Having Specific Load Support Drive-means Or Its Control Patents (Class 187/250)
  • Publication number: 20110259676
    Abstract: A coated sheave (24) for use in an elevator system in having at least one rope (22) and sheave combination, where the sheave has a predetermined shape and size for engagement with at least one rope in the elevator system. A coating (27) on the sheave has a wear coefficient of at least 80% less than the wear coefficient of the sheave without the coating.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 23, 2008
    Publication date: October 27, 2011
    Applicant: OTIS ELEVATOR COMPANY
    Inventors: Aaron T. Nardi, James T. Beals, Wayde R. Schmidt, Gregory S. Welsh, Mark Steven Thompson
  • Publication number: 20110240407
    Abstract: An exemplary mounting arrangement for components of an elevator system comprises a machine support that is configured to support a load associated with an elevator machine. A support for control electronics that operate the elevator machine is connected to the machine support.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 5, 2008
    Publication date: October 6, 2011
    Inventors: Richard J. Ericson, Harold Terry, Stephen R. Nichols, Daryl J. Marvin
  • Patent number: 7997388
    Abstract: Platforms for detecting, identifying and/or designating objects. Platforms according to one embodiment of the invention include an extendable mast connected to a skid via a linkage that allows pivoting of the mast with respect to the skid, and preferably does not permit rotation of the mast; at least two actuators connected to the mast; at least one inclination sensor; at least one detection sensor connected to the mast for detecting presence of an object; and circuitry that receives information from the inclination sensors and plumbs the mast. Coupling and actuator mechanisms are disclosed for connecting the mast to the skid in a manner that allows the mast to be stable for accurate use of the sensors, yet easily and quickly deployable for such use, whether the platform is deployed from the bed of a truck or when the skid is on the ground and the mast is fully extended.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2011
    Assignee: ICx Tactical Platforms Corp.
    Inventors: Christopher J. Nieboer, Josh H. Strange, Brandon T. Harbuck
  • Patent number: 7931539
    Abstract: An elevating mechanism includes a cage, a connecting element, a balancing weight body, a sheave and a power output unit. The cage includes an outer box and an inner box. The outer box for containing a fluid has an inlet and an outlet. The inlet is for the fluid flowing into the outer box. The outlet is for the fluid flowing out of the outer box. The inner box is placed inside the outer box for containing a loading body, and suspended in the fluid. The connecting element is wound around the sheave. The power output unit is for driving the sheave. One end of the connecting element is connected to the outer box, and the other end connected to the balancing weight body. The weight of the balancing weight body is equal to the total weight of the outer box, the fluid, the inner box and the loading body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2011
    Inventor: Shin-Guang Chen
  • Patent number: 7931128
    Abstract: In an elevator device, a drive unit has a drive sheave, a motor for rotating the drive sheave, and a motor driving portion for driving the motor. The motor driving portion is controlled by a control unit. When a car is running, the control unit monitors a load on at least one component within the drive unit, and generates a control command regarding a running speed of the car in accordance with a state of the load, and outputs the control command to the motor driving portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2011
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventors: Masaya Sakai, Takaharu Ueda
  • Patent number: 7878306
    Abstract: An elevator system includes a cab supported for movement within a hoistway. A tension device, which remains close to one end of the hoistway, maintains a desired tension on a load bearing member that supports the cab and moves to achieve a desired placement of the cab. The load bearing member extends from a first end of the hoistway toward the cab, wraps around a first sheave supported on the cab, extends toward the first end of the hoistway, wraps around a second sheave supported near the first end of the hoistway, extends toward a second end of the hoistway, wraps about a third sheave supported near the second end of the hoistway, extends toward the cab, wraps around a fourth sheave supported on the cab, and extends toward the second end of the hoistway where it is secured to the tension device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2011
    Assignee: Otis Elevator Company
    Inventors: Bryan Robert Siewert, Mark S. Thompson, Richard L. Hollowell
  • Publication number: 20100288586
    Abstract: Heat in a drive system including a motor and a drive is removed using heat pipes in heat exchanging contact with the motor and the drive. The heat conducting element have at least one portion for receiving heat from the motor or the drive, and another portion to transfer heat to a heat exchange device that is spaced from the motor and drive. The heat conducting element may be a heat pipe or a heat spreader element.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 10, 2010
    Publication date: November 18, 2010
    Applicant: OTIS ELEVATOR COMPANY
    Inventors: Mikhail B. Gorbounov, Zbigniew Piech, Vladimir Blasko, Daryl J. Marvin, William A. Veronesi, Igor I. Fedchenia, Jinliang Wang
  • Publication number: 20100212569
    Abstract: A lift assembly is provided for a platform such as used on a ship. The platform can have four spaced apart hitch points. In one embodiment, the lift assembly includes four trolley drive assemblies, each trolley drive assembly including a trolley guidable along a guide rail, and a drive configured to displace the trolley along the guide rails, each trolley being coupled to at least one hitch point. In a second embodiment, a tension leveling assembly is provided in a trolley drive assembly and is configured to couple each of the wire ropes to the trolley and maintain substantially the same amount of tension in each wire rope. In a third embodiment, the lift assembly can be provided on a ship that also includes a vessel for holding water.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 22, 2010
    Publication date: August 26, 2010
    Applicant: PaR Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: William R. Johanek, Dale Hengel
  • Publication number: 20100181149
    Abstract: An elevator car assembly includes a car frame, a car connected to the car frame and having a first guide axis between a first side and a second side of the car frame, a plurality of traction members, a first plurality of sheaves rotatably connected to the car frame between the first side and the second side for respectively receiving the plurality of traction members, and a first guide attached to either the car frame or the car below the first plurality of sheaves for movably engaging a first rail. The first guide is aligned with the first guide axis and is configured to be aligned with the first rail. One of the plurality of traction members and the first guide are vertically aligned at the first guide axis.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 8, 2007
    Publication date: July 22, 2010
    Applicant: OTIS ELEVATOR COMPANY
    Inventor: Jerome Dif
  • Patent number: 7753175
    Abstract: An elevator system (20) includes an underslung car (22). A plurality of load bearing members (32-38) are closer together behind the elevator car and spaced farther apart near a front of the elevator car (22). A plurality of sheaves (40-44) are supported for vertical movement with the car and rotational movement relative to the car (22) such that the load bearing members (32-38) can be arranged in a 2:1 roping ratio and extend underneath the car (22). A disclosed example includes sheaves (40-44) rotatable about sheave axes that are at oblique angles relative to corresponding edges of the elevator car (22).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2010
    Assignee: Otis Elevator Company
    Inventors: Loren Fanion, John Ferrisi, Kevin Gleason, Daniel Greer, Robert Hammell, Dave Jarvis, John Kriss, John Milton-Benoit, Harry Terry, Boris Traktovenko, Ken Woronoff
  • Publication number: 20100163683
    Abstract: A freestanding space elevator tower for launching payloads, tourism, observation, scientific research and communications. The space elevator tower has a segmented elevator core structure, each segment being formed of at least one pneumatically pressurized cell. The pressure cells may be filled with air or another gas. Elevator cars may ascend or descend on the outer surface of the elevator core structure or in a shaft on the interior of the elevator core structure. A payload may be launched from a pod or deck at the upper end of the space elevator tower. The space elevator tower is stabilized by gyroscopic and active control machinery. The space elevator tower maintains a desired pressure level through gas compressor machinery. Methods of constructing the space elevator are also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 21, 2008
    Publication date: July 1, 2010
    Inventor: Brendan Mark Quine
  • Publication number: 20100147631
    Abstract: A mounting method for a skid steer loader is disclosed including coupling a first end portion of a component directly to a first wall of a skid steer loader frame. The method also includes coupling a second end portion of the component to an opposite wall of the skid steer loader frame by a mounting system that allows for dimensional differences between the component and the skid steer loader frame.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 16, 2008
    Publication date: June 17, 2010
    Inventor: Paul A. Rousseau
  • Patent number: 7712583
    Abstract: Disclosed is a method and apparatus for controlling automatic lifting and lowering type platform that can correct the inclination of a mobile power generator and that can always maintain the level while carrying out automatic lifting and lowering of the generator. The apparatus includes vertical outer cases which are extended or withdrawn in the horizontal directions from or into both sides at both ends of the chassis ?; vertical inner cases which are inserted into the vertical outer cases and extended or withdrawn in the vertical directions; and an allotter which allots output to jacks so that inclination detected by an angle sensor can always be corrected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2010
    Assignee: Kouken Company, Limited
    Inventor: Kesafumi Matsumoto
  • Patent number: 7699145
    Abstract: An elevator brake assembly (16) includes a plate (26) having damper assemblies (28) including at least one spring (30) for controlling movement of the plate (26) relative to a magnetic field generator (20). A biasing member (36) forces the plate (26) into engagement with a disk (22) fixed to a rotating shaft (18). A force created by the magnetic field generator (20) overcomes force of the biasing member (32) to draw the plate (26) into contact with the magnetic field generator (20). The impact between the plate (26) and the magnetic field generator (20) is controlled by the damping assembly (28) to substantially reduce impact noise.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2010
    Assignee: Otis Elevator Company
    Inventor: Richard J. Ericson
  • Patent number: 7624848
    Abstract: A mounting tool arranged at an elevator car raisable and lowerable along guide rails by a hoist in an elevator shaft. The hoist is suspended at a load hook of a shaft ceiling, wherein a support cable is connected with a load eye of a car yoke. The mounting tool includes a pivot support pivotally arranged at an axle of a tool foot supported by the car yoke. A load carrier carrying an elevator drive is provided at a free end of the pivot support. An assembly operative standing on the car yoke operates the hoist and the mounting tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2009
    Assignee: Inventio AG
    Inventor: Daniel Fischer
  • Publication number: 20090194370
    Abstract: A brake assembly (18) includes a permanent magnet (36) that generates a first magnetic field (52) in a direction that causes application of a clamping force on a brake disk (22). An electromagnet (38) is energized with current of a proper polarity to generate a second magnetic field (54) opposite the first magnetic field (52). The rate and magnitude at which current is applied produces a controlled repulsive force between the two magnetic fields (52, 54) to disengage the brake disk (22). As a distance between the permanent magnet (36) and the electromagnet (38) increases, the difference in field strength decreases until an equilibrium position is obtained. The brake is applied and released in a controlled manner by varying the strength of the second magnetic field (54) relative to the first magnetic field generated by the (36).
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 17, 2006
    Publication date: August 6, 2009
    Inventor: Richard N. Fargo
  • Publication number: 20090178888
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a lifting device secured in height along a wall comprising a gondola, characterised in that the safety and drive means are on-board on the gondola and cause the gondola to slide along the two rails by means of a pair of secure jaws, the actions of which are coordinated so as to advance along each rail with an alternating clearance.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 29, 2006
    Publication date: July 16, 2009
    Inventors: Manuel Machado, Jacques Lepine
  • Publication number: 20090145697
    Abstract: A forklift truck (10) comprising a truck body, a fork mechanism at one end of the body, and at least one wheel (18) at an opposite end of the body, said at least one wheel (18) being mounted on the body for translational movement relative to the body between a working position and a storage position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 2, 2006
    Publication date: June 11, 2009
    Inventors: Martin McVicar, Robert Moffett, Meredith Hall, Mark Whyte
  • Patent number: 7543685
    Abstract: An elevator has a mechanical linear drive arranged laterally at an elevator shaft head to drive at least one belt that moves a car and a counterweight in the shaft. The belt is fixed in the shaft at opposite ends and extends about a drive wheel of the elevator drive. Deflection rollers of the drive determine the angle of encirclement of the belt on the drive wheel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2009
    Assignee: Inventio AG
    Inventors: Ernst Ach, Gert Silberhorn, Peter Spless, Karl Weinberger
  • Patent number: 7509187
    Abstract: A wheelchair lift having a pivot and a platform. A rotary position sensor is mounted at the pivot and configured to generate an output signal. A controller is configured to receive the output signal of the rotary position sensor and determine the position of the platform based on the output of the rotary position sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2009
    Assignee: The Braun Corporation
    Inventors: John W. Hayes, Keith D. Heigl
  • Publication number: 20090071758
    Abstract: Provided is an elevator car frame, comprising: an elevator cage, a main elevator car frame comprising a pair of main columns, an upper main beam and a lower main beam, and a pair of diversion sheaves; wherein the main columns are disposed on both sides of the elevator cage; the upper main beam is disposed above the elevator cage; the lower main beam is disposed below the elevator cage; the diversion sheaves are disposed on one side of the upper main beam; and a line connecting centers of the diversion sheaves is parallel to the upper main beam. The invention features increased working space, reduced height of the elevator car roof, and lower cost.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 18, 2008
    Publication date: March 19, 2009
    Applicant: SHENYANG BRILLIANT ELEVATOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Zhigang YU, Yunsong GU, Hetong MAO, Hongwen LI, Junbin LI
  • Publication number: 20090071760
    Abstract: The present invention provides a machineroomless elevator system 100 including an elevator hoist 25 that can be rationally disposed in a limited space in a top part of an elevator shaft 2. In the machineroomless elevator system 100, the elevator hoist 25 is disposed such that a first end thereof provided with a main sheave 26 is above a counterweight 22, and a second end 25a thereof opposite the first end is above the rear end 20c of a cage 20 as viewed from above the elevator shaft 2. Therefore, the degree of freedom of disposing the elevator hoist 25 can be increased, and devices mounted on the top wall of the cage 20 can be easily arranged so that the devices may not interfere with the elevator hoist 25.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2007
    Publication date: March 19, 2009
    Inventor: Kazuhiro Izumi
  • Publication number: 20090064890
    Abstract: A transport installation comprises a first means for moving a vehicle between a first end terminal and an intermediate terminal and a second means for moving the vehicle between the intermediate terminal and a second end terminal, by loading the vehicle on board an elevator shaft. The first means for moving are formed by a people mover comprising an aerial rope in a closed loop for driving at least one detachable car forming said vehicle, said loop being equipped with a detachment/attachment section of the car situated near the intermediate terminal. The people mover also comprises a transfer track for guiding and transporting the car in the detached position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 5, 2008
    Publication date: March 12, 2009
    Applicant: POMAGALSKI SA.
    Inventors: Stefano Charrere, Thierry Gayte, Nicolas Revenant
  • Patent number: 7500543
    Abstract: A coupling arrangement for coupling a traction sheave on a motor shaft includes a taper lock bushing and a traction sheave having a tapered bore adapted to receive the taper lock bushing. The taper lock bushing is sized to slidingly engage with the motor shaft and to fit into the tapered bore of the traction sheave. The taper lock bushing is fastened onto the traction sheave via threaded fasteners to result in a compression fit between the taper lock bushing and the motor shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2009
    Inventor: Paul J. Doran
  • Publication number: 20090032340
    Abstract: One embodiment disclosed comprises a roller guide device comprising at least one roller and a respective braking apparatus for the roller. The braking apparatus in this embodiment comprises a disc brake. In this same embodiment, the disc brake performs a braking operation by pressing a pair of pads on both sides of a roller. The disc brake may be supported by the base of the roller guide device, and comprise a single-piston mechanism that affects movement of the pair of pads.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 31, 2008
    Publication date: February 5, 2009
    Inventor: Rory Smith
  • Patent number: 7484596
    Abstract: An elevator without counterweight, in which elevator the elevator car is guided by guide rails and suspended by means of diverting pulleys on hoisting ropes so that the elevator has rope portions of the hoisting ropes going upwards and downwards from the elevator car and a number of diverting pulleys in the upper and lower parts of the elevator shaft. The elevator has a drive machine placed in the elevator shaft and provided with a traction sheave. The elevator has a compensating device acting on the hoisting ropes for equalizing and/or compensating the rope tension and/or rope elongation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2009
    Assignee: Kone Corporation
    Inventors: Esko Aulanko, Jorma Mustalahti
  • Publication number: 20080308360
    Abstract: An elevator drive with a brake device has compression springs that act on brake levers, whereby brake linings generate a brake force on a brake drum. The more the brake linings wear due to abrasion, the smaller the distance of the plunger from the brake magnet housing becomes. Should the plunger come into contact with the brake magnet housing, the braking capacity of the brake linings is completely eliminated creating an operating condition that is dangerous for elevator users. A switch is provided that detects a minimum distance. The switch can be arranged on the plunger of the brake magnet and detect the minimum distance to the brake magnet housing or, in the case of a retrofit, the switch can be arranged on the brake magnet rod and, for example, detect the distance of the second joint from the brake magnet housing, and at the minimum distance the switch switches.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 16, 2008
    Publication date: December 18, 2008
    Inventors: Karl Weinberger, Rudolf Eckenstein, Rene Hermann, Luc Bonnard
  • Publication number: 20080277205
    Abstract: A substantially vertical lift system is disclosed herein. The substantially vertical lift system is comprised of a platform, base, and a lifting mechanism. The lifting mechanism is designed to displace the platform in a substantially linear manner, and if desired, in a position parallel to the base. Multiple lifting mechanisms may be used, and displaced either in a side-by-side or stacked orientation. The configuration of the lifting mechanism is implementation dependent.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 11, 2007
    Publication date: November 13, 2008
    Inventors: Han-su Kim, Kyung-dong Lee, Chang-hoon Baek
  • Patent number: 7448474
    Abstract: Method for making an elevator, wherein the roping is selected according to the weight of the elevator car using the same drive machine, traction sheave and rope sheave regardless of the roping. For heavy elevators, Single Wrap roping is used, wherein the hoisting ropes are passed around the traction sheave and the rope sheave guides the ropes and dampens their vibrations, while for light elevators Double Wrap roping is used.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2008
    Assignee: Kone Corporation
    Inventors: Esko Aulanko, Jorma Mustalahti, Petteri Valjus
  • Publication number: 20080271954
    Abstract: An elevator installation and a method for arranging a load sensor in the elevator installation includes a car, a support device for supporting the car, the load sensor and a deflecting roller unit. The deflecting roller unit is arranged at the car and has at least two deflecting rollers which are rotatable about a common axle. The load sensor is arranged on the common axle between the two deflecting rollers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 2, 2008
    Publication date: November 6, 2008
    Inventor: Daniel Fischer
  • Publication number: 20080257652
    Abstract: The invention relates to a lifting ram for lifting platforms, in particular for underfloor lifting platforms, comprising an inner tubular body (4) and an outer body (3) which is at least partially tubular and which at least partially surrounds the inner tubular body (4), wherein the outer tubular body (3) and the inner tubular body (4) are connected to one another at least in a force-fitting manner via connecting elements (5a, 5b). The lifting ram is an extruded element at least in some sections.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 25, 2006
    Publication date: October 23, 2008
    Inventor: Roland Hoernstein
  • Publication number: 20080230322
    Abstract: A small power elevator system is installed in an elevator shaft of a building. The system includes a passenger or freight elevator car having an electronic scale installed in a bottom thereof to measure the weight of passengers or freight loaded therein; a counterweight connected to the elevator car and adapted to be moved in a direction opposite that of the elevator car by mass members added or removed according to the weight of the elevator car; a mass member feeder for feeding the mass members to the counterweight; and a control unit for controlling the mass members to be fed from the mass member feeder to the counterweight or discharged from the counterweight to the mass member feeder according to the weight of the elevator car. The system can reduce power consumption to thereby reduce electric charges such as basic rates and usage rates.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 5, 2006
    Publication date: September 25, 2008
    Inventor: Woon Tae Chung
  • Patent number: 7416056
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an elevator system for use during an emergency. The elevator system comprises two elevator shafts constructed adjacent to each other. Each elevator shaft houses an elevator car. The elevator system operates without the use of a building's power source by incorporating a primary pulley system to move the elevator cars. Generally, the elevator cars work in tandem such that as one elevator car goes up its respective elevator shaft, the other elevator car will go down its respective elevator shaft. Moreover, a secondary pulley system and a gear system are employed to also facilitate movement of the elevator cars without using the building's power supply.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2008
    Inventor: Kwon Woo Kim
  • Publication number: 20080190732
    Abstract: The aim of the invention is to make person conveying systems more simple and less expensive. Said aim is achieved by equipping a person conveying system with a synchronous linear motor comprising a rack-shaped, permanent magnet-less secondary part (S) for driving purposes while the primary part of the synchronous linear motor is fixed to the conveying device (K) in or on which persons can be conveyed. If the person conveying system is embodied as a magnetic levitation railway, the synchronous linear motor makes it possible to conserve a significant amount of energy as opposed to an asynchronous linear motor as the permanent magnets provide a certain basic magnetic flux that can be used for supporting the railway car and driving the same in the direction of travel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 11, 2006
    Publication date: August 14, 2008
    Applicant: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Gerhard Matscheko, Thorsten Rabenschlag, Hubert Schedler, Johannes Wollenberg
  • Patent number: 7407040
    Abstract: There is disclosed a coupling arrangement for coupling a motor to a hoist machine. The coupling arrangement comprises a first drum flange comprising an outer body having a first end and a second end, and an inner wall surface defining a cavity of substantially circular cross section. The cavity has a given diameter along a first length of the body, and of reducing diameter along a second length of the body. The flange is adapted to receive at the first end a tapered bushing of increasing diameter and dimensioned such that, upon insertion of the bushing within the body a given length, the bushing frictionally engages with the inner wall surface of reducing diameter for retention therein. The bushing has a central cavity for receiving the shaft of the motor and capable of securing onto the shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2008
    Inventor: Paul J. Doran
  • Publication number: 20080179142
    Abstract: A torque motor type elevator comprises a torque motor, a ball screw, a sliding nut and an elevator car. The torque motor serves to drive the load screw of the ball screw directly, so the elevator car fixed to the load nut is moved up and down. The ball screw of the present invention is provided for reducing the loss of energy of the elevator driving system, and the sliding nut is disposed on the ball screw to improve its safety. The torque motor can be added with a resolver or an encoder to control the position precisely. Such arrangements can prevent the problem of energy consumption and can simplify the structure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 27, 2007
    Publication date: July 31, 2008
    Inventors: Yung-Tsai CHUO, Yi-Cheng Su
  • Publication number: 20080149429
    Abstract: A method for carrying out maintenance and inspection operations at an elevator installation with an elevator car having a lowerable car roof that serves as maintenance platform, comprises at least the following steps: positioning the elevator car at a selected floor and opening the elevator doors; lowering the car roof into the elevator car to work level; climbing of the maintenance person with the help of climbing equipment from the selected floor through the elevator doors onto the lowered car roof, closing the elevator doors; and moving the elevator car to maintenance positions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 29, 2008
    Publication date: June 26, 2008
    Inventors: Mario Fernandes, Emmanuel Kolb, Denis Sittler, Denis Wagner
  • Patent number: 7383924
    Abstract: Rubber vibration isolators are held between a base frame supporting a driving device and an upper deflecting sheave, and a support connected to car guide rails and a counterweight guide rail. The rubber vibration isolators are held between a horizontal member and vertical members of a support frame supporting lower deflecting sheaves. Transmission of vibrations generated by the driving device, the upper deflecting sheave, and the lower deflecting sheaves to the side walls of an elevator shaft can be intercepted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2008
    Assignee: Toshiba Elevator Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Kazuhiro Izumi, Kan Kawasaki, Ikuo Asami, Takashi Ishii, Takanori Urata, Shun Fujimura, Masayuki Higashi, Masahiro Kuramitsu
  • Publication number: 20080128218
    Abstract: Brake equipment for holding and braking an elevator car in an elevator installation, which is arranged to be movable along a brake track in two directions of travel, includes a mount with a brake lining which automatically adjusts under friction couple with the brake track on movement of the elevator car relative to the rail and in that case tightens a first tightening means, which can be released by an actuator. The first tightening means tightens the mount together with the brake lining against the brake track by a biasing force. The brake equipment produces, with unmoved brake equipment and an unreleased state of the actuator, a holding force acting in both directions of travel. The holding force is determined substantially by the biasing force acting on the mount.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 5, 2007
    Publication date: June 5, 2008
    Inventors: Nicolas Gremaud, Mathis Baur, Daniel Fischer
  • Patent number: 7377366
    Abstract: An elevator system includes guide rail mounted machine (16) and a sheave assembly (32) that accommodates a guide rail (38) within a hoistway. The inventive sheave assembly includes individual sheave portions (54) rotatable along a common axis. At least two of the sheave portions are spaced apart along a shaft (50) and a portion of the guide rail extends toward the axis beyond a plane formed tangent to the outside diameter of the sheave portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2008
    Assignee: Otis Elevator Company
    Inventors: Franck Det, Davy Depee, Jean-Noël Cloux, Michel Beeuwsaert, Raphaël Picard, Pascal Rebillard, Fernando Rico, David Pillin, Hugues Fanielle, Jacobus Benjamin Legez
  • Publication number: 20080105497
    Abstract: An access tower comprises a movable wheeled base (10) to which is mounted one end of a scissor lift mechanism (12), the other end of which supports a working platform (14). The scissor lift (12) can be actuated to displace the working platform (14) between a fully retracted or stowed condition and a fully extended or deployed condition.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 7, 2005
    Publication date: May 8, 2008
    Applicant: WOLFE DESIGNS LIMITED
    Inventors: Michael Ashley, Anthony Charles Lawrence Pugh
  • Patent number: 7364019
    Abstract: The present invention is about a traction sheave elevator, without the machine room, comprising an elevator car that runs on guide rails placed in the shaft and connected to at least one hoisting rope un-coiling on a diverting pulley driven by a traction sheave. The invention's characteristic consists in comprising a space, outside the elevator shaft, which houses, at least partially, the traction sheave and is equipped with an opening near a floor's door for the access to the drive machine and to the traction sheave, from outside the shaft. The invention also provides for arranging the two diverting pulleys on the counterweight and on the elevator car in a way that one or the other can be tilted with respect to the vertical or arranging them on the same axis and on the same body of the pulley with the grooves of the alternating hoisting ropes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2008
    Assignee: Hillston Finance Limited c/o Aleman, Cordero, Galindo & Lee Trust (BVI) Limited
    Inventor: Luciano Faletto
  • Publication number: 20080053755
    Abstract: A guide device for an elevator car has a guide shoe that is displaceable by a linear guide that is arranged on the elevator car. Should the elevator car in an extreme situation travel beyond the uppermost floor, the guide shoe is arrested by a projecting console, and the elevator car travels past the console. The linear guide permits the guide shoe to execute a movement relative to the elevator car. Thus, the elevator car, or parts thereof, utilizes the hoistway headroom that is provided for the drive unit or other hoistway equipment. The counterweight can be provided with the displaceable guide shoe for utilizing the hoistway pit in a similar manner.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 31, 2007
    Publication date: March 6, 2008
    Inventor: Bjarne Lindberg
  • Patent number: 7316295
    Abstract: An elevator drive unit includes an engine, an engine stand, a bearing block, a traction sheave and an engine frame with a counter-roller base. The stator of the electric drive is bolted, by means of a flange, to the engine stand. The rotor of the electric drive sits on a free end of a shaft bearing the traction sheave. The shaft is mounted to the bearing block and the engine stand. The traction sheave is mounted to the engine stand bearing block by means of the shaft. A brake is located within the engine stand and is protected by the casing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2008
    Assignee: Inventio AG
    Inventors: Andrzej Cholinski, Heinrich Küttel
  • Patent number: 7296660
    Abstract: An elevator for moving a person between two levels. The system includes at least one carriage in a hoist way extending between two floors. A lever arm lifting system moves the carriage. The lever arm may be an articulated lever arm having a primary arm having a first end rotating on a primary shaft supported on the building structure and a primary sprocket wheel fixed to the primary shaft. A secondary arm has a first end rotating on a secondary shaft carried on a second end of the primary arm. A secondary sprocket wheel is also carried on the secondary shaft and is fixed to the secondary arm. The primary and secondary sprocket wheels are coupled by a chain belt. A second end of the secondary arm is coupled to the carriage. An electric motor is coupled to the primary arm to rotate it around the primary shaft, and to thereby move the carriage between the two levels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2007
    Inventor: Harry G. Bauge
  • Patent number: 7293631
    Abstract: There is provided an machineroom-less elevator which can reduce the pit depth in a bottom part of an elevator shaft, mostly perform maintenance work on an upper space of a cage, and reduce a top clearance. A pair of right and left cage-side sheaves are disposed in the upper space of the cage, and the rotational axes of the traction sheave and the cage-side sheaves are extended in the longitudinal direction. A sheave supporting beam to rotatably support cage-side sheaves is disposed in a space between and upper beam of the cage frame and a ceiling of the cage, and disposed below rotary shafts of the cage-side sheaves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2007
    Assignee: Toshiba Elevator Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Takashi Ishii, Hiroshi Sano, Kan Kawasaki
  • Patent number: 7243759
    Abstract: There is disclosed a coupling arrangement for coupling a motor to a hoist machine. The coupling arrangement comprises a first drum flange comprising an outer body having a first end and a second end, and an inner wall surface defining a cavity of substantially circular cross section. The cavity has a given diameter along a first length of the body, and of reducing diameter along a second length of the body. The flange is adapted to receive at the first end a tapered bushing of increasing diameter and dimensioned such that, upon insertion of the bushing within the body a given length, the bushing frictionally engages with the inner wall surface of reducing diameter for retention therein. The bushing has a central cavity for receiving the shaft of the motor and capable of securing onto the shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2007
    Inventor: Paul J. Doran
  • Patent number: 7204348
    Abstract: An assembly arrangement for a lift construction supports the lift drive at the upper end of both a support column and lift cage and counterweight guide rails, allowing the lift drive load to be transferred to the floor of the lift by each of the supporting members. The support of the lift drive upon the rails may be accomplished through setting screws that allow the load applied to the rails to be adjusted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2007
    Assignee: Inventio AG
    Inventors: Hanspeter Bloch, Mario Heggli, Roland Delvento
  • Patent number: 7191874
    Abstract: The present invention provides a carrying apparatus that prevents an elevating motor and the like from projecting from a stacker crane to hinder the stacker crane from interfering with walls of an automatic warehouse. A traveling vehicle 2 of a stacker crane comprises traveling driving means 20, 20 for wheels 9, and elevation driving means 35 for elevating and lowering a platform 4. Both driving means 20, 35 are arranged so that a longitudinal direction of both driving means 20, 35 is almost parallel with a direction in which the traveling vehicle 2 runs. The traveling vehicle 2 comprises a pair of frames 17, 17 spaced at a predetermined distance from each other and a plurality of connecting members that connect both frames 17, 17 together. Both driving means 20, 35 are arranged outside the respective frames 17. Wheels 9, 9 are arranged in the front and rear, respectively, of the traveling vehicle 2. The traveling driving means 20 is connected to each wheel 9.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2007
    Assignee: Murata Kikai Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Akito Tai, Yuji Imamura, Fumiki Goto
  • Patent number: 7178637
    Abstract: The invention provides an elevator apparatus comprising a cage 1 disposed inside a path of upward or downward movement vertically movably, a counterweight 2 vertically movable with the upward or downward movement of the cage 1, and a lift drive mechanism for driving the cage 1 upward or downward. The drive mechanism comprises a sheave 42 disposed inside the path, ropes 3 extending along a route around the sheave 42, and a drive device 5 in engagement with the ropes 3. The drive device 5 comprises a belt transmission provided alongside the ropes 3 and revolvingly movable along the rope extension route, a mechanism for pressing a belt surface of the belt transmission into contact with the ropes 3, and a drive motor for driving the belt transmission. The cage can be driven upward or downward without using any traction sheave, while the cage can be reduced in weight.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2007
    Assignee: Fujitec Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Takashi Asano, Yosuke Goda, Kenichi Yamamoto, Mamoru Harada