Patents by Inventor Hiroaki Aizawa

Hiroaki Aizawa 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: 20210004187
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus may be capable of preventing the occurrence of downtime and improving productivity in a configuration that enables the replacement of post-processing units. The image forming apparatus may include: a post-processing portion replaceably mounted with post-processing units that perform different post-processes on a recording medium formed with an image; a manipulation portion to enter a new job setting including a selection of a post-process performed on the post-processing portion; and a controller to control the post-processing portion and the manipulation portion. The controller may include: a storage portion that stores identification information about a post-processing unit mountable on the post-processing portion; and an input/output controller capable of selecting a post-process performed on the post-processing portion, while the manipulation portion enters the new job setting.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 16, 2020
    Publication date: January 7, 2021
    Applicant: Konica Minolta, Inc.
    Inventor: Hiroaki AIZAWA
  • Patent number: 10686947
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes: an image former that forms an image on a sheet on the basis of print image data obtained by performing image processing on raster data subjected to raster image processing; an image reader that reads the image formed on the sheet on the basis of the print image data by the image former to acquire uncorrected read image data; and a hardware processor that compares the raster data with read image data generated from the uncorrected read image data acquired by the image reader to inspect a print state of the image formed on the sheet, wherein the hardware processor, when inspecting the print state of the image formed on the sheet, offsets an amount of adjustment adjusted by the image processing performed on the raster data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: KONICA MINOLTA, INC.
    Inventor: Hiroaki Aizawa
  • Patent number: 10318214
    Abstract: Disclosed is an image processing apparatus, including a receiver that receives a setting of a job; a reader that optically reads an original; a memory that stores the image data; and a hardware processor that instructs the external device to store the image data to be edited, and edits the image data page by page by using the page edit function of the external device, wherein when a temporary storing job for temporarily storing the image data in the memory is executed, the hardware processor judges whether a setting of a setting item for an edit of the image data page by page is changed, and in case that the setting of the setting item is changed, the hardware processor carries out a preceding transmission process in which the image data stored in the memory is transmitted to the external device and is stored in the external device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: KONICA MINOLTA, INC.
    Inventor: Hiroaki Aizawa
  • Publication number: 20190158683
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes: an image former that forms an image on a sheet on the basis of print image data obtained by performing image processing on raster data subjected to raster image processing; an image reader that reads the image formed on the sheet on the basis of the print image data by the image former to acquire uncorrected read image data; and a hardware processor that compares the raster data with read image data generated from the uncorrected read image data acquired by the image reader to inspect a print state of the image formed on the sheet, wherein the hardware processor, when inspecting the print state of the image formed on the sheet, offsets an amount of adjustment adjusted by the image processing performed on the raster data.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 15, 2018
    Publication date: May 23, 2019
    Applicant: KONICA MINOLTA, INC.
    Inventor: Hiroaki AIZAWA
  • Patent number: 9648201
    Abstract: Disclosed is an image reading apparatus including: a reading unit configured to optically read an original and to output image data; an image conversion unit configured to convert the image data into data having a predetermined format; a storing unit configured to store the data having the predetermined format; a transfer unit configured to transfer the data to a designated destination; a judgment unit configured to judge whether the data can be transferred to the designated destination; and an executing unit configured to instruct the image reading apparatus to execute a process for reading the original and for converting the image data to store the data in the storing unit regardless of whether the judgment unit judges that the data can be transmitted, and to instruct the image reading apparatus to transfer the data after the judgment unit judges that the data can be transmitted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: KONICA MINOLTA, INC.
    Inventor: Hiroaki Aizawa
  • Publication number: 20150312439
    Abstract: Disclosed is an image reading apparatus including: a reading unit configured to optically read an original and to output image data; an image conversion unit configured to convert the image data into data having a predetermined format; a storing unit configured to store the data having the predetermined format; a transfer unit configured to transfer the data to a designated destination; a judgment unit configured to judge whether the data can be transferred to the designated destination; and an executing unit configured to instruct the image reading apparatus to execute a process for reading the original and for converting the image data to store the data in the storing unit regardless of whether the judgment unit judges that the data can be transmitted, and to instruct the image reading apparatus to transfer the data after the judgment unit judges that the data can be transmitted.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 25, 2015
    Publication date: October 29, 2015
    Inventor: Hiroaki Aizawa
  • Patent number: 8989964
    Abstract: A vehicle speed control device is provided. The device includes a steering device which steers left and right wheels, first and second electric motors which separately apply power to the left and right wheels, an operation amount acquisition unit which acquires an acceleration operation amount by the driver of the vehicle, a steering angle acquisition unit which acquires a steering angle which is a value between an inner wheel steering angle and an outer wheel steering angle; a vehicle speed acquisition unit configured to acquire an actual speed of the vehicle; and a control unit configured to control the first electric motor and the second electric motor on the basis of the acceleration operation amount, the actual speed, the steering angle, and a steering geometry indicating a geometric relationship between the steering angle and a turning center of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Advics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yoshiyuki Yasui, Hiroaki Aizawa
  • Patent number: 8493597
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus (MFP) stores a print job received from a terminal apparatus even after printing (S201 to S203), setting change operations received from the operation section of the image processing apparatus for the stored print job (S204). Whether the image processing apparatus carries out the processing of updating the data of the print job corresponding to those setting changes in that image processing apparatus itself or makes the printer driver in the terminal apparatus carry it out is judged based on the contents of the setting changes and the processing capacity of the image processing apparatus (S205, S206), and the execution is done in one of them.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2013
    Assignee: Konica Minolta Business Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Hiroaki Aizawa, Yasuaki Sugimoto
  • Patent number: 8332113
    Abstract: A brake control apparatus for a vehicle includes four wheel braking apparatuses, a first hydraulic pressure generating apparatus, a front-wheel hydraulic circuit connecting the hydraulic pressure generating apparatus to the two of the wheel braking apparatuses, a rear-wheel hydraulic circuit connecting the hydraulic pressure generating apparatus to the other two of the wheel braking apparatuses, a second hydraulic pressure generating apparatus generating an auxiliary pressure, a braking operation variable detecting means, a reference amount determining means for determining a reference amount of auxiliary hydraulic pressure, an obtaining means for obtaining at least one of state quantities indicating a load condition, a driving condition and slipperiness of wheel, a target amount determining means determining a target amount of auxiliary hydraulic pressure of each hydraulic circuit to be equal to or greater than the corresponding reference amount of auxiliary hydraulic pressure, and a pressure regulating mean
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Assignee: Advics Co., Ltd
    Inventors: Yoshiyuki Yasui, Hiroaki Aizawa, Motoshi Suzuki
  • Patent number: 8116942
    Abstract: A steering angle control apparatus for a vehicle includes a first calculating means calculating a longitudinal force, a second calculating device calculating a longitudinal force difference between at least one of right side wheels and at least one of left side wheels based on the longitudinal force, a third calculating device calculating a contribution rate of front wheels at a steering angle control and a contribution rate of rear wheels at the steering angle control, a fourth calculating device calculating a front wheel correction steering angle and a rear wheel correction steering angle based on the contribution rate of the front wheel, the contribution rate of the rear wheel, and a state quantity including the longitudinal force difference, and a driving device outputting a control command value based on the front wheel correction steering angle and the rear wheel correction steering angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2012
    Assignee: Advics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yoshiyuki Yasui, Hiroaki Aizawa
  • Publication number: 20110160963
    Abstract: A vehicle speed control device is provided. The device includes a steering device which steers left and right wheels, first and second electric motors which separately apply power to the left and right wheels, an operation amount acquisition unit which acquires an acceleration operation amount by the driver of the vehicle, a steering angle acquisition unit which acquires a steering angle which is a value between an inner wheel steering angle and an outer wheel steering angle; a vehicle speed acquisition unit configured to acquire an actual speed of the vehicle; and a control unit configured to control the first electric motor and the second electric motor on the basis of the acceleration operation amount, the actual speed, the steering angle, and a steering geometry indicating a geometric relationship between the steering angle and a turning center of the vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 23, 2010
    Publication date: June 30, 2011
    Applicant: ADVICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yoshiyuki YASUI, Hiroaki AIZAWA
  • Publication number: 20100309513
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus (MFP) stores a print job received from a terminal apparatus even after printing (S201 to S203), setting change operations received from the operation section of the image processing apparatus for the stored print job (S204). Whether the image processing apparatus carries out the processing of updating the data of the print job corresponding to those setting changes in that image processing apparatus itself or makes the printer driver in the terminal apparatus carry it out is judged based on the contents of the setting changes and the processing capacity of the image processing apparatus (S205, S206), and the execution is done in one of them.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 27, 2010
    Publication date: December 9, 2010
    Applicant: Konica Minolta Business Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Hiroaki AIZAWA, Yasuaki Sugimoto
  • Patent number: 7813859
    Abstract: When a vehicle stops, a brake control unit maintains a braking force applied on a wheel by a braking-force application unit for maintaining a halted state. In this state, if a driver depresses the accelerator pedal to execute starting of the vehicle, the braking force is gradually decreased, and the vehicle starts at a speed that accords with a degree of accelerator opening and a gradient of a road on which the vehicle is stopped. When a movement direction at this time is the same as a movement direction intended by the driver, the braking force is decreased to zero for smooth starting. When the movement direction is opposite to the intended movement direction, the braking force is increased to control the movement in the opposite direction, such that the movement changes from the opposite direction to the same direction, and finally, smooth starting in the desired direction is executed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2010
    Assignee: Advics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hiroaki Aizawa, Shinsuke Sakane, Masashi Kishimoto, Yuzo Imoto
  • Patent number: 7600762
    Abstract: A suspension control device includes a wheel grip state estimation device for estimating grip state of vehicle wheels based on variations of aligning torque of wheels to be steered, a vehicle rolling control device for controlling vehicle rolling, and a control parameter setting device for setting a control parameter of the vehicle rolling control device based on at least estimated grip state of the wheel grip state estimation device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2009
    Assignees: Aisin Seiki Kabushiki Kaisha, Advices Co., Ltd., Jtekt Corporation
    Inventors: Yoshiyuki Yasui, Hiroaki Kato, Yuji Muragishi, Eiichi Ono, Hiroaki Aizawa
  • Publication number: 20090218881
    Abstract: A brake force distribution control device which increases a brake force at an operation wheel so that a slip amount of the operation wheel becomes closer to a slip amount of a target wheel, wherein the slip amount of the target wheel is larger than the slip amount of the operation wheel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 26, 2009
    Publication date: September 3, 2009
    Applicant: ADVICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hiroaki Aizawa, Takuya Hirano, Motoshi Suzuki
  • Patent number: 7561954
    Abstract: A creep drive control device according to the invention sets a target creep vehicle speed when a driver has neither one of an acceleration intention or a stop maintenance intention. An engine output is increased (or decreased) by a vehicle speed increase processing (or a vehicle speed decrease processing), or a braking force is decreased (or increased), and an actual vehicle speed is controlled so as to be equal to the target creep vehicle speed or a value in the proximity thereof. The target creep vehicle speed, and respective engine output and braking force increase amounts and decrease amounts are corrected and set in accordance with driving conditions, road surface conditions and driver operations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2009
    Assignee: Advics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hiroaki Aizawa, Shinsuke Sakane, Masashi Kishimoto, Yuzo Imoto
  • Publication number: 20080319624
    Abstract: When a vehicle stops, a brake control unit maintains a braking force applied on a wheel by a braking-force application unit for maintaining a halted state. In this state, if a driver depresses the accelerator pedal to execute starting of the vehicle, the braking force is gradually decreased, and the vehicle starts at a speed that accords with a degree of accelerator opening and a gradient of a road on which the vehicle is stopped. When a movement direction at this time is the same as a movement direction intended by the driver, the braking force is decreased to zero for smooth starting. When the movement direction is opposite to the intended movement direction, the braking force is increased to control the movement in the opposite direction, such that the movement changes from the opposite direction to the same direction, and finally, smooth starting in the desired direction is executed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 27, 2007
    Publication date: December 25, 2008
    Applicant: ADVICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hiroaki Aizawa, Shinsuke Sakane, Masashi Kishimoto, Yuzo Imoto
  • Publication number: 20080255744
    Abstract: A brake control apparatus for a vehicle includes four wheel braking apparatuses, a first hydraulic pressure generating apparatus, a front-wheel hydraulic circuit connecting the hydraulic pressure generating apparatus to the two of the wheel braking apparatuses, a rear-wheel hydraulic circuit connecting the hydraulic pressure generating apparatus to the other two of the wheel braking apparatuses, a second hydraulic pressure generating apparatus generating an auxiliary pressure, a braking operation variable detecting means, a reference amount determining means for determining a reference amount of auxiliary hydraulic pressure, an obtaining means for obtaining at least one of state quantities indicating a load condition, a driving condition and slipperiness of wheel, a target amount determining means determining a target amount of auxiliary hydraulic pressure of each hydraulic circuit to be equal to or greater than the corresponding reference amount of auxiliary hydraulic pressure, and a pressure regulating mean
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 9, 2008
    Publication date: October 16, 2008
    Inventors: Yoshiyuki Yasui, Hiroaki Aizawa, Motoshi Suzuki
  • Patent number: 7398145
    Abstract: A grip factor estimating apparatus includes a steering torque detecting unit M1, and an assist torque detecting unit M2. When a self-aligning torque estimating unit M6 estimates self-aligning torque generated in front wheels on the basis of detection result of the detecting unit, the quantity of influence of longitudinal force on self-aligning torque is removed on the basis of longitudinal force acting on the front wheels and estimated by a longitudinal force estimating unit M15 and a front wheel slip angle estimated by a front wheel slip angle estimating unit M9y. A grip factor estimating unit M12 estimates the grip factor of the front wheels on the basis of change in self-aligning torque in accordance with the side force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2008
    Assignees: Jtekt Corporation, Advics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hiroaki Kato, Minekazu Momiyama, Yoshiyuki Yasui, Yuji Muragishi, Yuzo Imoto, Hiroaki Aizawa
  • Publication number: 20080119988
    Abstract: A steering angle control apparatus for a vehicle includes a first calculating means calculating a longitudinal force, a second calculating device calculating a longitudinal force difference between at least one of right side wheels and at least one of left side wheels based on the longitudinal force, a third calculating device calculating a contribution rate of front wheels at a steering angle control and a contribution rate of rear wheels at the steering angle control, a fourth calculating device calculating a front wheel correction steering angle and a rear wheel correction steering angle based on the contribution rate of the front wheel, the contribution rate of the rear wheel, and a state quantity including the longitudinal force difference, and a driving device outputting a control command value based on the front wheel correction steering angle and the rear wheel correction steering angle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 19, 2007
    Publication date: May 22, 2008
    Inventors: Yoshiyuki Yasui, Hiroaki Aizawa