Patents Assigned to Seiko Instruments Inc.
  • Patent number: 11534896
    Abstract: The invention aims to provide a rotation tool enabling work without obstructing a view of an operator and facilitating fine-adjustment for the tool. A rotation tool includes a flexible shaft including a tool portion at one end and a grip portion at the other end; and a cylindrical exterior body including curved portion on at least a part thereof, wherein a spiral protrusion is formed on at least a part of the shaft and a spiral groove is formed on at least a part of the curved portion, and the shaft is configured to be movable inside the exterior body by screwing the spiral protrusion and the spiral groove to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2022
    Assignee: SEIKO INSTRUMENTS INC.
    Inventors: Makoto Suzuki, Jun Shinohara
  • Patent number: 11520294
    Abstract: There are provided a component for a timepiece, a movement, and a timepiece having excellent lubricating oil holding performance. There is provided a component for a timepiece including a sliding surface having a surface tension of 10 to 35 mN/m. It is preferable that when lubricating oil having a surface tension of 25 to 35 mN/m is applied to the sliding surface, an interfacial tension between the sliding surface and the lubricating oil is 0 to 7 mN/m.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2022
    Assignee: Seiko Instruments Inc.
    Inventors: Takahiko Nakamura, Natsuki Ebihara
  • Patent number: 11495832
    Abstract: A battery includes a negative electrode body wound to be flat. The negative electrode body has a plurality of negative electrode main bodies arranged in a line in a negative electrode connection direction in a developed state, and at least one negative electrode connection portion connecting a pair of negative electrode main bodies adjacent in the developed state among the plurality of negative electrode main bodies. The at least one negative electrode connection portion is folded back such that the plurality of negative electrode main bodies overlap each other. A dimension of each of the plurality of negative electrode main bodies in the negative electrode connection direction decreases with separation from an outer end side negative electrode main body. A dimension of the at least one negative electrode connection portions in the negative electrode connection direction increases with separation from an inner end side negative electrode connection portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2022
    Assignee: SEIKO INSTRUMENTS INC.
    Inventors: Nagayuki Kimura, Shunji Watanabe, Yoshimi Kanno
  • Patent number: 11494601
    Abstract: A printer includes: a first connector to be used to input electric power supplied from an outside; a second connector to which a communication terminal is to be connected, and which is to be used to output at least a part of the electric power to the connected communication terminal; a printing control unit configured to control operation of a printing unit configured to perform printing on recording paper; and an adjustment unit configured to adjust a maximum amount of the electric power to be output from the second connector, of the electric power supplied from the outside, to a first amount of power when the printing unit is not under a printing operation, and adjust the maximum amount of the electric power to be output from the second connector to a second amount of power when the printing unit is under the printing operation, the second amount of power being smaller than the first amount of power.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2022
    Assignee: SEIKO INSTRUMENTS INC.
    Inventors: Koki Yoshida, Yoshio Kitamura, Yohei Ishidoya
  • Patent number: 11474480
    Abstract: A timepiece includes a display plate, a movement which rotatably supports the display plate about an axis in a plate thickness direction and is installed in an axial direction, a straight pin which is erected in the movement in the axial direction, an opening portion which is provided in the display plate, into which the straight pin is inserted, and which includes a width decreasing portion having a width decreasing toward one side of the axis in a circumferential direction, and a rotation mechanism which rotates the display plate to the other side in the circumferential direction to cause the straight pin to be clamped by the width decreasing portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2022
    Assignee: SEIKO INSTRUMENTS INC.
    Inventors: Ryo Hattori, Yasunori Hara
  • Patent number: 11474479
    Abstract: There is provided a hairspring including a main body portion that extends around a central axis along an Archimedes curve; an outer end curve portion that extends along a circumferential direction around the central axis on an outer side in a radial direction from the main body portion; and a reformed portion including a first bent portion that connects the main body portion and the outer end curve portion to each other and is bent outward in the radial direction from a tangent line of the Archimedes curve in a first connection portion with the main body portion, and a second bent portion bent inward in the radial direction from the outer end curve portion in a second connection portion with the outer end curve portion, and in which at least one is curved of the first bent portion and the second bent portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2022
    Assignee: SEIKO INSTRUMENTS INC.
    Inventors: Hiroshi Nomura, Takayoshi Ibata
  • Patent number: 11446433
    Abstract: A feeding device according to the present invention includes a tubular body which has an a female screw portion, a movable shaft which has a male screw portion and is movable between a start position and an end position according to a rotation of the tubular body, a final gear which is provided in the tubular body, a drive unit which has the driving gear, a power transmission mechanism which transmits a driving force from the driving gear to the final gear via a plurality of intermediate gears, and a biasing mechanism which is configured to apply a biasing force to the movable shaft. At least one of the plurality of intermediate gears is a two-stage gear. The biasing mechanism is configured to apply the biasing force from the end position toward the start position and presses the male screw portion against the female screw portion to the start position side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2022
    Assignee: SEIKO INSTRUMENTS INC.
    Inventors: Yoichi Endo, Akehiko Sato, Masami Oaku, Shinichi Asai
  • Patent number: 11420448
    Abstract: A thermal head control device includes: a printing rate calculation range determination unit configured to determine, as a printing rate calculation range, a range from a left-end energization dot to a right-end energization dot among energization dots present in printing data corresponding to heating elements to be controlled among a plurality of heating elements included in a thermal head; a printing rate calculation unit configured to calculate a printing rate of the printing rate calculation range determined by the printing rate calculation range determination unit; an energizing time calculation unit configured to calculate an energizing time for which a current is caused to flow through the heating elements based on the printing rate calculated by the printing rate calculation unit; and an output unit configured to output a control signal for driving the heating elements to be controlled of the thermal head, based on the calculated energizing time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2021
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2022
    Assignee: SEIKO INSTRUMENTS INC.
    Inventors: Yuichi Yoshigi, Daisuke Yoshida, Yohei Ishidoya, Hiroaki Kondo
  • Patent number: 11424702
    Abstract: A motor driving apparatus including a driving circuit for supplying a first pulse with which a first coil included in a two-phase stepping motor generates a first magnetic flux, a second pulse with which a second coil included in the stepping motor generates a second magnetic flux opposite to the first magnetic flux, a third pulse with which the first coil generates the second magnetic flux, and a fourth pulse with which the second coil generates the first magnetic flux, to the stepping motor. The driving circuit supplies the second pulse, the third pulse, and the fourth pulse in this order to the stepping motor in a state of being stopped to start the stepping motor, and supplies the first pulse, the second pulse, the third pulse, and the fourth pulse in this order to the stepping motor after starting to continuously drive the stepping motor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2022
    Assignee: SEIKO INSTRUMENTS INC.
    Inventors: Tetsuya Nobe, Satoshi Sakai, Kazumi Sakumoto, Kosuke Yamamoto, Akihito Okumura
  • Patent number: 11415940
    Abstract: A timepiece movement includes a control unit that determines a position of an indicating hand by detecting a rotation state of a rotor, and a train wheel that transmits a drive force of a stepping motor to the indicating hand, and that has a first gear, and a second gear and a third gear which mesh with the first gear. The first gear has a reference load unit that causes fluctuations in a load applied to the rotor in each case of meshing with the second gear and the third gear. A first line segment which connects a center of the first gear and a center of the second gear to each other forms an angle smaller than 180° with a second line segment which connects the center of the first gear and a center of the third gear.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2022
    Assignee: SEIKO INSTRUMENTS INC.
    Inventors: Tomohiro Ihashi, Katsuya Mugishima
  • Patent number: 11400735
    Abstract: A printing unit includes a platen lock mechanism for switching between a locked state and an unlock state of the platen roller; and an urging member for urging the lock arm. The head unit has receiving grooves receiving the platen bearings through an opening. A lock arm presses the platen bearings when the operation lever is at the lock position, and is configured to allow disengagement of the platen bearings from the receiving groove through the opening by being swung from the lock position toward the unlock position side. The lock arm includes a pushing-up arm configured to push the platen bearings from the receiving groove toward the opening side along with movement of the operation lever from the lock position toward the unlock position. An urging member urges the lock arm toward the platen unit side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2022
    Assignee: SEIKO INSTRUMENTS INC.
    Inventor: Fumitaka Yoshikawa
  • Patent number: 11382153
    Abstract: Provided is a communication system that includes an electronic timepiece and a communication apparatus, in which, when the electronic-timepiece communication unit demands a communication connection to the communication apparatus, the communication-apparatus control unit inquires whether or not the electronic timepiece is included in the connection approval list that is stored in the communication-apparatus storage unit, in which, in a case where the electronic timepiece is included in the connection approval list, the communication-apparatus communication unit establishes a communication connection to the electronic timepiece and performs data communication through which at least clock time data is sent to the electronic timepiece, and in which, in a case where the electronic timepiece is not included in the connection approval list, the communication-apparatus communication unit does not establish the communication connection to the electronic timepiece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2022
    Assignee: SEIKO INSTRUMENTS INC.
    Inventors: Tomohiro Ihashi, Takayuki Nomura, Tamotsu Maesawa
  • Patent number: 11372374
    Abstract: A timepiece movement includes a stepping motor having a rotor for rotating an indicating hand, and a control unit for rotating the rotor by using a main drive pulse and an auxiliary drive pulse. When the indicating hand is rotated using a detection drive pulse based on the main drive pulse, the control unit determines a reference position of the indicating hand by detecting a rotation state of the rotor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2022
    Assignee: SEIKO INSTRUMENTS INC.
    Inventor: Kenji Ogasawara
  • Patent number: 11334030
    Abstract: A timepiece includes a determination unit configured to execute determination processing of determining whether a braking force that brakes a rotor is preferably large or small, the rotor being rotated in a normal rotation direction to rotate a pointer clockwise; and a detection control unit configured to cause execution of rotation detection processing of detecting rotation of the rotor based on a first induced voltage output to a predetermined terminal among the first terminal and the second terminal being connected to a coil configured to generate a magnetic flux to rotate the rotor in the normal rotation direction, the predetermined terminal being selected based on the determination by the determination unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2022
    Assignee: SEIKO INSTRUMENTS INC.
    Inventor: Kosuke Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 11334031
    Abstract: A timepiece movement capable of suppressing generation of malfunction of a hand is provided. The movement includes an indicator hand wheel which is provided so as to be rotatable and to which an indicator hand is mounted; an indicator hand stepping motor rotating and driving the indicator hand wheel in both directions; an hour wheel provided so as to be rotatable around a first rotation axis different from a rotation axis of the indicator hand wheel and having a first shaft portion which extends along the first rotation axis and on the outer peripheral surface of which there is provided a contact portion that the indicator hand can abut, with the distance of the contact portion from the first rotation axis varying in accordance with a position in the peripheral direction around the first rotation axis; and an hour hand stepping motor rotating and driving the hour wheel and provided separately from the indicator hand stepping motor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2022
    Assignee: SEIKO INSTRUMENTS INC.
    Inventors: Toshiyuki Fujiwara, Kenji Ogasawara
  • Patent number: 11327441
    Abstract: A mechanical component, a mechanism module, a movement, and a timepiece superior in lubricating oil retaining performance are to be provided. A mechanical component includes: a first component having a first surface region; a second component having a second surface region on which the first surface region can slide; and an oil retaining film formed on at least one of the first surface region and the second surface region and more lipophilic than the region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Assignee: Seiko Instruments Inc.
    Inventors: Takahiko Nakamura, Natsuki Ebihara
  • Patent number: 11316454
    Abstract: A stepping motor control device is configured to drive a stepping motor by applying a normal drive pulse or a fixed pulse having an energy larger than that of the normal drive pulse. The stepping motor control device includes a determination unit configured to, based on whether or not a pulse applied to the stepping motor before the normal drive pulse is the fixed pulse, determine whether or not to add a degaussing pulse is applied to the normal drive pulse, the degaussing pulse being a pulse for canceling a residual magnetic flux generated in a stator of the stepping motor when the fixed pulse; and a drive control unit configured to, based on a determination result of the determination unit, drive the stepping motor with the normal drive pulse to which the degaussing pulse is added.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2022
    Assignee: SEIKO INSTRUMENTS INC.
    Inventors: Akihito Okumura, Kosuke Yamamoto, Kenji Ogasawara, Tomohiro Ihashi
  • Patent number: 11292274
    Abstract: A printing unit, includes a head unit including: a thermal head; and a platen unit combined with the head unit. The platen unit including: a platen roller configured to feed a recording sheet while sandwiching the recording sheet together with the thermal head; a platen frame configured to support the platen roller in a rotatable manner; a sensor unit including: a sensor configured to detect the recording sheet; a connector connected to the sensor; and a connection portion configured to connect the sensor and the connector to each other; and a sensor holder, which is mounted to the platen frame, and includes: a plurality of connector arrangement portions through which a terminal of the connector is to be exposed; and a plurality of sensor receiving portions in which the sensor unit is to be received.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2022
    Assignee: SEIKO INSTRUMENTS INC.
    Inventor: Tomohiro Murata
  • Patent number: 11262710
    Abstract: A timepiece includes an antenna performing at least one of reception and transmission of an electric wave of a specific communication; an authentication mark certifying that the specific communication conforms to a technical standard; and a board in which wiring connected to an IC for controlling the specific communication and a timepiece function is disposed and at least a part of the authentication mark is disposed at a portion different from the wiring on the antenna.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2022
    Assignee: SEIKO INSTRUMENTS INC.
    Inventor: Tadashi Tsuchiya
  • Patent number: D963744
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2022
    Assignee: SEIKO INSTRUMENTS, INC.
    Inventor: Kohei Miyawaki