Having Computer Control Of Elevator Patents (Class 187/247)
  • Patent number: 10859989
    Abstract: A transport system which is suited for providing a number of person-transport services has a conveyor arrangement, a number of stationary stations and a controllable drive arrangement. A control unit system controls operation of the drive arrangement. The control unit system is configured to control a multitude of person-transport services which are requestable via an interface arrangement by non-touch, acoustical or electromagnetic signals. The number of such services is at least 50% of the person-transport services which may be provided by the transport system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Inventors: Florian Troesch, Paul Friedli
  • Patent number: 10846077
    Abstract: An information processing device includes: a memory that stores therein a main program; a processor that reads out and executes the main program stored in the memory; a program update unit that updates the main program stored in the memory; and a start control unit that starts the processor in an update confirmation mode when the processor is reset after the main program stored in the memory is updated by the program update unit. The processor, when being started in the update confirmation mode, generates a monitoring process that monitors whether a process generated by the execution of the main program is normally operated, and outputs a monitoring process start completion signal when the monitoring process has been normally generated. The information processing device can reduce time required for processing of confirming whether each program have been normally updated after the update of the programs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventor: Kiyoyasu Maruyama
  • Patent number: 10822196
    Abstract: Elevator control system including an elevator car, an elevator controller, and an occupancy detection system configured to detect an occupancy level within the elevator car, the occupancy detection system comprising at least one camera. The elevator controller and the occupancy detection system are configured control the elevator car to prevent additional passengers from entering the elevator car when the occupancy detection system detects an occupancy level above a predetermined threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: OTIS ELEVATOR COMPANY
    Inventor: Aurelien Fauconnet
  • Patent number: 10807831
    Abstract: An elevator system is provided, in which when a telephone in an information center receives an emergency call using an analogue public telephone network from an interphone of an elevator, a monitoring person in the information center can confirm information of the elevator which transmits the emergency call while responding to the emergency call by the telephone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventor: Tomohiro Hattori
  • Patent number: 10793394
    Abstract: A self-propelled elevator system includes a hoistway (11) including a plurality of drives (40), wherein each of the plurality of drives includes a stationary portion (16) of a propulsion system and a controller (30) configured to operate the stationary portion of the propulsion system. The propelled elevator system also includes an elevator car ((14), 42) comprising a processor (44) and a transceiver (48), wherein the transceiver is configured to communicate with the controllers of one or more of the plurality of drives that are adjacent to the elevator car and one or more sensors (46) disposed on the elevator car, wherein the processor is configured to receive signals from the one or more sensors. The processor is configured to control a movement of the elevator car within the hoistway.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: OTIS ELEVATOR COMPANY
    Inventors: David Ginsberg, Dang V. Nguyen
  • Patent number: 10745242
    Abstract: An analysis method and a measurement system for surveying an elevator shaft of an elevator system wherein the elevator shaft is surveyed by a measurement system having a camera system and an inertial measurement unit having acceleration and angular rate sensors, i.e. designed as an optically inertial measurement system. On the basis of the measured data, a digital model of the elevator shaft is created. Further information on the position of the measurement system in a main extension direction of the elevator shaft, in addition to the information from the acceleration and angular rate sensors of the inertial measurement unit, is recorded and evaluated to create the digital model. In this way, a particularly accurate digital model of the elevator shaft is created.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: INVENTIO AG
    Inventors: Christian Studer, Raphael Bitzi, Erich Butler
  • Patent number: 10745241
    Abstract: According to an embodiment, a method to communicate with a passenger in a car within a transportation system includes receiving an alarm signal from the car, receiving at least one operation parameter from the car, analyzing the at least one operation parameter corresponding to the alarm signal from the car, determining an alarm condition in response to the at least one operation parameter and the alarm signal, and initiating a video session via a video system in response to the alarm signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: OTIS ELEVATOR COMPANY
    Inventor: Paras Kumar Halingale
  • Patent number: 10723593
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to a method for detecting an impact on an elevator door. The method is characterized in that it comprises detecting a break in an elevator door safety circuit; comparing characteristics of the break to a set of parameters; and performing an action when the characteristics of the break fulfil the conditions determined by the set of parameters. The disclosure further relates to an apparatus, to an elevator safety system and to an elevator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: KONE CORPORATION
    Inventors: Sami Saarela, Antti Raiko, Mika Lehtonen
  • Patent number: 10696516
    Abstract: An elevator group management system includes: a hall call registration device which is provided at a first hall; a hall destination call registration device which is provided at a second hall; a notification device which is provided at the first hall; an assigned car display device which is provided at the second hall; and a group management control device which selects a priority car from among a plurality of cars. When a priority car is selected, the group management control device performs, with respect to a hall call to which the priority car is already assigned, hall call control which differs from control with respect to a hall destination call to which the priority car is already assigned.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventor: Kenji Taniyama
  • Patent number: 10689225
    Abstract: In an approach for determining an optimal path for an elevator, a processor receives information, wherein the information includes social media data associated with a user and calendar entries associated with the user, indicating one or more locations within a building. A processor analyzes the received information. A processor determines a location to send an elevator within the building to minimize movement of the elevator, based on the analyzed information. A processor causes the elevator to move to the location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Emmanuel Barajas Gonzalez, Shaun E. Harrington, Harry R. McGregor, Christopher B. Moore
  • Patent number: 10676318
    Abstract: A control system of an elevator can be communicated with by a mobile control device to execute a maintenance and/or installation for the elevator. The control system includes a receiving element for receiving a request to establish a communication connection from the mobile control device, at least one processor to perform a first identification whether the mobile control device is authorized to communicate with the elevator, the at least one processor to perform a second identification whether a user of the mobile control device is authorized for using this mobile control device and/or for servicing this elevator, the at least one processor for matching a right of access of the mobile control device to the elevator depending on results of the first and the second identification, and a communication element to establish the requested communication connection according the matched right of access of the mobile control device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: INVENTIO AG
    Inventors: Elena Cortona, Frankie Schmid
  • Patent number: 10657788
    Abstract: A portable lighting and warning device includes: a housing; a lighting generator unit; a sensor unit sensing shaking of the housing to generate a sense output; a mode selector unit generating a mode indication signal; a warning generator unit; and a controller unit. In a case where the mode indication signal indicates a lighting mode, the controller unit controls the lighting generator unit to emit light. In a case where the mode indication signal indicates a warning mode, the controller unit waits for a predetermined pause time, and then controls the warning generator unit and the lighting generator unit to output sound and emit light when the sense output corresponds to the shaking of the housing not less than a predetermined level in intensity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Inventor: Tien-Ming Chou
  • Patent number: 10647544
    Abstract: An elevator dispatch control system includes an electronic UserID detection device that detects a UserID device and extracts a device identifier associated with the UserID device. An electronic ride request unit detects a ride request of a user. An electronic elevator controller is in communication with the UserID device and the ride request unit. The elevator controller determines contact information of the user based on a comparison between the extracted device identifier and a plurality of stored device identifiers stored in a database. The elevator controller transmits elevator car assignment information to the user device associated with the UserID device based on the determined contact information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: OTIS ELEVATOR COMPANY
    Inventors: Bradley Armand Scoville, Paul A. Simcik
  • Patent number: 10640328
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method for importing data to an elevator content control system comprises using a computing structure remote from a destination dispatch kiosk to select a location to upload a configuration data file. The configuration data file includes building information and elevator information. The method comprises uploading the selected configuration data file to the content control system. The method includes importing the configuration data file to the content control system to fill in a void in a second configuration data file. The importing does not overwrite a preset identification number for at least one of an elevator, a kiosk, an elevator controller, a building, a job, and an elevator car.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignees: THYSSENKRUPP ELEVATOR AG, THYSSENKRUPP AG
    Inventors: Matthew Muncy, Sean Luis Stecker, Chih-Hung Aaron King
  • Patent number: 10615589
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a motor control center system comprising an integrated module which is connected to multiple protection control modules through a first serial communication network and is connected to multiple LOP controllers through a second serial communication network, and communicates with a computer or a PLC in a main control room, wherein i) operation command transmission between the LOP controllers and the protection control modules and ii) measured-data collection, operational-state reporting, or control command transmission between the main control room or the PLC and the protection control modules are performed while the integrated module commonly intervenes therebetween; and commonly use the first serial communication network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: ROOTECH INC.
    Inventors: Changyong Jeong, Boogi Moon, Junghun Yun, Yongju Kim
  • Patent number: 10606252
    Abstract: A control system includes a system power supply IC that operates based on a voltage outputted from a power supply circuit and supplies a voltage for operating a microcomputer to the microcomputer, monitors an abnormal condition of the microcomputer, and outputs a reset signal for resetting the microcomputer to the microcomputer when detecting an abnormal condition of the microcomputer. When detecting the abnormal condition of the microcomputer, the system power supply IC outputs a switch opening signal for forcibly turning off a switch, which, in response to the switch opening signal, stops supplying the voltage outputted from the power supply circuit to the motor driving circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: SHINDENGEN ELECTRIC MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Takuya Shoji, Tomohiro Tanabe
  • Patent number: 10569991
    Abstract: A method includes recording a primary destination dispatch request from a primary passenger at a first floor position via a destination dispatch controller 115, identifying a terminal floor, providing a terminal floor call signal to the elevator control system via an overlay controller 110, moving an assigned elevator car in a travel direction of the terminal floor, recording at least one secondary destination dispatch request from a secondary passenger at a respective at least one secondary floor position via the destination dispatch controller, approximating a position of the assigned elevator car, determining a target floor position via the destination dispatch controller, entering a target floor call corresponding to the target floor position at a calculated time to stop the assigned elevator car at the target floor position, cancelling all pending calls via the elevator control system 102, and entering at least one recorded destination dispatch request to the elevator control system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: OTIS ELEVATOR COMPANY
    Inventors: Jason R. Armistead, Daniel S. Williams
  • Patent number: 10549950
    Abstract: The method of performing maintenance of an elevator is performed by unlocking and opening a landing door at a lowermost landing manually, activating a first stop button in the shaft, whereby a safety circuit of the elevator is opened so that operation of the car is completely prevented, entering into the shaft, closing the landing door, climbing down from the lowermost landing to the pit, turning a drive switch in a maintenance control unit positioned in the pit into a maintenance drive mode, whereby the first stop button is by-passed so that the car can be driven from the maintenance control unit upwards and downwards in the shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: KONE CORPORATION
    Inventors: Juha-Matti Aitamurto, Pekka Laukkanen, Ari Kattainen
  • Patent number: 10549948
    Abstract: A method for operating a safety system having a control unit, a bus, a plurality of bus nodes connected to the control unit via the bus and a plurality of participants connected to the control unit via the bus nodes, wherein at least one participant is designed as a temporary participant. The method involves the steps that the temporary participant is notified in the safety system by the temporary participant being connected at a bus node to the safety system via the bus, the temporary participants is recognized by the control unit, the temporary participant is integrated into the safety system by the control unit and the temporary participant is activated at least once. A further aspect of the invention relates to a safety system for an elevator system for carrying out the method and to an elevator system having the safety system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: INVENTIO AG
    Inventors: Astrid Sonnenmoser, Ivo Lustenberger, Martin Hess
  • Patent number: 10526167
    Abstract: A restoration information registration device for elevators capable of quickly registering restoration information on the elevator. The restoration information registration device for the elevators includes an operation unit that receives an operation from the outside, a storage unit that stores, when restoration information on the elevator is input by the operation on the operation unit, the restoration information, and a transmission unit that, when restoration information on a plurality of elevators is stored in the storage unit, collectively transmits the restoration information on the plurality of elevators. Accordingly, it is possible to quickly register the restoration information on the elevator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventors: Masafumi Ozawa, Akihiko Watanabe, Norihiro Chotoku, Yutaka Matsueda, Masaki Hikichi, Masafumi Eto, Takeshi Fujita
  • Patent number: 10503133
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, a system includes one or more processors configured to determine an instruction to be performed by a remote device. The remote device includes a plurality of preloaded instructions, and the plurality of preloaded instructions includes a preloaded instruction that matches the instruction. The processors are further configured to determine a token associated with the instruction. The remote device further includes a plurality of preloaded tokens associated with the plurality of preloaded instructions. The plurality of preloaded tokens includes a preloaded token that matches the token, and the preloaded token is associated with the preloaded instruction. The processors are further configured to transmit the token to the remote device. The remote device is configured to match the token to the preloaded token. Based on the match, the remote device is further configured to determine the preloaded instruction and perform the preloaded instruction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: Secure Cloud Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: David Schoenberger, Timothy Reynolds
  • Patent number: 10494223
    Abstract: When the received allocation request information indicates that the user information is obtained from the information communication terminal, the controller makes the storage unit store the allocation request information, and after elapse of a predetermined time from the reception of the allocation request information, reads the allocation request information to decide the allocation elevator to which the call relating to the allocation request information is to be allocated, and transmits information indicating the decided allocation elevator to the information communication terminal via a predetermined radio communication device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: FUJITEC CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Takeshi Sudo, Akira Komura
  • Patent number: 10494230
    Abstract: A passenger conveyor performance rating system includes a user device and a computing server. The user device obtains geographical information of the passenger conveyor system and displays a graphical user interface. The graphical user interface receives a first input indicating an operating performance of an individual passenger conveyor and a second input indicating at least one operation fault of the individual passenger conveyor. The computing server receives first data indicating the operating performance, second data indicating the at least one operation fault, and third data indicating the geographical information. The computing server further determines a faulty passenger conveyor system based on the first data and the second data and determines the geographical location of the faulty passenger conveyor system based on the geographical information received from the user device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: OTIS ELEVATOR COMPANY
    Inventor: Romain Fragner
  • Patent number: 10482732
    Abstract: During an evacuation situation in a building equipped with an elevator system, in which building a plurality of fixed point markers are arranged at specified locations, a sequence of floors (L1, L2, L3) to be evacuated according to which the elevator system services the floors (L1, L2, L3) is determined. The sequence depends on the current traffic situations on the floors (L1, L2, L3). The traffic situation is, in turn, based on the instantaneous positions of the mobile devices. These positions are each determined in each case when a mobile device, by means of data received from a first fixed point marker, accesses a database in which the data is linked to a site of the first fixed point marker.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: Inventio AG
    Inventors: Florian Troesch, Lukas Finschi
  • Patent number: 10464781
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a method for operating an elevator system, which is embodied as shaft-changing multi-car system. A number of cars is assigned to at least three elevator shafts. The cars can be moved in upwards direction and downwards direction inside the individual elevator shafts, as well as between the individual elevator shafts. A successive reversal of the travel directions of the respective cars occurs hereby.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: thyssenkrupp AG
    Inventor: Stefan Gerstenmeyer
  • Patent number: 10457521
    Abstract: An electrical or electromechanical installation includes a central processor for controlling operation of the electrical or electromechanical installation, a computer communicatively coupled to the central processor to output a control signal to the central processor, and a first video camera communicatively coupled to the computer to output an image signal to the computer. The computer has a memory storing computer instructions to determine facial characteristics from a person's face data comprised in the image signal, to categorizing the facial characteristics into at least one of predefined emotion categories, and to generate a control signal corresponding to the at least one of predefined emotion categories. The central controller operates the electrical or electromechanical installation in accordance with one of several operational modes, wherein the one of several operational modes is selected as a function of the control signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: Inventio AG
    Inventors: Benoît Légeret, Martin Hellebrandt
  • Patent number: 10421642
    Abstract: An elevator component separation assurance system includes a controller, and a brake controller. The controller includes an electronic processor, a computer readable storage medium, a safety motion state estimator, and a safety assurance module. The safety motion state estimator is configured to identify velocity and position of each one of a plurality of elevator components. The safety assurance module is configured to select a separation map from a plurality of pre-pre-programmed separation maps for each one of an adjacent component pair of the plurality of elevator components for initiating a Ustop that maintains elevator component separation. The brake controller is carried by each one of the plurality of elevator components, and is configured to actuate a secondary brake upon detection of a loss of communication with at least a portion of the controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: OTIS ELEVATOR COMPANY
    Inventors: Randall Roberts, Richard N. Fargo, David Ginsberg
  • Patent number: 10412027
    Abstract: A method of operating a building information conveyance system is provided. The method comprising: receiving one or more posts from a first user mobile device; determining at least one display screen to display the one or more posts; and displaying the one or more posts on the display screen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: OTIS ELEVATOR COMPANY
    Inventors: Emily Baldi, Harrison Daniels, Paul A. Simcik, Bradley Armand Scoville
  • Patent number: 10397332
    Abstract: An in-vehicle communication system includes a plurality of nodes each connected to a first bus and a second bus. The first bus and the second bus each transmits a message with a priority according to the priority. Each of the plurality of nodes is configured to count the number of times that the message is transmitted from an own node to the first bus having lower priority than the message from other node; determine if the number of times of transmission exceeds a predetermined number of times; and transmit the message with the priority to the first bus or the second bus according to the determination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Naoya Koshimae
  • Patent number: 10358318
    Abstract: In an approach for determining an optimal path for an elevator, a processor receives information, wherein the information includes social media data associated with a user and calendar entries associated with the user, indicating one or more locations within a building. A processor analyzes the received information. A processor determines a location to send an elevator within the building to minimize movement of the elevator, based on the analyzed information. A processor causes the elevator to move to the location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Emmanuel Barajas Gonzalez, Shaun E. Harrington, Harry R. McGregor, Christopher B. Moore
  • Patent number: 10341440
    Abstract: A method and a corresponding device are provided for transferring messages in a computer network, characterized in that in a first operating mode prior to the transmission of a message, it is checked whether or not it is a message which relates to a synchronization of nodes of the computer network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: ROBERT BOSCH GMBH
    Inventor: Aboubacar Diarra
  • Patent number: 10302440
    Abstract: The present invention provides an in-building lift taking navigation terminal, system and method and belongs to the field of lift technology. The in-building lift taking navigation terminal provided by the present invention comprises: a query input module at least used for inputting destination floor position information and a query instruction; an optional lift taking path display module used for acquiring and displaying one or more optional lift taking paths from an initial floor position to a destination floor position; and a navigation information display module used for generating and displaying corresponding navigation information based on each of the lift taking paths. The present invention can provide convenient and clear in-building lift taking path navigation for the passenger, the passenger can thus conveniently and efficiently reach the destination floor position and has a good lift taking experience.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: OTIS ELEVATOR COMPANY
    Inventor: Jinglong Zhang
  • Patent number: 10294075
    Abstract: A method of operating an elevator system including: receiving an evacuation call from a first evacuation floor; moving an elevator car to the first evacuation floor; opening doors of the elevator car when the elevator car arrives at the first evacuation floor; monitoring, using a sensor system, a remaining capacity of the elevator car; and closing the doors of the elevator car when at least one of a first selected period of time has passed and the remaining capacity is equal to a selected remaining capacity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: OTIS ELEVATOR COMPANY
    Inventors: David M. Hughes, James M. Collins, Jannah A. Stanley, Paul A. Stranieri, Ronnie E. Thebeau
  • Patent number: 10252881
    Abstract: The invention refers to a passenger transport system having a plurality of passenger transporters controlled by an transport system control, which passenger transport system further comprises at least one parameter memory configured to store at least one parameter or parameter set for the function of at least one transport system component, which transport system comprises at least one first wireless interface, which first interface is configured to input data regarding at least one stored parameter or parameter set for the function of the related transport system component(s). The passenger transport system comprises mobile devices carried by users, which mobile devices are configured to communicate wirelessly with the first interface, which communication is based on a short range transmission. The mobile devices are configured to be prompted by the first interface to transmit data regarding the parameter or parameter set of the correlated transport system component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: Kone Corporation
    Inventors: Jussi Hiltunen, Otto Miettinen, Timo Tiainen, Kim Bergman, Stefano Vaccari, Visa Rauta, Tommi Salonen, Minna Piironen, Jukka Korpihete, Dipti Sonawane
  • Patent number: 10214381
    Abstract: An elevator system includes an elevator car, at least one elevator drive arranged in an elevator shaft and a support strap, wherein the elevator car is arranged in the elevator shaft for movement via the support strap by the elevator drive. A brake system includes a car braking unit associated with the elevator car and a drive braking unit associated with the elevator drive. The car braking unit and the drive braking unit can together be controlled from a common brake control device. The brake system can be used for new elevator system installations and for retrofitting existing elevator systems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: INVENTIO AG
    Inventors: Christian Studer, Raphael Bitzi
  • Patent number: 10196237
    Abstract: A method for performing an emergency stop with an elevator and a safety arrangement of an elevator. In the method, when an emergency stop criterion is fulfilled, the elevator car is driven with the electric motor of the hoisting machine to a stop with a given deceleration profile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: KONE CORPORATION
    Inventors: Ari Kattainen, Antti Hovi, Petteri Kangas, Lauri Stolt
  • Patent number: 10173862
    Abstract: A process for operating an elevator control device, whereby for local access to the elevator control device via a programming device, the elevator control device automatically sends an identifier to the programming device and the identifier is input to an operator panel associated with the elevator control device. The elevator control device permits the local access when the previously sent identifier has been entered correctly within a predetermined input time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: INVENTIO AG
    Inventors: Claudio Colombano, Adrian Bünter, Andrew Paice, Philipp Lüthi, Thomas Räber
  • Patent number: 10112799
    Abstract: An elevator installation for serving at least one floor in at least one building can be modernized, the elevator installation comprising at least one elevator with at least one elevator car and at least one elevator control. At least one destination call terminal for input of at least one destination call and/or for recognition of at least one identification code is installed on at least one input floor. At least one destination call control is installed. The destination call terminal is, for communication of the destination call signal, connected with the destination call control. The destination call control can be connected to the elevator control through a serial interface of the elevator control.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: Inventio AG
    Inventor: Paul Friedli
  • Patent number: 10114066
    Abstract: The invention relates to an interface unit, a conveying system and a method. The interface unit comprises an input circuit for the signal determining the safety of the conveying system. The interface unit further comprises means for testing the operating condition of the input circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: Kone Corporation
    Inventors: Ari Kattainen, Antti Hovi
  • Patent number: 10083610
    Abstract: A system for tracking a public transportation vehicle includes a reporting device implemented on the public transportation vehicle that transmits a signal including information regarding an identity of the public transportation vehicle and a receiving device implemented on a public transportation station that receives the signal from the reporting device and communicates the information regarding the identity of the public transportation vehicle and a time-stamp regarding an arrival of the public transportation vehicle at the public transportation station. The system further includes an internet-enabled back-end server that receives the communication from the reporting device and stores the identity of the public transportation vehicle and the time-stamp regarding the arrival of the public transportation vehicle at the public transportation station in a database of the back-end server. The back-end server is configured to allow access of its database by an internet-enabled commuter device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: SLING MEDIA PVT. LTD.
    Inventor: Manjunatha Dhummappa Nagamma
  • Patent number: 10068259
    Abstract: Example embodiments of the present disclosure provide methods, a computer system and a computer program product for multimedia information display in an elevator. According to an embodiment of the method, moving status information of an elevator is obtained. The moving status information comprises at least a source floor information indicating where a passenger enters the elevator and a target floor information indicating where the elevator is moving. The multimedia information to be displayed is determined based on the moving status information of the elevator and the determined multimedia information is displayed in the elevator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Fang Cai, Jing Ding, Jing Li, Jian Wang
  • Patent number: 10035684
    Abstract: An elevator car separation assurance system and method of operation includes determining a position and velocity of each one of a plurality of cars by a safety motion state estimator. A safety assurance module of the system is configured to determine a separation map associated with a first car and an adjacent second car of the plurality of cars. The system is further configured to initiate a first separation assurance-induced event associated with at least one of the first and the second cars and based on the separation map. A recovery manager of the system is configured to detect the first separation assurance-induced event, and upon detection, slow at least a third car of the plurality of cars down.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: OTIS ELEVATOR COMPANY
    Inventors: Randall Roberts, Richard N. Fargo, David Ginsberg
  • Patent number: 10015536
    Abstract: There are provided a news/weather-forecast editing device that updates content with a high real-time sensitivity and information that constitutes an external program listing; a news/weather-forecast dedicated distribution server that creates an external program listing showing a display order of the content with a high real-time sensitivity, an advertisement-content editing device that updates content with a low real-time sensitivity and an advertisement program listing, which shows a display order of the content with a low real-time sensitivity and also a display order that follows the external program listing; a content database that stores therein the content and the program listings; a distribution server that periodically checks the content database and distributes updated content and program listings; and individual distribution devices that distribute content and program listings that have been distributed from the distribution server to vehicles that display the content according to the display order.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Shinichi Tsurumoto, Kenichi Ishiguri
  • Patent number: 9975738
    Abstract: A method and a system for modernizing an elevator installation including two or more elevators includes an unmodernized elevator, one or more call-giving devices, a new group controller, which is connected to the elevator installation for allocating an elevator call to be given with a call-giving device to be served by an elevator belonging to the elevator installation, and also a measuring device, which is configured to measure an operating parameter of an unmodernized elevator. The aforementioned measuring device is connected to the new group controller for communicating the aforementioned operating parameter to the new group controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: KONE CORPORATION
    Inventors: Narendran Ramakrishnan, Muralikrishnan Bangaru
  • Patent number: 9944492
    Abstract: A method for resetting a safety system of an elevator installation from an actual state, in which a normal operation of the elevator installation is not released, to a desired state, in which a normal operation of the elevator installation is released by the safety system includes the steps of: receiving a reset request, which is transmitted from the elevator control system, for resetting from the actual state to the desired state, in the safety system; carrying out verification of the reset request by the safety system; evaluating the verification by the safety system; and resetting the safety system from the actual state to the desired state if the verification by the safety system is evaluated as valid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: INVENTIO AG
    Inventor: Ivo Lustenberger
  • Patent number: 9868616
    Abstract: In a double-deck elevator, a car apparatus includes: a main frame; an upper car and a lower car that are disposed inside the main frame so as to be able to move vertically; and a car suspending body that suspends the upper car and the lower car on the main frame so as to counterbalance each other. A stopper sheave is disposed on a lower portion of the main frame. A flexible stopper cord-like body is wound onto the stopper sheave. The stopper cord-like body is connected to the upper car on a first side of the stopper sheave and is connected to the lower car on a second side of the stopper sheave.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC CORPORATION
    Inventor: Kunio Kato
  • Patent number: 9830244
    Abstract: Multiple safety related participants are arranged along a bus line in such a way that both a forward test signal path and a return test signal path run through the same safety related participants and the safety related participants are adapted in such a way that the occurrence of a non-secure state of their protective device brings about an interruption of the test signal path. A termination element connects the forward test signal path to the return test signal path. The safety unit is configured to transmit an output signal at its output and the termination element is configured to receive the output signal from the forward test signal path and to output a test signal to the return test signal path. The test signal is changed with respect to the received output signal in dependence on the received output signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: SICK AG
    Inventors: Stephan Henneberger, Frederik Behre
  • Patent number: 9796561
    Abstract: A method of wear detection of a coated belt or rope includes connecting a wear detection unit to one or more monitoring strands and/or cords of a coated belt or rope. The coated belt or rope includes one or more baseline strands and/or cords exhibiting a first change in electrical resistance as a function of bending cycles of the belt or rope and one or more monitoring strands and/or cords exhibiting a second change in electrical resistance as a function of bending cycles of the belt or rope, greater than the first change in electrical resistance. An electrical resistance of the one or more monitoring strands and/or cords is measured via the wear detection unit. Using at least the measured electrical resistance of the one or more monitoring strands and/or cords, a wear condition of the belt or rope is determined.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: OTIS ELEVATOR COMPANY
    Inventors: Brad Guilani, Hong Yang
  • Patent number: 9745169
    Abstract: A safety system for an elevator that includes at least one control unit, which control unit is operable in at least two different operating modes. The safety system has at least one electronic lock connected with the control unit, and is connectable, or connected, with at least one electronic key. The control unit is programmed, or programmable, in such that, in the presence of a connection between the electronic key and the electronic lock, it is only operable in one operating mode of a first subset of the operating modes and, in the absence of a connection between the electronic key and the electronic lock, it is only operable in one operating mode of a second subset of the operating modes. A maintenance mode is only available in the second subset of the operating modes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: INVENTIO AG
    Inventor: Astrid Sonnenmoser
  • Patent number: 9650226
    Abstract: A system and method for controlling multiple elevator cabs in an elevator shaft of a structure, where at least one elevator shaft having a plurality of zones, each zone representing at least one floor of the structure; at least one zone having at least one sensor; at least two elevator cabs moveable within the shaft, each cab moveable independently of other cabs; and a controller that determines movement of each cab into a zone. A first cab preceding any other cab, designated a leading cab; each cab following the leading cab, designated as a trailing cab; each cab moveable in the same direction of travel to service zones until each cab reaches its designated end zone; wherein the controller only instructs a trailing cab to move into a zone with a sensor, after the sensor in the zone detects a cab that was located in such zone has exited that zone thereby preventing collisions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: Smart Lifts, LLC
    Inventor: Justin Jacobs