US Pat. No. 9,723,755

DRIVE UNIT

KONE CORPORATION, Helsin...

1. A drive unit for driving a motor, the drive unit having a component assembly comprising:
a main circuit board having a component side and a solder side;
one or more main circuit conductors formed in at least one layer of the main circuit board;
a power component module including one or more power components, the power component module having electrical connection terminals
for connecting the power component(s) to the one or more main circuit conductors of the main circuit board and a cooling plate
coupled to the power component(s) in a manner enabling transfer of heat from the power component(s) to the cooling plate;

a heat sink mounted on the cooling plate; and
a fan mounted on the heat sink,
wherein the power component module is mounted to the component side of the main circuit board,
wherein the power component module has the electrical connection terminals at an upper side thereof, which electrical connection
terminals are connected directly to the main circuit board such that the upper side of the power component module faces the
component side of the main circuit board,

wherein the component assembly comprises an insulation cover mounted on the components of said component assembly, and
wherein the component assembly comprises a grounding plate mounted on bottom of the insulation cover, the grounding plate
being connected to the heat sink and the cooling plate of the power component module.

US Pat. No. 9,457,993

ELEVATOR

KONE CORPORATION, Helsin...

1. An elevator, comprising:
an elevator hoistway; and
an elevator car arranged to move in the elevator hoistway in a vertical direction, the elevator car comprising:
an interior, which is bounded by at least a roof of the elevator car;
a frame structure, which comprises one or more parallel, horizontal, elongated roof beams in connection with the roof of the
elevator car, each of the one or more roof beams being in the form of an elongated c-shaped channel with an elongated opening
on a horizontal side thereof and having a vertical height; and

one or more luminaires for lighting the interior of the elevator car,
wherein each of the one or more luminaires is positioned at least partly within the elongated opening, and fits within the
vertical height.

US Pat. No. 9,446,931

ELEVATOR COMPRISING TRACTION SHEAVE WITH SPECIFIED DIAMETER

Kone Corporation, Helsin...

1. An elevator, comprising:
an elevator car;
a traction sheave that comprises a plurality of grooves;
a hoisting machine configured to drive the traction sheave; and
a plurality of hoisting ropes configured to interact with the traction sheave to move the elevator car;
wherein an overall contact between the traction sheave and the hoisting ropes exceeds a contact angle of 180°,
wherein a diameter of the traction sheave is less than 320 mm,
wherein each respective hoisting rope of the hoisting ropes comprises steel wires twisted together to form strands,
wherein the strands of each respective hoisting rope are twisted together to form the respective hoisting rope,
wherein a thickness of each respective hoisting rope is less than 8 mm,
wherein the hoisting ropes have a substantially round cross-section,
wherein each of the hoisting ropes further comprises an individual exterior coating,
wherein an average of wire thicknesses of the steel wires of the hoisting ropes is greater than or equal to 0.1 mm and less
than or equal to 0.4 mm, and

wherein a strength of the steel wires of the hoisting ropes is greater than 2,300 N/mm2 and less than 3,000 N/mm2.

US Pat. No. 9,242,835

ELEVATOR AND GUIDE RAIL BRACKET

KONE CORPORATION, Helsin...

1. An elevator comprising:
a guide rail line including a plurality of consecutive guide rails, each of the plurality of consecutive guide rails being
supported on a building by at least one guide rail bracket fixed to the building, the at least one guide rail bracket including
a frame and a mounting base,

wherein the frame includes a frame part having at least one guide slot,
wherein a fixing includes a fixing member extending through the at least one guide slot, the fixing arrangement being configured
to press a corresponding guide rail, from among the plurality of consecutive guide rails, against the mounting base, and to
attach the mounting base to the frame part,

wherein the at least one guide rail bracket is configured to prevent lateral movement of the corresponding guide rail relative
to a fixing point of the at least one guide rail bracket,

wherein the at least one guide rail bracket is configured to permit movement of the corresponding guide rail and the mounting
base relative to the fixing point in a longitudinal direction of the corresponding guide rail, and

wherein the at least one guide slot extends in the longitudinal direction of the corresponding guide rail, and is configured
to guide the permitted movement of the corresponding guide rail in the longitudinal direction of the corresponding guide rail.

US Pat. No. 9,284,159

EMERGENCY EXIT DOOR OF AN ELEVATOR CAR

Kone Corporation, Helsin...

1. An elevator, comprising:
an emergency exit door connected to at least one wall of an elevator car; and
a plurality of hinges defining two vertical hinge lines for pivoting about said respective hinge lines in accordance to a
vertical direction of the at least one wall,

wherein the emergency exit door is opened by turning simultaneously around the two vertical hinge lines via the plurality
of hinges,

wherein one set of hinge pins, corresponding to a first hinge line, is parallel to a vertical center line of the emergency
exit door,

wherein other set of hinge pins, corresponding to a second hinge line, is parallel to a vertical center line of the emergency
exit door, and

wherein the other set of hinge pins connect halves of respective hinges which extend perpendicular in a direction of the vertical
center line of the emergency exit door.

US Pat. No. 9,284,158

ELEVATOR SYSTEM

KONE Corporation, Helsin...

1. A method for allocating an elevator in an elevator system, the elevator system including at least one elevator and an interface
configured to exchange data, the method comprising:
registering an advance call based on the data received via the interface at a first time, the advance call configured to designate
an elevator for use at a second time, the second time being later than the first time;

linking an address data of at least one passenger to the advance call;
allocating the elevator for use by the at least one passenger at the second time; and
sending a notification about the allocation of the elevator to the at least one passenger via an address indicated by the
address data.

US Pat. No. 9,604,821

TRACTION SHEAVE ELEVATOR WITH DRIVE MEMBER SLIPPAGE CONTROL

KONE CORPORATION, Helsin...

1. Traction sheave elevator comprising a drive machine having an output shaft which is connected to the traction sheave via
an endless drive member, whereby
an encoder is provided in connection with the traction sheave so as to obtain a speed signal of the traction sheave,
a motor speed detection device is provided,
a monitoring unit is provided to which the output signal of the encoder and a speed signal of the motor speed detection device
are fed,

the monitoring unit comprises a comparator which compares the output signal of the encoder with the speed signal of the motor
speed detection device,

the monitoring unit initiates an emergency action if the result of the comparison exceeds a threshold value.

US Pat. No. 9,598,266

APPARATUS FOR ALIGNMENT OF AN ELEVATOR GUIDE RAIL

KONE CORPORATION, Helsin...

1. An apparatus for alignment of an elevator guide rail, comprising:
a stationary first part having a first end and an opposite second end in a first longitudinal direction;
a movable second part having a first end and an opposite second end in a second longitudinal direction; and
a link arm mechanism connecting the stationary first part and the movable second part, said link arm mechanism including a
first link arm having a first end and an opposite second end and a second link arm having a first end and an opposite second
end, wherein:

the first end of the first link arm is attached with a first articulated joint to a first support element being movable and
retainable by a first actuator in the first longitudinal direction along the first part of the apparatus and the second end
of the first link arm is attached with a fourth articulated joint to a third support element being movable and retainable
by a second actuator in the second longitudinal direction along the movable second part of the apparatus,

the first end of the second link arm is attached with a second articulated joint to a second support element being movable
in the first longitudinal direction along the first part of the apparatus and the second end of the second link arm is attached
with a third articulated joint to a third support element, the first end of the movable second part being movably supported
on the third support element, a third actuator moving and retaining the movable second part in relation to the third support
element,

the first link arm and the second link arm are connected to each other with a fifth articulated joint at a point where the
first link arm and the second link arm intersect,

the first actuator is configured to move the second part in the first direction,
the second actuator is configured to move the movable second part in a third direction, in which the third direction is perpendicular
to the first longitudinal direction, and

the third actuator is configured to move the movable second part in an angular direction around the fourth articulated joint.

US Pat. No. 9,434,575

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR A SAFE EMERGENCY STOP OF AN ELEVATOR

KONE CORPORATION, Helsin...

1. A method in connection with a quick stop situation of an elevator, said method comprising the steps of:
starting an activation process of a machinery brake; and
starting a disconnection process of a current supply for disconnecting the current supply occurring from a power source to
an elevator motor,

wherein the disconnection process of the current supply is started after the starting of the activation process of the machinery
brake.

US Pat. No. 9,367,416

SAFETY CIRCUIT OF AN ELEVATOR, AND METHOD FOR IDENTIFYING A FUNCTIONAL NONCONFORMANCE OF A SAFETY CIRCUIT OF AN ELEVATOR

Kone Corporation, Helsin...

1. A method for determining functional nonconformance of a safety circuit, the safety circuit having a plurality of nodes
which communicate with each other via a communications bus, the method comprising:
adding, in a first node, a testing field to a message formed in the first node for testing the operation of the safety circuit
of an elevator;

transmitting the message containing the aforementioned testing field from the first node to a second node using the communications
bus in the safety circuit of the elevator;

receiving, in the second node, the message containing the testing field; and
determining a connection error, a wiring error, or a voltage error in the second node as a functional nonconformance of the
safety circuit on the basis of a received signal level corresponding to a duration of the testing field of the received message.

US Pat. No. 9,592,995

UNLOCKING CONTROL FOR A LIFT FLOOR DOOR

Kone Corporation, Helsin...

1. A control system configured to disengage a safety lock of a lift floor door associated with an elevator shaft, said safety
lock configured to prevent the lift floor door from opening when the safety lock is engaged, said control system comprising:
at least one plate on a lift cabin, the at least one plate being elastically deformable such that the at least one plate is
configured to vary between a formed configuration and a deformed configuration in which a center portion thereof protrudes
relative to ends thereof, the at least one plate being positioned on an outer wall of the lift cabin such that, when the lift
cabin is present and the at least one plate is in the deformed configuration, the center portion of the at least one plate
contacts a lever to disengage the safety lock of the lift floor door;

a linear actuator configured to deform the at least one plate to the deformed configuration by providing a force thereto;
and

at least one actuation cable connected between said actuator and the at least one plate, the actuation cable configured to
transfer the force to the at least one plate.

US Pat. No. 9,580,278

ELEVATOR

KONE CORPORATION, Helsin...

1. An elevator, comprising:
a hoistway;
an elevator car vertically movable in the hoistway;
a counterweight vertically movable in the hoistway;
a number of upper rope wheels mounted higher than the car and counterweight;
a number of first ropes interconnecting the elevator car and counterweight, each of said first ropes passing around said upper
rope wheels;

a number of lower rope wheels mounted lower than the car and counterweight; and
a number of second ropes interconnecting the elevator car and counterweight, each of said second ropes passing around one
or more of the lower rope wheels,

wherein said lower rope wheels comprise:
one or more first lower rope wheels; and
one or more second lower rope wheels above the one or more first rope wheels, and wherein said second ropes comprise:
a first set of ropes forming a first U-shaped loop of ropes hanging from the car and counterweight, and passing around said
one or more first lower rope wheels; and

a second set of ropes forming a second U-shaped loop of ropes hanging from the car and counterweight, inside the first loop
of ropes, and passing around said one or more second lower rope wheels,

wherein said one or more first lower rope wheels includes two horizontally spaced apart first wheels having parallel axes
of rotation, said one or more second lower rope wheels includes two horizontally spaced apart second lower rope wheels having
parallel axes of rotation, and

wherein the one or more first lower rope wheels and the one or more second lower rope wheels are axially offset such that
ropes of the first set of ropes and the ropes of the second set of ropes are interlaced as viewed in an axial direction of
the rope wheels.

US Pat. No. 9,181,066

PASSENGER CONVEYOR

KONE CORPORATION, Helsin...

1. A passenger conveyor, comprising:
an endless conveyor track;
a power source configured to supply power to said endless conveyor track for moving said endless conveyor track;
an entrance allowing a passage to the endless conveyor track;
an exit allowing a passage away from the endless conveyor track;
a balustrade on the side of the endless conveyor track;
at least a guide element at least at one of the entrance, the exit, and the entrance and exit, on a floor at proximity of
an end of the balustrade, forming an elongated lateral guide for rolling or moving objects on the floor to/from the endless
conveyor track to guide the rolling or moving object to/from the endless conveyor track without contacting the balustrade;

wherein said guide elements comprises at least a source of electromagnetic waves, configured to output the electromagnetic
waves to at least one of an entrance zone and an exit zone of the passenger conveyor.

US Pat. No. 9,067,761

ARRANGEMENT FOR DAMPING LATERAL SWAYS OF A ROPE-LIKE MEANS FIXED TO AN ELEVATOR CAR

KONE CORPORATION, Helsin...

1. An arrangement for damping lateral sways of a rope or cable fixed to an elevator car in an elevator hoistway of an elevator,
the arrangement comprising:
a freely hanging damper supported on a top surface of an upward opening bottom loop of the rope or cable, the freely hanging
damper including,

a first roller configured to rotate on a first shaft, and to enable the freely hanging damper to move freely relative to the
top surface of the upward opening bottom loop in a direction of a longitudinal axis of the rope or cable when the elevator
car moves upward and downward,

at least two second rollers, each of the at least two second rollers being configured to rotate on a corresponding one of
at least two second shafts, the at least two second rollers and corresponding second shafts being arranged at respective sides
of the rope or cable, and being arranged substantially perpendicular to the first roller and the first shaft,

a third roller configured to rotate on a third shaft, the third roller and third shaft being arranged opposite the first roller
and the first shaft, and below the upward opening bottom loop of the rope or cable, and

a pin suspension configured to hold additional weights, the pin suspension being arranged below the third roller and the upward
opening bottom loop of the rope or cable.

US Pat. No. 9,540,215

METHOD FOR INSTALLING AN ELEVATOR CAR SLING

Kone Corporation, Helsin...

1. A method for installing an elevator car sling associated with an elevator car, the method comprising:
inserting an installation jig in a gliding device, the gliding device including at least a frame, a gliding part, and an elasticity
device, the elasticity device configured to support the gliding part on the frame, the installation jig including a first
branch and at least one second branch, the first branch being positioned against an inner gliding surface of the gliding part
to form a temporary gliding surface to glide on a guide rail, the at least one second branch being positioned in an open space
between the frame and the gliding part to rigidly fix the gliding part to the frame such that the installation jig temporary
bypasses the elasticity device;

attaching the gliding device to a side frame of the elevator car sling;
positioning the side frame having the gliding device attached thereto on the guide rail in an elevator shaft so that the gliding
part of the gliding device is connected to the guide rail to install the elevator car sling; and

removing the installation jig after the elevator car is installed in the elevator car sling to install the elevator car sling.

US Pat. No. 9,340,395

METHOD FOR REEVING AN ELEVATOR AND INSTALLING AN OVERSPEED GOVERNOR ROPE OR A TRAILING CABLE

KONE CORPORATION, Helsin...

1. A method for reeving an elevator by guiding first and second ends of at least one hoisting rope to respective fixing points
and fixing the first and second ends to the respective fixing points, the method comprising:
fixing a hoisting element of a hoisting device to a first lifting point of the hoisting rope, the first lifting point being
at one of (i) the first end of the hoisting rope and (ii) a first distance from the first end of the hoisting rope;

fixing the hoisting element of the hoisting device to a second lifting point of the hoisting rope, the second lifting point
being at one of (i) the second end of the hoisting rope and (ii) a second distance from the second end of the hosting rope;

lifting the hoisting rope in an elevator hoistway with the hoisting device until the first lifting point and the second lifting
point are at a top part of the elevator hoistway;

guiding the first end of the hoisting rope to a first of the respective fixing points;
guiding the second end of the hoisting rope to a second of the respective fixing points;
fixing the first end of the hoisting rope to the first of the respective fixing points; and
fixing the second end of the hoisting rope to the second of the respective fixing points.

US Pat. No. 9,162,851

COMB PLATE—COMB PLATE CARRIER ASSEMBLY AND COMBINATION CONSTRUCTION OF THE ASSEMBLY WITH LIFTING TOOL

KONE CORPORATION, Helsin...

1. A comb plate-comb plate carrier assembly for an escalator or a moving walk, said escalator or moving walk comprising steps
or pallets, and a balustrade with a handrail, said assembly being arranged on a head of the escalator or moving walk and being
mounted on a truss of the escalator or moving walk,
wherein said comb plate-comb plate carrier assembly comprising:
a comb plate; and
a pair of opposed comb plate carriers for carrying the comb plate, each comb plate carrier having an inner edge adjacent the
comb plate and an outer edge spaced from the inner edge, a distance between inner edges of the comb plate carriers being greater
than a length of the comb plate carrier measured along said distance,

wherein said comb plate-comb plate carrier assembly being provided with at least one of the following items:
(a) a guide rail bracket which is fastened to the comb plate carrier and is used to fix a guide rail for the handrail belt,
the guide rail bracket comprising a mounting portion and a fixing portion, said mounting portion being fastened to the comb
plate carrier, and said fixing portion being formed with a hole and fixing the handrail belt guide rail by means of a bolt
extending through the hole;

(b) a supporting bracket which is fastened to the comb plate carrier and is used to support an end of a handrail return-sheave
curve fastened to the truss;

(c) comb plate height adjuster provided at either lateral end of said comb plate on a side of the comb plate facing away from
the comb for adjusting the height of the comb plate; or

(d) monitoring device for monitoring the horizontal displacement and upward displacement of the comb plate.

US Pat. No. 9,434,576

BACKUP CIRCUIT FOR ELECTRICITY SUPPLY, ELEVATOR SYSTEM, AND METHOD FOR ENSURING ELECTRICITY SUPPLY OF AN ELECTRONIC OVERSPEED GOVERNOR

Kone Corporation, Helsin...

1. A backup circuit for supplying electricity to an electronic overspeed governor in connection with a malfunction of a main
electricity supply, the backup circuit comprising:
an energy storage;
a switch provided between the energy storage and the electronic overspeed governor; and
a releasing delay circuit which forms a control signal for opening the switch in order to disconnect the supply of electricity
supply from the energy storage to the electronic overspseed governor with a delay when a malfunction of the main electricity
supply is detected,

wherein the disconnection delay for the electricity supply of the electronic overspeed governor is determined on the basis
of a stopping delay of an a apparatus monitored by the electronic overspeed governor, and

when the malfunction of the main electricity supply occurss, the switch of the backup circuit is configured to close for restarting
the supply of electricity from the energy storage to the electronic overspeed governor.

US Pat. No. 9,302,887

SAFETY DEVICE FOR A PASSENGER TRANSPORT INSTALLATION

KONE CORPORATION, Helsin...

1. A method for safeguarding the operation of a passenger transport installation, comprising the steps of:
monitoring of an entraining element that acts as a safety member between a traction component and a step or pallet of the
passenger transport installation, there being disposed on the entraining element side a triggering element; and

triggering an alarm when it is detected that a specifiable movement of the entraining element from its position safeguarding
the connection between the traction component and the step has taken place, or when the lack of the entraining element is
detected,

wherein the triggering element is located between an end of the entraining element overlapped by the step or pallet and the
traction component.

US Pat. No. 9,261,151

ELECTROMAGNETIC BRAKE

KONE CORPORATION, Helsin...

1. An electromagnetic brake comprising:
a coil former;
a coil which is fitted on the coil former;
an electrically connecting part, which is equipped to make an electrically conductive contact between the coil and a power
supply cable supplying current to the electromagnetic brake; and

a frame part including a housing into which the coil former, the coil and the electrically connecting part are fitted,
wherein the electrically connecting part is conjoined with the coil former so as to be directly connected to the coil former,
wherein the power supply cable is configured to be connected in connection with the electrically connecting part with a counterpart,
and

wherein the frame part of the brake includes a cavity for receiving the counterpart.

US Pat. No. 9,327,940

ELEVATOR SYSTEM PROVIDING AN ENERGY SAVING MODE

KONE CORPORATION, Helsin...

1. An elevator system, comprising:
an elevator control unit for controlling the movement of an elevator car in an elevator hoistway,
wherein the elevator control unit is configured to receive data from a control circuit external to the elevator system, and
the elevator control unit is arranged to start a new run sequence for cancelling an idle state of the elevator by transferring
the elevator car from its current location during the idle state to that entrance at which it is assumed, on the basis of
the information received from the control circuit external to the elevator system, that a passenger will arrive,

wherein the elevator is controlled into an energy-saving mode during the idle state,
wherein the elevator car is driven to a predefined point in the elevator hoistway during the idle state of the elevator, and
wherein the electricity supply of one or more devices of the elevator system is arranged to be disconnected for the duration
of the energy-saving mode.

US Pat. No. 9,580,273

TESTING APPARATUS AND SAFETY ARRANGEMENT

Kone Corporation, Helsin...

1. A testing apparatus to test operation of an extreme limit switch in a conveying system, the conveying system configured
to be removed from service based on a signal from the extreme limit switch, and the testing apparatus including a microprocessor
configured to execute a testing program stored on a memory, the testing program including instructions for
preventing removal of the conveying system from service based on the signal from the extreme limit switch; and
testing operation of the extreme limit switch when removal of the conveying system from service has been prevented; wherein
the testing apparatus is configured to perform a testing task specified by the testing program after a start command for the
testing has been supplied to the testing apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,463,956

METHOD AND ARRANGEMENT FOR RENEWING THE BRAKING FORCE OF A BRAKE OF A HOISTING MACHINE

Kone Corporation, Helsin...

1. A method for renewing a braking force of a hoisting machine, the method comprising:
activating an activated brake of at least two brakes of the hoisting machine such that the activated brake is pressed against
a braking surface of a rotating part of the hoisting machine;

first driving the hoisting machine against the activated brake using a testing torque;
first determining whether the activated brake applies a braking force sufficient to resist a movement of the rotating part
when the hoist machine is driven against the activated brake; and

renewing the braking force, if the first determining determines that the braking force applied by the activated brake is insufficient,
the renewing including,

second driving the hoisting machine while continuing to activate the activated brake,
second determining if a distance traveled by the rotating part reaches a minimum length to renew the braking force, and
discontinuing the second drive against the activated brake, if the distance reaches the minimum length.

US Pat. No. 9,457,991

METAL ROPE, ELEVATOR PROVIDED WITH METAL ROPE, AND USE OF LUBRICANT FOR LUBRICATING THE METAL ROPE

KONE CORPORATION, Helsin...

1. A rope including metal as a load-bearing material, the rope comprising:
one or more strands laid from metal wires, wherein the rope is lubricated with a lubricant including at least oil and thickener,
the thickener being greater than 50% of the mass of the lubricant.

US Pat. No. 9,422,136

METHOD FOR REPLACING THE ROPES OF AN ELEVATOR, AND AN ELEVATOR

Kone Corporation, Helsin...

1. A method for replacing elevator ropes in an elevator having at least a hoisting machine, a traction sheave, a counterweight,
and an elevator car supported by the elevator ropes, the method comprising:
converting, in connection with rope replacement, one of the elevator ropes, which acts as a compensating rope and a hoisting
rope of the elevator via:

detaching a first end of the rope, which acts as the hoisting rope, from at least one of the elevator car and the counterweight;
and

changing a direction of the detached first end of the rope over the traction sheave and over a diverting pulley from a first
direction to an opposite second direction to convert the rope to act as the compensating rope; and

converting at least a portion of the rope into the compensating rope of the elevator via:
detaching a second end of the rope from the elevator car; and
changing the direction of the detached second end of the rope over the compensating pulley from a third direction to an opposite
fourth direction.

US Pat. No. 9,415,974

METHOD AND ARRANGEMENT FOR MOVING A HEAVY LOAD

KONE CORPORATION, Helsin...

1. A method for moving a load, comprising the steps of:
lifting and/or lowering the load with an elevator, which elevator comprises an elevator car and a hoisting machine, which
hoisting machine is arranged to move the elevator car from one level to another in a normal operation of the elevator for
moving passengers;

connecting a hoist to the elevator car for moving the load, the hoist being separate from the hoisting machine;
removing the elevator from the normal operation;
moving the load into the elevator car, wherein the load is to be supported by the elevator car, and moving the elevator car
by means of the hoist until the load is at a desired height; and

removing the load from the elevator car,
wherein, before moving the load supported by the elevator car, free play of a hoisting rope connected to the elevator car
is removed by lifting the hoisting rope until the hoisting rope is taut, via which hoisting rope the hoist is connected to
the elevator car, and

wherein, before transferring a machinery brake from a braking position to a non-braking position, an upwardly-directed force
is exerted on the elevator car by the hoist, which force is a magnitude of an imbalance of the elevator.

US Pat. No. 9,487,379

LANDING COVER SYSTEM FOR ESCALATOR FLOOR AND ESCALATOR SYSTEM

KONE CORPORATION, Helsin...

9. An escalator system, comprising:
a first landing cover system disposed at an upper portion of the escalator system;
a second landing cover system disposed at a lower portion of the escalator system; and
an electric driving system disposed between the first landing system and the second landing system to transport objects between
the first landing system and the second landing system,

wherein the first landing system and the second landing system are landing systems according to claim 1.

US Pat. No. 9,428,364

ELEVATOR PROVIDED WITH A COATED HOISTING ROPE

KONE CORPORATION, Helsin...

1. An elevator without a machine room, the elevator comprising:
a drive machine;
a set of hoisting ropes;
a traction sheave having a plurality of rope grooves;
an elevator car;
a counterweight;
elevator car guide rails; and
counterweight guide rails;
wherein the drive machine engages the set of hoisting ropes using the traction sheave,
wherein the set of hoisting ropes supports the elevator car moving on the elevator car guide rails,
wherein the set of hoisting ropes supports the counterweight moving on the counterweight guide rails,
wherein the set of hoisting ropes includes coated hoisting ropes of substantially circular cross-section,
wherein the hoisting ropes have a load-bearing part twisted from steel wires of circular cross-section, non-circular cross-section,
or circular and non-circular cross-section,

wherein a cross-sectional area of the steel wires of each hoisting rope is greater than 0.015 mm2 and less than 0.2 mm2,

wherein a strength of the steel wires is greater than 2300 N/mm2,

wherein a core of each hoisting rope includes the load-bearing part,
wherein the core of each hoisting rope is coated with a substantially thin sheath that forms a surface of the hoisting rope,
wherein the sheath is softer than the core,
wherein a diameter of the core of each hoisting rope is a diameter of the hoisting rope excluding only the sheath,
wherein the diameter of the core is greater than or equal to 2.5 mm and less than or equal to 8 mm,
wherein each of the plurality of rope grooves is of a substantially semi-circular cross-sectional form, and
wherein each of the plurality of rope grooves is coated.

US Pat. No. 9,381,770

GUIDE RAIL OF AN ELEVATOR, AND AN ELEVATOR

Kone Corporation, Helsin...

1. A guide rail of an elevator, the guide rail being configured to guide a movable elevator unit, wherein the guide rail comprises:
an elongated metal profile piece with a substantially uniform cross-sectional shape throughout a length of the guide rail,
the elongated metal profile piece having a continuous inside space throughout the length of the guide rail, the elongated
metal profile piece including,

profile walls spaced apart at a distance from each other by the continuous inside space, wherein
first portions of the profile walls are configured to at least one of (i) guide the movable elevator unit and (ii) brake the
movable elevator unit, and

second portions of the profile walls are configured to fix the guide rail to a mounting base of the elevator; and
a stiffening part arranged entirely within a portion of the continuous inside space between the first portions of the profile
walls, the stiffening part being configured to (i) support the first portions of the profile walls from the continuous inside
space for the length of the guide rail, and (ii) limit movement of the profile walls towards each other, the stiffening part
including

at least one stiffener configured to support the first portions of the profile walls from within the inside for the length
of the guide rail, the at least one stiffener being configured to limit movement of the profile walls towards each other,
the at least one stiffener extending an entire length of the continuous inside space of the guide rail.

US Pat. No. 9,212,029

TRACTION SHEAVE ELEVATOR

Kone Corporation, Helsin...

1. A traction sheave elevator, comprising:
an elevator car; and
a traction sheave that moves the elevator car via elevator ropes, the traction sheave includes one or more rope grooves corresponding
to a number of elevator ropes, each rope groove includes at least two different materials in contact with the corresponding
elevator rope, of which a first material is a hard and inflexible material, and a second material is a flexible material,

wherein the second material is fitted into the rope groove of the traction sheave and supports the elevator rope, whereby
a radial force exerted on the second material by the elevator rope is smaller than a resulting radial force exerted on the
elevator rope by the second material, and

wherein the second material is narrower in width than the rope groove, whereby air gaps between sidewalls of the second material
and sidewalls of the rope groove are formed when the second material is fitted symmetrically in the rope groove, which air
gaps accommodate an expansion of the second material when the elevator rope presses the second material towards a base of
the rope groove.

US Pat. No. 9,382,095

ELEVATOR SYSTEM FOR GENERATING AUTOMATIC ELEVATOR CALLS USING A PERSONAL IDENTIFIER

Kone Corporation, Helsin...

1. A method for generating automatic elevator calls in an elevator system using an identifier associated with a passenger,
the method comprising:
first reading, from the identifier, identification data identifying the passenger when the passenger manually calls an elevator
from a first floor;

linking origin information associating the identification data with the first floor, the origin information identifying an
origin floor of the passenger;

storing the origin information in a back-end of the elevator system before a first elevator journey from the first floor;
second reading, from the identifier, the identification data when the passenger approaches the elevator on a second floor;
determining, from the origin information, a return floor associated with the passenger based on the identification data read
when the passenger approaches the elevator on the second floor, the return floor being the origin floor; and

generating an automatic elevator call associated with a second elevator journey to the first floor based on the return floor
such that the automatic elevator call is generated without the passenger calling the elevator to initiate the second elevator
journey.

US Pat. No. 9,213,473

DEVICE AND SYSTEM FOR ELEVATOR MAINTENANCE

Kone Corporation, Helsin...

1. A portable user interface for collecting and processing information relating to elevator maintenance, the portable user
interface comprising:
a real-time clock for indicating a current time;
a display;
means for transmitting information between the portable user interface and an elevator control unit and between the portable
user interface and an elevator maintenance database server; and

a communication circuit for transmitting a control signal to the elevator control unit to start a function for testing the
elevator and/or processing information relating to maintenance on the basis of the control signal, wherein

available operating time of the portable user interface for testing the elevator and/or processing information relating to
maintenance is assigned a predefined time limit determined on the basis of a user group data record, and

the portable user interface further comprises a processor configured to
disable operation of the portable user interface when the available operating time indicated by the real-time clock reaches
the predefined time, and

execute a program for increasing the available operating time of the portable user interface by inputting an identification
code in the portable user interface, receiving a release code generated by the elevator maintenance database server, and verifying
the release code entered on the portable user interface.

US Pat. No. 9,496,753

CONTROL ARRANGEMENT AND METHOD FOR SUPPLYING ELECTRICAL POWER IN AN ELEVATOR SYSTEM

KONE CORPORATION, Helsin...

1. A control arrangement, comprising:
a sensor detecting movement of an elevator car; and
a control of the lighting of the elevator car,
wherein the control of the lighting of the elevator car is configured to control the emergency lighting of the elevator car
on the basis of movement data of the elevator car expressed by the sensor detecting movement of the elevator car.

US Pat. No. 9,448,273

INTERFACE UNIT, CONVEYING SYSTEM AND METHOD

Kone Corporation, Helsin...

1. An interface configured to interface with one or more sensors, the interface comprising:
an input circuit including a pull-up circuit and a pull-down circuit connected via paths to an input node of the input circuit,
the input circuit configured to,

receive, at the input node, a first sensing signal from the one or more sensors, the first sensing signal indicating a first
operating condition associated with a status of one or more of an overspeed governor and an elevator door associated with
the one or more sensors,

duplicate the first sensing signal to generate duplicate sensing signals,
transmit the duplicate sensing signals to the pull-up circuit and the pull-down circuit; and
at least two controllers configured to,
determine a status of the one or more sensors based on a voltage across one or more of the pull-up circuit and the pull-down
circuit when the one or more sensors are electrically connected to the input circuit such that the first sensing signal is
transmitted to the input circuit, and

determine a second operating condition associated with the input circuit based on a voltage across one or more of the pull-up
circuit and the pull-down circuit when the one or more sensors are electrically disconnected from the input circuit such that
the first sensing signal is not transmitted to the input circuit.

US Pat. No. 9,365,393

CONVEYING SYSTEM HAVING A DETECTION AREA

KONE CORPORATION, Helsin...

1. A method for registering service requests in a conveying system, which comprises at least one transport device, and at
least one detection area bounded on a floor surface of the at least one transport device, in which detection area the identification
data contained in the personal identifiers of passengers can be read, wherein the method comprises the steps of:
reading the identification data contained in the identifiers of passengers in the detection area;
determining the service profiles of passengers who have arrived in the detection area and/or who have left the detection area
on the basis of the identification data; and

registering a service request according to the determined service profiles for transporting and/or admitting one or more passengers
in the detection area to the location served by the conveying system.

US Pat. No. 9,341,219

FIXING INTERFACE FOR A MACHINERY BRAKE, AND A MACHINERY BRAKE

KONE CORPORATION, Helsin...

1. A machinery brake, comprising a frame part and a brake shoe movably supported on the frame part, wherein the frame part
of the machinery brake is provided with fixing lugs, which are disposed on opposites sides of the frame part, and the machinery
brake is configured to be fixed from the fixing lugs to a mechanical fixing interface, the mechanical fixing interface comprising:
two fixing surfaces, formed on two opposite sides of the mechanical fixing interface, for receiving fixing lugs of the machinery
brake, wherein a space is defined between the two fixing surfaces for receiving the machinery brake;

two sidewalls respectively formed on the two fixing surfaces, on two opposite ends of the mechanical fixing interface, to
define two recesses for receiving the fixing lugs of the machinery brake; and

two rear walls formed on a rear side of the mechanical fixing interface, each of the two rear walls joining a respective side
wall on each side of the mechanical fixing interface, defining a corner for each recess for positioning one of the fixing
lugs on each fixing surface,

wherein each fixing lug comprises a groove for a locating pin.

US Pat. No. 9,309,092

FIXING ARRANGEMENT FOR A HOISTING MACHINE, AND ELEVATOR ASSEMBLY

KONE CORPORATION, Helsin...

12. An elevator assembly comprising:
an elevator car suspended in an elevator hoistway;
a hoisting machine configured to move the elevator car along a guide rail fixed to a wall of the elevator hoistway, the hoisting
machine including a stationary structure and a rotating structure, the stationary structure including a stator, and the rotating
structure including a rotor and a traction sheave; wherein

the stator, the rotor and the traction sheave are fitted concentrically on an axis of rotation of the hoisting machine;
the hoisting machine is fitted in connection with the guide rail via a support structure, the guide rail being fixed to the
wall of the elevator hoistway apart from the wall surface,

the rotating structure is supported by the stationary structure of the hoisting machine via one or more bearings,
the stationary structure is further supported by the guide rail fixed to the wall of the elevator hoistway,
the stator includes a concentrated fractional-slot winding, the slot number q of which is less than about 0.5,
a distance of a rear surface of the guide rail from the wall of the elevator hoistway is: a) between about 120 millimeters
and about 170 millimeters when the nominal load of the elevator car is less than or equal to about 480 kg; b) between about
128 millimeters and about 170 millimeters when the nominal load of the elevator car is between about 480 kg and about 680
kg; or c) between about 150 millimeters and about 195 millimeters when the nominal load of the elevator car is between about
680 kg and about 1155 kg, the hoisting machine is fixed to a support structure at at least two fixing points that are spaced
apart in a width direction of the support structure, the at least two fixing points being at opposite ends of the support
structure in a width direction of the guide rail, and the at least two fixing points being spaced apart from the guide rail
by substantially the same distance in the width direction of the guide rail,

the at least two fixing points are at substantially a same height, and
a distance between the at least two fixing points is greater than, or equal to, a diameter of the traction sheave.

US Pat. No. 9,145,936

METHOD AND ARRANGEMENT FOR ADJUSTING A BRAKE

Kone Corporation, Helsin...

1. A method for adjusting the noise-damping property of a brake,
the apparatus comprising:
a frame part of the brake;
a counterpart to be pressed against the frame part;
an elastic damping member for damping the noise of the brake, which damping member is fitted into an air gap between the frame
part and the counterpart;

and which damping member is configured to be pressed against a countersurface when the frame part and the counterpart are
pressed against each other;

and which damping member, when being pressed against the countersurface, is configured to exert a damping force on the countersurface
that increases as the air gap decreases;

and which apparatus comprises an adjustment means for adjusting the damping force of the damping member;
wherein the apparatus comprises a sensor for measuring a force effect being exerted on the countersurface of the brake;
and that in the method:
the frame part and the counterpart are pressed against each other,
the force effect being exerted on the countersurface of the brake is measured by the sensor,
the force effect being exerted on the countersurface of the brake is adjusted towards a reference value for the force effect
by adjusting the damping force of the damping member via the adjustment means.

US Pat. No. 9,695,012

ELEVATOR WITH COMPENSATION ROPE

KONE CORPORATION, Helsin...

1. An elevator comprising:
a car and a counterweight which are at least partly suspended on hoisting ropes and a drive machine driving a traction sheave
engaging the hoisting ropes for moving the car in an elevator shaft; and

a compensation rope, wherein the compensation rope is led upwards to an upper part of the elevator shaft and from there aside
to a balancing area located aside of the travel paths of the car and counterweight, wherein a first part of the compensation
rope connected with one of the car and counterweight and a second part of the compensation rope connected with the other of
the car and counterweight are led upwards to an upper part of the elevator shaft where they are guided over a first upper
diverting pulley and a second upper diverting pulley, respectively,

wherein the first part of the compensation rope and the second part of the compensation rope are guided via the corresponding
first upper diverting pulley and the second upper diverting pulley to the balancing area and in the balancing area downwards
to a third balancing part of the compensation rope connecting the first part of the compensation rope and the second part
of the compensation rope.

US Pat. No. 9,604,818

METHOD FOR MONITORING THE OPERATING CONDITION OF AN ELEVATOR SYSTEM ON THE BASIS OF FREQUENCY COMPONENT

KONE CORPORATION, Helsin...

1. A method for monitoring the operating condition of an elevator system, comprising the steps of:
taking samples of a control signal of a drive device of an elevator;
determining from the series of samples taken a frequency component that is characteristic to a part of the elevator assembly
driven with the drive device; and

monitoring the operating condition of the part of the elevator assembly on the basis of the determined frequency component,
wherein the control signal is speed input and output signals of a frequency converter that includes a cascade speed regulator
controlling a speed of said part of the elevator assembly driven with the drive device.

US Pat. No. 9,499,375

ELEVATOR WITH DETACHABLE DRIVE UNIT

KONE CORPORATION, Helsin...

1. An elevator, comprising:
one or more hoisting members;
a load-receiving part suspended on the hoisting member; and
a driving member connected to a hoisting member for moving the load-receiving part,
wherein the driving member connected to the hoisting member is configured to be driven with a drive unit to be fixed for the
duration of a drive to the driving member connected to the hoisting member,

wherein the drive unit comprises a drive motor of the elevator and also a transmission mechanism in connection with the drive
motor for transmitting from the drive unit the driving force produced by the drive motor, and wherein the driving member comprises
a connection interface for receiving the transmission mechanism of the drive unit, and

wherein the transmission mechanism of the drive unit is a shaft of the drive motor of the elevator, wherein the connection
interface is a chuck and wherein the driving member is configured to be fixed to the shaft of the drive motor with said chuck.

US Pat. No. 9,422,134

ROPE TERMINAL ASSEMBLY AND AN ELEVATOR

KONE CORPORATION, Helsin...

1. A rope terminal assembly of an elevator, which assembly fixes an elevator rope to a fixing base and which elevator rope
has a width that is larger than its thickness in a rope transverse direction, with at least one end of the elevator rope having
an end face, and said elevator being suitable for transporting passengers and/or goods, wherein said terminal assembly comprises:
a rope end block for attachment to the at least one end of the elevator rope,
one or more wedge elements, and
a wedge housing,
wherein said terminal assembly comprises a rope gap through which said elevator rope is to pass, when said elevator rope is
attached to said terminal assembly, and said wedge element is arranged to wedge between said elevator rope and said wedge
housing, thus locking said elevator rope in the rope gap, the wedge element contacting both the wedge housing and the elevator
rope due to insertion between the wedge housing and the elevator rope, said rope end block is attached on said at least one
end of the elevator rope with respect to the wedge element, and said rope end block is made of plastics or electrically non-conductive
material,

wherein each wedge element has a first surface contacting the rope and a second surface contacting the housing, the first
surface being opposite to the second surface, and

wherein said rope end block is attached to said wedge element with one or more fasteners.

US Pat. No. 9,315,363

ELEVATOR AND ELEVATOR ROPE

KONE CORPORATION, Helsin...

1. An elevator without a machine room, the elevator comprising:
a hoisting machine;
a set of hoisting ropes;
a traction sheave that comprises a plurality of grooves;
a counterweight;
an elevator car;
counterweight guide rails; and
elevator car guide rails;
wherein the hoisting machine engages the set of hoisting ropes via the traction sheave,
wherein each of the hoisting ropes has a substantially circular cross-section,
wherein each respective hoisting rope of the hoisting ropes comprises steel wires of circular, non-circular, or circular and
non-circular cross-section, twisted together to form strands,

wherein the strands of each respective hoisting rope are twisted together to form the respective hoisting rope,
wherein a thickness of each of the hoisting ropes is greater than or equal to 2.5 mm and less than or equal to 8 mm,
wherein each of the hoisting ropes individually contacts one of the plurality of grooves,
wherein the hoisting ropes support the counterweight moving on the counterweight guide rails and the elevator car moving on
the elevator car guide rails,

wherein a cross-sectional area of the steel wires of the hoisting ropes is greater than 0.015 mm2 and less than 0.2 mm2, and

wherein the strength of the steel wires of the hoisting ropes is greater than 2300 N/mm2 and less than 2700 N/mm2.

US Pat. No. 9,209,657

ELECTRIC MOTOR, HOISTING MACHINE AND ELEVATOR SYSTEM

Kone Corporation, Helsin...

1. An electric motor, which comprises a stator,
which stator comprises slots, into which slots a concentrated winding is fitted;
and which electric motor comprises a rotating rotor,
which rotor comprises permanent magnets placed consecutively in a ring in the direction of the rotational movement,
wherein the ratio
of the width of a permanent magnet at the point (LM) of the center line of the magnet and the width (LP) of the magnetic pole of the rotor is at least ? and at most ?,
wherein the width of the permanent magnet increases when the distance from the axis of rotation of the rotor increases, and
wherein the permanent magnet of the rotor is essentially arrow-shaped.

US Pat. No. 9,604,822

ELEVATOR

KONE CORPORATION, Helsin...

1. An elevator comprising:
at least one elevator car driving in an elevator shaft driven by an elevator drive,
wherein the at least one elevator car has at least one car door and a door sill at a bottom of the car door, the door sill
comprising at least one groove, in which the car door is guided, in which groove at least one trash hole is located to prevent
trash from accumulating in the groove,

wherein the elevator car further comprises a toe guard extending with a direction component in a length direction of the elevator
shaft, wherein each of the at least one trash hole is connected with a first upper end of an air channel extending downwards
from the door sill,

wherein the air channel comprises at least one channel portion extending with a direction component in a horizontal direction
and an opening directed in the horizontal direction, the air channel is connected with the toe guard, and the air channel
having an outlet opening at a second lower end thereof directed in the horizontal direction,

wherein the horizontal direction is perpendicular to the length direction of the elevator shaft, and
wherein the downward direction faces the bottom of the elevator shaft.

US Pat. No. 9,505,585

METHOD FOR MODERNIZING A HYDRAULIC ELEVATOR

KONE CORPORATION, Helsin...

1. A method for modernizing a hydraulic elevator, which hydraulic elevator comprises
an elevator car, which elevator car is guided by car guide rails for moving in an elevator hoistway; and
a hydraulic system, which comprises:
a lifting cylinder, which is arranged in a space between a wall of the elevator hoistway and the elevator car, which lifting
cylinder comprises a cylinder part supported on a base of the elevator hoistway, and a piston rod movable in relation to the
cylinder part, which piston rod is arranged to move the elevator car along the car guide rails, and

a hydraulic powerpack, which produces an hydraulic pressure needed for the lifting cylinder,
a control center, which comprises control means for controlling the movement of the elevator car,
and in which method the hydraulic system of the hydraulic elevator is modernized to comprise a function for preventing unintended
starting at a floor, wherein an electrically-operating valve that is monitored with a control and that acts on a flow of hydraulic
fluid of the lifting cylinder is added to the hydraulic system, and the control controls the valve to prevent movement of
the piston rod of the lifting cylinder downwards and/or upwards, if predetermined criteria are fulfilled,

wherein the hydraulic powerpack comprises:
a valve stack; and
a main shut-off valve, and
wherein the valve is located between the valve stack of the hydraulic powerpack and the main shut-off valve.

US Pat. No. 9,315,938

ELEVATOR WITH HOISTING AND GOVERNOR ROPES

KONE CORPORATION, Helsin...

12. An elevator with a machine room, the elevator comprising:
a hoisting machine;
a set of hoisting ropes;
a traction sheave that comprises a plurality of grooves; and
diverting pulleys;
wherein the hoisting machine engages the set of hoisting ropes via the traction sheave,
wherein each of the hoisting ropes individually contacts one of the plurality of grooves,
wherein each of the hoisting ropes has a substantially round cross-section,
wherein the set of hoisting ropes comprises steel wires of circular, non-circular, or circular and non-circular cross-section,
twisted together to form strands,

wherein the strands of each respective hoisting rope are twisted together to form the respective hoisting rope,
wherein a thickness of each of the hoisting ropes is greater than or equal to 2.5 mm and less than or equal to 8 mm,
wherein a cross-sectional area of the steel wires of the hoisting ropes is greater than 0.015 mm2 and less than 0.2 mm2, and

wherein the steel wires of the hoisting ropes have a strength greater than 2,700 N/mm2 and less than 3,000 N/mm2.

US Pat. No. 9,409,749

COMPENSATION DEVICE AND ELEVATOR

KONE CORPORATION, Helsin...

1. A compensation device of a traction sheave elevator, which elevator comprises a compensation rope running from an elevator
car to a compensation sheave of the compensation device located in an elevator shaft bottom around which the compensation
rope runs, whereby the compensation sheave is vertically guided with respect to the elevator shaft bottom via a guiding structure
which allows a vertical movement of an axis of the compensation sheave, wherein the guiding structure comprises at least one
scissor joint arrangement having its lower end adapted to be connected with the elevator shaft bottom and its upper end being
connected with the compensation sheave axis,
wherein the scissor joint arrangement comprises a pair of first arms, a pair of second arms, and at least one horizontal lockdown
device, both one of the first arms and one of the second arms pivot at a first pivot, and both the other one of the first
arms and the other one of the second arms pivot at a second pivot, the at least one horizontal lockdown device having a first
end located at the first pivot, and a second end located at the second pivot, the at least one lockdown device limiting a
maximal range of vertical movement of the upper end of the scissor joint arrangement, a total length of the at least one horizontal
lockdown device between the first end and the second end changing during the vertical movement of the upper end of the scissor
joint arrangement, the total length of the at least one horizontal lockdown device between the first end and the second end
being a total length of an entirety of the at least one horizontal lockdown device in a direction from the first end to the
second end and changing during the vertical movement of the upper end of the scissor joint arrangement.

US Pat. No. 9,604,819

ELEVATOR MONITORING ARRANGEMENT CONFIGURED TO MONITOR OPERATION OF A SAFETY DEVICE OF AN ELEVATOR, A CONTROLLER AND METHOD FOR PERFORMING SAME

Kone Corporation, Helsin...

1. A monitoring arrangement of an elevator, comprising:
a drop-out safety device associated with the elevator, the drop out safety device configured to limit movement of an elevator
car associated with the 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 operating safety of the drop-out safety device is endangered, if the measuring data deviates from the one or
more limit values, and

transmit a monitoring signal to an elevator controller, if the monitoring unit determines that the operating safety of the
drop-out safety device is endangered.

US Pat. No. 9,193,567

METHOD IN THE MANUFACTURE OF AN ELEVATOR

KONE CORPORATION, Helsin...

1. A method for installation of an elevator, the method comprising:
moving, without use of a worksite crane, a first platform of the elevator and a separate first support structure by a plurality
of jump-lifts in progressive steps upwards in an elevator hoistway, the first platform including at least machinery for moving
an elevator car during the installation of the elevator; and

utilizing at least a movable support structure of the first platform to form a final support structure supporting the machinery
in a final machine room of the elevator after completion of a final jump-lift among the plurality of jump-lifts, wherein

the first platform is positioned below the separate first support structure in the elevator hoistway,
the separate first support structure supports the first platform during the installation of the elevator,
the separate first support structure is positioned below a separate second support structure in the elevator hoistway, and
the separate second support structure supports the separate first support structure via a hoisting device and a rope or cable
during the installation of the elevator.

US Pat. No. 9,045,312

ARRANGEMENT FOR DAMPING LATERAL SWAYS OF A ROPE FIXED TO AN ELEVATOR UNIT AND AN ELEVATOR

KONE CORPORATION, Helsin...

1. An arrangement for damping lateral sways of a rope fixed to at least one elevator unit movable in a hoistway of an elevator
including at least an elevator car, the elevator being suitable for transporting passengers and/or goods, the bottom end of
the rope having an upward opening bottom loop, which arrangement comprises a freely hanging damper supported on a top surface
of the bottom loop, wherein said damper comprises a device for measuring acceleration and/or twisting of said rope,
wherein acceleration and/or twisting values measured by said device for said rope are communicated to an elevator controller
and if a certain pre-set acceleration threshold value is exceeded or if twisting is detected, an alarm is triggered and predetermined
actions for damping sway of said rope are carried out.

US Pat. No. 9,469,502

DESTINATION CALL-GIVING DEVICE FOR GIVING DESTINATION CALLS IN AN ELEVATOR SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR OPERATING THE SAME

KONE CORPORATION, Helsin...

1. A method for giving a destination call to a control system of an elevator system, the method comprising the steps of:
presenting one or more departure floor-destination floor pairs on a touch-sensitive display of a destination call-giving device
having the touch-sensitive display, wherein each pair identifies for the user one predetermined departure floor and one predetermined
destination floor,

determining a departure floor-destination floor pair selected by the user on the basis of a touch detected with the touch-sensitive
display,

sending a destination call signal to the control system of the elevator system, wherein the destination call signal identifies
the departure floor and the destination floor of the departure floor-destination floor pair selected by the user.

US Pat. No. 9,586,790

MONITORING OPERATING CONDITION OF AUTOMATIC ELEVATOR DOOR

KONE CORPORATION, Helsin...

1. An arrangement for monitoring the operational condition of an automatic door of an elevator, in particular of a passenger
and/or goods elevator, or of a building, the arrangement comprising:
an automatic door comprising one or more door leaves that slide in their location horizontally;
a door operator comprising a door motor and a door mechanism for moving the door leaf in its location horizontally;
a closing device for closing the automatic door;
a control system of the door operator for controlling the door motor; and
a device configured to define the operational condition of the closing device and the door mechanism of the automatic door,
wherein the device configured to define the operational condition of the closing device and the door mechanism of the automatic
door comprises a mechanism configured to determine mechanical energy of the shaft of the door motor of the automatic door
during an operating cycle.

US Pat. No. 9,580,271

ELEVATOR SYSTEM CONFIGURED TO DECENTRALIZE ALLOCATION OF HALL CALLS

Kone Corporation, Helsin...

1. A method for allocating elevators by at least one group control system in an elevator system, the elevator system including
the at least one group control system and elevator-specific elevator controllers configured to control elevators based on
commands issued by the at least one group control system, wherein the method comprises:
registering hall calls entered using the call input devices;
generating a number of route alternatives based on active ones of the hall calls;
receiving elevator specific cost terms from the elevator controllers, the elevator-specific cost terms being associated with
the route alternatives; and

allocating the hall calls to the elevators according to the route alternative giving the lowest allocation cost by,
determining which ones of the hall calls are traditional calls received from an up/down input device and which ones of the
hall calls are destination calls received from a destination call terminal,

allocating the destination calls based on the route alternative giving the lowest allocation cost without delaying the allocating
of the destination calls, and

delaying allocating the traditional calls by instructing the elevator controllers to recalculate the cost terms associated
with the traditional calls as the elevator giving the lowest allocation cost approaches a call input floor associated with
the up/down input device.

US Pat. No. 9,388,018

SUPPLY OF ROPE TO AN ELEVATOR SPEED LIMITER

KONE CORPORATION, Helsin...

1. An arrangement in supply of a rope to a speed limiter of an elevator as a speed limiter rope, said elevator comprising
at least a hoisting machine and an elevator car suspended to be supported by the hoisting machine and fitted to move along
guide rails in an elevator shaft, and said speed limiter comprising at least an upper rope pulley placed in conjunction with
the speed limiter, over which pulley the speed limiter rope has been fitted to run, and a diverting pulley which is placed
in the lower part of the shaft and under which the speed limiter rope has been fitted to run, and a safety gear, to which
the rope is secured, wherein the arrangement comprises at least a braking device for braking the rope supplied to the speed
limiter, said braking device being fitted to maintain a sufficient tension of at least a portion of the rope which runs over
the rope pulley to permit gripping during the supply of the rope with a jump-lift of a machine room where the hoisting machine
is located, wherein the braking device has at least two mutually parallel braking plates, and the rope has been fitted to
run between the two mutually parallel braking plates,
wherein the arrangement comprises a rope feed device, on which the braking device is disposed and which rope feed device has
been fitted to be movable with the elevator car, and

wherein the rope feed device comprises a lever arm hinged to be movable in a vertical plane, to a free end of which are fastened
both a first end of the rope coming from the upper rope pulley of the speed limiter and the rope going from the rope feed
device to the safety gear.

US Pat. No. 9,239,105

POWER TRANSMISSION SYSTEM FOR PEOPLE MOVER

Kone Corporation, Helsin...

1. A power transmission system for a people mover, comprising:
a transmission housing;
a main shaft extending at least partially through the transmission housing for rotation with respect thereto;
a plurality of gears located inside the transmission housing, the plurality of gears adapted to rotate the main shaft; and
a flexible coupling adapted to secure the transmission housing to a structural support, wherein the flexible coupling comprises:
a stationary base adapted to mount to the structural support; and
a coupler portion adapted to mount to the transmission housing;
wherein the coupler portion is pivotably connected to the stationary base.

US Pat. No. 9,120,647

INVERTER AND AN ESCALATOR CONTROL DEVICE WITH THE INVERTER

KONE CORPORATION, Helsin...

1. An inverter for an escalator control device, comprising:
a control unit, input terminals of which are connected to a passenger detector for detecting a riding of a passenger, and
which may receive a detection signal from the passenger detector;

a frequency inverting unit for inverting current frequency, input terminals of which are connected to the public electrical
net, and which is connected with the output terminal of the control unit;

a frequency inverting unit contactor, input terminals of which are connected to the frequency inverting unit, and output terminals
of which are connected to a motor of the escalator; and

a public electrical net contactor, input terminals of which are connected to a public electrical net, and output terminals
of which are connected to the motor of the escalator;

wherein the inverter is configured as that:
when the escalator is running with low speed or is waiting with zero speed, the frequency inverting unit contactor is closed
and the public electrical net contactor is open;

and in this case, if the passenger detector has detected there is a passenger who is going to ride the escalator, the passenger
detector sends a signal to the control unit, and the control unit then sends a signal of commanding high speed running to
the frequency inverting unit, and the frequency inverting unit then increases the output current frequency to increase the
running speed of the escalator;

and when the running speed of the escalator reaches a predetermined nominal speed, the frequency inverting unit commands the
frequency inverting unit contactor to be open and the public electrical net contactor to be closed, thus the motor of the
escalator is switched from being driven via the frequency inverting unit to being driven directly by the public electrical
net, and the escalator runs with the normal speed, and

wherein the inverter further comprises:
a delta connection contactor connected to the motor of the escalator to achieve a delta connection of the motor; and
a star connection contactor connected to the motor of the escalator to achieve a star connection of the motor;
wherein when a load of the escalator is smaller than a predetermined load threshold, the frequency inverting unit commands
the delta connection contactor to be open and the star connection contactor to be closed; and when the load of the escalator
is greater or equal to the predetermined load threshold, the frequency inverting unit commands the delta connection contactor
to be closed and the star connection contactor to be open.

US Pat. No. 9,604,820

METHOD AND ELEVATOR ARRANGEMENT

KONE CORPORATION, Helsin...

1. A method in the manufacture of an elevator, which elevator comprises, during a construction-time,
an elevator hoistway,
an elevator car,
hoisting roping for supporting and moving the elevator car during use of the elevator car,
a supporting structure movable in a vertical direction for supporting the elevator car below it in the elevator hoistway,
which supporting structure comprises:

a plurality of support elements movable between a position extended, from the supporting structure towards a side of the elevator
hoistway, and a position retracted, towards the supporting structure, and

a platform, which supports a rope pulley, supported by which the hoisting roping is arranged to hang,
in which method plurality of lifts are performed, in each of which lifts the supporting structure is lifted higher up in the
elevator hoistway, while the plurality of support elements is in the retracted position, after which the plurality of support
elements is displaced into the extended position and the supporting structure is lowered to rest on top of the structures
of the building, whereby the supporting structure is supported by the plurality of support elements in the extended position
for a vertical support of the supporting structure in the elevator hoistway, in which method, between lifts, the elevator
car is used for transporting passengers and/or freight between floors, wherein the plurality of support elements is above
the rope pulley and hoisting roping.

US Pat. No. 9,517,920

ELEVATOR PROVIDED WITH A GUIDE SHOE ARRANGEMENT

Kone Corporation, Hensin...

1. An elevator comprising:
at least an elevator car configured to travel in an elevator hoistway guided by guide rails, and
at least one guide shoe element including,
a body part moving along with the elevator car, and
a plurality of guide rolls supported on the body part via respective support parts, the support parts being metal plates having
a width greater than a thickness thereof, each of the plurality of guide rolls configured to rotate while contacting a guide
surface of a guide rail to guide the elevator car when the elevator car moves, the support parts being planar shaped and including
a proximal end with a respective one of the plurality of guide rolls attached thereto, a distal end and middle portion therebetween,
the distal end having the planar shape, the support parts including an openable snap-on fixing device protruding from a side
surface of the middle portion such that, when the support parts penetrate slots in the body part from a first surface of the
body part to fix a respective one of the support parts to the body part, the openable snap-on fixing device exits a second
surface of the body such that the planar shaped distal end of the support parts extend below the openable snap-on fixing device
and each of the support parts are attached to the body part via a respective one of the openable snap-on fixing devices and
each of the plurality of guide rolls and support parts are removable from the body part by releasing the respective one of
the openable snap-on fixing devices.

US Pat. No. 9,592,997

GUIDE RAIL INSTALLATION ARRANGEMENT AND A METHOD FOR INSTALLING GUIDE RAILS

KONE CORPORATION, Helsin...

1. A guide rail installation arrangement for installing guide rails in an elevator shaft, the guide rail installation arrangement
comprising:
at least one vertically moveable working platform within the elevator shaft for reaching an installation height, wherein the
at least one working platform is vertically moveable by a working platform hoist;

a material hoist for moving guide rail sections and for installing the guide rail sections;
a transport frame for transporting the guide rail sections vertically within the elevator shaft; and
a frame hoist that is attachable to the transport frame for vertically moving the transport frame and for optionally moving
the guide rail sections and for loading the guide rail sections into the transport frame,

wherein the material hoist is provided independent of the frame hoist.

US Pat. No. 9,586,786

ROPE STORAGE UNIT AND METHOD FOR INSTALLING ELEVATOR ROPES

Kone Corporation, Helsin...

1. A rope storage unit, comprising: a rope reel including a rope wound in a spiral form having a central axis with a central
space inside the rope reel, the rope having an end protruding from an inner rim of the rope reel; a support body provided
with an inner space inside which the rope reel is positioned, the support body including a side face plate, the side face
plate delimiting the inner space in axial direction of the rope reel, and including an opening extending through it; and a
guide collar configured to guide the end of the rope away from the central space without contacting the side face plate, the
guide collar mounted on the side plate and bordering the opening thereof, the guide collar including a flexible lip forming
an internal edge of the guide collar and delimiting a guide opening that leads away from the central space of the rope reel.

US Pat. No. 9,517,919

ELEVATOR WITH ADJUSTABLE BUFFER LENGTH

KONE CORPORATION, Helsin...

1. An elevator comprising:
at least one elevator car driving in an elevator shaft;
an elevator control measuring the car position; and
a buffer in a shaft pit of the elevator shaft,
whereby a length of the buffer is adjustable in response to the car position,
wherein the elevator control has a buffer control part which is configured to monitor the deceleration of the elevator car
when approaching the lowest landing in the elevator shaft, and wherein the buffer control part is configured to decrease the
buffer length if the car deceleration during approach to the lowest landing corresponds to a given slope.

US Pat. No. 9,399,563

PEOPLE MOVER

KONE CORPORATION, Helsin...

1. A people mover comprising:
support rails;
at least one drive element driven by a drive machine;
steps or pallets supported via wheels on the support rails, which steps or pallets are connected to the at least one drive
element, whereby the steps or pallets are running in an upper conveyor track of the people mover in a conveying direction
and in a lower return track in the opposite return direction;

a support structure provided a short distance below the steps or pallets running in the upper conveyor track, the support
structure being located between the upper conveyor track and the lower return track such that the steps or pallets encircle
the support structure; and

at least one sensor configured to output a load signal dependent on a load applied to the support structure.

US Pat. No. 9,126,805

ROPE OF AN ELEVATOR AND A METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING THE ROPE

KONE CORPORATION, Helsin...

1. A rope of a lifting device for an elevator, the rope comprising:
a load-bearing part, the load-bearing part having an essentially rectangular cross-section where a width of the cross-section
is greater than a height of the cross-section, the load-bearing part including glass fiber reinforcements and/or aramid fiber
reinforcements and/or carbon fiber reinforcements and/or polybenzoxazole fiber reinforcements and/or polyethylene fiber reinforcements
and/or nylon fiber reinforcements in a polymer matrix material, and both upper and lower, long sides of the width of the cross-section
of the load-bearing part include symmetrically or asymmetrically one or more grooves, which one or more grooves extend a length
of the load-bearing part in a longitudinal direction to divide the load-bearing part into smaller parts; and

a coating material coating the load-bearing part, the coating material filling the one or more grooves, and the coating material
being a polymer,

wherein the fiber reinforcements are interspersed throughout the load-bearing part such that the fiber reinforcements are
provided between a narrowest point of the load-bearing part between opposed grooves.

US Pat. No. 9,650,227

ELEVATOR

KONE CORPORATION, Helsin...

1. An elevator comprising:
a car;
a counterweight;
a rotatable drive member;
one or more suspension ropes interconnecting the car and the counterweight and passing over the rotatable drive member;
a drive machinery for controlling rotation of the drive member;
a sensor mounted on the counterweight and arranged to sense a state of an elevator component,
a hitch plate connected to the one or more suspension ropes; and
at least one spring mounted to said hitch plate and a counterweight frame, such that the at least spring is located between
the hitch plate and the counterweight frame,

wherein each of said one or more suspension ropes comprise at least one electrically conducting member extending continuously
along the length of the rope forming an electrically conducting connection between the car and counterweight,

wherein the sensor is functionally connected with the drive machinery via said electrically conducting connection between
the car and counterweight such that a predetermined state change sensed by the sensor triggers the drive machinery to brake
rotation of the drive member and/or to stop rotating the drive member, and

wherein the sensor is provided adjacent to the hitch plate.

US Pat. No. 9,573,792

ELEVATOR

KONE Corporation, Helsin...

1. An elevator without a machine room, comprising:
a hoisting machine;
a set of hoisting ropes;
a traction sheave that comprises a plurality of grooves; and
diverting pulleys;
wherein the hoisting machine engages the set of hoisting ropes via the traction sheave,
wherein each of the grooves has an opening for receiving an individual hoisting rope from among the hoisting ropes,
wherein each respective hoisting rope of the hoisting ropes comprises steel wires of circular, non-circular, or circular and
non-circular cross-section, twisted together to form strands,

wherein the strands of each respective hoisting rope are twisted together to form the respective hoisting rope,
wherein a thickness of each of the hoisting ropes is greater than or equal to about 2.5 mm and less than or equal to about
8 mm, and

wherein an average of wire thicknesses of the steel wires of the hoisting ropes is greater than or equal to 0.1 mm and less
than or equal to 0.4 mm, and

wherein the strength of the steel wires of the hoisting ropes is greater than 2,300 N/mm2 and less than 3,000 N/mm2.

US Pat. No. 9,388,020

METHOD AND AN ELEVATOR ARRANGEMENT

Kone Corporation, Helsin...

1. A method of constructing an arrangement to install an elevator, the arrangement including at least one elevator unit including
an elevator car, a first movable support structure and a second movable support structure arranged in a hoistway with a third
movable support structure therebetween, such that the first movable support structure is configured to support the at least
one elevator unit, the third movable support structure is configured to support the first movable support structure, and the
second movable support structure is configured to support a movable roof structure arranged above the third movable support
structure in the hoistway, the third movable support structure having a separation deck thereon to catch objects that fall
from a movable working platform above the separation deck, the separation deck having an impact absorbing sandwich structure
to dissipate a kinetic energy of the objects that fall from the movable working platform, the method comprising:
disabling the elevator car from moving in the hoistway;
first lifting the first movable support structure towards the movable roof structure in the hoistway while supporting a weight
thereof by the third movable support structure;

enabling the elevator car to transport the objects after the first lifting; and
second lifting, via a lifting arrangement while the elevator car is enabled, the movable roof structure higher in the hoistway
when the first movable support structure approaches the movable roof structure a distance less than a first distance, wherein
said second lifting increases the first distance.

US Pat. No. 9,573,791

ELEVATORS AND ELEVATOR ARRANGEMENTS WITH MAINTENANCE CABINET IN LANDING WALL

Kone Corporation, Helsin...

1. An elevator arrangement for an elevator, the elevator arrangement comprising:
a hoisting machine in an elevator hoistway, the hoisting machine being configured to move an elevator car within the elevator
hoistway via a hoisting rope arrangement;

a first maintenance cabinet within the elevator hoistway, the first maintenance cabinet including components, each of the
components included in the first maintenance cabinet being accessible and serviceable only after the elevator is shutdown;
and

a second maintenance cabinet within a landing wall of the elevator hoistway, the second maintenance cabinet including a maintenance
panel, which further includes electrical components,

wherein the second maintenance cabinet and the maintenance panel are outside the elevator hoistway;
wherein the maintenance panel is accessible while the elevator is in operation;
wherein the maintenance panel is configured to slide out from the landing wall into a landing doorway of the elevator arrangement
in a direction substantially parallel to a sliding direction of elevator doors of the elevator, the maintenance panel being
arranged such that the electrical components face outward from the elevator doors toward a landing side of the elevator arrangement;

wherein the maintenance panel is configured to slide entirely within the landing wall in a direction substantially parallel
to the landing wall and the sliding direction of the elevator doors;

wherein each of the electrical components included in the maintenance panel are accessible and serviceable while the elevator
is in operation;

wherein the second maintenance cabinet further includes
an upper cabinet having an upper cabinet door, and
a lower cabinet having a lower cabinet door;
wherein the maintenance panel is arranged in the lower cabinet;
wherein the upper cabinet is accessible only through the upper cabinet door from among the upper cabinet door and the lower
cabinet door;

wherein the lower cabinet is accessible only through the lower cabinet door from among the upper cabinet door and the lower
cabinet door; and

wherein the upper and lower cabinets are accessible separately and independently from one another.

US Pat. No. 9,580,277

ELEVATOR CAR SUSPENSION

KONE CORPORATION, Helsin...

1. An elevator, comprising:
an elevator car including a frame and a space therein;
a first car guide rail and a second car guide rail, which are on a first side and a second side, respectively of the elevator
car, said first and second sides being opposite, and the elevator car configured to move along said first and second car guide
rails; and

a suspension device including at least a support beam, wherein the frame of the elevator car is mounted on the suspension
device; and

a first diverting pulley and a second diverting pulley, which are mounted for rotation on said suspension device; and
hoisting ropes, supported by which the elevator car is suspended, wherein:
said hoisting ropes pass under said first and second diverting pulleys,
said suspension device crosses an imaginary line of alignment formed between the first and second guide rails,
said first and second diverting pulleys are mounted on the suspension device such that said first and second diverting pulleys
are aligned on a first side and a second side, respectively, of said first and second car guide rails,

the frame of the elevator car is mounted on the suspension device to be supported by a first suspension point and a second
suspension point included in the suspension device,

said first suspension point and said second suspension point are configured to be at a horizontal distance from each other
and on opposite sides in a longitudinal direction of the support beam between the first and second diverting pulleys, and

said first and second suspension points include a respective vertical axis, wherein the respective vertical axes are aligned
to fall on the imaginary line of alignment.

US Pat. No. 9,573,793

EXTENDED ROLLER GUIDES

KONE CORPORATION, Helsin...

1. An elevator having a car and guide rails along which the car is guided along a hoistway between landings of the elevator,
the car comprising:
a frame,
upper and lower guide elements, which are mounted to said frame at a vertical distance from each other, and
exactly one elevator cabin with a cabin floor,
in which elevator the cabin is—in a travel direction of the car—movably connected to the frame between an uppermost and a
lowermost position,

wherein a position of the cabin floor is configured to be centralized with respect to the upper and lower guide elements as
long as the car is not located at an uppermost or a lowermost landing of the elevator.

US Pat. No. 9,046,142

BRAKING APPARATUS

KONE CORPORATION, Helsin...

1. A braking apparatus for braking a rotating part of a hoisting machine, said braking apparatus comprising:
one or more brakes comprising:
at least one movable brake shoe;
spring elements for activating the brake by moving the brake shoe forwards; and
at least two electromagnets, which, when magnetized by a magnetizing current, apply a force of attraction to bodies conducting
magnetic flux, wherein the at least two electromagnets are fitted to release the one or more brakes by pulling the at least
one movable brake shoe backwards by resisting the spring elements, and the brake is fitted to be activated by reducing the
magnetizing current of the electromagnet;

a power supply circuit for the electromagnets, said power supply circuit containing controllable power supply interrupting
devices;

the at least two electromagnets being connected to said power supply circuit in such a way that the supply of magnetizing
current to each electromagnet can be interrupted by means of at least two different interrupting devices;

a brake control unit, which contains at least two control elements; and
a first one of said control elements being arranged to control a first interrupting device, which can be used to interrupt
the supply of magnetizing current to a first electromagnet, while a second one of said control elements is arranged to control
a second interrupting device, which can be used to interrupt the supply of magnetizing current to a second electromagnet.

US Pat. No. 9,873,594

ELEVATOR

KONE CORPORATION, Helsin...

1. A counterweightless elevator comprising:
a hoistway;
a car vertically movable in the hoistway;
one or more suspension ropes;
a rotatable drive member, provided on a first side of the car and engaging said suspension rope(s), each of the suspension
rope(s) having a first rope section on a first side of the drive member and a second rope section on a second side of the
drive member, each rope section being connected to the car, wherein said first rope section passes from the rotatable drive
member down to a first rope wheel mounted on a bottom of the car, and is then guided upwards to pass over an upper rope wheel
provided on a second side of the car, forming a first rope loop suspending the car, said second rope section passes from the
rotatable drive member to a second rope wheel mounted at a lower end of the hoistway, forming a second rope loop which is
suspended by the car via a third rope wheel mounted on the bottom of the car, and each of the first rope wheel and the second
rope wheel has an axis of rotation which is orthogonal to an axis of rotation of the rotatable drive member; and

a tightening device arranged to tighten the second rope section, wherein the second rope section is guided from the second
rope wheel to the tightening device, and from the tightening device to the upper rope wheel provided on the second side of
the car;

wherein each of said rope(s) is belt-like and comprises a load bearing member or a plurality of load bearing members, which
load bearing member(s) is/are made of composite material comprising reinforcing fibers embedded in a polymer matrix, which
reinforcing fibers are carbon fibers.

US Pat. No. 9,845,226

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR ALIGNING GUIDE RAILS AND LANDING DOORS IN AN ELEVATOR SHAFT

Kone Corporation, Helsin...

1. An apparatus configured to align car guide rails and landing doors in an elevator shaft, the elevator shaft extending in
a first direction from at least a first floor to at least a second floor, the car guide rails including a first car guide
rail and a second car guide rail at opposite side walls of the elevator shaft, the apparatus comprising:
a frame;
at least two pairs of actuators including a first pair of actuators positionable on a first side of the frame, and a second
pair of actuators positionable on a second side of the frame, each actuator of the first pair of actuators and each actuator
of the second pair of actuators including a support arm configured to move in a second direction, the frame configured to
support the first pair of actuators and the second pair of actuators with support mechanisms, the support mechanisms configured
to move in a third direction perpendicular to the second direction, the second direction and the third direction configured
to extend in a coinciding plane or in parallel planes, the second direction and the third direction being different from the
first direction;

a first grip supported on the first side of the frame and a second grip supported on the second side of the frame, the first
grip configured to attach to the first car guide rail and the second grip-configured to attach to the second car guide rail;
and

a measuring device attached to the frame in a vicinity of the first grip and the second grip, the measuring device configured
to determine a position of the apparatus in the elevator shaft.

US Pat. No. 9,650,225

ELEVATOR SYSTEM CONFIGURED TO ALLOCATE ONE OR MORE ELEVATORS TO A PASSENGER GROUP AND METHOD OF PERFORMING SAME

Kone Corporation, Helsin...

1. A method of allocating one or more of a plurality of elevators in an elevator system to a passenger group, the elevator
system including the plurality of elevators, call-giving devices and one or more reading devices, the method comprising:
reading, via the one or more reading devices, identification data from one or more access cards associated with passengers
until a desired termination condition is fulfilled;

forming a passenger group based on the identification data such that the passenger group is formed only if the reading reads
the identification data associated with two or more of the passengers, the passenger group containing the passengers therein;

registering one or more destination calls to the passenger group, the one or more destination calls having at least one or
more destination floors associated therewith; and

allocating the one or more of the plurality of elevators to the passenger group to transport the passengers belonging to the
passenger group from a departure floor to the one or more destination floors.

US Pat. No. 9,862,567

GENERATING DESTINATION CALLS FOR ELEVATOR SYSTEM

KONE CORPORATION, Helsin...

1. A method for generating automatic destination calls for an elevator system, the elevator system comprising a plurality
of elevators, a control system of the elevator system, an identification device configured to identify passengers, and a revolving
door comprising at least one door sector, in connection with which door sector are information means for notifying an information
device configured to notify messages to a passenger in a door sector, said method comprising the steps of:
identifying a passenger approaching the revolving door and/or a passenger in a door sector;
determining the home floor of the passenger on the basis of the identification;
automatically generating a destination call to the home floor; allocating an elevator to the passenger for taking the passenger
to the home floor;

identifying the door sector in which the passenger is located;
notifying the passenger of the elevator serving him/her and/or other personal information with the identification device that
is in connection with the door sector.

US Pat. No. 9,902,593

OVERSPEED GOVERNOR TENSION SHEAVE ASSEMBLY

KONE CORPORATION, Helsin...

1. An overspeed governor assembly configured to monitor movement of an elevator car along a guide rail in an elevator shaft,
the overspeed governor assembly comprising:
a first member coupled to the guide rail; and
an overspeed governor tension sheave assembly coupled to the first member, the overspeed governor tension sheave assembly
including,

a governor tension sheave configured to be supported by a governor rope coupled to the elevator car, such that the governor
rope extends in a closed loop running at least under the governor tension sheave,

a second member coupled to the governor tension sheave and further coupled to the first member through a pivot member, such
that the overspeed governor tension sheave assembly is configured to rotate around a central axis of the pivot member in relation
to the first member, based on a position of the governor tension sheave in relation to the first member, and

a monitoring device configured to rotate around the central axis of the pivot member to provide an upwards-directed visually
observable indication of whether a magnitude of the overspeed governor tension sheave assembly rotation in relation to the
first member at least meets a threshold rotation magnitude, wherein the monitoring device is at least partially configured
to move alone with the rotation of the overspeed governor tension sheave assembly.

US Pat. No. 9,552,476

PREVENTION OF PIRATE PRODUCTS IN AN ELEVATOR CONTROL USING ID

KONE CORPORATION, Helsin...

1. A system to prevent the use of pirate products in an elevator control, comprising at least one elevator control, an updating
mechanism and a connection between the elevator control and said updating mechanism, the elevator control comprises essential
electronic components provided with their own ID device, the elevator control further comprises an authorization section,
wherein the authorization section is configured to read IDs from the corresponding ID device of the essential electronic components
into the elevator and comprises:

a reference list with allowed IDs of the essential electronic components;
a comparator for comparing the IDs of the essential electronic components with the reference list; and
a switching logic configured to issue an authorization signal for the elevator control to start or prevent operation of the
elevator control depending on the comparison result of the comparator,

wherein the connection between the elevator control and said updating mechanism is configured to initiate the elevator control
to update the IDs of the essential electronic components in the elevator control, and

wherein the ID device of the essential electronic components is an authorization chip having internal encryption for data
transfer.

US Pat. No. 9,809,424

METHOD AND AN ELEVATOR ARRANGEMENT

Kone Corporation, Helsin...

1. A method in constructing an elevator, in which the elevator includes at least one elevator car movable in a hoistway, a
first movable support structure, a separately movable roof structure, and a lifting arrangement, the first movable support
structure being separate from the at least one elevator car, in the hoistway above the at least one elevator car, the first
movable support structure being configured to support said at least one elevator car, the separately movable roof structure
being, separate from the first movable support structure, in the hoistway above the first movable support structure, and the
lifting arrangement including a second movable support structure mounted in the hoistway at a first mounting position above
the separately movable roof structure, the method comprising:
providing the at least one elevator car to be used for transporting passengers and/or goods;
lifting the first movable support structure in the hoistway;
lifting the separately movable roof structure higher in the hoistway to create greater space between the separately movable
roof structure and the first movable support structure; and

manually moving the lifting arrangement by manually moving the second movable support structure upwardly in the hoistway to
a second mounting position above the first mounting position while the separately movable roof structure is supported by walls
of the hoistway.

US Pat. No. 9,790,054

COMPENSATING ROPE FOR AN ELEVATOR

KONE CORPORATION, Helsin...

1. An elevator comprising at least an elevator car and a device configured to move the elevator car and a counterweight, and
one or more ropes, which one or more ropes connect the elevator car and the counterweight and pass around a diverting pulley
mounted on a bottom end of an elevator hoistway, and do not perform a supporting function of supporting and moving the elevator
car and the counterweight,
wherein each of the one or more ropes comprises a power transmission part or a plurality of power transmission parts, for
transmitting power in a longitudinal direction of each of the one or more ropes, wherein each power transmission part is essentially
fully of non-metallic material,

wherein the device configured to move the elevator car comprises hoisting roping that provides the supporting function of
supporting and moving the elevator car and the counterweight, which hoisting roping comprises a plurality of hoisting ropes,
each of which comprises a power transmission part or a plurality of power transmission parts, for transmitting force in the
longitudinal direction of the hoisting roping, wherein each power transmission part is essentially fully of non-metallic material,

wherein a total cross-sectional area of all the power transmission parts of the hoisting roping is greater than a sum of a
cross-sectional area of each power transmission part of the one or more ropes passing around the diverting pulley.

US Pat. No. 9,878,877

ELEVATOR AND MEANS FOR FORMING A SAFETY SPACE

KONE CORPORATION, Helsin...

1. An elevator, comprising:
an elevator car arranged to move reciprocally in an elevator hoistway, said elevator car being fitted on guide rails;
a plurality of landing doors, each having a landing door lock openable with a service key; and
a safety arrangement, said safety arrangement being arranged to form a safe space in the elevator hoistway below the elevator
car and/or above the elevator car, to which access is enabled via at least one of the plurality of landing doors, and in which
elevator the safe space has a minimum height,

wherein the safety arrangement comprises a mechanical transmission member and a safety device,
wherein the mechanical transmission member extends from the door lock of the at least one landing door to the safety device,
wherein the safety device is mechanically actuated via the mechanical transmission member,
wherein the safety device is a spring-loaded tripping device rigidly fixed in the elevator hoistway and comprises:
a mounting base;
a locking detent mounted on the mounting base and configured to be moved along a single axis via a detent spring pressing
against the locking detent;

a pin connected to the mounting base via a first hinge and connected to a transmission rod via a second hinge; and
a stopper comprising a stopper spring;
wherein the transmission rod is connected to the stopper via a third hinge,
wherein the mechanical transmission member is connected to the safety device at the locking detent at one end thereof, and
wherein the stopper rests against a surface of the locking detent in a refracted position when the door lock is closed, wherein
the stopper spring is configured to bias the stopper against the locking detent.

US Pat. No. 9,834,412

ELEVATOR CAR ARRANGEMENT AND A CONNECTION ELEMENT

KONE CORPORATION, Helsin...

1. An elevator car arrangement, comprising:
an elevator car body comprising a roof, a bottom and side walls;
an elevator car sling for being guided along vertically extending guide rails, said elevator car sling comprising at least
a first vertical side support, a second vertical side support and an upper horizontal support, which said supports are connected
to each other to form the sling, wherein the elevator car body is connected to the elevator car sling such that the elevator
car body is supported in the elevator car sling; and

a connection element for connecting the elevator car body to the elevator car sling such that the connection element is connected
above the roof of the elevator car body and to the vertical side support of the elevator car sling,

wherein the connection element comprises a damper for damping vibrations caused by guide rails, wherein the connection element
further comprises a first connection part connected to the vertical side support and a second connection part connected to
the roof of the elevator car body, wherein the damper comprises at least a first damper member arranged between the first
connection part and the second connection part, wherein the first connection part comprises a horizontal attachment plate
and the second connection part comprises an attachment plate, an attachment part and a cylinder, and wherein the first damper
member is arranged at least partly between the horizontal attachment plate of the first connection part and the attachment
plate of the second connection part,

wherein the attachment part is configured for connecting the second connection part to the roof of the elevator car body,
and wherein a first end of the cylinder is configured to contact the attachment part and a second end of the cylinder, opposite
to the first end, is configured to contact the attachment plate,

wherein the damper comprises a second damper member in connection with the first connection part and arranged on the other
side of the horizontal attachment plate of the first connection part than the first damper member and such that a fastener
is arranged to go through the second damper member,

wherein the damper comprises a third damper member in connection with the second connection part and the third damper is arranged
to extend from one side of a plate part of the attachment part, through a hole of the plate part, and to the other side of
the plate part, and

wherein the first damper member comprises rubber and/or polyurethane and the second damper member and the third damper member
comprises rubber.

US Pat. No. 9,856,113

ELEVATOR

KONE CORPORATION, Helsin...

1. An elevator comprising:
a first elevator unit vertically movable in a hoistway;
a second elevator unit vertically movable in the hoistway;
a suspension roping comprising one or more belt-shaped suspension ropes interconnecting the first elevator unit and the second
elevator unit;

a drive wheel for moving said one or more belt-shaped suspension ropes, wherein the drive wheel has a first side and second
side opposite to the first side; and

a plurality of cambered diverting wheels, wherein each of the cambered diverting wheels are cambered in a direction perpendicular
to a radial direction of the respective cambered diverting wheel;

said one or more belt-shaped suspension ropes each passing around the drive wheel and comprising consecutively:
a first rope section extending between the drive wheel and the first elevator unit; and
a second rope section extending between the drive wheel and the second elevator unit,
wherein both rope sections diverge from the drive wheel towards the first side of the drive wheel, the first rope section
passing over a first cambered diverting wheel, and resting against a cambered circumferential surface area thereof, and therefrom
down to the first elevator unit, and the second rope section passing over a second cambered diverting wheel, and resting against
a cambered circumferential surface area thereof, and therefrom down to the second elevator unit,

wherein the drive wheel and the plurality of cambered diverting wheels are located above the first and second elevator units,
wherein the first elevator unit and the second elevator unit are spaced apart in a width direction,
wherein the first rope section and the second rope section are continuously separated in said width direction from a point
at which they diverge from the drive wheel towards the first and second elevator units, respectively, and

wherein the first rope section diverges from the drive wheel obliquely downwards with respect to the hoistway to the first
cambered diverting wheel, and the second rope section diverges from the drive wheel obliquely downwards with respect to the
hoistway to the second cambered diverting wheel.

US Pat. No. 9,850,096

TRAVELLING CABLE CLAMP ASSEMBLY, AN ELEVATOR ARRANGEMENT, AND A METHOD

Kone Corporation, Helsin...

1. A travelling cable clamp assembly configured to connect an elevator travelling cable to a first movable support structure
in a hoistway, the first movable support structure configured to support at least one elevator car movable in the hoistway,
the travelling cable clamp assembly comprising:
a travelling cable including an insulating jacket having a first planar surface and a second planar surface, conductors configured
to transmit electrical energy and data to the elevator car, and one or more load-bearing elements configured to connect a
first end of the travelling cable to the elevator car and a second end of the travelling cable to the first movable support
structure;

a first plate element configured to contact the first planar surface of the insulating jacket;
a second plate element configured to contact the second planar surface of the insulating jacket; and
at least two spacers between the first plate element and the second plate element with the travelling cable therebetween,
the at least two spacers each being an elongated planar element having a length extending in a first direction of the one
or more load-bearing elements and havirig a thickness in a second direction perpendicular to the first planar surface and
the second planar surface that is greater than a diameter of the one or more load-bearing elements and less than a thickness
in the second direction of the insulating jacket such that the first plate element and the second plate element are separated
by a gap in the second direction through which the travelling cable is configured to lock between the first plate element
and the second plate element, when the first plate element and the second plate element are pressed against the one or more
load-bearing elements inside the insulating jacket without cutting open the insulation jacket.

US Pat. No. 9,638,272

ELECTROMAGNETIC BRAKE, A BRAKE, AND A METHOD FOR MAKING A BRAKE

Kone Corporation, Helsin...

1. An electromagnetic brake, comprising:
a frame having a frame counterface;
an armature movably mounted on the frame and including an armature counterface and a magnetic core, the armature counterface
facing the frame counterface;

at least one or more springs configured to activate the electromagnetic brake by moving the armature forwards;
an electromagnet fitted to the frame and configured to release the electromagnetic brake by pulling the armature backwards
by resisting the at least one or more springs; and

an elastically bendable damping plate between the frame counterface and the armature counterface, the elastically bendable
damping plate having at least a surface with a diameter corresponding to one or more of the frame counterface and the armature
counterface, wherein

a shape of at least one of the frame counterface and the armature counterface is one of concave and convex to bend the elastically
bendable damping plate during brake release when a force moves the armature backwards towards the frame counterface, and

during braking when the springs move the armature forwards, the surface of the elastically bendable damping plate corresponding
to the frame counterface and the armature counterface is configured to have a planar shape.

US Pat. No. 9,556,004

APPARATUS, SYSTEM, AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING A HANDRAIL OF AN ESCALATOR

Kone Corporation, Helsin...

9. An escalator handrail drive control system, comprising:
a signal-generating component configured to provide a main speed control signal that corresponds to the speed of a main drive
motor of the escalator;

a handrail drive inverter configured to receive the main speed control signal and provide a handrail speed control signal;
and

a handrail drive motor configured to receive the handrail speed control signal and drive a handrail based on the handrail
speed control signal,

wherein the handrail drive inverter is configured to calculate a torque output of the handrail drive motor, and wherein the
handrail speed control signal is a function of the torque output and a feedback of the handrail speed control signal constrained
by at least one of an upper limit and a lower limit, the upper limit and lower limit being determined from the main speed
control signal.

US Pat. No. 9,533,860

ELEVATOR ARRANGEMENT AND A METHOD

KONE CORPORATION, Helsin...

1. An elevator arrangement comprising:
a first movable elevator unit; and
a second movable elevator unit, the first movable elevator unit being an elevator car and the second movable elevator unit
being a counterweight or vice versa; and

a roping system, the roping system comprising:
a first roping portion suspending the first movable elevator unit and the second movable elevator unit, and being locked at
least to the second movable elevator unit; and

a second roping portion being suspended by the first movable elevator unit and the second elevator unit, and being locked
at least to the second movable elevator unit,

wherein the first roping portion and second roping portion are successive portions of a roping passing unbroken via a locking
arrangement provided at the second elevator unit the locking arrangement locking the roping to the second elevator unit between
the first and the second roping portions,

wherein the second roping portion is suspended by the first elevator unit via a diverter unit comprising one or more first
diverter unit rope wheels around and over which the second roping portion passes, the diverter unit being movably suspended
by the first elevator unit, a position of the diverter unit along the roping system being adjustable, and wherein the diverter
unit is further suspended by a third roping portion to a rope supply storage, the third roping portion hanging between a bottom
of the first movable elevator unit and the rope supply storage arranged above the first movable elevator unit.

US Pat. No. 9,890,019

ARRANGEMENT AND A METHOD FOR PARALLEL TRANSPORT AND INSTALLATION OF ELEVATOR COMPONENTS

Kone Corporation, Helsin...

1. A transport and installation arrangement for parallel transport and installation of elevator components, comprising:
a first working platform system in an elevator shaft configured to reach a first installation height, the first working platform
system including a first platform hoist, a first platform roping and a vertically movable first working platform, the vertically
movable first working platform configured to support first personnel working on the installation of the elevator components
at a first height in the elevator shaft;

a first material hoisting system configured to transport the elevator components vertically in the elevator shaft to the first
personnel on the vertically movable first working platform, the first material hoisting system including a first material
hoist, a first material roping and a first material holder, the first material holder being movable along at least one counterweight
guide rail;

a second working platform system in the elevator shaft configured to reach a second installation height, the second working
platform system including a second platform hoist, a second platform roping and a vertically movable second working platform,

the vertically movable second working platform configured to support second personnel working on the installation of the elevator
components at a second height in the elevator shaft, the second working platform being below the first working platform; and

a second material hoisting system configured to transport the elevator components vertically in the elevator shaft to the
second personnel on the vertically movable second working platform, the second material hoisting system including a second
material hoist, a second material roping and a second material holder, the second material hoist being a separate hoist attached
to a top of the elevator shaft on an opposite side of the elevator shaft from the first material hoist attached to the top
of the elevator shaft such that elevator components are transportable to the first personnel on the first working platform
and the second personnel on the second working platform in parallel by the first material hoisting system and the second material
hoisting system, respectively.

US Pat. No. 9,688,509

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR CONTROLLING MOVEMENT OF AN ELEVATOR GROUP

KONE CORPORATION, Helsin...

1. A method for controlling movement of an elevator group comprising a plurality of elevators, the method comprising:
scheduling runs according to calls and already known elevator runs, wherein the schedule comprises at least moments of expected
acceleration and deceleration of an elevator;

determining expected energy demand for each elevator in said elevator group;
controlling the movement of elevators according to the determined expected energy demand,
wherein the controlling comprises delaying the movement of an elevator in accordance with the schedule and modifying the acceleration
and/or speed of at least one elevator of the plurality of elevators during an elevator run to reduce peak power consumption
of the elevator group.

US Pat. No. 9,688,511

BRAKE

KONE CORPORATION, Helsin...

1. A brake, comprising:
a base part;
a braking piece movably supported on the base part, which braking piece is configured to be moved between a braking position
where the braking piece contacts a braking surface and a releasing position where the braking piece is spaced from the braking
surface;

a spring, with the spring force applied to the braking piece and applied in a direction towards the braking surface;
a counterforce element which is activated to resist said spring force;
a movable support member for limiting an initial position of a drop-out movement of the braking piece, where said initial
position is the position of the braking piece when the counterforce element is deactivated and the drop-out movement is the
movement of the braking piece into the braking position upon the deactivation of the counterforce element; and

a controllable actuator, which is mechanically connected to the support member and configured to displace the braking piece
between the braking position and the releasing position,

wherein the counterforce element is hinged, such that deactivation of the counterforce element causes a buckling of the counterforce
element.

US Pat. No. 9,682,845

ROPE LOAD DETECTING DEVICE FOR DETECTING THE TOTAL ROPE LOAD IN MULTIPLE ELEVATOR ROPES

KONE CORPORATION, Helsin...

1. A rope load detecting device for detecting total rope load in multiple elevator ropes, the rope load detecting device comprising:
a frame held on the multiple elevator ropes, the frame having an opening; and
a force sensing element provided in the opening of the frame,
wherein the frame is configured to enable a part of each elevator rope passing through the frame to be bent in order to concentrate
the force caused by each rope towards the opening of the frame and to the force sensing element, whereby the total rope load
in multiple elevator ropes can be detected by the force sensing element.

US Pat. No. 9,561,937

COUNTERWEIGHT ARRANGEMENT FOR AN ELEVATOR AND AN ELEVATOR

KONE CORPORATION, Helsin...

1. A counterweight arrangement for an elevator, comprising:
a first vertical guide rail and a second vertical guide rail, said guide rails defining a vertical guide rail plane;
a counterweight arranged to travel between the guide rails guided by the guide rails, the counterweight comprising a frame,
which comprises a first upright beam and a second upright beam and a cross beam connecting upper ends of the first and second
upright beams; and

a diverting pulley mounted between the guide rails on the cross beam of the counterweight frame, the diverting pulley having
a vertical plane of rotation, which crosses the vertical guide rail plane,

wherein the cross beam is aligned parallel with the vertical plane of rotation of the pulley.

US Pat. No. 9,533,858

ELEVATOR INSTALLATION AND A METHOD FOR CONTROLLING ELEVATORS

KONE CORPORATION, Helsin...

19. A method for controlling one or more elevators in an elevator installation, the elevator installation included in a building,
the elevator installation including a plurality of elevator cars, the method comprising:
generating a plurality of alternative run plans to drive at least one elevator car to complete at least one elevator service
request, each alternative run plan including a separate set of elevator drive commands to drive at least one of the elevator
cars to complete the at least one elevator service request;

associating each given alternative run plan with a separate, respective estimated time variation of electrical power consumption
of an electricity supply of the building, the estimated time variation of electrical power consumption associated with driving
the at least one of the elevator cars to complete the given alternative run plan;

selecting a run plan from the alternative run plans, based on the selected run plan being associated with a minimum time variation
of electrical power consumption of the electricity supply; and

generating one or more elevator drive commands to drive at least one of the elevator cars according to the selected run plan.

US Pat. No. 9,828,212

ARRANGEMENT AND A METHOD FOR MEASURING THE POSITION OF AN INSTALLATION PLATFORM IN AN ELEVATOR SHAFT

Kone Corporation, Helsin...

1. A system for measuring a horizontal position of an installation platform in an elevator shaft, the installation platform
being movable in a first direction in the elevator shaft, the system comprising:
at least one light source at a position in the elevator shaft below the installation platform, the at least one light source
configured to emit a vertically upwards directed collimated light beam; and

at least one primary digital imaging device on the installation platform, the at least one primary digital imaging device
configured to capture electronic images of one of (i) the light beam hitting a photosensitive sensor of the at least one primary
digital imaging device, and (ii) a pattern created by the light beam on a reflective or transparent screen positioned at a
distance in front of the photosensitive sensor, wherein

the horizontal position of the installation platform in relation to the elevator shaft is measurable from the electronic images.

US Pat. No. 9,731,935

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR CONTROLLING AN ELECTRIC MOTOR OF AN ELEVATOR WITHOUT AN ENCODER

Kone Corporation, Helsin...

1. A method for controlling an electric motor of an elevator car without information on a speed of rotation of a rotor or
an angle of the rotor from an encoder, the method comprising:
determining an initial angle of a rotor of the electric motor using a signal injection method, when a brake device is applying
a braking force to the rotor of the electric motor, the rotor having a magnetic axis;

determining a dq coordinate system having a d axis and a q axis based on the determined initial angle such that a direction
of the d axis is in a same direction as the magnetic axis of the rotor;

determining a drive direction of the elevator car and a load of the elevator car before the start of a run;
determining a reference value of current applied to the electric motor in a direction of the q axis such that the reference
value of the current in the direction of the q axis is based on the drive direction of the elevator car and is proportional
to the load of the elevator car;

determining a reference value of the current in the direction of the d axis to resist a change in a load angle caused by a
sudden increase in imbalance of the elevator car; and

driving the elevator car by instructing the brake device to reduce the braking force and controlling the current to the electric
motor according to the reference value.

US Pat. No. 9,758,343

ELEVATOR HAVING A ROPE MONITORING ARRANGEMENT AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE ELEVATOR

KONE CORPORATION, Helsin...

1. An elevator, comprising:
a first elevator unit vertically movable in a hoistway, and a second elevator unit vertically movable in the hoistway, at
least one of said elevator units being an elevator car;

one or more belt-shaped hoisting ropes interconnecting the first elevator unit and the second elevator unit; and
rope wheels including a drive wheel for moving said one or more belt-shaped hoisting rope,
wherein each of said one or more belt-shaped hoisting ropes passes around the drive wheel and comprises consecutively a first
rope section extending between the drive wheel and the first elevator unit, and a second rope section extending between the
drive wheel and the second elevator unit,

wherein the rope wheels further include one or more non-driven cambered diverting wheels, each said first rope section being
arranged to pass around a first non-driven, cambered diverting wheel, and

wherein the elevator further comprises:
a rope monitoring arrangement configured to monitor displacement of each of said first rope sections in an axial direction
of the rope wheels away from a predefined zone, and displacement of each of the second rope sections in the axial direction
of the rope wheels away from a predefined zone, and

wherein the elevator is configured to:
rotate the drive wheel in a first rotation direction such that each said first rope section runs from the drive wheel towards
the first non-driven, cambered diverting wheel and each said second rope section runs from a second non-driven, cambered diverting
wheel towards the drive wheel;

monitor displacement of each of the first rope sections in the axial direction of the rope wheels away from a predefined zone,
and displacement of each of the second rope sections in the axial direction of the rope wheels away from a predefined zone,
while the drive wheel is rotated in the first rotation direction;

stop rotation of the drive wheel in said first rotation direction when one or more of the first and second rope sections is
displaced in the axial direction of the rope wheels away from the predefined zone; and

thereafter to rotate the drive wheel in a second rotation direction opposite to said first rotation direction without further
rotation of the drive wheel in said first rotation direction.

US Pat. No. 9,582,657

PREVENTION OF PIRATE PRODUCTS IN AN ELEVATOR CONTROL USING ID

KONE CORPORATION, Helsin...

1. A system to prevent the use of pirate products in an elevator control, comprising at least one elevator control, an updating
mechanism and a connection between the elevator control and said updating mechanism, the elevator control comprises essential
electronic components provided with their own ID device, the elevator control further comprises an authorization section,
wherein the authorization section is configured to read IDs from the corresponding ID device of the essential electronic components
into the elevator and comprises:

a reference list with allowed IDs of the essential electronic components;
a comparator for comparing the IDs of the essential electronic components with the reference list; and
a switching logic configured to issue an authorization signal for the elevator control to start or prevent operation of the
elevator control depending on the comparison result of the comparator,

wherein the connection between the elevator control and said updating mechanism is configured to initiate the elevator control
to update the IDs of the essential electronic components in the elevator control, and

wherein the ID device of the essential electronic components is an authorization chip having internal encryption for data
transfer.

US Pat. No. 9,834,407

ELEVATOR

KONE CORPORATION, Helsin...

1. An elevator comprising:
an elevator car; and
a suspension arrangement for suspending and/or moving the elevator car,
wherein the suspension arrangement comprises at least one suspension member, each suspension member comprising a suspension
member component for affecting physical properties of the suspension member, wherein the suspension member component is a
lubricant, and

wherein the suspension member component comprises a component identifier configured to be identified visibly or via additional
tools.

US Pat. No. 9,828,214

SYNTHETIC FIBER ROPE FOR HOISTING IN AN ELEVATOR

KONE CORPORATION, Helsin...

1. An elevator, comprising:
a drive sheave;
a power source for rotating the drive sheave;
an elevator car; and
a hoisting rope system for moving the elevator car by means of the drive sheave, said hoisting rope system comprising:
at least one hoisting rope connected to the elevator car and having a width that is larger than a thickness in a transverse
direction of the hoisting rope, wherein the hoisting rope comprises only one to seven load-bearing parts made of a composite
material, said composite material comprising reinforcing fibers in a polymer matrix, said reinforcing fibers including carbon
fiber or glass fiber,

wherein said reinforcing fibers are substantially mutually non-entangled and parallel to the lengthwise direction of the at
least one hoisting rope,

wherein, when there are more than one load-bearing parts, the load-bearing parts are spaced from each other,
wherein individual fibers of the synthetic reinforcing fibers are evenly distributed in said polymer matrix, and
wherein said load-bearing part is substantially quadrilateral in cross-section such that the load bearing part consists of
only the composite material within said cross-section.

US Pat. No. 9,771,241

ELEVATOR SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR INSTALLING AN ELEVATOR

KONE CORPORATION, Helsin...

1. An elevator system, comprising:
an elevator hoistway bounded by a surrounding structure;
two or more entrances to the elevator hoistway;
a plurality of guide rails fitted into the elevator hoistway;
an elevator car with at least one car door, wherein the elevator car is configured to move in the elevator hoistway between
the two or more entrances to the elevator hoistway along a vertical trajectory determined by the plurality of guide rails,
wherein,

each entrance to the elevator hoistway is bounded by a first door frame, onto which a hoistway door is fitted,
the first door frame of the hoistway door is formed from a first horizontal upper door header and a first horizontal lower
frame member as well as first side frame members connecting the first horizontal upper door header and the first horizontal
lower frame member,

a door opening of the elevator car is bounded by a second door frame, onto which the at least one car door is fitted,
the second door frame of the at least one car door is formed from a second horizontal upper door header and a second horizontal
lower frame member as well as second side frame members connecting the second horizontal upper door header and the second
horizontal lower frame member, and

each entrance to the elevator hoistway includes a marking piece indicating a location in the elevator hoistway of the entrance
to the elevator hoistway, wherein the marking piece is fixed immovably to a first fixing point on the first horizontal upper
door header of the hoistway door, wherein

the marking piece is immovably attached to a base plate including at least two fixing holes and at least two fixing grooves,
the base plate is configured to be fixed to a first support arm with either of (i) a non-adjustable fixing method using the
at least two fixing holes or (ii) an adjustable fixing method using the at least two fixing grooves, and

the first support arm is further immovably attached to the first door frame of the hoistway door at the first fixing point
on the first door frame; and

a reader configured to move along with the elevator car, said reader being fixed immovably to a second fixing point on the
second horizontal upper door header of the at least one car door and being configured to read the marking piece when the reader
has reached an individual reading point for the marking piece in the elevator hoistway, wherein

the first door frame of the hoistway door is matched to the second door frame of the at least one car door such that an interpositioning
of the first fixing point of the marking piece on the first horizontal upper door header of the hoistway door and the second
fixing point of the reader on the second horizontal upper door header of the at least one car door is constant when a second
top surface of the second horizontal lower frame member of the second door frame is situated at a same height as a first top
surface of the first horizontal lower frame member of the first door frame of the hoistway door.

US Pat. No. 9,630,804

METHOD FOR PROVIDING WELL ACCESS IN AN ELEVATOR

KONE CORPORATION, Helsin...

1. A method for providing well access in an elevator well having at least one elevator car moveable in the elevator well,
comprising the steps of:
activating a well access operating mode of the elevator, in which well access operating mode the elevator car will not respond
to any landing calls, group controller commands or to any other remote commands,

upon activation of the well access operating mode, controlling the car to travel a set distance up or down; and
controlling the car to stop at said distance for a given time;
wherein the elevator will automatically exit the well access operating mode and return back to service if within the given
time no well entrance is opened, and

wherein a stopping device of the elevator is activated during or after opening of the well entrance and wherein after any
maintenance and/or inspection actions are terminated, the stopping device is de-activated and after opening and then closing
the landing door the elevator is automatically taken back into use.

US Pat. No. 9,624,072

ELEVATOR HAVING A LIGHT CURTAIN FIXING ARRANGEMENT

KONE CORPORATION, Helsin...

1. An elevator comprising:
an elevator car with a door construction comprising at least one door panel opening and closing a passage to the elevator
car,

a light curtain comprising a longitudinal transmitter and a longitudinal receiver facing towards each other, and
a fixing arrangement for the light curtain,
wherein the fixing arrangement comprises at least one longitudinal support device comprising a longitudinal first support
member having a cross section in the form of a letter U, whereby the letter U forms a slot for receiving the transmitter or
the receiver of the light curtain, and

wherein an upper end of the fixing arrangement is attached to a horizontally extending railing.

US Pat. No. 9,624,073

METHOD AND ELEVATOR ARRANGEMENT

KONE CORPORATION, Helsin...

1. A method for balancing an elevator car, the elevator car comprising:
a frame;
a cabin box mounted on the frame; and
several elastic members arranged in a vertical direction between the frame and the cabin box, via which elastic members the
cabin box rests on the frame,

the method comprising the steps of:
measuring a vertical distance between the frame and the cabin box in several horizontally spaced apart locations with distance
sensors; and

adjusting a weight distribution of the cabin box based on the measured vertical distance at the several horizontally spaced
apart locations.

US Pat. No. 9,884,742

ELEVATOR SAFETY ARRANGEMENT HAVING EARTH FAULT DETECTION

KONE CORPORATION, Helsin...

1. A safety arrangement of an elevator, comprising:
a motor drive of the elevator;
a frequency converter configured to adjust the speed of an elevator car comprising:
a main circuit; and
at least one accessible conducting part, which is earthed via a supply cable coming from a supply panel of an electricity
network, the at least one accessible conducting part includes at least one of:

an enclosure of the frequency converter;
a conducting frame of a hoisting machine of the elevator;
at least one electromagnetic brake configured to stop rotation of a traction sheave of the elevator;
a terminal box of the motor drive; and
a fan enclosure of the frequency converter,
wherein the motor drive of the elevator comprises an insulator, which electrically insulates the at least one accessible conducting
part from the main circuit, and

wherein the safety arrangement of the elevator comprises a monitoring circuit comprising at least one sensor configured to
monitor current flowing in the main circuit, the monitoring circuit is configured to determine an earth fault of the main
circuit and the at least one accessible conducting part and, if the earth fault is diagnosed, to form a signal indicating
the danger of electric shock in the motor drive of the elevator, to form a signal indicating the location of the earth fault
and to disconnect the current of the main circuit or one of the at least one accessible conducting part that has the earth
fault.

US Pat. No. 9,834,409

ROPE OF A LIFTING DEVICE FOR AN ELEVATOR AND A CONDITION MONITORING METHOD FOR THE ROPE

KONE CORPORATION, Helsin...

1. A rope of a lifting device for an elevator, wherein:
a width of the rope is greater than a thickness of the rope in a transverse direction of the rope,
the rope comprises:
a load-bearing part in a longitudinal direction of the rope, the load-bearing part comprises a composite material in a polymer
matrix,

a cross-section of the load-bearing part in the transverse direction of the rope has two parallel edges extending in the transverse
direction of the rope, said parallel edges having a length greater than a thickness of the load-bearing part that is perpendicular
to the parallel edges,

one or more optical fibers and/or fiber bundles in connection with the load-bearing part, and
at least one of the one or more optical fibers and/or fiber bundles is located outside of the load-bearing part,
wherein the composite material comprises carbon-fibers, aramid fibers and/or glass-fibers in the polymer matrix,
wherein the load-bearing part is completely surrounded by an envelope comprising a polymer and is continuous in the longitudinal
direction of the rope, and

wherein the at least one of the one or more optical fibers and/or fiber bundles located outside of the load-bearing part is
embedded in the envelope.

US Pat. No. 9,821,982

CALL PANEL FOR AN ELEVATOR

KONE CORPORATION, Helsin...

1. A call panel for an elevator, said call panel comprising:
a call panel frame;
a center panel connected to the call panel frame; and
at least one call pushbutton connected to the call panel frame and separate from the center panel,
wherein the at least one call pushbutton comprises teeth which fit into corresponding teeth of the call panel frame,
wherein the teeth of the at least one call pushbutton and the teeth of the call panel frame are located at an outer edge of
the call panel, and

wherein a front surface of the call panel, which comprises the center panel and the at least one call pushbutton, is essentially
planar.

US Pat. No. 9,790,055

ROPE TERMINAL ASSEMBLY AND AN ELEVATOR

KONE CORPORATION, Helsin...

1. A rope terminal assembly of an elevator for fixing an elevator rope to a fixing base, the rope terminal assembly comprising:
the elevator rope, whose width is larger than its thickness in a rope transverse direction, with at least one end having an
end face;

one or more wedge elements; and
a wedge housing,
wherein the rope terminal assembly comprises a rope gap through which said elevator rope passes and said wedge element is
arranged to wedge between said rope and said wedge housing thus locking said elevator rope in the gap, and at least one component
of the rope terminal assembly is made of fiber reinforced polymer composite material, and

wherein said wedge housing comprises reinforcing fibers in multiple zones, each zone possesses different angles for fiber
orientation.

US Pat. No. 9,725,283

ELEVATOR

KONE CORPORATION, Helsin...

1. An elevator comprising:
a car; and
a counterweight suspended on hoisting ropes driven by a drive machine,
wherein the counterweight comprises:
a first side facing an elevator car path and a second side opposite to the first side,
at least one connecting passage between the first and second side of the counterweight, and
stacks of weight elements arranged one above the other,
wherein the at least one connecting passage is a labyrinth passage,
wherein the at least one connecting passage is configured to lead air from the first side of the counterweight to the second
side of the counterweight, and

wherein the at least one connecting passage is provided between the stacks of said weight elements.

US Pat. No. 9,637,353

MONITORING MODULE AND ESCALATOR/AUTOWALK INCLUDING THE MONITORING MODULE

KONE CORPORATION, Helsin...

1. A monitoring device for monitoring a movement of a first object, the monitoring device comprising: a first component disposed
on one of the first target and a second target; and
a recess portion disposed on the other of the first target and the second target and configured to receive at least a part
of the first component,

wherein a relative movement between the recess portion and the first component triggers the first component so as to indicate
the movement of the first object,

wherein the recess portion comprises a bottom and a side, and the relative movement between the recess portion and the first
component triggering the first component so as to indicate the movement of the first object comprises:

a relative movement between the bottom of the recess portion and the first component triggering the first component so as
to indicate the movement of the first object in a first direction, and

a relative movement between a side wall of the recess portion and the first component triggering the first component so as
to indicate the movement of the first object in a second direction, and

wherein the first direction is an upthrust direction of the driving device, and the second direction is a horizontal direction.

US Pat. No. 9,663,323

METHOD AND AN ELEVATOR FOR STOPPING AN ELEVATOR CAR USING ELEVATOR DRIVE

KONE Corporation, Helsin...

1. A method, comprising:
determining, by a safety controller, at least one of a speed limit and an acceleration limit for an elevator car based on
elevator state information, the elevator state information comprising at least one of the elevator car is being driven, the
elevator car is within a predefined distance from a destination floor, the elevator car is in a floor, and an attempt to apply
at least one brake has been made;

detecting a need to perform braking of the elevator car, the need being due to at least one of the elevator car being within
a predefined distance from a destination floor, an exceeding of the speed limit and an exceeding of the acceleration limit;

disabling power supply to the motor, in response to the detecting of the need to perform braking;
attempting to apply the at least one brake for braking movement of the elevator car, in response to the detecting of the need
to perform braking;

measuring at least one of speed and acceleration of the elevator car using at least one first sensor, in response to the attempt
to apply the at least one brake and the disabling of the power supply to the motor;

determining whether the at least one of speed and acceleration of the elevator car exceeds the respective at least one of
the speed limit and the acceleration limit; and

enabling, by the safety controller, power supply to the motor for stabilizing movement of the elevator car, in response to
the exceeding of the respective at least one of the speed limit and the acceleration limit.

US Pat. No. 9,878,878

ELEVATOR

Kone Corporation, Helsin...

1. An elevator comprising:
an elevator car;
at least one rope wheel including circumferential rope contact areas distributed in an axial direction of the at least one
rope wheel;

belt-shaped ropes connected to the elevator car, the belt-shaped ropes configured to pass over the at least one rope wheel
such that each of the belt-shaped ropes passes against a respective one of the circumferential rope contact areas, the belt-shaped
ropes each having a width larger than a thickness as measured in a transverse direction of the belt-shaped ropes; and

a sensing arrangement configured to sense displacement of one or more of the belt-shaped ropes on the at least one rope wheel,
the sensing arrangement including,

a first sensing member configured to sense displacement of one or more of the belt-shaped ropes radially outwards from the
at least one rope wheel, the first sensing member extending in the axial direction of the at least one rope wheel along a
surface of the at least one rope wheel at a radial distance therefrom such that, when the belt-shaped ropes are not displaced,
the first sensing member does not protrude between any portion of any two belt-shaped ropes among the belt-shaped ropes and
the first sensing member extends along the surface of the at least one rope wheel at a radial distance therefrom with a gap
between the first sensing member and each of the circumferential rope contact areas, a height of the gap being more than the
thickness of the belt-shaped ropes and less than 2.2 times the thickness of the belt-shaped ropes, the first sensing member
being displaceable by one of the belt-shaped ropes colliding into contact with the first sensing member, and the sensing arrangement
being arranged to trigger one or more actions in response to displacement of one of the sensing members, and

a second sensing member on an axially outer side of axially outermost one of the belt-shaped ropes, the second sensing member
configured to sense displacement of one or more of the belt-shaped ropes axially outwards from the at least one rope wheel,
the second sensing member being displaceable by one of the belt-shaped ropes colliding into contact with the second sensing
member, the sensing arrangement being configured to trigger the one or more actions in response to displacement of the second
sensing member, the second sensing member not protruding between any portion of any two belt-shaped ropes among the belt-shaped
ropes when the belt-shaped ropes are not displaced.

US Pat. No. 9,764,927

ELEVATOR

KONE CORPORATION, Helsin...

1. An elevator comprising:
at least one guide rail;
a plurality of compensation ropes;
a car configured to be moved along the at least one guide rail in an elevator guide way, the car comprising a brake configured
to slow and/or stop movement of the car by gripping the at least one guide rail, the brake comprising:

a gripping means configured to grip the at least one guide rail to thereby exert a friction force thereon; and
an adjusting means configured to adjust the gripping means with respect to the friction force exerted on the at least one
guide rail, the adjusting means comprising a transmitting member,

wherein the adjusting means is configured to adjust the gripping means depending on a position of the car in the elevator
guide way,

wherein the transmitting member is a horizontal bar that is horizontal with respect to the at least one guide rail and is
connected to the compensation ropes,

wherein the transmitting member has outer ends which are configured to apply a transmitting force to the gripping means to
alter the friction force exerted by the gripping means to the at least one guide rail,

wherein the transmitting force is configured to vary depending on the weight of the compensation ropes at a given elevation,
and

wherein the adjusting means is configured to pre-adjust the gripping means by setting the gripping means constantly in a desired
position before the braking is needed.

US Pat. No. 9,573,790

SUSPENSION DEVICE AND SUSPENSION ARRANGEMENT

KONE CORPORATION, Helsin...

10. A suspension arrangement for suspending a trailing cable in an elevator system, which elevator system comprises an elevator
car to be moved in an essentially vertical direction in an elevator hoistway, wherein the suspension arrangement includes:
a first suspension device for suspending a first end of the trailing cable in connection with a supporting structure of the
elevator hoistway, the first suspension device includes:

a first adaptor to fix the first suspension device to the supporting structure, the first adaptor being configured to not
move relative to the supporting structure, the first adaptor being configured to cooperate with a first fixing part of the
trailing cable, wherein the first fixing part of the trailing cable is made to be turnable in relation to the first adaptor
to adjust an angle of rotation of the trailing cable; and

a first locking mechanism configured to lock the position of the first fixing part of the cable relative to the first adaptor;
and

a second suspension device for suspending a second end of the trailing cable in connection with the elevator car, the second
suspension device includes:

a second adaptor to fix the second suspension device to the elevator car, the second adaptor being configured to cooperate
with a second fixing part of the trailing cable, wherein the second fixing part of the trailing cable is made to be turnable
in relation to the second adaptor to adjust the angle of rotation of the trailing cable; and

a second locking mechanism configured to lock the position of the second fixing part of the trailing cable relative to the
second adaptor,

wherein the first adaptor includes an L-shaped fixing member, and in that the first fixing part of the cable is connected
to a part to be installed horizontally of the L-shaped fixing member via a bearing, and in that holes for fixing pins have
been made in a part to be installed vertically of the L-shaped fixing member, for fixing the L-shaped fixing member to the
supporting structure of the elevator hoistway, and

wherein the supporting structure is vertically aligned.

US Pat. No. 9,575,860

APPARATUS AND A METHOD FOR MEMORY TESTING BY A PROGRAMMABLE CIRCUIT IN A SAFETY CRITICAL SYSTEM

Kone Corporation, Helsin...

1. A method for testing functionality of memory blocks of at least one random access memory (RAM) circuit, comprising:
receiving, by a testing circuit, a signal to initiate the testing, the testing circuit connected, via a bus, to a processor
and the at least one RAM circuit, the at least one RAM circuit including at least a first memory block of the memory blocks;

determining, by the testing circuit, that the bus is not reserved;
reserving, by the testing circuit, the bus, the reserving including:
transmitting, by the testing circuit, a reservation signal to a bus arbiter circuit, and
receiving, by the testing circuit, an acknowledgement signal;
reading, by the testing circuit, first application data from the first memory block to the testing circuit via the bus;
storing, by the testing circuit, the first application data to a memory associated with the testing circuit;
writing, by the testing circuit, at least one first data pattern to the first memory block via the bus;
reading, by the testing circuit, at least one second data pattern from the first memory block via the bus;
verifying, by the testing circuit, functionality of the at least one RAM circuit based on the at least one first data pattern
and the at least one second data pattern;

writing, by the testing circuit, the first application data from the memory associated with the testing circuit to the first
memory block via the bus, if the verifying indicates the functionality of the first memory block of the at least one RAM;
and

releasing, by the testing circuit, the bus for use by the processor prior to testing a second memory block of the memory blocks
of the at least one RAM circuit.

US Pat. No. 9,912,265

METHOD FOR CONTROLLING AN ALTERNATING CURRENT ELECTRIC MACHINE, AND A FREQUENCY CONVERTER

Kone Corporation, Helsin...

1. A method for controlling an alternating current electric machine with a frequency converter including a controllable machine
bridge and a controllable line bridge, the method comprising:
calculating a line bridge control signal,
controlling line current through the line bridge using the line bridge control signal,
measuring or estimating rotor pole position of the electric machine,
calculating a machine bridge control signal as a function of the rotor pole position,
updating the machine bridge control signal when the rotor pole position changes,
controlling current of the electric machine through the machine bridge using the machine bridge control signal,
taking multiple samples of the line current during a single rotation of the electric machine as a function of the concurrent
rotor pole position of the electric machine to gather a first sampled data,

determining from the first sampled data a compensation term for removing the harmonics caused by the electric machine, and
including the compensation term in the machine bridge control signal, and

controlling current of the electric machine through the machine bridge using the machine bridge control signal including the
compensation term.

US Pat. No. 9,890,018

OIL COLLECTOR FOR GUIDE RAILS

KONE CORPORATION, Helsin...

1. An oil collector for a guide rail having a T-shaped cross-sectional profile, comprising:
a receiving element for receiving lubricating oil flowing along the guide rail and configured to contact the guide rail, the
receiving element is a block of absorbent material configured to absorb the lubricating oil, and

a casing encompassing an entire outer cross-sectional profile of the receiving element and an entire outer cross-sectional
profile of the guide rail when viewed from a top view of the receiving element and when the casing is closed,

wherein the casing comprises enclosure portions, and
wherein the receiving element comprises a T-shaped recess having a shape corresponding to the T-shaped cross-sectional profile
of the guide rail.

US Pat. No. 9,856,114

ELEVATOR

KONE CORPORATION, Helsin...

1. An elevator comprising:
an elevator car configured to move vertically in a hoistway;
a counterweight configured to move vertically in the hoistway;
at least one rope wheel located at least in proximity of an upper end of the hoistway;
a first roping interconnecting the elevator car and the counterweight and passing around the at least one rope wheel located
at least in proximity of the upper end of the hoistway;

at least one tightening wheel located in a lower end of the hoistway;
a second roping interconnecting the elevator car and the counterweight and passing around the at least one tightening wheel,
the at least one tightening wheel being mounted movably back and forth in a first direction towards the second roping and
in a second direction away from the second roping;

an urging device configured to exert a force on the at least one tightening wheel to move the at least one tightening wheel
in the first direction so as to tighten the second roping; and

a variable speed limiting device configured to variably limit a movement speed of the at least one tightening wheel towards
the first direction and the second direction, the variable speed limiting device including,

a hydraulic cylinder containing hydraulic fluid, the hydraulic cylinder being mounted between a frame and the at least one
tightening wheel, the hydraulic cylinder including a piston part and a cylinder part delineating a hydraulic chamber in the
hydraulic cylinder, the piston part being configured to move relative to the cylinder part in a first stroke direction in
response to the at least one tightening wheel moving in the first direction, and to move relative to the cylinder part in
a second stroke direction in response to the at least one tightening wheel moving in the second direction, such that a volume
of the hydraulic chamber changes during strokes of the hydraulic cylinder, and

a stroke speed limiter configured to variably limit a speed of the strokes of the hydraulic cylinder in both of the first
and second stroke direction, the stroke speed limiter including a conduit system connected with the hydraulic chamber, the
conduit system being configured to allow passage of the hydraulic fluid into and out from the hydraulic chamber through a
same opening formed in the hydraulic chamber, the conduit system including one or more adjustable flow control valves configured
to variably limit a rate at which an amount of the hydraulic fluid equal to an amount of change of the volume of the hydraulic
chamber flows into the hydraulic chamber during a stroke in one of the first and second stroke direction, and flows out from
the hydraulic chamber during a stroke in the other of the first and second stroke direction, through the same opening and
at least one of the one or more adjustable flow control valves.

US Pat. No. 9,776,829

ELEVATOR SAFETY ARRANGEMENT WITH DRIVE PREVENTION LOGIC

KONE CORPORATION, Helsin...

1. A safety arrangement of an elevator, comprising:
sensors configured to indicate functions that are critical from the viewpoint of the safety of the elevator;
an electronic supervision unit, which comprises an input for the data formed by the sensors indicating the safety of the elevator;
and

a drive device for driving the hoisting machine of the elevator, which drive device comprises:
a DC bus;
a motor bridge connected to the DC bus for the electricity supply of the elevator motor, which motor bridge comprises high-side
and low-side switches for supplying electric power from the DC bus to the elevator motor when driving with the elevator motor,
and also from the elevator motor to the DC bus when braking with the elevator motor;

a control circuit of the motor bridge, with which control circuit the operation of the motor bridge is controlled by producing
control pulses in the control poles of the high-side and low-side switches of the motor bridge;

an input circuit for a safety signal, which safety signal can be disconnected/connected from outside the drive device; and
drive prevention logic, which is connected to the input circuit and is configured to prevent the passage of control pulses
to the control poles of the high-side and/or low-side switches of the motor bridge when the safety signal is disconnected,

wherein:
the signal conductor of the safety signal is wired from the electronic supervision unit to the drive device;
the electronic supervision unit comprises a mechanism configured to disconnect/connect the safety signal;
the electronic supervision unit is arranged to bring the elevator into a state preventing a run by disconnecting the safety
signal; and

the electronic supervision unit is arranged to remove the state preventing a run by connecting the safety signal.

US Pat. No. 9,771,242

INSPECTION TESTS FOR AN ELEVATOR WITHOUT ADDITIONAL TEST WEIGHTS

Kone Corporation, Helsin...

1. A method of performing inspection tests for an elevator, the elevator including an elevator car and a counterweight, the
elevator car having a rated load associated therewith, the counterweight including a plurality of removable pieces, the method
comprising:
balancing the elevator car and the counterweight when the elevator car is empty by incorporating first ones of the plurality
of removable pieces into the counterweight such that a weight of the counterweight is same as a weight of the elevator car
when the elevator car is empty;

adjusting the weight of the elevator car to the rated load of the elevator car by placing second ones of the plurality of
removable pieces inside the elevator car such that the weight of the elevator car is equal to the rated load of the elevator
car;

simulating overloading the elevator car beyond the rated load by increasing a velocity of the elevator car while the weight
of the elevator car is less than the rated load;

performing at least one inspection test associated with the simulated overload; and
configuring the counterweight for normal elevator operation by incorporating each of the second ones of the plurality of removable
pieces into the counterweight to set the counterweight to a final state, and performing at least one inspection test associated
with the final state of the counterweight.

US Pat. No. 9,771,244

ELEVATOR

Kone Corporation, Helsin...

1. An elevator comprising
an elevator car vertically movable in a hoistway;
a plurality of ropes connected to the elevator car;
a rotatable traction member suspended from a top of the hoistway, the rotatable traction member including a plurality of circumferential
traction surface areas, each of the plurality of ropes configured to pass around the rotatable traction member within a corresponding
one of the circumferential traction surface areas while having a first end directly connected to the elevator car and a second
end directly connected to a counterweight such that the rotatable traction member sustains a weight of the elevator car and
the counterweight in the hoistway;

a drive machinery configured to control rotation of the rotatable traction member;
a detector configured to detect displacement of each of the ropes over a first limit position in a first axial direction of
the rotatable traction member, and over a second limit position in a second axial direction of the traction member, the detector
including sensing members at the first limit position and the second limit position that are pivotally displaceable around
an axis parallel with an axis of the rotatable traction member; and

a controller configured stop the drive machinery from rotating the rotatable traction member based on the detector detecting
the displacement over one or more of the first limit position and the second limit position.

US Pat. No. 9,758,342

DETERMINATION OF THE MOVEMENT OF A SYNCHRONOUS MACHINE

KONE CORPORATION, Helsin...

1. Method for determining the movement of a synchronous machine, the method comprising:
fitting an incremental sensor to a rim of a traction sheave of the synchronous machine at a fitting point such that the incremental
sensor detects relative motion of a surface of a moving part at the fitting point;

reading a movement signal of the incremental sensor, the movement signal of the incremental sensor representing a relative
movement of the surface of the moving part at the fitting point;

determining at least one electrical magnitude of the synchronous machine;
determining a position error of the moving part of the synchronous machine based on said at least one electrical magnitude
and a transmission ratio determined by a linear movement range detected by the incremental sensor at the fitting point;

filtering the position error with a low-pass filter;
correcting the read movement signal of the incremental sensor based on said filtered position error by repetitively summing
a correction term, which is proportional to a magnitude of the position error, into the read movement signal such that cumulative
movement signal errors and errors caused by variations or changes in the linear movement range are accounted for; and

supplying the corrected movement signal to a controller for controlling the synchronous machine.

US Pat. No. 9,641,064

ELEVATOR LINE BRIDGE FILTER FOR COMPENSATING REACTIVE POWER IN A GRID

KONE CORPORATION, Helsin...

1. A method, comprising:
determining, by a controller of an electrical converter, a first reactive power produced by a smoothing filter using pre-determined
information on impedance of the smoothing filter, the smoothing filter being electrically connected via a three-phase electrical
connection to a converter matrix of the electrical converter of an elevator, the smoothing filter being electrically connected
via a three-phase connection to a grid, the converter matrix producing pulse width modulated three-phase output voltages to
the smoothing filter; and

requesting, by the controller, the electrical converter to make a plurality of first compensative electrical connections in
the converter matrix to compensate the first reactive power.

US Pat. No. 10,040,664

POSITIONING APPARATUS, ELEVATOR AND A METHOD FOR DETERMINING THE POSITION OF AN ELEVATOR CAR BY USING CLASSIFIED POSITION IDENTIFIERS

KONE CORPORATION, Helsin...

1. A positioning apparatus for an elevator car, comprising:a plurality of position identifiers possessing a readable physical property, the plurality of position identifiers being disposed by the side of the trajectory of the elevator car; and
a reader device installed on the elevator car for reading the physical property of the plurality of position identifiers, all of the plurality of position identifiers being disposed on a same side of the elevator car to be readable by the same reader device;
wherein the plurality of position identifiers are classified into two or more optional classes based on intended uses of the plurality of position identifiers, readings of the physical property from position identifiers belong to different optional classes by the same reader device are distinguishable from each other in order to identify respective optional class, and
wherein the same readings of the physical property from position identifiers belonging to at least one of the two or more optional classes by the same reader device additionally indicate a linear position of the elevator car.

US Pat. No. 9,856,110

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR MONITORING THE LUBRICANT CONTENT OF ELEVATOR ROPES

KONE CORPORATION, Helsin...

1. A method for monitoring and supervising the lubricant content of elevator ropes in an elevator, the elevator comprising
at least a hoisting machine provided with a drive motor, the hoisting machine comprising at least a traction sheave, one or
more elevator ropes being fitted side-by-side around the traction sheave, the one or more elevator ropes moving under the
effect of friction along with the rotational movement of the traction sheave and at the same time moving the elevator car,
said method comprising the steps of:
monitoring and supervising the lubricant content of the elevator ropes by the aid of a measuring device by:
collecting in the measuring device the metal dust and/or rust detaching in connection with wear of the traction sheave and
of the elevator ropes during operation of the elevator; and

letting the metal dust and/or rust switch on an alarm about a lubricant content of the elevator ropes that is too low.

US Pat. No. 9,790,057

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR ALIGNMENT OF ELEVATOR GUIDE RAILS

KONE CORPORATION, Helsin...

1. An apparatus for alignment of elevator guide rails, wherein the apparatus comprises:
a stationary part being attachable to an elevator guide rail element at a predetermined height above a joint between two consecutive
end-on-end mounted elevator guide rail elements, including an upper elevator guide rail element and a lower elevator guide
rail element, wherein the upper elevator guide rail element is located above the lower elevator guide rail element;

an elongated measuring frame having an upper end and a lower end, the upper end being supported with an articulated joint
at the stationary part;

a number of inductive sensors being positioned on the measuring frame, whereby at least one inductive sensor is directed in
a first direction being the direction towards a tip of a respective one of the guide rail elements, wherein said tip is an
innermost surface of the guide rail elements facing a horizontal direction and wherein at least one of said number of inductive
sensors is directed towards the upper elevator guide rail element and at least another one of said number of inductive sensors
is directed towards the lower elevator guide rail element;

a connection board connected to the number of inductive sensors, and
a visualization device for reading the results of measurement obtained from said number of inductive sensors.

US Pat. No. 9,776,831

PLATFORM ASSEMBLY AND A METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING AN ELEVATOR CAR AND AN ELEVATOR CAR

KONE CORPORATION, Helsin...

1. A platform assembly, comprising:
a first platform module having an elongated front face and a rear face opposite the front face;
a second platform module having an elongated front face; and
a locking member for locking the front faces of the first and second platform modules to each other when they are set against
each other,

wherein the locking member is mounted on the first platform module movably in a longitudinal direction of the front face of
the first platform module, wherein the locking member comprises a front face,

wherein at least one of the locking member and the second platform module comprises a locking protrusion protruding from the
front face of the at least one of the locking member and the second platform module, respectively, and the other of the at
least one of the locking member and the second platform module comprises a locking slot arranged to receive said locking protrusion
when the front faces of the first and second platform modules are set against each other, and

wherein the locking protrusion extends through the front and rear faces of the first platform module and an edge of the locking
protrusion is behind an edge of the locking slot as a result of the locking member having been moved in said longitudinal
direction of the front face of the first platform module, thereby locking the first and second platform modules to each other.

US Pat. No. 9,733,300

CORROSION DETECTION SYSTEM

Kone Corporation, Helsin...

1. Printed circuit arrangement comprising:
a printed circuit board having a corrosion test circuit including at least two conductive pads which are in a measuring area
located proximate to each other; and

a measuring device connected to said printed circuit board so that one of said two conductive pads is an excitation pad, being
connected to an excitation signal source, and the other one of said two conductive pads is a response pad, whereby the measuring
device is connected at least to the response pad

wherein the excitation pad is at its first end connected to a first potential and at its second end connected to a second
potential via a first resistor;

said measuring device thereby detecting insulation degradation or a cut in one of said conductive pads from a voltage or capacitance
detected by the measuring device.

US Pat. No. 9,731,936

ELEVATOR AND A METHOD

Kone Corporation, Helsin...

1. An elevator comprising:
a hoistway;
an elevator car configured to move in the hoistway, the elevator car including a car brake; and
a first coupler on the elevator car such that the first coupler is configured to one of move with the elevator car and relative
to the elevator car based on a coupling state, the first coupler including a plurality of coupling members spaced a distance
apart at different vertical levels; and

a second coupler on a stationary structure at proximity of a bottom of the hoistway, the second coupler being selectively
activated to couple in a force-transmitting manner with one of the plurality of coupling members when in the coupling state
to trigger the car brake such that each of the plurality of coupling members is configured to couple with the second coupler
to trigger the car brake based on a relative position between the first coupler and the second coupler when the elevator car
moves in a downward direction towards the bottom of the hoistway.

US Pat. No. 9,718,648

MOVING WALK

Kone Corporation, Helsin...

1. A moving walk having an endless conveyor member comprising:
pallets; and
at least one longitudinal drive member to which the pallets are connected, which drive member is engaged by a drive unit,
the endless conveyor member runs in a middle section of the moving walk along an upper conveying track and along a lower return
track; at both ends of the middle section the moving walk including a respective end section, whereby each end section comprises
an entrance/exit area of the moving walk and a transfer means for transferring the endless conveyer member from the conveyor
track to the return track and vice versa, which middle section includes,

a self-supporting support structure, wherein the support structure is formed by roller rails, by cross beams and by support
brackets, whereby the roller rails have an upper rail surface for rollers of the pallets, the cross beams connect the roller
rails and/or the support brackets on both sides of the moving walk and the support brackets comprise the footing of the support
structure and are spaced apart in the longitudinal direction of the roller rails and wherein the roller rails and/or the cross
beams are mounted to the support brackets;

wherein the cross beams and the roller rails are mounted to the support brackets with one common mounting bolt.

US Pat. No. 9,708,156

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR CONTROLLING MOVEMENT OF AN ELEVATOR GROUP

KONE CORPORATION, Helsin...

1. A method for controlling movement of an elevator group comprising a plurality of elevators, the method comprising:
scheduling runs according to calls and already known elevator runs, wherein the schedule comprises at least moments of expected
acceleration and deceleration of an elevator;

determining expected energy demand for each elevator in said elevator group;
controlling the movement of elevators according to the determined expected energy demand,
wherein the controlling comprises delaying the movement of an elevator in accordance with the schedule and modifying the acceleration
and/or speed of at least one elevator of the plurality of elevators during an elevator run to reduce peak power consumption
of the elevator group.

US Pat. No. 9,627,981

BIDIRECTIONAL SWITCHED MODE POWER SUPPLY

Kone Corporation, Helsin...

1. A bidirectional switched mode power supply formed from a DC/DC converter comprising:
a transformer having a first coil and a second coil;
a first inverter stage connected to the first coil;
a second inverter stage connected to the second coil,
the first and the second inverter stages being configured to transfer power through the transformer in both directions;
a first capacitor connected via a first selection switch in parallel with the first inverter stage;
wherein the first selection switch is configured to be conducting when the selected power supply direction is from the first
coil to the second coil, and not to be conducting when the selected power supply direction is from the second coil to the
first coil; and

a second capacitor connected via a second selection switch in parallel with the second inverter stage;
wherein the second selection switch is configured to be conducting when the selected power supply direction is from the second
coil to the first coil and not to be conducting when the selected power supply direction is from the first coil to the second
coil.

US Pat. No. 9,617,120

ELEVATOR CAR AND AN ELEVATOR

KONE CORPORATION, Helsin...

1. An elevator car comprising a car box and a suspension device configured to support the car box in an elevator hoistway,
the car box comprises:
an interior for receiving and transporting freight and/or passengers, said interior is bounded by at least a floor, walls,
a roof, and a door arrangement,

a floor element, vertical beam elements, and roof beam elements, which said floor element, vertical beam, and roof beam elements
are connected to each other such that they form a load-bearing frame structure of rectangular prism shape,

a plurality of planar elements of rectangular shape on an inside of said load-bearing frame structure fixed side-by-side to
said load-bearing frame structure and extending essentially from one edge side of the car box to another, from which plurality
a uniform wall surface and/or roof surface of the car box is formed,

wherein said load-bearing frame structure and/or said planar elements comprises one or more sandwich beams and/or plate elements
comprising a first skin and a second skin and one or more core elements, wherein said one or more core elements are formed
from said first skin by cutting and bending or by punching along cutting edges of said first skin towards said second skin,
said cutting and bending or punching forming an opening in said first skin, and joining said first skin to said second skin
by said one or more core members,

wherein said first skin has edge surfaces, and
wherein said one or more core elements is spaced apart from said edge surfaces.

US Pat. No. 9,909,255

METAL ROPE AND LUBRICANT

Kone Corporation, Helsin...

1. A rope containing metal as a load-bearing material, the rope comprising:
at least one strand laid from metal wires; wherein
the rope is lubricated with a lubricant including at least oil and thickener, the thickener being greater than 65% of the
mass of the lubricant, and

the thickener contains at least one of lithium, lithium complex, calcium, calcium complex, calcium carbonate, gypsum, talcum,
calcite, fluorite or apatite, and a compound containing calcium.

US Pat. No. 9,860,648

ELEVATOR SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR IMPLEMENTING A SOUND SYSTEM FOR AN ELEVATOR

Kone Corporation, Helsin...

1. A sound system for an elevator, comprising:
a plurality of plate-like electrostatic actuators configured to produce a directed sound field near or inside of an elevator
car, the plurality of plate-like electrostatic actuators including a first electrostatic actuator installed on a wall of the
elevator car, a second electrostatic actuator on a door of the elevator car, and a third electrostatic actuator on a ceiling
of the elevator car, wherein

the first electrostatic actuator configured to produce a directed sound field in a first listening area in front of the first
electrostatic actuator, the second electrostatic actuator configured to produce a directed sound field in a second listening
area in front of the second electrostatic actuator, and the third electrostatic actuator configured to produce a sound field
in a third listening area in front of the third electrostatic actuator, the first listening area, the second listening area
and the third listening area intersecting within the elevator car such that the directed sound field in front of the plurality
of plate-like electrostatic actuators is constant in an entire listening area within the elevator car, and

the plurality of plate-like electrostatic actuators are covered with a steel netting, in which the steel netting is able to
withstand a dynamic impact force of at least 4 J.

US Pat. No. 9,845,224

DOOR ARRANGEMENT OF AN ELEVATOR

KONE CORPORATION, Helsin...

1. A door assembly, comprising:
an elevator car door assembly configured to be coupled to an elevator car, the elevator car door assembly including
an elevator car door suspension beam configured to be coupled to an upper portion of the elevator car,
a plurality of elevator car door panels, wherein,
each given elevator car door panel includes a panel body and at least two sets of support rollers coupled to opposite sides
of the panel body of the given elevator car door panel,

the support rollers of each given elevator car door panel are configured to engage with the elevator car door suspension beam,
such that the given elevator car door panel is suspended from the elevator car door suspension beam by the support rollers
of the given elevator car door panel, and

each given elevator car door panel is configured to move in a direction that is substantially parallel with a longitudinal
axis of the elevator car door suspension beam, based on rolling engagement of the support rollers of the given elevator car
door panel with the elevator car door suspension beam along the longitudinal axis of the elevator car door suspension beam,

a door drive motor above the elevator car door suspension beam, the door drive motor configured to move the elevator car door
panels in relation to the elevator car, and

a door coupler structure above the elevator car door suspension beam, the door coupler structure coupled to at least one elevator
car door panel such that the door coupler structure is configured to move according to movement of the at least one elevator
car door panel; and

at least one elevator landing door assembly configured to be coupled to an upper portion of a floor level landing, the at
least one elevator landing door assembly including

an elevator landing door suspension beam configured to be coupled to the upper portion of the floor level landing,
a plurality of elevator landing door panels, wherein,
each given elevator landing door panel includes a panel body and at least two sets of support rollers coupled to opposite
sides of the panel body of the given elevator landing door panel,

the support rollers of each given elevator landing door panel are configured to engage with the elevator landing door suspension
beam, such that the given elevator landing door panel is suspended from the elevator landing door suspension beam by the support
rollers of the given elevator landing door panel, and

each given elevator landing door panel is configured to move in a direction that is substantially parallel with a longitudinal
axis of the elevator landing door suspension beam, based on rolling engagement of the support rollers of the given elevator
landing door panel with the elevator landing door suspension beam along the longitudinal axis of the elevator landing door
suspension beam,

a plurality of rollers coupled to at least one elevator landing door panel above the elevator landing door suspension beam,
the rollers configured to engage with the door coupler structure of the elevator car door assembly to such that the at least
one elevator landing door panel is configured to move according to movement of the at least one elevator car door panel, and

a synchronization device configured to move the elevator landing door panels synchronously based on movement of the at least
one elevator landing door panel,

wherein each of the elevator car door suspension beam and the elevator landing door suspension beam is a substantially rectangular
tube structure, each given substantially rectangular tube structure including,

an interior space with a substantially rectangular cross section, and
top and bottom flanges,
wherein a difference between an external height of the given substantially rectangular tube structure and an interior height
of the interior space of the given substantially rectangular tube structure corresponds with a combined thickness of the top
and bottom flanges,

wherein the elevator car door panels are configured to extend vertically through the interior space of the given substantially
rectangular tube structure of the elevator car door suspension beam.

US Pat. No. 9,758,346

TENSIONING ARRANGEMENT FOR A TRACTION MEANS OF AN ELEVATOR

KONE CORPORATION, Helsin...

1. A tensioning arrangement for an elevator, which arrangement comprises:
at least an elevator car configured to move up and down in an elevator hoistway,
at least one or more compensating weights supporting the elevator car via diverting pulleys, and a hoisting machine provided
with at least one traction sheave, and

at least two traction devices configured to transmit the rotational movement of the traction sheave into movement of the elevator
car and of the compensating weights,

wherein a first traction device of said at least two traction devices is fixed from at least one of its ends to a first fixing
device and a second traction device of said at least two traction devices is fixed from at least one of its ends to a second
fixing device, the first fixing device is disposed on a first side of the elevator car and the second fixing device is disposed
on a second side of the elevator car opposite to the first side of the elevator car,

wherein the first traction device extends downward from the first fixing device towards a first diverting pulley of said diverting
pulleys, around a first side of said at least one traction sheave towards a second diverting pulley of said diverting pulleys
and ascending to a first compensating weight of said at least one or more compensating weights,

wherein the second traction device extends downwards from the second fixing device towards a third diverting pulley of said
diverting pulleys, around a second side opposite to said first side of said at least one traction sheave towards a fourth
diverting pulley of said diverting pulleys, and ascends to a second compensating weight of said at least one or more compensating
weights,

wherein each fixing device provides an essentially constant tensioning force to the traction device,
wherein each fixing device comprises a frame having an interior portion enclosing a roll rotatable about an axle and enclosing
an adjustment device fitted to said axle, the adjustment device is connected to said roll, and each fixing device further
comprises a spring abutting against an outer portion of said frame,

wherein one end of the respective traction device is fixed to a rim of the roll, and
wherein the adjustment device has a surface that is spirally eccentric in relation to an axis of rotation of the roll.

US Pat. No. 9,752,882

TRANSPORTATION SYSTEM

KONE CORPORATION, Helsin...

1. A transportation system in an environment, the transportation system comprising:
a plurality of people conveyors;
at least one wireless transmission device located in connection with at least one people conveyer of the plurality of people
conveyors, the at least one wireless transmission device configured to transmit position and/or identification data; and

a mobile devices held by at least one passengers of the at least one people conveyer of the plurality of people conveyers,
the mobile device configured to

receive the position and/or identification data, at the mobile device, from the wireless transmission device,
determine a reference position of the at least one people conveyer based on the position and/or identification data, and
adopt the determined reference position of the at least one people conveyor as a reference position of the mobile device in
the environment, based on a determination that a distance between the mobile device and the wireless transmission device is
less than a threshold value.

US Pat. No. 9,718,643

ELEVATOR ALIGNMENT TOOL

KONE CORPORATION, Helsin...

1. An elevator alignment tool comprising:
a frame having rollers being configured to run along the surface of a guide rail of an elevator construction, the frame comprising
a bias device configured to bias the frame against the guide rail and a connecting part configured to be connected to an elevator
car or an installation time platform, the elevator alignment tool further comprises a laser mounted to the frame.

US Pat. No. 9,650,230

INSULATED LANDING DOOR OF AN ELEVATOR

Kone Corporation, Helsin...

1. A insulated landing door of an elevator, the insulating landing door comprising:
at least a first door panel configured to open and close in a lateral direction, the lateral direction perpendicular to a
movement direction of the elevator, and the first door panel having a floor level side facing a floor and a hoistway side
facing a hoistway, the first door panel including,

a glass surface plate,
a frame structure surrounding an edge the glass surface plate and supporting the first door panel,
edge beading extending continuously along an edge of the first door panel from a top of the first door panel to a bottom of
the first door panel, the edge beading being attached to the frame structure on the floor level side of the first door panel
and wrapping around the edge of the first door panel such that the edge beading is configured to overlap with edge beading
of a second door panel configured to move in a direction opposite to the first door panel, and

a glass insulation element including at least one glass plate, the glass insulation element spaced apart from the glass surface
plate by an air gap between the glass surface plate and the glass insulation element, the air gap defined by an insert between
the glass insulation element and the glass surface plate, the glass insulation element and the insert being pressed against
each other by a fastener and the frame structure.

US Pat. No. 9,902,591

METHOD FOR GIVING DESTINATION CALLS IN AN ELEVATOR SYSTEM AND AN ELEVATOR SYSTEM

KONE CORPORATION, Helsin...

1. A method for giving destination calls to an elevator system by means of a destination operating panel in one or more call-giving
phases, which destination operating panel comprises a decimal numeric keypad for giving destination calls, said method comprising
the steps of:
identifying a passenger;
determining access rights of the passenger on the basis of the identification; and
during the call-giving phase in which at least one input is applied to the decimal numeric keypad, continuously activating
the buttons of the decimal numeric keypad the passenger has access rights to and continuously deactivating the buttons of
the decimal numeric keypad the passenger does not have access rights to.

US Pat. No. 9,890,015

ELEVATOR CONTROL APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR MINIMIZING AN ELEVATOR GROUP LOAD DIFFERENCE

KONE CORPORATION, Helsin...

1. An elevator control apparatus comprising:
at least one processor; and
at least one memory comprising computer program code for one or more programs, the at least one memory and the computer program
code operating together with the at least one processor to cause the apparatus to:

control an elevator group comprising at least a first elevator and a second elevator, wherein a counterweight balance of the
first elevator differs from a counterweight balance of the second elevator;

determine threshold loads for the first and second elevator separately for up and down direction for each elevator, a threshold
load being dependent of the counterweight balance of the corresponding elevator and being a load for which consumed energy
per up-down run is approximately zero; and

control, when allocating an elevator in response to a destination call, route determination for the first and second elevators
by minimizing a load difference of the first and second elevators from the threshold loads.

US Pat. No. 9,873,591

BRAKE CONTROLLER, ELEVATOR SYSTEM AND A METHOD FOR PERFORMING AN EMERGENCY STOP WITH AN ELEVATOR HOISTING MACHINE DRIVEN WITH A FREQUENCY CONVERTER

KONE CORPORATION, Helsin...

1. A brake controller for controlling the electromagnetic brake of an elevator, said brake controller comprising:
an input for connecting the brake controller to the DC intermediate circuit of a frequency converter driving the hoisting
machine of the elevator;

an input circuit for a safety signal disconnected/connected from outside the brake controller;
two outputs for connecting the brake control to a first and second electromagnets of the brake, controlled with the processor
independently of each other, via the first output, electric power is supplied from the DC intermediate circuit of the frequency
converter driving the hoisting machine of the elevator to the first electromagnet of a brake, and via the second output, electric
power is supplied from the DC intermediate circuit of the frequency converter driving the hoisting machine of the elevator
to the second electromagnet;

a solid-state switch for supplying electric power from the DC intermediate circuit of the frequency converter driving the
hoisting machine of the elevator via the two outputs to the electromagnets of the brake;

a brake switching logic connected to the input circuit and configured to prevent passage of a control pulses to a control
pole of the solid-state switch when the safety signal is disconnected; and

the processor, with which the operation of the brake controller is controlled by producing control pulses in the control pole
of the solid-state switch of the brake controller,

wherein the processor comprises a communications interface, via which the processor is connected to the elevator control;
and the brake controller is configured to disconnect the electricity supply to the first electromagnet but to continue the
electricity supply from the DC intermediate circuit of the frequency converter to the second electromagnet after brake controller
has received from the elevator control an emergency stop request for starting an emergency stop to be performed at a reduced
deceleration.

US Pat. No. 9,845,225

ELEVATOR LANDING DOOR ARRANGEMENT

KONE CORPORATION, Helsin...

1. An elevator landing door arrangement for installation in a landing door opening of an elevator shaft wall, comprising:
at least one door jamb having a backside surface with an opening, wherein the backside surface comprises two backside parts
facing one another with said opening located between said two backside parts, wherein the backside surface faces an elevator
shaft; and

at least one protective element fixed at the at least one door jamb, wherein the at least one protective element comprises
a fixing portion connected to the at least one door jamb and a sealing portion which butts against a side surface of the elevator
shaft wall,

wherein the fixing portion passes around an outer surface of a first backside part of said two backside parts, through said
opening into an interior space of said at least one door jamb and around an inner surface of the first backside part, and

wherein the fixing portion is connected to the at least one door jamb via a fastener that extends through the fixing portion
and the first backside part.

US Pat. No. 9,840,398

DIVERTING PULLEY ARRANGEMENT, ELEVATOR, AND METHOD

KONE CORPORATION, Helsin...

1. A diverting pulley arrangement, comprising:
an axle, having a locking surface;
at least one diverting pulley that rotates while supported on the axle;
a faceplate structure, the diverting pulley being supported by the faceplate structure and being operable to rotate on a first
side of the faceplate structure, a distal end of the axle extending to a second side, opposite to the first side, of the faceplate
structure;

a safety switch, comprising:
a cat whisker,
a casing,
a spring and
a retainer part on a stem of the cat whisker, and configured to keep the spring in a preset position inside the casing; and
a locking element provided on the second side of the faceplate structure, and movable with respect to the faceplate structure,
the locking element being configured to lock the axle by preventing the axle from rotating, wherein the locking element, on
a side thereof facing the safety switch, includes a detent surface engagable with an inner end of the cat whisker,

wherein the locking element includes:
a first operational position where the locking element is placed against the locking surface of the axle so that a contact
point of the locking element and the locking surface of the axle is at least partly visible when viewed from a direction of
the distal end of the axle, and the inner end of the cat whisker engages the detent surface of the locking element, and

a second operational position where when the axle starts to rotate, the distal end of the axle forces the locking element
to displace out of the first operational position and to trip the safety switch by disengaging the inner end of the cat whisker
from the locking element such that an outer end of the cat whisker displaces to a side away from the locking element and disconnects
a safety circuit of the elevator,

wherein said distal end of the axle comprises a locking indent configured to engage with the locking element to prevent rotation
of the axle, the locking indent is recessed from a distal end surface of said distal end in a longitudinal direction (x) and
extends to a circumference of the axle in a transverse direction (y) of the axle, and the locking indent includes the locking
surface orthogonal to the distal end surface, and

wherein the axle includes a positioning groove for positioning the axle in relation to the faceplate structure in the longitudinal
direction (x), and the locking indent and the positioning groove are separate from each other in the longitudinal direction
(x) by a neck structure having an outer radial diameter different from the positioning groove.

US Pat. No. 9,834,420

MACHINERY BRAKE

KONE CORPORATION, Helsin...

1. A brake comprising:
a frame part;
an armature part supported by the frame part in a manner that allows movement;
an electromagnet for opening the brake; and
a damping arrangement for damping the noise of the brake,
wherein the damping arrangement is made to be conductive to magnetic flux,
wherein the damping arrangement is fitted on the pathway of the magnetic flux of the electromagnet of the brake,
wherein the damping arrangement is made of a ferromagnetic composite material, which comprises a flexible matrix, to which
matrix ferromagnetic material has been added,

wherein the damping arrangement is made from ferrite polymer composite, and
wherein the damping arrangement is made from a ferrite polymer composite film, the thickness of which is approximately 0.2
to 0.4 millimeters.

US Pat. No. 9,701,516

PROTECTIVE ARRANGEMENT FOR AN ELEVATOR

KONE CORPORATION, Helsin...

1. An elevator, comprising:
an elevator car configured to move in an elevator hoistway;
floor landings; and
a protective arrangement comprising a protective wall connected to a bottom part of the elevator car,
wherein the protective wall can be displaced between a vertical operating position and a retracted position rotated from the
vertical operating position,

wherein the protective wall forms a wall extending downwards from a bottom edge of a floor landing side of the elevator car
in the vertical operating position,

wherein the protective arrangement further comprises a lock for preventing the protective wall in the vertical operating position
from rotating out of the vertical operating position,

wherein the lock comprises at least one movable elongated locking member linearly movable in the direction of the elevator
hoistway, which is arranged to be moved between a locking position and a retracted position,

wherein in the locking position, the lock prevents the protective wall in the vertical operating position from rotating out
of the vertical operating position towards the retracted position, and

wherein in the retracted position, the lock allows rotation of the protective wall out of the vertical operating position
into the retracted position.

US Pat. No. 9,561,931

TOUCH SCREEN CALL-GIVING DEVICE AND METHOD FOR GIVING ELEVATOR CALL

KONE CORPORATION, Helsin...

1. A call-giving device for giving an elevator call for an elevator, the call-giving device comprising:
a touch-sensitive display having at least one touch detection area; wherein
the call-giving device is configured to detect a first gesture performed in the at least one touch detection area,
the call-giving device is configured to register a call to a floor according to a floor marking, among a first string of consecutively
situated floor markings, in response to detecting a touch meeting call-giving criterion on the touch-sensitive display at
a point corresponding to the floor marking,

the call-giving device is configured to present, on the touch-sensitive display, registration data associated with the registered
call, the registration data indicative of registered floor calls that have not yet been served by the elevator, and the registration
data presented as a second string of consecutively situated floor markings on the touch-sensitive display, and

the call-giving device is configured to present the first and second strings of consecutively situated floor markings simultaneously
on the touch-sensitive display.

US Pat. No. 10,029,888

METHOD AND ARRANGEMENT

KONE CORPORATION, Helsin...

1. A method for manufacturing an electrical contact arrangement on an end of a hoisting rope of a hoisting apparatus, which hoisting rope comprises a non-conductive coating, and a plurality of adjacent conductive load bearing members for bearing the load exerted on the hoisting rope in a longitudinal direction thereof embedded in the coating and extending parallel to each other and to the longitudinal direction of the hoisting rope unbroken throughout the length of the hoisting rope, the coating forming the surface of the hoisting rope and extending between adjacent load bearing members thereby isolating them from each other, said method comprising the steps of:placing a conductive plate element beside the end of the hoisting rope; and
attaching the conductive plate element immovably beside the end of the hoisting rope with at least one threaded screw member made of conductive material by screwing the at least one threaded screw member into the hoisting rope such that the at least one threaded screw member extends centrally between load bearing members next to each other, and such that the threads thereof are in contact with both of said load bearing members next to each other, the conductive plate element being thereby brought to be in conductive connection with both of said load bearing members next to each other via said at least one threaded screw member.

US Pat. No. 9,878,880

ELEVATOR CAR

KONE CORPORATION, Helsin...

1. An elevator car configured to be installed in an elevator, the elevator car comprising:
an elevator car floor including a set of coupled elevator car floor modular elements; and
an elevator car roof including a set of coupled elevator car roof modular elements;
wherein the elevator car is configured to be supported in an elevator hoistway on at least one suspension member;
wherein the elevator car is configured to be moved through the elevator hoistway based on operation of a hoisting machine;
and

wherein at least one modular element of the set of coupled elevator car floor modular elements or the set of coupled elevator
car roof modular elements is configured to be directly fixed to the at least one suspension member to directly support the
elevator car in the elevator hoistway, such that the elevator car is supported, by the at least one suspension member, directly
through the at least one modular element of the set of coupled elevator car floor modular elements or the set of coupled elevator
car roof modular elements.

US Pat. No. 9,873,590

APPARATUS AND A METHOD FOR ELEVATOR ALLOCATION USING A MAGNETIC FIELD MAP IN AN ELEVATOR SYSTEM

Kone Corporation, Helsin...

1. A method, comprising:
dividing a target area to grid having a predefined resolution, the grid comprising a plurality of cells;
determining a plurality of movement paths of a plurality of mobile nodes, each movement path comprising an origin cell and
a target cell, the origin cell and the target cell being determined using a magnetic map of the target area;

determining durations of the plurality of movement paths for an elevator user;
forming a route topology data structure using the plurality of movement paths and the durations of the plurality of movement
paths, the route topology data structure comprising for the plurality of cells a time to reach an elevator location cell;

determining an elevator call in a request cell by a requesting mobile node, the request cell being the cell in which the elevator
call is made;

determining the time to reach the elevator location cell using the route topology data structure and information on the request
cell; and

selecting an elevator car to serve the elevator call based on the time to reach the elevator location cell, a floor of the
elevator location cell, current positions of at least two elevator cars, and current directions of at the least two elevator
cars.

US Pat. No. 9,868,615

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR DETECTING A STALL CONDITION IN AN ELEVATOR

Kone Corporation, Helsin...

1. A method for detecting a stall condition in an elevator, the method comprising:
monitoring torque of a hoisting machine used for hoisting said elevator, the monitoring including measuring electric current
input in or output from a motor of the hoisting machine;

computing a rate of change of said torque;
detecting a stall condition in response to said computed rate of change exceeding a threshold value, the threshold value indicating
said torque, changes rapidly; and

generating a response based on detecting said stall condition.

US Pat. No. 9,856,107

METHOD FOR HANDLING ERRONEOUS CALLS IN AN ELEVATOR SYSTEM AND AN ELEVATOR SYSTEM

KONE CORPORATION, Helsin...

1. A method for handling erroneous calls in an elevator system, the elevator system comprising at least one elevator, call-giving
devices for registering calls on floor levels and/or in an elevator car, and a control system that responds to the calls,
said method comprising the steps of:
registering one or more calls given by a passenger;
assessing on the basis of at least one given criterion whether one or more of the calls are erroneous;
performing at least one corrective action for removing the one or more erroneous calls or for rectifying the call data of
the one or more erroneous calls, if the one or more calls are ascertained to be erroneous on the basis of the at least one
criterion; and

providing the elevator system with an observation device configured to observe passengers moving in an elevator lobby and/or
using call-giving devices;

deducing on the basis of the observation data whether the same passenger gives consecutive calls with one or more call-giving
devices in the same elevator lobby; and

if a passenger gives the consecutive calls, removing the calls from the plurality of registered calls except for the very
last call.

US Pat. No. 9,828,215

ROPE FOR A HOISTING DEVICE AND ELEVATOR

KONE CORPORATION, Helsin...

1. A rope for a hoisting device, which rope has at least one flat outer surface and comprises several parallel load bearing
members spaced apart in a width direction of the rope so as to not be in contact with adjacent load bearing members and embedded
in a common coating, each of the load bearing members comprising several load bearing strings twisted together,
wherein one or more of said load bearing members has at least a substantially polygonal cross-sectional shape,
wherein each of the load bearing strings is made of composite material comprising reinforcing fibers embedded in a polymer
matrix, the reinforcing fibers of each of the load bearing strings extending parallel to a longitudinal direction of the load
bearing string such that the reinforcing fibers of each load bearing string are untwisted in relation to each other in the
load bearing string,

wherein one or more of said load bearing members has at least one substantially flat outer side face extending in the width
direction of the rope, and

wherein a number of load bearing strings defining an outside of each load bearing member is greater than a number of sides
of the substantially polygonal cross-sectional shape.

US Pat. No. 9,802,790

DRIVE DEVICE OF AN ELEVATOR WITH SAFETY SYSTEM

KONE CORPORATION, Helsin...

1. A drive device of an elevator, comprising:
a DC bus;
a motor bridge connected to the DC bus for the electricity supply of the elevator motor, said motor bridge comprising high-side
and low-side switches for supplying electric power from the DC bus to the elevator motor when driving with the elevator motor,
and also from the elevator motor to the DC bus when braking with the elevator motor;

a control circuit of the motor bridge, with which control circuit the operation of the motor bridge is controlled by producing
control pulses in the control poles of the high-side and low-side switches of the motor bridge;

a brake controller, which comprises a switch for supplying electric power to the control coil of an electromagnetic brake;
a brake control circuit, with which the operation of the brake controller is controlled by producing control pulses in the
control pole of the switch of the brake controller;

an input circuit for a safety signal, which safety signal can be disconnected/connected from outside the drive device;
drive prevention logic, which is connected to the input circuit and is configured to prevent the passage of control pulses
to the control poles of the high-side and/or low-side switches of the motor bridge when the safety signal is disconnected;
and

brake drop-out logic, which is connected to the input circuit and is configured to prevent passage of the control pulses to
the control pole of the switch of the brake controller when the safety signal is disconnected.

US Pat. No. 9,800,101

AXIAL FLUX MOTOR INTENDED FOR FIXING TO A MACHINE AND METHOD FOR FIXING THE AXIAL FLUX MOTOR TO A MACHINE

Kone Corporation, Helsin...

1. An axial flux motor comprising:
a rotor configured to rotate such that the rotor determines an axis of rotation; and
a stator stack including sectional slots on a side of the stator stack intersecting the axis of rotation, the sectional slots
including between 6 and 12 radial sectional slots, the sectional slots configured to receive respective fixing parts installed
therein, the fixing parts configured to shape-lock into a respective one of the sectional slots and the fixing parts including
threaded holes therein such that the axial flux motor is configured to bolt to a machine via bolts inserted into the threaded
holes of at least some of the fixing parts, wherein

the sectional slots and the fixing parts are shaped such that, when the fixing parts are inserted into respective ones of
the sectional slots, the fixing parts do not protrude from a surface of the stator stack having the sectional slots thereon.

US Pat. No. 9,731,904

ELECTRONIC SAFETY DEVICE AND A CONVEYOR SYSTEM

Kone Corporation, Helsin...

1. An electronic safety device comprising:
a safety input terminal configured to receive a safety signal, the electronic safety device configured to block operation
of an elevator, if the safety signal is not detected at the safety input terminal; and

an operation-preventing device configured to detect an operational anomaly in the safety input terminal, the operation-preventing
circuit including a switch configured to short the safety input terminal, if the operational anomaly is detected in the safety
input terminal.

US Pat. No. 9,714,155

METHOD FOR CONDITION MONITORING OF ELEVATOR ROPES AND ARRANGEMENT FOR THE SAME

KONE CORPORATION, Helsin...

1. A method for condition monitoring of a rope of an elevator comprising an elevator car and a rope wheel arrangement, which
rope is connected to the elevator car and passes around at least one rope wheel comprised in the rope wheel arrangement, the
method comprising the steps of:
obtaining travel data of the elevator car;
determining based on the travel data a total number of car visits at a predetermined landing in the path of the elevator car,
which total number is the sum of the number of starts of the elevator car away from said predetermined landing so as to travel
to any other landing irrespective of the traveling direction, and the number of times the elevator car has bypassed said predetermined
landing without stopping irrespective of the traveling direction; and

comparing the total number or a multifold of the total number with a first predetermined limit value, wherein said multifold
equals to the total number multiplied with factor n wherein n equals the number of said at least one rope wheel; and

performing one or more predetermined actions if said total number or the multifold of the total number meets the first predetermined
limit value, said one or more actions including one or more of indicating a weakened rope condition, indicating a need for
maintenance or replacement of elevator rope(s), calculating an estimated moment of maintenance or replacement of elevator
rope(s), sending a specific or general warning signal, sending a fault signal, sending a signal to a service center the signal
indicating weakened rope condition or a need for maintenance or a need for replacement of elevator rope(s).

US Pat. No. 9,561,932

METHOD FOR IDENTIFYING AN ELEVATOR ALLOCATED BY AN ELEVATOR SYSTEM, ARRANGEMENT FOR IDENTIFYING AN ELEVATOR ALLOCATED BY AN ELEVATOR SYSTEM AND AN ELEVATOR SYSTEM

KONE CORPORATION, Helsin...

1. A method for identifying an elevator allocated by an elevator system for a user of the elevator system, which elevator
system comprises a plurality of elevators, and an apparatus that communicates with a control system of the elevator system,
and that is available to a user, which apparatus comprises a display, the method comprising
transmitting a real-time view of the landscape via the display to the user, and
presenting predetermined graphics to the user on the display at a point that transmits to the user a real-time view of the
allocated elevator, or in the immediate proximity of said point.

US Pat. No. 9,927,384

METHOD AND AN ARRANGEMENT IN CONDITION MONITORING OF AN ELEVATOR ROPE

KONE CORPORATION, Helsin...

1. A method to monitor a condition of an elevator rope the elevator rope being an elevator suspension rope and/or an elevator transmission rope, the elevator rope including one or more load bearing parts, the method comprising:reeling or packing the elevator rope in a rope storage unit, the rope storage unit including a support body and a rope reel, the support body including one or more support members, the one or more support members delimiting an inner space, the rope reel inside the inner space and supported by the support body such that the one or more support members radially surround the rope reel, the reeling or packing including winding the elevator rope in a spiral form around the rope reel in the inner space such that the one or more support members block the elevator rope from straightening;
performing a first measurement of electrical resistance between a first point of the elevator rope and a second point of the elevator rope at a rope condition monitoring device to determine a first electrical resistance value concurrently with the elevator rope remaining wound in the inner space of the rope storage unit, the rope condition monitoring device connected to the rope storage unit, the rope condition monitoring device further connected to the first point of the elevator rope and the second point of the elevator rope concurrently with the elevator rope remaining wound in the inner space of the rope storage unit;
determining a threshold value based on the first electrical resistance value;
delivering the rope storage unit in which the elevator rope remains wound into an installation site subsequently to determining the threshold value;
performing a second measurement of electrical resistance between the first point of the elevator rope and the second point of the elevator rope at the rope condition monitoring device to determine a second electrical resistance value subsequently to the delivering and concurrently with the elevator rope remaining wound in the inner space of the rope storage unit; and
selectively performing an action based on determining that the second electrical resistance value at least meets the threshold value.

US Pat. No. 9,862,569

BRAKE AND AN ELEVATOR

KONE CORPORATION, Helsin...

1. A braking system, comprising:
a drive sheave, the drive sheave connected to an elevator car via a hoisting rope, the drive sheave configured to control
movement of the elevator car based on controlling movement of the hoisting rope,

a frame,
a braking member on the frame movably between a braking position and a released position, the braking member configured to
engage the drive sheave to cause braking of the elevator car via the hoisting rope based on the braking member being in the
braking position, and

a rotatable lever on the frame, the rotatable lever being functionally connected to the braking member such that movement
of the rotatable lever axially away from the frame moves the braking member towards the released position such that the braking
member releases engagement with the drive sheave to release braking of the elevator car via the hoisting rope,

wherein a plurality of cylindrical rollers are on one of the frame and the rotatable lever, to be positioned between the frame
and the rotatable lever,

the frame includes a recess configured to receive said plurality of cylindrical rollers, and in rotation, the rotatable lever
is configured to cause said plurality of cylindrical rollers to roll outwardly from the recess along an edge portion of the
recess forcing the rotatable lever to move axially away from the frame, so as to cause the braking member to move towards
the released position such that the braking member releases engagement with the drive sheave to release braking of the elevator
car via the hoisting rope, and

the plurality of cylindrical rollers are positioned 90 degrees with respect to each other.

US Pat. No. 9,764,924

BRAKE, AND ELEVATOR SYSTEM

KONE CORPORATION, Helsin...

1. A brake, comprising:
a frame part of the brake;
an armature part movably supported on the frame part, the armature part being configured to be movable between a braking position
and a releasing position;

a limit switch attached to the frame part, a switching state of the limit switch changing at an operating point of the limit
switch; and

a measuring pin movably supported on the frame part of the brake, the measuring pin being separate from the armature part
and being connected to the limit switch, and being configured to engage by movement of the armature part in an operating direction
of the limit switch, in an operating range between the braking position and the releasing position,

wherein, in the operating range, the operating point of the limit switch is configured to divide into sections of the operating
range, the switching state of the limit switch in a first section indicating the braking position and the switching state
of the limit switch in a second section indicating the releasing position, and

wherein the brake comprises a thruster spring fitted between the frame part of the brake and the measuring pin for engaging
the measuring pin with the armature part.

US Pat. No. 9,714,156

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR ALIGNING GUIDE RAILS IN AN ELEVATOR SHAFT

KONE CORPORATION, Helsin...

1. An apparatus for aligning guide rails in an elevator shaft, a lifting machinery moving an elevator car in a first direction
upwards and downwards in the vertically extending elevator shaft being restricted by wall structures, the elevator car being
guided by guide rails supported on the wall structures in the elevator shaft, wherein the apparatus comprises:
a positioning unit extending horizontally across the elevator shaft in a second direction and comprising a first attachment
mechanism movable in the second direction at each end of the positioning unit for supporting the positioning unit on the opposite
wall structures or other support structures in the elevator shaft; and

an alignment unit extending across the elevator shaft in the second direction and being supported with support parts on each
end portion of the positioning unit so that each end portion of the alignment unit is individually movable in relation to
the positioning unit in a third direction perpendicular to the second direction, and comprising a second attachment mechanism
movable in the second direction at each end of the alignment unit for supporting the alignment unit on opposite guide rails
in the shaft, said second attachment mechanism comprising a gripper for gripping on the guide rail,

whereby opposite guide rails can be adjusted in relation to each other and in relation to the elevator shaft with the apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,701,514

METHOD AND ARRANGEMENT FOR MONITORING THE OPERATING CONDITION OF A READING DEVICE IN A TRANSPORT SYSTEM

KONE Corporation, Helsin...

1. A method for monitoring a transport system, the method comprising:
measuring a value associated with an operation of a reader device, the reader device configured to perform a transmit operation
to transmit a reading signal to read an identifier, if the identifier is situated within range of the reading signal, and
a receipt operation to receive a pulse pattern from the identifier in response to the reading signal, the operation including
one or more of the transmit operation and the receipt operation; and

detecting a presence of a functional nonconformance in the operation of the reader device based on the value associated with
operation of the reader device.

US Pat. No. 9,511,978

INTEGRATED ROOF STRUCTURE OF AN ELEVATOR CAR

KONE CORPORATION, Helsin...

1. An elevator comprising:
an elevator hoistway having a top end; and
an elevator car located in the hoistway, the elevator car comprising:
an interior, which is bounded by at least a ceiling of the elevator car;
a frame structure, which comprises two parallel, horizontal, elongated roof beams in connection with a roof of the elevator
car that are at a horizontal distance from each other, between which elongated roof beams is a trough that has an upward-facing
base surface, the roof of the car extending beyond the elongated roof beams away from the trough located between the elongated
roof beams; and

a standing platform in connection with the roof of the elevator car, which platform comprises a standing surface, immediately
above which is a space free of parts of the elevator car and free of hoisting roping of the elevator, for enabling standing
on top of the standing surface at least when the elevator car is situated at a distance from a top end of the elevator hoistway,

wherein the standing surface forms at least a part of the base surface of the trough.

US Pat. No. 10,040,666

ARRANGEMENT FOR FIXING THE COMPENSATING WEIGHT GUIDE RAILS OF AN ELEVATOR, AND GUIDE RAIL BRACKET USED IN THE ARRANGEMENT

Kone Corporation, Helsin...

1. An elevator arrangement comprising:an elevator car configured to move reciprocally along a guide rail;
at least one compensating weight configured to support the elevator car by at least one suspension rope and at least one diverting pulley, the at least one compensating weight being guided by compensating weight guide rails; and
a hoisting machine including a traction sheave and at least one traction rope configured to transfer rotational movement of the traction sheave into movement of the elevator car and movement of the at least one compensating weight, wherein
the compensating weight guide rails are fixed in place with guide rail brackets and are configured to extend vertically, the guide rail brackets including fixing parts for the compensating weight guide rails and for the guide rail, and
the compensating weight guide rails include a spring element in an extension point of the compensating weight guide rails, the spring element configured to function as an aligning support element.

US Pat. No. 10,035,682

APPARATUS FOR FIXING A HOISTING MACHINE OF AN ELEVATOR AND A FIXING ARRANGEMENT

Kone Corporation, Helsin...

1. An apparatus configured to fix a hoisting machine in an elevator, the elevator including an elevator car and one or more counterweights or compensating weights, the elevator car configured to move reciprocally in an elevator hoistway, the one or more counterweights or compensating weights configured to support the elevator car via one or more support members and a plurality of diverting pulleys associated with the one or more support members, the hoisting machine including one or more traction sheaves and one or more traction members configured to transfer rotational movement of the one or more traction sheaves into movement of the elevator car guided by elevator car guide rails and into movement of the one or more counterweights or compensating weights guided by counterweight guide rails or compensating weight guide rails, the apparatus comprising:a machine station configured to arrange the one or more traction sheaves, a motor, and a plurality of diverting pulleys associated with the one or more traction members into a particular configuration of positions relative to each other; and
a plurality of brackets configured to fix the machine station into a position that is determined by a position of the elevator car guide rails in the elevator hoistway, the plurality of brackets including top surfaces, the top surfaces including buffers for the one or more counterweights or compensating weights.

US Pat. No. 10,029,890

PASSENGER CONVEYOR SYSTEM

KONE CORPORATION, Helsin...

1. Passenger conveyor system comprisinga longitudinal conveyor frame having at its longitudinal ends mounting points,
a conveyor unit mounted to the conveyor frame and comprising an endless conveyor means comprising an upper conveyor track and a lower return track and turnover means at the conveyor unit ends to turn the conveyor means from the conveyor track to the return track and vice versa, and
at least one compensation means comprising
a compensation mass which is in transversal direction of the conveyor frame movably mounted to the conveyor frame via a swing drive;
a compensation control configured to control compensation means including the swing drive,
a movement detector including at least one movement sensor outputting a movement signal to the compensation control,
whereby the compensation control is configured to detect a swing of the conveyor frame from the movement signal and to control the compensation means so to move the compensation mass with the same swing frequency as the conveyor frame but with a phase offset between 135 and 223 degrees.

US Pat. No. 9,902,595

ELEVATOR

KONE CORPORATION, Helsin...

1. A rope clamp for clamping one or more ropes comprising:
a first clamping member having a first clamping face for being set against one or more ropes to be clamped;
a second clamping member having a second clamping face for being set against one or more ropes to be clamped;
said clamping faces defining between them a gap for receiving one or more ropes, the clamping members being relatively movable
towards each other such that the gap is narrowed for clamping one or more ropes between the clamping faces thereof; and

a device configured to move the clamping members towards each other such that the gap is narrowed,
wherein at least one of the first clamping member and the second clamping member comprises:
a metallic face part forming the clamping face of the clamping member in question;
a metallic body part on a back side of the face part; and
an elastic intermediate part made of elastic material between the body part and the face part for elastically transmitting
force between the body part and the face part,

wherein the one or more ropes are ropes in the form of a belt, and said clamping face of at least one of the first clamping
member and second clamping member is configured for being set against a wide side of the one or more ropes to be clamped.

US Pat. No. 9,776,827

ELEVATOR SYSTEM INCLUDING MONITORING ARRANGEMENT TO ACTIVATE MULTIPLE EMERGENCY BRAKING PROCEDURES ASSOCIATED WITH DIFFERENT DECELERATIONS AND METHOD OF OPERATING THE SAME

KONE CORPORATION, Helsin...

1. A method for monitoring movement of an elevator car of an elevator, the method comprising:
calculating a first limit value for permitted speed and a second limit value for permitted speed, at least one of (i) the
first limit value calculated based on a first deceleration and (ii) the second limit value calculated based on a second deceleration;

activating a first emergency braking procedure to brake the elevator car at the first deceleration if the speed of the elevator
car exceeds the first limit value for permitted speed; and

activating a second emergency braking procedure to brake the elevator car at the second deceleration if the speed of the elevator
car exceeds the second limit value for permitted speed, wherein

the second deceleration is greater than the first deceleration,
the second limit value is greater than the first limit value,
the second limit value is a speed limit value enabling the elevator car to slow from the speed of the elevator car at the
time of activation of the second emergency braking procedure to a permitted buffer collision speed at the second deceleration.

US Pat. No. 9,751,726

LOCKING APPARATUS TO PREVENT MOVEMENT OF AN ELEVATOR CAR

Kone Corporation, Helsin...

1. A locking apparatus to limit movement of an elevator car, the locking apparatus comprising a base formed by a frame part
and a holding device configured to limit movement of the elevator car, wherein the locking apparatus is disposed with respect
to a hoisting machine such that the holding device of the locking apparatus is arranged to limit rotational movement of the
traction sheave, wherein the holding device pivots about an axis that is perpendicular to a rotational axis of the traction
sheave to meet a holding detent on the traction sheave, and wherein the base of the locking apparatus is fixed to the frame
of the hoisting machine.

US Pat. No. 9,643,817

ELEVATOR ARRANGEMENT

KONE CORPORATION, Helsin...

1. An elevator arrangement, comprising:
a hoisting machine arranged in an elevator hoistway, the hoisting machine having one or more traction sheaves;
an elevator car and one or more compensating weights configured to move in the elevator hoistway, the one or more compensating
weights being connected to support the elevator car via one or more support members and one or more diverting pulleys; and

one or more traction members configured to transmit rotational movement of the one or more traction sheaves into movement
of the elevator car and the one or more compensating weights; wherein

the one or more traction members are separate from the one or more support members,
each of the one or more compensating weights is connected to the hoisting machine via a respective traction member from among
the one or more traction members,

a first end of the one or more traction members is fixed at a first fixing point below the elevator car, and
a second end of the one or more traction members is fixed at a second fixing point below the elevator car.

US Pat. No. 9,862,574

ELEVATOR ROPING ARRANGEMENT AND METHOD FOR INSTALLING ROPING OF AN ELEVATOR

KONE CORPORATION, Helsin...

1. An arrangement for installing a set of elevator ropes, the arrangement comprising:
one or more rope reels storing the set of elevator ropes; and
a rope wheel arrangement mounted on a fixed base comprising one or more rope wheels;
a first rope guide detachably mounted in proximity of said one or more rope wheels of the rope wheel arrangement; and
a second rope guide detachably mounted in proximity of said one or more rope wheels of the rope wheel arrangement,
wherein the ropes of the set of elevator ropes are arranged:
to pass from the one or more rope reels to said one or more rope wheels of the rope wheel arrangement via the first rope guide,
which is arranged to guide the ropes to converge toward a first rim of said one or more rope wheels at least substantially
vertically; to turn around said one or more rope wheels; and

to pass away from the one or more rope wheels via the second rope guide, which is arranged to guide the ropes to diverge from
a second rim of said one or more rope wheels at least substantially vertically,

wherein each of the first rope guide and the second rope guide comprises at least two guide rollers, and is configured to
guide the rope by having the rope pass between the respective at least two guide rollers,

wherein the first and second rope guides are arranged to limit a horizontal distance of the ropes to be less than a horizontal
distance between opposite rim sides of the one or more rope wheels, the horizontal distance of the ropes being measured between
a section of the ropes directly between the at least two guide rollers of the first rope guide and a section of the ropes
directly between the at least two guide rollers of the second rope guide,

wherein the at least two guide rollers for each of the first rope guide and the second rope guide each have a rotational axis
parallel with each other and with rotational axes of the one or more rope wheels, and the at least two guide rollers for each
of the first rope guide and the second rope guide define a gap in a thickness direction of the rope for the rope to pass through,
and

wherein each of the first rope guide and the second rope guide further comprises additional two guide rollers each having
a rotational axis parallel with each other, and orthogonal with rotational axes of the one or more rope wheels, the additional
two guide rollers defining the gap in a width direction of the rope for the rope to pass through.

US Pat. No. 9,783,390

ELEVATOR

KONE CORPORATION, Helsin...

1. An elevator comprising:
a hoistway;
an elevator car vertically movable in the hoistway;
at least one rope connected to the car;
a rotatable traction member including a circumferential traction surface corresponding to each of the at least one rope, the
at least one rope passing over the rotatable traction member, the at least one rope having a front side surface resting against
the circumferential traction surface of the traction member, the front side surface being made of a first material including
a polymer;

a drive machinery configured to control rotation of the rotatable traction member; and
an activatable pressing device configured to press the at least one rope against the circumferential traction surface of the
traction member, the activatable pressing device including,

a pressing shoe mounted out of contact with a rope section of each of the at least one rope, the rope section resting against
the rotatable traction member, the pressing, shoe configured to move towards and into contact with the rope section, the pressing
shoe including a non-rotatable pressing surface that does not rotate when the at least one rope rotates while the non-rotatable
pressing surface contacts the rope section, the non-rotatable pressing surface being arc shaped in a direction of rotation
of the circumferential traction surface of the rotatable traction member,

an actuator configured to selectively move the pressing shoe towards the rope section such that the pressing shoe moves into
contact with and presses the rope section against the circumferential traction surface of the rotatable traction member, and

an activating device configured to activate the actuator to move the pressing shoe towards the rope section.

US Pat. No. 9,751,728

METHOD AND AN ARRANGEMENT FOR INSTALLING ELEVATOR GUIDE RAILS

KONE CORPORATION, Helsin...

1. An arrangement for installing guide rails into an elevator shaft, said arrangement comprising:
a first hoist;
a lifting frame glidingly supported on counter weight guide rails, arranged to move upwards and downwards in the elevator
shaft with the first hoist, and configured to lift guide rail elements from a storage area;

a second hoist;
a third hoist, separate from the first and second hoists, and configured to lift the guide rail elements from the lifting
frame, the third hoist including a gripping member; and

an installation platform glidingly supported on car guide rails, and arranged to move upwards and downwards in the elevator
shaft with the second hoist, the installation platform comprising:

a robotic installation apparatus configured to drill holes and fasten support brackets to walls of the elevator shaft;
a robotic guide apparatus configured to guide the gripping member of the third hoist to grip an upper end of the guide rail
element lifted by the third hoist, and guide the guide rail element gripped by the gripping member into position; and

an alignment tool,
wherein:
consecutive guide rail elements are joined and the guide rail elements are attached to the support brackets with the installation
apparatus,

opposite guide rail elements are aligned with the alignment tool based on plumb lines at each support bracket along a height
of the guide rail element, and

the support brackets are locked and thereby also the guide rail elements with the installation apparatus.

US Pat. No. 10,101,142

METHOD IN THE INSTALLATION OF AN ELEVATOR AND TOOL FOR USE IN THE METHOD

KONE CORPORATION, Helsin...

1. A method for installing an elevator, said elevator including an elevator car, the method comprising:moving the elevator car along a plurality of guide rails in an elevator hoistway such that the elevator car moves between different heights in the elevator hoistway;
coupling a disposal location measuring device to each of the guide rails such that the measuring device is fixed to the guide rails and the measuring device defines a position in the hoistway, the measuring device including a dimension transfer member configured to define a position relative to the coupled guide rails; and
determining a first disposal location, at different heights along the guide rails in the elevator hoistway, of at least one of one or more hoistway components to be disposed in the elevator hoistway, as the position defined by the dimension transfer member, relative to the guide rails, at each of the different heights along the guide rails.

US Pat. No. 9,764,926

BRAKE ASSEMBLY FOR AN ELEVATOR

KONE CORPORATION, Helsin...

1. A brake assembly for an elevator, comprising:
a brake;
a brake operating device;
a first brake wire connected to the brake operating device and to the brake; and
a second brake wire separate from the first brake wire and connected to the brake operating device and to the brake,
wherein the brake operating device is configured to move the first brake wire and the second brake wire in opposite directions
to activate or release the brakes.