Moving Hand-support Structure Patents (Class 198/335)
  • Patent number: 11377840
    Abstract: A splice having a main body and one or more protrusions extending from the main body. The one or more protrusions can be operable to interfere with a rail when the main body is installed into an opening of the rail. The one or more protrusions may be operable to cut into a coating of the rail and form an electrical connection between the rail and the main body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2022
    Assignee: PEGASUS SOLAR INC.
    Inventors: Erich Kai Stephan, Glenn Harris, Peter Wilke, Nicholas Wenzel, James Hsieh
  • Patent number: 11204461
    Abstract: A light guide plate supported by at least one frame. An LED module is arranged on at least one side of the light guide plate, and a power input module is supported by at least one frame. When power is applied by the power input module, LED elements of the LED module emit light, and light emitted by the LED module is emitted through the light guide plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 21, 2021
    Inventor: Min Ji Kim
  • Patent number: 10773924
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to a guide rail to guide the car of an elevator system. The guide rail is designed as a section with a cavity (2a-2f) and/or integrated cooling fins to cool the guide rail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: ThyssenKrupp Elevator Innovation and Operations GmbH
    Inventors: Michael Kirsch, Walter Hoffmann, Thomas Kuczera, Mike Obert
  • Patent number: 10302113
    Abstract: A strut channel support system including a first brace, a second brace, and a fastening mechanism connects at least two channel struts in a multi-orientable fashion. The first brace and the second brace both possess a U-shaped channel, a base, a fastener-engagement point, and a strut-engagement point. The base is terminally connected to the U-shaped channel, the fastener-engagement point is centrally integrated into the base, and the strut-attachment feature is integrated into the U-shaped channel. This permits the base to retain the rear portion of a strut channel. The U-shaped channel perimetrically braces the lateral sides of the strut channel. The first brace and the second brace attach to each other via the fastener-engagement point. The fastener-engagement point of the first brace and the fastener-engagement point of the second brace are mechanically coupled to each other. This enables a user to adjust the orientation between at least two strut channels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Inventor: Shon E. Barker
  • Patent number: 10287133
    Abstract: A handrail includes a carcass, a stretch inhibitor arranged within the carcass, a cover bonded to the carcass, and a sliding layer secured to the carcass. At a central width axis of the handrail, a face height between an upper exterior surface of the cover and a bottom surface of the sliding layer may be less than about 8.0 mm. The carcass may be formed of a first thermoplastic material, the cover may be formed of a second thermoplastic material, and the first thermoplastic material may be harder than the second thermoplastic material. The first thermoplastic material may have a modulus at 100% elongation of between 10 and 16 MPa, and may have a hardness of between 93 and 96 Shore A.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: EHC CANADA, INC.
    Inventors: Andrew Oliver Kenny, Reginald Anthony Butwell, Jason Wong
  • Patent number: 10167888
    Abstract: A strut channel support system including a first brace, a second brace, and a fastening mechanism connects at least two channel struts in a multi-orientable fashion. The first brace and the second brace both possess a U-shaped channel, a base, a fastener-engagement point, and a strut-engagement point. The base is terminally connected to the U-shaped channel, the fastener-engagement point is centrally integrated into the base, and the strut-attachment feature is integrated into the U-shaped channel. This permits the base to retain the rear portion of a strut channel. The U-shaped channel perimetrically braces the lateral sides of the strut channel. The first brace and the second brace attach to each other via the fastener-engagement point. The fastener-engagement point of the first brace and the fastener-engagement point of the second brace are mechanically coupled to each other. This enables a user to adjust the orientation between at least two strut channels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Inventor: Shon E. Barker
  • Patent number: 10160623
    Abstract: A handrail includes a carcass, a stretch inhibitor arranged within the carcass, a cover bonded to the carcass, and a sliding layer secured to the carcass. At a central width axis of the handrail, a face height between an upper exterior surface of the cover and a bottom surface of the sliding layer may be less than about 8.0 mm. The carcass may be formed of a first thermoplastic material, the cover may be formed of a second thermoplastic material, and the first thermoplastic material may be harder than the second thermoplastic material. The first thermoplastic material may have a modulus at 100% elongation of between 10 and 16 MPa, and may have a hardness of between 93 and 96 Shore A.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: EHC CANADA, INC.
    Inventors: Andrew Oliver Kenny, Reginald Anthony Butwell, Jason Wong
  • Patent number: 10065838
    Abstract: A truss section (2) which is configured to support at least one tread element in a passenger area (30) of a passenger conveyor (15) of the type conveying passengers by moving the at least one tread element in a longitudinal direction along the passenger area (30) between a first landing and a second landing area, comprises at least two longitudinal elements (5a, 5b) extending basically parallel to each other in the longitudinal direction; and a drawer mechanism (19) including at least one moveable portion (11, 12, 13), which is slidable between an open position allowing access to a maintenance space of the conveyor (15) in the passenger area (30), and a closed position in which the moveable portion (11, 12, 13) does not allow access to the maintenance space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: OTIS ELEVATOR COMPANY
    Inventors: Jennifer Schneider, Walter Srb-Gaffron
  • Patent number: 10017361
    Abstract: A handrail drive for driving a handrail of a person-transporting device has at least one drive device and at least one counterpressure device. The counterpressure device contains at least one loading device and at least two counterpressure rollers, wherein the handrail can be guided between the drive device and the counterpressure device. The counterpressure rollers load the handrail against the drive device by a pressing force caused by the preloading force of the loading device. At least one flexible pulling element is arranged between the at least one counterpressure roller and the loading device, by which flexible pulling element the preloading force of the loading device can be transferred to the at least one counterpressure roller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: INVENTIO AG
    Inventor: Georg Wagenleitner
  • Patent number: 9833527
    Abstract: Disclosed is an escalator sterilization device attached close to a handrail of an escalator and formed by a base and a sterilization module. The sterilization module has a cover in an arc shape, so that the cover can be attached closed to a surface of a handrail of the escalator, and the inner wall of the cover has plural electrode coils electrically coupled to a power supply device in the base. After the power supply device is conducted by an electric power, a high voltage power is generated to excite the electrode coils to form plasma, and the plasma is used to destroy polymorphic bacteria and microorganisms, so that the sterilization module can eliminate the bacteria on the surface of the handrail of the escalator and provide a deodorant effect.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: LUNGHWA UNIVERSITY OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
    Inventors: Kuen Ting, Yi-Chuan Shih, Chih-Chien Hung, Hong-Ming Li, You-Hao Jin, Tien-Yu Wang, Jin Yih Kao
  • Patent number: 9776834
    Abstract: A balustrade device for a passenger conveyor, wherein a plurality of balustrade posts are erected at intervals apart in a direction of travel of steps. A plurality of outer decks abut against each other at positions of the balustrade posts. Recesses, through which the balustrade posts are passed respectively, are provided in the mutually adjacent end portions of the outer decks. Gaps are provided respectively between edges of the recesses and the balustrade posts. A plurality of cover members which close the gaps are provided on top of the outer decks. Each of the cover members is fixed to the balustrade post via a retainer which is fixed to an end surface of the balustrade post on a side of the step.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC CORPORATION
    Inventor: Akira Noshita
  • Patent number: 9745173
    Abstract: A handrail drive for driving a handrail of a transportation system has at least one drive device and at least one counterpressure device. The counterpressure device contains at least one taughtening spring and at least one counterpressure-roller. Between the drive device and the at-least one counterpressure-roller, the handrail is arranged approximately in a linear travel direction and, with a press-on force which is caused by the taughtening spring, is pressed by the at-least one counterpressure-roller against the drive device. The handrail drive has a mechanical redirection device, by which the spring-force of the taughtening spring can be redirected into the press-on force of the at-least one counterpressure-roller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: INVENTIO AG
    Inventors: Csaba Boros, Michael Matheisl, Wolfgang Neszmerak, Robert Schulz
  • Patent number: 9481552
    Abstract: An endless moving handrail for a passenger conveyor is formed by heating and connecting together both end portions of a handrail developed body with a connection die. The handrail developed body includes a core body that is made of a thermoplastic elastomer and has a substantially C-shaped cross section, a tensile body arranged inside the core body along a longitudinal direction of the core body, and a canvas arranged on an inner surface of the core body. In the moving handrail for a passenger conveyor, both the end portions of the handrail developed body heated with the connection die are formed as a handrail connection section. A bending stiffness of the handrail connection section is reduced from a longitudinal intermediate portion toward a longitudinal outer side of the handrail connection section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2016
    Assignee: MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC CORPORATION
    Inventor: Atsushi Kawasaki
  • Patent number: 9457996
    Abstract: A balustrade support for an escalator or moving walk is located in a deflection area of the balustrade handrail. The support has a mounting region for mounting a handrail deflection wheel, a first fixing section for mounting the support to a framework of the escalator or moving walk, and a second fixing section for mounting the support to the balustrade. The rigidity of the support's mounting region for the deflection wheel is increased by the mounting of the support to the framework as well as to the balustrade.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2016
    Assignee: INVENTIO AG
    Inventors: Gerald Winkler, Günther Horvath, Günther Niedermayer, Michael Matheisl
  • Patent number: 9193569
    Abstract: A balustrade device for a conveyor includes at least a holder body, a clamping component assembled to the holder body, and a clamping force applying mechanism. The clamping component has a panel-side pressing surface, and the clamping force applying mechanism has a clamping force action axis intersecting, in vertical cross-sectional view, with the panel-side pressing surface or a plane extending from the panel-side pressing surface. Thus, a high gripping force can be generated in spite of a two-dimensional shape of the balustrade device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2015
    Assignee: MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC CORPORATION
    Inventor: Takumi Shimizu
  • Patent number: 9034270
    Abstract: Sterilization and cleaning of an escalator hand rail are performed. A sterilization and cleaning device including a hand rail; a plasma source for irradiating the hand rails with ions or radicals or UV light; an enclosure for housing the plasma source; a power source for generating plasma; a fan for generating relatively negative pressure in the enclosure; filter units for removing removed bacteria, viruses, and organic matters such as hand marks; and filter plates located backward and forward of a moving direction of the hand rail in the enclosure along the hand rail is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: Hitachi, Ltd.
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Kobayashi, Takumi Tandou, Naoshi Itabashi
  • Patent number: 8967364
    Abstract: The invention relates to a passenger conveyor comprising steps/pallets which are mounted to an endless drive member running between an upper conveying path and a lower return path, characterized in that at least one heating element is provided in the step/pallet, which heating element is connected to a power source. This solution prevents the building of ice surfaces on the steps/pallets of outdoor passenger conveyors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Kone Corporation
    Inventors: Hans Kleine-Brüggeney, Heinrich Zeiger
  • Patent number: 8960408
    Abstract: A moving walkway or escalator includes a handrail and a guide for the handrail. The handrail is driven by motor and moved along the longitudinal axis thereof at or on the guide. The handrail is guided at or on the guide along an arcuate portion of the guide while rotated or twisted about the longitudinal axis thereof, so that it can be guided more easily around curves of the moving walkway.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Innova Patent GmbH
    Inventor: Pavel Vlasak
  • Patent number: 8931615
    Abstract: A roller bearing and newel guide assembly (30) for a newel (24) in an escalator (10) has a newel guide (32), a roller chain (34), and a spring (40) connected between the roller chain (34) and the newel guide (32) to provide tension to the roller chain (34). The roller chain (34) comprises a series of interlinked chain units (36). Each chain unit (36) includes a frame (78), at least one roller bearing (72), and a pin (76) for connecting the roller bearing (72) to the frame (78). Each chain unit (36) has a female connector (62) and a male connector (64), which allow each chain unit (36) to connect to an adjacent chain unit (36) to form the roller chain (34).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: Otis Elevator Company
    Inventors: Ke Ye, Yanying Anne Chen, Coliu Wu, Shouhong Wang, Qingdong Jiang
  • Publication number: 20140190790
    Abstract: The invention relates to a passenger conveyor, comprising an endless conveyor track, a power means for moving said conveyor track, an entrance allowing passage to the conveyor track, an exit allowing passage away from the conveyor track, a balustrade beside the conveyor track, a guide element or guide elements, at the entrance and/or at the exit, on the floor at proximity of the end of the balustrade, forming an elongated lateral guide for an object rolling on the floor to/from the conveyor track, so as to guide the rolling object to/from the conveyor without contacting the balustrade. One or more of said guide elements comprises a source of electromagnetic radiation, which is adapted to output electromagnetic radiation to the entrance/exit zone of the passenger conveyor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 12, 2014
    Publication date: July 10, 2014
    Applicant: Kone Corporation
    Inventors: Jinquan FAN, Antti PLATHIN, Yu WEI, Visa RAUTA, Yimin SHI
  • Patent number: 8757350
    Abstract: A connection between step flange covers 54 and passenger conveyor frames 60 is adjustable to vary the position of a step flange cover relative 54 to moving tread plates 18 or a moving skirt 52 in at least two directions. The adjustable connection 64 permits the step flange cover 54 to be precisely positioned with respect to the tread plates 18 or the skirt 52 without the necessity of using crude adjustment techniques, such as, for example, using shims.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignee: Otis Elevator Company
    Inventors: Ke Ye, Yanying Chen, Jian Liang
  • Patent number: 8721949
    Abstract: A method of making a passenger conveyor handrail includes forming a drive member having a plurality of longitudinally spaced drive surfaces. The drive member has a longitudinal stiffness for maintaining a desired spacing between the drive surfaces. The drive member is inserted into a molding device. A gripping surface portion of the handrail is formed using the molding device such that the gripping surface portion and the drive member are secured together. Another method includes forming a belt drive member having a plurality of teeth that establish a plurality of longitudinally spaced drive surfaces. The belt has a longitudinal stiffness for maintaining a desired spacing between the drive surfaces. Each of the teeth extends across an entire width of the belt. The belt is secured to a gripping surface portion of the handrail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignee: Otis Elevator Company
    Inventors: John P. Wesson, John M. Milton-Benoit, Changsheng Guo, James R. Irish, Gopalakrishna Rajagopalan, Xiaomei Yu, Jun Ma, Foster P. Lamm, Justin R. Hawkes
  • Patent number: 8714338
    Abstract: A handrail (2) for an escalator or a moving sidewalk is designed such that the same consists only of a handle rail (3a) and a fitted tractive means (91, 9b) and has guiding surfaces (11h-11n) which are complementary to guiding surfaces (5f-5m) on a top side (7) of the balustrade. The handle rail (3a) or a cover of the handle rail (3a) is made of tire-resistant, non-flammable, or flame-retardant material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: Inventio AG
    Inventors: Michael Matheisl, Thomas Illedits, Thomas Novacek
  • Patent number: 8596445
    Abstract: A balustrade assembly includes a decking panel and a skirt panel that are attached to one another and to a balustrade support structure without fasteners. A positioning device included in the balustrade assembly varies the position of the skirt panel relative to moving steps in two directions by pushing against stationary components that are a part of or otherwise connected to a frame of a passenger conveyor. A balustrade support employed in the assembly reduces material and manufacturing costs and is adjustable to vary the height of a balustrade panel and handrails in a passenger conveyor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2013
    Assignee: Otis Elevator Company
    Inventors: Ke Ye, Yanying Chen, Ruoming Tian, Songjian He, Shouhong Wang, Ruzhuang Zhao, Coliu Wu, Zhigao Mai, Yongjun Huang, Richard Qingdong Jiang
  • Publication number: 20130299305
    Abstract: A moving walkway or escalator includes a handrail and a guide for the handrail. The handrail is driven by motor and moved along the longitudinal axis thereof at or on the guide. The handrail is guided at or on the guide along an arcuate portion of the guide while rotated or twisted about the longitudinal axis thereof, so that it can be guided more easily around curves of the moving walkway.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 22, 2011
    Publication date: November 14, 2013
    Applicant: INNOVA PATENT GMBH
    Inventor: Pavel Vlasak
  • Patent number: 8534445
    Abstract: A monitor, which may be closely associated with a handrail, may determine the amount of force applied to the handrail. The monitor may also determine the pattern in which force is applied to the handrail in order to assess how the user is contacting the handrail. The user's application of force to the handrail can be monitored along the course of movement along the handrail and may be compared to historical usage patterns.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2013
    Assignee: Intel-GE Care Innovations LLC
    Inventors: Julie Behan, Terrance Dishongh, Karol O'Donovan, Adrian Burns, Simon Roberts
  • Patent number: 8393457
    Abstract: A handrail, used in particular for escalators or moving walkways, has a plurality of individual grip elements arranged in a series along the length of the handrail loop. Each grip element has an oval or elliptical outer shell, cover layer or casing that is at least partially transparent. An illumination unit is situated in the interior the shell, cover layer or casing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2013
    Assignee: Inventio AG
    Inventors: Thomas Illedits, Thomas Novacek, Michael Matheisl
  • Publication number: 20120241284
    Abstract: Sterilization and cleaning of an escalator hand rail are performed. A sterilization and cleaning device including a hand rail; a plasma source for irradiating the hand rails with ions or radicals or UV light; an enclosure for housing the plasma source; a power source for generating plasma; a fan for generating relatively negative pressure in the enclosure; filter units for removing removed bacteria, viruses, and organic matters such as hand marks; and filter plates located backward and forward of a moving direction of the hand rail in the enclosure along the hand rail is provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 3, 2012
    Publication date: September 27, 2012
    Applicant: Hitachi, Ltd.
    Inventors: Hiroyuki KOBAYASHI, Takumi Tandou, Naoshi Itabashi
  • Patent number: 8240453
    Abstract: A film for cleaning guide rollers of escalator can be detachably stuck over a predetermined length in a direction of transporting of a handrail belt, to the endless handrail belt which is guided and transported by guide rollers installed at a lower side of steps of an escalator (E) and a belt guide which is installed at an upper side of the steps, and includes a removing film layer which scrapes substances adhered to an outer circumferential surface of the guide rollers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2012
    Assignees: Vistec Co., Ltd., Videca Co., Ltd
    Inventor: Nobuo Miyaji
  • Patent number: 8235199
    Abstract: A handrail has an outer shell at least partially coated with at least one layer of a metal and/or at least one metal compound, and is formed of a plurality of interconnected grip elements located on a power transmission chain or belt. Ends of adjacent grip elements can be pushed inside each other, allowing the grip elements to tilt with respect to each other, particularly in bent or curved sections, without deforming the elements. Each grip element may have an interior chamber or recess which overlaps an external chamfer or recess of an adjacent grip element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2012
    Assignee: Inventio AG
    Inventors: Thomas Illedits, Thomas Novacek, Michael Matheisl
  • Publication number: 20120175220
    Abstract: An escalator display device includes a light-emitting body arranged on an edge of a side wall, which includes a transparent medium. The light-emitting body is arranged to display a displayed item on the surface of the transparent medium and is a photosensitive material that reacts photosensitively with the light emission color of the light-emitting body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 16, 2012
    Publication date: July 12, 2012
    Inventors: Nakamori Masanori, Ogata Sho
  • Publication number: 20120168278
    Abstract: People mover such as a travelator or the like, includes a plurality of pallets for carrying and moving people. The pallets are arranged one after the other and form an endless track. The track includes an upper track section and a lower track section, and the people mover includes an area of direction change of the pallets where a respective one of the pallets moves between the upper track section and the lower track section. A motor produces the driving force needed to move the pallets. A flywheel is arranged to even out with its rotational energy movement in the travel direction of the pallet track.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 3, 2012
    Publication date: July 5, 2012
    Applicant: Kone Corporation
    Inventors: ARTTU HULT, Esko AULANKO, Nithil KARIMPANACKAL NATARAJAN
  • Patent number: 8206528
    Abstract: A method of applying a film to an endless moving handrail comprises the steps of adhering a first film layer, having sufficient resilience to accommodate strains occurring on the surfaces of the endless moving handrail and including a barrier coating on at least one of top and bottom surfaces of the first layer, to a top surface of an endless moving handrail, and adhering a substantially transparent film layer over the first film layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2012
    Assignee: EHC Canada, Inc.
    Inventor: Naseer Mohammed Qureshi
  • Patent number: 8205735
    Abstract: A monitor, which may be closely associated with a handrail, may determine the amount of force applied to the handrail. The monitor may also determine the pattern in which force is applied to the handrail in order to assess how the user is contacting the handrail. The user's application of force to the handrail can be monitored along the course of movement along the handrail and may be compared to historical usage patterns.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2012
    Assignee: Intel-GE Care Innovations LLC
    Inventors: Julie Behan, Terry Dishongh, Karol O'Donovan, Adrian Burns, Simon Roberts
  • Publication number: 20120111695
    Abstract: A balustrade assembly includes a decking panel and a skirt panel that are attached to one another and to a balustrade support structure without fasteners. A positioning device included in the balustrade assembly varies the position of the skirt panel relative to moving steps in two directions by pushing against stationary components that are a part of or otherwise connected to a frame of a passenger conveyor. A balustrade support employed in the assembly reduces material and manufacturing costs and is adjustable to vary the height of a balustrade panel and handrails in a passenger conveyor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 20, 2009
    Publication date: May 10, 2012
    Applicant: OTIS ELEVATOR COMPANY
    Inventors: Ke Ye, Yanying Chen, Ruoming Tian, Songjian He, Shouhong Wang, Ruzhuang Zhao, Coliu Wu, Zhigao Mai, Yongjun Huang, Richard Qingdong Jiang
  • Patent number: 8123020
    Abstract: An easily dismantled escalator outer decking, the escalator including a handrail system bracket and a balustrade panel, the escalator outer decking including cover plate (1), wherein the escalator outer decking also includes a first bracket (3) mounted on the handrail system bracket (5), a retention member (2) secured to the cover plate (1) and an insertion strip (8), wherein the retention member (2) is connected to the first bracket (3) in a manner of embedding or snapping, and the insertion strip (8) is wedged between the cover plate (1) and the balustrade panel (9); such that when the outer decking is disassembled, the cover plate (1) and the retention member (2) can be taken down together by putting away the insertion strip (8) first and then lifting the cover plate (1) and the retention member (2) or pushing them towards the balustrade panel (9). The escalator outer decking the present invention has good configuration and can be dismantled easily during maintenance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2012
    Assignee: Otis Elevator Company
    Inventors: Yongqing Fang, Jianguo Li, Mingping Jiang
  • Publication number: 20110315508
    Abstract: A roller bearing and newel guide assembly (30) for a newel (24) in an escalator (10) has a newel guide (32), a roller chain (34), and a spring (40) connected between the roller chain (34) and the newel guide (32) to provide tension to the roller chain (34). The roller chain (34) comprises a series of interlinked chain units (36). Each chain unit (36) includes a frame (78), at least one roller bearing (72), and a pin (76) for connecting the roller bearing (72) to the frame (78). Each chain unit (36) has a female connector (62) and a male connector (64), which allow each chain unit (36) to connect to an adjacent chain unit (36) to form the roller chain (34).
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 10, 2009
    Publication date: December 29, 2011
    Applicant: OTIS ELEVATOR COMPANY
    Inventors: Ke Ye, Yanying Anne Chen, Coliu Wu, Shouhong Wang, Qingdong Jiang
  • Patent number: 8016097
    Abstract: An escalator handrail drive arrangement includes a drive belt (26) mounted within a drive housing (35). Pressure rollers (30) are mounted in pairs and pivotally attached to the drive housing. The pressure rollers bias a handrail (22) against the drive belt. The pressure roller arrangements are mounted at each axial end. A spring (44) biases the pressure roller arrangements against the handrail, with the spring being centered along the axial length of the pressure rollers. This spring is preferably mounted within the drive housing such that no additional space is required outwardly of the drive and roller arrangement to accommodate the spring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2011
    Assignee: Otis Elevator Company
    Inventors: Andreas Stuffel, Helmut Meyer, Klaus Rohrbach
  • Patent number: 7980379
    Abstract: A conveyance device has two endless arrangements of tread steps, step plates or pallets driven in a transportation direction by a drive. Adjacent to a first longitudinal side of the first arrangement is a first balustrade with a handrail, and adjacent a second longitudinal side of the first arrangement is a second balustrade and handrail. The second arrangement is located parallel and next to the first arrangement and is also driven by the drive. The second balustrade is configured as a center balustrade between the two arrangements to be used by persons on both arrangements. A third balustrade and handrail is adjacent a second side of the second arrangement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2011
    Assignee: Inventio AG
    Inventor: Gerald Winkler
  • Publication number: 20110155538
    Abstract: Drive system for escalators and moving walkways, comprising a set of wheels (3) carrying free-rotating rollers (4), with parallel axes to that of the wheels, and one or more shafts (5) perpendicular to the movement direction of the belt of steps or pallets (1), in which said roller wheels are mounted. The shafts (5) and wheels (3) are arranged between the moving forward way and the return way of the belt of steps or pallets (1). The wheels (3) engage through the rollers (4) with the steps or pallets (1) through engaging formations (7) of said belt of steps or pallets (1). The shafts (5) connect to a driving assembly through a transmission mechanism.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 27, 2010
    Publication date: June 30, 2011
    Applicants: THYSSENKRUPP ELEVATOR INNOVATION CENTER, S.A., THYSSENKRUPP ELEVATOR (ES/PBB) GmbH
    Inventors: Miguel Angel Gonzalez Alemany, Alberto Pello Garcia
  • Publication number: 20110135926
    Abstract: An exemplary assembly includes at least one elongated tension member (32). A jacket covers at least some of the tension member (32). The jacket comprises a polymer material (64, 68) including a friction stabilizer (62) that facilitates maintaining a desired friction characteristic of at least an exterior surface on the jacket.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 15, 2008
    Publication date: June 9, 2011
    Inventors: Xiaomei Yu, Gopal R. Krishnan, John P. Wesson, John M. Milton-Benoit
  • Publication number: 20110108387
    Abstract: An exemplary assembly includes at least one elongated tension member (32). A jacket covers at least some of the tension member (32). The jacket comprises a polymer material (68,64) including an adhesion enhancer (62) that facilitates adhesion between the tension member and the jacket.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 15, 2008
    Publication date: May 12, 2011
    Inventors: Xiaomei Yu, Gopal R. Krishnan, John P. Wesson, John M. Milton-Benoit
  • Publication number: 20110108372
    Abstract: An exemplary assembly includes at least one elongated tension member (26). A jacket (34) covers at least some of the tension member (32). The polymer jacket (34) comprises a polymer material including a melamine based geometry stabilizer that facilitates maintaining the jacket material near the tension member if the assembly is subjected to a high temperature condition.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 15, 2008
    Publication date: May 12, 2011
    Inventors: Gopal R. Krishnan, Xiaomei Yu, John P. Wesson, John M. Milton-Benoit
  • Publication number: 20110083937
    Abstract: A passenger conveyor (20) includes a handrail drive (40) for propelling a handrail (30). A suspension (100) associated with the drive (40) supports a weight of a corresponding portion of the handrail (30) in the vicinity of the drive device (40). In a disclosed example, the suspension (100) includes at least one cantilevered member (104, 120) for engaging a lip portion (64) of an inner surface on the handrail (30). The suspension (100) maintains a corresponding portion of the handrail (30) in close proximity to a drive member (42) such as a toothed belt to ensure proper engagement between the drive member (42) and the handrail (30).
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 21, 2005
    Publication date: April 14, 2011
    Inventors: Changsheng Guo, John M. Milton-Benoit, John P. Wesson, JinKoo Lee, Sung-Jun Park
  • Patent number: 7870695
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention relate to an apparatus for assisted walking on stairs or other sloped surfaces. The apparatus may also be used for assisted walking on slippery surfaces. The apparatus comprises a fixed support and a moveable support. The fixed support is fixed relative to the stairs or other walking surface, while the movable support is selectively moveable relative to the stairs and fixed support in a direction substantially parallel to an incline of the stairs. The movable support is selectively positionable relative to the fixed support in one of a plurality of closely spaced discrete locking positions in which the movable support can support a personal relative to the stairs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2011
    Inventors: David Christopher Manson, Christina Lynelle Manson, Sylvan Sherwood Browne
  • Patent number: 7802670
    Abstract: Disclosed is a hand rail for a passenger conveying installation, such as e.g. an escaltor or a passenger conveyor, which has a flexible base body with two side lips for engaging around a guide rail, and in which at least one of the side lips has a profiled section, which may be guided in a track or guide groove of the guied rail, which secures the hand rail against slipping off the guide rail, characterised in that the profiled section of the side lips has a bulge-like thickening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2010
    Assignee: Semperit AG Holding
    Inventors: Albrecht Dürrer, Herwig Miessbacher
  • Patent number: 7766150
    Abstract: A passenger conveyor handrail (30) includes a sliding layer (40) that is non-woven in some examples and non-fabric in other examples. A first polymer material is used to establish a body portion (32) of the handrail (30) to provide, for example, a gripping surface (34). The sliding layer (40) is secured to a surface (38) of the handrail (30) to cover at least a portion of that surface to meet the needs of a particular situation. Disclosed examples include a variety of configurations and a variety of techniques for applying such a sliding layer (40) to a handrail (30).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2010
    Assignee: Otis Elevator Company
    Inventors: Changsheng Guo, John M. Milton-Benoit, John P. Wesson, James R. Irish, Foster P. Lamm
  • Publication number: 20100147648
    Abstract: Load-bearing structure of a people and/or goods transport system, comprising a mobile band, blades/rungs containing a roller; two side beams; a central body in the form of a sheet having: an upper connection surface to connect the side beams through connection elements; a lower sealing surface parallel to the upper connection surface, at a level below the upper connection surface, to define a closure of the load-bearing structure. The two side beams have a lower connection surface to connect with the central body through connection elements.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 11, 2009
    Publication date: June 17, 2010
    Applicants: THYSSENKRUPP ELEVATOR INNOVATION CENTER, S.A., THYSSENKRUPP ELEVATOR (ES/PBB) GmbH
    Inventors: Miguel Angel Gonzalez Alemany, Monica Diaz Sorribas, Antonio Murias Bermejo, Marcos Vega Lopez
  • Patent number: 7731009
    Abstract: An arrangement in drive machinery of a travelator, moving walkway, escalator or similar apparatus, includes at least a drive motor, at least one handrail with a handrail belt, a support element supporting the handrail and a drive belt connecting rotational movement of the drive motor to the support element. The support element comprises a supporting wheel, having a rim and adapted for use by the drive belt which is fitted to the rim of the support element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2010
    Assignee: Kone Corporation
    Inventors: Esko Aulanko, Jorma Mustalahti, Marc Ossendorf
  • Publication number: 20100122890
    Abstract: An information display system for a conveying device, the information display system comprising a driving mechanism, a flexible display loop driven by the driving mechanism to travel in a closed loop, and an image forming module configured to provide media to at least a section of the flexible display loop.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 17, 2008
    Publication date: May 20, 2010
    Inventors: Jia-Xing Lin, Tai-Ann Chen, Da-Wei Lee, Jung-Ya Hsieh