Patent Number: 6,296,332

Title: File interlock system and mechanism

Abstract: An interlock system for use with two or more vertically arranged drawers mounted on telescopic slides in a housing such as a cabinet so as to prevent the extension of a drawer once another drawer is opened. The interlock system interfaces with the stationary members of vertically arranged slides attached to the cabinet. A pair of opposing upper and lower actuator followers are slidably and transversely fitted near the front of the stationary members so that movement of one actuator follower toward the other, displaces the other. A rod connects the upper actuator follower of one slide with the lower actuator follower of a slide directly above it. An actuator is connected to the front ends of the telescopic members of the slides. Alternatively, an actuator having pivoting or flexing fingers is connected to the front end of the intermediate members of each slide. The fingers extend beyond the front end of the telescopic member of a slide when the slide is in a fully retracted position for engaging the slide's actuator followers.

Inventors: Lammens; Arthur E. (Fullerton, CA)

Assignee: Accuride International, Inc.

International Classification: E05B 65/46 (20060101); E05B 65/44 (20060101); E05B 065/46 ()

Expiration Date: 10/02/2018