Patents by Inventor Hiroaki Sakai

Hiroaki Sakai 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: 10997801
    Abstract: A controller provided at an information processing apparatus is configured to acquire information indicating driving history regarding traveling of a vehicle, specify a traveling section having a distance equal to or longer than a predetermined distance, in which the vehicle repeatedly travels at a frequency equal to or higher than a predetermined frequency, on the basis of the information indicating the driving history, and send a notification to a driver of the vehicle for encouraging the driver to provide ride sharing using the vehicle in the specified traveling section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Shinichi Okabe, Hiroaki Sakurai, Kazuaki Takemura, Kengo Takeuchi, Kaori Sakai, Hideo Hasegawa
  • Publication number: 20210023850
    Abstract: An ink refill container includes a container main body including an ink storage chamber, an ink outlet-forming portion provided on an end portion of the container main body forming an ink outlet that allows the ink to flow out from the ink storage chamber, and a valve provided in the ink outlet-forming portion configured to openably seal the ink outlet, in which the ink outlet-forming portion includes a positioning portion on an outer side of the ink outlet-forming portion. in which the positioning portion is closer to the container main body than the valve is to the container main body in a central axis direction of the ink outlet, and in which the positioning portion partially abuts against an ink tank when the valve is opened for refilling the ink to the ink tank, to thereby position the valve relative to the ink tank.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 14, 2020
    Publication date: January 28, 2021
    Applicant: SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION
    Inventors: Tadahiro MIZUTANI, Ryoichi TANAKA, Manabu AKAHANE, Makoto KOBAYASHI, Naomi KIMURA, Hideki OKUMURA, Shoma KUDO, Tetsuya TAKAMOTO, Hiroaki SAKAI
  • Patent number: 10889123
    Abstract: An ink refill container 63 includes a container main body 64 including an ink storage chamber 76, an ink outlet-forming portion 66 provided on an end portion of the container main body forming an ink outlet 65 that allows the ink to flow out from the ink storage chamber, and a valve 74 provided in the ink outlet-forming portion configured to openably seal the ink outlet, in which the ink outlet-forming portion includes a positioning portion 73 on an outer side of the ink outlet-forming portion. in which the positioning portion 73 is closer to the container main body than the valve 74 is to the container main body in a central axis direction of the ink outlet, and in which the positioning portion partially abuts against an ink tank 41-45 when the valve is opened for refilling the ink to the ink tank, to thereby position the valve relative to the ink tank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION
    Inventors: Tadahiro Mizutani, Ryoichi Tanaka, Manabu Akahane, Makoto Kobayashi, Naomi Kimura, Hideki Okumura, Shoma Kudo, Tetsuya Takamoto, Hiroaki Sakai
  • Patent number: 10843475
    Abstract: An ink refill container 63 includes a container main body 64 including an ink storage chamber 76, an ink outlet-forming portion 66 provided on an end portion of the container main body forming an ink outlet 65 that allows the ink to flow out from the ink storage chamber, and a valve 74 provided in the ink outlet-forming portion configured to openably seal the ink outlet, in which the ink outlet-forming portion includes a positioning portion 73 on an outer side of the ink outlet-forming portion. in which the positioning portion 73 is closer to the container main body than the valve 74 is to the container main body in a central axis direction of the ink outlet, and in which the positioning portion partially abuts against an ink tank 41-45 when the valve is opened for refilling the ink to the ink tank, to thereby position the valve relative to the ink tank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION
    Inventors: Tadahiro Mizutani, Ryoichi Tanaka, Manabu Akahane, Makoto Kobayashi, Naomi Kimura, Hideki Okumura, Shoma Kudo, Tetsuya Takamoto, Hiroaki Sakai
  • Publication number: 20200298579
    Abstract: An ink refill container 63 includes a container main body 64 including an ink storage chamber 76, an ink outlet-forming portion 66 provided on an end portion of the container main body forming an ink outlet 65 that allows the ink to flow out from the ink storage chamber, and a valve 74 provided in the ink outlet-forming portion configured to openably seal the ink outlet, in which the ink outlet-forming portion includes a positioning portion 73 on an outer side of the ink outlet-forming portion. in which the positioning portion 73 is closer to the container main body than the valve 74 is to the container main body in a central axis direction of the ink outlet, and in which the positioning portion partially abuts against an ink tank 41-45 when the valve is opened for refilling the ink to the ink tank, to thereby position the valve relative to the ink tank.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 23, 2020
    Publication date: September 24, 2020
    Applicant: SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION
    Inventors: Tadahiro MIZUTANI, Ryoichi TANAKA, Manabu AKAHANE, Makoto KOBAYASHI, Naomi KIMURA, Hideki OKUMURA, Shoma KUDO, Tetsuya TAKAMOTO, Hiroaki SAKAI
  • Patent number: 10717287
    Abstract: An ink refill container 63 includes a container main body 64 including an ink storage chamber 76, an ink outlet-forming portion 66 provided on an end portion of the container main body forming an ink outlet 65 that allows the ink to flow out from the ink storage chamber, and a valve 74 provided in the ink outlet-forming portion configured to openably seal the ink outlet, in which the ink outlet-forming portion includes a positioning portion 73 on an outer side of the ink outlet-forming portion. in which the positioning portion 73 is closer to the container main body than the valve 74 is to the container main body in a central axis direction of the ink outlet, and in which the positioning portion partially abuts against an ink tank 41-45 when the valve is opened for refilling the ink to the ink tank, to thereby position the valve relative to the ink tank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION
    Inventors: Tadahiro Mizutani, Ryoichi Tanaka, Manabu Akahane, Makoto Kobayashi, Naomi Kimura, Hideki Okumura, Shoma Kudo, Tetsuya Takamoto, Hiroaki Sakai
  • Patent number: 10682862
    Abstract: An ink refill container 63 includes a container main body 64 including an ink storage chamber 76, an ink outlet-forming portion 66 provided on an end portion of the container main body forming an ink outlet 65 that allows the ink to flow out from the ink storage chamber, and a valve 74 provided in the ink outlet-forming portion configured to openably seal the ink outlet, in which the ink outlet-forming portion includes a positioning portion 73 on an outer side of the ink outlet-forming portion. in which the positioning portion 73 is closer to the container main body than the valve 74 is to the container main body in a central axis direction of the ink outlet, and in which the positioning portion partially abuts against an ink tank 41-45 when the valve is opened for refilling the ink to the ink tank, to thereby position the valve relative to the ink tank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION
    Inventors: Tadahiro Mizutani, Ryoichi Tanaka, Manabu Akahane, Makoto Kobayashi, Naomi Kimura, Hideki Okumura, Shoma Kudo, Tetsuya Takamoto, Hiroaki Sakai
  • Publication number: 20190299625
    Abstract: An ink refill container 63 includes a container main body 64 including an ink storage chamber 76, an ink outlet-forming portion 66 provided on an end portion of the container main body forming an ink outlet 65 that allows the ink to flow out from the ink storage chamber, and a valve 74 provided in the ink outlet-forming portion configured to openably seal the ink outlet, in which the ink outlet-forming portion includes a positioning portion 73 on an outer side of the ink outlet-forming portion. in which the positioning portion 73 is closer to the container main body than the valve 74 is to the container main body in a central axis direction of the ink outlet, and in which the positioning portion partially abuts against an ink tank 41-45 when the valve is opened for refilling the ink to the ink tank, to thereby position the valve relative to the ink tank.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 7, 2017
    Publication date: October 3, 2019
    Applicant: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Tadahiro MIZUTANI, Ryoichi TANAKA, Manabu AKAHANE, Makoto KOBAYASHI, Naomi KIMURA, Hideki OKUMURA, Shoma KUDO, Tetsuya TAKAMOTO, Hiroaki SAKAI
  • Patent number: 10267816
    Abstract: An automatic analysis device has a structure that allows the operator to add or replace a reagent. A reagent container loading portion has an opening through which a reagent container is adapted to be introduced into the device. A reagent container transport tool has a plurality of reagent container insertion slots and is movable up and down. A refrigerator to cool a plurality of reagent containers has an opening that allows the reagent container transport tool to pass therethrough. An elevating and lowering mechanism is configured to elevate or lower the reagent container transport tool. A reagent container loading portion has a plurality of guide grooves arranged radially on its lower surface in front of the opening that are adapted to guide a reagent container. The guide grooves communicate with the respective reagent container insertion slots arranged radially on the reagent container transport tool at an elevated position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: Hitachi High-Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Mitsuru Oonuma, Hiroyuki Noda, Katsuhiro Kambara, Hiroaki Sakai
  • Patent number: 10184186
    Abstract: An object is to provide a novel composition for blackening treatment that can sufficiently blacken copper circuits of printed wiring boards, circuits made of silver paste, and other various articles containing a copper-based metal, such as copper or a copper alloy, or a silver-based metal, such as silver or a silver alloy, without impairing the smoothness of the copper-based metal or silver-based metal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: OKUNO CHEMICAL INDUSTRIES CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Azusa Kita, Hiroaki Sakai, Joonhaeng Kang
  • Patent number: 10009271
    Abstract: It is determined whether or not the address of a first type specified in an address resolution query is an address that allows direct routing to a first network. If the direct routing is determined to be allowed, a routing table is configured such that a packet including, as a destination, the address of a second type obtained by the address resolution query is forwarded to the first network. If the direct routing is determined not to be allowed, the routing table is configured such that a packet including the obtained address of the second type as a destination is forwarded to a second network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: FUJITSU LIMITED
    Inventors: Masahiko Takenaka, Kunikazu Matsumoto, Daisuke Shinomiya, Yutaka Takahashi, Hiroaki Sakai
  • Patent number: 9950546
    Abstract: A printer includes a recording head performing recording on a medium and includes a base stand that has a mounting surface capable of mounting the medium. A pump that absorbs or suctions the medium mounted on the mounting surface of the base stand, in which a pressure or a suction force is applied from a part of the medium to an entirety thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Hiroaki Sakai, Yuichi Honobe
  • Patent number: 9889643
    Abstract: A printer includes a base platform that has a support surface on which a medium is mounted, and a liquid ejecting unit, which is capable of moving relatively in a direction that runs along the support surface, and which performs a recording operation on the medium from a recording head that moves along the support surface in a direction that intersects the direction. The base platform includes a first power source device, and first control substrate that controls operation of the base platform on the basis of the first power source device, and the liquid ejecting unit includes a second power source device, and a second control substrate that controls operation of the liquid ejecting unit on the basis of the second power source device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Hiroaki Sakai
  • Publication number: 20170205436
    Abstract: An automatic analysis device has a structure that allows the operator to add or replace a reagent. A reagent container loading portion has an opening through which a reagent container is adapted to be introduced into the device. A reagent container transport tool has a plurality of reagent container insertion slots and is movable up and down. A refrigerator to cool a plurality of reagent containers has an opening that allows the reagent container transport tool to pass therethrough. An elevating and lowering mechanism is configured to elevate or lower the reagent container transport tool. A reagent container loading portion has a plurality of guide grooves arranged radially on its lower surface in front of the opening that are adapted to guide a reagent container. The guide grooves communicate with the respective reagent container insertion slots arranged radially on the reagent container transport tool at an elevated position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 2, 2015
    Publication date: July 20, 2017
    Inventors: Mitsuru OONUMA, Hiroyuki NODA, Katsuhiro KAMBARA, Hiroaki SAKAI
  • Patent number: 9662894
    Abstract: An ink tank includes: a reservoir that stores ink; a supply port that supplies ink stored in the reservoir to a printer; a supply port sealing member that seals the supply port; an air port that communicates between an inside of the reservoir and an atmospheric space above an upper side of a liquid surface of the ink; and an air port sealing member which a needle tube is capable of inserting and pulling out of, and which seals the air port in a state where the needle tube is not inserted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Yoshiyuki Tanaka, Hiroaki Sakai
  • Publication number: 20170073818
    Abstract: An object is to provide a novel composition for blackening treatment that can sufficiently blacken copper circuits of printed wiring boards, circuits made of silver paste, and other various articles containing a copper-based metal, such as copper or a copper alloy, or a silver-based metal, such as silver or a silver alloy, without impairing the smoothness of the copper-based metal or silver-based metal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 15, 2015
    Publication date: March 16, 2017
    Applicant: OKUNO CHEMICAL INDUSTRIES CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Azusa Kita, Hiroaki Sakai, Joonhaeng Kang
  • Publication number: 20170072684
    Abstract: A printer includes a base platform that has a support surface on which a medium is mounted, and a liquid ejecting unit, which is capable of moving relatively in a direction that runs along the support surface, and which performs a recording operation on the medium from a recording head that moves along the support surface in a direction that intersects the direction. The base platform includes a first power source device, and first control substrate that controls operation of the base platform on the basis of the first power source device, and the liquid ejecting unit includes a second power source device, and a second control substrate that controls operation of the liquid ejecting unit on the basis of the second power source device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 27, 2015
    Publication date: March 16, 2017
    Inventor: Hiroaki SAKAI
  • Patent number: 9475316
    Abstract: A printer includes a base on which a medium is mounted, a liquid ejecting unit which performs printing on the medium mounted on the base, an AC servo motor which is installed in the base, and is driven when the base and the liquid ejecting unit are relatively moved, an inverter which is installed in the base and drives the AC servo motor based on power supplied from an external AC power supply, and a power supply portion which is installed in the base and supplies the power supplied from the AC power to the liquid ejecting unit supply through the power transmission cable. The power supply portion includes an AC/DC converter that converts the AC power to DC power and outputs the converted DC power to the power transmission cable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2016
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Kazunori Hiramatsu, Hiroaki Sakai
  • Patent number: 9476806
    Abstract: A sample processing system includes a sample vessel holder including a disk-shaped base section disposed so as to have a central axis extending in a vertical direction and a sample vessel holding section that is formed coaxially with, and above, the base section for holding a sample vessel in an upright posture. A conveyor conveys the sample vessel holder 1 placed thereon; and a holding plate is disposed so as to extend along an outer peripheral portion of a columnar space that has a central axis extending in the vertical direction, and is disposed at a position above a space past which the base section of the sample vessel holder moves along the conveyor and at a position past which at least the sample vessel holding section moves. This enables individual conveyance processing to be performed for each of multiple sample vessels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2016
    Assignee: Hitachi High-Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Yoshiteru Hirama, Hiroshi Ohga, Tatsuya Fukugaki, Hiroaki Sakai, Kazuma Tamura
  • Patent number: 9463655
    Abstract: A recording device includes: a recording section that records an image on a recording medium; a detecting section that detects an image defect in the image recorded by the recording section; and a repair recording section that is provided separately from the recording section and that performs repair recording for the image defect detected by the detecting section. With such a configuration of the recording device, an image defect in the image recorded on a recording medium is repaired.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2016
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Hiroaki Sakai