Patents by Inventor Akira Ando

Akira Ando has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Patent number: 10930926
    Abstract: The invention provides a cathode sheet for use in a nonaqueous electrolyte secondary battery, including a composite material comprising a collector and a layer of a cathode active material provided thereon. The layer of a cathode active material includes: (a) a conductive polymer and (b) at least one selected from a polycarboxylic acid and a metal salt of a polycarboxylic acid; and the conductive polymer is a polymer in a dedoped state or in a dedoped and reduced state. The polymer constituting the conductive polymer is at least one selected from polyaniline, a polyaniline derivative, polypyrrole, a polypyrrole derivative, and polythiophene; and the polycarboxylic acid is at least one selected from polyacrylic acid, polymethacrylic acid, polyvinylbenzoic acid, polyallylbenzoic acid, polymethallylbenzoic acid, polymaleic acid, polyfumaric acid, polyglutaminic acid, polyaspartic acid, alginic acid, carboxymethylcellulose, and a copolymer including repeating units of at least two of the polymers listed herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: NITTO DENKO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Masao Abe, Akira Otani, Yujiro Kawashima, Yoshihiro Uetani, Hiroyoshi Take, Yutaka Kishii, Aimi Matsuura, Yuki Kajisa, Yohei Ando
  • Patent number: 10854448
    Abstract: A plasma sputtering device including one or a plurality of plasma generating devices each including an insulating tube having an expanding inner diameter and having a gas injection port formed in an end portion or a side portion thereof, a first electromagnet or a permanent magnet group which can apply a static magnetic field, and a high frequency antenna; a second electromagnet which is disposed in a region downstream of the plasma generating device(s) and which can form a curved magnetic force line structure; a target mechanism which includes a permanent magnet embedded therein and a cooling mechanism and which can apply a DC or high frequency voltage; a substrate stage facing the target mechanism; a second permanent magnet group around the substrate stage; and a heat insulating mechanism between a target material and the target mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignee: TOHOKU UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: Kazunori Takahashi, Jun Fukushima, Akira Ando, Yasumasa Sasaki
  • Patent number: 10819608
    Abstract: A plurality of in-vehicle information collecting devices mounted on a plurality of vehicles; a center server to manage each in-vehicle information collecting device as a communication target; and a communication unit to relay communication between each in-vehicle information collecting device and the center server are included. Each in-vehicle information collecting device has an in-vehicle controller to transmit/receive information including vehicle information to/from the center server, and the center server includes a server controller to transmit/receive information to/from each in-vehicle controller. The server controller, when receiving the vehicle information from each in-vehicle controller, analyzes the received vehicle information, generates speed information defining a transmission speed of the vehicle information based on an analysis result, and transmits the generated speed information to each in-vehicle controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: HITACHI, LTD.
    Inventors: Takashi Kawauchi, Akira Kanehira, Eriko Ando, Takayuki Suzuki, Chinatsu Sato
  • Publication number: 20200327341
    Abstract: A control device includes a specifying unit that specifies one of a plurality of detection objects on the basis of a state of an industrial vehicle when the plurality of detection objects are detected around the industrial vehicle, and a control unit that causes a notification to be performed for the one detection object specified by the specifying unit in an aspect different from those of other detected detection objects.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 9, 2020
    Publication date: October 15, 2020
    Applicant: Mitsubishi Logisnext Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shogo Minami, Koji Shizaki, Akira Ando, Hajime Kodaira, Kiichi Sugimoto, Kenta Nakao, Satoshi Iio
  • Patent number: 10744933
    Abstract: A display device for a vehicle includes a display portion that displays, toward at least one of an exterior or an interior of the vehicle, driving control information, the driving control information including at least one of first information, expressing how driving of the vehicle is being controlled, or second information, originating at the vehicle and being able to affect a traveling state of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Akira Sasaki, Eisuke Ando, Misako Hayashima, Saki Kitoh, Masahiro Yamashita
  • Patent number: 10662516
    Abstract: Provided is a hot-dip Al—Zn—Mg—Si coated steel sheet having good corrosion resistance in flat parts and edge parts, and also having excellent worked part corrosion resistance. The hot-dip Al—Zn—Mg—Si coated steel sheet includes a base steel sheet and a hot-dip coating on a surface of the base steel sheet. The hot-dip coating includes an interfacial alloy layer present at an interface with the base steel sheet and a main layer present on the interfacial alloy layer, and contains from 25 mass % to 80 mass % of Al, from greater than 0.6 mass % to 15 mass % of Si, and from greater than 0.1 mass % to 25 mass % of Mg. The Mg content and Si content in the hot-dip coating satisfy formula (1): MMg/(MSi?0.6)>1.7??(1) where MMg represents the Mg content (mass %) and MSi represents the Si content (mass %).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: JFE STEEL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Toshihiko Ooi, Yohei Sato, Yoichi Tobiyama, Toshiyuki Okuma, Akihiko Furuta, Masahiro Yoshida, Yoshitsugu Suzuki, Satoru Ando, Akira Matsuzaki
  • Patent number: 10643794
    Abstract: A roll-up type capacitor includes a cylindrical part, a first external electrode, and a second external electrode. The cylindrical part is a rolled-up laminate in which a lower electrode layer, a dielectric layer and an upper electrode layer are laminated in this order. The first external electrode is electrically connected to the upper electrode layer, and the second external electrode is electrically connected to the lower electrode layer, and the first external electrode and the second external electrode are respectively located on opposed sides of the cylindrical part such that they face to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignees: MURATA MANUFACTURING CO., LTD., LEIBNIZ INSTITUTE FOR SOLID STATE AND MATERIALS RESEARCH DRESDEN
    Inventors: Shoichiro Suzuki, Akira Ando, Koichi Banno, Oliver G Schmidt, Daniel Grimm
  • Publication number: 20190371844
    Abstract: Provided is an imaging element including a photoelectric conversion unit formed by stacking a first electrode, a photo-electric conversion layer and a second electrode. The photoelectric conversion unit further includes a charge storage electrode which is disposed to be spaced apart from the first electrode and disposed opposite to the photoelectric conversion layer via an insulating layer. The photoelectric conversion unit is formed of N number of photoelectric conversion unit segments, and the same applies to the photoelectric conversion layer, the insulating layer and the charge storage electrode. An nth photoelectric conversion unit segment is formed of an nth charge storage electrode segment, an nth insulating layer segment and an nth photoelectric conversion layer segment. As n increases, the nth photoelectric conversion unit segment is located farther from the first electrode. A thickness of the insulating layer segment gradually changes from a first to Nth photoelectric conversion unit segment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 14, 2017
    Publication date: December 5, 2019
    Applicant: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Akira FURUKAWA, Yoshihiro ANDO, Hideaki TOGASHI, Fumihiko KOGA
  • Publication number: 20190360878
    Abstract: A stress sensor includes a stress detection layer including a laminated body including a first magnetic layer, a first non-magnetic layer, and a second magnetic layer that are laminated, wherein the first magnetic layer and the second magnetic layer have mutually different magnetoelastic coupling constants, such that a stress is detected by an electrical resistance dependent on a relative angle of magnetization between the first magnetic layer and the second magnetic layer varying depending on the stress externally applied.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 13, 2019
    Publication date: November 28, 2019
    Inventors: Daichi CHIBA, Akira ANDO
  • Publication number: 20190362969
    Abstract: A plasma sputtering device including one or a plurality of plasma generating devices each including an insulating tube having an expanding inner diameter and having a gas injection port formed in an end portion or a side portion thereof, a first electromagnet or a permanent magnet group which can apply a static magnetic field, and a high frequency antenna; a second electromagnet which is disposed in a region downstream of the plasma generating device(s) and which can form a curved magnetic force line structure; a target mechanism which includes a permanent magnet embedded therein and a cooling mechanism and which can apply a DC or high frequency voltage; a substrate stage facing the target mechanism; a second permanent magnet group around the substrate stage; and a heat insulating mechanism between a target material and the target mechanism.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 30, 2018
    Publication date: November 28, 2019
    Applicant: TOHOKU UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: Kazunori TAKAHASHI, Jun FUKUSHIMA, Akira ANDO, Yasumasa SASAKI
  • Publication number: 20190356569
    Abstract: A plurality of in-vehicle information collecting devices mounted on a plurality of vehicles; a center server to manage each in-vehicle information collecting device as a communication target; and a communication unit to relay communication between each in-vehicle information collecting device and the center server are included. Each in-vehicle information collecting device has an in-vehicle controller to transmit/receive information including vehicle information to/from the center server, and the center server includes a server controller to transmit/receive information to/from each in-vehicle controller. The server controller, when receiving the vehicle information from each in-vehicle controller, analyzes the received vehicle information, generates speed information defining a transmission speed of the vehicle information based on an analysis result, and transmits the generated speed information to each in-vehicle controller.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 13, 2019
    Publication date: November 21, 2019
    Inventors: Takashi KAWAUCHI, Akira KANEHIRA, Eriko ANDO, Takayuki SUZUKI, Chinatsu SATO
  • Publication number: 20190346779
    Abstract: An object of the present invention is to provide an electrophotographic photoreceptor which can prevent an increase in potential even using a fluorine resin in a charge transport layer, and can achieve both electrical properties and abrasion resistance, and present invention relates to a lamination type electrophotographic photoreceptor, in which a charge transport layer of the lamination type electrophotographic photoreceptor contains a compound having an E_homo of ?4.550 eV or more based on structure optimization calculation by density functional calculation B3LYP/6-31G (d, p) and fluorine resin particles, and a content of the fluorine resin particles is 3% by weight to 20% by weight based on a total mass of the charge transport layer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 25, 2019
    Publication date: November 14, 2019
    Applicant: Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation
    Inventors: Mitsuo WADA, Wataru Miyashita, Takahiro Choda, Akira Ando, Hiroe Fuchigami
  • Publication number: 20190341630
    Abstract: A separator for fuel cells includes 15-40 parts by mass of a resin and 85-60 parts by mass of conductive materials that have higher electrical conductivities than the resin, while having the forms of particles and fibers. The conductive materials mainly include graphite particles and carbon fibers so that the graphite particles are included in a larger amount than the carbon fibers in terms of mass ratio.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 9, 2018
    Publication date: November 7, 2019
    Inventors: Hitoshi ANDO, Tsutomu Suzuki, Masaru YONEYAMA, Akira OKADA, Akihiro KOIZUMI
  • Patent number: 10444303
    Abstract: A magnetic sensor including a first magneto resistive effect element located on a first surface of a substrate and having a sensitivity axis in a first direction that is one of in-plane directions of the first surface, a positioning soft magnetic body including a first most proximal portion of which a relative position with respect to the magneto resistive effect element is defined, and provided in a non-contact manner with respect to the first magneto resistive effect element, and a first soft magnetic body and a second soft magnetic body juxtaposed in the first direction and extending in a direction away from the first surface, and each of the first soft magnetic body and the second soft magnetic body is magnetically connected to the positioning soft magnetic body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: Alps Alpine Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Masayuki Obana, Hideto Ando, Yuki Imai, Kunio Yamanaka, Kyoko Hotta, Akira Miyatake, Toshihiro Kobayashi, Kenichiro Ikeda, Takafumi Noguchi
  • Publication number: 20190241193
    Abstract: There is provided a passenger support device including (i) an informing portion that sets behavior items to be performed by a passenger by a time a vehicle arrives at a destination and sets an order of performing the behavior items, the informing portion informing the passenger of the behavior items to be performed based on the order, (ii) an action recognition portion that recognizes an action of the passenger performing the behavior items, and (iii) an action support portion that supports the action of the passenger performing the behavior items, based on each of the behavior items and the action of the passenger recognized by the action recognition portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 4, 2019
    Publication date: August 8, 2019
    Inventors: Akira Sasaki, Eisuke Ando, Misako Hayashima, Saki Kitoh, Masahiro Yamashita
  • Publication number: 20190232786
    Abstract: A vehicle display device that includes: a display part having a plurality of display faces that display information and that are provided at at least one location among a front face, a rear face, an upper face or a side face inside a vehicle cabin; a detection part that detects an orientation and a posture of an occupant; and a control part that selects a display face in accordance with the orientation and the posture of the occupant detected by the detection part, and controls display by the display part such that information is displayed at the selected display face.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 17, 2018
    Publication date: August 1, 2019
    Inventors: Akira Sasaki, Eisuke Ando, Misako Hayashima, Saki Kitoh, Masahiro Yamashita
  • Publication number: 20190225239
    Abstract: A display device for a vehicle includes: a display unit; a section setting unit that divides a travel route into at least one automated driving recommended section where the vehicle travels in automated driving mode, and at least one manual driving recommended sections where traveling in manual driving mode is urged; and a display control unit that, when a vehicle is traveling in automated driving mode in the at least one automated driving recommended section, displays on the display unit at least one first video image that is able to relax a level of alertness of a vehicle occupant when viewed by the vehicle occupant, and before the vehicle reaches the at least one manual driving recommended section, displays on the display unit a second video image that promotes an increased level of alertness in the vehicle occupant when viewed by the vehicle occupant.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 22, 2019
    Publication date: July 25, 2019
    Inventors: Akira Sasaki, Eisuke Ando, Misako Hayashima, Saki Kitoh, Masahiro Yamashita
  • Publication number: 20190225156
    Abstract: A vehicle is provided including an activation section, a shielding section, and a display section. An occupant uses the activation section to activate a make-up mode to assist the occupant in doing their make-up. The shielding section makes opaque at least one of a windshield glass, a side window glass, or a rear glass in a state in which the make-up mode has been activated. The display section is configured to display a mirror image of an entire face of the occupant in front of the occupant in a state in which the make-up mode has been activated, the mirror image being in an upright state relative to the occupant.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 22, 2019
    Publication date: July 25, 2019
    Inventors: Akira Sasaki, Eisuke Ando, Misako Hayashima, Saki Kitoh, Masahiro Yamashita
  • Publication number: 20190217773
    Abstract: A display device for a vehicle includes a display portion that displays, toward at least one of an exterior or an interior of the vehicle, driving control information, the driving control information including at least one of first information, expressing how driving of the vehicle is being controlled, or second information, originating at the vehicle and being able to affect a traveling state of the vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 15, 2019
    Publication date: July 18, 2019
    Inventors: Akira Sasaki, Eisuke Ando, Misako Hayashima, Saki Kitoh, Masahiro Yamashita
  • Publication number: 20190217872
    Abstract: A display device for a vehicle is provided, the device including personal information acquisition section, environment information acquisition section, information conversion section and display section. The personal information acquisition section acquires personal information about a driver of the vehicle from an identification tag in which the personal information of the driver is recorded. The environment information acquisition section acquires environment information about a vicinity of the vehicle. The information conversion section converts the environment information in accordance with the personal information of the driver. The display section displays the converted information to the interior of a passenger compartment of the vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 15, 2019
    Publication date: July 18, 2019
    Inventors: Akira Sasaki, Eisuke Ando, Misako Hayashima, Saki Kitoh, Masahiro Yamashita