Hideo Ishizaka 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).
Abstract: A low cost image reading apparatus and an image reading method is obtained which allows a high speed image reading process to be performed. When a frame image recorded on a negative film is read, the amount of light of a lamp and the charge accumulation time of a CCD area sensor provided in the prescan section of a film image reading apparatus are fixed. An image buffer is also provided for holding the density values data (the image data) obtained by the fine scan section until the auto setup processing and positive image examination, which are based on the density values data, are completed.
Abstract: An image forming method and apparatus for ejecting plural inks having different densities and/or colors from an ink ejection port while changing a mixture proportion of the plural inks based on an image signal. The ejected plural inks are transported to a moving image receiving medium such as print paper to form an image. A quantity of flow of the respective ink is controlled in such a manner that a total ejected volume flow rate of the plural inks is always maintained constant. The condition for transporting the ink liquid consisting of plural inks led to the image receiving medium is satisfied, and the smooth and highly-accurate transportation is enabled, thereby the image quality can be improved. The ejected plural inks may be transported from the ink ejection port as a continuous fluid flow to the image receiving medium, i.e., the continuous coating mode.
Abstract: An image forming method and apparatus for forming an image on an image receiving medium with plural coating liquids. A plurality of types of coating liquid are combined to form a recording liquid and extruded as a continuous flow from an array of plural extruding ports which are aligned in a direction substantially orthogonal to a relative movement direction of the image receiving medium. While a mixing ratio of the plural coating liquids is varied based on an image signal, the recording liquid is continuously applied on the image receiving medium to form the image thereon. The high-speed image formation is enabled with a reduced amount of ink to be wasted. Preferably, the plurality of types of the coating liquid are not equally mixed but can be superimposed in the form of a layer in the coating thickness direction to be continuously applied.
Abstract: A loop region in which a loop of a negative film is formed is provided between a pre-scan section and a fine scan section. When a frame image recorded on the negative film is read, a control circuit effects control such that respective processings in the pre-scan section and the fine scan section are performed concurrently in a state in which a length of the loop in the loop region is within a predetermined allowable range.
Abstract: A recording liquid which is obtained by changing a proportion of mixture of image forming liquid and clear liquid based on an image signal is transported as a continuous flow to an image receiving medium to form an image. An undercoating liquid is superimposed on the recording liquid at the position where the recording liquid meets the image receiving medium to form a bead so that the recording liquid is loaded on the undercoating liquid. The stream line of the undercoating liquid is bent toward the upstream side in the bead and then turned back toward the downstream side to be straightened. Accordingly, the recording liquid superimposed on the straightened undercoating liquid becomes a stable straightened flow without a sinuosity. The generation of a sinuosity of a stream line of the recording liquid is prevented to improve the image quality. Preferably, a supply amount of the undercoating liquid is set constant.
Abstract: A biochemical analysis apparatus comprises a sample accommodating region, an accommodating region for test films containing a reagent which reacts with a liquid sample to give rise to a change in optical density, and a conveyor for sequentially pulling out each test film from the test film accommodating region. An applicator takes up the liquid sample from the sample accommodating region and applies it to the test film at the position to which the test film has been pulled out. An incubator incubates the sample-applied film portion for a predetermined time, and a detector measures the optical density of the sample-applied film portion during or after the passage of the predetermined time. The conveyor, the incubator and the detector are provided to correspond to each of the test films, and a movement device moves the applicator to apply the liquid sample to the test films.
Abstract: A biochemical analysis apparatus comprises a sample accommodating region, an accommodating region for a test film reacting with a liquid sample to give rise to a change, and a conveyor for sequentially pulling out the test film from the test film accommodating region. An applicator takes up the liquid sample from the sample accommodating region and applies it to the test film at the position to which the test film has been pulled out. An incubator incubates the sample-applied film portion for a predetermined time, and a measuring device measures the change at the sample-applied film portion during or after the passage of the predetermined time. Both the incubator and the measuring device are provided at the position where the sample application onto the test film is carried out by the sample application means.
Abstract: A biochemical analysis apparatus includes a sample accommodating region, an accommodating region for test films containing a reagent which reacts with a liquid sample to give rise to a change in optical density, and a conveyor for sequentially pulling out each test film from the test film accommodating region. An applicator takes up the liquid sample fromt he sample accommodating region and applies it to the test film at the position to which the test film has been pulled out. An incubator incubates the sample-applied film portion for a predetermined time, and a detector measures the optical density of the sample applied applied film portion during or after the passage of the predetermined time. The conveyor, the incubator and the detector are provided to correspond to each of the test films, and a movement device moves the applicator to apply the liquid sample to the test films.
Abstract: A biochemical analysis method comprises the steps of accommodating a long test film in a refrigerator, repeatedly pulling the long test film out of the refrigerator until a sample-applying portion, i.e., the next unused portion of the test film, is aligned with a sample applying position, applying a liquid samples onto the sample-applying portions of the long test film at which time the sample-applying portions become sample-applied portions, incubating the sample-applied portions, and irradiating light to the sample-applied portions in order to determine optical densities, which depend on the how much of a certain constituent in a liquid sample existed and therefore reacted with a reagent in a reagent layer of the test film. The length of a sample-applying portion to which a present sample will be applied, is changed in accordance with conditions which exist after the analysis of the sample applied to the test film immediately prior to the present sample has been finished.
Abstract: A biochemical analysis apparatus for applying a liquid sample onto a long test film, incubating the sample-applied film portion by an incubator, and measuring the degree of color formation at the sample-applied portion comprises a test film conveyor for continuously conveying at least the part of the long test film inside of the incubator so that a speed v [cm/min.] at which the part of the long test film inside of the incubator is conveyed is expressed as v=n.l. The incubator is constituted so that a length L [cm] of the incubator in the direction of conveyance of the long test film satisfies the condition of L.gtoreq.(nt+1).l, where l [cm] denotes the length of a portion of the long test film necessary for a single step of sample application, t [min.] denotes the incubation time, and n [number/min.] denotes the number of repetitions of sample application per unit time.
Abstract: A long-test-film cassette for biochemical analysis comprises an unused film cassette part accommodating an unused long test film for biochemical analysis, and a used film cassette part for accommodating the long test film which has been pulled out of the unused film cassette part and used for biochemical analysis. A leading edge of the film is secured to a reel in the used film cassette part. In a cassette loading system, the unused film cassette part is provided with a protruded test film outlet portion and is loaded to a refrigerating compartment of an analysis apparatus with the test film outlet portion fitted in a hole of the refrigerating compartment.
Abstract: A biochemical analysis apparatus comprises a sample accommodating region, a refrigerator for keeping cool a long test film containing a reagent which reacts with a liquid sample to give rise to a change in optical density, and a test film conveyor for sequentially pulling out the long test film from the refrigerator. A sample applicator takes up the liquid sample from the sample accommodating region and applies it to the long test film at the position to which the long test film has been pulled out of the refrigerator. An incubator maintains the sample-applied portion of the long test film at a predetermined temperature for a predetermined time. A detector irradiates light to the sample-applied portion of the long test film, and measures the optical density given rise to by the reaction during or after the passage of the predetermined time.
Abstract: A refrigerator comprises a cassette accommodating section which is enclosed by a wall, kept at a low temperature, and capable of accommodating a film feed cassette in such a way that it can be released therefrom. The film feed cassette houses therein a long test film containing a reagent which will react with a liquid sample and give rise to a change in optical density. The film feed cassette has a film outlet through which the long test film is fed out. The refrigerator has a film outlet which is formed in the wall at a position corresponding to the position of the film outlet of the film feed cassette and through which the long test film is pulled out. An air stream jetting system jets dry air to the surface of the portion of the long test film positioned between the film outlet of the film feed cassette and the film outlet of the refrigerator.
Abstract: A new mechanism for supplying in sequence unused regions of an analytical tape by predetermined length to an analytical section arranged in an apparatus for biochemical analysis of a liquid sample is disclosed. The mechanism comprises a driving means for moving the analytical tape to supply its unused regions to the analytical section; a means for detecting length of the unused regions of the tape supplied to the analytical section comprising a roller which is arranged in contact with a surface of the tape so that it rotates with movement of the tape for the supply of the unused regions to the analytical section and a means for detecting number or angle of the rotation of the roller, and a means for controlling operation of the driving means according to the detected number or angle of the rotation of the roller.
Abstract: An image read-out apparatus includes a main scanning device for scanning a sheet carrying an image recorded thereon with a light beam in a main scanning direction and obtaining light carrying the image information from the sheet, a sub-scanning device for moving the sheet with respect to the light beam in a sub-scanning direction approximately normal to the main scanning direction, and a light detector for detecting the light obtained from the sheet. The light detector comprises a long photomultipler having a light receiving face extending along the main scanning line and positioned close to the sheet.
Abstract: An automatic image developing apparatus for automatically developing an image recorded on a photographic photosensitive material includes a feeder assembly for feeding the photographic photosensitive material successively to processing tanks for developing the image, fixing the developed image, and washing the photographic photosensitive material. The feeder assembly has at least one conduit for supplying cleaning water to remove processing solutions from the feeder assembly. The conduit has small holes or slits defined in its outer peripheral wall for ejecting cleaning water against guide plates and rollers of the feeder assembly.
Abstract: A light beam scanning apparatus wherein a light beam deflected by a rotating polygon mirror is scanned on a scanning surface in a main scanning direction, and the scanning surface is moved with respect to the light beam in a sub-scanning direction, comprises a reference beam emitting system for generating a reference beam of a predetermined intensity and making for the reference beam impinge upon the rotating polygon mirror. The apparatus also comprises a photodetector for measuring the intensity of the reference beam deflected by the rotating polygon mirror, and a control circuit for receiving the output of the photodetector and adjusting the intensity of the light beam in accordance with the level of the intensity of the reference beam which is represented by the output of the photodetector.
Abstract: A light beam scanning apparatus is constituted for scanning a light beam deflected by a rotating polygon mirror on a scanning surface in a main scanning direction, moving the scanning surface with respect to the light beam in a subscanning direction, and generating a picture element clock signal. The light beam scanning apparatus comprises photodetectors for respectively detecting passage of the light beam over a main scanning start point and passage thereof over a main scanning end point, and a clock signal generating circuit for receiving outputs of the photodetectors, calculating the time required for the main scanning for each of the mirror surfaces of the rotating polygon mirror, and changing a period of the picture element clock signal in the course of each main scanning so that the period is proportional to the required time with respect to the mirror surface utilized for the main scanning.
Abstract: In a light beam scanning recording apparatus, a light beam is modulated by a modulator according to image signals and is caused to scan a photosensitive recording material, and the recording material is developed.
Abstract: An electronic clinical thermometer comprises a circuit for measuring and displaying the temperature of a portion being measured, a secondary battery for supplying electric power to the circuit, rectifier means connected to the secondary battery, a power receiving coil connected to the rectifier means for inducing a voltage in response to a change in an external magnetic field applied to the power receiving coil, and a hollow bar-shaped casing housing the circuit, the secondary battery, the rectifier means, and the power receiving coil. The secondary battery can be charged efficiently through the power receiving coil in response to the change in the external magnetic field. An apparatus for charging the electronic clinical thermometer comprises container means having a cylindrical cavity for accommodating a plurality of electronic clinical thermometers, a power transmitting coil disposed around the cylindrical cavity, and a.c.