Patents by Inventor Otto Lanz

Otto Lanz 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).

  • Patent number: 11447370
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for constructing an elevator comprising constructing a movable machine room in the bottom end of a hoistway formed in a building under construction; and thereafter hoisting the movable machine room; and constructing an elevator car in the bottom end of the hoistway below the movable machine room; and providing a counterweight in the bottom end of the hoistway below the movable machine room; connecting the elevator car and the counterweight with a suspension roping; and thereafter hoisting the movable machine room to a first transport position; and thereafter mounting the movable machine room to the first transport position in the hoistway vertically supported on stationary structures; and thereafter using the elevator car for transporting passengers and/or goods below the movable machine room while the machine room is mounted in said first transport position and the elevator car and the counterweight hang suspended from the machine room by the hoisting roping; and thereafter
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2021
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2022
    Assignee: Kone Corporation
    Inventors: Otto Lanz, Matti Rasanen, Anssi Venho, Markku Haapaniemi, Janne Mikkonen, Janne Laine, Tarvo Viita-Aho, Markku Haivala, Jukka Laitinen, Hans Valtonen, Aki Haikonen, Jorma Mustalahti, Jori Hagg, Jari Osterman, Petri Kere
  • Publication number: 20220259012
    Abstract: The invention relates to an elevator arrangement, comprising a hoistway one or more vertically oriented guide rail lines in the hoistway for guiding vertical movement of one or more movable elevator units, and one or more movable elevator units mounted in the hoistway vertically movably along one or more guide rail lines, including at least an elevator car, preferably also a counterweight, and a hoisting roping; a movable support structure mounted in the hoistway for supporting said one or more movable elevator units below it via said hoisting roping, and a hoisting machine on the movable support structure for moving the hoisting roping, for thereby moving said one or more movable elevator units. Said movable support structure comprises a body portion, and a shelf structure projecting laterally from the body portion, and the hoisting machine is mounted on the shelf structure. The invention also relates to a method for constructing an elevator implementing the arrangement.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 9, 2022
    Publication date: August 18, 2022
    Applicant: Kone Corporation
    Inventors: Anssi VENHO, Janne MIKKONEN, Markku HAAPANIEMI, Matti RASANEN, Otto LANZ, Janne LAINE
  • Patent number: 11414303
    Abstract: A method for modernizing an elevator system, includes using a first and second car for transporting passengers and/or goods between vertically displaced floors of a building, and thereafter removing the first elevator car from use for transporting passengers and/or goods between vertically displaced floors, and thereafter installing a construction time elevator into the lower end of the first hoistway, the traveling zone of the car of the construction time elevator covering only partially the height of the first hoistway; and thereafter using the car of the construction time elevator and the second car simultaneously for transporting passengers and/or goods between vertically displaced floors of the building, during which using the method includes performing construction work in the first hoistway above the traveling zone of the car of the construction time elevator; and thereafter changing the traveling zone of the car of the construction time elevator to extend higher in the hoistway, and thereafter using t
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2021
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2022
    Assignee: KONE CORPORATION
    Inventors: Markku Haapaniemi, Matti Räsänen, Tarvo Viita-aho, Petri Kere, Janne Laine, Jari Österman, Jorma Mustalahti, Anssi Venho, Jori Hägg, Otto Lanz
  • Publication number: 20220219945
    Abstract: The self-climbing elevator machine room comprises two decks positioned upon each other. Each deck comprises guide means supporting the deck movably on guide rails and locking means locking and unlocking the deck to the guide rails and/or to guide rail fixing means. Lifting means move the two decks along the guide rails in relation to each other. At least one power source provides power to the lifting means. The elevator machine room climbs stepwise along the guide rails by alternatingly locking and unlocking the lower deck and the upper deck to the guide rails and/or to the guide rail fixing means and thereafter raising the unlocked deck.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 31, 2022
    Publication date: July 14, 2022
    Applicant: Kone Corporation
    Inventors: Otto LANZ, Matti RASANEN, Anssi VENHO, Janne MIKKONEN, Janne LAINE, Markku HAAPANIEMI, Jari KANTOLA, Aki HAIKONEN, Jari OSTERMAN, Petri KERE, Jori HAGG, Jorma MUSTALAHTI, Tarvo VIITA-AHO
  • Publication number: 20220194744
    Abstract: The arrangement comprises a self-climbing installation platform comprising two consecutive decks, a machine room deck suspended from the installation platform and an elevator car suspended from the machine room deck. Each deck, the machine room deck and the car are supported movably with guide means on guide rails and locked and unlocked with locking means to the guide rails and/or to guide rail fixing means. Lifting means powered by a power source move the two decks in relation to each other. The installation platform climbs stepwise along the guide rails by alternatingly locking and unlocking the lower deck and the upper deck to the guide rails and/or to the guide rail fixing means and thereafter raising the unlocked deck.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 11, 2022
    Publication date: June 23, 2022
    Applicant: Kone Corporation
    Inventors: Otto LANZ, Matti RASANEN, Markku HAAPANIEMI, Jukka TURPEINEN, Anssi VENHO, Janne LAINE, Janne MIKKONEN, Aki HAIKONEN, Jari OSTERMAN, Jori HAGG, Jorma MUSTALAHTI, Petri KERE
  • Publication number: 20220185631
    Abstract: The self-climbing installation platform comprises two decks positioned upon each other. Each deck comprises guide means supporting the deck movably on guide rails and locking means locking and unlocking the deck to the guide rails and/or to guide rail fixing means. Lifting means move the two decks along the guide rails in relation to each other. At least one power source provides power to the lifting means. The installation platform climbs stepwise along the guide rails by alternatingly locking and unlocking the lower and the upper deck to the guide rails and/or to the guide rail fixing means and thereafter raising the unlocked deck.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 8, 2022
    Publication date: June 16, 2022
    Applicant: Kone Corporation
    Inventors: Otto LANZ, Janne LAINE, Matti RASANEN, Anssi VENHO, Markku HAAPANIEMI, Janne MIKKONEN, Aki HAIKONEN, Jari OSTERMAN, Jori HAGG, Jorma MUSTALAHTI, Petri KERE
  • Publication number: 20220127107
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for managing flow of people and goods within a building under construction, comprising providing one or more elevator control systems for automatically controlling movement of elevator cars; providing a first passenger elevator, the first passenger elevator comprising a first passenger elevator car for transporting people, the first passenger elevator car being vertically movable in an elevator hoistway formed inside the building under construction, vertical movement of the car being automatically controlled by an elevator control system, the first passenger elevator car comprising an interior delimited by floor, walls, ceiling and at least one automatic door; and providing a goods elevator, the goods elevator comprising a goods elevator car for transporting goods, the goods elevator car being vertically movable beside the first passenger elevator car in an elevator hoistway formed inside the building under construction, vertical movement of the goods elevator car being autom
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 5, 2022
    Publication date: April 28, 2022
    Applicant: Kone Corporation
    Inventors: Markku HAAPANIEMI, Matti RASANEN, Sami SAARELA, Anssi VENHO, Janne MIKKONEN, Otto LANZ, Tarvo VIITA-AHO, Petri KERE
  • Publication number: 20220127110
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for transporting construction material and/or equipment inside a building under construction, wherein the building under construction comprises plurality of vertically displaced floors, the method comprising providing an elevator for transporting transport containers in the building under construction, said elevator comprising at least a load receiving unit vertically movable along one or more guide rail lines in an elevator shaft formed in the building under construction; and providing plurality of transport containers each comprising a container body, and an identification provided on the container body for identifying the container and/or its destination in the building, most preferably the destination floor in the building under construction; providing one or more detectors within the building under construction for detecting identifications of containers when they are within the detection ranges of the one or more detectors; moving a first transport container belonging t
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 5, 2022
    Publication date: April 28, 2022
    Applicant: Kone Corporation
    Inventors: Markku HAAPANIEMI, Matti RASANEN, Sami SAARELA, Anssi VENHO, Janne MIKKONEN, Otto LANZ, Tarvo VIITA-AHO, Emil HAGSTROM, Simo MAKIMATTILA, Kristian VIINIKKALA, Peter EAGLING, Timo RINNE, Petri KERE
  • Publication number: 20220127113
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for transporting construction material and/or equipment into and inside a building under construction, wherein the building under construction comprises plurality of vertically displaced floors, the method comprising providing a control system configured to automatically operate one or more transporting devices, including at least an elevator; providing a storage at the construction site of the building; and transporting into the storage at the construction site of the building under construction plurality of transport containers containing construction material and/or equipment; storing said transport containers in the storage; and delivering transport containers belonging to said plurality of transport containers from said storage to different destination floors, the delivering comprising obtaining an order to deliver a transport container, the order identifying the transport container to be delivered; and retrieving the transport container identified in the order from the
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 5, 2022
    Publication date: April 28, 2022
    Applicant: Kone Corporation
    Inventors: Markku HAAPANIEMI, Matti RASANEN, Sami SAARELA, Anssi VENHO, Janne MIKKONEN, Otto LANZ, Tarvo VIITA-AHO, Petri KERE
  • Publication number: 20210331898
    Abstract: A method for modernizing an elevator system, includes using a first and second car for transporting passengers and/or goods between vertically displaced floors of a building, and thereafter removing the first elevator car from use for transporting passengers and/or goods between vertically displaced floors, and thereafter installing a construction time elevator into the lower end of the first hoistway, the traveling zone of the car of the construction time elevator covering only partially the height of the first hoistway; and thereafter using the car of the construction time elevator and the second car simultaneously for transporting passengers and/or goods between vertically displaced floors of the building, during which using the method includes performing construction work in the first hoistway above the traveling zone of the car of the construction time elevator; and thereafter changing the traveling zone of the car of the construction time elevator to extend higher in the hoistway, and thereafter using t
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2021
    Publication date: October 28, 2021
    Applicant: KONE Corporation
    Inventors: Markku Haapaniemi, Matti Räsänen, Tarvo Viita-aho, Petri Kere, Janne Laine, Jari Österman, Jorma Mustalahti, Anssi Venho, Jori Hägg, Otto Lanz
  • Publication number: 20210245998
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for constructing an elevator comprising constructing a movable machine room in the bottom end of a hoistway formed in a building under construction; and thereafter hoisting the movable machine room; and constructing an elevator car in the bottom end of the hoistway below the movable machine room; and providing a counterweight in the bottom end of the hoistway below the movable machine room; connecting the elevator car and the counterweight with a suspension roping; and thereafter hoisting the movable machine room to a first transport position; and thereafter mounting the movable machine room to the first transport position in the hoistway vertically supported on stationary structures; and thereafter using the elevator car for transporting passengers and/or goods below the movable machine room while the machine room is mounted in said first transport position and the elevator car and the counterweight hang suspended from the machine room by the hoisting roping; and thereafter
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 13, 2021
    Publication date: August 12, 2021
    Applicant: Kone Corporation
    Inventors: Otto LANZ, Matti RASANEN, Anssi VENHO, Markku HAAPANIEMI, Janne MIKKONEN, Janne LAINE, Tarvo VIITA-AHO, Markku HAIVALA, Jukka LAITINEN, Hans VALTONEN, Aki HAIKONEN, Jorma MUSTALAHTI, Jori HAGG, Jari OSTERMAN, Petri KERE
  • Publication number: 20210245997
    Abstract: The invention relates to a movable machine room comprising a support platform of a hoisting machine, the support platform comprising one or more releasable mounting mechanisms for releasably mounting the moveable machine room in a hoistway, and a hoisting machine mounted on the support platform; a working platform on top of the support platform, preferably forming a roof of the moveable machine room and/or comprising handrails; and at least one support structure supported by which the working platform rests on the support platform; and wherein each said support structure is selectively actuatable to expand in vertical direction for hoisting the working platform higher above the support platform taking reaction force from the support platform, or to contract in vertical direction for lowering the working platform back towards the support platform. The invention relates to an arrangement and a method implementing the movable machine room.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 29, 2021
    Publication date: August 12, 2021
    Applicant: Kone Corporation
    Inventors: Matti RASANEN, Tarvo VIITA-AHO, Markku HAIVALA, Jukka LAITINEN, Markku HAAPANIEMI, Hans VALTONEN, Anssi VENHO, Janne MIKKONEN, Aki HAIKONEN, Otto LANZ, Janne LAINE, Jorma MUSTALAHTI, Jori HAGG, Jari OSTERMAN, Petri KERE
  • Patent number: 4599556
    Abstract: In an electrical power distribution system, line disturbances produce voltage and current travelling waves, or step-change signals, that are phase-shifted 90.degree. relative to each other. A simulation signal is derived from the current step-change signal and is in phase with the voltage step-change signal. The two in-phase signals are combined and compared with established limit values to determine when a fault occurs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 1983
    Date of Patent: July 8, 1986
    Assignee: BBC Brown, Boveri & Company, Limited
    Inventor: Otto Lanz
  • Patent number: 4590459
    Abstract: A digital integrator (1) having a 16-bit output is followed by a first 12-bit digital/analog converter (2a) which is supplied with the output bits 1-11 and 16 of the integrator (1) and which forms a first tracking loop with a first subtracter (3a), which forms a first difference signal from the output signal, proportional to the input signal of the analog/digital converter, of a first amplifier (4a) and the output signal of the first digital/analog converter (2a), and a tracking circuit (6) which generates tracking signals for the integrator (1) on the basis of the difference signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 1985
    Date of Patent: May 20, 1986
    Assignee: BBC Brown, Boveri & Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Otto Lanz, Martin Maschek, Georg Mastner
  • Patent number: 4252442
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for mutually adjusting the positioning of planar, generally transparent components such as for example, small liquid-crystal plates. The plates are provided with marks specially structured to diffract incident collimated light, in a shape or direction which is characteristic for each plate. By means of a convergent lens, characteristic diffraction images produced by passing light through the marks are depicted on a detector located in the image plane of the convergent lens. The respective characteristic images of the marks are stopped down individually by means of a diaphragm located in the lens focal plane. The diaphragm can periodically be closed partially, so that control signals for the electronic displacement of each plate can be derived individually from the particular positions of the images of the marks on the detector, corresponding to the positions of the plates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 1979
    Date of Patent: February 24, 1981
    Assignee: BBC Brown, Boveri & Company Limited
    Inventors: Rene Dandliker, Otto Lanz
  • Patent number: 4225241
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for adjusting the relative positioning of planar transparent objects, such as the two glass plates of a liquid crystal display, (LCD). Textured transparent markings are disposed on the planar transparent objects. Thereafter a collimated light beam is passed through the transparent textured markings and refracted thereby. Images of the textured markings are observed and detected, whereupon the relative positioning of the planar transparent objects is adjusted until the detected images are aligned in a predetermined spatial orientation. Also disclosed is a novel liquid crystal display having the transparent textured markings provided on the transparent electrode layers of the LCD device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 1977
    Date of Patent: September 30, 1980
    Assignee: BBC Brown Boveri & Company Limited
    Inventors: Rene Dandliker, Otto Lanz, Francois Mottier
  • Patent number: 4128805
    Abstract: A method of, and apparatus for, locating a fault on a line, wherein current and voltage signals weighted relative to one another are formed from measurement signals corresponding to the line current and line voltage at a measurement location and after superimposing are used for a phase detection. At least one of the current signals or voltage signals is multiplied by a weighting factor at least approximately devoid of phase shift. From mutual relatively weighted current- and voltage signals there is determined the phase angle of a sinusoidal component of at least one auxiliary signal -- corresponding to the sum or difference of a respective pair of mutually relatively weighted measurement currents and measurement voltages -- in relation to a reference phase position which can be correlated to a reference location at the line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 1977
    Date of Patent: December 5, 1978
    Assignee: BBC Brown, Boveri & Company Limited
    Inventor: Otto Lanz
  • Patent number: 4063165
    Abstract: An apparatus for localization of a line fault wherein at a measuring location on the line there is provided a voltage- and current-measurement circuit, the outputs of which carry a number of voltage-current signal pairs independent of one another with respect to the line inductances and line capacitances. A summation circuit having at least two outputs is connected with the measurement circuit through the agency of at least one voltage- and one current signal channel. In the summation circuit there are additively and subtractively superimposed at least one pair of mutually independent voltage- and current signals, if necessary after multiplication of at least one of these signals by a constant factor, into traveling wave signals associated with oppositely moving traveling waves, these traveling wave signals appearing at corresponding outputs of the summation circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 1976
    Date of Patent: December 13, 1977
    Assignee: BBC Brown Boveri & Company Limited
    Inventor: Otto Lanz
  • Patent number: 4063162
    Abstract: A process and apparatus for locating faults on a line, wherein at least one signal (travelling-wave signal) associated with a progression thereof at the measuring location is formed from the voltage and current at a measuring location. There are formed travelling-wave signals corresponding in number to the phases or conductors in the line and decoupled from one another in relation to the line inductances and line capacitances. At least two time-integrals are formed with these travelling-wave signals or signals derived therefrom as integrands, each time integral being associated with one direction of wave-propagation on the line. These time-integrals are processed by an evaluating function which characterizes by way of its sign and magnitude the direction and distance of the fault from a predetermined reference location on the line, which function corresponds to a relationship prevailing at the fault location between the travelling waves proceeding in opposite directions on the line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 1976
    Date of Patent: December 13, 1977
    Assignee: BBC Brown Boveri & Company Limited
    Inventors: Otto Lanz, Michael Vitins
  • Patent number: 4063164
    Abstract: A method of and apparatus for the detection of short-circuits on lines operated with voltages and currents containing an alternating component, by detecting the temporal progression of the voltage and current at a measurement location in the form of measurement voltages and measurement currents. From the measurement voltage and measurement current or from magnitudes derived therefrom there are formed traveling wave signals of the form:a(t) = k. (u.sub.m + R.sub.w.i.sub.m) andb(t) = k. (-u.sub.m + R.sub.w.i.sub.m)wherein u.sub.m represents the measurement voltage and i.sub.m the measurement current or magnitudes derived therefrom, R.sub.w an impedance factor and k a freely introducable proportionality factor. There is monitored the mutual phase position of at least one respective frequency component of the oppositely moving traveling wave signals as a magnitude characterizing the condition of the line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 1976
    Date of Patent: December 13, 1977
    Assignee: BBC Brown Boveri & Company Limited
    Inventors: Otto Lanz, Jiri Mastner, Michael Vitins