Patents by Inventor Ari Hanninen

Ari Hanninen 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: 20210155446
    Abstract: A method for operating, such as commissioning, an elevator, and an elevator are presented herein. The elevator comprises an electric linear motor for moving movable units. The method comprises moving a first movable unit along a linear stator of the electric linear motor in the elevator shaft, and determining at least one characteristic, such as a floor position or an air gap width of the electric linear motor, at a plurality of elevator shaft positions by the first movable unit, such as by a winding, a coil, or a sensor, during the moving. The method further comprises storing the determined at least one characteristic, and controlling moving of at least a second movable unit, such as comprising another of the elevator cars or a second motor unit, by utilizing the stored at least one characteristic.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 16, 2020
    Publication date: May 27, 2021
    Applicant: KONE Corporation
    Inventors: Pasi Raassina, Tuukka Korhonen, Ari Hänninen, Ari Koivisto, Hannu Nousu, Mikko Puranen, Tapio Tyni, Tommi Huotari
  • Patent number: 10990071
    Abstract: According to an aspect, there is provided a method for managing power demand of a plurality of passenger transport installations in at least one building. The method comprises obtaining first data on available time-dependent power consumption flexibility capacity from each passenger transport installation; obtaining second data from at least one external data source, the second data being independent from operation of the passenger transport installations; determining an activation order for power demand management of the plurality of passenger transport installations based on the obtained first data and second data; and transmitting a passenger transport installation specific activation signal for the power demand management to at least one passenger transport installation of the plurality of passenger transport installations in accordance with the activation order.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: KONE CORPORATION
    Inventors: Pekka Perunka, Pekka Perälä, Tapio Tyni, Janne Öfversten, Ari Hänninen
  • Publication number: 20210078832
    Abstract: A device for an elevator, an elevator, and a method for moving an elevator car are presented. The device includes a linear mover including a winding. The linear mover is adapted to establish an electromagnetic engagement by the winding with a linear stator of a first stator beam. The device further includes an electrical energy storage unit, such as at least one battery, and an electrical converter unit arranged to supply electrical current from the electrical energy storage unit to the winding for moving the device along the first stator beam. The at least one linear mover, the electrical energy storage, and the electrical converter unit are integrated into a body of the device, and the device is adapted for attaching removably to an elevator car of the elevator and, optionally, to a further device of the elevator.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 3, 2020
    Publication date: March 18, 2021
    Applicant: KONE Corporation
    Inventors: Tommi Huotari, Ari Koivisto, Ari Hänninen, Mikko Puranen, Hannu Nousu, Tapio Tyni
  • Publication number: 20210061612
    Abstract: An elevator system includes: an elevator control; a plurality of individually movable elevator cars driving in an elevator runway system including at least one elevator runway, preferably at least two elevator runways, whereby the number of elevator cars is higher than the number of elevator runways in the runway system. The elevator cars are movable in the elevator runway system via at least one drive system. Each of the elevator cars is provided with an identifier. The elevator system includes at least one reader device for the identifier and a car handling module in the elevator control processing the information on the elevator cars and their identifiers in connection with their position in the elevator system. The elevator system includes elevator cars differing in at least one parameter (differing parameter).
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 11, 2020
    Publication date: March 4, 2021
    Applicant: KONE Corporation
    Inventors: Ari Koivisto, Ari Hänninen, Tommi Huotari, Mikko Puranen, Hannu Nousu, Tapio Tyni
  • Publication number: 20200407192
    Abstract: An elevator system includes a plurality of elevator cars, an elevator controller communicatively coupled to the plurality of elevator cars. The elevator controller is configured to generate a signal to a first elevator car for indicating an elevator call to the first elevator car. The first elevator car is configured to, in response to a receipt of the signal, initiate a communication with at least one second elevator car for receiving information relating to a status of the at least one second elevator car, and in response to a receipt of the information, generate a control signal with respect to serving the elevator call received by the first elevator car. A method for controlling an elevator car in the elevator system is also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 16, 2020
    Publication date: December 31, 2020
    Applicant: KONE Corporation
    Inventors: Ari HÄNNINEN, Tapio TYNI, Ari KOIVISTO
  • Publication number: 20200239273
    Abstract: The invention relates to an elevator system having a multichannel mobile communication functionality. The elevator system comprises: an elevator shaft, and a mobile communication base station arranged the elevator shaft to a close vicinity of top of a building. The base station is at least configured to receive and transmit signals with an external mobile communication system and to receive and transmit the signals inside the elevator shaft. The signals comprise multiple channels and at least one of the multiple channels is configured to provide a first high-speed functionality for the at least one elevator related unit of the elevator system. The invention relates also to a method for providing a multichannel mobile communication functionality for an elevator system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 20, 2020
    Publication date: July 30, 2020
    Applicant: Kone Corporation
    Inventors: Ari HANNINEN, Jouni RATIA, Mikko PURANEN, Tommi HUOTARI, Jani HAUTUKORPI, Jukka SALMIKUUKKA
  • Publication number: 20200239272
    Abstract: The invention relates to an elevator system having a mobile communication network. The elevator system comprises: an elevator shaft, and a mobile communication base station arranged to the elevator shaft to a close vicinity of top of a building. The base station is configured to receive and transmit signals with an external mobile communication system and to receive and transmit the signals inside the elevator shaft. The invention relates also to a method for providing a mobile communication network for an elevator system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 13, 2020
    Publication date: July 30, 2020
    Applicant: Kone Corporation
    Inventors: Ari HANNINEN, Jouni RATIA, Mikko PURANEN, Tommi HUOTARI
  • Patent number: 10597260
    Abstract: The elevator door panel is formed of a composite material based on reinforcement fibres embedded in a polymer matrix material, the reinforcement fibres being arranged in the polymer matrix material so that the elevator door panel is stiff in a vertical plane, but can be bent to a curve around a vertical corner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: Kone Corporation
    Inventors: Ari Hanninen, Aki Haikonen, Jussi Lahteenmaki, Markku Haivala, Juha Helenius
  • Patent number: 10472205
    Abstract: According to an embodiment there is provided a building automation system control apparatus comprising building automation system control logic configured to receive signaling from entities connected to a building automation system and to cause transmission of control signaling to the entities connected to the building automation system, wherein the building automation system control logic comprises elevator control logic as an integral part to directly control an elevator system comprising one or more elevators, the building automation system control logic being configured to take into account signaling received from the entities connected to the building automation system when determining control signaling for the elevator system; and the building automation system control logic being configured to take into account signaling received from the elevator system when determining control signaling for the entities connected to the building automation system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: Kone Corporation
    Inventors: Hannu Kuoppala, Ari Hanninen
  • Publication number: 20190193993
    Abstract: An elevator system includes: an elevator entity; and a mobile robot. In response to a detection that the mobile robot shall provide electrical energy to the elevator entity, the mobile robot is configured to: receive an instruction to provide electrical energy to the elevator entity; couple to a coupling station of the elevator entity; and provide electrical energy to the elevator entity via the coupling station of the elevator entity. A method to transfer electrical energy in an elevator environment is also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 21, 2018
    Publication date: June 27, 2019
    Applicant: KONE Corporation
    Inventors: Niko ELOMAA, Jere VUORENALA, Ari HÄNNINEN
  • Publication number: 20190137961
    Abstract: According to an aspect, there is provided a method for managing power demand of a plurality of passenger transport installations in at least one building. The method comprises obtaining first data on available time-dependent power consumption flexibility capacity from each passenger transport installation; obtaining second data from at least one external data source, the second data being independent from operation of the passenger transport installations; determining an activation order for power demand management of the plurality of passenger transport installations based on the obtained first data and second data; and transmitting a passenger transport installation specific activation signal for the power demand management to at least one passenger transport installation of the plurality of passenger transport installations in accordance with the activation order.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 23, 2018
    Publication date: May 9, 2019
    Applicant: KONE Corporation
    Inventors: Pekka Perunka, Pekka Perälä, Tapio Tyni, Janne Öfversten, Ari Hänninen
  • Publication number: 20190135578
    Abstract: A method for allocating capacity of an energy storage associated with at least one passenger transport installation includes continuously monitoring performance data of the energy storage; obtaining first data associated with operating the at least one passenger transport installation; identifying different uses for the energy stored in the energy storage; determining an allocation of energy storage capacity available for the different uses based on the performance data and the first data; and applying the determined allocation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 23, 2018
    Publication date: May 9, 2019
    Applicant: KONE Corporation
    Inventors: Pekka PERUNKA, Pekka PERÄLÄ, Tapio TYNI, Janne ÖFVERSTEN, Ari HÄNNINEN
  • Publication number: 20190100404
    Abstract: Elevator groups are known have very high peak power demand. The peak power capacity of the power line can be reduced by using a power arrangement involving a battery. The battery can be discharged for operating elevators when the power demand exceeds the capacity of the power line. The battery may be further used for reducing power cost by charging the battery during lower cost time.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 3, 2018
    Publication date: April 4, 2019
    Applicant: KONE CORPORATION
    Inventors: Ari HÄNNINEN, Tapio TYNI
  • Publication number: 20190023530
    Abstract: A method and a system for the evacuation of buildings providing an elevator system includes at least one elevator car and an elevator shaft. The system includes a device to detect an incident or a device to receive an emergency signal in this regard, a device for determining the floor of this incident, and at least one sealing element (positioned in the elevator shaft and constructed to seal the elevator shaft, so that the elevator shaft is divided in at least two sections.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 26, 2018
    Publication date: January 24, 2019
    Applicant: KONE CORPORATION
    Inventors: Ari Hänninen, Reetta Ranne, Kirsi Nyrhinen, Nithil Karimpanackal Natarajan, Hannu Nousu, Liina Poropudas, Cristina Bianchi, Jukka Turpeinen, Jarmo Parkkinen
  • Patent number: 10106371
    Abstract: A controller includes a processor configured to, receive, via an input/output (I/O) device, a first destination call having a first departure floor and a first destination floor of a first passenger associated therewith, allocate the first destination call to one of the plurality of elevators, receive, via the I/O device, at least a second destination call having one or more of a second destination floor and a second departure floor of a second passenger associated therewith, and allocate the second destination call to one of the plurality of elevators such that the controller assigns the second destination call to a same one of the plurality of elevators as the first destination call, if a group allocation request associated with the first destination call and the second destination call is received from the link.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: Kone Corporation
    Inventors: Ari Hanninen, Hannu Kuoppala, Janne Aberg, Riku Leppaaho
  • Publication number: 20180282110
    Abstract: A multicar elevator system includes a group of individually drivable elevator cars and two shafts coupled to each other with at least two transfer channels. The system further includes a control unit configured to operate the system in either of two operating modes, wherein in the first mode the group of elevator cars is arranged to travel to a first vertical direction in the first shaft and to another vertical direction in the second shaft through the transfer channels. In the second mode, a first sub-group of elevator cars are parked in one of the shafts and at least one elevator car belonging to a second sub-group of elevator cars is arranged to travel in the both vertical directions in the other shaft upon a call.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 7, 2018
    Publication date: October 4, 2018
    Applicant: KONE Corporation
    Inventors: Ari Hänninen, Ari Koivisto
  • Publication number: 20180273342
    Abstract: The invention refers to an elevator system having a plurality of elevator cars, which elevator cars comprise several first cars and at least one second car, which second car differs from the first cars in its size and/or technical configuration, whereby the first cars and the second car run together within one and the same elevator shaft, which elevator system comprises an elevator control comprising a call allocation control having a first part connected to at least one call input device for allocating the first elevator cars and a second part connected to at least one call issuing means for the call allocation of the second car, whereby the first and second part of the call allocation control are configured to work independently of each other.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 31, 2018
    Publication date: September 27, 2018
    Applicant: Kone Corporation
    Inventors: Ari Hanninen, llpo Haipus, Ari Koivisto, Jouni Ratia, Markku Haivala
  • Publication number: 20180244493
    Abstract: Passenger allocation in elevator systems is a critical task if efficient use of elevator system is desired. It is advantageous to optimize the overall capacity of an elevator system by using optimizing systems. One key issue in optimization is to guide passengers to act according to optimization result. This can be provided by indicating a color to each passenger so that they can choose an elevator indicating the same color.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 3, 2018
    Publication date: August 30, 2018
    Applicant: Kone Corporation
    Inventors: Ari Hanninen, Otto Miettinen, Hannu Nousu, Kirsi Nyrhinen, Markku Haivala, Reetta Ranne, Cristina Bianchi, Nithil Karimpanackal Natarajan
  • Patent number: 9950901
    Abstract: An elevator arrangement includes a plurality of elevators in a building, which plurality includes a plurality of zoned elevators moving in an elevator hoistway, which have different ranges of movement of the elevator car in the building to each other, and which zoned elevators each have a top limit and a bottom limit of the range of movement of the elevator car, to above the top limit and to below the bottom limit of which range of movement travel of the elevator car of the zoned elevator in question is prevented. The vertical location, in relation to the building, of the top limit and/or bottom limit of the range of movement of the elevator car of each aforementioned zoned elevator can be changed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: KONE CORPORATION
    Inventors: Osmo Björni, Ari Hänninen, Johannes De Jong, Pentti Alasentie, Matti Räsänen, Timo Mertanen, Santeri Suoranta, Antti Plathin, Antti Kallioniemi
  • Publication number: 20170334682
    Abstract: The elevator door panel is formed of a composite material based on reinforcement fibres embedded in a polymer matrix material, the reinforcement fibres being arranged in the polymer matrix material so that the elevator door panel is stiff in a vertical plane, but can be bent to a curve around a vertical corner.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 2, 2017
    Publication date: November 23, 2017
    Applicant: KONE CORPORATION
    Inventors: ARI HANNINEN, AKI HAIKONEN, JUSSI LAHTEENMAKI, MARKKU HAIVALA