Patents Represented by Attorney Studebaker & Brackett PC
  • Patent number: 8350419
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a linear motor provided with a magnetic body and an armature. The liner motor is adapted to produce a force causing the magnet body and the armature to be relatively displaced along a given linear moving direction by interaction of magnetic fluxes generated between the magnetic body and the armature during an operation of supplying electric power to the armature. In a typical aspect, the linear motor of the present invention comprises a movable section attached to a base plate adapted to set the moving direction on a base surface thereof, in such a movable manner as to relatively reciprocate along the moving direction with respect to the base plate. A mover is provided on the movable section and formed as one of the magnetic body and the armature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Yamaha Hatsudoki Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Naoki Hanamura, Kiyotaka Sakai
  • Patent number: 8344883
    Abstract: An input apparatus capable of receiving inputs of a plurality of levels in accordance with pressure loads varied in each operation by an operator and an input method using such an input apparatus are provided. An input apparatus 10 for receiving inputs of a plurality of levels in accordance with pressure loads has a load detection unit 40 configured to detect a pressure load of a pressing input and a control unit 20 configured to control such that a second load standard for receiving a second level input is set whenever the load detection unit 40 detects a pressure load satisfying a first load standard for receiving a first level input.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Kyocera Corporation
    Inventors: Junichi Ujii, Megumi Kuwabara
  • Patent number: 8342381
    Abstract: Disclosed is a print technology in which a solder pool staying on the surface of a mask is driven by means of a squeegee, and solder is applied onto a substrate onto which the lower surface of a mask is placed. A forward print process where solder is applied by driving a squeegee in a predetermined forward direction relative to a mask, and a backward print process where the solder is applied by driving the squeegee in a returning direction opposite to the forward direction are switched alternately. When the squeegee passes through the solder pool on the downstream side in a moving direction before switching in the course of switching from any one of the forward and backward print processes to the other one of these processes, the amount of solder in the solder pool is measured. Based on the amount of solder thus measured, the necessity of replenishing solder is determined. The solder pool is supplemented with solder, based on the result of the decision on whether solder replenishment is required.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Yamaha Hatsudoki Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Kouichi Sumioka
  • Patent number: 8343044
    Abstract: A light guide for endoscopes is constituted by a plurality of multimode optical fibers, of which at least a portion is bundled. The light guide propagates illuminating light beam that enters from a first end facet thereof to a second end facet thereof, to emit the illuminating light beam onto a portion to be observed. The light guide includes: a light input portion formed by the bundled plurality of multimode optical fibers; and a light output portion formed by the bundled plurality of multimode optical fibers. At least one of the light input portion and the light output portion is shaped in a tapered shape, while the number of multimode optical fibers at the light input portion and the light output portion are the same as that at other portions of the light guide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Fujifilm Corporation
    Inventor: Shinichi Shimotsu
  • Patent number: 8337355
    Abstract: There is provided an eccentric speed reducer that achieves improved output torque without increasing the outer radial dimension of a casing. The strut includes, at the basal portion of a peripheral side surface where the strut is continuous with the base carrier, first curved portions and second curved portions that are in a form of a curved surface having a different radius of curvature. The first curved portions are provided at the supporting hole-facing sides of the strut that are disposed facing the rotation supporting holes. The second curved portions are provided between an outer side located in the strut at an outer position in the radial direction of the casing and on the side facing the inner circumference of the casing, and supporting hole-facing sides. The second curved portions have a larger radius of curvature than the first curved portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Nabtesco Corporation
    Inventor: Toshiya Akami
  • Patent number: 8339445
    Abstract: [Problems] To provide a component placing apparatus capable of effectively preventing the occurrence of a suction error by appropriately adjusting a displacement between respective coordinate systems of a placing head and imaging device while efficiently performing suction position recognition using the imaging device that is movable independently of the placing head. [Means for Solving the Problems] A component mounting apparatus (1) includes a placing head (4) that transports a chip component (6) supplied from a component supply portion (5) by sucking the chip component (6), and a suction position recognition camera (32) that is provided to be movable independently of the placing head (4) and takes an image of the chip component (6) before the placing head (4) sucks the chip component (6) from the component supply portion (5).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Yamaha Hatsudoki Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Shinya Yoro, Kazuhiro Kobayashi, Yasuhiro Suzuki, Yasunori Naitoh, Yasuyoshi Hongashi
  • Patent number: 8336914
    Abstract: A belt anchor comprises an anchor portion which changes the extending direction of a belt body toward a vehicle front, a bolt which supports the anchor portion, and a nut which fastens the bolt. The belt anchor is fixed to a lift gate inner and a second reinforcement at a position which is located near a pivotal axis of a hinge. Accordingly, a seatbelt device of a vehicle which can ensure both the properly-large slant angle of the belt body and the support strength of the belt anchor, keeping appropriate flexibility of the vehicle layout, can be provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Mazda Motor Corporation
    Inventors: Akira Ito, Hidetoshi Iwatani
  • Patent number: 8340781
    Abstract: A sensor element, a sensor system, a catheter that can detect the thrombi, plaques and stents in the blood vessels and manufacturing method of the sensor element are provided. A cylinder is formed as a cylinder shaped part that has a long inner space and one open end. The cylinder has a slit being formed along an axis and the width of the slit is less than diameter of the inner space. A plurality of coils is wound outside of the cylinder and the lead portions of the coils are led into the inner space of the cylinder by passing through the slits. Electrically conducting means are connected to each of lead portions and are externally led out from the open end of the cylinder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Namiki Seimitsu Houseki Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Satoshi Konishi
  • Patent number: 8337230
    Abstract: An electrical connector including a housing provided thereon with an opening through which a flat circuit device is inserted into the housing, a plurality of conductive contacts arranged on the housing, and a holding member attached to the housing to be operative to hold the flat circuit device inserted in the housing and then to release the flat circuit device from holding by the holding member, wherein the holding member has a base portion fixed to the housing and a movable arm portion extending from the base portion, and the movable arm portion is provided thereon with an engaging portion operative to be put in engagement with the flat circuit device inserted in the housing so as to hold the same and a releasing portion protruding from the movable arm portion to the outside of the housing and is operative to move for releasing the engaging portion from the engagement with the flat circuit device when the releasing portion is manipulated to be shifted in position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Dai-Ichi Seiko Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Takaki Kurachi
  • Patent number: 8337186
    Abstract: An example molding method includes: feeding a molten foamable resin by injection in a cavity formed in a molding die; allowing the molten foamable resin to flow in the cavity; and foaming and solidifying the molten foamable resin to mold a resin foam product. The example molding method performs flow rate control by controlling a flow rate of the molten foamable resin at a welding portion to be equal to or higher than a flow rate of the molten foamable resin at an upstream portion adjacent to the welding portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Mazda Motor Corporation
    Inventors: Tuguhisa Miyamoto, Junichi Ogawa, Mitsuharu Kaneko, Yukinori Nakajima
  • Patent number: 8337658
    Abstract: A method for manufacturing a structural component includes a first step of attaching at least one conductive member to a surface of a base material made of a composite material and a second step of forming the base material by conducting electricity to part or the whole of the conductive member to generate heat and/or making an assembly of the structural component by conducting electricity to part or the whole of the conductive member to generate heat. Part or the whole of the conductive member contained in the structural component produced in the first and second steps serves as a member giving to the aircraft at least one of a lightning strike protection function, an anti-icing and deicing function and an electromagnetic interference shielding function.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Shinmaywa Industries, Ltd.
    Inventors: Kenichi Hasegawa, Tohru Ikuyama, Masahiko Ikeda, Takuji Kocho
  • Patent number: 8331631
    Abstract: A single image is obtained from among a plurality of temporal series images. At least one of a plurality of types of classifiers, each type of classifier judging each of a plurality of predetermined states of a predetermined subject, is employed to discriminate the state of the subject within the obtained image. At least one state is predicted for the subject within the obtained image, based on stepwise changes of the state of the subject obtained by previously discriminated states within temporal series images preceding the obtained image. The classifier corresponding to the predicted state is prioritized or weighted, when applying the classifiers to perform discrimination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Assignee: Fujifilm Corporation
    Inventor: Yoshitaka Yamaguchi
  • Patent number: 8330416
    Abstract: A thin and compact battery module capable of suppressing an increase in temperature of the battery in the battery module when the battery is charged. The battery module 20 includes a power circuit 21 having a heat-generating multilayer inductor 21A, a resin layer 22 in which the power circuit 21 is embedded, and a secondary cell arranged on the top face of the resin layer 22. The resin layer 22 has multiple recesses 22A in a portion that is in contact with the secondary cell 23.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Assignee: Murata Manufacturing Co., Ltd
    Inventor: Shinji Goma
  • Patent number: 8330568
    Abstract: A multilayer coil component includes internal conductors made of silver (Ag) having metal films provided on surfaces thereof to suppress migration of Ag contained in the internal conductors and/or relieve internal stress between magnetic ceramic layers and internal conductor layers without forming gaps at interfaces between the internal conductors including the metal films and a magnetic ceramic surrounding the internal conductors and the interfaces between the internal conductors and the magnetic ceramic. In a manufacturing method for forming a multilayer coil, an acidic solution containing a metal is allowed to penetrate a magnetic ceramic through side surfaces thereof and side gap sections that are regions between side portions of internal conductors and the side surfaces to reach the interfaces between the internal conductors and a surrounding magnetic ceramic, whereby the metal is deposited on surfaces of the internal conductors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Assignee: Murata Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Masaharu Konoue, Yukio Maeda, Tatsuya Mizuno, Hiroki Hashimoto, Mitsuru Ueda
  • Patent number: 8332089
    Abstract: A vehicle 1 used for work at elevated locations comprises a travel body 10, whose front wheels 11a, 11b are drive wheels, a steering cylinder 17, two travel motors 12, a battery B, an inverter IV, a travel operation lever 41, and a steering dial 42. In the vehicle, the steering cylinder 17 drives a steering mechanism 13, which directs the drive wheels 11a, 11b, to change the steering angle of the drive wheels 11a, 11b, and the travel motors 12a, 12b, which receive electric power from the battery B, respectively, drive the drive wheels 11a, 11b. The inverter IV converts DC power from the battery B to AC power, which is supply to the travel motors 12a, 12b to drive the rotation of both the drive motors. The travel operation lever 41 is operated for travel control while the steering dial 42 is operated to steer the travel body 10. The vehicle further comprises a steering control unit 53 and an inverter control unit 51.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Aichi Corporation
    Inventor: Shunichi Nakazawa
  • Patent number: 8325355
    Abstract: A printing order reception apparatus includes display means for carrying out various kinds of display, input means for carrying out various kinds of input, and a plurality of types of slots for inserting therein various types of media each storing an image and equipment including a medium storing an image. In the case where a medium or equipment is inserted into a specific one of the plurality of types of slots, processing for printing the image stored in the medium or the medium included in the equipment is switched between execution of printing processing according to a predetermined printing condition and execution of printing processing according to a printing condition different from the predetermined printing condition. Then, processing for printing the image is carried out according to the switched printing condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2012
    Assignee: Fujifilm Corporation
    Inventors: Tatsuya Aoyama, Yukita Gotohda
  • Patent number: 8317543
    Abstract: An electrical connector which comprises an insulated housing on which a first engaging portion is provided for engaging with a second engaging portion provided in a mating electrical connector, first contacts arranged in a predetermined direction on the insulated housing and operative to come into contact with second contacts provided in the mating electrical connector, a conductive shell for covering partially the insulated housing, and an aligning cover attached to the conductive shell and operative to cause end portions thereof in the predetermined direction to engage respectively with end portions in the predetermined direction of the mating electrical connector for aligning the insulated housing with the mating electrical connector when the first engaging portion is engaged with the second engaging portion, and with which the first engaging portion can be appropriately and smoothly put in engagement with the second engaging portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2012
    Assignee: Dai-Ichi Seiko Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Tetsuya Tagawa, Hiroharu Ikari
  • Patent number: 8317259
    Abstract: There are provided a seatback supporting backs of plural passengers seated on a bench type of seat cushion, a headrest provided at an upper portion of a first portion of the seatback and supporting a head of the passenger seated in front of the first portion, a pressure-receiving portion provided at a second portion of the seatback which is arranged beside the first portion so as to move rearwardly when being pressed by a rearward move of the passenger seated in front of the second portion, and a headrest moving mechanism provided to connect the pressure-receiving portion to the headrest so that the headrest is moved forwardly or upwardly in accordance with a rearward move of the pressure-receiving portion. Accordingly, the passenger's head can be protected with a simple structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2012
    Assignee: Mazda Motor Corporation
    Inventors: Kouichi Nakaya, Akihiro Kobayashi
  • Patent number: 8319197
    Abstract: A wafer having a plurality of elements closely arranged thereon is irradiated with an ion beam while being conveyed in one direction by a conveying unit. Each of shutters adjusts an irradiation time during which a target area of the wafer is irradiated with the ion beam. Thus, a frequency in the target area is adjusted. Each of a plurality of mask holes in a pattern mask disposed between the wafer and the shutters corresponds to one area of the wafer. The mask holes are alternately displaced in a wafer conveying direction in which the wafer is conveyed, and are arranged in a plurality of columns perpendicular to the wafer conveying direction. To individually open and close the mask holes, the shutters are arranged to correspond to the respective mask holes. Thus, frequency adjustment, for areas in one column perpendicular to the wafer conveying direction, is performed in multiple steps.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2012
    Assignee: Murata Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Hitoshi Seki
  • Patent number: D672700
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2012
    Assignee: Mazda Motor Company
    Inventors: Hiroshi Kuninari, Nobutaka Tsuchie, Yasuo Suzuki