Patents Assigned to Seiko Instruments Inc.
  • Patent number: 11831828
    Abstract: A printer includes: a board including a connector unit that includes at least a power supply connector into which a power cable is to be removably inserted; and a housing including: a housing main body that accommodates the board and includes a cable connection groove through which the power cable is inserted in an inserting and removing direction of the power cable; and a connector cover configured to cover the cable connection groove, wherein the connector cover includes: a cover main body including a power supply opening portion passing through the cover main body in the inserting and removing direction, and a first interface opening portion passing through the cover main body in the inserting and removing direction; and a first opening cover portion configured to cover at least a part of the first interface opening portion, wherein the first opening cover portion includes a first coupling portion configured to couple the first opening cover portion and the cover main body to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2023
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2023
    Assignee: SEIKO INSTRUMENTS INC.
    Inventor: Toshihiro Hirama
  • Patent number: 11791513
    Abstract: A battery includes a negative electrode can that is formed into a topped cylindrical shape. A negative electrode can circumferential wall portion includes a double cylinder portion that extends from an opening edge of the negative electrode can toward a top portion, and a step portion that connects the top portion to the double cylinder portion. The step portion includes a first curved portion that extends to a lower side from an outer circumferential edge of the top portion, a second curved portion that extends to an outer side of a radial direction from the first curved portion, and a third curved portion that extends to the lower side from the second curved portion. The double cylinder portion includes an inner cylinder portion that extends to the lower side from the third curved portion, and an outer cylinder portion that surrounds the inner cylinder portion from the outer side of the radial direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2021
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2023
    Assignee: SEIKO INSTRUMENTS INC.
    Inventor: Ken Miura
  • Patent number: 11738582
    Abstract: A printer includes: a mechanism frame configured to receive a recording medium including a liner having a large length, and a plurality of labels temporarily bonded on the liner; a support member supported on the mechanism frame through intermediation of a support shaft; a head which is mounted to the support member, and is configured to perform printing on at least one of the plurality of labels; and a transmissive sensor which is arranged between the head and the support shaft, and is configured to detect the at least one of the plurality of labels, wherein the mechanism frame includes: a frame portion provided between the head and the support shaft at a distance from the support shaft; and a recessed portion which is formed in the frame portion, and is configured to increase the distance so as to allow the sensor to pass through a space having the distance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2022
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2023
    Assignee: SEIKO INSTRUMENTS INC.
    Inventor: Norihisa Ando
  • Patent number: 11677888
    Abstract: A terminal device control method includes: a window mode information acquisition step of acquiring window mode information indicating any one of a single-window mode, which is a mode in which one application runs, and a multi-window mode, which is a mode in which a plurality of applications run in parallel, for a screen of a terminal device configured to cause an external device to perform operation by communicating to/from the external device; a switching step of making a switch, in a case in which the window mode information acquired in the window mode information acquisition step indicates the multi-window mode, to enable or disable a first operation, which is an operation to be performed at least in a time period in which a first application for causing the external device to perform operation runs, and is an operation regarding information to be transmitted from the external device to the terminal device; and a first operation execution step of executing the first operation in a case in which the switch
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2021
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2023
    Assignee: SEIKO INSTRUMENTS INC.
    Inventor: Tomoki Ogura
  • Patent number: 11656813
    Abstract: A printing system includes: a conveyance controller configured to control a conveyor, the conveyor being configured to convey paper having a printing surface in which label portions are formed at predetermined intervals; a sensor configured to irradiate light on the paper conveyed by the conveyor to detect reflected light of the irradiated light; a detector configured to detect an output of the sensor; a moving average calculator configured to calculate moving averages of voltage values based on the output of the sensor detected by the detector; and a determiner configured to determine that a portion between an adjacent pair of the label portions has been detected based on the moving averages of the voltage values calculated by the moving average calculator, and the output of the sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2022
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2023
    Assignee: Seiko Instruments Inc.
    Inventor: Yuichi Yoshigi
  • Patent number: 11641028
    Abstract: A nonaqueous electrolyte secondary battery including a positive electrode that includes a lithium-manganese oxide as a positive electrode active material, a negative electrode includes SiOx (0?X<2) in which at least a part of a surface is covered with carbon, or a Li-Al alloy as the negative electrode active material, a low-viscosity electrolytic solution that contains propylene carbonate (PC), ethylene carbonate (EC), and dimethoxy ethane (DME) as an organic solvent in a range of {PC:EC:DME}={0.5 to 1.5:0.5 to 1.5:1 to 31} in terms of a volume ratio, and lithium bis(fluorosulfonyl)imide (LiFSI) as a supporting salt in an individual amount of 0.6 to 1.2 (mol/L), and the viscosity of the electrolytic solution is constant at higher than ?30° C. to room temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2023
    Assignee: SEIKO INSTRUMENTS INC.
    Inventor: Ken Miura
  • Patent number: 11624404
    Abstract: A rolling bearing capable of achieving reduction in torque is provided. The rolling bearing includes an inner ring and an outer ring disposed coaxially with each other, a rolling element disposed between the inner ring and the outer ring, a seal member configured to cover an area between the inner ring and the outer ring from an outside in an axial direction, and filled grease disposed between the rolling element and the seal member. The filled grease includes a first ring-like part which extends to form a circumferential shape centering on a common axis of the inner ring and the outer ring, and which has contact with one of the inner ring and the outer ring, and a second ring-like part which extends to form a circumferential shape centering on the common axis, which is connected to the first ring-like part at an outer side in the axial direction, and which has contact with the seal member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2023
    Assignee: SEIKO INSTRUMENTS INC.
    Inventors: Takayuki Kosaka, Takayuki Satodate, Keisuke Abo
  • 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: D963744
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2022
    Assignee: SEIKO INSTRUMENTS, INC.
    Inventor: Kohei Miyawaki