Patents by Inventor Hiroaki Ando

Hiroaki 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: 9174346
    Abstract: A loading/unloading robot includes an arm unit attached to a support unit that is capable of being raised and lowered and a hand unit for conveying a loaded/unloaded object, attached to the arm unit. The support unit includes a base portion capable of revolving around a raising/lowering axis and a head portion rotatably attached to the base portion. The arm unit includes arms that are rotatably attached to the head portion. Front ends of the arms move forward and backward along a forward/backward direction that passes the head portion. The hand unit includes a loading/unloading hand rotatably attached to the arm. A center distance from the rotational axis of the head portion to the rotational axes of rear arms is shorter than a center distance from an axis of revolution of the base portion to the rotational axis of the head portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2015
    Assignee: HIRATA CORPORATION
    Inventor: Hiroaki Ando
  • Publication number: 20140304987
    Abstract: A photovoltaic device and a method of making a photovoltaic device that includes a stack of layers, including a substrate and an electrode layer. The photovoltaic device includes a semiconductor light absorption layer that is formed on the stack by a coating liquid that includes a plurality of semiconducting particles. The coating liquid may also include a solvent and a plurality of additive molecules. The photovoltaic device also includes a transparent conducting layer disposed on the semiconductor light absorption layer and a grid electrode disposed on the transparent conducting layer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 29, 2012
    Publication date: October 16, 2014
    Applicant: KONICA MINOLTA LABORATORY U.S.A., INC.
    Inventor: Hiroaki Ando
  • Publication number: 20140099180
    Abstract: A loading/unloading robot includes an arm unit attached to a support unit that is capable of being raised and lowered and a hand unit for conveying a loaded/unloaded object, attached to the arm unit. The support unit includes a base portion capable of revolving around a raising/lowering axis and a head portion rotatably attached to the base portion. The arm unit includes arms that are rotatably attached to the head portion. Front ends of the arms move forward and backward along a forward/backward direction that passes the head portion. The hand unit includes a loading/unloading hand rotatably attached to the arm. A center distance from the rotational axis of the head portion to the rotational axes of rear arms is shorter than a center distance from an axis of revolution of the base portion to the rotational axis of the head portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 4, 2013
    Publication date: April 10, 2014
    Applicant: HIRATA CORPORATION
    Inventor: Hiroaki ANDO
  • Patent number: 8434787
    Abstract: A counterweight attachment and removal system includes a machine mounting bracket and a link having two spaced apart arms. A proximal end of the link is pivotably coupled with the machine mounting bracket. A rotate cylinder has a proximal end pivotably coupled with the machine mounting bracket and a distal end pivotably coupled with a distal end of the link. A slide cylinder has a proximal end pivotably coupled with the link and a distal end pivotably coupled with a lift pin. The lift pin is positioned through slots defined by the two spaced apart arms. The counterweight attachment and removal system includes a first configuration in which the link is pivoted away from the machine mounting bracket, the rotate cylinder is retracted, the slide cylinder is extended, and the lift pin is positioned through distal portions of the slots.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2013
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventors: Praveen Halepatali, Ha-Rok Bae, Kazushige Okamoto, Hiroaki Ando, Yozo Nakamoto, Chris Ha
  • Publication number: 20120315121
    Abstract: A counterweight attachment and removal system includes a machine mounting bracket and a link having two spaced apart arms. A proximal end of the link is pivotably coupled with the machine mounting bracket. A rotate cylinder has a proximal end pivotably coupled with the machine mounting bracket and a distal end pivotably coupled with a distal end of the link. A slide cylinder has a proximal end pivotably coupled with the link and a distal end pivotably coupled with a lift pin. The lift pin is positioned through slots defined by the two spaced apart arms. The counterweight attachment and removal system includes a first configuration in which the link is pivoted away from the machine mounting bracket, the rotate cylinder is retracted, the slide cylinder is extended, and the lift pin is positioned through distal portions of the slots.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 10, 2011
    Publication date: December 13, 2012
    Applicant: CATERPILLAR INC.
    Inventors: Praveen Halepatali, Ha-Rok Bae, Kazushige Okamoto, Hiroaki Ando, Yozo Nakamoto, Chris Ha
  • Patent number: 8053024
    Abstract: Disclosed is an organic EL device having high external quantum efficiency, long emission life and low driving voltage. Also disclosed are an illuminating device and a display. Specifically disclosed is an organic electroluminescent device comprising, on a supporting substrate, at least an anode, a cathode and an organic compound layer which is arranged between the anode and the cathode and includes at least one light-emitting layer. This electroluminescent device is characterized in that the anode, cathode and organic compound layer are respectively formed by coating.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2011
    Assignee: Konica Minolta Holdings, Inc.
    Inventors: Hideo Taka, Hiroshi Kita, Hiroaki Ando
  • Patent number: 8009351
    Abstract: The infrared reflective device includes infrared reflective members which reflect infrared rays. The infrared reflective members include colloidal particles arranged at regular spacing, and a filler material intervening in the spaces between the colloidal particles. The difference between the refractive index of the colloidal particles and the refractive index of the filler material is set so as to be 0.05 or less in the visible light region and 0.1 or above in the infrared region, whereby visible light is transmitted while infrared rays are reflected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2011
    Assignee: Toyoda Gosei, Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hiroaki Ando, Takeshi Miyazaki, Hiroshi Nakamura, Masahiko Ishii
  • Publication number: 20100317766
    Abstract: An optical composite material which exhibits high transparency, can make use of the superior optical characteristics of an inorganic material and is specifically applicable to the use required for heat resistance is disclosed, comprising a curable resin compound and inorganic particles having a volume average diameter of not less than 3.0 nm and not more than 15 nm and having been treated with a surface treatment agent exhibiting an average refractive index of not less than 1.50 and not more than 1.70, and the composite material exhibiting a cross-linking density of not less than 0.50 mmol/cm3 and not more than 7.0 mmol/cm3. An optical device by use thereof is also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 19, 2009
    Publication date: December 16, 2010
    Inventor: Hiroaki Ando
  • Patent number: 7851946
    Abstract: In a switching power supply apparatus, an input voltage Vin applied to an input terminal is output from a first output terminal and a second output terminal after boosting or inverting of the voltage Vin. When a first and a fourth switches are turned on, a flying capacitor is charged. When a second and a fifth switches are turned on, charges charged in the flying capacitor are transferred to a first output capacitor. When a third and a fifth switches are turned on, charges charged in the flying capacitor are transferred to a second output capacitor. A voltage VinĂ—2 double the input voltage Vin is output from the first output terminal as a first output voltage Vout1, and a voltage ?Vin obtained by inverting the input voltage is output from the second output terminal as a second output voltage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2010
    Assignee: Rohm Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Manabu Oyama, Hiroaki Ando, Daisuke Uchimoto
  • Patent number: 7760424
    Abstract: An infrared reflecting device includes a multi-layer infrared reflecting body composed of a plurality of superimposed infrared reflecting members, and temperature-sensitive members positioned surrounding the side faces of the multi-layer infrared reflecting body. The infrared reflecting member includes colloidal crystal particles arrayed at regular lattice spacing, and a filler interposed between the colloidal crystal particles. Depending on temperature, the temperature-sensitive members supply the filler with moisture, and the lattice spacing of the colloidal crystal particles changes due to swelling of the filler. Since lattice spacing changes the reflected wavelength from the ultraviolet region to the infrared region on the basis of Bragg's law and Snell's law, the amount of transmitted infrared radiation can be adjusted efficiently.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2010
    Assignee: Toyoda Gosei Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hiromitsu Takeuchi, Takeshi Miyazaki, Hiroaki Ando
  • Patent number: 7679816
    Abstract: A picture display device includes display elements reflecting specific wavelengths of visible light; and shape deformation portions for inducing elastic deformation of the display elements. The individual display elements have colloidal particles arrayed at regular spacing, and an elastically deformable filler material intervening between the colloidal particles. The shape deformation portion includes a shape retention component formed of a material capable of reversible plastic deformation by external force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2010
    Assignee: Toyoda Gosei Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hiroaki Ando, Takeshi Miyazaki, Hiromitsu Takeuchi, Hiroshi Nakamura, Masahiko Ishii
  • Publication number: 20090281234
    Abstract: The present invention provides a transparent optical element having low thermal expansion and a manufacturing method of an optical element such as an object lens 15, the method having a melt-kneading process where a thermoplastic resin and an organic particle whose primary particles have a volume average dispersed particle size of not more than 30 nm, are melt-kneaded in an inert gas atmosphere.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 11, 2005
    Publication date: November 12, 2009
    Applicant: KONICA MINOLTA OPTO, INC.
    Inventor: Hiroaki Ando
  • Publication number: 20090081357
    Abstract: Disclosed is an organic EL device having high external quantum efficiency, long emission life and low driving voltage. Also disclosed are an illuminating device and a display. Specifically disclosed is an organic electroluminescent device comprising, on a supporting substrate, at least an anode, a cathode and an organic compound layer which is arranged between the anode and the cathode and includes at least one light-emitting layer. This electroluminescent device is characterized in that the anode, cathode and organic compound layer are respectively formed by coating.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 15, 2006
    Publication date: March 26, 2009
    Applicant: KONICA MINOLTA HOLDINGS, INC.
    Inventors: Hideo Taka, Hiroshi Kita, Hiroaki Ando
  • Publication number: 20090015905
    Abstract: A picture display device includes display elements reflecting specific wavelengths of visible light; and shape deformation portions for inducing elastic deformation of the display elements. The individual display elements have colloidal particles arrayed at regular spacing, and an elastically deformable filler material intervening between the colloidal particles. The shape deformation portion includes a shape retention component formed of a material capable of reversible plastic deformation by external force.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 10, 2008
    Publication date: January 15, 2009
    Applicant: TOYODA GOSEI CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hiroaki Ando, Takeshi Miyazaki, Hiromitsu Takeuchi, Hiroshi Nakamura, Masahiko Ishii
  • Publication number: 20090015908
    Abstract: The infrared reflective device includes infrared reflective members which reflect infrared rays. The infrared reflective members include colloidal particles arranged at regular spacing, and a filler material intervening in the spaces between the colloidal particles. The difference between the refractive index of the colloidal particles and the refractive index of the filler material is set so as to be 0.05 or less in the visible light region and 0.1 or above in the infrared region, whereby visible light is transmitted while infrared rays are reflected.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 10, 2008
    Publication date: January 15, 2009
    Applicant: TOYODA GOSEI., LTD.
    Inventors: Hiroaki Ando, Takeshi Miyazaki, Hiroshi Nakamura, Masahiko Ishii
  • Patent number: 7444607
    Abstract: A method for correcting a timing error in an integrated circuit that includes a plurality of layout blocks with identical configurations in the same hierarchical layer. The method includes matching the tolerance for when a timing error occurs for a cell in each layout block with a worst condition of one of the corresponding cells in the layout blocks, and inserting a timing adjustment cell within a range of the matched tolerance of each cell to adjust the timing error. This method ensures the correction of hold errors and setup errors in an integrated circuit designed with a hierarchical design technique.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2008
    Assignee: Fujitsu Limited
    Inventors: Hiroaki Ando, Terumi Yoshimura
  • Patent number: 7402613
    Abstract: A water-based ink for ink-jet printing, comprising colored particles containing: (a) a core particle having a colorant; and (b) a shell having a resin and encapsulating the core particle, wherein the resin comprises a monomer unit having a hydroxyl group in an amount of 0.1 to 50 weight % based on the total weight of the shell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2008
    Assignee: Konica Corporation
    Inventors: Hidetaka Ninomiya, Hiroaki Ando
  • Publication number: 20080122291
    Abstract: A control signal Vcont is input to a control terminal, thereby switching between a normal operation mode and a light-load mode. In the normal mode, a control unit turns on/off first switch through fourth switch, and outputs boosted voltages from a first output terminal and a second output terminal. When the light-load mode is selected, the control unit stops the switching of the second switch and fourth switch. In this case, current flows in first and second output capacitors via first and second diodes, respectively, and boosting operation is performed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 8, 2005
    Publication date: May 29, 2008
    Applicant: ROHM CO., LTD
    Inventors: Daisuke Uchimoto, Hiroaki Ando, Manabu Oyama
  • Patent number: 7374278
    Abstract: A water-based ink including a colored microparticle dispersion having water and a microparticle containing a resin and a colorant, wherein the microparticle has a core part and a shell part to form a core-shell structure and the core part and the shell part are cross-linked with a cross-linking agent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2008
    Assignee: Konica Minolta Holdings, Inc.
    Inventors: Hiroaki Ando, Kazuyoshi Shioiri
  • Publication number: 20080088179
    Abstract: In a switching power supply apparatus, an input voltage Vin applied to an input terminal is output from a first output terminal and a second output terminal after boosting or inverting of the voltage Vin. When a first and a fourth switches are turned on, a flying capacitor is charged. When a second and a fifth switches are turned on, charges charged in the flying capacitor are transferred to a first output capacitor. When a third and a fifth switches are turned on, charges charged in the flying capacitor are transferred to a second output capacitor. A voltage VinĂ—2 double the input voltage Vin is output from the first output terminal as a first output voltage Vout1, and a voltage ?Vin obtained by inverting the input voltage is output from the second output terminal as a second output voltage.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 14, 2005
    Publication date: April 17, 2008
    Inventors: Manabu Oyama, Hiroaki Ando, Daisuke Uchimoto