Patents by Inventor Antti SAARELAINEN

Antti SAARELAINEN has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Publication number: 20210016999
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a conveyor system comprising: a drive machine, a conveyor control unit configured to control operation of a conveyor device, a sensor array comprising at least one sensor mounted to the drive machine and adapted to measure one or more properties of the drive machine, a processing unit associated with the drive machine, wherein the processing unit is connected to the sensor array and configured to obtain and process measurement data from the sensor array to generate in-formation about an operation of the drive machine, and a communication channel between the conveyor control unit and the processing unit. The conveyor system may be an elevator system, an escalator system or a moving walk system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 25, 2020
    Publication date: January 21, 2021
    Applicant: Kone Corporation
    Inventors: Henri WENLIN, Antti SAARELAINEN, Janne ROSSI, Asmo TENHUNEN
  • Publication number: 20200207582
    Abstract: According to an aspect, there is provided an elevator car parking brake comprising brake pads and an actuator configured to move the brake pads with respect to a guide rail. The elevator car parking brake further comprises levers, each having an associated brake pad; and at least one screw associated with the actuator and rotatably fixed to at least one lever via at least one attaching member. In a braking operation, the actuator is configured to rotate the at least one screw in a first direction with respect to the at least one attaching member, thus causing the levers with the brake pads to move towards the guide rail. In a brake release operation, the actuator is configured to rotate the at least one screw in a second direction with respect to the at least one attaching member, thus causing the levers with the brake pads to move away from the guide rail.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 30, 2019
    Publication date: July 2, 2020
    Applicant: Kone Corporation
    Inventors: Antti KOSKINEN, Hilkka HAMALAINEN, Timo VLASOV, Mikko PURANEN, Antti SAARELAINEN, Henri WENLIN
  • Publication number: 20200207575
    Abstract: According to an aspect, there is provided an elevator car parking brake comprising a brake carrier having a first plate and a second plate, the plates being spaced from each other and positioned to enable a guide rail to travel within the space between the plates, a caliper movably connected to the brake carrier, brake pads, and an actuator configured to move the brake pads against a guide rail in a braking operation. The elevator car parking brake further comprises at least one first compression spring arranged between the first plate of the brake carrier and a brake pad directly associated with the actuator; and at least one second compression spring arranged between the second plate of the brake carrier and the caliper, the first and second compression springs being configured to keep the brake pads substantially centered with respect to the brake carrier.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 30, 2019
    Publication date: July 2, 2020
    Applicant: Kone Corporation
    Inventors: Antti KOSKINEN, Antti I MAKI, Jukka TURPEINEN, Hilkka HAMALAINEN, Antti SAARELAINEN, Henri WENLIN, Mikko PURANEN, Timo VLASOV, Jukka PENTTILA, Jorma SARKKINEN
  • Publication number: 20200140233
    Abstract: The invention relates to an operational entity for controlling movement of a plurality of elevator cars of a multicar elevator system. The operational entity has a user interface comprising a first input element and a second input element. The user interface is configured to: generate, on the basis of the first input element, an indication of selection of at least one elevator car from among a plurality of elevator cars to be moved; and generate, on the basis of the second input element, one or more control signals indicative of a request to control the movement of the selected at least one elevator car to a predefined direction. The invention relates also to a multicar elevator system comprising an operational entity.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 10, 2019
    Publication date: May 7, 2020
    Applicant: Kone Corporation
    Inventors: Antti KALLIONIEMI, Antti SAARELAINEN, Paul KARLSTEDT
  • Publication number: 20200140234
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for controlling movement of two or more elevator cars of a multicar elevator system. The method comprises: selecting manually via a user interface of an operational entity an elevator car from among a plurality of elevator cars to be moved and controlling movement of one or more other elevator cars from among the plurality of the elevator cars away from a driving area of the selected elevator car. The invention relates also to a multicar elevator system and an operational entity implementing at least portions of the method.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 10, 2019
    Publication date: May 7, 2020
    Applicant: Kone Corporation
    Inventors: Antti KALLIONIEMI, Antti Saarelainen, Paul Karlstedt
  • Publication number: 20200062545
    Abstract: An elevator safety brake unit, an elevator including at least two of the safety brake units, and a method for testing the safety brake units are disclosed. Each safety brake unit includes a frame part, a movable composition movably supported on the frame part, a compression spring assembly associated with the movable composition, and adapted to activate a braking by pushing the movable composition forward, and a coil assembly of an electromagnet disposed in the frame part and adapted to deactivate the braking by pulling the movable composition backwards. Each movable composition includes at least two movable elements, one compression spring for each movable element, and at least one coil assembly adapted to deactivate the braking by pulling the at least two movable elements backwards.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 21, 2019
    Publication date: February 27, 2020
    Applicant: KONE Corporation
    Inventors: Joni LAPPALAINEN, Henri WENLIN, Antti SAARELAINEN, Petri ALKULA, Lasse HURRI, Andrej BURAKOV, Leena RANTA
  • Publication number: 20200002126
    Abstract: A method for diagnosis and/or maintenance of a brake configured to apply braking force to a hoisting machine of a transportation system includes controlling the brake to start a brake control action, e.g. an opening and/or a closing action of the brake; monitoring the brake to detect a response of the brake to the brake control action, wherein in case of the response the response is detected in a predefined manner; measuring a brake operating time interval from a first point in time of starting of the brake control action until a second point in time of monitoring the brake to detect the response; and, if either the response has not been detected until the brake operating time interval reaches and/or exceeds a predetermined threshold or the response has been detected after the brake operating time interval reaches and/or exceeds the predetermined threshold, establishing an information indicating that an operation of the brake should be modified.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 12, 2019
    Publication date: January 2, 2020
    Applicant: KONE Corporation
    Inventors: Antti Saarelainen, Joni Lappalainen
  • Publication number: 20180312370
    Abstract: An elevator drive apparatus is described which includes a drive unit for driving an elevator car, a brake device for braking a motion of the elevator car, a detector for detecting an electrical operation amount of the drive unit, and a controller. The controller is configured to release the brake device, to compare the detected electrical operation amount with a threshold, and to apply the brake device when the detected electrical operation amount exceeds the threshold. In this way, it is ensured that a speed of the elevator car in case of a rescue situation is within a safety limit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 6, 2018
    Publication date: November 1, 2018
    Applicant: KONE Corporation
    Inventors: Antti SAARELAINEN, Andrej BURAKOV
  • Patent number: 9878878
    Abstract: An elevator comprising an elevator car; a plurality of belt-shaped ropes connected to the car, each having a width larger than thickness as measured in transverse direction of the rope; and at least one rope wheel, around which the belt-shaped ropes pass; wherein the rope wheel comprises a plurality of circumferential rope contact areas distributed in axial direction thereof, one of said ropes passing against each circumferential rope contact area, the elevator further comprising a sensing arrangement for sensing displacement of one or more of said ropes, comprising a sensing member for sensing displacement of one or more of said ropes radially outwards from the rope wheel, extending in axial direction of the rope wheel along its surface at a radial distance therefrom, whereby a gap is formed between the sensing member and each rope contact area, the height of the gap being more than thickness of the belt-shaped ropes and less than 2.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: Kone Corporation
    Inventors: Antti Saarelainen, Kimmo Koivisto, Riku Lampinen
  • Patent number: 9764926
    Abstract: A brake assembly for an elevator includes a brake, a brake operating device and a first brake wire connected to the brake operating device and to the brake, the brake operating device being configured to release the brake by moving the brake operating device and the first brake wire to a first direction. A second brake wire is connected to the brake operating device and to the brake, and the brake operating device is configured to engage the brake by moving the brake operating device and the second brake wire to a second direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: KONE CORPORATION
    Inventors: Antti Saarelainen, Seppo Valliovuo, Perttu Luukkonen
  • Patent number: 9638272
    Abstract: The invention relates to an electromagnetic brake and a method for making an electomagnetic brake. The electromagnetic brake comprises a frame part, an armature part movably mounted on the frame part and having a magnetic core, one or more spring elements for activating the brake by moving the said armature part forwards, an electromagnet fitted to the frame part and arranged to release the brake by pulling the said armature part backwards by resisting the said one or more spring elements, and a planar, elastically bendable damping plate fitted to be bent when the armature part is moving and, while being bent, to produce a damping force resisting the bending to dampen brake noise.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: Kone Corporation
    Inventors: Mika Olkkonen, Antti Saarelainen
  • Patent number: 9434576
    Abstract: A backup circuit for supplying electricity to an electronic overspeed governor in connection with a malfunction of a main electricity supply is disclosed. The backup circuit includes an energy storage. The backup circuit is configured to disconnect the supply of electricity from the energy storage to the electronic overspeed governor with a delay when the malfunction of the main electricity supply is detected, and when the malfunction of the main electricity supply continues for a predetermined amount of time, restarting the supply of electricity from the energy storage to the electronic overspeed governor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2016
    Assignee: Kone Corporation
    Inventors: Antti Saarelainen, Ari Kattainen, Ari Ketonen
  • Publication number: 20160046463
    Abstract: An elevator comprising an elevator car; a plurality of belt-shaped ropes connected to the car, each having a width larger than thickness as measured in transverse direction of the rope; and at least one rope wheel, around which the belt-shaped ropes pass; wherein the rope wheel comprises a plurality of circumferential rope contact areas distributed in axial direction thereof, one of said ropes passing against each circumferential rope contact area, the elevator further comprising a sensing arrangement for sensing displacement of one or more of said ropes, comprising a sensing member for sensing displacement of one or more of said ropes radially outwards from the rope wheel, extending in axial direction of the rope wheel along its surface at a radial distance therefrom, whereby a gap is formed between the sensing member and each rope contact area, the height of the gap being more than thickness of the belt-shaped ropes and less than 2.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 11, 2015
    Publication date: February 18, 2016
    Applicant: KONE CORPORATION
    Inventors: Antti SAARELAINEN, Kimmo KOIVISTO, Riku LAMPINEN
  • Patent number: 9261151
    Abstract: An electromagnetic brake and a method for manufacturing an electromagnetic brake are disclosed. The electromagnetic brake includes a coil former, a coil, which is fitted on the coil former, and also an electrically connecting part, which is equipped to make an electrically conductive contact between the coil and the power supply cable supplying current to the electromagnetic brake.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2016
    Assignee: KONE CORPORATION
    Inventors: Antti Saarelainen, Asmo Tenhunen
  • Patent number: 9242835
    Abstract: Elevator, which includes a guide rail line, which includes a plurality of consecutive guide rails, which are supported on the building with guide rail brackets fixed to the building, which guide rail brackets comprise a frame, a mounting base and structure for pressing the guide rail against the mounting base, which guide rail bracket essentially prevents at its point lateral movement of the guide rail in relation to the fixing point of the guide rail bracket and permits longitudinal movement of the guide rail in relation to the fixing point of the guide rail bracket. The aforementioned mounting base is fixed to the frame of the guide rail bracket movably in the longitudinal direction of the guide rail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2016
    Assignee: KONE CORPORATION
    Inventors: Osmo Björni, Antti Saarelainen, Erik Lindfors
  • Patent number: 9145936
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method and an arrangement for adjusting a brake. The arrangement comprises: a frame part of the brake; a counterpart to be pressed against the frame part; an elastic damping member for damping the noise of the brake, which damping member is configured to form a damping force resisting contact between the countersurfaces of the frame part and of the counterpart, said damping force increasing when the distance between the countersurfaces decreases; and also an adjustment means, for adjusting the damping force formed by the damping member and resisting contact between the countersurfaces of the frame part and of the counterpart.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2015
    Assignee: Kone Corporation
    Inventors: Mika Olkkonen, Antti Saarelainen
  • Publication number: 20150122590
    Abstract: A brake assembly for an elevator includes a brake, a brake operating device and a first brake wire connected to the brake operating device and to the brake, the brake operating device being configured to release the brake by moving the brake operating device and the first brake wire to a first direction. A second brake wire is connected to the brake operating device and to the brake, and the brake operating device is configured to engage the brake by moving the brake operating device and the second brake wire to a second direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 3, 2014
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Applicant: KONE CORPORATION
    Inventors: Antti SAARELAINEN, Seppo VALLIOVUO, Perttu LUUKKONEN
  • Publication number: 20150114762
    Abstract: A damping arrangement for damping the opening noise between the frame part and armature part of a machinery brake of an elevator hoisting machine, the machinery brake being opened with an electromagnet, includes a number of channels machined around a magnetizing coil in the frame part of the machinery brake and channels corresponding to them machined in the armature part, into which channels at least one damping element is fixed by means of fixings. The machinery brake of an elevator hoisting machine includes a frame part, an armature part that is movable with respect to the frame part and is installed at the end of the air gap from the frame part, the armature part being moved by means of an electromagnet that is in the frame part towards the frame part for opening the machinery brake and by means of one or more work springs acting between the frame part and the armature part for closing the machinery brake, and a damping arrangement for damping the opening noise between the frame part and armature part.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 28, 2014
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Applicant: KONE CORPORATION
    Inventors: Mika Olkkonen, Antti Saarelainen
  • Patent number: 9010497
    Abstract: Diverting pulley arrangement of an elevator, which includes an axle, at least one diverting pulley that rotates while supported on the axle, a faceplate structure, in relation to which and supported by which the diverting pulley is arranged to rotate on the first side of the faceplate structure, which axle is locked so that it does not rotate in relation to the faceplate structure by the aid of a locking element, which locking element is on the second side of the faceplate structure and supported so that it does not move in relation to the faceplate structure. The locking element is placed against the locking surface included in the axle so that the contact point of the locking element and the locking surface of the axle is at least partly visible.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Kone Corporation
    Inventors: Antti Saarelainen, Petteri Valjus, Jaakko Kalliomäki, Jukka Norja, Albu Razvan
  • Patent number: 8807286
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method in rope condition monitoring of an elevator, in which method at least the following steps are performed: electrical resistance between a first point and a second point of elevator suspension and/or transmission ropes is measured first time, a threshold value is determined based on the measurement, the elevator is used for transporting passengers and/or goods, electrical resistance between the first point and the second point of said suspension and/or transmission ropes is measured second time, and results of said second time measurement are compared with said threshold value, and if said second time measurement meets said threshold value, predetermined actions are carried out. The invention also relates to an arrangement in rope condition monitoring of an elevator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: KONE Corporation
    Inventors: Mikko Puranen, Riku Lampinen, Antti Saarelainen