Title of Invention

DRIVE FOR A LIFT INSTALLATION

Abstract The invention relates to a drive for a lift installation which drives a cage and a counterweight by way of supporting and driving means (6), wherein the drive (1) comprises a drive shaft (7) and a drive pulley (2), and a motor (4) is arranged at the left or the right of the drive pulley (2), wherein an air guide element (11) is arranged in the region between motor (4) and drive pulley (2) and guides air (L) from the region of the supporting and driving means (6) along the drive shaft (7). (Fig. 1)
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Drive for a lift installation Description
The invention relates to a drive for a lift installation according to the introductory part of the independent patent claim.
A lift installation consists of a cage for reception of goods to be transported or persons and a counterweight, or a second cage, which are connected together by way of supporting and driving means via a drive. The drive of the lift installation in that case has the object of driving the driving and supporting means and thus an alternate raising and lowering of the case and the counterweight.
The drive consists of the principal components of drive pulley, motor and brake. The drive pulley receives the supporting and driving means and transmits drive forces to the supporting and driving means by way of a mechanically positive or friction couple. The motor for its part drives the drive pulley, and the brake brakes the drive pulley.
A drive for a lift is known from EP 1 400 477 in which a motor drives drive pulleys by means of a drive shaft and the drive pulleys are braked by a brake. The drive pulleys are in that case, in a preferred form of embodiment, arranged between the motor and the brake unit. The drive pulleys drive flat belts. This allows use of small drive pulley diameters. The drive can thereby be of small and compact construction.
However, the illustrated drive contains disadvantages:
A conventional motor such as, for example, an asynchronous motor generates heat which has to be conducted away at least partly via the drive shaft. The drive pulleys thereby significantly heat up and this impairs the service life expectation of conventional supporting or flat belts.
The mounting and, in particular, the alignment of the drive pulley axle relative to the running direction of the supporting and driving means are costly.
The object of the present invention is to provide a lift for a lift installation which eliminates the mentioned disadvantages. It shall in particular have small external dimensions and

keep the heat development in regions of the drive pulleys low.
These objects are fulfilled by the invention according to the definition of the independent patent claim.
The invention relates to a drive for a lift installation which drives a cage and a counterweight by way of supporting and driving means, and the drive comprises a drive pulley which is driven by a motor via a drive shaft and is braked by a brake, wherein drive shaft, motor and brake are combined into a unit.
According to the invention an air guide element which guides cool air from the region of the supporting and driving means or the drive pulley along the drive shaft is arranged in the region between drive pulley and motor. The flow of cool air is advantageously produced by a fan. Cool air from the region of the supporting and drive means or from the region of the drive pulley is thereby guided to the drive shaft and the adjoining motor, which on the one hand prevents penetration of heated motor air into the zone of the supporting and driving means and at the same time effectively cools the drive shaft. The air guide element increases the cooling effect in that the air flow is conducted onto the drive shaft region and in that the region of the supporting and driving means is screened from hot parts of the motor. The supporting and driving means can thereby be operated at lower temperatures, which has an advantageous effect on the service life thereof. In addition, a drive with smaller dimensions can be constructed, since motor and drive pulley can be arranged closely adjacent to one another.
Advantageous embodiments of the invention are illustrated by way of example in the following figures Fig. 1 to Fig. 3.
Fig. 1 example of a drive constructed in accordance with the invention.
Fig. 2 an example of an incorporated air guide plate.
Fig. 3 example of a drive with a transverse flux motor.
Fig. 1 shows a drive for a lift installation with the main characteristics of the invention. The drive 1 consists of one or more drive pulley zones 3 and a drive pulley zone 3 comprises at least one drive pulley 2. The drive pulley 2 serves for reception of a supporting and driving

means 6 which connects a cage of the lift installation with a counterweight or a second cage. The drive pulley 2 is, in the case of the illustrated drive 1, integrated in a drive shaft 7. A motor 4 driving the drive shaft 7 is arranged in adjoining manner at the drive pulley 2.
An air guide element 11 which guides cool air L from the region of the supporting and driving means 6 along the drive shaft 7 is arranged in the region between motor 4 and drive pulley 2, as illustrated in detail in Fig. 2.
Through the arrangement of the air guide element 11 the region of the drive shaft 7, which contains the drive pulley 2, is screened from the hot parts of the motor 4 and at the same time the drive shaft 7 is cooled in the critical region by a cool air flow L guided along the drive shaft 7. The heat loading which the supporting and drive means 6 has to bear is thereby reduced.
Advantageously, the air guide element 11 is an air guide plate 9. A plate is suitable for economic manufacture of a part of that kind, it being easily capable of shaping. A cooling effect is optimised by the special form of the air guide element 11. The air guide element 11 or the free air throughflow area continuously narrows, in the direction of the motor, to a minimum. This increases the speed of the air flow in this narrowest cross-section. This produces an optimum cooling of the drive shaft in this region.
In the mentioned example the air guide element 11 is detachably fastened to a support 8. A support 8 forms a carrying structure of the drive 1 at which, depending on the respective mode of construction, parts of the drive 1 are arranged. It also enables, for example, fastening of the drive in the building. The support can in that case be an integrated component of the motor 4 or the brake 5 or it can be a housing which receives bearing points of the drive 1 or encloses the drive pulleys 2, Fastening of the air guide element 11 to the support 8 enables simple mounting and correspondingly economic manufacture.
Other embodiments of the air guide element 11 are possible. It can be made of a heat-resistant plastics material or other materials, it can be made by means of a casting process or it can be directly constructed as part of the motor 4, the support 8 or another part of the drive 1.
In an advantageous embodiment a rotor 18 of the motor 4 is, as apparent in Fig. 1, provided with longitudinal openings 19 which enable a throughflow of air L, and the drive 1

is provided with a fan 20 which forcibly inducts air L from the space of the drive pulley 2 and conducts it away through the longitudinal openings 19 in the rotor 18 of the motor 4 via a motor end 21. In the illustrated example the fan is arranged at end of the motor 4, This embodiment enhances the cooling effect of the air guide plate 9 and effectively dissipates the heat of the motor 4.
Other arrangements of the fan 20 are possible. It can be integrated in a part of the drive 1, as for example the motor 4 or the support 8, or it can also be attached, as an individual ventilating unit, to the drive 1.
As illustrated in Figs. 1 and 3, the drive 1 in a preferred embodiment consists of two mutually spaced-apart drive zones 3, wherein a drive zone 3 can contain one or more drive pulleys 2. The motor 4 and/or the brake 5 is or are arranged outside the two drive zones 3 and a main bearing 25 is arranged between the two drive zones 3, so that a main supporting force of the carrying force, which is produced by the supporting and driving belts 6, is substantially introduced into a supporting structure by means of the main bearing 25.
A direct and optimum introduction of the supporting forces of the drive 1 into a supporting structure is thus made possible. The drive can thereby be of compact construction and realised economically.
The use of flat belts as supporting and driving means 6 is particularly advantageous. Flat belts 6 allow use of small drive pulley diameters. A drive 1 with correspondingly high rotational speeds and low torques can thereby be used, which in turn permits use of drives with small dimensions. The flat belts in that case are, in correspondence with the construction of the drive pulley 2, flat, i.e. smooth, or they have a longitudinal profiling, for example in the form of wedge ribs, or they have a transverse profile, for example a tooth shape.
In the illustrated examples of Fig. 1 and Fig. 3, motor shaft 15, drive shaft 7 and drive pulley 2 are of integral construction. Alternatively, merely the motor shaft 15 and the drive shaft 7 can be of integral construction, or the drive shaft 7 and the drive pulley 2 are made from one piece. Production as individual separate parts is obviously also possible. Selection of the suitable form of embodiment is carried out according to the choice of the manufacturer.

An advantageous embodiment of the drive arranges a level setting means 28 at the drive 1. The level setting means 28 accepts forces which arise due to asymmetrically introduced supporting means forces. Ideally this level setting means 28 is mounted in the vicinity of a support bearing 13. A drive 1 can be levelled in simple mode and manner by the settable level setting means 28. A spirit level 29 mounted in the housing of the drive 1 in that case facilitates checking of the setting. The arrangement of the support bearing 13 at the end, which is at the motor side, of the drive shaft 7 or of the motor shaft 15 enables an optimum introduction of supporting forces into the building.
A drive 1 for a lift installation with a further advantageous characteristic of the invention is illustrated in Fig. 3. The motor 4 of the drive 1 is constructed as a transverse flux motor 10, ideally with permanent excitation. The transverse flux motor 10 has lower internal losses. It accordingly generates less heat. In addition, a transverse flux motor 10 has very good torque courses, which are particularly suitable for use in lift construction. In an advantageous refinement the motor shaft 15 is constructed in addition as a hollow shaft 26. In this example the fan 20 is similarly arranged at the end of the motor 4. The fan on the one hand sucks air through the optional hollow shaft 26 and on the other hand sucks air from the region of the drive pulley 2 via gaps and optional openings in the rotor 18 and conducts away the heated air via the end of the motor 4. The low heat development, which additionally reduces the heat action on the supporting and driving means 6, is advantageous in the case of this invention. Residual heat which arises can be led away through the hollow shaft 26 and by the air flow guided by means of the air guide element (11).
The illustrated forms of embodiment are examples. Thus, for example, the brake can also be arranged at the end of the drive shaft at the motor side.





Patent Claims
1. Drive for a lift installation which drives a cage and a counterweight by way of supporting and driving means (6), wherein the drive (1) comprises a drive shaft (7) and a drive pulley (2). and a motor (4) is arranged at the left or the right of the drive pulley (2), characterised in that an air guide element (11) is arranged in the region between motor (4) and drive pulley (2) and guides air (L) from the region of the supporting and driving means (6) along the drive shaft (7).
2. Drive according to claim 1, characterised in that the drive (11) is provided with a fan (20) which inducts air (L) from the space of the drive pulley (2) and advantageously guides it away via an opposite end of the motor.
3. Drive according to one of the preceding claims, characterised in that the air guide element (11) is an air guide plate (9) which is preferably formed in such manner that the free air throughflow area continuously reduces towards the motor to a minimum and the air guide element (11) is advantageously fastened to a support (8).
4. Drive according to one of the preceding claims, characterised in that a rotor (18) of the motor (4) is provided with longitudinal openings (19) which enable a throughflow of air (L).
5. Drive according to one of the preceding claims, characterised in that the drive (1) comprises at least two mutually spaced-apart drive zones (3) each with at least one drive pulley (2), and that a main bearing (25) is arranged between the drive zones (3) and that a motor (4) and/or a brake (5) is arranged outside the two drive zones (3).
6. Drive according to one of the preceding claims, characterised in that the supporting and driving means (6) is a belt, wherein the traction surface is flat, longitudinally profiled or transversely profiled.
7. Drive according to one of the preceding claims, characterised in that the motor shaft (15) and drive shaft (17) are of integral construction and/or that the drive pulleys (2) and the drive shaft (7) are of integral construction.

8. Drive according to one of the preceding claims, characterised in that a support
bearing (13) is arranged at the end of the drive shaft (7) at the motor side and that a level
setting means (28) is mounted at the drive engine (1).
9. Drive according to one of the preceding claims, characterised in that the motor (1)
is a transverse flux motor (10) and the transverse flux motor (10) comprises a motor shaft
(15) which is preferably constructed as a hollow shaft (26).


Documents:

737-che-2005 form-3 02-06-2011.pdf

737-CHE-2005 AMENDED CLAIMS 18-04-2011.pdf

737-che-2005 correspondence others 02-06-2011.pdf

737-che-2005 form-3 18-04-2011.pdf

737-CHE-2005 OTHER PATENT DOCUMENT 18-04-2011.pdf

737-CHE-2005 CORRESPONDENCE OTHERS 29-07-2010.pdf

737-CHE-2005 EXAMINATION REPORT REPLY RECIEVED 18-04-2011.pdf

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737-che-2005-abstract.pdf

737-che-2005-claims.pdf

737-che-2005-correspondnece-others.pdf

737-che-2005-description(complete).pdf

737-che-2005-drawings.pdf

737-che-2005-form 1.pdf

737-che-2005-form 26.pdf

737-che-2005-form 3.pdf

737-che-2005-form 5.pdf

737-che-2005-others.pdf

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Patent Number 248048
Indian Patent Application Number 737/CHE/2005
PG Journal Number 24/2011
Publication Date 17-Jun-2011
Grant Date 13-Jun-2011
Date of Filing 16-Jun-2005
Name of Patentee INVENTIO AG
Applicant Address SEESTRASSE 55, CH-6052 HERGISWIL, SWITZERLAND
Inventors:
# Inventor's Name Inventor's Address
1 FISCHER, DANIEL AU LIONARD, CH-1867 OLLON/VD, SWITZERLAND
PCT International Classification Number B66B 1/20
PCT International Application Number N/A
PCT International Filing date
PCT Conventions:
# PCT Application Number Date of Convention Priority Country
1 04 014 440.4 2004-06-19 EUROPEAN UNION