Patents by Inventor Eiji Shinohara

Eiji Shinohara 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).

  • Publication number: 20220206422
    Abstract: A heating device includes a rotatable film, a heater including a substrate that extends along a first direction and having two surfaces opposite to each other, and a heater element on one of the surfaces of the substrate, and a heat conductor having first and second surfaces and including a first portion contacting the other surface of the substrate, and a second portion that is adjacent to the first portion in a second direction perpendicular to the first direction and does not contact the other surface of the substrate. A thickness of the first portion of the heat conductor from the first surface to the second surface is greater than a thickness of the second portion from the first surface to the second surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 16, 2022
    Publication date: June 30, 2022
    Inventors: Kazuhiko KIKUCHI, Sasuke ENDO, Masaya TANAKA, Ryota SAEKI, Kiyotaka MURAKAMI, Kousei MIYASHITA, Ryosuke KOJIMA, Yohei DOI, Yuki KAWASHIMA, Eiji SHINOHARA
  • Publication number: 20220171314
    Abstract: A fixing unit or device that can be used in an image forming apparatus includes a first heater element that is formed of a material that increases in electrical resistance with increases in temperature. A controller of the fixing unit is configured to vary a duty ratio of electric power applied to the first heater element during a start-up operation in which the temperature of the first heater element is raised to a target operating temperature. By varying the duty ratio during the start-up operation, changes in the resistance of the first heater element with the heating can be compensated. For example, the duty ratio can be increased during the course of the start-up to achieve the target operating temperature faster.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 16, 2022
    Publication date: June 2, 2022
    Inventors: Kiyotaka MURAKAMI, Kazuhiko KIKUCHI, Sasuke ENDO, Masaya TANAKA, Ryota SAEKI, Kousei MIYASHITA, Ryosuke KOJIMA, Yohei DOI, Yuki KAWASHIMA, Eiji SHINOHARA
  • Publication number: 20220155710
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus includes a fixing unit including a fixing belt, and a heater configured to heat the fixing belt and including a substrate and a heating layer that is formed on the substrate, and a controller configured to, upon detecting an absence of a current flowing through the fixing belt, control the heater to not generate heat.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 2, 2022
    Publication date: May 19, 2022
    Inventors: Yohei DOI, Eiji SHINOHARA, Kazuhiko KIKUCHI, Sasuke ENDO, Masaya TANAKA, Ryota SAEKI, Kousei MIYASHITA, Ryosuke KOJIMA, Yuki KAWASHIMA, Kiyotaka MURAKAMI
  • Patent number: 11307522
    Abstract: A heating device includes a rotatable film, a heater including a substrate that extends along a first direction, and a heater element on the substrate and facing the film, a heat conductor having first and second surfaces and including a first portion contacting the substrate, and a second portion that is adjacent to the first portion in a second direction perpendicular to the first direction and does not contact the substrate, and a temperature sensing element on the second surface at a position corresponding to the second portion. A thickness of the first portion from the first surface to the second surface is greater than a thickness of the second portion from the first surface to the second surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2022
    Assignee: TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Kazuhiko Kikuchi, Sasuke Endo, Masaya Tanaka, Ryota Saeki, Kiyotaka Murakami, Kousei Miyashita, Ryosuke Kojima, Yohei Doi, Yuki Kawashima, Eiji Shinohara
  • Patent number: 11281132
    Abstract: A fixing unit or device that can be used in an image forming apparatus includes a first heater element that is formed of a material that increases in electrical resistance with increases in temperature. A controller of the fixing unit is configured to vary a duty ratio of electric power applied to the first heater element during a start-up operation in which the temperature of the first heater element is raised to a target operating temperature. By varying the duty ratio during the start-up operation, changes in the resistance of the first heater element with the heating can be compensated. For example, the duty ratio can be increased during the course of the start-up to achieve the target operating temperature faster.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2022
    Assignee: TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Kiyotaka Murakami, Kazuhiko Kikuchi, Sasuke Endo, Masaya Tanaka, Ryota Saeki, Kousei Miyashita, Ryosuke Kojima, Yohei Doi, Yuki Kawashima, Eiji Shinohara
  • Publication number: 20220080779
    Abstract: A tire deterioration inferring (estimating) method uses a tire deterioration inferring device placed on the inner surface of a tire. The method has: a deformation velocity measurement step of measuring a tire deformation velocity, which is the deformation velocity of the tire while the tire is rotating, and obtaining time-series changes in the tire deformation velocity; a calculation step of calculating peak values of the tire deformation velocity from the time-series changes in the tire deformation velocity; and an inference step of inferring the degree of the deterioration of the tire by using a first peak value, which is a peak value of the tire deformation velocity before and at the stepping of the tire or at and after the kicking of the tire, the first peak value being in the time-series changes in the tire deformation velocity.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 24, 2021
    Publication date: March 17, 2022
    Inventors: Heishiro FUDO, Eiji SHINOHARA, Shinya ICHISE, Hiroyuki TOBARI, Akihito YAMAMOTO, Yuki ONO
  • Patent number: 11275330
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus includes a fixing unit including a heater and a fixing belt. The fixing belt is electrically connected between a first power source and a ground terminal. A controller is configured to control the heater to heat the fixing belt. The controller is further configured to determine whether a current is flowing through the fixing belt and, upon determining that a current is not flowing through the fixing belt, control the heater not to heat the fixing belt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2022
    Assignee: TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Yohei Doi, Eiji Shinohara, Kazuhiko Kikuchi, Sasuke Endo, Masaya Tanaka, Ryota Saeki, Kousei Miyashita, Ryosuke Kojima, Yuki Kawashima, Kiyotaka Murakami
  • Publication number: 20220066380
    Abstract: The image forming apparatus has a fixing belt, a heater, a switch, a breaker, and a controller. The fixing belt is configured to circulate. The fixing belt is positioned to contact a sheet to which a toner image is transferred. The heater is configured to heat the fixing belt and thereby heat the toner image via the fixing belt. The switch is configured to selectively supply the heater with electric power provided by a power source. The breaker is connected between the power source and the switch. The breaker is operable in an OFF state and an ON state. The controller is configured to (i) switch the breaker to the OFF state from the ON state and (ii) maintain the breaker in the OFF state when (i) the state of the breaker is in the OFF state and (ii) circulation of the fixing belt is stopped.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 25, 2020
    Publication date: March 3, 2022
    Applicant: TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Eiji SHINOHARA
  • Patent number: 11262685
    Abstract: The image forming apparatus has a fixing belt, a heater, a switch, a breaker, and a controller. The fixing belt is configured to circulate. The fixing belt is positioned to contact a sheet to which a toner image is transferred. The heater is configured to heat the fixing belt and thereby heat the toner image via the fixing belt. The switch is configured to selectively supply the heater with electric power provided by a power source. The breaker is connected between the power source and the switch. The breaker is operable in an OFF state and an ON state. The controller is configured to (i) switch the breaker to the OFF state from the ON state and (ii) maintain the breaker in the OFF state when (i) the state of the breaker is in the OFF state and (ii) circulation of the fixing belt is stopped.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2022
    Assignee: TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Eiji Shinohara
  • Publication number: 20220026960
    Abstract: An electronic apparatus includes: a first chassis; a second chassis; a first display provided on an upper surface of the first chassis; a second display provided on an upper surface of the second chassis; and a hinge device that connects the first chassis and the second chassis. The hinge device includes: a first bracket including a first fixing plate fixed to the first chassis; a second bracket including a second fixing plate fixed to the second chassis; a first hinge block that supports a first upper hinge shaft and a first lower hinge shaft arranged vertically between adjacent end surfaces of the first chassis and the second chassis in a flat plate form; and a second hinge block.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 25, 2021
    Publication date: January 27, 2022
    Applicant: Lenovo (Singapore) Pte. Ltd.
    Inventors: Yoshiyuki Shibayama, Kazuyuki Kubota, Eiji Shinohara
  • Publication number: 20210273153
    Abstract: A composite piezoelectric element includes a first electrode layer, a piezoelectric substance layer disposed on the first electrode layer, and a second electrode layer disposed on the piezoelectric substance layer, and, in plan view, a measuring unit including the first electrode layer, the piezoelectric substance layer, and the second electrode layer and a buffer portion in which the piezoelectric substance layer is not provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 18, 2021
    Publication date: September 2, 2021
    Inventors: Heishiro FUDO, Eiji SHINOHARA, Akihito YAMAMOTO, Shinya ICHISE, Yuki ONO, Hisashi KOMATSU, Hiroyuki TOBARI
  • Patent number: 11106164
    Abstract: A heating device includes a cylindrical film configured to be rotated about an axis, a heater including a substrate that extends along a longitudinal direction parallel to the axis, and a heater element on the substrate and facing an inner surface of the cylindrical film. A heat conductor extends along the longitudinal direction and has first and second surfaces. A first portion of the heat conductor contacts the substrate and a second portion of the heat conductor has a groove in the first surface. A temperature sensing element is disposed at a position on the second surface at a position opposite the groove.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Assignee: TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Kazuhiko Kikuchi, Sasuke Endo, Masaya Tanaka, Ryota Saeki, Kiyotaka Murakami, Kousei Miyashita, Ryosuke Kojima, Yohei Doi, Yuki Kawashima, Eiji Shinohara
  • Publication number: 20210247712
    Abstract: A heating device includes a rotatable film, a heater including a substrate that extends along a first direction, and a heater element on the substrate and facing the film, a heat conductor having first and second surfaces and including a first portion contacting the substrate, and a second portion that is adjacent to the first portion in a second direction perpendicular to the first direction and does not contact the substrate, and a temperature sensing element on the second surface at a position corresponding to the second portion. A thickness of the first portion from the first surface to the second surface is greater than a thickness of the second portion from the first surface to the second surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 27, 2021
    Publication date: August 12, 2021
    Inventors: Kazuhiko KIKUCHI, Sasuke ENDO, Masaya TANAKA, Ryota SAEKI, Kiyotaka MURAKAMI, Kousei MIYASHITA, Ryosuke KOJIMA, Yohei DOI, Yuki KAWASHIMA, Eiji SHINOHARA
  • Publication number: 20210232717
    Abstract: Methods for generating a measurement table including target identification information indicating a measurement target are disclosed herein. One method includes adding, by a processor, attribute information for a dimension value of a measurement target included in drawing data and a delimiter for identifying number information for the dimension value to the dimension value, adding the number information including a drawing sheet number and a dimension number for the measurement target to the delimiter, and generating a measurement table including target identification information indicating the measurement target corresponding to the drawing data and inspection standards based on dimension addition information. The attribute information is associated with the number information added to the delimiter and is based on the dimension value of the measurement target.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 27, 2021
    Publication date: July 29, 2021
    Inventors: Tabito Miyamoto, Eiji Shinohara
  • Patent number: 11073776
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes a heater, a fixing device, and a controller. The heater includes a heat generator that generates heat when the heater is turned on. The fixing device may fix a developer image on a surface of an image forming medium using the heat from the heat generator. The controller detects a voltage of a power supply for supplying electric power to the heater, and determines an occurrence of an abnormality in the heater if a voltage drop amount at the time the heater is turned on as compared to a case in which the heater is turned off is smaller than a first threshold value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2021
    Assignee: TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Eiji Shinohara, Kazuhiko Kikuchi, Sasuke Endo, Masaya Tanaka, Ryota Saeki, Kousei Miyashita, Ryosuke Kojima, Yohei Doi, Yuki Kawashima, Kiyotaka Murakami
  • Publication number: 20210208526
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus includes a fixing unit including a heater and a fixing belt. The fixing belt is electrically connected between a first power source and a ground terminal. A controller is configured to control the heater to heat the fixing belt. The controller is further configured to determine whether a current is flowing through the fixing belt and, upon determining that a current is not flowing through the fixing belt, control the heater not to heat the fixing belt.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 22, 2021
    Publication date: July 8, 2021
    Inventors: Yohei DOI, Eiji SHINOHARA, Kazuhiko KIKUCHI, Sasuke ENDO, Masaya TANAKA, Ryota SAEKI, Kousei MIYASHITA, Ryosuke KOJIMA, Yuki KAWASHIMA, Kiyotaka MURAKAMI
  • Patent number: 10990044
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus includes a fixing unit including a heater and a fixing belt. The fixing belt is electrically connected between a first power source and a ground terminal. A controller is configured to control the heater to heat the fixing belt. The controller is further configured to determine whether a current is flowing through the fixing belt and, upon determining that a current is not flowing through the fixing belt, control the heater not to heat the fixing belt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Yohei Doi, Eiji Shinohara, Kazuhiko Kikuchi, Sasuke Endo, Masaya Tanaka, Ryota Saeki, Kousei Miyashita, Ryosuke Kojima, Yuki Kawashima, Kiyotaka Murakami
  • Publication number: 20210088947
    Abstract: A fixing unit or device that can be used in an image forming apparatus includes a first heater element that is formed of a material that increases in electrical resistance with increases in temperature. A controller of the fixing unit is configured to vary a duty ratio of electric power applied to the first heater element during a start-up operation in which the temperature of the first heater element is raised to a target operating temperature. By varying the duty ratio during the start-up operation, changes in the resistance of the first heater element with the heating can be compensated. For example, the duty ratio can be increased during the course of the start-up to achieve the target operating temperature faster.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 6, 2020
    Publication date: March 25, 2021
    Inventors: Kiyotaka MURAKAMI, Kazuhiko KIKUCHI, Sasuke ENDO, Masaya TANAKA, Ryota SAEKI, Kousei MIYASHITA, Ryosuke KOJIMA, Yohei DOI, Yuki KAWASHIMA, Eiji SHINOHARA
  • Publication number: 20210080880
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes a heater, a fixing device, and a controller. The heater includes a heat generator that generates heat when the heater is turned on. The fixing device may fix a developer image on a surface of an image forming medium using the heat from the heat generator. The controller detects a voltage of a power supply for supplying electric power to the heater, and determines an occurrence of an abnormality in the heater if a voltage drop amount at the time the heater is turned on as compared to a case in which the heater is turned off is smaller than a first threshold value.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 18, 2019
    Publication date: March 18, 2021
    Applicant: TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Eiji SHINOHARA, Kazuhiko KIKUCHI, Sasuke ENDO, Masaya TANAKA, Ryota SAEKI, Kousei MIYASHITA, Ryosuke KOJIMA, Yohei DOI, Yuki KAWASHIMA, Kiyotaka MURAKAMI
  • Publication number: 20210072679
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus includes a fixing unit including a heater and a fixing belt. The fixing belt is electrically connected between a first power source and a ground terminal. A controller is configured to control the heater to heat the fixing belt. The controller is further configured to determine whether a current is flowing through the fixing belt and, upon determining that a current is not flowing through the fixing belt, control the heater not to heat the fixing belt.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 27, 2020
    Publication date: March 11, 2021
    Inventors: Yohei DOI, Eiji SHINOHARA, Kazuhiko KIKUCHI, Sasuke ENDO, Masaya TANAKA, Ryota SAEKI, Kousei MIYASHITA, Ryosuke KOJIMA, Yuki KAWASHIMA, Kiyotaka MURAKAMI