Patents Assigned to KONECRANES GLOBAL CORPORATION
  • Patent number: 10926982
    Abstract: A hoisting arrangement of a rope hoist includes a hoisting rope, a rope drum with one rope groove for the hoisting rope, and a hoisting member for hoisting a load. The hoisting member includes a rope pulley arrangement for the hoisting rope. The hoisting rope is routed from the rope drum via at least the hoisting member's rope pulley arrangement to a fixed attachment point on the rope hoist. The rope drum is tilted in relation to the horizontal plane in a manner where the first end of the rope drum, towards which the hoisting rope is wound in the hoisting member's upper position, is higher than the rope drum's second end, towards which the hoisting rope is unwound in the hoisting member's lower position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: KONECRANES GLOBAL CORPORATION
    Inventor: Teppo Lindberg
  • Publication number: 20210047150
    Abstract: A hoisting device includes a first part movably connected to a running rail above it, and a second part suspended under the first part, and a hoist arranged between the first part and second part to lift and lower the second part. In addition, a scissors mechanism is arranged between the first part and second part to prevent the horizontal movement and twisting movement of the second part in relation to the first part. Such a hoisting device is advantageous, because the second part of the hoisting device may be lifted and lowered at the same time as the first part is moved without any notable swinging exerted on the second part.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 25, 2019
    Publication date: February 18, 2021
    Applicant: KONECRANES GLOBAL CORPORATION
    Inventor: Tero KULTANEN
  • Patent number: 10889476
    Abstract: A device for securing an end of a braided hoisting rope to a lifting device includes a tubular fastening frame to be fixed to the lifting device; and a coil spring which is arranged to be installed and fastened over the tubular fastening frame. When the end of a hoisting rope is fastened in place, the hollow, or workable into hollow, end of the hoisting rope is threaded over the windings of the coil spring as the outer surface of the windings and into contact with, or to be brought into contact with the outer periphery of the tubular fastening frame. A method for securing an end of a braided hoisting rope to a lifting device is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: KONECRANES GLOBAL CORPORATION
    Inventor: Jack Hoover
  • Patent number: 10850954
    Abstract: A hoisting machine arrangement includes a rope drum, which has a driven gearwheel; a hoisting motor for driving the rope drum; and a gear between the hoisting motor and the rope drum. The gear has a body and a driving gearwheel, the driving gearwheel of the gear being coupled to the driven gearwheel of the rope drum. The body of the gear has a first drilling, which is arranged for fitting a shaft of the driving gearwheel; and a second drilling, which is parallel to the first drilling and arranged for fitting a shaft of the rope drum or the like. A method is disclosed for preparing a gear of a hoisting machine arrangement of this type.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignee: KONECRANES GLOBAL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Teppo Lindberg, Jussi Puhakka
  • Publication number: 20200361752
    Abstract: A control switch for operating a crane. The control switch includes a first interface designed to transfer signals between the control switch and a control unit of the crane. In order to combine, in particular, the robustness and operating reliability of the control switch desired in industrial use with increased functional scope in a cost-effective way, the control switch is provided with a second interface designed to transfer signals between a mobile terminal and the control switch in order to add functions of the mobile terminal to the functional scope of the control switch.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 14, 2018
    Publication date: November 19, 2020
    Applicant: Konecranes Global Corporation
    Inventors: Wolfgang Krebs, Thomas Lindenau, Frederick Woidneck, Marco Woldt, Giuliano Persico, Holger Freitag, Stefan Elspass
  • Publication number: 20200354202
    Abstract: A rope guiding device for guiding a rope on a rope drum, the rope drum being adaptable to rotate about a drum axis to wind the rope around the rope drum or from the rope drum to hoist and lower a load adapted on the rope, includes at least guiding element, and an actuator for generating a rope guiding force, which force affects each guiding element in the direction of the drum axis so that the movement of each guiding element in the direction of the drum axis may be guided by the force.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 21, 2018
    Publication date: November 12, 2020
    Applicant: KONECRANES GLOBAL CORPORATION
    Inventor: Jari KAITURINMÄKI
  • Patent number: 10793399
    Abstract: An installation jib for a girder beam installation and removal system includes a main body having a first end and a second, opposite end, the main body extending along a longitudinal axis between the first end and the second end. The installation jib further includes a first sub-frame element coupled to the main body, a first roller coupled to the first sub-frame element, a second sub-frame element coupled to the main body, and a second roller coupled to the second sub-frame element. The first sub-frame element and the second sub-frame element are spaced longitudinally apart from one another, and the first roller and the second roller each are configured to rotate about an axis that is parallel to the longitudinal axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: KONECRANES GLOBAL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Steve Lawrence, Cory Wotachek
  • Patent number: 10781080
    Abstract: An overhead travelling crane having a horizontally extending crane girder, which can be displaced in a railbound manner along a craneway, and having a crane trolley, which can be displaced along the crane girder and carries a lifting gear for raising and lowering a load. The lifting gear has a suspension structure formed as a cable or chain and the overhead travelling crane has electric drives for movements of the overhead travelling crane. The overhead travelling crane has an energy store connected to the drives to supply the drives with energy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: Konecranes Global Corporation
    Inventor: Lutz Dowy
  • Publication number: 20200283272
    Abstract: A trolley of a crane is arranged to move along a main support structure of the crane. The trolley includes a support frame structure; bearing wheels which are fastened to the support frame structure and by means of which the trolley is arranged to move along the main support structure; and a hoisting mechanism that has a rope drum for a hoisting rope, a rope pulley arrangement through which the hoisting rope may be guided from the rope drum to a fixed fastening point on the trolley, and a hoisting member in cooperation with the hoisting rope for hoisting a load. The rope drum is supported to the support frame structure of the trolley so that the axle of the rope drum is parallel to the main support structure. The rope pulley arrangement is located, in the axial direction of the rope drum, at least partly outside one rope drum end which is on the side of said fastening point.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 21, 2018
    Publication date: September 10, 2020
    Applicant: KONECRANES GLOBAL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Niko LAUKKANEN, Atte LÄHTEENMÄKI, Teppo LINDBERG, Mats ÅKESSON, Henri HELKIÖ, Henri KOKKO
  • Patent number: 10745252
    Abstract: A movable crane arrangement includes a main girder for a trolley; end girders with running wheels to be supported on both ends of the main girder; running platforms for the running wheels of the end girders; and one elongated container, inside which at least part of the crane arrangement is placed in a disassembled or folded state for transport, if desired. One running platform is arranged to be implemented on the roof of the container at a selected height, and the other running platform is arranged to be implemented on the erecting platform of the crane arrangement. A method for erecting such a crane arrangement is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: KONECRANES GLOBAL CORPORATION
    Inventor: Olli Kuismanen
  • Patent number: 10723595
    Abstract: A method and assembly for operating at least two lifting gears in a group operation, where each lifting gear has a hoist via which a respective cable or chain can be raised or lowered. The hoists are first operated in a synchronous operating mode to perform a common lifting procedure to move a load supported by the hoists. At least one of the hoists involved in the common lifting procedure is then deactivated to switch from the synchronous operation into an individual operation or a multi-operation, with at least one of the hoists remaining activated to carry out a lifting or lowering process relative to each deactivated hoist. A load value is then determined for the at least one deactivated hoist and compared to a predetermined threshold value of the at least one deactivated hoist.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: Konecranes Global Corporation
    Inventor: Klaus Behnke
  • Publication number: 20200231414
    Abstract: A trolley of a crane is arranged to move along a main support structure of the crane. The trolley includes a support frame structure; bearing wheels fastened to the support frame structure and by means of which the trolley is arranged to move along the main support structure; a hoisting mechanism that has a rope drum for a hoisting rope; a rope pulley arrangement through which the hoisting rope may be guided from the rope drum to a fixed fastening point on the trolley; and a hoisting member in cooperation with the hoisting rope for hoisting a load. The rope drum is supported to the support frame structure of the trolley so that the axle of the rope drum is parallel to the main support structure. The rope pulley arrangement is located, in the axial direction of the rope drum, at least partly outside one rope drum end which is on the side of said fastening point.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 29, 2017
    Publication date: July 23, 2020
    Applicant: KONECRANES GLOBAL CORPORATION
    Inventor: Teppo LINDBERG
  • Patent number: 10717600
    Abstract: An arrangement includes at least one shelf system including movable shelves, at least one operating station for collecting items from a movable shelf at the operating station, a first lift for transporting the movable shelves between parking positions of the shelves in the shelf system and the operating station, a second lift for transporting and engaging palletless variable size items. The second lift is capable of docking to the movable shelves of the shelf system for communicating items to the movable shelves or from the movable shelves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: KONECRANES GLOBAL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Justus Dahlén, Tero Kultanen
  • Patent number: 10640335
    Abstract: A workstation having a cantilevered crane system that includes one or more cantilevered header assemblies, with each cantilevered header assembly including an upright column and a horizontally oriented header, with the header extending from the column with a free end distal from the column. The headers support a pair of runway rails, with at least one bridge rail movably mounted to the runway rails and supporting a moveable hoist. The cantilevered crane system defines a workstation area bounded by the columns and headers, with the workstation area including an open side adjacent the free ends of the headers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignees: Konecranes Global Corporation, GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Chad Donahue, Derrick Torrey
  • Patent number: 10634484
    Abstract: There is provided a fast and a reliable way to inspect a condition of a chain by an arrangement comprising a camera and guide for positioning a chain in front of the camera such that holes of consecutive chain links are visible to the camera. In a method for inspecting a chain connected movable to a hoisting device, the chain is positioned in front of the camera by the guide and the chain is driven past the camera by the hoisting device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: KONECRANES GLOBAL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Jack Hoover, Lasse Eriksson, Teemu Puustinen, Risto Vilppo, Kimmo Rantala, Juhani Kerovuori, Stefan Hecht
  • Publication number: 20200115193
    Abstract: An STS crane (Ship-to Shore) includes a portal frame structure; a boom which has a portion extending on a ship's side as well as a portion extending on a quay side; a trolley moving along the boom; a hoisting mechanism which has a rope drum for hoisting ropes, whereby the hoisting ropes are routed from the rope drum through boom ends to the trolley; auxiliary trolleys which move along the boom on both sides of the trolley to support and/or tighten the hoisting ropes; and a folding joint on the boom portion extending on the ship's side for folding up the folding portion of the boom extending to the direction of the ship from the folding joint; whereby there are auxiliary trolley rails arranged for the auxiliary trolleys, these auxiliary trolley rails being separate from the trolley rails; and whereby the drive roping of the auxiliary trolleys is divided into two separate and independent drive ropings which have separate and independent drive mechanisms and which are on different sides of the folding joint on t
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 3, 2018
    Publication date: April 16, 2020
    Applicant: KONECRANES GLOBAL CORPORATION
    Inventor: Toni KUPARINEN
  • Patent number: 10611288
    Abstract: A transport vehicle includes a first support surface and two opposite guiding surfaces that are oriented towards each other to guide a container that is placed onto the transport vehicle in the direction of the first support surface, with the first support surface located between the guiding surfaces, and with a lifting platform arranged between the guiding surfaces. An adapter that is movable between a standby and an operating position such that a container placed onto the vehicle is guided onto the first support surface when the adapter is in the standby position and the lifting platform is down in a transporting position, while the container is guided onto a second support surface formed by the lifting platform when the adapter is placed on the transport vehicle in the operating position of the adapter and when the lifting platform is placed on the transport vehicle via the adapter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: Konecranes Global Corporation
    Inventors: Mike Hegewald, Jannis Moutsokapas
  • Patent number: 10611289
    Abstract: A transport vehicle for containers, with a first set-down surface on which a container can be set down, and with two opposite guide surfaces which run directed towards each other in the direction of the first set-down surface in order to guide a container in the direction of the first set-down surface when setting the container down on the transport vehicle (1) with the first set-down surface arranged between the guide surfaces. An adapter is provided which is movable between a standby position and an operating position in such a manner that a container, when being set down on the transport vehicle, is guided onto the first set-down surface when the adapter is in the standby position, and is guided onto a second set-down surface formed by the adapter and arranged between the guide surfaces when the adapter is placed onto the transport vehicle in the operating position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: Konecranes Global Corporation
    Inventors: Mike Hegewald, Jannis Moutsokapas
  • Patent number: 10611609
    Abstract: A motor assembly includes a three-phase asynchronous machine equipped with three stator phases, a capacitor assembly to establish self-excited generator operation of the asynchronous machine, a load resistor assembly to establish resistive load for self-excited generator operation of the asynchronous machine, and a load resistor switch which is arranged to connect the load resistor assembly to the stator phases. The load resistor assembly is asymmetrical.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: KONECRANES GLOBAL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Anna-Kaisa Repo, Toni Uusiniitty, Jarmo Vepsäläinen, Lauri Hietanen, Marko Haalahti
  • Patent number: 10611606
    Abstract: A method for filling a gripper for bulk material, with the gripper being suspended on holding cables, raised and lowered by a crane via a controller, and acting on the bulk material with the gripper weight during the closing and filling process. By reducing the effect of the weight of the gripper on the bulk material, a fill degree of the gripper is influenced via the controller in that a tensile force acting on the holding cables is influenced in order to optimally fill the gripper. A tensile force TARGET value is determined for the holding cables via the controller and is output to a tensile force controller as an input variable. An electric motor for lifting and lowering the gripper is controlled by the tensile force controller, and an ascertained tensile force ACTUAL value of the holding cables is supplied to the tensile force controller as an input variable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: Konecranes Global Corporation
    Inventors: Jürgen Rothmann, Arno van de Loo