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Electronic door locking mechanism

United States Patent

5,678,868
October 21, 1997
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The invention is a motorized linkage for engaging a thumb piece in a door mechanism. The device has an exterior lock assembly with a small battery cell and combination lock. Proper entry by a user of a security code allows the battery to operate a small motor within the exterior lock assembly. The small motor manipulates a cam-plunger which moves an actuator pin into a thumb piece. The user applies a force on to the thumb piece. This force is transmitted by the thumb piece to a latch engagement mechanism by the actuator pin. The latch engagement mechanism operates the door latch.
Williams; Gary Lin (Kennewick, WA), Kirby; Patrick Gerald (Kennewick, WA)
08/ 563,491
November 28, 1995
The U.S. government has a paid-up license in this invention and the right in limited circumstances to require the patent owner to license others on reasonable terms as provided for by the terms of contract No. DE-AC06-87RL10930 awarded by the United States Department of Energy.