Patents Examined by Anthony Salata
  • Patent number: 10280041
    Abstract: An elevator system includes a hoistway and an elevator car to travel in the hoistway. Permanent magnets are mounted to the elevator car and primary windings are mounted in the hoistway to form a linear motor. The primary windings having a first section having a first number of turns and a second section having a second number of turns. The first number of turns is less than the second number of turns.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: OTIS ELEVATOR COMPANY
    Inventor: Fernando Rodriguez
  • Patent number: 10273116
    Abstract: An elevator rescue system allows an elevator car of an elevator to be moved in an emergency situation. The elevator includes an elevator motor acting on hoisting ropes by which the elevator car is suspended including at least one electro-mechanical brake and an encoder outputting a signal corresponding to its speed. The rescue system includes a back-up power source, a jerk monitoring circuit connected to the encoder and including a memory storing an upper threshold value for the derivative of car acceleration, a brake feed circuit controlled by the jerk monitoring circuit, and a release switch connected to the jerk monitoring circuit and/or to the brake feed circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: KONE CORPORATION
    Inventors: Ari Kattainen, Arto Nakari
  • Patent number: 10259682
    Abstract: In accordance with exemplary embodiments there is determining geo-routines of a user, the geo-routines based on at least one of a location and an altitude and a trajectory of the user, recording the determined geo-routines of user of the system; and based on a current trajectory of a user indicating that the user is going to use a transportation system, optimizing a use of the system according to the recorded geo-routines of the user of the system. In addition, sending information including a location and/or an altitude of a user, and a trajectory of the user, the information associated with a current geo-routine of the user, and receiving information to optimize the use of a transportation system, the receiving based on a current trajectory indicating that the user is going to use the transportation system and on the current geo-routine and/or historical geo-routines of a user of the transportation system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Nokia Technologies Oy
    Inventors: Jan O. Blom, Julian Charles Nolan
  • Patent number: 10259681
    Abstract: A conveyance system including a system interface having a camera to generate an image including an input fingerprint and an input finger presentation; a dispatch system including a fingerprint recognition unit and a profile unit, the fingerprint recognition unit comparing the input fingerprint to a reference fingerprint; the dispatch system accessing a user profile when the input fingerprint matches the reference fingerprint; the dispatch system comparing the input finger presentation to a reference finger presentation in the user profile; and the dispatch system retrieving a destination from the user profile when the input finger presentation matches the reference finger presentation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: OTIS ELEVATOR COMPANY
    Inventors: Paul A. Simcik, Bradley Armand Scoville
  • Patent number: 10252884
    Abstract: An elevator system including a hoistway, an elevator component disposed in the hoistway, and a power assembly disposed in the hoistway, the power assembly including a first power component disposed in the hoistway, the first power component including a first power connection, and a second power component operably coupled to the elevator component; wherein the first power component is configured to provide wireless power to the second power component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: OTIS ELEVATOR COMPANY
    Inventor: Guohong Hu
  • Patent number: 10239728
    Abstract: A system and/or method for detecting an occupancy of an elevator cab of an elevator to generate occupancy information is provided. The system and/or method further generates anonymized occupancy information based on the occupancy information and provides the anonymized occupancy information to enable the occupancy of the elevator cab to be presented with anonymity for occupants.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: CARRIER CORPORATION
    Inventors: Alan Matthew Finn, William A. Veronesi, Arthur Hsu, Hui Fang
  • Patent number: 10241486
    Abstract: A passenger conveyance system includes a processing module in communication with one or more sensors to receive the depth map data, and one or more security sensors to receive the security data, the processing module uses the depth map data and the security data to calculate passenger data that is operable to recognize a particular passenger. An elevator controller to receive the passenger data from the processing module, wherein the elevator controller controls an elevator dispatch control function in response to the particular passenger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: OTIS ELEVATOR COMPANY
    Inventors: Alan Matthew Finn, Arthur Hsu, Hui Fang
  • Patent number: 10239727
    Abstract: An automated method to control and evaluation of the operation of a lift installation, where at least one load of unknown weight is weighed by means of a weighing machine; the sum of the weights detected on site in the lift installation where the maintenance work is being performed is transmitted to a portable control console, which transmits the sum of the weights detected associated with the loads introduced to the lift cabin to a load weighing device; to receive command signals associated with the control and maintenance tasks transmitted from the portable control console, in response to operating parameters of the lift cabin loaded with the sum of the weights detected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: Dinacell Electronica, S.L.
    Inventor: Rafael Gonzalez Gallegos
  • Patent number: 10227208
    Abstract: A safety apparatus for elevator apparatuses which can move a cab via a drive including a monitoring unit for monitoring at least one of the drive and/or the motor regulation system of the drive, a safety device having at least two sensors, which can be switched between at least two switching states depending on a state, in particular a closing state. In order to be able to reduce operating costs, at least one of the safety device and the monitoring unit includes a controller, which is designed to identify the respective switching states of the sensors, and to transmit at least one of data and monitoring signals to the monitoring unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: Cedes AG
    Inventors: Beat De Coi, Tobias Leutenegger, Dumeng Hersche, Jürg Hegelbach
  • Patent number: 10227207
    Abstract: A method for a passenger-allocation in a multi-deck elevator group where the decks of the elevator cars are stacked above each other and being mounted in a car frame to be moved synchronously in an elevator shaft utilizes an improved allocation strategy. The method is performed by a control unit to dispatch the elevator cars for serving any passenger call which can be entered as a landing call or a car call, wherein a call creates plural allocation proposals calculated by an optimization algorithm carried out by the control unit for dispatching an elevator to a passenger call. The allocation proposals are then processed in a routing algorithm defining one serving deck to be taken for the allocation of a specific call, which routing algorithm is restarted for any further incoming call independent of whether a further incoming call is creating new elevator allocation proposal(s) or when a reallocation timeout has passed. A computer program carrying out the method is further disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: KONE CORPORATION
    Inventors: Janne Sorsa, Marja-Liisa Siikonen
  • Patent number: 10214384
    Abstract: A method for operating a safety system including a control unit, a bus, a plurality of bus nodes connected to the control unit via the bus, and a plurality of participants connected to the control unit via the bus nodes, wherein at least one participant is designed as a temporary participant. The method includes the step of enabling the safety system for operation by the control unit when either a first temporary participant or a second temporary participant is connected to the bus. An elevator system can be provided with a safety system for carrying out the method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: INVENTIO AG
    Inventors: Astrid Sonnenmoser, Ivo Lustenberger, Martin Hess
  • Patent number: 10214383
    Abstract: A method for commissioning an elevator system, the system having a control unit, a bus, and a plurality of bus nodes, which nodes are connected with the control unit through the bus, wherein the method includes the following steps: for each bus node, node-specific data are registered by the control unit; for each bus node, the registered node-specific data are compared with a participant list; and for each deviation between the participant list and the registered node-specific data, a message is issued for an operator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: INVENTIO AG
    Inventors: Astrid Sonnenmoser, Martin Hess, Reto Tschuppert, Ivo Lustenberger
  • Patent number: 10215160
    Abstract: Aspects of the present invention provide an approach for controlling energy generation by an airflow originating from a moving elevator cabin. Wing pressure pads are positioned outside the elevator cabin extending to walls of the elevator shaft for preventing an airflow in the elevator shaft from above the elevator cabin to an area in the shaft below the elevator cabin. The elevator shaft is pressure-tight, and the elevator shaft has, at one end of the elevator shaft, an air conduit in which a first power generator stage having a propeller-driven electrical power generator is positioned. The method further intercepts a floor selection for the cabin and disables the power generators if a floor difference from a current position of the elevator cabin to a target position of the elevator cabin is below a predefined threshold value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Giuseppe Ciano, Gianluca Della Corte, Giuseppe Longobardi, Antonio M. Sgro
  • Patent number: 10207893
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method and apparatus. In the method a determining a first position of a user of a mobile node is determined at a first time instant. A second position of the user of the mobile node is determined at a second time instant. A time difference is determined between the first time instant and the second time instant. A walking speed of the user is determined using the time difference, the first position and the second position. A third position of the user of the mobile node is determined. A walking time required for the user to reach at least one elevator is determined from the third position based on the walking speed of the user. An elevator call and the walking time are transmitted to an elevator call control node.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: KONE CORPORATION
    Inventors: Niko Elomaa, Jukka-Pekka Sarjanen, Kenneth Kronkvist
  • Patent number: 10209066
    Abstract: An arrangement includes an installation platform arranged to be movable upwards and downwards in a first direction in the elevator shaft, and two laser transmitters arranged at a bottom of the elevator shaft. Each of the two laser transmitters produce a vertical upwards directed laser plane in the elevator shaft, the laser planes being perpendicular to each other. At least four primary light sensitive detectors are attached to the installation platform so that they are visible to the laser transmitters, each of the primary light sensitive detectors being positioned on a respective side of a rectangle. The position of the installation platform in relation to the elevator shaft can be measured from the hitting points of the laser planes on the primary light sensitive detectors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: KONE CORPORATION
    Inventor: Pekka Kilpeläinen
  • Patent number: 10207895
    Abstract: A system and method of balancing elevator car emergency power in an elevator system is provided. The method includes switching a first feeder group of elevator cars from building power provided through a first building power feeder to back-up power provided through a back-up power source, switching a second feeder group of elevator cars from the building power provided through a second building power feeder to the back-up power provided through the back-up power source, selecting, using an elevator controller, at least one elevator car from the first feeder group of elevator cars, selecting, using the elevator controller, at least one elevator car from the second feeder group of elevator cars, and powering the selected elevator cars from the first feeder group and the second feeder group using the back-up power from the back-up power source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: OTIS ELEVATOR COMPANY
    Inventors: Robert Henry Lefevre, James M. Collins
  • Patent number: 10202256
    Abstract: A system and method for interfacing a destination entry system with existing security infrastructure of a space. The destination entry system may include at least one destination entry device configured to receive a destination request from a user and an interface device to facilitate communication between the destination entry system and a security system). The interface device may be configured to receive credentials of the user from the security system, co-relate the credentials with areas within a space that the user is authorized to access, identify which one of the at least one destination entry device originated the destination request from the user and communicate the authorized areas and the identified one of the at least one destination entry device to the destination entry system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: OTIS ELEVATOR COMPANY
    Inventors: Patrick J. MacDonald, Greg Barnes
  • Patent number: 10196240
    Abstract: An elevator system includes an elevator car having an elevator car subsystem; a guide rail to guide the elevator car along a hoistway; primary windings positioned along the hoistway; permanent magnets coupled to the elevator car, the primary windings and permanent magnets defining a linear motor for imparting motion to the elevator car in response to a drive signal; and secondary windings coupled to the elevator car, the secondary windings generating a current to power the elevator car subsystem.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: OTIS ELEVATOR COMPANY
    Inventors: Zbigniew Piech, Wojciech Szelag, Rafal Wojciechowski, Cezary Jedryczka
  • Patent number: 10196234
    Abstract: A method for controlling an elevator includes controlling the speed of a vertically moving elevator car during its run from a starting landing to a destination landing according to speed settings, the speed settings defining a constant target speed for the elevator car. The method includes obtaining measurement data of the ongoing run, which measurement data describes vertical speed and/or vertical acceleration of the vertically moving elevator car, determining whether the measurement data meets one or more predetermined criteria indicating unintended vertical speed and/or unintended vertical acceleration, and changing the speed settings of the current run by lowering the constant target speed from a first constant target speed to a second constant target speed if the measurement data meets said one or more predetermined criteria, continuing the run without intermediate stops to said destination landing. An elevator is provided to implement the method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: KONE CORPORATION
    Inventors: Ari Kattainen, Lauri Stolt
  • Patent number: 10196233
    Abstract: A ropeless elevator system may include a plurality of elevator cars, a first hoistway, a second hoistway, an upper transfer station, and a lower transfer station. Movement of each of the plurality of elevator cars may be controlled according to a predetermined assignment in which: a plurality of floors is divided into a plurality of floor groups, each of the plurality of elevator cars is assigned to at least one of the plurality of floor groups, and each of the plurality of elevator cars is dispatched only to floors within the at least one floor group assigned thereto.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: OTIS ELEVATOR COMPANY
    Inventors: Tadeusz Witczak, Zbigniew Piech