Holden, MA – 26-Jul-04 — Inner-Tite Corp., manufacturers of security devices for utilities, announces the granting of U.S. Patent 6,673,691 for the Jiffy Lock. The patent applies to the distinctive clamp and the method by which the assembly secures the locking device to the meter box. The assembly is a two-piece hinged clamp which is installed on the meter socket wall by tightening a thumb screw. The clamp contains hardened "teeth" that firmly engage the enclosure wall fastening it to the meter socket. Once completed the enclosure cover, Jiffy Lock body and barrel lock are installed.
Unlike other ringless meter locking device designs, the Jiffy Lock does not require holes to be punched in the meter socket or call for the use of additional tools. This allows for an extremely quick, efficient and highly secure installation.
"The design of the Jiffy Lock represents years of research and work with electric utility customers to meet their needs," states General Sales Manager Mark Graveline. "The criteria for this locking device was significant. We needed a highly secure product that could be installed quickly and easily without requiring holes to be punched in the meter box. The Jiffy Lock has exceeded the specifications and the awarding of this patent confirms the uniqueness of this product."
The Jiffy Lock is a heavy duty locking device designed to secure ringless style meter sockets. The Jiffy Lock features heavy duty steel construction, a tapered and contoured body to resist gripping and prying tools and the patented clamp assembly that secures the device to the meter socket. The Jiffy Lock body contains hardened pins to resists cutting and sawing and the entire device is cadmium and yellow chromate plated to provide years of protection against corrosion.
INNER-TITE Corp. is the world’s largest manufacturer of the highest quality meter locking devices, meter seals, and a host of mechanical accessories sold exclusively to utility companies throughout the world. These and other products are sold to ELECTRIC, GAS, WATER and CABLE TV utility companies domestically and internationally in over 30 countries. INNER-TITE offers the largest array of meter locking devices and accessories used by utilities to combat theft, promote safety and to protect revenues.