Patents Assigned to Konica Minolta, Inc.
  • Publication number: 20220244720
    Abstract: A maintenance management method is capable of reducing a burden on work takeover, and is a maintenance management method related to maintenance management of a production facility related to gas or oil. In the maintenance management method, a computer acquires producer information regarding a producer that owns or manages the production facility, production facility information regarding the production facility, an inspection record in a case where inspection is performed on the production facility, and maintainer candidate information regarding a maintainer candidate that performs maintenance on the production facility. Further, the computer determines whether or not maintenance for the production facility is necessary on the basis of the inspection record, and performs control to communicate information regarding maintenance for the production facility to at least one of the producer and the maintainer candidate, when determining that maintenance is necessary.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 19, 2020
    Publication date: August 4, 2022
    Applicant: KONICA MINOLTA, INC.
    Inventors: Ryo MINEGISHI, Akihiro SUZUKI, Seiichi TSUZUKI
  • Patent number: 11402791
    Abstract: Provided is an image forming apparatus including: a transfer member; a first image carrier on which a first toner image using toner of a first color is formed; a second image carrier which is provided on a downstream side relative to the first image carrier in a moving direction (rotating direction) of the transfer member, and on which a second toner image using toner of a second color is formed; a lubricant supply section that supplies a lubricant to the second image carrier; and a control section that controls a supply amount of the lubricant to the second image carrier in accordance with an overlap amount between the first toner image and the second toner image which are transferred from the first image carrier and the second image carrier to the transfer member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2021
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2022
    Assignee: Konica Minolta, Inc.
    Inventors: Kei Yuasa, Takenobu Kimura, Takashi Akazawa, Kei Okamura
  • Patent number: 11402786
    Abstract: A recording medium conveyance device includes storage that stores a recording medium, a conveyer that takes out the recording medium stored in the storage and conveys the recording medium as a conveyed object, an ultrasonic sensor that outputs a value indicating an attenuation amount of an ultrasonic wave caused by the conveyed object and a hardware processor, wherein the hardware processor executes an overlay detection process of detecting whether the conveyed object is in an overlay state in which a gap is present based on a result of output by the ultrasonic sensor, and prevents execution of the overlay detection process with respect to a first conveyed object that is to be conveyed first by the conveyer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2021
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2022
    Assignee: KONICA MINOLTA, INC.
    Inventors: Taku Kimura, Masahiro Nonoyama, Junichi Masuda, Masahiro Kamiya, Katsuhide Sakai
  • Patent number: 11402780
    Abstract: A fixing device including: a heating rotating body; a pressure member pressed against the heating rotating body to form a nip; a first acquisition unit that acquires a first index value indicating a change in coefficient of friction between the heating rotating body and the pressure member; a second acquisition unit that acquires a second index value indicating a change in rigidity of an elastic layer in the heating rotating body and/or the pressure member; and a controller that executes at least one of two controls according to the index values: a first control during idling rotation after fixing job execution, for controlling temperature of the heating rotating body and time from a start of the idling rotation to an end of the idling rotation and a second control during idling rotation before and/or after fixing job execution, for controlling rotation speed of the heating rotating body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2021
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2022
    Assignee: KONICA MINOLTA, INC.
    Inventors: Yutaka Otsuka, Tomoya Sato
  • Patent number: 11402788
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus forms a stable image on a recording material by using toner containing a release agent. A toner image can be formed on the recording material using a fixer, and a reverse transport path arranged on a downstream side of the fixer can reverses and transports the recording material after fixing. A reverse roller provided on the reverse transport path can reverse and send out the recording material by reversely transporting the recording material. A transporter can be provided between the fixer and the reverse roller on the reverse transport path, and a release agent remover removes the release agent adhering to the reverse roller. In embodiments, the transporter can include a release agent adhesion preventer that prevents the release agent from adhering to the transporter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2021
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2022
    Assignee: Konica Minolta, Inc.
    Inventor: Yasuo Shiokawa
  • Patent number: 11399805
    Abstract: An ultrasound diagnostic device detecting shear wave propagation velocity through push pulse transmission. The ultrasound diagnostic device includes: a push pulse transmitter that transmits a push pulse; a detection wave transmitter/receiver that, following the push pulse transmission, transmits plane wave transmission detection waves towards a region of interest (ROI) inside a subject and receives reflection detection waves from the subject, to generate receive signals sequentially; a displacement detector that detects subject tissue displacement occurring inside the ROI due to a shear wave; and a shear wave analyzer that detects a shear wave propagation velocity based on the subject tissue displacement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2022
    Assignee: KONICA MINOLTA, INC.
    Inventor: Yasuhito Watanabe
  • Patent number: 11399785
    Abstract: A radiation imaging system including an imager that performs imaging of moving images by irradiating a subject with radiation, the radiation imaging system including a storage in which an imaging guide pattern for instructing a predetermined motion to the subject at a time of imaging by the imager is associated with a predetermined word that can be included in an imaging order and is stored, a hardware processor that acquires an imaging order to imaging by the imager, extracts the predetermined word from the acquired imaging order, and selects an imaging guide pattern that is associated with the extracted predetermined word from imaging guide patterns stored in the storage, and an instructor that instructs the predetermined motion to the subject, based on the selected imaging guide pattern.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2022
    Assignee: KONICA MINOLTA, INC.
    Inventor: Hiromu Ohara
  • Patent number: 11399793
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus includes a hardware processor. The hardware processor estimates a body thickness and an irradiation field region of a subject based on a radiograph obtained by radiographing the subject. Further, the hardware processor calculates a distance from a focus of a radiation source to a radiation entrance point based on the body thickness. Still further, the hardware processor calculates an irradiation field size based on the irradiation field region. Yet further, the hardware processor calculates an exposure dose based on the distance, the irradiation field size, and in imaging condition used in radiographing the subject.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2022
    Assignee: KONICA MINOLTA, INC.
    Inventor: Tatsuya Takagi
  • Patent number: 11397251
    Abstract: A distance measuring device includes the following, an emitting unit; a receiving unit; a received signal detector; and a signal processor. The signal processor controls emitting of the signal by the emitting unit and starts counting time, calculates received timing when the receiving unit receives the signal based on the digital signal output by the received signal detector, and calculates a distance to the object based on transmitting time of the signal. As for a distance, etc., the signal processor considers the distance. Etc. to be a valid value when a condition that the calculated distance, etc. is no longer than a predetermined reference distance, etc. is satisfied, and when the condition is not satisfied, the signal processor considers the distance, etc. to be an invalid value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2022
    Assignee: Konica Minolta, Inc.
    Inventor: Shunsuke Nomura
  • Patent number: 11396180
    Abstract: An inkjet head manufacturing method for an inkjet head that includes a head chip including: a nozzle ejecting ink; and a flow path substrate including an ink flow path which communicates with the nozzle and through which the ink flows, the method including: composite substrate manufacturing that is manufacturing a composite substrate including a plurality of regions which forms flow path substrates by being split; first protective film forming that is forming a first protective film on a surface of the composite substrate and an inner wall surface of the ink flow path; splitting that is splitting the composite substrate into the flow path substrates; and second protective film forming that is forming a second protective film on at least an exposed face in a split face of the flow path substrate generated in the splitting, the exposed face being exposed in a surface of the head chip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2022
    Assignee: KONICA MINOLTA, INC.
    Inventors: Yohei Sato, Akihisa Shimomura, Hikaru Hamano
  • Patent number: 11398025
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus includes a hardware processor that acquires image data of a radiograph, calculates an exposure index related to noise in the radiograph on the basis of the image data that is acquired, and causes a notifier to notify of a matter based on the exposure index that is calculated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2022
    Assignee: KONICA MINOLTA, INC.
    Inventor: Koutarou Kanamori
  • Patent number: 11394845
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes circuitry that binarizes image data, a memory, and a print engine unit that forms an image of the binarized image data. When the image data is low in resolution, the circuitry has the image data stored in the memory and thereafter performs on the image data, detection processing for detecting whether or not the image data includes a predetermined pattern before binarization processing. When the image data is high in resolution, the circuitry binarizes the image data, thereafter has the image data stored in the memory, thereafter further performs multivalue converting processing on the image data, and thereafter performs detection processing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2022
    Assignee: KONICA MINOLTA, INC.
    Inventor: Hisashi Uchida
  • Patent number: 11390080
    Abstract: An ink-jet recording apparatus may include an ink-jet head having: individual connection flow channels through which ink can be discharged from pressure chambers; and a common flow channel at which ink from the individual connection flow channels merges, wherein when the ink is ejected, in a nozzle through which the maximum amount of ink per unit time is ejected, the relationship of (Fn/Fi)?10 is satisfied, Fn representing the amount of ink ejected per unit time from the nozzle, and Fi representing the average flow rate of ink discharged per unit time from the individual connection flow channels, and the relationship of (Rc/Rt)?10 is satisfied, Rc representing the flow channel resistance of the common flow channel, and Rt representing the synthetic resistance of the individual connection flow channels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2022
    Assignee: KONICA MINOLTA, INC.
    Inventor: Hikaru Hamano
  • Patent number: 11394598
    Abstract: A spectrophotometric device includes a photoreceptor that receives light reflected from an object. The spectrophotometric device measures a color of the object. The spectrophotometric device further includes: a network connection medium being capable of connecting to one or more than one address on a network; a connection interface element; and a processor that makes the network connection medium connect to the one or more than one address on the network upon the interface element being used by a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2022
    Assignee: KONICA MINOLTA, INC.
    Inventor: Yasutaka Tanimura
  • Patent number: 11391728
    Abstract: The present invention may provide phosphor-integrated nanoparticles whose precipitation and/or aggregation, particularly aggregation can be inhibited upon carrying out immunostaining therewith and which can thus be used for staining even after long-term storage without requiring a complicated operation, the phosphor-integrated nanoparticles preferrably maintaining excellent performance, such as staining properties, even after long-term storage. The phosphor-integrated nanoparticles of the present invention have an average sphericity (f) of 0.80 to 0.95 and preferably have an average circumference ratio (R) of 0.50 to 0.95.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2022
    Assignee: KONICA MINOLTA, INC.
    Inventors: Takeshi Isoda, Masaru Takahashi
  • Patent number: 11393096
    Abstract: A gas-detection image processing device includes a first processor, a second processor, a third processor, and a setter. The first processor generates a plurality of first images by applying processing to extract a gas candidate region to each of the plurality of infrared images captured in time series. The second processor generates a second image including a first appearance region based on two or more of the first images corresponding to the first predetermined period, and the first appearance region indicates that the gas candidate region has appeared in at least a part of the first predetermined period. The third processor generates a third image including a second appearance region based on two or more of the first images corresponding to a second predetermined period different from the first predetermined period, and the second appearance region indicates that the gas candidate region has appeared in at least a part of the second predetermined period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2022
    Assignee: KONICA MINOLTA, INC.
    Inventor: Motohiro Asano
  • Patent number: 11390078
    Abstract: Provided is an inkjet head including a plurality of ink dischargers, a first common ejection flow path, and a second common ejection flow path. Each of the ink dischargers includes an ink storage, a pressure changer, a nozzle, and a first individual ejection flow path and a second individual ejection flow path that communicate to the ink storage and through which ink is ejected from fee ink storage but not supplied to the nozzle. The first common ejection flow path communicates to a plurality of first individual ejection flow paths of the respective plurality of the ink dischargers, and the second common ejection flow path communicates to a plurality of second individual ejection flow paths of the respective plurality of fee ink dischargers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2022
    Assignee: KONICA MINOLTA, INC.
    Inventor: Hikaru Hamano
  • Patent number: 11382600
    Abstract: An ultrasound diagnostic apparatus including an ultrasound probe which outputs transmission ultrasound corresponding to a drive signal, which receives reflected ultrasound from the subject and which outputs a received signal according to the reflected ultrasound; a drive signal outputter which outputs the drive signal to the ultrasound probe; a hardware processor which controls the drive signal outputter to output a first drive signal having a first drive waveform and a second drive signal having a second drive waveform that is different from the first drive waveform; a received signal generator which generates a first received signal based on the reflected ultrasound corresponding to the transmission ultrasound that is output based on the first drive signal and a second received signal based on the reflected ultrasound corresponding to the transmission ultrasound that is output based on the second drive signal; and an extractor which extracts by arithmetic of the first received signal and the second received
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2022
    Assignee: KONICA MINOLTA INC.
    Inventor: Tetsuya Taniguchi
  • Patent number: 11388294
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus may include: a storage that stores information in which a job type is associated with speech patterns for processings related to the job type; and a hardware processor that may: be inputted with a speech; acquire a job type; use speech patterns associated with a job type, which is acquired by the hardware processor and is being executed, to analyze a speech inputted during execution of the job; and execute the processings based on an analysis result by the hardware processor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2022
    Assignee: Konica Minolta, Inc.
    Inventor: Takahisa Matsunaga
  • Patent number: 11383512
    Abstract: An inkjet recording device includes a nozzle, a pressure generator and a driver. The nozzle ejects ink. The pressure generator changes pressure on ink in an ink flow path that communicates with the nozzle by a predetermined drive operation. The driver makes the pressure generator perform the drive operation predetermined limes of at least twice at time points on a predetermined cycle, and makes the nozzle eject an ink droplet of an amount corresponding to a number of drive operations included in a set of drive operations. In a case in which the number of drive operations is two, the driver makes the pressure generator perform the drive operation twice with an interval twice as long as the cycle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2022
    Assignee: KONICA MINOLTA, INC.
    Inventor: Masanori Shimazoe