Patents Assigned to Kobe Steel, Ltd.
  • Publication number: 20220009127
    Abstract: Provided is a kneading device that can check a progress of wear of an inner wall face of a kneading chamber provided in a casing without stopping the kneading device. A kneading device includes a sensor-mount space provided in a wall of a casing, a wear detecting sensor of which a detecting section is disposed at a bottom of the sensor-mount space, and a controller that receives a signal output from the wear detecting sensor, the controller including a wear determining unit that determines that wear of an inner wall face of a kneading chamber has progressed based on a change in the signal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 20, 2019
    Publication date: January 13, 2022
    Applicant: KABUSHIKI KAISHA KOBE SEIKO SHO (KOBE STEEL, LTD.)
    Inventors: Yasuaki YAMANE, Hikaru HAMADA
  • Publication number: 20220009296
    Abstract: A method for displaying an image of a surface of a tire includes: taking an image of a surface of a tire formed with a mark having a protrusion and a recess; acquiring waveform data from the taken image of the surface; creating a histogram from the waveform data; determining, based on the histogram, a first bin threshold to distinguish a surface luminance of the protrusion of the mark, and a second bin threshold to distinguish a surface luminance of the recess of the mark; and displaying the image of the surface of the tire including the mark on a screen by representing a region equal to or higher than the first bin threshold, a region lower than the first bin threshold and higher than the second bin threshold, and a region equal to or lower than the second bin threshold in the histogram in three attributes of color.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 22, 2019
    Publication date: January 13, 2022
    Applicant: KABUSHIKI KAISHA KOBE SEIKO SHO (KOBE STEEL, LTD.)
    Inventors: Jumpei FUKUDA, Yasuhiro MATSUSHITA
  • Patent number: 11223249
    Abstract: An electric motor includes an armature and a mover. The armature includes an armature coil. The mover includes a plurality of pole blocks each including an iron core disposed to face the armature and a plurality of permanent magnets which surround the iron core such that a surface of the iron core, which faces the armature, is open. The plurality of permanent magnets in each pole block are disposed such that magnetic poles thereof facing the iron core are equal in polarity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2022
    Assignee: Kobe Steel, Ltd.
    Inventors: Shumpei Hayashi, Takashi Tokuyama, Tsuyoshi Miyazaki
  • Patent number: 11221304
    Abstract: A method for measuring the stress of a concave section of a test subject which comprises a metal and has a surface and a concave section, the method including: a detection step for detecting, using a two-dimensional detector, a diffraction ring of diffracted X-rays which is formed by causing X-rays to be incident on the concave section and to be diffracted by the concave section; and a calculation step for calculating the stress of the concave section on the basis of the detection results during the detection step. Therein, the detection step involves causing X-rays to be incident on each of a plurality of sites inside the concave section of the test subject, and detecting, using a two-dimensional detector, the diffraction ring formed by the diffraction of the X-rays by the concave section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2022
    Assignee: Kobe Steel, Ltd.
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Takamatsu, Toshihide Fukui, Mariko Matsuda, Tatsuhiko Kabutomori
  • Patent number: 11220011
    Abstract: Provided is a multi-jointed welding robot that includes: a rotating part that is rotatably provided on a base that is fixed to an installation surface; and a multi-jointed arm that is coupled to the rotating part via a first driving shaft and has a plurality of arm parts. An opening is formed in the rotating part through which a routing member, which is routed inside the rotating part, is guided from part of the rotating part toward the side opposite the installation surface. A guide member guides the routing member, which has one end fixed to the opening and which is guided through the opening, toward the installation surface from the other end of the routing member while bending the routing member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2022
    Assignee: Kobe Steel, Ltd.
    Inventors: Yasuharu Sakurai, Yuki Shika, Motoaki Murakami, Taichi Igarashi, Tatsuji Minato
  • Publication number: 20220006321
    Abstract: A compressed air energy storage and power generation apparatus includes an electric motor, a compressor, an accumulator, an expander, a generator, and a controller, in which the compressor includes a first compressor of dynamic type and a second compressor of a positive displacement type, during charge of the apparatus, in a case where variation time of predicted variation power exceeds activation stop time of the first compressor, the controller supports a predicted variation power component by performing a unit number control of the first compressor and performing the unit number control and a rotation speed control of the second compressor, and in a case where the variation time of the predicted variation power is equal to or less than the activation stop time of the first compressor, the controller supports the predicted variation power component by performing the unit number control and the rotation speed control of the second compressor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 20, 2019
    Publication date: January 6, 2022
    Applicant: KABUSHIKI KAISHA KOBE SEIKO SHO (KOBE STEEL, LTD.)
    Inventor: Yohei KUBO
  • Publication number: 20210404496
    Abstract: A joint structure formed by resistance welding a plurality of superposed steel sheets includes a high tensile strength steel sheet having a tensile strength of at least 590 MPa and containing a chemical component having a carbon equivalent Ceq of at least 0.53%. The high tensile strength steel sheet has a decarburized layer between a base plate and a galvanized layer formed on at least one of a surface on a superposition surface side and a surface on a welding electrode side of the high tensile strength steel sheet, or has a decarburized layer on a superposition surface of the high tensile strength steel sheet adjacent to a galvanized layer of a galvanized steel sheet to be superposed. The decarburized layer has a thickness of at least 5 ?m and at most 200 ?m, and the carbon equivalent Ceq is a value defined by a formula: Ceq=C+Si/24+Mn/6.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 16, 2019
    Publication date: December 30, 2021
    Applicant: Kabushiki Kaisha Kobe Seiko Sho (Kobe Steel, Ltd.)
    Inventors: Kyohei MAEDA, Reiichi SUZUKI
  • Patent number: 11208081
    Abstract: The present application discloses a hydrogen station for supplying hydrogen to a tank of a tank-equipped device. The hydrogen station includes: an integrated controller for integrally controlling devices provided in the hydrogen station; a sensing portion for sensing leaked hydrogen which has leaked inside the integrated controller; a ventilation device performing a high ventilation measure of performing ventilation for air inside the integrated controller or an explosion prevention device performing an internal pressure-based explosion protection measure of creating a pressure-increased state inside the integrated controller; and a compressor unit including a compressor, which is used as one of the devices, and a housing, in which the compressor is stored. The integrated controller is mounted on the housing, and is electrically connected to the compressor via a through-hole formed in the housing to control the compressor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2021
    Assignee: Kobe Steel, Ltd.
    Inventors: Takayuki Fukuda, Kenji Nagura
  • Publication number: 20210394299
    Abstract: A joint structure, includes: a first member including a high tensile strength steel; a second member including a high tensile strength steel and superposed on the first member; a surface soft layer formed on at least one of a superposition surface of the first member, on which the second member is superposed, and a superposition surface of the second member, on which the first member is superposed; a molten-solidified portion formed by melting and solidifying the first member and the second member; and a heat affected zone formed around the molten-solidified portion, in which the surface soft layer has a total thickness of 5 ?m to 200 ?m, and the molten-solidified portion has a carbon amount of 0.21 mass % or more, and a maximum Vickers hardness of the surface soft layer in the heat affected zone is 100 Hv to 500 Hv.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 19, 2019
    Publication date: December 23, 2021
    Applicant: Kabushiki Kaisha Kobe Seiko Sho (Kobe Steel, Ltd.)
    Inventors: Kyohei MAEDA, Reiichi SUZUKI
  • Patent number: 11203080
    Abstract: Provided is a welding method using a special torch and a flux cored wire, in which the special torch has a suction nozzle between the contact tip and the shield nozzle, and the flux cored wire has a flux filled inside the steel outer casing, and a seam portion where both ends of a metal in a width direction of the steel outer casing are butted or overlapped in a longitudinal direction of the flux cored wire.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 21, 2021
    Assignee: Kobe Steel, Ltd.
    Inventors: Naoki Mukai, Tokuji Maruyama, Reiichi Suzuki
  • Publication number: 20210387278
    Abstract: A welding method for joining a first plate made of a material other than steel and a second plate made of steel includes a step of making a hole through each of the first plate and the second plate, a press-fitting step, an overlapping step, and a filling and welding step. A shaft portion of a joining assist member being solid, being made of steel, and having an outer shape with step having the shaft portion and a flange portion is press-fitted in the hole of the first plate. The first plate and the second plate is overlapped such that the shaft portion faces the hole of the second plate. The hole of the second plate is filled with a weld metal and the second plate and the joining assist member are welded.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 19, 2019
    Publication date: December 16, 2021
    Applicant: Kabushiki Kaisha Kobe Seiko Sho (Kobe Steel, Ltd.)
    Inventor: Reiichi SUZUKI
  • Publication number: 20210388854
    Abstract: A compressed-air-storing power generation apparatus 1 comprises a plurality of compression/expansion devices 14 having a function of producing compressed air using electric power and a function of generating electricity using compressed air, an accumulator 10 that is fluidly connected to the plurality of compression/expansion devices 14 and that accumulates compressed air, and a control apparatus 16 that stops first compression/expansion devices 14 which are being driven and drives second compression/expansion devices 14 which have stopped when a charge/discharge command value to switch between charging and discharging is generated.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 10, 2019
    Publication date: December 16, 2021
    Applicant: KABUSHIKI KAISHA KOBE SEIKO SHO (KOBE STEEL, LTD.)
    Inventors: Takashi SATO, Ryo NAKAMICHI
  • Patent number: 11198172
    Abstract: A method for joining members according to the present invention includes: providing a first member, a second member, a guide shaft member, a rubber member, a first plunger, a second plunger, and a drive mechanism; inserting the second member into a hole portion of the first member; inserting the guide shaft member into a through-hole of the rubber member; inserting the rubber member, into which the guide shaft member is inserted, inside the second member; arranging an assembly in which the first member, the second member, the rubber member, and the guide shaft member so as to horizontally extend; arranging the assembly so as to be sandwiched by the first plunger and the second plunger; and moving the second plunger toward the first plunger; compressing the rubber member by the first plunger and the second plunger in a direction where the guide shaft member extends, and expanding the rubber member radially outside the guide shaft member; and thus expanding and deforming at least a portion of the second member
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2021
    Assignee: Kobe Steel, Ltd.
    Inventors: Yasuhiro Maeda, Toru Hashimura, Kenichi Watanabe, Takayuki Kimura
  • Publication number: 20210379643
    Abstract: A bead forming method includes the steps of preparing a bumper stay having a partition wall that partitions an internal space and extends in a longitudinal direction, an elastic body that can be inserted into the bumper stay, and a pusher that presses the elastic body; inserting the elastic body into the bumper stay and arranging the elastic body in the bumper stay so as not to come into contact with the partition wall; and forming a buckling bead by compressing the elastic body in the longitudinal direction of the bumper stay by the pusher to expand the elastic body outward in a radial direction without coming into contact with the partition wall, thereby bulging a part of an outer wall of the bumper stay outward in the radial direction without deforming the partition wall.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 10, 2019
    Publication date: December 9, 2021
    Applicant: Kabushiki Kaisha Kobe Seiko Sho (Kobe Steel, Ltd.)
    Inventors: Taiki YAMAKAWA, Toru HASHIMURA, Yasuhiro MAEDA
  • Publication number: 20210381428
    Abstract: A compressed air energy storage power generation device includes a compression/expansion combined machine having a function to produce compressed air utilizing electric power and a function to generate electric power utilizing the compressed air, a pressure storage unit that is fluidly connected to the compression/expansion combined machine and stores the compressed air, inverters that adjust rotation speed of the compression/expansion combined machine, a flow rate adjustment valve that adjusts amount of the compressed air supplied from the pressure storage unit to the compression/expansion combined machine, and a control device that reduces, when receiving a command value that reduces amount of power generated by the compression/expansion combined machine, amount of power generated by the compression/expansion combined machine by making the inverters to reduce rotation speed of the compression/expansion combined machine and decreasing an opening degree of the flow rate adjustment valve.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 11, 2019
    Publication date: December 9, 2021
    Applicant: KABUSHIKI KAISHA KOBE SEIKO SHO (KOBE STEEL, LTD.)
    Inventors: Takashi SATO, Ryo NAKAMICHI
  • Publication number: 20210379685
    Abstract: A method for manufacturing an additively-manufactured object, includes: an additively-manufacturing step of building a layered body by depositing a weld bead obtained by melting and solidifying a filler metal, the layered body having an opening along a forming direction of the weld bead and an internal space surrounded by the weld bead; and a closing step of forming a closing wall portion connecting an edge portion of the opening with the weld bead for closing. In the additively-manufacturing step, the opening is formed with a width dimension larger than a bead width of the weld bead, and in the closing step, the closing wall portion having a width dimension larger than the bead width is formed by the weld bead to close the opening.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 21, 2019
    Publication date: December 9, 2021
    Applicant: KABUSHIKI KAISHA KOBE SEIKO SHO (KOBE STEEL, LTD.)
    Inventors: Shinji SATO, Takeshi YAMADA, Tatsuya FUJII, Masatoshi HIDA, Shuo HUANG, Eisuke KUROSAWA
  • Patent number: 11193857
    Abstract: A tire testing machine is for testing a tire, comprising a free roller section configured to include a plurality of rollers having an endmost roller disposed downstream of a lubricator in a conveying direction and farthest from a predetermined reference position, the endmost roller being disposed such that a horizontal distance from the reference position is equal to or greater than a radius of a largest of a plurality of tires set in advance as objects of application of a lubricant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2021
    Assignee: Kobe Steel, Ltd.
    Inventors: Jumpei Fukuda, Yoshiaki Matsubara, Yu Sumimoto, Takashi Sumitani
  • Publication number: 20210370222
    Abstract: To provide a hydrogen gas supply device with which pressure resistance of a filter that catches sulfur components contained in a hydrogen gas is improved. A hydrogen gas supply device for a hydrogen station includes a compression portion that compresses a hydrogen gas by reciprocating motion of a piston, in which a piston ring containing sulfur components is mounted on the piston, a filter arranged on the downstream side of the compression portion, the filter that catches sulfur components contained in the hydrogen gas, and a first pipe connecting the compression portion and the filter. The filter includes an element portion having activated carbon onto which the sulfur components contained in the hydrogen gas are absorbable, and a steel housing portion that houses the element portion, in which a gas introduction passage that communicates with the first pipe and guides the hydrogen gas to the element portion is formed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 12, 2021
    Publication date: December 2, 2021
    Applicant: KABUSHIKI KAISHA KOBE SEIKO SHO (KOBE STEEL, LTD.)
    Inventors: Naofumi KANEI, Daisuke WADA, Koichiro HASHIMOTO
  • Publication number: 20210372420
    Abstract: Provided are oil mist measurement device and method capable of obtaining an oil mist concentration with higher accuracy and a compression system using the oil mist measurement device. The oil mist measurement device of the present invention includes first-A and first-B detection sections 1A, 1B configured to detect measurement target pressures, a second detection section 2 configured to irradiate a measurement target with detection light to detect the intensity of light scattered by oil mist in the measurement target, and a concentration processing section 32 configured to correct the scattered light intensity detected by the second detection section 2 based on the pressures detected by the first-A and first-B detection sections 1A, 1B to obtain a corrected scattered light intensity thereby obtaining an oil mist concentration based on the obtained corrected scattered light intensity.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 30, 2021
    Publication date: December 2, 2021
    Applicant: KABUSHIKI KAISHA KOBE SEIKO SHO (KOBE STEEL, LTD.)
    Inventors: Kaname ARAKI, Kazuhei TAKAHASHI, Yuya NAKAMOTO
  • Patent number: 11185814
    Abstract: The absorption agent of the present invention contains water, an amine compound, and an organic solvent, and a value obtained by subtracting a solubility parameter of the organic solvent from a solubility parameter of the amine compound is 1.1 (cal/cm3)1/2 or more and 4.2 (cal/cm3)1/2 or less. The method for separation and recovery of an acidic compound of the present invention includes the steps of: bringing a mixed gas containing an acidic compound into contact with an absorption agent containing water, an amine compound, and an organic solvent to absorb the acidic compound into the absorption agent; causing the absorption agent that has absorbed the acidic compound to be phase-separated into a first phase containing the acidic compound in a high content and a second phase containing the acidic compound in a low content; and heating the first phase to release the acidic compound from the first phase.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2021
    Assignees: KOBE STEEL, LTD., NATIONAL UNIVERSITY CORPORATION NAGOYA UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: Akira Matsuoka, Akira Kishimoto, Hiroshi Machida, Hirotoshi Horizoe