Compx Inc | Date: 2015-01-26
Disclosed are apparatus and corresponding methodology for securing access to an underground device through use of a locking mechanism to secure the fill cap on underground liquid storage tanks for refined petroleum products such as situated at typical end user fueling stations. A protective shell with integral vapor sealing cap is provided with a three point toggle mechanism, to prevent theft, willful contamination, or other unauthorized access to the underground storage tank fill cap for any purpose while maintaining a vapor seal to prevent the release of the vapor from the tank contents.
Compx Inc | Date: 2011-10-27
Disclosed is a convertible motorized latch that may be configured in either of a slam latch or a dead bolt latch configuration, just by desired selection and replacement of a minimal number of components, and which may be used on new (oem) equipment or in retrofit applications. In either preferred configuration, an electric motor contained within the latch housing operates to open or unlock the latch. Latch closure may be provided by spring actuation in a slam configuration or by further motor operation in a dead bolt configuration. Either present configuration may make use of an electrical feedback switch for signaling latch retraction while the dead bolt configuration may also include a second electrical feedback switch for signaling latch extension. A gear train may be incorporated within the latch housing to provide reduced speed and increased torque from the electric motor.
Compx Inc | Date: 2014-03-27
A self-contained combination latch and cam lock adapter module affixes to the rear of any lock (keyed or non-keyed) that has a requisite mating feature. The module is alignable in any of four positions (up, down, left, and right) on the back of the lock for latching in any installed position. The module allows a user to slam closed an associated door or drawer without having to rotate the lock into a locked position. The module retrofits in the field by removing and replacing an existing fixed cam. In one embodiment, a mating part is rotationally spring-loaded so that when the key or knob is turned and then released, the module automatically returns to its locked position, ready to be shut.
Compx Inc | Date: 2012-06-14
Disclosed are apparatus and methodology for fine tuning the fit and function of a cam lock used to secure an enclosure or similar. A cam lock is provided with a cam and a set of variously sized adjustment pads that may be individually secured at one end of the cam. The adjustment pads each differ in thickness, and are installable on the cam without the need of tools. The variously sized adjustment pads allow field installation and adjustment of the position of cam contact surfaces to easily and quickly adjust positioning for spacing variations due to manufacturing tolerances. Such customized installation provides improved security, reduced noise and rattle of the enclosure door, and a more professional aspect to the installation.
Compx Inc | Date: 2012-10-09
A lock system is disclosed. The lock system includes a lock and one or more keys. The lock includes a plurality of tumblers configured for interaction with associated key features. A tumbler includes at least two sections and defines at least two contact points. One contact point is configured to interact with a feature included on either of an operator key or a master key, while the other contact point is configured to interact with a feature included on a separate key. A key according to the present disclosure includes features configured to interact with a contact point on each tumbler, such as with only one of the two contact points. One of the keys may include channels defined on surfaces thereof. Such channels accommodate the set of contact points that the features of such key are not interacting with, allowing access to and interaction with the appropriate set of contact points.
Compx Inc | Date: 2015-04-16
Disclosed are apparatus and corresponding methodology for the attachment of a self-contained module to any mechanical lock having a mating feature to accept it (in either of an OEM application or as a retrofit). The module enables a separate (preexisting) cam locking feature (components) to be associated with an existing mechanical lock by being fitted onto the back of the existing lock and then having the cam locking components attached to the module. In turn, the preexisting cam locking components may be fitted to the module aligned in any one of four positions (up, down, left, and right) on the back of the module for latching in any position in which the associated lock/cam strike may be installed. The cam locking components then function to allow a user to open an associated door or drawer, and when finished, slam it shut without having to rotate the lock back to a locked position. The self-contained module allows the cam locking components to be fitted to a standard, mechanical lock and still have the self-lock feature that is otherwise not available within the existing lock.
Compx Inc | Date: 2014-07-21
A self-contained latch module in combination with a pusher and catch (collectively latch assembly) allows for the locking of two doors with a single lock. The latch module contains two spring-loaded bolts, one active and one passive. Pushing the active bolt into the latch housing, the passive bolt extends out of the opposite side of the latch housing. Pushing onto the passive bolt in the direction of the latch housing while the active bolt is depressed will allow the passive bolt to retract into the housing without affecting the active bolt on the opposite side. This allows a user to slam closed the associated doors in any order. The self-latching nature of this latch assembly allows for the automatic latching of the cabinet doors without having to manually latch one of the doors before locking the other. In the case of tall wardrobe doors, it is desirable to install two latch assemblies; one at the top and another at the bottom, with the lock installed in the center position of the door, thereby preventing the prying of the doors. The latch assembly is mountable at the top and/or bottom of a cabinet or wardrobe, and is field retrofitable.
Compx Inc | Date: 2011-09-23
The present subject matter is directed to electronic circuitry and associated hardware configured to electronically control directional signals, i.e., neutral, forward and reverse signals, to the transmission of a watercraft. The circuitry provides for electronic control of the throttle position of the watercraft engine and electronic override of the transmission shifting circuitry to allow throttling up (i.e., revving) of the engine without placing the transmission into gear. In an alternative embodiment, directional control is effected by operation of a lever mechanism and override functionality is effected by manual disengagement of a drive mechanism for the directional control while maintaining operation of the electronic throttle control.
Compx Inc | Date: 2015-01-07
Hub-based electronic lock systems and devices relate to lock or access control systems, and more particularly to electronically controlled lock systems such as may be applied to various storage enclosures or cabinets to provide secure storage of various items, equipment, materials, and/or information within the enclosures or cabinets. Certain present aspects may relate to hub and/or daisy-chained control for a plurality of electronic locks used in an electronic access control system, for inventory management using electronic locks, and/or to electronic locks with various features including display screens, access controls and tracking, and alert capabilities.
Agency: Department of Energy | Branch: | Program: SBIR | Phase: Phase I | Award Amount: 150.00K | Year: 2013
Theory-based kinetic (Fokker-Planck) codes that calculate distribution functions of charged particles in fusion plasmas, including an accurate collision model and heating sources, are essential computational tools for the theoretical interpretation of existing fusion energy plasma experiments, and for projections to new experiments. The kinetic code CQL3D developed by CompX is used by many national laboratories, universities and private companies in the US, and also by many research centers outside of US. The code is favored by experimentalists because of (1) its large set of synthetic diagnostics tools, (2) its speed, (3) simplicity of use starting from a set of run templates, and (4) ready support from CompX. It is also coupled to other codes and is part of SciDAC Integrated Plasma Simulator project. The code & apos;s speed is achieved by averaging the kinetic equations over all periodic coordinates, under the assumption of low collisionality. On the other hand, the averaging over periodic closed orbits is not valid in conditions of high collisionality or open flux surfaces, that typically happen near the plasma center and plasma edge. We propose to remove the above collisionality and edge-physics limitations by constructing a new, four-dimensional code that will incorporate best features of the existing CQL3D bounce-averaged code, and will be valid for any collisionality regime, and for the whole plasma. This goal is achieved by creating an interface between different modules of the two types of kinetic codes: the modules that describe collisions, plasma heating and synthetic diagnostics from the bounce-averaged code, and modules that perform integration of kinetic equations in four dimensions (two spatial plus two velocity dimensions) that will be imported from the well-known TEMPEST gyro-kinetic code. In Phase I, will explore different options for unification of the two types of codes. A key feature of the CompX code suite is that they are released as open-source software. This enables code investigation and modification by the user, promotes confidence in the code, and ensures that researchers will in any eventuality be able to continue using codes in which they have invested their time. CompX, which is very familiar with all aspects of its complicated codes, markets services for the codes: code applications, code support, and additional development of the code suite for the specific needs of customers. The new code will extend the CompX & apos;s present code suite, which will widen the range of opportunities for code application and development contracts to CompX, and will also directly serve the interests of the USDOE. Based upon past performance, the enhanced simulation capabilities developed under this initiative can produce follow on contacts with DOE, and subcontracts with DOE funded and private enterprise fusion energy facilities. The experimentalists, not only in US but internationally, will obtain the code sufficiently robust and low enough in computer requirements to be accessible to comprehensive coupled simulations. Similar to CQL3D, the new code will be an efficient tool for facilitating comparison of simulation results with experimental data, since it will inherit the widely-used CQL3D synthetic diagnostics modules.