Patents Represented by Attorney Gerald E. Hespos
  • Patent number: 8348689
    Abstract: A recess (67) is formed in a connection surface of a housing. A nut (52) is inserted into the recess (67) and fixed to the housing in a state exposed on the connection surface. A sealing material is introduced into the recess (67), and the outer peripheral surface of the nut (52) is coated with the sealing material. The recess (67) of the housing includes a first surface (71) arranged to face the outer peripheral surface of the nut (52) while forming an introduction space (74) for the sealing material between itself and the outer peripheral surface of the nut (52), a second surface (72) arranged to project radially outwardly from the opening edge of the first surface (71) and a third surface (73) arranged from the outer end of the second surface (72) to the connection surface in a direction crossing a projecting direction of the second surface (72).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Sumitomo Wiring Systems, Ltd
    Inventor: Takahiro Shibata
  • Patent number: 8351801
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus has an image forming station for forming an image and a display unit for displaying specified information. A mode changing section switches a mode of the image forming apparatus between a first mode for waiting on standby with a first power consumption and a second mode for waiting on standby with second power consumption lower, than the first power consumption. A determining section determines whether an image can be formed after the mode is switched from the second mode to the first mode and a starting section starts the display unit when the determining section determines that no image can be formed. A notifying section generates a display on the display unit of information indicating that no image can be formed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Kyocera Mita Corporation
    Inventor: Kentarou Naruse
  • Patent number: 8351827
    Abstract: A powder supply device includes: first and second storage sections that store powder, first and second stirring sections arranged inside the first and second storage sections, a drive section that produces a forward direction rotational force and a reverse direction rotational force to apply a drive force to the first and second stirring sections, first and second transmission shafts that transmit the drive force to the first and second stirring sections, and a transmission switching section that transmits the drive force produced by the forward direction rotational force of the drive section to the first transmission shaft, and that transmits the drive force produced by the reverse direction rotational force of the drive section to the first transmission shaft and the second transmission shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Kyocera Mita Corporation
    Inventor: Tatsuhiko Yoshii
  • Patent number: 8348335
    Abstract: A passenger car configured as a convertible, with an underbody, which has a middle tunnel, and with a cockpit carrier, on which a steering column carrying a steering handwheel is mounted. Driving comfort can be increased if the cockpit carrier is attached solely to the middle tunnel fixedly in three directions perpendicular to one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Dr. Ing. h.c.f. Porsche Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Dieter Jungert, Juergen Ochs, Rainer Joest
  • Patent number: 8351693
    Abstract: A pattern data storage stores a plurality of different pattern data having the same data size as bit planes. An image compressing/decoding unit calculates code amounts of the respective encoded bit planes and successively adds the code amounts of the respective bit planes in decreasing order from that of the bit plane of the most significant bit to such an extent that the sum does not exceed a limited code amount. Then, the image compressing/decoding unit selects the bit planes with highest degrees of coincidence by comparing the bit planes other those whose code amounts were added to such an extent that the sum does not exceed the limited code amount and the respective pattern data stored in the pattern data storage and replaces the bit planes by the selected pattern data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Kyocera Mita Corporation
    Inventor: Shinji Hayashi
  • Patent number: 8348707
    Abstract: A terminal fitting (10) has a rectangular tubular box (11) with an open rear end. A tab (12) extends forward from the box (11) and a crimping portion (14) is behind the box (11) for connection to a wire (30). The box (11) includes a base plate (15), two side plates (16) extending from opposite left and right sides of the base plate (15), and a supporting plate (17) extending from the side plates (16) substantially parallel to the base plate (15). The rear end of the supporting plate (17) defines a locking portion (18) to engage a locking lance (49). Only one restricting plate (22) extends from an extending end edge of a supporting plate (17) toward the base plate (15) substantially parallel to the side plates (16). A rear end (22R) of the restricting plate (22) is in the box (11) forward of the locking portion (18).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Sumitomo Wiring Systems, Ltd.
    Inventors: Ryotaro Ishikawa, Kazuaki Takeda, Yutaka Noro
  • Patent number: 8350155
    Abstract: A wire connection sleeve includes a pipe-like outer tube (20) and an inner tube (30) inserted inside this outer tube (20). The inner tube (30) is formed by winding a sheet-like metal material (P) formed with projections or recesses into a tubular shape with both ends being open, and a longitudinal middle part of this inner tube (30) serves as an inner-tube small-diameter portion (32) which is so squashed or deformed that the opening size thereof is smaller than those of the opposite longitudinal ends.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Sumitomo Wiring Systems, Ltd.
    Inventors: Kazumasa Kobayashi, Tetsuya Aihara, Satoshi Morikawa, Hideki Matsunaga, Toshiya Mori
  • Patent number: 8348382
    Abstract: In a cap mode where a cap member covers a nozzle surface, a controller controls a second movement mechanism so that the cap member is disposed opposite to the nozzle surface. In an ejection recovery mode where ink is ejected from a plurality of nozzles and the ink adhered to the nozzle surface is wiped off by a wiping member, the controller controls a first movement mechanism and the second movement mechanism so that the nozzle surface, a wiping tray and the cap member are arranged downward in this order.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Kyocera Mita Corporation
    Inventors: Sou Takahashi, Kikunosuke Tsuji
  • Patent number: 8348061
    Abstract: A cosmetic container (X) has a cap (11) that is fit externally onto a container body (1), in which a cosmetic is stored, to fully cover a to-be-covered portion of the container body (1). First and second magnets (15 and 17) are disposed respectively in the cap (11) and the container body (1) so as to oppose each other in the completely covered condition and so that the cap (11) fully covers the container body (1) by the mutual magnetic attachment of the magnets (15, 17). Each magnet (15, 17) is formed into a ring in a circumferential direction and having a plurality of magnetic poles disposed alternately in the circumferential direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Hidan Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kiyoshi Komatsuda, Satoru Naramoto
  • Patent number: 8347840
    Abstract: A process for starting a direct-injecting internal-combustion engine is disclosed. The process includes triggering a separate drive for adjusting the camshaft for causing an angular position change between the crankshaft and the camshaft until the separate drive rotates the crankshaft such that a working medium is compressed by a piston in a cylinder of the internal-combustion engine. The position of the pistons of the internal-combustion engine is determined by using position determining devices to identify the cylinder of the internal-combustion engine in which the working medium is compressed. Fuel is injected into the cylinder in which the working medium is compressed when the cylinder is in a proximity of an upper dead center to start the internal-combustion engine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Dr. Ing. h.c.F. Porsche Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Marco Fleckner, Dietmar Schwarzenthal
  • Patent number: 8348500
    Abstract: A hygrometer and dew-point instrument is provided that is structurally simple while reducing the workload during maintenance. The hygrometer measures relative humidity of a measurement space, and has a main body that encapsulates a working fluid therein and causes a heat-pipe phenomenon. The main body is disposed across the measurement space and an external space spaced from the measurement space by a heat-insulating part and has a temperature lower than the measurement space. A first temperature deriving part derives the temperature of the main body in a section where the working fluid evaporates. A space temperature detecting unit detects the temperature of the measurement space. A computation unit calculate relative humidity of the measurement space based on the temperature of the main body derived by the first temperature deriving part and the temperature of the measurement space detected by the space temperature detecting unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Espec Corp.
    Inventor: Shinichirou Sakami
  • Patent number: 8342737
    Abstract: A vibrational mixer (1), in particular a single-path mixer for use in single-path bioreactors (4) with flexible walls, consisting of a mixer shaft (2) that can be set into longitudinal motions by a drive (8), with at least one mixing element (3), wherein at least one channel (13) is arranged in the mixer shaft with an opening to an interior reactor space (6).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Sartorius Stedim Biotech GmbH
    Inventors: Gerhard Greller, Oscar-Werner Reif
  • Patent number: 8346145
    Abstract: A fixing unit for fixing a toner image onto paper has a member to be heated and a pressurizing member configured to press against the member to be heated and fix the toner image to the paper. At least one coil surface is disposed along one surface of the member to be heated and includes a coil to generate a magnetic field for inductively heating the member. A magnetism shielding member is disposed near the coil surface. A switch includes a first member to allow passage of the magnetic field and a second member to prevent passage of the magnetic field. The amount of heat for the member when the switch is in a first position where the second member is close to the magnetism shielding member is smaller than when the switch is in a second position where the second member is distanced from the magnetism shielding member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Kyocera Mita Corporation
    Inventors: Yuzuru Nanjo, Tamami Asari, Syoukou Gon
  • Patent number: 8342600
    Abstract: A central floor part of a floor assembly of a vehicle body is formed as a unipartite cast part which is delimited at the outer side of the body by in each case one sill profile. Alternatively the unipartite cast part can be two cast parts connected to each other by a vehicle tunnel disposed between the inner sides of the two cast parts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Dr. Ing. h.c.F. Porsche Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Harald Biersack
  • Patent number: 8342856
    Abstract: A charging connector (10) has terminal fittings (20) including female-side main portions (21) connectable to a vehicle-side terminal (60) and having a wire (W) connected to the rear end of the main portion (21). Terminal accommodating portions (15) are formed internally with cavities (17) for accommodating the terminal fittings (20). Seals (30) are sandwiched between facing inner walls of the cavities (17) and the main portions (21). Wire accommodating portions (11, 12) are behind the terminal accommodating portions (15) for accommodating the wires (W) in a state where reaction forces push the terminal fittings (20) forward. Each terminal fitting (20) is biased constantly forward by the reaction force of the wire W against a frictional force with the seal ring (30), thereby being arranged at a frontmost position where the front end of the main portion (21) and a front wall (17A) of the cavity (17) are in contact.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Sumitomo Wiring Systems, Ltd.
    Inventors: Akinori Takada, Toshifumi Ichio
  • Patent number: 8342603
    Abstract: A seating pad assembly is provided for use by travelers to increase the comfort for a seat on a public transportation vehicle or at a public transit terminal. A system and method for ordering the seating pad assembly for a transportation seat includes at least one terminal configured for entering an identifier indicative of a type of transportation seat purchased, e.g., a class of service; a server configured for receiving the identifier, determining dimensions of the seating pad assembly based on the identifier, and generating an order to acquire the determined seating pad assembly; and a communications network for coupling the at least one terminal and the server. The terminal may be configured in the form of a computer, a kiosk or a mobile terminal. The system will allow a purchaser of a transportation seat to either purchase or rent the seating pad assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Nightgear LLC
    Inventor: Richard M. Leeds
  • Patent number: 8342894
    Abstract: A terminal fitting includes an open-barrel shaped electric wire crimping section for connecting a conductor of an electric wire to the terminal fitting by crimping. The electric wire crimping section has a clamping region in a range except for both ends of the electric wire crimping section in a wiring direction of the conductor. A fixing portion is formed by displacing a part of the clamping region of the electric wire crimping section to the conductor. Locking portions are disposed at both sides of the fixing portion in the wiring direction of the conductor with the fixing portion being located between them respectively. The locking portions are configured for coupling the fixing portion and a remainder of the electric wire crimping section to each other in a step-like way.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Sumitomo Wiring Systems, Ltd.
    Inventors: Yoshihiro Uchiyama, Shinji Iihoshi
  • Patent number: 8337255
    Abstract: A connector has a housing (10) connectable with a mating housing (40) and projections (21) formed at ends of outer surfaces of the housing (10) with respect to a width direction orthogonal to a connecting direction. A connecting operation of the two housings (10, 40) progresses when the projections (21) are fit into recesses (46) formed in the mating housing (40) while being prevented when the projections (21) cannot fit into the recesses (46). Surfaces of the projections (21) facing a widthwise center of the housing (10) are inclined surfaces (24) inclined outwardly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Sumitomo Wiring Systems, Ltd.
    Inventor: Wataru Shamoto
  • Patent number: 8337227
    Abstract: A wire harness is divided in an arrangement direction, and terminals are connected to ends of wires of the divided wire harnesses and respectively mounted into first and second connectors. An intermediate connector is provided which includes a first connector fitting portion and a second connector fitting portion, into which the first and second connectors respectively are fit, and a partition wall is disposed between the first and second connector fitting portions. Intermediate terminals are inserted through the partition wall of the intermediate connector and electrical contact portions at both ends of the respective intermediate terminals project into the first and second connector fitting portions. A waterproofing agent is filled in a part of one or both of the first and second connector fitting portions in contact with the partition wall to embed parts of the intermediate terminals except the electrical contact portions therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Sumitomo Wiring Systems, Ltd.
    Inventors: Masaru Arai, Naohito Sawamura
  • Patent number: 8336394
    Abstract: A device (10) for measuring the flow rate of a fluid flowing in a pipe, especially for a transaction between a hydrocarbon supplier and a hydrocarbon purchaser is provided. The device (10) has a cylindrical body (11) to be interposed between two sections of the pipe. Ultrasound-beam transducers (15) are mounted on the main body (11) and intended to measure at least a rate of movement of the fluid stream as this flows through the device (10). At least one converter converts the signals emitted by the transducers into a flow rate signal. The transducers (15) are mounted and uniformly distributed on two coaxial parallel rings (12, 13). The transducers (15) of a first ring (12) are angularly offset relative to the transducers of the second ring (13).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Metering & Technology SAS
    Inventor: Denis Laurent