Patents by Inventor Hiroaki Sugimoto

Hiroaki Sugimoto 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: 20240034099
    Abstract: A tire inspection system includes a data acquisition unit, a groove depth determination unit, and an alert processing unit. The data acquisition unit acquires data for groove depth derived from measuring a groove depth of a tire mounted on a vehicle a plurality of times per groove by using the measurement instrument. The groove depth determination unit determines whether a per-groove difference in groove depth acquired by the data acquisition unit is equal to or larger than a predetermined value. When the groove depth determination unit determines that the difference is equal to or larger than the predetermined value, the alert processing unit outputs an alert to indicate that the groove depth should be measured again.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 25, 2023
    Publication date: February 1, 2024
    Inventors: Yoichi Kawashima, Yuki Ishijima, Akinori Miyake, Masato Furukawa, Hiroaki Sugimoto
  • Publication number: 20240035817
    Abstract: A tire inspection system includes a data acquisition unit, a user operation acknowledgment unit, and a display processing unit. The data acquisition unit acquires data for groove depth measured by a groove depth measurement instrument for measuring a groove depth of a tire. The user operation acknowledgment unit acknowledges a user operation input provided by a worker to indicate whether an uneven wear is identified in the tire for which the data for groove depth is acquired by the data acquisition unit. The display processing unit displays, when a user operation input acknowledged by the user operation acknowledgment unit indicates that an uneven wear is identified, a schematic diagram corresponding to a plurality of types of uneven wear. The user operation acknowledgment unit acknowledges a user operation input for the worker's selection of a type of uneven wear from the schematic diagram.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 26, 2023
    Publication date: February 1, 2024
    Inventors: Yoichi Kawashima, Yuki Ishijima, Akinori Miyake, Masato Furukawa, Hiroaki Sugimoto
  • Publication number: 20240019552
    Abstract: A technique for solving problems related to intense light that is reflected back from a reflector target in laser scanning, is provided. A processing device controls laser scanning that is performed by a laser scanning apparatus having a light reception unit. The processing device includes a laser scanning apparatus controller, a saturation determination unit, and a variable optical attenuator controller. The laser scanning apparatus controller makes the laser scanning apparatus execute first laser scanning and second laser scanning. The saturation determination unit determines a state of saturation of the light reception unit, with respect to laser-scanned point clouds obtained in the first laser scanning. The variable optical attenuator controller adjusts an intensity of light to be received by the light reception unit in the second laser scanning, based on a result of determination.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 16, 2023
    Publication date: January 18, 2024
    Applicant: TOPCON CORPORATION
    Inventor: Hiroaki SUGIMOTO
  • Publication number: 20230258450
    Abstract: A technique for solving problems in laser scanning related to intense light that is reflected back from a reflector target is provided. A laser scanning control device for controlling laser scanning performed by a laser scanning apparatus includes a controller, a distance acquisition unit, and a light controller. The controller executes first laser scanning and second laser scanning. The first laser scanning is performed under conditions in which a detector of the laser scanning apparatus is saturated by light reflected back from each of reflection prisms. The second laser scanning is performed under conditions in which saturation of the detector of the laser scanning apparatus does not occur. The distance acquisition unit acquires distances to the reflection prisms based on the first laser scanning. The light controller adjusts intensity of light to be detected in the second laser scanning, based on the distances to the reflection prisms.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 14, 2023
    Publication date: August 17, 2023
    Applicant: TOPCON CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hiroaki SUGIMOTO, Hideki MORITA
  • Patent number: 11368561
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes an image forming unit including a scanner and a printer, a server, and a local network circuit connecting the image forming unit and the server. In each of the image forming unit and the server, a hardware processor selects one of a first communication protocol and a second communication protocol in accordance with data to be transmitted by a transceiver. The first communication protocol includes a provision for ensuring reliability of communication, and the second communication protocol does not include a provision for ensuring reliability of communication.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2022
    Assignee: KONICA MINOLTA, INC.
    Inventors: Kazuhiro Tomiyasu, Kaoru Fukuoka, Hiroaki Sugimoto
  • Publication number: 20210075930
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes: an operation panel that receives a user operation; a voice receiver that receives a voice input; a voice identification device that identifies the voice received by the voice receiver and obtains identification information from the voice; a voice controller that receives an operation based on the voice input and the identification information; a storage that stores the identification information; and a system controller that controls the image forming apparatus based on the user operation or the operation based on the voice input.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 4, 2020
    Publication date: March 11, 2021
    Applicant: Konica Minolta, Inc.
    Inventors: Shoko Haba, Hiroaki Sugimoto
  • Publication number: 20200412844
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes an image forming unit including a scanner and a printer, a server, and a local network circuit connecting the image forming unit and the server. In each of the image forming unit and the server, a hardware processor selects one of a first communication protocol and a second communication protocol in accordance with data to be transmitted by a transceiver. The first communication protocol includes a provision for ensuring reliability of communication, and the second communication protocol does not include a provision for ensuring reliability of communication.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 26, 2020
    Publication date: December 31, 2020
    Applicant: KONICA MINOLTA, INC.
    Inventors: Kazuhiro TOMIYASU, Kaoru Fukuoka, Hiroaki Sugimoto
  • Patent number: 10757272
    Abstract: An information processing device includes: a storage that stores data; and a hardware processor. The hardware processor: receives the data and stores the data in the storage; checks the data for viruses when the data is received; sends the data stored in the storage to an external device; determines whether the data has been checked for viruses when the data is sent to the external device; and adds, upon determining that the data has been checked for viruses, checked information to the data to be sent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: KONICA MINOLTA, INC.
    Inventors: Hiroaki Sugimoto, Takeshi Hibino
  • Publication number: 20200184075
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus to which an external storage device is attachable and from which the external storage device is detachable, includes a hardware processor, wherein the hardware processor, in response to detection of attachment of the external storage device, checks presence of a computer virus in a plurality of data pieces stored in the external storage device, determines a target data piece to be processed from among the plurality of data pieces stored in the external storage device, and in response to determination of the target data piece while the plurality of data pieces stored in the external storage device are being checked, checks presence of a computer virus in such a manner that the target data piece is given a higher priority than other data pieces.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 5, 2019
    Publication date: June 11, 2020
    Applicant: KONICA MINOLTA, INC.
    Inventors: Kazuhiro TOMIYASU, Kaoru FUKUOKA, Hiroaki SUGIMOTO
  • Patent number: 10674217
    Abstract: A device for reproducing guidance on a task including a plurality of steps is provided. The device includes an input device with which a user selects from which position of the guidance is to be reproduced; and a player configured to, where a designated step corresponding to the position selected by the user from among the steps is a particular step, jump a playback progress to the position selected to play the guidance, the particular step being an initial step of steps having not yet been performed completely, and, where the designated step is not the particular step, jump the playback progress to a position of the particular step to play the guidance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: Konica Minolta, Inc.
    Inventors: Kenichi Komaba, Atsushi Tomita, Hiroshi Sugiura, Hiroaki Sugimoto, Tatsunori Okada, Akito Ota, Yu Sonoda
  • Publication number: 20200151333
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes: a hardware processor that detects multiple files stored in the external storage when an external storage is installed to the image forming apparatus, determines a scan order of each of the multiple files detected by the hardware processor, and scans each of the multiple files for viruses in the scan order; and an acceptor that accepts a print instruction for a file stored in the external storage, wherein the hardware processor determines whether it is necessary to execute virus scanning on a print target file before printing depending on whether the hardware processor has completed virus scanning on the print target file, which is the file for which the print instruction has been accepted by the acceptor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 30, 2019
    Publication date: May 14, 2020
    Applicant: KONICA MINOLTA, INC.
    Inventors: Kazuhiro TOMIYASU, Kaoru FUKUOKA, Hiroaki SUGIMOTO
  • Patent number: 10592174
    Abstract: A first hardware processor included in a server determines one or more candidate apparatuses, which are candidates for being information processing apparatuses that execute a distribution process, based on performance of hardware resources, determines that an apparatus, which responds to an inquiry about whether the distribution process is executable, among the one or more candidate apparatuses is a proxy apparatus, and requests the proxy apparatus to execute the distribution process, and a second hardware processor included in each of a plurality of information processing apparatuses, in response to an inquiry about whether the distribution process is executable from the server, determines whether the distribution process is executable based on a margin of the hardware resources, and in the case where it is determined that the distribution process is executable, responds to the inquiry about whether the distribution process is executable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: Konica Minolta, Inc.
    Inventors: Yusuke Shinosaki, Hiroaki Sugimoto, Kazuhiro Tomiyasu, Kazuaki Kanai
  • Publication number: 20200034555
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes a virus check unit that performs a virus check, a reception unit that receives data from an external apparatus, and an execution control unit that causes the virus check unit to perform the virus check on the data when a specific condition is satisfied after the receipt of the data.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 19, 2019
    Publication date: January 30, 2020
    Applicant: KONICA MINOLTA, INC.
    Inventors: Hiroyuki OHNO, Takeshi HIBINO, Hiroaki SUGIMOTO, Takashi SUGAYA, Taro YAMAMOTO
  • Patent number: 10514643
    Abstract: A system for reproducing guidance on a task including a plurality of steps is provided. The system includes a hardware processor; and an output device configured to output an image or audio; wherein the hardware processor determines a completed step of the steps based on a change in state of a target on which the task is to be performed, the completed step being a step which has been completed, and the hardware processor causes the output device to reproduce an unfinished part in a first form where a predetermined condition is not satisfied, and causes the output device to reproduce the unfinished part in a second form different from the first form where the predetermined condition is satisfied, the unfinished part being a part corresponding to an unfinished step which is not determined to have been completed among the steps.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2019
    Assignee: KONICA MINOLTA, INC.
    Inventors: Tatsunori Okada, Kenichi Komaba, Akito Ota, Hiroshi Sugiura, Hiroaki Sugimoto, Atsushi Tomita
  • Patent number: 10481851
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus having a function to communicate with a terminal is provided. The image forming apparatus includes a receiver configured to receive, from the terminal, a print command to print a rasterized image having been stored; a user interface configured to receive, from a user, an execution command to print the rasterized image after the receiver receives the print command; and a printer configured to print the rasterized image after the user interface receives the execution command.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: Konica Minolta, Inc.
    Inventors: Kazuhiro Tomiyasu, Hiroaki Sugimoto, Tomoko Maruyama, Kazuaki Kanai, Yusuke Shinosaki
  • Publication number: 20190327368
    Abstract: An information processing device includes: a storage that stores data; and a hardware processor. The hardware processor: receives the data and stores the data in the storage; checks the data for viruses when the data is received; sends the data stored in the storage to an external device; determines whether the data has been checked for viruses when the data is sent to the external device; and adds, upon determining that the data has been checked for viruses, checked information to the data to be sent.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 3, 2019
    Publication date: October 24, 2019
    Applicant: Konica Minolta, Inc.
    Inventors: Hiroaki Sugimoto, Takeshi Hibino
  • Patent number: 10341386
    Abstract: The management server includes a policy storage that stores a security policy, and a first hardware processor that, in response to reception of a preparation completion notification from each of all of two or more information processing apparatuses, outputs an update instruction to each of the two or more information processing apparatuses. Each of the plurality of information processing apparatuses includes a security information storage that stores security information, and a second hardware processor that executes a process using any of the stored security information, acquires new security information corresponding to security information to which the reference date and time, which the current date and time have passed, correspond, transmits a preparation completion notification to the management server, and in response to reception of the update instruction from the management server, updates the security information with the new security information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: Konica Minolta, Inc.
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Ohno, Jun Shiraishi, Hiroaki Sugimoto, Yoshikazu Takesada, Taketoshi Yamahata, Yusuke Shinosaki
  • Patent number: 10237427
    Abstract: An image forming system comprises an image forming apparatus and a remote operation apparatus. The image forming apparatus comprises a detection part for detecting a state change of a hardware operating member in an operation part of the image forming apparatus and a transmitting part for transmitting screen control information in accordance with the state change detected by the detection part to the remote operation apparatus. The remote operation apparatus comprises a display part for displaying a simulated image representing the detection part of the image forming apparatus, a receiving part for receiving the screen control information, and a display control part for changing a first image which is the simulated image displayed on the display part before the state change into a second image which is the simulated image in which the state change is reflected, in response to a receipt of the screen control information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: KONICA MINOLTA BUSINESS TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Kazuya Anezaki, Hiroaki Sugimoto, Shuji Yoneda, Hidetaka Iwai, Takeshi Maekawa, Junichi Hase
  • Patent number: 10148845
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus capable of exchanging various types of information with at least one image forming apparatus includes a nonvolatile storage unit capable of higher-speed access processing than a hard disk drive of the image forming apparatus and capable of storing amount-of-use information regarding an amount of use of the image forming apparatus by each user, and a management unit configured to manage usage of the image forming apparatus by a user, by using the amount-of-use information stored in the storage unit. On a predetermined condition, the management unit shifts specific amount-of-use information to a shift destination device that is another image forming apparatus different from the image forming apparatus, the specific amount-of-use information being amount-of-use information about a specific user out of a plurality of pieces of amount-of-use information about each of a plurality of users stored in the storage unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: Konica Minolta, Inc.
    Inventors: Yusuke Shinosaki, Hiroaki Sugimoto, Kazuhiro Tomiyasu, Tomoko Maruyama, Kazuaki Kanai
  • Publication number: 20180136597
    Abstract: A system for reproducing guidance on a task including a plurality of steps is provided. The system includes a hardware processor; and an output device configured to output an image or audio; wherein the hardware processor determines a completed step of the steps based on a change in state of a target on which the task is to be performed, the completed step being a step which has been completed, and the hardware processor causes the output device to reproduce an unfinished part in a first form where a predetermined condition is not satisfied, and causes the output device to reproduce the unfinished part in a second form different from the first form where the predetermined condition is satisfied, the unfinished part being a part corresponding to an unfinished step which is not determined to have been completed among the steps.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 13, 2017
    Publication date: May 17, 2018
    Inventors: Tatsunori OKADA, Kenichi KOMABA, Akito OTA, Hiroshi SUGIURA, Hiroaki SUGIMOTO, Atsushi TOMITA