Monitors Operational Parameter Patents (Class 187/393)
  • Patent number: 11124384
    Abstract: A method of tension adjustment for a load bearing member of an elevator system includes measuring a load on a load bearing member of an elevator system via a load cell operably connected to the load bearing member, the load cell and the load bearing member connected to an elevator car disposed in a hoistway, the measured load equated with a tension of the load bearing member. The measured tension to a preselected range and an adjustment of the tension of the load bearing member is determined. Adjustment instructions are communicated to a handheld electronic device and the communicated adjustment instructions are performed thereby adjusting the tension of the load bearing member to within the preselected range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Assignee: OTIS ELEVATOR COMPANY
    Inventor: Daniel Rush
  • Patent number: 11097923
    Abstract: Typically a technician is physically present to investigate a malfunction of an elevator system. Devices, systems and methods are provided for actively monitoring one or more lift devices, such as elevators and escalators. A computing system for electrically controlling an elevator controller, includes: a field board electrically connected to an elevator controller, and the field board communicates with a computing platform device, which in turn is connected to a server over the Internet. The field board includes relay switches that are electrically connected to the elevator controller. The server sends poking commands that triggers a relay switch to open or close, which causes the elevator controller to generate a call signal to move the elevator to an upper or a lower floor. If the elevator does not move according to a poking command, then a malfunction is reported.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2021
    Assignee: Xicore Inc.
    Inventors: Ray Eleid, Fransky Halim, Thomas Sternberg
  • Patent number: 11034545
    Abstract: A method of testing elevator car braking distance includes verifying that an elevator car is empty. The method also includes initiating a test procedure. The method further includes triggering a safety actuation device to actuate at least one safety brake to stop an elevator car. The method yet further includes recording braking data during a braking period. The method also includes recording braking data with at least one piece of elevator car equipment. The method further includes generating a braking data report that includes at least one of braking distance and braking deceleration of the elevator car.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2021
    Assignee: OTIS ELEVATOR COMPANY
    Inventor: Sandeep Sudi
  • Patent number: 11029810
    Abstract: An equipment service graphical interface is provided. An entity and an entity location of a plurality of equipment are identified. A data repository is accessed that includes a plurality of equipment servicing data associated with the equipment at the entity location. A map image is output on a graphical user interface including one or more icons indicating one or more equipment locations and status of the equipment based on the equipment servicing data from the data repository. One or more equipment status details are selectively displayed on the graphical user interface responsive to a detected user input action.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignee: OTIS ELEVATOR COMPANY
    Inventor: Ezhil Nanjappan
  • Patent number: 10981750
    Abstract: A system and/or method for receiving a data capture from an elevator sensor and executing a prognostic analysis of the data capture to identify operational issues and resolutions to the operational issues. The system and/or method can further receive at least one of a verification of the operational issues and the resolutions and execute the resolutions upon verification to resolve the operational issues.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: OTIS ELEVATOR COMPANY
    Inventors: Jinho Song, Aditya Swami
  • Patent number: 10961725
    Abstract: A suspension work platform hoist system for raising and lowering a work platform is provided. The system incorporates at least one hoist attached to the work platform and in electrical communication with a hoist control system having a monitoring and diagnostic system to monitor and record at least one of a plurality of operating characteristics of the hoist. The hoist control system may further include a safety lock out system that requires authentication of an operator prior to the hoist control system causing movement of the hoist system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: SKY CLIMBER, LLC
    Inventors: George M. Anasis, Robert E. Eddy, Gary E. Ingram, Jean-Francois DeSmedt, Hui Li
  • Patent number: 10954101
    Abstract: Brake release sensors for an elevator can be replaced by an arrangement wherein the brake release is determined from the force caused by the brake. This is achieved by providing measuring device for measuring the weight of an elevator car between the brake and the motor body so that the weight of the elevator car is measured only when the brake is on.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: Kone Corporation
    Inventors: Ari Kattainen, Lauri Stolt
  • Patent number: 10947088
    Abstract: An elevator system includes a stationary structure, a first sheave rotationally supported by the structure, a rope supported by the first sheave, and an elevator car supported by the rope. A vibration damping device of the elevator system is positioned at a first termination of the rope, and is configured to reduce vibration waves in the rope, thereby reducing noise in the elevator car.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: OTIS ELEVATOR COMPANY
    Inventor: Antoine Adrian Blanchard
  • Patent number: 10882717
    Abstract: An emergency operation controller for an elevator is connected to other emergency operation controllers of their respective elevators through network, and each controller constitutes a node in the network. The controller generates and transmits an emergency condition detection message to other controllers in the network which constitute adjacent nodes to the controller when the controller detects an emergency condition, and receives an emergency condition detection message from other controllers which constitute adjacent nodes to the controller in the network when other controllers detect an emergency condition. The emergency condition detection message includes a propagation count. The propagation count is configured to be decremented by one, each time one controller transmits the emergency condition detection message to other controllers which constitute next adjacent nodes. The emergency condition detection message is continuously transmitted until the propagation count reaches to zero.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: OTIS ELEVATOR COMPANY
    Inventors: Hiromitsu Miyajima, Daisuke Meguro
  • Patent number: 10858218
    Abstract: This invention is concerning an elevator apparatus, in which a safety monitoring device corrects a detected car position using a signal from a car position detection device and monitors the presence or absence of car overspeed on the basis of an overspeed detection pattern that varies in accordance with car position. The car position detection device includes a first car position detection sensor and a second car position detection sensor which are arranged side by side in a vertical direction. The safety monitoring device performs, in parallel, first overspeed monitoring based on a car position corrected using a signal from the first car position detection sensor and second overspeed monitoring based on a car position corrected using a signal from the second car position detection sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Masunori Shibata, Takuo Kugiya, Kazunori Washio
  • Patent number: 10723590
    Abstract: Disclosed are a device and a method for detecting compression and reposition performance of a hydraulic buffer for an elevator. The device includes a laser displacement sensor, a battery charge and power supply circuit and a controller, where the laser displacement sensor is connected to the controller through a signal conditioning and acquisition circuit and a laser emission control circuit; and where the controller is also connected to a memory and a configuration screen, respectively. It can realize the automation of multi-parameter measurement functions of a buffer, such as compression stroke measurement, reposition time measurement and reposition process monitoring (which can reflect whether the reposition process is jammed), and has a high measurement accuracy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignees: Zhuhai Branch, Guangdong Institute of Special Equipment Inspection and Research, Shunde Branch, Guangdong Institute of Special Equipment Inspection and Research, Zhuhai ANYES Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Zhengwu Qi, Minjian Liang, Yuesheng Li, Yinghong Chen, Jiansheng Zeng
  • Patent number: 10717629
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a machinery brake for an elevator. The machinery brake comprises a frame part comprising an electromagnet and an armature part, wherein the machinery brake further comprising an inductive proximity sensor mounted to one of the following: the frame part, the armature part and a target mounted to the other of the following: the frame part, armature part. The inductive proximity sensor and the target are mounted with respect to each other so that in a normal state of the machinery brake the target resides within an operational area of the inductive proximity sensor and in an abnormal state of the machinery brake the target resides at least partly outside the operational area of the inductive proximity sensor. The invention also relates to a method therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: KONE CORPORATION
    Inventors: Henri Vakkamäki, Janne Rossi, Timo Korhonen, Zhizhong Yan
  • Patent number: 10640330
    Abstract: A safety device of a lift system may include a car, an evaluation device, and a measuring device. Conditions where departure from a door zone with an open car door or where impermissible accelerations/speeds are reached within the door zone are identifiable by way of the evaluation device and output signals from the measuring device. In such conditions, a control signal may be generated for braking the car. A safety circuit may be connected to the evaluation device and ensure a first safe zone in a shaft head of a lift shaft during an inspection run. The safety circuit may have a safety switch, and the car may include a tripping means for tripping the safety switch. The safety switch and the tripping means have a first relative position upon which the first safe zone is based, and entry of the car into the first safe zone during the inspection run is preventable by tripping the safety switch, which leads to generation of the control signal and braking of the car.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignees: THYSSENKRUPP ELEVATOR AG, THYSSENKRUPP AG
    Inventor: Michael Krämer
  • Patent number: 10494229
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, a method of operating an elevator system having at least one lane is provided. The method comprising: detecting a failure in the elevator system; detecting a location of the failure within the elevator system; determining a traffic pattern of the elevator car in response to the location of the failure, the traffic pattern operable to direct the elevator car to avoid the location of the failure; and moving the elevator car in accordance with the traffic pattern selected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: OTIS ELEVATOR COMPANY
    Inventors: Arthur Hsu, David Ginsberg, Jose Miguel Pasini
  • Patent number: 10472207
    Abstract: A method of interacting with an elevator system is provided. The method comprising: detecting, using a sensor system, performance data for an elevator system, the elevator system including one or more elevator cars; receiving an issue report from a user mobile device; determining a maintenance issue of the elevator system in response to at least one of the issue report and the performance data; and transmitting the maintenance issue to a maintenance device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: OTIS ELEVATOR COMPANY
    Inventors: Emily Baldi, Daniel Archibald, Harrison Daniels, James Taylor
  • Patent number: 10399818
    Abstract: A control arrangement of an elevator includes a safety gear, an over speed governor with a rope which is connected to the safety gear, a stopping device for generating an actuating force to the safety gear, and a drive unit for driving the elevator apparatus. In order to facilitate easy and efficient maintenance, the control arrangement includes a controller for controlling a triggered sequence to involve activating of the stopping device for braking with the safety gear, and controlling the drive unit to drive the elevator apparatus during braking with the safety gear until the safety gear stops the elevator apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: KONE CORPORATION
    Inventors: Ari Kattainen, Antti Hovi
  • Patent number: 10399820
    Abstract: A system for determining stiffness of an elevator system tension member includes a landing floor indicator to transmit a landing floor signal of an elevator car to a stiffness estimator, and a car position encoder to transmit a car position signal of the elevator car in a hoistway to the stiffness estimator. A machine position encoder transmits a machine position signal to the stiffness estimator. The tension member is operably connected to the machine to move the elevator car along the hoistway. A load weight sensor is located at the elevator car to transmit a load weight signal of the elevator car to the stiffness estimator. The stiffness estimator utilizes at least the landing floor signal, the car position signal, the machine position signal and the load weight signal to calculate an estimated stiffness of the tension member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: OTIS ELEVATOR COMPANY
    Inventors: Randall Keith Roberts, YiSug Kwon, David Wayne Mckee, Richard L. Hollowell
  • Patent number: 10315885
    Abstract: The invention concerns a method and a software program for determining the position of an elevator car moved in an elevator shaft, wherein an acceleration is measured and combined with measured open/closed states of the car door. The open-states of the door are used to identify floor-levels and a moving run sequence, wherein the car position estimate is then compared with allocated floor-levels from which the destination floor-level is calculated to extract the exact position of the car within the elevator shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: KONE CORPORATION
    Inventors: Jouko Kinnari, Matti Laakso
  • Patent number: 10273119
    Abstract: An elevator load weighing system (100) includes a brake assembly (104) configured to apply a braking force that inhibits vertical movement of an elevator car (106), and rotate in response to realizing a torque applied thereto. A position monitoring mechanism (112) is coupled to the brake assembly (104) and is configured to output a position signal in response to a rotation of the brake assembly (104). An electronic elevator control module (102) is configured to determine a zero-torque position of the brake assembly (104) prior to engaging the brake assembly (104). The electronic elevator control module (102) is further configured to detect at least one rotational brake displacement of the brake assembly (104) based on the position signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: OTIS ELEVATOR COMPANY
    Inventors: James L. Hubbard, Ismail Agirman, Takashi Onodera
  • Patent number: 10273118
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device providing traffic forecasts for elevator systems, comprising a data-processing system, wherein the device is designed to establish a data connection between the data-processing system and the elevator system, and wherein the device is designed to establish a data connection between the data-processing system and at least one mobile device, and wherein the device is designed to receive data from the elevator system and/or from at least one mobile device, and wherein the device is designed to send processed data to at least one mobile device. The invention further relates to a method providing traffic forecasts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: KONE CORPORATION
    Inventor: Aki Parviainen
  • Patent number: 10239727
    Abstract: An automated method to control and evaluation of the operation of a lift installation, where at least one load of unknown weight is weighed by means of a weighing machine; the sum of the weights detected on site in the lift installation where the maintenance work is being performed is transmitted to a portable control console, which transmits the sum of the weights detected associated with the loads introduced to the lift cabin to a load weighing device; to receive command signals associated with the control and maintenance tasks transmitted from the portable control console, in response to operating parameters of the lift cabin loaded with the sum of the weights detected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: Dinacell Electronica, S.L.
    Inventor: Rafael Gonzalez Gallegos
  • Patent number: 10093787
    Abstract: The present invention relates to the use of dopants for polymer optical fibers or polymer waveguides containing the dopants, sensors in the polymer optical fibers or polymer waveguides, which may be used in the biomedical industry for the measurement of different physiological and physical variables.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
    Inventors: Hwa-Yaw Tam, Julien Bonefacino, Xin Cheng
  • Patent number: 10035685
    Abstract: A monitoring system for a passenger conveyor is provided. The passenger conveyor includes a motor for driving the passenger conveyor and an inverter for supplying current to the motor. The monitoring system includes a current sensor for detecting the current supplied to the motor; a temperature sensor for detecting the temperature of the motor; a data collecting device for receiving detected data from the current sensor and the temperature sensor; and a controller connected to the data collecting device. The controller is configured to calculate an idle operation motor torque during an idle operation of the passenger conveyor based on current and temperature detected during the idle operation; and determine that a fault exists in the passenger conveyor when a difference between the idle operation motor torque and a reference motor torque exceeds a predetermined threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: OTIS ELEVATOR COMPANY
    Inventors: Atsushi Yamada, Hiromitsu Miyajima
  • Patent number: 10001861
    Abstract: An elevator includes a drive unit and an elevator car movable in an elevator shaft to a plurality of floors between a shaft ceiling and a shaft floor by the drive unit. The elevator car has a car floor which can be opened at least partially by at least one floor element to expose an opening. The elevator further includes a locking unit, with which the at least one floor element can be locked. The elevator also has an unlocking unit, by which the locking unit can be unlocked or released for unlocking only if the elevator car has reached an end position in the region of the lowermost floor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: INVENTIO AG
    Inventor: Gilles Trottman
  • Patent number: 9988239
    Abstract: A system for providing preventative maintenance of switchable components includes a load-moving system including one or more switchable components. The system also includes a microcontroller configured to operate the one or more switchable components of the load-moving system, to determine a number of switching events of the one or more switchable components and to perform a preventative maintenance action based on determining that the number of switching events is greater than a threshold number of switching events.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: OTIS ELEVATOR COMPANY
    Inventor: Mustapha Toutaoui
  • Patent number: 9978044
    Abstract: An analyzing device requires regular maintenance for maintaining a predetermined analyzing performance thereof. However, the more complex the analyzing device becomes, the more number of maintenance items are provided. For example, if a plurality of types of maintenances to be performed by removing same component, efficiency may be improved by performing the same as a whole. However, when conforming with a manual, if recommended timings to perform the maintenance are shifted delicately, there is a probability of occurrence of a case where the same components are removed several times for maintenance during a short time. At the time when an instruction to perform maintenance is issued, maintenance items to be performed are extracted, the extracted maintenance items are sorted into a recommended performance order in conformity to a preset rule such that the similar maintenance or the maintenance of the same portion or the like are performed continuously.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: Hitachi High-Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Miki Taki, Naomi Ishii
  • Patent number: 9975732
    Abstract: A method and an equipment for monitoring the movement of an elevator car detect an acceleration of the elevator car and a travel speed or a travel distance of the elevator car and an integrated travel speed is calculated from the detected acceleration. In that case, the detected travel speed or the travel speed derived from the detected travel distance is used as a start variable of an integration cycle. In addition, the integrated travel speed is compared with at least one predetermined limit speed and a safety measure is triggered if exceeding of the predetermined limit speed is established.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: INVENTIO AG
    Inventors: Mirco Annen, David Michel
  • Patent number: 9884742
    Abstract: A safety arrangement of an elevator and a method for monitoring electrical safety in an elevator system is disclosed. The safety arrangement of an elevator includes a motor drive having a main circuit, an accessible conducting part, which is earthed, an insulator, which is adapted to electrically insulate the aforementioned conducting part from the aforementioned main circuit and also a monitoring circuit, which determines an earth fault of the aforementioned main circuit occurring via the conducting part. The monitoring circuit forms a signal indicating the danger of electric shock in the motor drive of the elevator, if the earth fault is diagnosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignee: KONE CORPORATION
    Inventors: Ari Kattainen, Juha-Matti Aitamurto, Lauri Stolt
  • Patent number: 9824368
    Abstract: Techniques for customized kiosk modes of operation are provided. A kiosk is configured to recognize periods of operation that are slow, moderate, or busy. A number of factors can be used to automatically recognize these periods and change the periods on demand. For each type of period (slow, moderate, or busy), the kiosk uses a different customized mode of operation so as to optimally use the kiosk for the benefit of the kiosk owner, customers interfacing with the kiosk, and marketers selling advertisements via the kiosk.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: NCR Corporation
    Inventor: Erick Kobres
  • Patent number: 9734003
    Abstract: A remote monitoring support apparatus is connected to a control board; performs communication between a management server computer and the control board that controls operation of an elevator; receives a fault detection instruction that instructs transmission of information related to a state of the elevator and that is transmitted from the management server computer; outputs to the control board, an execution instruction for a fault detection operation according to the received fault detection instruction; obtains at least one among a signal output from the control board to an external destination in response to the output execution instruction for the fault detection operation, and a signal that is for alarm activation and output from the control board to notify the external destination of an abnormality that occurred at the elevator; generates notification information that is based on the obtained signal; and transmits the generated notification information to the management server computer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: JAPAN ELEVATOR SERVICE HOLDINGS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Shinobu Sekine, Toru Shibata, Kazutaka Iwasaki
  • Patent number: 9604819
    Abstract: A monitoring arrangement including a drop-out safety device associated with an elevator; an elevator component in operational connection with the drop-out safety device of the elevator; a measuring device configured to generate measuring data associated with operation of the elevator component; and a monitoring unit configured to, record, in a memory, one or more limit values associated with the measuring data, receive the measuring data from the measuring device, compare the measuring data to the one or more limit values, and—determine that the operating safety of the drop-out safety device is endangered, if the measuring data deviates from the one or more limit values, and form a monitoring signal, if the monitoring unit determines that the operating safety of the drop-out safety device is endangered.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Assignee: Kone Corporation
    Inventors: Ari Kattainen, Pekka Hytti, Jyrki Laaksonheimo
  • Patent number: 9463956
    Abstract: In a method for renewing a braking force of a hoisting machine, a brake pad of a brake of the hoisting machine is pressed against a braking surface of a rotating part of the hoisting machine, and the braking surface is moved in relation to the brake pad pressed against the braking surface by resisting the friction force between the braking surface and the brake pad.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2016
    Assignee: Kone Corporation
    Inventors: Jussi Lähteenmäki, Panu Ihalainen
  • Patent number: 9434575
    Abstract: A method and a safety device for implementing the method are provided in connection with a quick stop situation of an elevator. In the method, an activation process of a machinery brake is started and also a disconnection process of the current supply of the elevator motor is started after the starting of the activation process of a machinery brake.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2016
    Assignee: KONE CORPORATION
    Inventors: Ari Kattainen, Antti Hovi
  • Patent number: 9403663
    Abstract: An exemplary method of managing remote control of an elevator system includes preventing any source located remotely from a site of the elevator system from controlling an operation of the elevator system when there is an indication that the elevator system is being serviced by a mechanic.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2016
    Assignee: Otis Elevator Company
    Inventors: Henry Dellarippa, Karl D. Pedersen, Craig Drew Bogli, Medha Ramakant Dedgaonkar, Jean Manuel Sanches
  • Patent number: 9359178
    Abstract: A detector for an electromagnetic brake, for example used in an elevator system, that, by quantitative judgment, determines whether the brake force of the electromagnetic brake is appropriate. Load cells for detecting the recovery forces of brake springs are arranged between brake springs, which energize brake arms with brake shooes installed on them toward the side of brake wheel, and spring sheets, which hold brake springs in a compressive deformed state, and, at the same time, judgment part judges whether the brake force of electromagnetic brake 4 is outside a prescribed normal range based on the outputs of load cells. If the brake force of electromagnetic brake is outside the normal range, judgment part sends a signal, for example to a monitoring center.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2016
    Assignee: OTIS ELEVATOR COMPANY
    Inventors: Hideki Arai, Yasunobu Uchino
  • Patent number: 9309089
    Abstract: An elevator installation includes a sensor by which vibrations generated during operation of the elevator installation are detectable and an evaluating circuit, which is connected with the sensor and by which the vibrations detected by the sensor can be evaluated. The detected vibrations can be compared by means of the evaluating circuit with a predeterminable operating value and a predeterminable threshold value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2016
    Assignee: Inventio AG
    Inventors: Mirco Annen, Thomas Neuenschwander, Christian Studer, Hans Kocher
  • Patent number: 9277279
    Abstract: A web television includes a display, a tuner, an internet module, and a PIP module. The tuner is arranged to select television video for display on the display and to select television audio for display by a speaker of the web television. The internet module is arranged to supply internet video for display on the display and to supply internet audio for display by the speaker of the web television, and the internet video and audio are derived from internet communications between the web television and internet content providers. The PIP module is arranged to provide a PIP area within a main area of the display. The internet video and the television video may be swapped between the PIP area and the main area of the display, and the speaker of the web television may be swapped between the internet audio and the television audio.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2016
    Assignee: LG Electronics, Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin J. Gaughan, Thomas J. Zato
  • Patent number: 9272878
    Abstract: A shaft access enabling device of an elevator system has a shaft access control unit and at least one access monitoring unit, wherein the shaft access control unit controls an operating state of the at least one access monitoring unit and the access monitoring unit monitors at least one shaft access. The shaft access control unit has at least two different operating modes for controlling the operating state of the at least one access monitoring unit and inspects access authorization before changing between the at least two operating modes thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2016
    Assignee: Inventio AG
    Inventors: Hans Kocher, Astrid Sonnenmoser, David Michel, Bjarne Lindberg
  • Patent number: 9233818
    Abstract: The monitoring of a brake is disclosed. The brake includes first and second braking surfaces and a magnetizing device arranged to move the braking surfaces to an open state, in which the braking surfaces are separated from each other, and to a closed state, in which the braking surfaces are connected to each other. During the monitoring of the brake, the time is measured that elapses from the change in the magnetic field caused by the magnetizing device to the shift of the braking surfaces from one state to another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2016
    Assignee: KONECRANES PLC
    Inventors: Niko Ekholm, Aapo Jantunen, Johanna Kirjavainen, Juha Toikka, Risto Vilppo
  • Patent number: 9108824
    Abstract: A method and system for remote access to multiple subsystems (102) of an elevator control system (104) are provided. The method includes receiving a request to establish a remote connection at an elevator control subsystem (112) from a remote user system (110). The method also includes determining whether a local connection is established between the elevator control subsystem (112) and service equipment (120). The method further includes establishing the remote connection in response to determining that the local connection is not established between the elevator control subsystem (112) and the service equipment (120). The method additionally includes sending a time since the service equipment (120) was last active and providing an option to complete the remote connection in response to determining that the local connection is established, the elevator control subsystem (112) is operating in a first mode of operation, and a configurable local activity timeout period has not expired.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2015
    Assignee: OTIS ELEVATOR COMPANY
    Inventors: David M. Hughes, Sally Day Mahoney, Donald M. Sakonchick
  • Patent number: 9088199
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, a motor includes at least two base units. The base units are arranged along an axis of rotation of the motor. The base units each includes a rotor unit and an armature unit. The rotor unit is formed cylindrical, rotatable about the axis of rotation, and provided with permanent magnets. The armature unit includes a plurality of tripolar armature cores, and a first annular coil and a second annular coil coaxial with respect to the axis of rotation. In each of the at least two base units, the first annular coil is provided in a first annular space, the second annular coil is provided in a second annular space, and opposite currents are applied to the first and second annular coils.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2015
    Assignee: KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOSHIBA
    Inventor: Hiroshi Takahashi
  • Patent number: 9067760
    Abstract: A method for communication between an elevator system and a remote control center includes establishing a communication connection in a communication network. A first signal of the elevator system is received by a communication device of the elevator system through a signal network, and a second signal is transmitted by the communication device in the communication network to a computing apparatus of the remote control center. The communication connection is permanently maintained.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2015
    Assignee: Inventio AG
    Inventors: Adrian Bunter, Stefano Carriero
  • Patent number: 9061864
    Abstract: A method for operating an elevator having a car driven by a motor and at least one brake to stop the car, the method including closing a brake, increasing a torque of the motor until the car moves, and registering a value indicative of the motor torque at which the car moves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2015
    Assignee: Inventio AG
    Inventors: Erich Spirgi, Daniel Bossard, Danilo Peric, Enrique Almada, Urs Ammon, Urs Polin, André Peter, Thomas Eilinger
  • Publication number: 20150129367
    Abstract: A method is provided for condition monitoring of a rope of an elevator including an elevator car and a rope wheel arrangement, which rope is connected to the elevator car and passes around at least one rope wheel included in the rope wheel arrangement.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 3, 2014
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Applicant: KONE Corporation
    Inventors: Tapio Tyni, Hannu Lehtinen, Riku Lampinen
  • Publication number: 20150114761
    Abstract: Stall condition in an elevator is potentially dangerous situation if it causes slack to the ropes of the elevator. In such situation a counterweight or elevator car does not move even if the hoisting machine is still operating. This situation may be prevented by stopping the elevator as early as possible after detecting such stall condition. The detection of the stall condition is based on monitoring the torque generated by the hoisting machine of the elevator. When rapid change in the torque is detected a stall condition is suspected. The elevator may be stopped or an alarm may be launched when the stall condition is suspected.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 15, 2014
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Applicant: Kone Corporation
    Inventors: Jari HELVILÄ, Sakari KORVENRANTA, Petter MARTONEN, Petteri VALJUS, Jukka LAITINEN, Lauri STOLT
  • Publication number: 20150114764
    Abstract: Safety related information for an elevator installation can be transmitted via a serial connection using serialization and deserialization modules. These serialization and deserialization modules can comprise redundant components, such as processors and interfaces, and can be configured to cross check various data inputs and outputs to identify data corruption, component failures, or inconsistencies in data.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 19, 2014
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Inventors: Christopher Taylor, Charlie Thurmond, Fabio Speggiorin
  • Publication number: 20150107941
    Abstract: An active guiding and balance system that retains the active control of an elevator system in the presence of displacement. This active control may be maintained via the use of an actuator that tailors Lorentz force relative to the level of displacement along a non-linear continuum.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 26, 2014
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Inventors: Fernando Boschin, Joao Paulo Da Costa Brusque, Marcelo De Fraga Carvalho, Leoci Rudi Galle, Rory S. Smith
  • Patent number: 9010499
    Abstract: A pair of elevator cars (10, 11) traveling in the same hoistway have their positions sensed (20-23, 29-32) to provide for each a position signal (35, 37) from which velocity signals (64, 65) are derived; lookup tables (66, 61) of safe stopping distance (B, S) for braking and safeties are formed as a function of all possible combinations of velocity (V(U), V(L)) of said cars. Comparison of safe stopping distances for contemporaneous velocities of said cars with actual distance between said cars provides signals (85, 98, 99) to drop the brakes (49, 50) of one or more of the cars, and provides signals (82) to engage the safeties (18, 18a, 19, 19a) of all cars if the cars become closer or if acceleration detectors (117, 118) determine a car to be in freefall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Otis Elevator Company
    Inventors: Richard C. McCarthy, Richard Peruggi, Randall K. Roberts, Greg A. Schienda, Harold Terry, Gilbert W. Wierschke
  • Patent number: 9004231
    Abstract: An elevator installation includes a cage, a counterweight which balances the cage and a supporting and/or drive structure at which the cage and the counterweight are suspended. The elevator installation has a sound pick-up designed for detecting solid-borne sound generated at the counterweight.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Inventio AG
    Inventor: Karl Weinberger
  • Patent number: 8997940
    Abstract: An elevator installation includes a control unit and at least one elevator cage in a building with a plurality of stories, wherein elevator control units are arranged on at least two stories. A travel request is communicated to the control unit, wherein a destination story is defined either by the input into the elevator control unit or by an input into a control unit, which communicates the input to the control unit, and wherein the at least one input travel destination and the at least one input travel request are executed by the control unit by means of a collect operating mode. Energy consumption values of the elevator installation for journeys are determined by the control unit. A journey is undertaken to that destination story or travel request story for which the at least one energy consumption value of the elevator installation is smaller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Inventio AG
    Inventor: Valerio Villa