Patents by Inventor John P. Wesson

John P. Wesson 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: 20200346896
    Abstract: A suspension member for suspending and/or driving an elevator car of an elevator system includes a plurality of tension members extending along a length of the suspension member including a plurality of fibers extending along the length of the suspension member bonded into a polymer matrix. A jacket substantially retains the plurality of tension members. The suspension member is configured to be deformed at a suspension member end to allow for installation of the suspension member end into a termination assembly of the elevator system. A method of installing a suspension member of an elevator system into a termination assembly includes deforming a suspension member end and reforming it to a selected shape, inserting the suspension member end into the termination assembly and curing and/or hardening it, and applying a load thereto or to the socket or the wedge to secure the suspension member end in the termination assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 16, 2020
    Publication date: November 5, 2020
    Inventors: Richard N. Fargo, Mark R. Gurvich, Richard J. Ericson, Douglas E. Logan, John P. Wesson, David Wayne Mckee, Wenping Zhao
  • Patent number: 10800637
    Abstract: A belt for suspending and/or driving an elevator car includes a plurality of tension elements extending along a length of the belt and a plurality of belt fibers transverse to the plurality of tension elements and interlaced therewith. The belt fibers define at least one traction surface of the belt. An edge fiber is located at a lateral end of the belt transverse to and secured to the plurality of belt fibers to secure the belt fibers in a selected position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: OTIS ELEVATOR COMPANY
    Inventors: Wenping Zhao, John P. Wesson, Daniel A. Mosher, Scott Alan Eastman
  • Publication number: 20200299103
    Abstract: A belt for suspending and/or driving an elevator car extending longitudinally along a length of the belt. An inner belt layer formed from a first material is bonded to the plurality of tension elements at a first side of the belt. The inner belt layer forms an inner belt surface interactive with a traction sheave of an elevator system. An outer belt layer formed from a second material is bonded to the plurality of tension elements at a second side of the belt. The plurality of tension elements are located between the first side and the second side.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 5, 2020
    Publication date: September 24, 2020
    Inventors: Wenping Zhao, John P. Wesson, Daniel A. Mosher, Scott Alan Eastman, Michael Paul Humbert, Mark Steven Thompson, Eric Jay Amis
  • Patent number: 10773929
    Abstract: A belted elevator system (10) includes a hoistway (14) and an elevator car (12) suspended in the hoistway (14) via a suspension member (16) and drivable along the hoistway (14). The suspension member (16) is routed over a plurality of sheaves (18). A sheave (18) of the plurality of sheaves includes a shaft (36) defining a central axis of the sheave (18), the sheave (18) rotatable about the central axis. A sheave outer member (38) is operably connected to the shaft (36) and rotatable about the central axis. The sheave outer member (38) includes a sheave outer surface (44) interactive with the suspension member (16). The sheave outer member (38) is formed from a molded plastic material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: OTIS ELEVATOR COMPANY
    Inventors: Jun Ma, Peter Keyo, Brad Guilani, Gopal R. Krishnan, David J. Lanesey, John P. Wesson, David R. Polak, Vijay Jagdale
  • Publication number: 20200262681
    Abstract: A belt for suspending and/or driving an elevator car includes a tension member extending along a length of the belt, the tension member including a plurality of fibers bonded in a first polymer matrix, the plurality of fibers extending parallel to and discontinuous along a length of the belt and arranged with one or more lengthwise extending gaps between lengthwise adjacent fibers. A jacket substantially retains the tension member. A method of forming a tension member for an elevator system belt includes arranging a plurality of fibers into a fiber bundle. The plurality of fibers extend parallel to a length of the belt and have one or more lengthwise extending gaps between lengthwise extending fibers. The plurality of fibers is bonded to a first polymer matrix.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 5, 2020
    Publication date: August 20, 2020
    Inventors: Mark R. Gurvich, Wenping Zhao, John P. Wesson
  • Patent number: 10710842
    Abstract: A belt for suspending and/or driving an elevator car extending longitudinally along a length of the belt. An inner belt layer formed from a first material is bonded to the plurality of tension elements at a first side of the belt. The inner belt layer forms an inner belt surface interactive with a traction sheave of an elevator system. An outer belt layer formed from a second material is bonded to the plurality of tension elements at a second side of the belt. The plurality of tension elements are located between the first side and the second side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: OTIS ELEVATOR COMPANY
    Inventors: Wenping Zhao, John P. Wesson, Daniel A. Mosher, Scott Alan Eastman, Michael Paul Humbert, Mark Steven Thompson, Eric Jay Amis
  • Patent number: 10676319
    Abstract: A belt for suspending and/or driving an elevator car includes a tension member extending along a length of the belt, the tension member including a plurality of fibers bonded in a first polymer matrix, the plurality of fibers extending parallel to and discontinuous along a length of the belt and arranged with one or more lengthwise extending gaps between lengthwise adjacent fibers. A jacket substantially retains the tension member. A method of forming a tension member for an elevator system belt includes arranging a plurality of fibers into a fiber bundle. The plurality of fibers extend parallel to a length of the belt and have one or more lengthwise extending gaps between lengthwise extending fibers. The plurality of fibers is bonded to a first polymer matrix.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: OTIS ELEVATOR COMPANY
    Inventors: Mark R. Gurvich, Wenping Zhao, John P. Wesson
  • Patent number: 10648616
    Abstract: A pressure vessel assembly includes a plurality of lobes, each lobe having at least one vertically arranged interior wall, the lobes positioned in a side by side arrangement such that a first interior wall of a first lobe is positioned adjacent a second interior wall of a second lobe, the first interior wall having a first wall top and bottom side, the second interior wall having a second wall top and bottom side, the first wall top side joined to the second wall top side and the first wall bottom side joined to the second wall bottom side. Also included are first and second end wall surfaces of each of the plurality of lobes. Further included is a plurality of end caps, each of the end caps joined to the end wall surfaces of the lobes, each of the end caps joined to at least one adjacent end cap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: UNITED TECHNOLOGIES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Thomas J. Garosshen, Ellen Y. Sun, Paul F. Croteau, Andrzej Ernest Kuczek, Tahany Ibrahim El-Wardany, Wenping Zhao, Justin R. Hawkes, John A. Sharon, John P. Wesson, Daniel V. Viens
  • Patent number: 10556775
    Abstract: A belt for suspending and/or driving an elevator car includes a plurality of tension elements extending longitudinally along a length of the belt, and a jacket at least partially encapsulating the plurality of tension elements. The jacket defines a traction surface of the belt configured to be interactive with a drive sheave and a back surface opposite the traction surface. The jacket is formed from a first material. One or more material strips are located at one or more of the traction surface or the back surface to improve one or more operational characteristics of the belt. The one or more material strips formed from a second material different from the first material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: OTIS ELEVATOR COMPANY
    Inventors: John P. Wesson, Daniel A. Mosher, Scott Alan Eastman
  • Patent number: 10532913
    Abstract: People conveyors and components for people conveyors are described. The components include a toothed surface having at least one tooth. The at least one tooth having an engagement surface and a surface pattern comprising pattern channels formed into the engagement surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: OTIS ELEVATOR COMPANY
    Inventors: Huan Zhang, John P. Wesson
  • Patent number: 10440829
    Abstract: A heating circuit assembly and method of manufacture includes an electrically conductive heating element having a pattern. An electrically non-conductive substrate is additive manufactured and secured to the element for structural support. The substrate has a topology that generally aligns with the pattern of the element thereby reducing the assembly weight and minimizing substrate material waste.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: United Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Sameh Dardona, Michael P. Humbert, John P. Wesson, Wayde R. Schmidt, Daniel V. Viens, Jin Hu
  • Patent number: 10336581
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to an elevator system. The elevator system comprises a car, a counterweight, at least one belt connecting the car and counterweight, and at least one sheave having a surface that engages with the belt. At least part of the surface of the sheave that interfaces with the belt has a plurality of features for reducing unwanted noise created due to the interaction between the belt and the sheave surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: OTIS ELEVATOR COMPANY
    Inventors: David R. Polak, Christopher T. Chipman, Charles C Coffin, Arthur Blanc, John P. Wesson, Yan Chen, Daniel G. Opoku, Sergei F. Burlatsky
  • Patent number: 10280044
    Abstract: A servicing device for a belt of an elevator system is provided including a housing and a guide member coupled to the housing. The guide member and the housing are disposed on opposite sides of the belt. At least one reservoir is disposed within the housing. The at least one reservoir contains one or more restoring materials. An applicator is configured to apply the one or more restoring materials to an adjacent surface of the belt. Application of the one or more restoring materials is configured to modify the geometry of the belt such that the modified geometry is substantially identical to the original geometry of the belt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: OTIS ELEVATOR COMPANY
    Inventors: Scott Alan Eastman, John P. Wesson, Daniel A. Mosher, Wenping Zhao, William Eaton Holden, III, Michael Paul Humbert, Brad Guilani, Gopal R. Krishnan
  • Patent number: 10253436
    Abstract: An illustrative example method of making an elongated load bearing member includes providing a plurality of tension elements. A plurality of weave fibers are woven together with the tension elements to thereby establish a weave. A traction surface is established on at least one side of the load bearing member. The traction surface is defined by the weave fibers. Coating the weave fibers with a compressible coating provides an exterior surface texture defined at least in part by the weave fibers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: OTIS ELEVATOR COMPANY
    Inventors: John P. Wesson, Gopal R. Krishnan
  • Patent number: 10239731
    Abstract: A belt for an elevator system and a method for making the same is provided. The belt includes a plurality of tension members that extend along a length of the belt and a jacket. The jacket substantially retains the plurality of tension members. The jacket maintains a desired spacing and alignment of the tension members relative to each other. The jacket includes a plurality of first fibers and a plurality of second fibers. The jacket defines at least one exterior, traction surface of the belt. The first fibers are at least partially disposed between the tension members and the traction surface of the belt. The second fibers are fill fibers. The first fibers have at least one property that distinguishes them from the second fibers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: Otis Elevator Company
    Inventors: Wenping Zhao, Gopal R. Krishnan, John P. Wesson
  • Publication number: 20190084803
    Abstract: A belt (30) for suspending and/or driving an elevator car (14) includes a plurality of tension elements (32) extending longitudinally along a length of the belt, at least one tension element of the plurality of tension elements having one or more tension element coating layers (46) applied thereto. A plurality of fibers are interlaced with the plurality of tension elements forming a composite belt structure. A belt coating (44) at least partially encapsulates the composite belt structure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 7, 2017
    Publication date: March 21, 2019
    Inventors: Scott Alan Eastman, Daniel A. Mosher, Wenping Zhao, John P. Wesson, Brad Guilani
  • Publication number: 20190071281
    Abstract: A load bearing member (30) for a lifting and/or hoisting system includes a plurality of tension members (32) arranged along a width of the load bearing member. Each tension member includes a plurality of load carrying fibers (34) arranged to extend in a direction parallel to a length of the load bearing member and a matrix material (36) in which the plurality of load carrying fibers are arranged. The load bearing member further includes a lateral layer (40, 42) and a jacket material (50) at least partially encapsulating the plurality of tension members.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 9, 2017
    Publication date: March 7, 2019
    Inventors: Wenping Zhao, Daniel A. Mosher, John P. Wesson, Paul Papas, Gopal R. Krishnan, Brad Guilani, Richard N. Fargo
  • Patent number: 10222001
    Abstract: A pressure vessel configured to store a pressurized fluid is provided including a plurality of lobes. Each lobe includes at least one vertically arranged interior wall. The plurality of lobes are positioned in a side by side configuration such that a first interior wall of a first lobe is positioned adjacent a second interior wall of a second adjacent lobe. The first interior wall and the second interior wall are configured to contact one another at a first point of tangency. A first tangent intersects the first lobe at the first point of tangency and a second tangent intersects the second lobe at the first point of tangency. The first tangent and the second tangent are separated by about 120 degrees.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: UNITED TECHNOLOGIES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Paul F. Croteau, John P. Wesson, Andrzej Ernest Kuczek, Matthew E. Lynch, Tahany Ibrahim El-Wardany, Ellen Y. Sun, Wenping Zhao, Daniel V. Viens
  • Patent number: 10221043
    Abstract: An elevator system includes an elevator car, one or more sheaves, and one or more belts operably connected to the car and interactive with the one or more sheaves for suspending and/or driving the elevator car. The one or more belts include a plurality of wires arranged into one or more cords, and a jacket substantially retaining the one or more cords. A cord ratio, between a smallest sheave diameter (D) of the one or more sheaves of the elevator system that are interactive with the belt and a largest cord diameter (dc) of the one or more cords, (D/dc) is less than about 55. A wire ratio, between the smallest sheave diameter (D) and the largest wire diameter (dw) of the plurality of wires, (D/dw) is between about 160 and about 315.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: OTIS ELEVATOR COMPANY
    Inventors: John P. Wesson, Gopal R. Krishnan, Huan Zhang
  • Patent number: 10160620
    Abstract: A load bearing member is provided including at least one load bearing segment having a plurality of load carrying fibers arranged within a matrix material. At least a portion of the load bearing member has a radius of curvature when the load bearing member is untensioned.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: OTIS ELEVATOR COMPANY
    Inventors: Daniel A. Mosher, Richard N. Fargo, John P. Wesson