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Molded Latch Mechanism for Container

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000087074D
Original Publication Date: 1976-Dec-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-03
Document File: 2 page(s) / 37K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Myers, RS: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

This latch mechanism is self-engaging, positive, and will not work or vibrate loose or be accidentally opened. The latch will open easily and can be incorporated into the design of plastic molded parts.

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Molded Latch Mechanism for Container

This latch mechanism is self-engaging, positive, and will not work or vibrate loose or be accidentally opened. The latch will open easily and can be incorporated into the design of plastic molded parts.

In the latch illustrated in Fig. 2, an elevated cross section is taken on lines 2-2 of Fig. 1. A molded base support 10 has embodied a latch recess 12 with a notched portion 14. The cover 16, of molded plastic, has a downwardly extending peripheral flange 18 which, when in closed position, abuts the ledge 20 on base 10 and can act as a locator or seal. There are two latch members 22 provided with hook elements 24 that engage the notched portion 14. Latch members 22 are received in the recess 12, provided at any suitable location on the container assembly. In operation, a force is applied to the latch members 22, forcing same inwardly as indicated by the dotted position in Fig. 2. Since there are two latch members, the force must be applied to both simultaneously in order to open. The latching mechanism can be used in combination with a set of hinges on the opposite side of the container, or in conjunction with a similar latch or number of latches on the opposite side of the container.

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