Door locking mechanism for safes

  • US 5,778,708 A
  • Filed: 02/20/1997
  • Issued: 07/14/1998
  • Est. Priority Date: 05/05/1995
  • Status: Expired due to Term
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1. A door locking mechanism for safes having a door with a perimeter and a frame disposed on an interior of the door adjacent the perimeter, and a locking member attached to the door, moveable between locked and unlocked positions, the locking mechanism comprising:

  • a rotatable actuator plate disposable adjacent a locking member such that movement of the locking member between locked and unlock positions selectively prevents and permits rotation of the actuator plate;

    a plurality of actuation means connected in rotatable attachment to the rotatable actuator plate, at least one of the actuation means extending generally horizontally from the actuator plate and at least one extending generally vertically from the actuator plate, and such that rotation of the actuator plate causes horizontal movement of the horizontally extending actuation means and generally vertical movement of the generally vertically extending actuation means;

    at least one locking bar and an adjustable attachment means for attaching the locking bar to the at least one horizontal actuation means so as to enable adjustment of horizontal and vertical orientations of the locking bar relative to the horizontal actuation means, the adjustment means comprising at least one slot, and the locking bar having a plurality of locking bolts disposed thereon so as to be extendable through the frame of a door such that movement of the horizontal actuation means causes simultaneous movement of the locking bolts in a similar direction; and

    wherein the rotatable actuator plate is disposed so as to simultaneously actuate each of the actuation means from a location adjacent the locking member.

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