Patent Number: 6,305,726

Title: Latch assembly for collapsible storage bin

Abstract: A latch assembly of the present invention is configured for latching a first wall member and a second wall member to one another. The latch assembly includes a base portion, a locking member and a spring member. One of the first and second wall members is moveable relative to the other. The base portion is fixed to the second wall portion. The locking member is movably connected to the base portion and is moveable relative to the base portion between a locked position and an unlocked position. The locking member is adapted to engage the first wall member in a manner to prevent relative movement between the first and second wall members when the locking member is in the locked position, and to permit relative movement between the first and second wall members when the locking member is in the unlocked position. The spring member is adapted for engaging the base portion and the locking member in a manner for urging the locking member toward the locked position. The spring member and one of the base portion and the locking member are of a monolithic piece. A method of the present invention for making a latch assembly comprises the steps of forming a base portion, forming a locking member, and forming a spring member. The steps of forming the base portion and forming the spring member are performed substantially simultaneously.

Inventors: LeTrudet; Stephane F. (St. Peters, MO)

Assignee: Allibert-Contico, L.L.C.

International Classification: E05C 1/00 (20060101); E05C 1/10 (20060101); E05B 15/04 (20060101); E05B 15/00 (20060101); E05C 19/06 (20060101); E05C 19/00 (20060101); E05C 001/10 ()

Expiration Date: 10/23/2018