Patents Represented by Attorney, Agent or Law Firm Armstrong, Westerman, Hattori, McLeland & Naughton, LLP
  • Patent number: 6340378
    Abstract: A process and apparatus for separating briquettes and fragments in a product stream resulting from briquetting direct reduced iron. Separating and cooling of the briquettes and fragments are carried out simultaneously in an initial step with use of separating means submerged in a cooling bath. The process enables use of less rugged apparatus following the initial step and the apparatus is not subjected to handling the product stream at the elevated temperatures at which briquetting is carried out. Capital expenditure and equipment maintenance is thus reduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 1999
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2002
    Assignee: Kvaerner Metals
    Inventor: Jan D. Hinrichsen
  • Patent number: 6340454
    Abstract: An &agr;-lithium aluminate obtained through a solid-phase reaction of a &ggr;-alumina and a lithium compound, wherein said &agr;-lithium aluminate comprises particles having a round shape, with a BET specific surface area in the range of 4-7 m2/g, and substantially not including &ggr;-lithium aluminate. Further, said &agr;-lithium aluminate is manufactured by dry-mixing a &ggr;-alumina having a BET specific surface area in the range of 70-140 m2/g and a lithium compound, and then baking and reacting said compound in solid-phase.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 1999
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2002
    Assignee: Nippon Chemical Industries Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yasuhiro Nakaoka, Nobuyuki Yamazaki, Takenori Watanabe
  • Patent number: 6340697
    Abstract: Various oxime derivatives are provided, which do not cause any chemical damage to plants and which exhibit sufficient effectiveness against various plant diseases. The oxime derivatives are expressed by two general chemical formulas (1) and (2), as follows. Agricultural chemicals and plant disease control chemicals are also provided which contain the above mentioned oxime derivatives as active ingredients. Test results of these agricultural chemicals and the plant disease control chemicals are proved to be very effective for downey mildews and late blights or Phytophthora rot etc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2000
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2002
    Assignee: Dainippon Ink and Chemicals, Inc.
    Inventors: Takeo Kobori, Tomoko Goto, Hitoshi Kondo, Hiroyuki Tsuboi, Mika Iiyama, Toru Asada, Takashi Goto
  • Patent number: 6339914
    Abstract: A packaging machine has a folding rail 36 for guiding a prefolded bottom forming portion 14 of a container 11 fitted around a mandrel 31 from a first process station to a second process station during the movement of the mandrel 31 from the first to the second station while folding the bottom forming portion flat by contact therewith. The folding rail 36 comprises right and left two rail members 71, 72, with a clearance C formed therebetween for permitting an outer end of the prefolded bottom forming portion 14 of the container 11 fitted around the mandrel 31 to be inserted thereinto during the movement from the first to the second station. An unfolding preventing guide member 73 is disposed in the rail clearance C so as to come into contact with a required part of the bottom forming portion 14 during movement through the clearance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 1999
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2002
    Assignee: Shikoku Kakoki Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yasuji Fujikawa, Kazuo Abe, Michio Ueda
  • Patent number: 6339989
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an ink supplying apparatus equipped with an ink tray capable of improving the productivity based upon the labor-saving of an cleaning operation and the shortening of a preparatory time at ink replacement or the like in a printing press, with the ink tray being desirably attachable/detachable to enhance the operational efficiency. In front of an ink fountain, there is provided a fixing device which, for fixing an ink tray in the interior of the ink fountain, presses a bracket of the ink tray against a stopping section situated in the ink fountain.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2000
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2002
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd.
    Inventors: Shinichi Fujimoto, Teruaki Kihara
  • Patent number: 6339880
    Abstract: In a process for manufacturing a heat sink comprising a heat dissipating base plate and a multiplicity of tonguelike fins formed on an upper surface of the base plate, a heat sink blank of aluminum extrudate is formed which has a part for forming a thick portion of the base plate, a fin forming portion provided on an upper side of the thick portion forming part integrally therewith, a thin portion of the base plate provided at at least one of opposite sides of the thick portion forming part, and a level reference ridge formed on an upper surface of the thin portion and having an upper end at the same level as an upper surface of the thick portion to be formed. The fin forming portion of the blank is cut to a raised form at the same level as the level of the upper end of the reference ridge to form a multiplicity of tonguelike fins and form a thick portion of predetermined thickness under the fins.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2000
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2002
    Assignee: Showa Denko K.K.
    Inventor: Keiichiro Ohta
  • Patent number: 6340798
    Abstract: A printed circuit board includes a first wiring line and a second wiring line spaced apart from the first wiring line. The first wiring line has a first portion having a surface which faces the second wiring line and is smaller in area than that of the second portion, so that a crosstalk noise between the first portion of the first wiring line and the second wiring line can be reduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2000
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2002
    Assignee: Fujitsu Limited
    Inventor: Kazuhiko Tokuda
  • Patent number: 6341006
    Abstract: A projection exposure apparatus for projecting a pattern image of an illuminated mask onto a substrate. The optical path can be divided into a plurality of hermetic blocks each having an inert gas sealed therein by a plurality of partition devices. According a one aspect of the invention, a hermetic sealing member is disposed in the space between the substrate-side of the projection optical system and the substrate for replacing the atmosphere existing in the optical path of the illuminating light in that space by a substance other than oxygen. According to another aspect of the invention, a plurality of independent chambers are formed in a frame. Lids, piping, and valves in the chambers are opened or closed in response to the value detected by oxygen density sensors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 1999
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2002
    Assignee: Nikon Corporation
    Inventors: Masayuki Murayama, Haruo Ozawa
  • Patent number: 6339445
    Abstract: An apparatus for deflecting light of the present invention comprises: (a) at least one pair of transference electrodes arranged facing one another; (b) a drive circuit which applies a voltage among the transference electrodes; and (c) a liquid crystal which is inserted among the transference electrodes, and whose parallel stripes that function as a diffraction grating when the voltage is applied among the transference electrodes are produced at a pitch corresponding to the applied voltage. The light can be scanned if a diffracted light by the apparatus for deflecting light is converted into a scanning light and a voltage value is changed temporally to apply the voltage among the transference electrodes. In a device for reading information, the scanning light is reflected in a bar code and the reflected light is detected by an apparatus for detecting light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 1998
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2002
    Assignee: Fujitsu Limited
    Inventors: Takahiro Matsuda, Shin Eguchi, Yoshihiro Mizuno, Masato Nakashima, Manabu Ishimoto, Hirokazu Aritake, Noriko Sato
  • Patent number: 6339247
    Abstract: On a liquid crystal display device (80) comprising a first substrate (81) and a second substrate (82) with electrodes (83, 84), formed thereon, respectively, and liquid crystal (85) sealed thereinbetween, a semiconductor device (1) for driving the liquid crystal display device (80) is mounted. The semiconductor device (1) is provided with a plurality of bumps (24), each electrically conductive with respective electrode pads provided on the upper surface of a semiconductor chip (12) with an integrated circuit formed thereon, through the intermediary of respective lower electrodes, provided so as to stretch over the upper surface and two sidewall faces of the semiconductor chip (12), respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2000
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2002
    Assignee: Citizen Watch Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Noboru Taguchi
  • Patent number: 6338610
    Abstract: The present invention provides a centrifugal turbomachinery having a good performance which can effectively reduce the secondary flow in the flow passage of the impeller and minimize the loss caused by the secondary flow without an excessive increase in manufacturing cost. An impeller has a plurality of blades (3) between an inlet (6a) at a central portion and an exit (6b) at a peripheral portion, and a flow passage formed between the blades for delivering fluid from the impeller inlet to the impeller exit by rotation the impeller. The blade (3) is leaned toward a circumferential direction so that the blade at the hub side (2) precedes the blade at the shroud side (4) in a rotational direction of the impeller. A blade lean angle, defined as an angle between the blade and a surface perpendicular to a hub surface as viewed from the direction of the exit, shows a decreasing tendency from the inlet to the exit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2000
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2002
    Assignee: Ebara Corporation
    Inventors: Hideomi Harada, Shin Konomi
  • Patent number: 6338584
    Abstract: The invention concerns a printing mechanism designed for producing an ultra-compact mechanism. The thermal printing mechanism comprises a frame, a motor and a gear assembly driving a roller (7), a thermal printing head (8), a member pressing (9) the head (8) on the roller (7), characterized in that it comprises a member providing at least vertical rigidity (1) to two separate sides of the frame and at least rotational resistance along an axis substantially perpendicular to a third side of the frame, or, at least rotational resistance to two sides of the frame. The invention is useful for printing mechanisms of electronic payment terminals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 1999
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2002
    Assignee: A.P.S. Engineering S.A.R.L.
    Inventor: Denis Montagutelli
  • Patent number: 6339204
    Abstract: The floor of a motor vehicle which is assembled in a floor assembly station is transported to a subsequent station using at least two welding robots on each lateral side of the floor assembly station. These welding robots are constituted into dual-purpose welding robots for performing both welding work and transporting work. After the assembling of the floor has been finished, the floor is supported at four lateral and longitudinal jack-up points through the workpiece receiving member by the cooperation of these dual-purpose welding robots, and is transported from the floor assembly station to the subsequent station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2000
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2002
    Assignee: Honda Giken Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Chitoshi Kato, Tadashi Tobita, Takeshi Nakamura, Takashi Nakanishi, Takatoshi Hattori, Shoji Doi, Tetsuro Yamanobe
  • Patent number: 6338232
    Abstract: A waterproof sheet fixing member for fixing a waterproof thermoplastic resin sheet on a structure to be waterproofed, includes a plate-like main member made of thermoplastic resin, and a conductive multi-aperture sheet having an upper surface and a lower surface. The conductive multi-aperture sheet has a plurality of joining apertures each communicating the upper surface with the lower surface, and is integrally provided in the main member. A method of fixing the waterproof thermoplastic resin sheet includes the steps of fixing the fixing member on a surface of the structure, spreading the waterproof thermoplastic resin sheet on the surface of the structure, and induction heating the conductive multi-aperture sheet via the waterproof thermoplastic resin sheet to melt a portion where the main member contacts the waterproof thermoplastic resin sheet. Thus, the main member is integrally welded to the waterproof thermoplastic resin sheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 1999
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2002
    Assignee: Tsutsunaka Plastic Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Takashi Yamanaka, Masaya Sera, Yasuo Kumamoto, Takatoshi Imafuku
  • Patent number: 6339564
    Abstract: An optical information recording/reproducing apparatus records information on and/or reproduces information from an optical recording medium based on a reflected light beam from the optical recording medium. The apparatus includes a light splitting part having a plurality of light splitting stages which split the reflected light beam from the optical recording medium into a plurality of light beams, and a photodetector unit including a plurality of photodetectors which receive the plurality of light beams from the light splitting part. The photodetector unit includes a plurality of photodetectors which receive light beams used to detect a focal error, at least one photodetector which receives a light beam used to detect a tracking error, and a plurality of photodetectors which receive light beams used to detect magneto-optic information recorded on the optical recording medium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2000
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2002
    Assignee: Fujitsu Limited
    Inventors: Koichi Tezuka, Kyoko Miyabe, Satoshi Itami, Tohru Fujimaki, Kazushi Uno
  • Patent number: 6338812
    Abstract: A helical antenna having an antenna element covered with an insulating layer is formed by monolithically form the insulating layer so that the antenna element is integrated with the insulating layer. To be more precise, first, a cylindrical shell, which received a core pin in its center hole, is inserted into the antenna element along the longitudinal axis of the antenna element. The antenna element is put in a cavity of a molding die. A moulding resin which was heated and molten at a temperature higher than the melting point of the cylindrical shell is injected into the cavity to form an insulating cover over the cylindrical shell and the antenna element. The surface of the cylindrical shell starts softening upon contacting with the molten resin, and sticks around the helically coiled antenna line, whereby the pitch of the antenna element can be maintained substantially constant even if an injection pressure is applied during the molding.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 1999
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2002
    Assignee: SMK Corporation
    Inventor: Keiichi Ogura
  • Patent number: 6338411
    Abstract: An arrangement comprising a filter cylinder (1) composed of an approximately horizontally extending alternately superposed array of fixed plates (8) having circular or approximately circular openings, and annular floating plates (9) having geometrically similar openings (13) slightly larger in diameter than the openings in the fixed plates and also having circular outer peripheries, with small filtration clearances defined, the row of openings in the fixed plates defining a cylindrical space having a fixed inner peripheral contour (3), it being arranged that when the row of openings in the floating plates is positioned outside the cylindrical space, at least two equi-level regions in the lower portion of the outer periphery of the floating plate are exposed beyond the outer edge of the fixed plate, a screw (2) extending through the cylindrical space, and eccentric shafts (12) contact-wise supporting the exposed outer peripheral portions of the floating plates and eccentrically rotated, so as to swing the floa
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2000
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2002
    Inventor: Toyokazu katabe
  • Patent number: 6338823
    Abstract: A gas chromatograph has a pressure sensor measuring a pressure in a sample introduction part, a flow control valve controlling carrier gas flow rate, a flow sensor measuring a flow rate of the carrier gas, a split flow path exhausting part of a carrier gas and sample from the introduction part, an exhaust valve placed in the sprit flow path, and a monitor screen. The controller controls the flow control valve to flow the carrier gas at the designated flow rate into the introduction part, reads an output of the pressure sensor after making the exhaust valve fully open, calculates a flow path resistance of the filter by using an output of the pressure sensor and a flow path resistance of the chromatographic column, and controls the monitor screen to display an indication for exchanging the filter when the calculated resistance reaches the preset value corresponding to a state in which the filter is stuffed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 1999
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2002
    Assignee: Shimadzu Corporation
    Inventor: Masanao Furukawa
  • Patent number: 6338638
    Abstract: An electric connector with a terminal is provided, which includes: a first electric connector having a connector housing in which a terminal accommodating chamber is formed; a second electric connector with a second terminal; a first terminal to be accommodated in the connector housing and to be connected with an electric wire; an electrical contact section provided on the first terminal and having a contact piece to be electrically connected with the second terminal; a wire connection section provided on the first terminal for connecting an electric wire; and a space provided between the electrical contact section and an inner surface of the terminal accommodating chamber for allowing relative movement between the electrical contact section and the connector housing. The space is formed by making a step between a bottom of the electrical contact section and a bottom of the wire connection section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 1999
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2002
    Assignee: Yazaki Corporation
    Inventor: Shinji Kodama
  • Patent number: 6339563
    Abstract: A grating surface of a diffraction grating diffracts a laser beam emitted from a semiconductor laser device in ±1st order directions. The grating surface is formed in a rectangular or elliptic shape in such dimensions that a light spot formed on an objective lens by ±1st order diffracted beams is located in an aperture of the objective lens and not displaced from the aperture even if the objective lens is horizontally moved in a tracking operation. A grating surface of another diffraction grating has a width smaller than the width of an overlap region of a light spot on the diffraction grating corresponding to a part of a beam, diffracted in the +1st direction, entering an objective lens and a light spot on the diffraction grating corresponding to a part of a beam, diffracted in the −1st direction, entering the objective lens.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2000
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2002
    Assignee: Sanyo Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kazushi Mori, Atsushi Tajiri, Yasuaki Inoue, Takenori Goto, Minoru Sawada, Akira Ibaraki, Daisuke Ide