, Robert B. Lubinskas
  • Patent number: 5154497
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for securing items in a storage unit comprise providing a cabinet with a plurality of drawers. Each drawer can be individually sealed by a break lock pull-tight security seal. As a security seal for a particular drawer is twisted and broken, items can then be obtained from the drawer. If a seal has been broken, a visual indication is made that the drawer has either been opened or tampered with. The inventory can thus be quickly and easily checked on a recurring basis without requiring each individual drawer to be checked since only drawers with broken seals need to be checked. The cabinets can be used to store pharmaceuticals, medical supplies, industrial supplies and/or any other supply for which an inventory must be maintained.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 1990
    Date of Patent: October 13, 1992
    Inventor: Jane H. Smith
  • Patent number: 5099663
    Abstract: An apparatus for fixedly mounting to a filing cabinet a locking plunger to prevent inadvertent depressing of the locking plunger relative to the filing cabinet to prevent inadvertent locking of the filing cabinet. The organization includes a lock member defined by an elongate central cavity, with the central cavity of a predetermined length greater than a predetermined height of an associated lock plunger. The lock member includes a rear wall formed with threaded bore, and a set screw directed to the rear bore, whereupon mounting of the lock member receives the cabinet plunger lock within the elongate cavity permitting projection of an associated set screw to engage and secure the associated plunger. A modification of the invention includes a guide bore positioned above the threaded bore to receive a drill bit therethrough to direct a drill bit member to form a blind bore within the plunger lock to subsequently receive the set screw therewithin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 1991
    Date of Patent: March 31, 1992
    Inventor: Walter R. Dearstine
  • Patent number: 4873850
    Abstract: A drawer assembly which prevents a drawer from "jamming up" in a locked position when the drawer is slammed shut while a locking arm associated with a key lock on the drawer is in a locking position. A projection on a retainer clip located on the inside of the front panel of the drawer keeps the locking arm from being bent, and also keeps the drawer from moving to the closed position from which a latching mechanism asociated with the drawer would be placed in a locked position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 1988
    Date of Patent: October 17, 1989
    Assignee: NCR Corporation
    Inventors: Dale R. Lyons, Don E. Beam
  • Patent number: 4811579
    Abstract: A manually operated release mechanism includes a spring actuated latch mechanism for latching a cash drawer within an enclosure upon movement of the cash drawer to a closed position. A rod member rotatably mounted adjacent the latch mechanism extends to a position adjacent the front edge of the enclosure. A drive member located adjacent the front edge of the enclosure has two cam surfaces, one of which is positioned adjacent one end of the rod member. When the cash drawer is in the closed position, a key actuated locking assembly on the cash drawer moves the drive member to an actuated position which engages and rocks the rod member to a position releasing the latching mechanism from engagement with the cash drawer. A depending tab portion of the cash drawer engages and slides the drive member to a home position upon opening of the drawer. The locking member disables the cash drawer from being operated by a solenoid mounted within the enclosure structure when moved to a locking position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 1987
    Date of Patent: March 14, 1989
    Assignee: NCR Corporation
    Inventors: Dale R. Lyons, Raymond L. Lawter, Don E. Beam