Patents by Inventor Atsushi Nagata

Atsushi Nagata 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: 10908104
    Abstract: A radiation analysis apparatus includes an excitation source unit irradiating an object, for which the radiation analysis apparatus analyzes property or a structure, with a first radiation, a radiation detection unit including three or more radiation detectors that detect a second radiation generated from the object irradiated with the first radiation, a radiation focusing unit disposed between the object and the radiation detection unit, and focusing the second radiation, a position changing unit changing a relative positional relationship between the radiation focusing unit and the radiation detection unit, and a control unit controlling the position changing unit to change the positional relationship, based on first information which is stored in a storage unit and indicates an intensity distribution of the second radiation emitted from the radiation focusing unit and second information indicating a distribution based on a detection count of the second radiation detected by each of the radiation detectors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: Hitachi High-Tech Science Corporation
    Inventors: Satoshi Nakayama, Keiichi Tanaka, Atsushi Nagata, Kazuo Chinone
  • Publication number: 20200379395
    Abstract: A sheet conveyance device includes a conveyor configured to convey a sheet in a sheet conveyance path and a discharger disposed at an intermediate position in the sheet conveyance path. The conveyor is configured to contact the sheet in a contact range within and narrower than a passage range where the sheet passes through the sheet conveyance path in a width direction of the sheet. The discharger is disposed close to the sheet that the conveyor is conveying in the sheet conveyance path, in a range different from the contact range and configured to remove static electricity from the sheet that the conveyor is conveying in the sheet conveyance path.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 18, 2020
    Publication date: December 3, 2020
    Inventors: Takeshi FUKAO, Masakazu IMAI, Atsushi NAGATA, Ryo HASEGAWA
  • Patent number: 10847495
    Abstract: A bonding system includes a surface modifying apparatus, a surface hydrophilizing apparatus and a bonding apparatus. The surface modifying apparatus is configured to modify a bonding surface of a first substrate and a bonding surface of a second substrate with plasma. The surface hydrophilizing apparatus is configured to hydrophilize the modified bonding surfaces of the first substrate and the second substrate. The bonding apparatus includes a condensation suppressing gas discharge unit, and is configured to bond the hydrophilized bonding surfaces of the first substrate and the second substrate by an intermolecular force. The condensation suppressing gas discharge unit is configured to discharge a condensation suppressing gas toward a space between a peripheral portion of the bonding surface of the first substrate and a peripheral portion of the bonding surface of the second substrate facing each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: TOKYO ELECTRON LIMITED
    Inventors: Atsushi Nagata, Hiroshi Maeda, Kenji Sugakawa
  • Patent number: 10801977
    Abstract: A radiation analyzing apparatus includes a radiation irradiation unit configured to irradiate an object with a first radiation, a radiation detection unit configured to detect a second radiation generated from the object irradiated with the first radiation, a radiation converging unit configured to disposed between the object and the radiation detection unit and to converge the second radiation on the radiation detection unit, a position changing unit configured to vary a relative positional relationship between the radiation converging unit and the radiation detection unit, and a driving unit configured to change the positional relationship.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: HITACHI HIGH-TECH SCIENCE CORPORATION
    Inventors: Atsushi Nagata, Satoshi Nakayama, Keiichi Tanaka, Kazuo Chinone
  • Publication number: 20190312007
    Abstract: A bonding system includes a surface modifying apparatus, a surface hydrophilizing apparatus and a bonding apparatus. The surface modifying apparatus is configured to modify a bonding surface of a first substrate and a bonding surface of a second substrate with plasma. The surface hydrophilizing apparatus is configured to hydrophilize the modified bonding surfaces of the first substrate and the second substrate. The bonding apparatus includes a condensation suppressing gas discharge unit, and is configured to bond the hydrophilized bonding surfaces of the first substrate and the second substrate by an intermolecular force. The condensation suppressing gas discharge unit is configured to discharge a condensation suppressing gas toward a space between a peripheral portion of the bonding surface of the first substrate and a peripheral portion of the bonding surface of the second substrate facing each other.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 4, 2019
    Publication date: October 10, 2019
    Inventors: Atsushi Nagata, Hiroshi Maeda, Kenji Sugakawa
  • Patent number: 10401764
    Abstract: A cam drive device includes a cam to rotate; a displacement body to be displaced in response to a change in a rotation position of the cam in contact with the displacement body; a motor to rotate the cam; and a power source to output an electric current to be supplied to the motor. An electric current to cause a stall torque to the motor being a stop state is changed in response to a change in a rotation stop position of the cam.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Haruki Nagata, Ryo Hasegawa, Atsushi Nagata, Kenji Honjoh
  • Patent number: 10295948
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus including an image bearer, a transfer-bias power source, an environment sensor, and a controller. The controller controls the transfer-bias power source to change the DC component and the AC component, according to the at least one of temperature and humidity detected by the environment sensor and a duty of the transfer bias. The duty is A/(A+B)×100[%] where A denotes an area on a return-directional side to move toner from the recording sheet back to the image bearer, relative to a center value (Voff) of a maximum value and a minimum value of the transfer bias in one cycle of a waveform of the transfer bias, and B denotes an area on a transfer-directional side to move the toner from the image bearer to the recording sheet, relative to the center value (Voff) in the one cycle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Keigo Nakamura, Hirokazu Ishii, Kenji Sugiura, Takehide Mizutani, Atsushi Nagata, Naoto Kochi, Yuuji Wada, Shinya Tanaka
  • Patent number: 10281848
    Abstract: An improved image forming apparatus includes an image bearer, a nip forming member, a transfer power source, and a controller. The controller switches a transfer mode between a first mode to transfer the toner image onto a first type sheet having a surface smoothness higher than a surface smoothness of a second type sheet and a second mode to transfer the toner image onto the second type sheet. The controller controls the transfer power source to output the transfer bias having an opposite-peak duty of greater than or equal to 50% that is a duty on the side of the opposite-peak value in the first mode. The controller controls the transfer power source to output the transfer bias having an opposite-peak duty of less than 50%, which is different from the opposite-peak duty of the first mode, in the second mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Yuuji Wada, Naoto Kochi, Hiroki Nakamatsu, Kazuki Yogosawa, Takahiro Suzuki, Shinya Tanaka, Kenji Sugiura, Naohiro Kumagai, Seiichi Kogure, Junpei Fujita, Hirokazu Ishii, Takehide Mizutani, Atsushi Nagata, Keigo Nakamura
  • Patent number: 10261450
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes an apparatus body, a plurality of image bearers, an endless belt, a contact and separation mechanism to generate a first trajectory and a second trajectory of the endless belt, a sensor to detect an object on a surface of the endless belt, and a positioning mechanism to enable the sensor to detect the object in the first trajectory and the second trajectory of the endless belt. The positioning mechanism includes a stay to support the sensor, a first bracket, a second bracket, a first positioning portion attached to the apparatus body to position the sensor in a direction of rotation of the first bracket and the second bracket at a time of the first trajectory, and a second positioning portion attached to the second bracket to position the sensor in the direction of rotation of the first bracket at a time of the second trajectory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Ryo Hasegawa, Kenji Honjoh, Atsushi Nagata, Haruki Nagata
  • Patent number: 10246012
    Abstract: A steering wheel includes an indicator. The indicator includes a light source that emits light and a light guide. The light guide includes an outer surface and an end opposing the light source. The light emitted from the light source enters the end of the light guide, and some of the light is emitted from the outer surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: TOYODA GOSEI CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Renge Asakawa, Atsushi Nagata, Yasushi Hibino, Shinichi Takeda
  • Publication number: 20190047604
    Abstract: A steering wheel includes a functional device and a control device, which is electrically connected to the functional device. The functional device includes a functional case, which constitutes a housing of the functional device. The control device includes a control case, which constitutes a housing of the control device. A first connector is partially exposed to an outside of the functional case. A second connector is partially exposed to an outside of the control case. The first connector is coupled to the second connector, so that the functional device is electrically connected to the control device without a harness between the functional case and the control case.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 31, 2018
    Publication date: February 14, 2019
    Inventors: Yoshiteru BANNO, Norio UMEMURA, Atsushi NAGATA, Naoki TSUKAMOTO, Norio MIZUNO, Hiroyuki YAMADA, Kazuhiro TERADA, Shun TAKEUCHI
  • Publication number: 20190033237
    Abstract: A radiation analysis apparatus includes an excitation source unit irradiating an object, for which the radiation analysis apparatus analyzes property or a structure, with a first radiation, a radiation detection unit including three or more radiation detectors that detect a second radiation generated from the object irradiated with the first radiation, a radiation focusing unit disposed between the object and the radiation detection unit, and focusing the second radiation, a position changing unit changing a relative positional relationship between the radiation focusing unit and the radiation detection unit, and a control unit controlling the position changing unit to change the positional relationship, based on first information which is stored in a storage unit and indicates an intensity distribution of the second radiation emitted from the radiation focusing unit and second information indicating a distribution based on a detection count of the second radiation detected by each of the radiation detectors.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 23, 2018
    Publication date: January 31, 2019
    Applicant: Hitachi High-Tech Science Corporation
    Inventors: Satoshi Nakayama, Keiichi Tanaka, Atsushi Nagata, Kazuo Chinone
  • Publication number: 20190025735
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes an apparatus body, a plurality of image bearers, an endless belt, a contact and separation mechanism to generate a first trajectory and a second trajectory of the endless belt, a sensor to detect an object on a surface of the endless belt, and a positioning mechanism to enable the sensor to detect the object in the first trajectory and the second trajectory of the endless belt. The positioning mechanism includes a stay to support the sensor, a first bracket, a second bracket, a first positioning portion attached to the apparatus body to position the sensor in a direction of rotation of the first bracket and the second bracket at a time of the first trajectory, and a second positioning portion attached to the second bracket to position the sensor in the direction of rotation of the first bracket at a time of the second trajectory.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 21, 2018
    Publication date: January 24, 2019
    Applicant: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Ryo HASEGAWA, Kenji HONJOH, Atsushi NAGATA, Haruki NAGATA
  • Patent number: 10185255
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes an image bearer to bear a toner image, a nip forming member contacting the image bearer to form a transfer nip, and a transfer power source. The transfer bias has a transfer peak value to electrostatically move toner from the image bearer to the recording sheet and an opposite-peak value to electrostatically move less toner from the image bearer to the recording sheet than the transfer peak value. An opposite-peak duty of the transfer bias is less than 50%. The opposite-peak duty is tr/T×100% where T is one cycle of the transfer bias and tr is a time period during which the transfer bias is on a side of the opposite-peak value relative to an offset voltage of the transfer bias in the one cycle T.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Naoto Kochi, Hirokazu Ishii, Seiichi Kogure, Naohiro Kumagai, Kenji Sugiura, Shinya Tanaka, Hiroki Nakamatsu, Yuuji Wada, Junpei Fujita, Takahiro Suzuki, Kazuki Yogosawa, Atsushi Nagata
  • Patent number: 10073386
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus including an image bearer; a nip forming member, a nip width changing device, a power source; and a controller. The controller switches between a first mode and a second mode according to a predetermined condition. In the first mode, a duty of the transfer bias is a first duty and a width of a transfer nip is a first width. In the second mode, the duty of the transfer bias is a second duty lower than the first duty and the width of the transfer nip is a second width greater than the first width. The duty is (T?Tt)/T×100% where T denotes one cycle of the transfer bias, and Tt denotes a time period, in which the transfer bias is on a transfer-directional side relative to a time-averaged value of the transfer bias, in the one cycle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Naomi Sugimoto, Hirokazu Ishii, Kenji Sugiura, Atsushi Nagata, Takehide Mizutani, Keigo Nakamura, Yuuji Wada, Naoto Kochi, Shinya Tanaka
  • Patent number: 10067454
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes an image bearer, an image forming device to form a toner image on the image bearer with toner, a power source to output a bias to transfer the toner image onto a recording medium, and control circuitry. The circuitry controls the power source to decrease a peak-to-peak voltage of the bias in response to increase in at least one of temperature and humidity, when a time-averaged voltage of the bias is on a transfer side of transferring the toner to the recording medium, from a median value of maximum and minimum voltages of the bias. The circuitry controls the power source to increase the peak-to-peak voltage of the bias in response to increase in at least one of temperature and humidity, when the time-averaged voltage of the bias is on a return side of returning the toner to the image bearer, from the median value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Atsushi Nagata, Shinya Tanaka, Hirokazu Ishii, Kenji Sugiura, Takehide Mizutani, Keigo Nakamura, Yuuji Wada, Naoto Kochi
  • Patent number: 10018578
    Abstract: An X-ray analysis device includes an electron gun, an X-ray optical member, a first detection unit and a second detection unit, and a distance changing mechanism. The X-ray optical member guides characteristic X-rays emitted from a sample to at least any one of the first detection unit or the second detection unit. The first detection unit is formed such that energy resolution is given relative priority over counting efficiency in contrast to the second detection unit. The second detection unit is formed such that counting efficiency is given relative priority over energy resolution in contrast to the first detection unit. The distance changing mechanism changes the distance between each of the first detection unit and the second detection unit and the X-ray optical member in an axial direction of an optical axis of the X-ray optical member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: Hitachi High-Tech Science Corporation
    Inventors: Satoshi Nakayama, Keiichi Tanaka, Atsushi Nagata, Kazuo Chinone
  • Publication number: 20180164720
    Abstract: A cam drive device includes a cam to rotate; a displacement body to be displaced in response to a change in a rotation position of the cam in contact with the displacement body; a motor to rotate the cam; and a power source to output an electric current to be supplied to the motor. An electric current to cause a stall torque to the motor being a stop state is changed in response to a change in a rotation stop position of the cam.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 6, 2017
    Publication date: June 14, 2018
    Applicant: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Haruki Nagata, Ryo Hasegawa, Atsushi Nagata, Kenji Honjoh
  • Patent number: 9932060
    Abstract: A heater unit includes a pair of substrates formed from a polymeric foam and a cord-shaped heater sandwiched between the pair of substrates. The thickness of a region of each of the substrates at which the cord-shaped heater is disposed is thinned relative to other regions of the substrates in such a manner as to be shaped to the cord-shaped heater and thus the heater unit forms a flat shape. In the heater unit, the substrates are bonded together by an adhesive layer that is composed only from a pressure-sensitive adhesive.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignees: KURABE INDUSTRIAL CO., LTD., TOYODA GOSEI CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Masatsugu Saito, Yuki Naito, Bunpei Morita, Atsushi Nagata, Norio Umemura
  • Patent number: 9846396
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes a plurality of image forming units, a plurality of image bearers, a transfer device, and a controller. The image forming units form a process color toner image and a special color toner image. The transfer device transfers the process color toner image and the special color toner image from the image bearers onto the intermediate transfer member. The controller is configured to correct a transfer bias applied to transfer the special color toner image onto the intermediate transfer member. The controller is configured to decrease the bias in a special color mode in which image formation is performed with only a special color and increase the bias in a full color mode in which image formation is performed with the special color and a process color, according to a degree of degradation of a developer used to form the special color toner image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2017
    Assignee: RICOH COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventor: Atsushi Nagata