Patents Assigned to SHIBUYA CORPORATION
  • Patent number: 11993501
    Abstract: A filling method includes storing liquid in a liquid tank; pressing a seal member of a filling head against a mouth of a vessel to seal the mouth; providing a liquid valve in a liquid passageway which connects an inside of the liquid tank to the vessel via the filling head; providing a gas valve in a gas passageway connecting a headspace of the liquid tank to the vessel via the filling head; providing a snifting valve in a snifting passage which connects the vessel to an outside via the filling head; detecting an amount of the liquid supplied to the vessel; and when the liquid is a non-fizzy liquid, opening the liquid valve to supply the liquid to the vessel while a compressor pressurizes the inside of the liquid tank, the gas valve is closed, the snifting valve is opened, and the mouth of the vessel is sealed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2023
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2024
    Assignee: SHIBUYA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yukinobu Nishino, Taro Kitayama, Shinya Kamori, Mizuho Kiba, Yuichi Yonemura
  • Patent number: 11939208
    Abstract: A liquid is efficiently suctioned and discharged from and to a container formed by a plurality of aligned storing portions for storing the liquid, using a plurality of nozzles. Provided is a liquid suction/discharge device including a container support device for supporting a culture container formed by a plurality of aligned storing portions, and a nozzle support device for supporting a plurality of nozzles in a state in which distal ends of the nozzles are directed downward. The nozzle support device includes a nozzle support member that swingably supports the plurality of nozzles using prescribed parts as support points, and the liquid suction/discharge device further includes a nozzle inclination device for causing each of the nozzles to be inclined with respect to the nozzle support member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2024
    Assignee: SHIBUYA CORPORATION
    Inventor: Noriaki Nishimura
  • Patent number: 11926480
    Abstract: A container supplying apparatus includes a supply conveyer conveying containers and a screw engaging with the containers on the supply conveyer and conveying the containers to a downstream side. The screw is divided into an upstream screw and a downstream screw rotationally driven by different servomotors. In a case where no container is supplied to a specific bottle table of a weighing and filling apparatus, the upstream screw is decelerated and is then accelerated relative to the downstream screw. As a result, an interval of the successive containers is expanded, and a large interval is maintained therebetween. This supplies no container to the specific bottle table of the weighing and filling apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2022
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2024
    Assignee: SHIBUYA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Shun Okuhata, Masaharu Kawahara, Koji Kaya
  • Patent number: 11817419
    Abstract: A bonding apparatus provided with a gas supplying unit for causing an inert gas to be sprayed from a spray aperture provided adjacent to a holding section of the bonding head. The spray aperture is provided so as to surround the holding section of the bonding head, in which a portion of the slits is a wide slit set to a higher jet flow rate of the inert gas than narrow slits of another portion, and the inert gas sprayed from the wide slit and the narrow slits forms an air curtain that surrounds the bonding portion between the semiconductor chip and the substrate. The inert gas sprayed from the wide slit forms a flow that passes between the semiconductor chip and the substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2022
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2023
    Assignee: SHIBUYA CORPORATION
    Inventor: Masato Kitagawa
  • Patent number: 11738980
    Abstract: A capping machine includes a gripper having a pair of gripping arms provided on an outer peripheral portion of a rotating body and configured to grip a cylindrical portion of a vessel, an opening and closing device configured to open and close the gripping arms, and a capping head liftably and rotatably provided on the rotating body. The gripping arms are arranged symmetrically with respect to a radius of the rotating body. The gripper has a protrusion for preventing the vessel from rotating on a vessel gripping surface of the gripping arms. The gripping arms have outer and inner gripping surfaces which are connected in a V shape. The protrusion is formed only on the inner gripping surface of a right gripping arm. A cap held by the capping head is screwed onto the vessel while sticking the protrusion into the cylindrical portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2021
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2023
    Assignee: SHIBUYA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Satoshi Masumoto, Hajime Matsui, Yasuto Nishide, Hiroyoshi Yamada, Hiroaki Kitamoto, Masatoshi Nozaki
  • Patent number: 11724017
    Abstract: A dialysis apparatus has a connection channel that communicatively connects a dialysate circuit and a blood circuit, and circulates dialysate from the dialysate circuit to the blood circuit via the connection channel during a priming operation. A blood pump has a tube attachment device that switches from an unattached state in which a tube is positioned outside a housing and permits liquid to circulate thereinside, to an attached state in which the tube is in the housing and a rotor compresses the tube. At the time of priming, the liquid feeding pump feeds dialysate from the dialysate circuit to the blood circuit via the connection channel. With the blood pump being in the unattached state, the dialysate is circulated past the blood pump, and then, with the blood pump in the attached state, the dialysate is circulated in a direction opposite to the blood pump.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2021
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2023
    Assignee: SHIBUYA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kosho Matsuzaki, Takashi Mishima
  • Publication number: 20230218792
    Abstract: A vessel sterilizer includes a gripper which is configured to hold a vessel having an opening facing upward, the endless conveyor being configured to move the gripper in a conveyance direction along a conveyance rout; a nozzle provided on the conveyance rout and configured to inject sterilizing gas from a spout provided at a bottom end of the nozzle toward the opening of the vessel to supply the sterilizing gas into the vessel; and a swing mechanism configured to horizontally swing the gripper forward in the conveyance direction when the vessel held by the gripper approaches the nozzle along the conveyance rout and configured to horizontally swing the gripper rearward in the conveyance direction when the vessel held by the gripper moves away from the nozzle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 11, 2023
    Publication date: July 13, 2023
    Applicant: SHIBUYA CORPORATION
    Inventor: NAOYA WASHI
  • Publication number: 20230147368
    Abstract: A filling method includes storing liquid in a liquid tank; pressing a seal member of a filling head against a mouth of a vessel to seal the mouth; providing a liquid valve in a liquid passageway which connects an inside of the liquid tank to the vessel via the filling head; providing a gas valve in a gas passageway connecting a headspace of the liquid tank to the vessel via the filling head; providing a snifting valve in a snifting passage which connects the vessel to an outside via the filling head; detecting an amount of the liquid supplied to the vessel; and when the liquid is a non-fizzy liquid, opening the liquid valve to supply the liquid to the vessel while a compressor pressurizes the inside of the liquid tank, the gas valve is closed, the snifting valve is opened, and the mouth of the vessel is sealed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 5, 2023
    Publication date: May 11, 2023
    Applicant: SHIBUYA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yukinobu NISHINO, Taro KITAYAMA, Shinya KAMORI, Mizuho KIBA, Yuichi YONEMURA
  • Patent number: 11629324
    Abstract: To continue a series of cell treatments even in a case where a treatment has become impossible in any isolator, a cell treatment system is provided with at least two isolators that perform different treatments, such that a sequential series of cell treatments is performed in each of the isolators. The cell treatment system is provided with a first isolator that performs a first treatment, a second isolator that performs a second treatment different from the first treatment, and a common isolator capable of performing the first treatment and the second treatment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2023
    Assignee: SHIBUYA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kenji Yoneda, Naoya Deguchi, Noriaki Nishimura
  • Patent number: 11548771
    Abstract: A chuck for a capping machine includes a plurality of chuck members, a biasing member configured to bias the plurality of chuck members radially inward, an abutting portion configured to abut against a top face of a cap, and a plurality of chuck jaws provided on an inner surface of each of the plurality of chuck members to engage knurls of the cap. Each of the plurality of chuck jaws includes a leading flank and a trailing flank. An angle of the trailing flank with respect to an outer circumference of the cap is less than an angle of the leading flank with respect to the outer circumference of the cap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2023
    Assignee: SHIBUYA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yasuto Nishide, Hiroyoshi Yamada
  • Patent number: 11370572
    Abstract: A surface treatment method and a surface treatment device 2 for a resin vessel 1 forms a coating or performs surface modification on the surface of the resin vessel 1. In a sterilized environment as well as an environment with a pressure equal to or higher than the atmospheric pressure, a material for the coating or the surface modification is attached to at least one of an inner surface and an outer surface of the resin vessel 1, and the resin vessel 1, to which the material is attached, is irradiated with an electron beam to perform the coating or the surface modification. It is possible to form the coating or perform the surface modification on the resin vessel at a high speed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2022
    Assignee: SHIBUYA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Toshiaki Naka, Kei Matsui, Tokuo Nishi, Masanari Ejiri, Noriaki Ikenaga
  • Patent number: 11358244
    Abstract: An assembling apparatus efficiently performs a recovery operation and a parts size change operation. A filling line (the assembling apparatus) has parts supply units that supply parts, assembling units that mount one of the parts to another part, and a conveying unit that individually moves carriers 12 capable of storing parts constituting an assembly. The parts supply units are provided at positions away from the assembling units, the assembling units are accommodated in an isolator having an interior maintained in an aseptic state, and gloves to perform an operation on the assembling units are provided on a side surface of the isolator. The supply units store the parts in one of the carriers, the carrier then moves into the isolator, and the assembling units take the part from the carrier, and mounts the part to the other part stored in the same carrier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2022
    Assignee: SHIBUYA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Masato Ohta, Takashi Miyazaki, Yusuke Shimizu
  • Patent number: 11338153
    Abstract: Provided is a phototherapeutic apparatus including: a probe that is held and operated by a user and provided with a photo-irradiation unit that performs irradiation with light beams; and a body provided with a control unit that controls the light beams. The body is provided with a read unit that reads a treatment protocol registered in an IC card (mobile memory medium), and a monitor (operation indication unit) that indicates a region to be irradiated with the light beams to the user, the region being set in the treatment protocol, and the control unit causes the monitor to indicate the region to be irradiated and causes the photo-irradiation unit to perform the irradiation with the light beams at a set value set in the treatment protocol. It is possible to perform the irradiation with the light beams in accordance with the treatment protocol and safely use the phototherapeutic apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2022
    Assignees: INFORWARD, INC, PUBLIC UNIVERSITY CORPORATION NAGOYA CITY UNIVERSITY, SHIBUYA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Akimichi Morita, Katsutoshi Sakano
  • Publication number: 20220112064
    Abstract: A chuck for a capping machine includes a plurality of chuck members, a biasing member configured to bias the plurality of chuck members radially inward, an abutting portion configured to abut against a top face of a cap, and a plurality of chuck jaws provided on an inner surface of each of the plurality of chuck members to engage knurls of the cap. Each of the plurality of chuck jaws includes a leading flank and a trailing flank. An angle of the trailing flank with respect to an outer circumference of the cap is less than an angle of the leading flank with respect to the outer circumference of the cap.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 14, 2021
    Publication date: April 14, 2022
    Applicant: SHIBUYA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yasuto NISHIDE, Hiroyoshi YAMADA
  • Patent number: 11273244
    Abstract: This dialysis device is configured so that residual liquid in a powder container 42 and a bypass path 51 can be drained. Accordingly, the dialysis device is provided with: a first liquid draining path 71 connecting a clean water supply path 31 to a stock solution supply path 44 on the upstream side of a liquid feed pump 33; a second liquid draining path 72 connecting the clean water supply path to a dialysate discharge path 32 on the downstream side of the liquid feed pump; and an opening path 77 allowing a branch path 43 to communicate with the outer space by opening an on-off valve 78. By opening the on-off valve of the opening path and actuating the liquid feed pump, a liquid in the powder container 42 and a liquid in the bypass path 51 can be discharged through the first liquid draining path and the second liquid draining path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2022
    Assignee: SHIBUYA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Nobuyuki Nozato, Shingo Saito
  • Patent number: 11220418
    Abstract: Weighing and filling apparatus for controlling filling device based on a container weight. A linear actuator for driving a drive shaft coupled to container support unit is included, a weight measuring unit determines the container weight from a detected height of the drive shaft detected by a height detecting unit and a drive signal of the linear actuator at the detected height. A first acceleration signal is calculated from a specified height of the container support unit set in advance and the height detected by the height detecting unit, a second acceleration signal is calculated from the container weight and an expected weight expected to be applied to the container support unit. The container support unit is kept at the specified height by a drive signal calculated from the first and second acceleration signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2022
    Assignees: KEIO UNIVERSITY, SHIBUYA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Takahiro Nozaki, Kouhei Ohnishi, Toshiaki Naka, Masato Ohta, Takaharu Kikura
  • Publication number: 20210347620
    Abstract: A capping machine includes a gripper having a pair of gripping arms provided on an outer peripheral portion of a rotating body and configured to grip a cylindrical portion of a vessel, an opening and closing device configured to open and close the gripping arms, and a capping head liftably and rotatably provided on the rotating body. The gripping arms are arranged symmetrically with respect to a radius of the rotating body. The gripper has a protrusion for preventing the vessel from rotating on a vessel gripping surface of the gripping arms. The gripping arms have outer and inner gripping surfaces which are connected in a V shape. The protrusion is formed only on the inner gripping surface of a right gripping arm. A cap held by the capping head is screwed onto the vessel while sticking the protrusion into the cylindrical portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 11, 2021
    Publication date: November 11, 2021
    Applicant: SHIBUYA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Satoshi MASUMOTO, Hajime MATSUI, Yasuto NISHIDE, Hiroyoshi YAMADA, Hiroaki KITAMOTO, Masatoshi NOZAKI
  • Patent number: 11155454
    Abstract: A container processing system includes a filling apparatus and a sterilization apparatus, the filling apparatus including first processing units adapted to process a container held by a gripper at stop positions with a sixth rotating body being rotated while intermittently stopped, the sterilization apparatus including a servomotor adapted to stop the container held by a gripper at an appropriate processing position by driving a second rotating body. During one intermittent motion of the filling apparatus, the sterilization apparatus rotates the gripper of the second rotating body once and thereby moves the gripper from a receiving position for the container to the processing position, stops the gripper there, and then moves the gripper to a transfer position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2021
    Assignee: SHIBUYA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Masaaki Eda, Kazuki Takashima, Naoya Washi
  • Publication number: 20210253411
    Abstract: A filling system includes a liquid tank for storing liquid; a compressor for pressurizing the inside of the liquid tank; a filling head having a seal member adapted to be pressed against a mouth of a vessel and filling the liquid to the vessel through a liquid passageway while the mouth of the vessel is sealed by the seal member; a liquid valve provided in the liquid passageway; a gas passageway connecting a headspace of the liquid tank to the vessel; a gas valve provided in the gas passageway; a snifting passage connecting the vessel to the outside; and a flowmeter for detecting the amount of liquid supplied to the vessel. When the liquid is a non-fizzy liquid, the liquid valve is opened while the liquid tank is pressurized, the gas valve is closed and the snifting valve is opened.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 17, 2021
    Publication date: August 19, 2021
    Applicant: SHIBUYA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yukinobu NISHINO, Taro KITAYAMA, Shinya KAMORI, Mizuho KIBA, Yuichi YONEMURA
  • Patent number: 11014798
    Abstract: A filling system includes a center wheel that conveys vessels, a first filler provided with a plurality of filling heads, a second filler provided with a plurality of filling heads and arranged downstream from the first filler, a first inlet wheel that receives the vessels from the center wheel and supplies the vessels to the first filler, and a second inlet wheel that receives the vessel from the center wheel and supplies the vessels to the second filler. Operation modes are switchable between a first operation mode that conveys the vessels to the first filler and a second operation mode that conveys the vessels to the second filler instead of conveying to the first filler by controlling the reception of the vessels at the first and second inlet wheels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: SHIBUYA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yukinobu Nishino, Katsunori Tanikawa, Koji Kaya, Kengo Ikeda, Shigeki Koishi, Masaaki Eda