Patents Examined by Jeffrey Donels
  • Patent number: 11124383
    Abstract: The elevator comprising a car moving upwards and downwards in a well, a controller controlling the elevator, and a well lighting. The method comprises detecting a manual unlocking or a manual opening of a landing door, activating the well lighting automatically when the controller detects a manual unlocking or a manual opening of a landing door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Assignee: KONE CORPORATION
    Inventors: Ari Kattainen, Gareth Chapman, Jari Kantola, Juha-Matti Aitamurto, Jukka Lindberg, Pekka Laukkanen, Sivasamy Manokar
  • Patent number: 11127386
    Abstract: The Plant Choir™ system comprises a software program and hardware that measures the electrodermal activity of a person, plant, or animal and translates those readings into music on a computing device. The EDA readings of the individual subjects are translated via the software into musical notes in real time. The creation of the notes is synchronized to a master tempo in order to allow the subjects to play together in a unified fashion similar to a choir. A riff mode allows the subjects to produce multiple notes per beat. The music is rendered using a software synthesis algorithm that employs the pre-recorded sounds of real instruments. The software can also utilize MIDI devices if the operating system has that capability. The software allows the user to load and save their settings so they can create and experiment with their own choir configurations and musical scales.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Inventors: James S. Brown, Brian Lorne Fisher
  • Patent number: 11117781
    Abstract: A vertical bounce detection system of an elevator system includes at least one sensor operable to detect vertical movement of an elevator car in a hoistway. The vertical bounce detection system also includes a processing system communicatively coupled to the at least one sensor and a memory system having instructions stored thereon that, when executed by the processing system, cause the vertical bounce detection system to determine a bounce energy level of the elevator car based on sensor data from the at least one sensor. The instructions further cause the vertical bounce detection system to compare the bounce energy level to a bounce condition threshold. A speed reduction of the elevator car is commanded to continue movement of the elevator car at a reduced speed based on determining that the bounce energy level exceeds the bounce condition threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2021
    Assignee: OTIS ELEVATOR COMPANY
    Inventors: Marcin Wroblewski, Daryl J. Marvin
  • Patent number: 11117783
    Abstract: This invention is directed to a self-propelled elevator system having multiple motors or one motor, and methods for synchronizing said multiple motors. This invention is also directed to an elevator brake system to be used in said self-propelled elevator system or other types of elevators to increase their level of safety.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2021
    Inventor: Kenny Wai Keung Lau
  • Patent number: 11120780
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a removable electronic device for emulating at least one sound of a drum-type percussion instrument, said device being intended to instrumentalise a striking element. A defining means defines a striking area on a tangible support. An allocating means allocates a drum element associated with a predetermined sound to the striking area, in a database. At least one sensor generates a stroke signal having at least one piece of stroke information on a stroke of a user with the striking element in the striking area. A computer processing means implements a processing algorithm configured to process the stroke signal to spatially locate said stroke in order to detect the area struck and to determine the drum element corresponding to this area struck. A generating means is configured to generate a sound signal comprising information on the sound virtually generated by said stroke of the striking element in said area struck.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2021
    Assignee: REDISON
    Inventor: Jerome Dron
  • Patent number: 11104561
    Abstract: An apparatus for operating a vehicle lift comprises at least one lifting assembly, a control unit, and a control pendant. The control pendant is configured to remotely control the motion of the vehicle lift through the control unit and to permit the lifting of a vehicle by the push of a single button on the control pendant and/or positioning of lift features in preparation for lifting a particular vehicle by the push of a single button. A menu screen and a plurality of menu buttons may be used together by a user to select one vehicle profile from a plurality of vehicle profiles. The selected vehicle profile may correspond to the vehicle being lifted and provides specific data with respect to how the at least one lifting assembly and/or the lift features should be moved for the particular vehicle being lifted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Assignee: Vehicle Service Group, LLC
    Inventors: Robert Elliott, Chetan Gundurao, Libu George, Mahendran Krishnan, Mahendra Pradhan, Phaneesh Guruswamy, Sameer Saxena, Prasad Rao Boddu
  • Patent number: 11104548
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an aid device for ascending and/or descending staircases for people with motor disabilities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Inventor: Giovanni Teglia
  • Patent number: 11097922
    Abstract: The arrangement comprises a drive driving an electric motor, a contactor and a control circuit connecting a control coil of the contactor to a power supply. The control circuit comprises a manual control part provided with a manually operated first switch, and an electronical control part provided with an electronically operated second switch and a processor controlling the second switch. The first switch and the second switch are connected in series in the control circuit with the power supply and the control coil of the contactor so that de-energization of the control coil of the contactor may be done either by the first switch or by the second switch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2021
    Assignee: KONE CORPORATION
    Inventors: Ari Kattainen, Juha-Matti Aitamurto, Juhamatti Nikander, Arto Nakari
  • Patent number: 11100907
    Abstract: A guitar pedalboard for creating a loop includes a touch screen display for displaying a plurality of tracks of a loop. The touch screen display can be used to adjust a parameter of each track, and the loop. A plurality of footswitches corresponding to the plurality of tracks can be used to independently record and play each track of the loop.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2021
    Assignee: inMusic Brands, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark A. Frederick, Walter P. Skorupski, John Alex Souppa, John E. O'Donnell
  • Patent number: 11087727
    Abstract: A method for processing a voice signal by an electronic system to create a song is disclosed. The method comprises the steps in the electronic system of acquiring an input singing voice recording (11); estimating a musical key (15b) and a Tempo (15a) from the singing voice recording (11); defining a tuning control (16) and a timing control (17) able to align the singing voice recording (11) with the estimated musical key (15b) and Tempo (15a); applying the tuning control (16) and the timing control (17) to the singing voice recording (11) so that an aligned voice recording (20) is obtained. Next, the method comprises the step of generating an music accompaniment (23) as function of the estimated musical key (15b) and Tempo (15a) and an arrangement database (22) and mixing the aligned voice recording (20) and the music accompaniment (23) to obtain the song (12). A system a server and a device are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Assignee: SUGARMUSIC S.P.A.
    Inventors: Filippo Sugar, Jordi Janer, Roberto Vernetti, Oscar Mayor
  • Patent number: 11084687
    Abstract: A method for operating an elevator system having a shaft system and elevator cars that are moved separately between floors in a circulation operation may involve moving the elevator cars upward in a first shaft and moving the elevator cars downward in a second shaft. A number of shaft positions that can be respectively adopted by the elevator cars and that correspond to the number of elevator cars is defined, and synchronization of movement of the elevator cars may be carried out with respect to these defined shaft positions. Further, each of the elevator cars may be moved according to a travel curve. To synchronize the movement of the elevator cars the travel curve for each elevator car may be adapted to account for positions of the elevator cars in the same shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Assignee: TK Elevator Innovation and Operations GmbH
    Inventors: Stefan Gerstenmeyer, Markus Jetter
  • Patent number: 11087731
    Abstract: This invention eliminates most mechanical switching in vibrational pickup circuits by using variable gains to combine signals of sensors in differential amplifiers as J?1 humbucking pairs for J>1 number of sensors, with the sensors matched to produce the same level and phase of unwanted hum from external sources. It can also combine J>1 number of matched sensors with K>1 number of dissimilar sensors which are matched only to each other in the same manner. This produces not only all the possible mechanically switched humbucking signals, but all the continuously-varying combinations of humbucking signals in between.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Inventor: Donald L Baker
  • Patent number: 11084690
    Abstract: The invention relates to an elevator comprising an electric linear motor comprising at least one linear stator designed to be located in a fixed correlation to an environment, particularly building, and at least one mover designed for connection with an elevator car to be moved and co-acting with the stator to move the car, which motor comprises a stator beam supporting said at least one stator, which stator beam has at least one side face carrying ferromagnetic poles of said stator spaced apart by a pitch, and which mover comprises at least one counter-face facing said side face(s) of the stator beam, in which counter-face electro-magnetic components of the mover are arranged to co-act with the ferromagnetic poles mounted on the stator beam, which elevator comprises an elevator brake.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Assignee: KONE CORPORATION
    Inventors: Tero Hakala, Ari Kattainen, Jussi Lähteenmäki, Seppo Suur-Askola, Jussi Perälä, Tero Purosto
  • Patent number: 11078049
    Abstract: An elevator drive system (40) includes a permanent magnet (PM) synchronous electric motor (34) including a plurality of phases and a plurality of motor drives (55, 58) electrically connected to the PM synchronous electric motor. Each of the plurality of motor drives is operatively connected to a corresponding one of the plurality of phases. The plurality of motor drives is configured and disposed to deliver a torque current divided equally between each of the plurality of phases and independently deliver flux current to the corresponding one of the plurality of phases.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2021
    Assignee: OTIS ELEVATOR COMPANY
    Inventor: Edward D. Piedra
  • Patent number: 11078048
    Abstract: An illustrative example elevator sheave cleaner includes a base configured to be situated on a first side of load bearing members that wrap at least partially around a sheave. A plurality of fingers extend from the base and are configured to be received between adjacent load bearing members. A plurality of cleaning pads are respectively supported by the fingers and spaced from the base. The cleaning pads are configured to contact and clean a surface of the sheave when the cleaning pads are on a second, opposite side of the load bearing members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2021
    Assignee: OTIS ELEVATOR COMPANY
    Inventors: Ethan Kent Grainger, James O'Neal Creel, Jr., Ronnie D. Forrest, Jr.
  • Patent number: 11072515
    Abstract: An illustrative example elevator system includes at least one elevator car that is moveable along a hoistway. An elevator controller is configured to respond to a communication from a portable device indicating a desire for the at least one elevator car to be placed in a maintenance mode and indicating a location of desired hoistway access. The controller automatically moves the elevator car to a determined positon based on the communication. That position corresponds to the location of the desired hoistway access. The controller performs at least one automated procedure to place the elevator car in the maintenance mode. The controller provides an indication to the portable device that the elevator car is in the determined position and that the automated procedure has been completed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2021
    Assignee: OTIS ELEVATOR COMPANY
    Inventors: Tadeusz Pawel Witczak, Michael J. Tracey
  • Patent number: 11066276
    Abstract: A door control system is provided. Aspects includes a sensor having a field of view in proximity to a door threshold of an entrance to an occupancy area, wherein the sensor is adapted to detect objects in the door threshold and a landing area proximate to the door threshold, wherein the sensor is operated based on a movement of a door in the door threshold. And based at least upon detecting an object within a portion of the door threshold or the landing area, the sensor operable to signal a door operation controller to perform an action.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Assignee: OTIS ELEVATOR COMPANY
    Inventors: Walter Thomas Schmidt, Goran Djuknic, Norbert Antony Murray Hootsmans
  • Patent number: 11059700
    Abstract: A large-tonnage skip anti-blocking system includes a skip, wherein two parallel rows of guide rails are fixed to upper and lower shaft walls of a shaft on two sides of the skip correspondingly, a plurality of pulleys are mounted on the guide rails in a matched mode, impact plates are mounted between the upper and lower pulleys, front plates of the impact plates are mounted between the upper and lower sets of pulleys in the front row, rear plates of the impact plates are mounted between the upper and lower sets of pulleys in the back row, a length of rib plates of the impact plates is greater than a width of the skip, hydraulic cylinder bases and vibration motors are mounted on outer sides of the rib plates at intervals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2021
    Assignee: CHINA UNIVERSITY OF MINING AND TECHNOLOGY
    Inventors: Zhencai Zhu, Guohua Cao, Gongbo Zhou, Yu Tang, Fan Jiang, Gang Shen, Hao Lu, Yuxing Peng
  • Patent number: 11053095
    Abstract: An elevator alert system for alerting a mechanic working inside a hoistway comprises an elevator car vertically movable within a hoistway, a counterweight vertically movable within the hoistway and a compensation member with one end connected to the bottom of the elevator car and the other end connected to the bottom of the counterweight. The compensation member includes at least one light source attached to the compensation member near the elevator car or counterweight. The at least one light source longitudinally extends along the compensation member over a length.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Assignee: OTIS ELEVATOR COMPANY
    Inventor: Jiro Murata
  • Patent number: 11046553
    Abstract: An elevator automatic rescue and energy-saving control method, the method comprising: when the power grid supplies power normally, selecting a single current in a three-phase power grid (9) as an AC power supply for an elevator control system (10); controlling a DC-DC converter (2) to charge the super capacitor module (1) connected to the DC-DC converter to a specified standby electric energy level; and when the power grid is suddenly interrupted, selecting to use the electric energy stored in the super capacitor module (1) as a rescue electric energy for a traction motor (7) and the elevator control system (10). The described method uses a super capacitor module, so that a stable and reliable elevator rescue power supply is provided when the power grid is suddenly interrupted, and the regenerative electric energy dissipated during elevator braking operation is stored and utilized during elevator operation, thereby conserving energy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2021
    Assignee: Forward Electronics Company Limited
    Inventors: Eric Ka Wai Cheng, Eugene Yu Ching Chan, Xiangdang Xue, Lok Yan Lorraine Chan