Patents Assigned to Matsushita Electric Works, Ltd.
  • Patent number: 8470938
    Abstract: An epoxy resin composition for use in producing a prepreg for printed wiring boards excellent in appearance, flame retardancy, etc., which comprises an epoxy resin, a phenolic novolak, and a curing accelerator. It is characterized in that the epoxy resin comprises an epoxy (a) and an epoxy (b), wherein the epoxy (a) is a brominated epoxy resin which is obtained by reacting/mixing a bisphenol A epoxy resin with tetrabromobisphenol A and has an epoxy equivalent of 350 to 470 g/eq and an n=0 component content of 20 to 35% in terms of areal percentage in a GPC chart, and the epoxy (b) is at least one bifunctional epoxy resin which is obtained by reacting any one selected from the group consisting of bisphenol A, bisphenol F, and tetrabromobisphenol A with epichlorohydrin and has an n=0 component content as determined from a GPC chart of 60% or higher.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2013
    Assignee: Matsushita Electric Works, Ltd.
    Inventors: Hidetsugu Motobe, Akinori Hibino, Katsuhiko Ito
  • Patent number: 8294576
    Abstract: An infrared sensor switch of the invention comprises an infrared sensor with a detection range, and a controller that uses the sensor to try to detect whether or not a person is present in the detection range and controls an ON or OFF state of a corresponding load unit based on each detection result obtained from the sensor. The switch further comprises a sensor block comprising the sensor, and a housing that is mounted in a wall and retains the block so that the center axis of the detection range can be rotated about a horizontal axis and as well as rotated up to at least 40 degrees downward from a forward direction of 0 degrees.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2012
    Assignee: Matsushita Electric Works, Ltd.
    Inventors: Makiko Matsuoka, Tomohiro Ieki, Koji Yokota, Hajime Yabu, Susumu Nakano, Kei Miura
  • Patent number: 8062750
    Abstract: An epoxy resin composition for a prepreg used in manufacturing a printed wiring board, particularly a multilayered printed wiring board, is provided. The composition features: (A) a multifunctional epoxy resin having on average 2.8 or more epoxy groups per molecule; (B) a reaction product of a phosphorous compound, a bifunctional epoxy resin, and an optional multifunctional epoxy resin, provided in an amount of 20% to 55% by mass, based on the total amount of epoxy resin, including (A) and (B); (C) a curing agent of dicyandiamide and/or a multifunctional phenolic compound; and (D) an inorganic filler blend containing an inorganic filler with a thermal decomposition temperature of 400° C. or above. The composition does not generate toxic substances when combusted and has excellent ignition resistance, solder heat resistance after moisture absorption, and high temperature rigidity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2011
    Assignee: Matsushita Electric Works, Ltd.
    Inventors: Hidetsugu Motobe, Yoshihiko Nakamura, Takeshi Koizumi, Ryuji Takahashi
  • Publication number: 20100253233
    Abstract: In order to suppress cost of an initial investment by a user and running cost to the user to a low extent while substantially constantly maintaining an apparent illuminance, and further, to realize resource saving, in a case of using a fluorescent lamp FHF 32 as a discharge lamp La, a lamp supply power is started to be supplied from a value lower than 45 W as rated electric power at an initial period of an operation of the discharge lamp, a light adjustment signal is changed in response to an accumulated lighting time so that the lamp supply power can be a value higher than 45 W as the rated electric power on and after a rated lifetime of the discharge lamp La, whereby the lamp supply power (output of an inverter circuit 2) is adjusted.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 16, 2007
    Publication date: October 7, 2010
    Applicant: MATSUSHITA ELECTRIC WORKS, LTD.
    Inventors: Katunobu Hamamoto, Kei Mituyasu, Yosikazu Kado, Hirosi Murayama, Hiroyuki Hirose
  • Patent number: 7794276
    Abstract: An insulating structure is employed between conductive members of an electric device. The electric device has a housing accommodating electric components therein and a cover member covering the housing, the conductive members being disposed through communication holes of the housing and the cover member. The insulating structure includes contact prevention members for preventing water infiltrated into a gap between the housing and the cover member from contacting water collected in the communication holes for the conductive members, wherein the contact prevention members are interposed between the housing and the cover member. Each contact prevention member has a substantially annular shape, surrounding one of the conductive members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2010
    Assignee: Matsushita Electric Works, Ltd.
    Inventors: Hiroshi Shigeta, Yasunori Ueda, Masanobu Yamasaki
  • Patent number: 7778947
    Abstract: An anomaly monitoring device includes two neural networks which are switchable between a training mode by using training samples and a checking mode for classifying, based on a training result, whether an amount of characteristics obtained by an operation of an apparatus indicates that the operation of an apparatus is normal and a mode switching unit controlling one of the neural networks to operate in training mode and the other neural network to operate in the checking mode. Further, the anomaly monitoring device includes a switching determining unit computing a judgment evaluation value serving to evaluate reliability of a judgment result of the other neural network operating in the checking mode, and for instructing the mode switching unit to have the one of the neural networks operate in the checking mode and the other neural network operate in training mode when the judgment evaluation value does not meet evaluation criteria.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2010
    Assignee: Matsushita Electric Works, Ltd.
    Inventor: Yoshihito Hashimoto
  • Patent number: 7766613
    Abstract: A pump includes a pump unit, a pump case, a motor unit, a plurality of guide blades forming plural guide paths in tangent directions of the impellers; and a multiplicity of return blades to form paths for collecting the liquid under pressure from the guide paths into a suction opening of a next-stage impeller. The return blades have a configuration in which a total cross sectional area of inlet openings of concave paths formed by a plurality of ribs is set to be equal to or larger than a cross sectional area of the suction port, while a total volume of the concave paths is set to be smaller than the total volume of non-path portions excluding the paths.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2010
    Assignee: Matsushita Electric Works, Ltd.
    Inventor: Harumi Fukuki
  • Publication number: 20100180920
    Abstract: In a agent supply device, a agent supplying unit is driven to supply a treatment agent to a head portion provided on a hair processing device after a cleaning unit cleans the head portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 27, 2006
    Publication date: July 22, 2010
    Applicant: MATSUSHITA ELECTRIC WORKS, LTD.
    Inventors: Shinji Fujimoto, Takeshi Shiba, Juzaemon Iwasaki, Masaaki Sato, Masanobu Yamasaki, Shunsuke Komori
  • Publication number: 20100148196
    Abstract: A light-emitting device held on a fixture body includes an LED chip, a heat transfer plate made of a thermally conductive material on which the LED chip is mounted, a wiring board having, on one side, patterned conductors, for supplying an electric power to the LED chip and formed with an aperture (exposure part) through which a LED chip mount surface of the heat transfer plate is exposed, an encapsulation part in which the LED chip is encapsulated on the one side of the wiring board, and a dome-shaped color-changing member made of a fluorescent material and an optically transparent material and placed on the one side of the wiring board. The light-emitting device is bonded to the fixture body with an insulating layer interposed therebetween, and the insulating layer has electrical insulating properties and is interposed between the heat transfer plate and the fixture body to thermally couple the same.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 20, 2006
    Publication date: June 17, 2010
    Applicant: MATSUSHITA ELECTRIC WORKS, LTD.
    Inventors: Kazuo Kamada, Yasushi Nishioka, Youji Urano
  • Publication number: 20100147385
    Abstract: In an organic power generating device that generates electricity by receiving light, a positive electrode and a negative electrode, at least one of which has transparency, a power generating layer which is formed of a mixture of an electron donor material and a hole donor material and generates electricity upon reception of light and disposed between the positive electrode and the negative electrode, and an inorganic layer which has a work function larger than that of the positive electrode and is disposed between the power generating layer and the positive electrode, are provided. Accordingly, an efficiency to take off electric charges from the power generating layer can be increased, so that the organic power generating device with high efficiency and long life can be obtained.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 26, 2006
    Publication date: June 17, 2010
    Applicant: MATSUSHITA ELECTRIC WORKS, LTD.
    Inventors: Kenji Kawano, Norihiro Ito, Takuya Komoda, Jun SAKAI
  • Publication number: 20100146693
    Abstract: Flush toilet equipment comprises a bowl, a flush mechanism that supplies flush water to the bowl through a flush water passage, and a minute bubble generator. The minute bubble generator generates minute bubbles. The bubbles are 0.1-1000 ?m in bubble diameter and mixed with the flush water. In this construction, since the minute bubbles are fully diffused into the flush water, various effects such as improvement of toilet flush effect, etc. can be further enhanced.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 26, 2006
    Publication date: June 17, 2010
    Applicant: MATSUSHITA ELECTRIC WORKS, LTD.
    Inventors: Shigeyuki Yamaguchi, Hitoshi Kitamura, Yasunari Maeda, Takaya Niu, Kazumasa Rokushima, Yoshihiro Ito, Naoki Shibata, Noriyuki Kitachi, Masato Suzuki
  • Patent number: 7736277
    Abstract: A rocking type exercising apparatus includes a movable unit on which a user rides and a driving unit for causing the movable unit to perform a rocking motion. The driving unit is designed to drive the movable unit to rock in forward/backward directions of the user riding on the movable unit and to move the movable unit forward at a greater acceleration than when the movable unit is moved backward.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2010
    Assignee: Matsushita Electric Works, Ltd.
    Inventor: Ryusuke Nakanishi
  • Publication number: 20100139785
    Abstract: A compact valve using a shape memory alloy comprises: a moving valve body that contacts an inner periphery of a guide pipe having an built-in orifice, is freely movable and has a sealing portion to seal the orifice; a biasing coil provided between the orifice and the moving valve body; and a wire formed of a shape memory alloy and held between a stationary electrode of the guide pipe and a moving electrode of the moving valve body. The orifice is sealed by moving the moving valve body due to transformation of the shape memory alloy by heating the wire. The moving valve body is enabled to be elastically deformable by providing a coil spring to reduce a stress, so that an overload to the moving valve body due to contraction of the wire is absorbed by elastic deformation of the moving valve body. Thereby, the overload to the shape memory alloy is reduced to prevent deterioration of repeatability of memorized shape, to increase durability and reliability of the valve.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 26, 2006
    Publication date: June 10, 2010
    Applicant: MATSUSHITA ELECTRIC WORKS, LTD.
    Inventors: Akihiko Saitoh, Shigeru Dohno, Takao Goto, Ken Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 7727171
    Abstract: A vehicle seat may include a seat back that has a back frame, a cushion pad attached to the back frame, and a massaging unit having a plurality of massaging elements. The cushion pad has a plurality of through bores that pass therethrough in the direction of thickness thereof. The massaging elements are constructed so as to be elastically deformed or compressed along moving axes and to be pneumatically expanded and contracted along the moving axes. The massaging elements are disposed in the through bores in a manner that the moving axes of the massaging elements extend along longitudinal axes of the through bores. The massaging elements have deformability or compressibility identical with or greater than the deformability or compressibility of the cushion pad when the massaging elements are not operated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2010
    Assignees: Toyota Boshoku Kabushiki Kaisha, Matsushita Electric Works, Ltd.
    Inventors: Takashi Ozaki, Masaki Hattori, Noboru Nishiguchi
  • Publication number: 20100126022
    Abstract: An electric shaver including a hand grip 10 configured to be gripped by a user' s hand, and a blade head 20 provided on an upper end of the hand grip. The blade head carries at least one shaving unit 50 comprising an outer blade foil 70 and an inner blade 80 driven in a shearing engagement manner with the outer blade foil. The outer blade foil has a plurality of holes in which hairs are introduced. The outer blade foil is elongated and has a length, and is curved along a width direction to form a generally C-shaped cross section, and is curved convexly and uniformly along its length to have a longitudinal curved outline. A radius of to curvature of the longitudinal curved outline is 150 mm to 350 mm.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 31, 2009
    Publication date: May 27, 2010
    Applicant: Matsushita Electric Works, Ltd.
    Inventors: Takeshi Shiba, Nariyoshi Nakamura, Masaaki Sato, Tomoyuki Inoue, Shunsuke Komori, Makoto Fukutani
  • Patent number: 7703330
    Abstract: A power tool includes a driving unit for performing screw tightening operations; a motor for rotatably driving the driving unit; a trigger switch for turning on and off the motor; and a control circuit, accommodated in a main body of the power tool, for monitoring the screw tightening operations. The control circuit having a screw tightening completion detection unit for detecting completion of a screw tightening operation, a screw tightening count unit for counting the number of detected tightening operations, a screw tightening number setting unit for presetting the number of screws to be tightened, a screw tightening completion notifying unit for notifying completion of the screw tightening operations when the number of detected tightening operations reaches the preset number of screws.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2010
    Assignee: Matsushita Electric Works, Ltd.
    Inventors: Hiroshi Miyazaki, Naotake Tanaka, Motoharu Muto
  • Publication number: 20100066233
    Abstract: An electrodeless discharge lamp is provided which prevents the problem of decrease in strength due to degradation of resin material, allowing secure fitting of a lamp part and a coupler member to a base even if it is used for a long time. A bulb containing a discharge gas and a coupler member for generating a high frequency electromagnetic field to excite the bulb are detachably fitted to each other via a base for fixing and supporting the bulb. The bulb and the base form a lamp part. The base comprises a base frame formed of a metal such as aluminum and a base cover formed e.g. of synthetic resin. The base frame has a coupler member fitting portion which is provided at a lower part thereof and fitted to the coupler member, wherein bulb fixing posts provided to stand on the coupler member fitting portion fix a bulb outer tube. Thus, the fitting portions of the lamp part and the coupler member to the base undergo less material degradation than a conventional one which uses a base of resin material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 28, 2005
    Publication date: March 18, 2010
    Applicants: MATSUSHITA ELECTRIC WORKS, LTD., IKEDA ELECTRIC CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hidenori KAKEHASHI, Hiroshi MIYASAKI, Keisuke HARADA
  • Patent number: 7676952
    Abstract: A hair dryer having a static atomizing device, which has the capability of generating an electrostatically charged microparticle mist of 3 nm to 100 nm. The static atomizing device has a pair of an atomizing electrode and a counter electrode, a tank for storing a liquid such as water; a liquid transport member for transport water from the tank to the atomizing electrode according to capillary phenomenon, and a voltage applying unit. When a high voltage is applied between the atomizing electrode and the counter electrode, while water being supplied to the atomizing electrode through the liquid transport member, the electrostatically charged microparticle mist is generated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2010
    Assignee: Matsushita Electric Works, Ltd.
    Inventors: Takashi Nakagawa, Yasunori Matsui, Naofumi Kodama, Tomohiro Yamaguchi, Kiyoshi Takashima, Toshihisa Hirai, Kishiko Hirai, legal representative, Kenji Kamada, Kengo Ito, Kazumi Okawa, Atsushi Isaka, Shinya Murase
  • Patent number: 7673701
    Abstract: A power tool includes a driving unit for performing screw tightening operations; a motor for rotatably driving the driving unit; a rechargeable battery pack; a trigger switch for turning on and off the motor; and a control circuit, accommodated in a main body of the power tool, for monitoring the screw tightening operations. The control circuit has a screw tightening completion detection unit for detecting completion of a screw tightening operation, a screw tightening count unit for counting the number of detected tightening operations, a screw tightening number setting unit for presetting the number of screws to be tightened, a screw tightening completion notifying unit for notifying completion of the screw tightening operations when the number of detected tightening operations reaches the preset number. Further, the screw tightening number setting unit and the screw tightening completion notifying unit is disposed at a lower front portion of a grip portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2010
    Assignee: Matsushita Electric Works, Ltd.
    Inventors: Naotake Tanaka, Hiroshi Miyazaki, Makoto Katou
  • Patent number: 7667975
    Abstract: A lighting device for a lamp device is provided. The lighting device includes a circuit board and film capacitors packaged on the circuit board by using leadless flow solders. Each film capacitor comprises polypropylene films and lead wires, and a material of the lead wires has a thermal conductivity lower than a thermal conductivity of copper, and terminals and internal materials of the film capacitors are leadless. A diameter of the lead wires is 0.6? (mm) or less, a cross-sectional area is 35 mm2 or less, and a temperature at a terminal end of the lead wires in the film capacitors during a soldering process is 130° C. or less.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2010
    Assignee: Matsushita Electric Works, Ltd.
    Inventors: Yasushi Kambara, Akira Motoyama, Masayuki Nakajima