Patents Examined by Michael A Riegelman
  • Patent number: 10662047
    Abstract: Extendable mast systems and methods for a material handling vehicle include a base mast having a first web connecting a first web first flange and a first web second flange; a base mast bearing; a base mast bumper; a vertically extendable mast having a second web connecting a second web first flange and a second web second flange; and a vertically extendable mast bearing. The base mast bearing is spaced apart from the second web first flange defining a base mast bearing space between the base mast bearing and the second web first flange. The vertically extendable mast bearing is spaced apart from the first web first flange defining a vertically extendable mast bearing space between the vertically extendable mast bearing and the first web first flange. And the base mast bumper maintains the base mast bearing space between the base mast bearing and the second web first flange.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: The Raymond Corporation
    Inventor: David B. Howe
  • Patent number: 10663111
    Abstract: The invention relates to a cartridge device for lubricating a machine, preferably a clipping machine, having a pneumatic system and a pump unit driven by the pneumatic system, the cartridge device comprising a cartridge container for accommodating a supply of lubricant having a longitudinal axis defining a longitudinal direction, wherein the cartridge container comprises a first end portion and a second end portion located opposite the first end portion in the longitudinal direction, and a first closure element for detachably coupling the first end portion of the cartridge container to a suction side of the pump unit, wherein the first closure element has a delivery opening for supplying lubricant contained within the cartridge container to the suction side of the pump unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: Poly-clip System GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Udo Münker
  • Patent number: 10663054
    Abstract: An oil transfer unit has a rotating part extending along an axis, a stationary part provided with an oil mouth, and a floating part having a cylindrical surface fitted onto an outer cylindrical surface of the rotating part in a non-contact configuration; an annular groove is provided between the floating part and the rotating part to put the oil mouth into communication with an inner chamber of the rotating part; both sides of the groove are sealed by a hydrostatic seal defined by a radial gap between the cylindrical surfaces; the unit has at least one oil transfer tube, coupled to the stationary part and the floating part in a fluid-tight manner and with freedom of movement, and a connecting rod to prevent rotation of the floating part; the opposite ends of the connecting rod are coupled to the stationary part and floating part by respective spherical joints.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: GE Avio S.r.l
    Inventors: Michele Gravina, Federico Dellavalle
  • Patent number: 10663893
    Abstract: A system and method for applying lubricant to a surface, such as a heating surface of a fuser member. The system includes lubricant conduit for carrying pressurized lubricant toward a spraying assembly. A heating element surrounds the lubricant conduit and heats the pressurized lubricant before it arrives at the spraying assembly. The system also includes a pair of double O-ring sealing assemblies for sealingly coupling a lubricant tube to the system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: CLOVER IMAGING GROUP, LLC
    Inventors: Heymo Hormann, Craig Calsyn, Daniel J. Andersen
  • Patent number: 10662028
    Abstract: A method is provided for moving an elevator car in a rescue operation after at least one electric elevator brake have been actuated, whereafter the brake is re-opened via a manual brake opening device and operated to allow a movement of the elevator car to a next landing. The manual brake opening device is connected to an end limit indicator detector, which end limit indicator detector is configured to issue an end limit signal when elevator car arrives at an area of an end limit indicator at the end of its movement range of the elevator car in the elevator shaft. When the end limit indicator detector outputs an end limit signal to the manual brake opening device, the elevator brake is actuated by the manual brake opening device to stop the elevator car.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: KONE CORPORATION
    Inventors: Tarvo Viita-Aho, Jussi Lähteenmäki
  • Patent number: 10654685
    Abstract: A car mounted governor (12) for an elevator system includes an overspeed pulley (38) configured to be secured to an elevator car of an elevator system. The overspeed pulley is configured to detect an overspeed condition of the elevator car via a rate at which a governor cable (42) passes around the overspeed pulley. The car mounted governor further includes a free pulley (40) configured to be secured to the elevator car with the governor cable routed over the free pulley. A tensioning device (64) is located at the free pulley and is operably connected thereto to maintain a select tension on the governor cable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: OTIS ELEVATOR COMPANY
    Inventor: Aurélien Fauconnet
  • Patent number: 10647546
    Abstract: An illustrative example hydraulic elevator system includes an elevator car, a hydraulic plunger associated with the elevator car, a fluid reservoir and a conduit coupling the fluid reservoir and the hydraulic plunger. A pump causes fluid movement through the conduit between the fluid reservoir and the hydraulic plunger to cause selective movement of the elevator car. A shutoff valve is associated with the conduit, the shutoff valve being between the pump and the hydraulic plunger. The shutoff valve has a closed position in which the shutoff valve prevents fluid movement between the hydraulic plunger and at least one of the reservoir and the pump to prevent movement of the elevator car. The shutoff valve has an open position in which the shutoff valve permits fluid movement between the pump and the hydraulic plunger to permit movement of the elevator car. A valve actuator operates based on pressure in at least the hydraulic plunger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: OTIS ELEVATOR COMPANY
    Inventors: Kevin Shepherd, James O'Neal Creel, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10640332
    Abstract: An elevator system includes an elevator car constructed and arranged to travel in a hoistway. A linear propulsion system of the elevator system is configured to impart a force upon the elevator car to control movement of the car. The linear propulsion system includes a secondary portion mounted to the elevator car and may have a plurality of magnets. A first primary portion (42) of the linear propulsion system includes a mounting assembly (60), a plurality of coils engaged to the mounting assembly (60), and a first cooling device (80) including at least one conduit (82) projecting outward from the mounting assembly (60) and into the hoistway for transferring heat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: OTIS ELEVATOR COMPANY
    Inventors: Ram Ranjan, Enrico Manes
  • Patent number: 10634236
    Abstract: Provided is a hydraulic supply structure. The hydraulic supply structure includes an inner pipe configured to form a first pipe path which is a part of a first hydraulic supply passage, an outer pipe configured to form a second pipe path which is a part of a second hydraulic supply passage between the inner pipe and the outer pipe, and an annular inner pipe holding portion and an annular outer pipe holding portion configured to fix the inner pipe and the outer pipe to a casing. Each of the outer pipe holding portion and the inner pipe holding portion is a part of a pipe holding member configured as an integral member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yasuhiro Morimoto, Natsumi Iizuka, Ryusuke Kagaya
  • Patent number: 10633222
    Abstract: An elevator car door system is provided, the system including an elevator car door panel (502, 600, 704) having a first retention member (510, 604, 720) and a suspension (504, 602, 706) having a second retention member (512, 606, 718) configured to releasably engage with the first retention member (510, 604, 720) to retain the elevator car door panel (502, 600, 704) in a first position. The elevator car door panel (502, 600, 704) is movable relative to the suspension (504, 602, 706) to a second position, wherein the second position is configured to enable the elevator car door panel (502, 600, 704) to be removed from the suspension (504, 602, 706).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: OTIS ELEVATOR COMPANY
    Inventors: Aurelien Fauconnet, Amine Badaoui
  • Patent number: 10625981
    Abstract: A stairlift with an elongated rail includes a first side running surface and a second side running surface; and a carriage movable along the rail. The carriage having a first roller including a first roller friction surface which is in frictional engagement with the first side running surface for guiding the first roller; and a second roller including a second roller friction surface which is in frictional engagement with the second side running surface for guiding the second roller; and a first bridge. The first roller being rotatable around a first axis at a first end of the first bridge and the second roller is being rotatable around a second axis at a second end of the first bridge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: Handicare Stairlifts B.V.
    Inventor: Dov Rosenthal
  • Patent number: 10619533
    Abstract: A method is described of supplying liquid to a liquid delivery system in a vehicle. A a replaceable liquid container including a reservoir containing liquid is releasably coupled in the vehicle to provide fluidic communication between the reservoir and a liquid delivery system of the vehicle during operation of the vehicle. The method includes the steps of: (i) prior to establishing liquid communication between the reservoir and the liquid delivery system of a selected vehicle, communicating with a data carrier carried by the container and determining data associated with at least one of the container and its contents; and (ii) using the data in an analysis of suitability of the container and/or content of the container for the selected vehicle and generating a suitability output, and (iii) establishing liquid communication between the reservoir and liquid delivery system of the selected vehicle in dependence on the suitability output.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: Castrol Limited
    Inventors: Andrew Phillip Barnes, Peter Stuart Brett, Steven Paul Goodier, Timothy Hugh Lake, Mark O'Malley, Oliver Paul Taylor, David John Roach Williams
  • Patent number: 10618776
    Abstract: A brake member actuation mechanism for a safety brake member of a hoisted structure includes a brake actuator (12) formed of a ferro-magnetic material configured to be electronically actuated to magnetically engage a guide rail (14) upon detection of the hoisted structure exhibiting a predetermined condition, wherein the magnetic engagement of the brake actuator and the guide rail actuates movement of the safety brake member into a braking position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: OTIS ELEVATOR COMPANY
    Inventors: Guohong Hu, Daryl J. Marvin
  • Patent number: 10618778
    Abstract: The present invention provides an openable extended panel, and a lift ceiling, lift car and lift system having same, wherein the openable extended panel is mounted to a support frame and is in positional correspondence to an escape exit at a car roof; the openable extended panel is rotatably connected to the support frame at a first side, and the openable extended panel is connected to the support frame via an intermediate member at a second side opposite to the first side, the support frame and the openable extended panel being respectively detachably connected to the intermediate member. The openable extended panel according to the embodiments of the present invention has a simple structure, and can be easily opened.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: OTIS ELEVATOR COMPANY
    Inventors: Xiaopeng Hu, ChunYan Yu, Jingli Zhou, YuFeng Wu
  • Patent number: 10604379
    Abstract: A belt for an elevator system includes a tension member extending at least partially across a belt width and extending longitudinally along a length of the belt, the tension member formed at least partially from a plurality of aromatic polyester based fibers, and a jacket material at least partially encapsulating the tension member. An elevator system includes a hoistway, an elevator car located in the hoistway and movable therein, and a belt operably connected to the elevator car to suspend and/or drive the elevator car along the hoistway. The belt includes a tension member extending at least partially across a belt width and extending longitudinally along a length of the belt. The tension member is formed at least partially from a plurality of aromatic polyester based fibers. A jacket material at least partially encapsulates the tension member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: OTIS ELEVATOR COMPANY
    Inventor: Chen Qian Zhao
  • Patent number: 10604380
    Abstract: An elevator car (2), which is configured for moving along a hoistway in a vertical direction, comprises a passenger compartment defining an interior space (4) surrounded by sidewalls and at least one car door, said sidewalls (62, 63, 64) and/or said car door forming at least one vertically extending corner or protrusion (7). At least one vertically extending decorative element (13, 16) is assigned to the at least one vertically extending corner or protrusion (7) and comprises at least one vertically extending lighting element (10) which is configured for illuminating the interior space 4.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: OTIS ELEVATOR COMPANY
    Inventors: Stephane Blondel, Etienne Beaubois, Romain Durand, Frederic Bourassin, Paul Guillaume
  • Patent number: 10598270
    Abstract: A lubrication system for a rack and pinion mast of a drilling rig includes a lubricating pinion positioned on a cart and in engagement with the rack. The lubricating pinion includes a plurality of lubrication dispensing ports formed on faces of the teeth of the pinion. The lubrication dispensing ports are fluidly coupled to lubrication ports formed in the lubricating pinion. The lubrication ports fluidly couple to an inner bore of the lubricating pinion. The inner bore may be fluidly coupled to a lubricant reservoir.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: NABORS DRILLING TECHNOLOGIES USA, INC.
    Inventors: Ashish Gupta, Padira Reddy
  • Patent number: 10597257
    Abstract: Elevator braking systems. The elevator braking system comprises a wedge having a curved wedge bearing race and a clamping jaw having a curved jaw bearing race. The elevator braking system includes a roller bearing assembly. The assembly has two cages and a spacer maintains a space between the two cages. A plurality of rollers is rotatably coupled to the two cages. Each of the plurality of rollers is barrel shaped. A first side of the roller bearing assembly is configured to be coupled to the wedge via the curved wedge bearing race. A second side of the roller bearing assembly is configured to be coupled to the clamping jaw via the curved jaw bearing race.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignees: THYSSENKRUPP ELEVATOR AG, THYSSENKRUPP AG
    Inventor: Jeffrey Duvall
  • Patent number: 10589963
    Abstract: A safety gear alignment system for an elevator system includes an elevator shaft and an elevator car having an interior region and disposed in and moveable within the elevator shaft. Also included is an upright structure operatively coupled to the elevator car, the upright structure defining at least one aperture. Further included is a safety gear member having a brake and a frame, the frame operatively coupled to the upright structure. Yet further included is at least one access region defined by the frame of the safety gear member, the access region accessible from the interior region of the elevator car and wherein measurement between the frame and a guide rail of the elevator shaft is made for alignment of the safety gear member relative to the guide rail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: OTIS ELEVATOR COMPANY
    Inventors: Justin Billard, Andrés Monzon, Richard N. Fargo, Nicolas Fonteneau
  • Patent number: 10584014
    Abstract: An elevator electrical safety actuation system and method are provided. The system includes an actuation device configured to operate a brake device. The actuation device includes a locking mechanism (542), a first portion (534) configured to be engaged and retained by the locking mechanism (542) in a first portion-first state and moveable to a second state wherein the first portion is not retained by the locking mechanism (542), a second portion (536) in contact with the first portion (534) when the second portion (536) is in a second portion-first state and the first portion (534) is in the first portion-first state, the second portion (536) moveable to a second portion-second state, wherein the second portion (536) is operably connected to the brake device, and a resetting mechanism (546) configured to force the first portion (534) from the first portion-second state to the first portion-first state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: OTIS ELEVATOR COMPANY
    Inventors: Aurelien Fauconnet, Frederic Beauchaud