Patents by Inventor Tommi HUOTARI

Tommi HUOTARI 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
  • 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: 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
  • 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
  • Patent number: 10598496
    Abstract: A local navigation system includes: a plurality of beacons located in a local environment and being configured to send signals specified to different routes in said local environment; a plurality of mobile devices, each of them including a client controller; and a wireless communication link configured to receive the signals sent by the beacons; an output means configured to display/emit navigation guide data. In the local navigation system, the client controller is configured to process the signals received via the wireless communication link and to process this data into navigation guide data outputted on an output of the mobile device. Each route included in the local environment is assigned a unitary ID and each beacon is located in one specific location of the local environment along at least one of said routes. Each beacon is configured to send the IDs of all the routes passing along its specific location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: KONE CORPORATION
    Inventor: Tommi Huotari
  • Publication number: 20190115943
    Abstract: The invention allows enhancing radio signal coverage in an elevator environment. An elevator antenna pair comprises a primary antenna that is configured to transmit and receive radio frequency signals with an external wireless communication network. The elevator antenna pair further comprises a secondary antenna that is communicatively connected to the primary antenna and configured to transmit and receive radio frequency signals with at least one radio frequency transceiver in an elevator car. The primary antenna is arranged within an elevator landing signalization unit, and the secondary antenna is arranged inside an elevator hoistway.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 12, 2018
    Publication date: April 18, 2019
    Applicant: Kone Corporation
    Inventors: Hannu RYTILAE, Tommi HUOTARI
  • Patent number: 10129390
    Abstract: The invention allows utilizing Caller Line Identification (CLI) feature in receiving test emergency calls from any kind of elevator emergency telephones. A call attempt including CLI information from an elevator emergency telephone is received at an elevator emergency call receiver unit. The CLI information is detected. Then, one of the following is performed: a) disconnecting the call attempt to complete the test call processing; b) in response to detecting the call attempt being released by the elevator emergency telephone within a predetermined time period, determining that the test call processing is completed; and c) in response to detecting the call attempt not being released by the elevator emergency telephone within the predetermined time period, answering the incoming call to enable the elevator emergency telephone to continue the test call processing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: Kone Corporation
    Inventor: Tommi Huotari
  • Patent number: 9994421
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a solution for maintaining passenger-specific favorite floor lists in an elevator system, which comprises at least one elevator, call-giving devices for registering calls given by the passengers, a control system that is responsive to the aforementioned calls and memory means, in which is recorded at least one passenger-specific favorite floor list. A passenger is identified in connection with giving a call on the basis of the ID number of an identifier. The favorite floor list is updated on the basis of calls given by the passenger and/or a given updating criterion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: Kone Corporation
    Inventors: Tapani Talonen, Tommi Huotari
  • Publication number: 20170219352
    Abstract: The invention regards to a local navigation system comprising: a plurality of beacons located in a local environment and being configured to send signals specified to different routes in said local environment; a plurality of mobile devices, each of them comprising: a client control means, a wireless communication link configured to receive the signals sent by the beacons; an output means configured to display/emit navigation guide data; in which local navigation system the client control means is configured to process the signals received via the wireless communication link and to process this data into navigation guide data outputted on output means of the mobile device, whereby each route comprised in the local environment is assigned a unitary ID and whereby each beacon is located in one specific location of the local environment along at least one of said routes, whereby each beacon is configured to send the IDs of all the routes passing along its specific location, whereby the client control mean
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 20, 2017
    Publication date: August 3, 2017
    Applicant: KONE Corporation
    Inventor: Tommi HUOTARI
  • Publication number: 20170019528
    Abstract: The invention allows utilizing Caller Line Identification (CLI) feature in receiving test emergency calls from any kind of elevator emergency telephones. A call attempt including CLI information from an elevator emergency telephone is received at an elevator emergency call receiver unit. The CLI information is detected. Then, one of the following is performed: a) disconnecting the call attempt to complete the test call processing; b) in response to detecting the call attempt being released by the elevator emergency telephone within a predetermined time period, determining that the test call processing is completed; and c) in response to detecting the call attempt not being released by the elevator emergency telephone within the predetermined time period, answering the incoming call to enable the elevator emergency telephone to continue the test call processing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 9, 2016
    Publication date: January 19, 2017
    Applicant: Kone Corporation
    Inventor: Tommi HUOTARI
  • Publication number: 20150158693
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a solution for maintaining passenger-specific favorite floor lists in an elevator system, which comprises at least one elevator, call-giving devices for registering calls given by the passengers, a control system that is responsive to the aforementioned calls and memory means, in which is recorded at least one passenger-specific favorite floor list. A passenger is identified in connection with giving a call on the basis of the ID number of an identifier. The favorite floor list is updated on the basis of calls given by the passenger and/or a given updating criterion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 16, 2015
    Publication date: June 11, 2015
    Applicant: Kone Corporation
    Inventors: Tapani TALONEN, Tommi HUOTARI
  • Patent number: 8948348
    Abstract: A method is provided for testing an elevator emergency phone, which emergency phone is either VoIP compliant and connected to a WAN or is connected with a mobile connection module for operation in a mobile network. In the method, the phone is periodically initiated to be registered in the corresponding communication network. The registration attempt is monitored by a reporting device. The status data of the registration attempt is communicated by the reporting device to a monitoring center, which itself is connected to the communication network, which monitoring center takes necessary action when either a registration attempt is not being executed within a set time period or if the result of at least one registration attempt has been communicated as failed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: Kone Corporation
    Inventors: Hannu Rytilä, Juha-Pekka Hienonen, Tommi Huotari
  • Publication number: 20130272506
    Abstract: A method is provided for testing an elevator emergency phone, which emergency phone is either VoIP compliant and connected to a WAN or is connected with a mobile connection module for operation in a mobile network. In the method, the phone is periodically initiated to be registered in the corresponding communication network. The registration attempt is monitored by a reporting device. The status data of the registration attempt is communicated by the reporting device to a monitoring center, which itself is connected to the communication network, which monitoring center takes necessary action when either a registration attempt is not being executed within a set time period or if the result of at least one registration attempt has been communicated as failed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 13, 2013
    Publication date: October 17, 2013
    Inventors: Hannu RYTILÄ, Juha-Pekka HIENONEN, Tommi HUOTARI