Motor actuated latch mechanism

  • US 5,549,337 A
  • Filed: 10/07/1994
  • Issued: 08/27/1996
  • Est. Priority Date: 10/07/1994
  • Status: Expired due to Term
First Claim
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1. A latch mechanism, comprising:

  • a) a frame;

    b) a pivotable latch bolt mounted on said frame and pivotable between first and second positions, said pivotable latch bolt having a recess adapted to retain a closure bar therein in a first position of said pivotable latch bolt and said recess being adapted to release a closure bar therefrom in a second position of said pivotable latch bolt, said pivotable latch bolt (1) being biased toward said second position, (2) having a shoulder and (3) lying in a plane;

    c) a biased catch on said frame and having an end engageable with said shoulder in a first position thereof to lock said pivotable latch bolt in the first position thereof, said catch being biased toward said first position thereof and being movable to a second position thereof, against bias, to release said catch from said shoulder thereby permitting said pivotable latch bolt to move to the second position thereof, said catch comprising a thin, elongated, lightweight rod elongated in a direction non-parallel with respect to said plane; and

    d) actuator means for actuating said catch to move said catch from said first position thereof to said second position thereof.

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