Control Modified For Use By Disabled Individual Patents (Class 187/901)
  • Patent number: 8915334
    Abstract: A method of controlling a elevator installation with several elevator cages per elevator shaft, wherein a destination call to a desired destination story is actuated on a call input story by at least one passenger and at least one most favorable call allocation for transport of the passenger by the elevator cage from a start story to a destination story is determined for the destination call by at least one destination call control. If at least one disadvantage parameter is set, at least one disadvantage-free call allocation for transport of the passenger by the elevator cage from a start story to a destination story is determined by the destination call control, in which it is possible the start story and call input story or the destination story and desired destination correspond.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Assignee: Inventio AG
    Inventor: Lukas Finschi
  • Patent number: 8757329
    Abstract: A call input device includes at least one touch screen for entering at least one call for an elevator installation. At least one switch protrudes from at least one area of the call input device outside of the touch screen in at least one first input area of the touch screen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignee: Inventio AG
    Inventor: Dennys Taiana
  • Patent number: 8505693
    Abstract: In an elevator system, an elevator-hall-call/destination-floor-call registration device provided at an elevator hall includes, besides a destination floor registration button such as a numeric keypad, etc. formed by buttons having respective numbers of 0 to 9 for registering a destination floor, a disabled person button declaring that a customer is a disabled person. For example, in the elevator-hall-call/destination-floor-call registration device, when the disabled person button is pressed and the destination floor call is inputted, a group management control device registers the destination floor call, and determines a car to be assigned for the destination floor call, rings a chime and further turns on a hall lantern corresponding to the determined assigned car. Like the above, the group management control device rings the chime and turns on the hall lantern only when the disabled person button is pressed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2013
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventor: Yoshimasa Koba
  • Patent number: 8245819
    Abstract: An evacuation support apparatus for an elevator causes an elevator to perform an evacuation operation for conveying people stranded in a building including a plurality of floors to an evacuation floor in an emergency. Further, the evacuation support apparatus for an elevator includes rescue floor setting means for setting the floor determined based on a predetermined condition as a rescue floor, the floor being selected from the plurality of floors, and response floor setting means for registering a call only for the floor on which a call input device for specific persons is operated in a case of the evacuation operation as the call for an evacuation response floor, the call input device for specific persons and a call input device for general persons being provided on each of the plurality of floors. The elevator includes a common car which moves in a reciprocating manner between the rescue floor and the evacuation floor in the case of the evacuation operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2012
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventors: Shiro Hikita, Kiyoji Kawai, Masahiko Konishi, Masafumi Iwata
  • Patent number: 7823702
    Abstract: In an elevator monitoring system, an operation monitoring apparatus receives operation condition data from a group supervisory control device so as to display operation conditions of elevators on a monitor. The operation monitoring apparatus and the interphone base device can telephone-communicate with each other. The operation monitoring apparatus detects that a passenger within a car of at least one of the elevators cannot perform an interphone communication based upon the operation condition data and information of communication conditions with respect to the interphone terminal devices, which are received from the interphone base device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2010
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventor: Masaaki Hirade
  • Patent number: 7604096
    Abstract: An operating apparatus for an elevator is equipped with a landing chair having a storable seat portion and provided at a landing, a landing chair displacement device for displacing the seat portion, and a control device for controlling the landing chair displacement device. The seat portion can be displaced between a landing chair storage position and a landing chair service position allowing a passenger to sit. The landing chair displacement device performs a storage execution operation of displacing the seat portion from the landing chair service position to the landing chair storage position to hold the seat portion at the landing chair storage position, and a storage releasing operation of releasing the seat portion from being held at the landing chair storage position. The control device has landing chair control means for controlling the landing chair displacement device based on information from operation detecting means for detecting an operational state of the elevator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2009
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventor: Kiyoji Kawai
  • Patent number: 7559408
    Abstract: A floor selection station (39a) has at least one switch button (45-51, 70, 93) which visually handicapped people use in selecting floors, and a speaker (54) to emit a sound uniquely ndicative of which elevator to board. Stations (39a, 39c) have a plurality of buttons with Braille indications of groups of floors (45-51) or individual floors (33). A station (39b) has only one button (70). Near or at each elevator lobby related to a group of floors serving a building, a floor identifier (39, 42) identifies with color, and optionally a symbol such as letter, each floor which is served by the group of elevators related to that lobby. At each elevator (26-29) there is an elevator indicator (32-35) which displays the same color, and optionally the same symbol, as displayed for any floor which the respective elevator is currently assigned to serve, and a speaker (32a 35a) which emits the same sound as at the floor selection station until the assigned elevator is dispatched.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2009
    Assignee: Otis Elevator Company
    Inventors: Michael P. Flynn, Vlad Zaharia
  • Patent number: 7398865
    Abstract: An elevator car operating panel for registering elevator calls has a plurality of touch sensitive buttons freely configurable to correspond to floors of a building according to a specified configuration. The buttons are configured to be lighted with light of a first color when active in the specified configuration so as to be visible, and are configured to not be lighted when inactive in the specified configuration so as to be invisible.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2008
    Assignee: Inventio AG
    Inventors: Hugo Felder, Dennys Taiana, Marco Aluisetti
  • Patent number: 7207422
    Abstract: An elevator call registration system is equipped with a touch panel display, and a processing operation section that registers an operation from the touch panel display into an elevator control unit. The processing operation section detects the position of a user's touch to a touch panel, ticks time in synchronization with the start of the touch to the touch panel, and measures the time ticked away. A prescribed first time limit and the measured time are compared with each other, and voice guidance related to the detected touch position is provided after the measured time exceeds the first time limit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2007
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Denki Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Nobukazu Takeuchi
  • Patent number: 7063189
    Abstract: A lift system for and method of controlling a lift car. The car providing service to a number of separate stations to enable a person or an article waiting in a predetermined region outside the lift car to enter or leave the lift car. The method including the steps of providing the lift car a scanning device directed outwardly from the lift car. Each of the stations having an independent scanning extension. When the lift car arrives at one of the stations equipped with a scanning device, the scanning device and the scanning extension are juxtaposed to form an operable combination. Scanning the predetermined region with the operable combination to produce an output signal representing a state of the predetermined region, such as whether the region is occupied or not. Using the signal or a function of the signal to regulate subsequent operation of the lift car.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2006
    Assignee: Airdri Limited
    Inventors: John Vigurs Curzon, Peter Ralph Collins, Andrew James Butler-Miles
  • Patent number: 7021428
    Abstract: A panel for an elevator installation has a predetermined number of floor buttons for generating hall calls or car call commands wherein a single floor button or a floor button combination is provided for each floor. The panel can be converted by a converter button or a sensor so that all floors are also selectable by a decade keyboard formed by a portion of all the floor buttons. All floors are thus selectable comfortably and without restriction even by handicapped persons.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2006
    Assignee: Inventio AG
    Inventors: Lin Han, Paul Friedli
  • Patent number: 7021427
    Abstract: A method for intelligent control includes an exchange of historical parameters of events for operating a system and operating a hoist where an electric motor, preferably a DC-motor, is used for lifting and lowering a lifting belt. It can take place at different speeds by registering amperage through the motor and to perform a switching between fast and slow speed when a given current level is reached. The change in hoisting/lowering speed is achieved when a control unit changes the voltage supplied by the battery unit to the DC-motor or changes the frequency of power supply to an AC-motor. The method makes it possible to control the system and to optimize the hoisting/lowering speed for the lifting belt depending on the load thereon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2006
    Assignee: V. Guldmann A/S
    Inventors: Michael Skovgaard, Frank Rosé
  • Patent number: 6948592
    Abstract: The invention provides an elevator cab equipped with an emergency medical device, such as an automated external defibrillator (AED). The elevator cab equipped with the emergency medical device may be controlled in order to deliver the emergency medical device to a floor of a building on which an emergency medical situation occurred. In response to emergency medical input identifying the emergency medical situation, an elevator control unit overrides regular operation of the elevator cab in response to receiving emergency medical input, and directs the elevator cab to a floor on which an emergency medical situation occurs. For example, the elevator control unit may cancel active floor calls made by passengers within the elevator cab or individuals on one or more floors of the building and direct the elevator cab to the floor of the emergency situation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2005
    Assignee: Medtronic Emergency Response Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Gregory T. Kavounas
  • Patent number: 6942068
    Abstract: A method for imputing a voice message recording for a particular floor served by an elevator car includes the steps of sensing elevator car positions (21), sensing that a selected car operating panel button has been held down (22) and enabling a voice input process (23). A device for displaying Braille information to an elevator user includes an elongated panel (42) having a central Braille character panel (31) and two buttons (32, 33) disposed at opposite ends of the elongated panel for causing the displayed information to move backward and forward. A plurality of actuators (38), and probes (35) extruding through the Braille panel form Braille characters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2005
    Assignee: Otis Elevator Company
    Inventors: Yoshinobu Tsukamoto, Toshiro Takahashi, Jyoji Tanigawa
  • Patent number: 6739431
    Abstract: An escape device of elevator. The device includes an activation assembly comprising sheaves, rope, links, flexible board, roller, guide, limit member, bar, and catch; and an operation assembly comprising sheaves, ropes, links rotating disk, weight, cylinder having a wall aperture, and spring depressible shaft. In case of emergency a manual rotation of the sheave will cause the shaft to remove a support to the weight in the cylinder by retracting from the aperture. Hence, the weight begins to fall to pull the rope. Eventually, an elevator door is opened automatically. The invention can also be configured to facilitate an operation by the handicapped.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2004
    Inventor: Jiun Jyh Wang
  • Patent number: 6696926
    Abstract: A method for inputting a voice message recording for a particular floor served by an elevator car includes the steps of sensing elevator car positions (21), sensing that a selected car operating panel button has been held down (22) and enabling a voice input process (23). A device for displaying Braille information to an elevator user includes an elongated panel (42) having a central Braille character panel (31) and two buttons (32, 33) disposed at opposite ends of the elongated panel for causing the displayed information to move backward and forward. A plurality of actuators (38), and probes (35) extruding through the Braille panel form Braille characters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2004
    Assignee: Otis Elevator Company
    Inventors: Yohsinobu Tsukamoto, Toshirou Takahashi, Joji Tanigawa
  • Publication number: 20040000453
    Abstract: A system enables a handicapped person to select a destination floor in an elevator using a single control and comprises a first mechanism to sequentially enumerate potential destination floors, a second mechanism enabling user selection of a desired destination floor by interacting with the single control when the desired destination floor is enumerated by the first mechanism, and a third mechanism to coupled a signal from the second mechanism to command the elevator to halt at the user-selected designation floor. The system may be disposed within and/or without the elevator.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 30, 2003
    Publication date: January 1, 2004
    Inventor: Jon E. Eccleston
  • Patent number: 6419050
    Abstract: Mobile device for disabled persons comprising a trolley carrying a vertically displaceable platform designed to bear a wheelchair. The trolley is motor-driven and is equipped with an aligning system to line-up the platform with respect to an access site of the wheelchair. The platform can also be shifted in a transverse direction relative to the trolley and includes a transfer ramp longitudinally displaceable between a retracted position and an extended position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 1999
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2002
    Assignee: Bestgroup SRL
    Inventor: Gennaro Sardonico
  • Patent number: 6182798
    Abstract: A mobile lifting device includes a car having a gate and a docking plate mechanically interconnected at one end of the car. A low voltage DC control system includes an “up” circuit, a “down” circuit connected in parallel with the up circuit, and a sensor circuit in series with the up circuit and down circuit. The sensor circuit includes a plurality of series connected switches for automatically preventing operation of the lifting device if predetermined conditions are not met. The “up” circuit includes a switch positioned on a stage and connected to the control circuit by a coiled cable. A wand on the switch engages a knob on the side of the car when the car reaches the level of the stage, actuating the switch to stop the car. In the event of a power failure, a battery supplies power for opening a solenoid valve to lower the car. Three control panels are provided, one at each end of the car and one in the middle of the car.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 1994
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2001
    Assignee: AGM Container Controls, Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin Brady, Robert O. Crowley, Cesar W. Mujica
  • Patent number: 6152265
    Abstract: In an elevator system utilizing up-peak channeling which displays the floors of the sectors to be served by each elevator during its next trip, visually handicapped persons alert the system by means of a signal transmission from a portable device, and are then enabled to enter a car call for any floor in the building. An embodiment with a lobby receiver enables calls to any floor in the next several elevators which may leave the lobby floor. An embodiment with receivers in every car enables calls to any floor in a car which receives the signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 1999
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2000
    Assignee: Otis Elevator
    Inventors: Joseph Bittar, Joseph V. Bledsoe, Jr., Bruce A. Powell, Steven M. Skolnick, Michael H. Wilson
  • Patent number: 6105729
    Abstract: An elevator car operating panel (8), for a visually impaired passenger includes an upper floor input button (9), a lower floor input button (10) and an input confirmation button (11).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 1999
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2000
    Assignee: Otis Elevator Company
    Inventors: Masanori Nakamori, Shunsuke Tanaka
  • Patent number: 5518086
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for controlling doors of an elevator includes a passenger sensor and load sensor. The passenger sensor detects the presence of passengers in a lobby, and the load sensor generates a load signal indicating only a load of the elevator. A processor then determines passenger movements between the lobby and the elevator, and passenger movements within the elevator based on the load signal. Next, an elevator door controller controls the elevator doors based on output from the processor and the passenger sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 1994
    Date of Patent: May 21, 1996
    Assignee: Kone Elevator GmbH
    Inventor: Tapio Tyni