Patents by Inventor Hirokazu Amano

Hirokazu Amano 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: 10226399
    Abstract: An object of the present invention is to automatically identify a direction, a posture and characteristics such as a shape, a size, a type and an expiration date of a medicine and store the medicine with ensuring a high degree of freedom. A medicine supplying apparatus 1 includes an identifying part and a storing part. A storing area is defined at the time of storing the medicine according to a size of a medicine contained in characteristics of the medicine identified by the identifying part. The medicine is stored in the storing part in a state that identification information of the medicine is associated with the storing area. Further, the medicine supplying apparatus has a determination processing part which can determine whether or not the medicine is a target to be treated based on the characteristics of the medicine identified by the identifying part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: YUYAMA MFG. CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hirokazu Amano, Akitomi Kohama, Masatoshi Warashina, Junichi Iwaya, Hiromichi Tsuda, Takashi Ueno, Hidenori Tsuji, Keigo Nakamura, Mei Zhang
  • Publication number: 20180312285
    Abstract: To provide a medicine inspection system capable of appropriately outputting an inspection result while minimizing damage and the like to a packaging bag and a medicine. A medicine inspection system 10 includes an inspection device 20 which inspects a numerical quantity and/or a type of a medicine contained in a packaging bag p based on an image photographed of the packaging bag p to be inspected, and a marking device 50 which records an inspection result from the inspection device on the packaging bag p. After the packaging bag p, which has a seal section S formed by pressure bonding an overlapping portion of a packaging paper, is inspected at the inspection device 20, a stamp which indicates the inspection result thereof is output by a marking device 50 onto the seal section S.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 5, 2018
    Publication date: November 1, 2018
    Applicant: YUYAMA MFG. CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hirokazu Amano, Hiromichi Tsuda, Yasuyuki Yoshikawa, Hirokazu Chihara, Dai Shimizube
  • Publication number: 20180286031
    Abstract: Provided is an inspection apparatus, an inspection method and a computer program product which can easily remove an improper target object. An inspection apparatus (1000) includes a base (700) for placing target objects thereon, a photographing part (100) which can photograph the target objects placed on the base (700), an inspection part for performing an inspection for the target objects placed on the base (700) based on an image photographed by the photographing part (100), and a distinguishing process part for performing a process of making a specific target object placed on the base (700) visually distinguishable from other target objects placed on the base (700) based on a result of the inspection performed by the inspection part.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 23, 2016
    Publication date: October 4, 2018
    Applicant: YUYAMA MFG. CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hiroyuki YUYAMA, Hirokazu AMANO
  • Publication number: 20180194505
    Abstract: The present invention has an object to provide a drug packaging device including a printing unit configured to perform printing by jetting ink and being capable of performing the printing on a packaging paper with high printing quality without including a support, base or the like for the packaging paper. A drug packaging device (10) includes a drug supply unit (20), a packaging unit (30), a packaging paper conveying unit (40), and a printing unit (60). The printing unit (60) includes an ink ejection unit (62) capable of ejecting ink downward.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 17, 2016
    Publication date: July 12, 2018
    Inventors: Hirokazu AMANO, Koji ITO, Takayuki FUJIKAWA, Yasuyuki YOSHIKAWA
  • Patent number: 9994347
    Abstract: A system for individually packaging medicine is provided with a medicine inspection device that is capable of performing inspection of medicine that is individually packaged using a device for individually packaging medicine or the like. The control device of the medicine inspection device is provided with an inspection database in which images of medicine are stored as master images and is capable of carrying out an inspection task using image matching processing that involves an image acquired by imaging. The control is also capable of performing similarity determination for determining whether a medicine that is similar to a medicine that is packaged in an individual wrapper is present in the inspection database in a state in which the reference scope of the inspection database is restricted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: YUYAMA MFG. CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Yuyama, Hirokazu Amano, Hiromichi Tsuda, Dai Shimizube
  • Patent number: 9870611
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention provide a high accuracy medicament inspection device and system to inspect medicaments enclosed in a package with a printing area. The medicament inspection device implements a medicament information detection process that includes: a medicament candidate area extraction step extracting a dark colored area in a back side illuminated image as a medicament candidate area A (assumed presence of medicament); a print candidate area extraction step extracting an area containing the print on the package based on a front side illuminated image as a print candidate area B; a print area identification step specifying an area corresponding to the print contained in the print candidate area B based on the brightness distribution of the back side illuminated image as a print area C; and a medicament area identification step identifying a medicament area X by subtracting the print area C from the medicament candidate area A.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: YUYAMA MFG. CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Koji Ito, Hiromichi Tsuda, Hirokazu Amano, Yasuyuki Yoshikawa, Mei Zhang
  • Publication number: 20170264867
    Abstract: Provided is a medicine identifying system which enables automatization of medicine identification. A medicine identifying system is constituted of a medicine photographing device and a computer. Medicine identifying software is installed in the computer. At the time of performing medicine identification, a user first sets a medicine to be identified in the medicine photographing device. Next, the medicine photographing device starts to photograph the medicine by using an operation of the user with respect to the computer as a trigger. A photographed image of the medicine is transmitted to the computer as data. Then, the medicine identifying software refers to a database based on this image data to search the medicine.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 31, 2015
    Publication date: September 14, 2017
    Applicant: YUYAMA MFG. CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hirokazu AMANO, Koji ITO
  • Publication number: 20170246083
    Abstract: An object of the present invention is to automatically identify a direction, a posture and characteristics such as a shape, a size, a type and an expiration date of a medicine and store the medicine with ensuring a high degree of freedom. A medicine supplying apparatus 1 includes an identifying part and a storing part. A storing area is defined at the time of storing the medicine according to a size of a medicine contained in characteristics of the medicine identified by the identifying part. The medicine is stored in the storing part in a state that identification information of the medicine is associated with the storing area. Further, the medicine supplying apparatus has a determination processing part which can determine whether or not the medicine is a target to be treated based on the characteristics of the medicine identified by the identifying part.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 8, 2015
    Publication date: August 31, 2017
    Applicant: YUYAMA MFG. CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hirokazu AMANO, Akitomi KOHAMA, Masatoshi WARASHINA, Junichi IWAYA, Hiromichi TSUDA, Takashi UENO, Hidenori TSUJI, Keigo NAKAMURA, Mei ZHANG
  • Patent number: 9626822
    Abstract: A preparation task for medicine, which must be manually prepared in advance, is efficiently performed without error. A medicine supply device includes: a medicine supply means having a plurality of medicine receiving portions, the medicine supply means being configured to receive a medicine per a dosing time and appropriately discharge the received medicine; a display means including a plurality of display portions, the display portions being provided in association with the medicine receiving portions respectively; and a display control means configured to allow the display portion of the medicine receiving portion, which receives a corresponding medicine among the medicine receiving portions, to operate based on a prescription data. The display portion of the display means is configured to display a number corresponding to the dosing time of each medicine included in the prescription data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: YUYAMA MFG. CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Yuyama, Hirokazu Amano
  • Publication number: 20170008655
    Abstract: To provide a medicine inspection system capable of appropriately outputting an inspection result while minimizing damage and the like to a packaging bag and a medicine. A medicine inspection system 10 includes an inspection device 20 which inspects a numerical quantity and/or a type of a medicine contained in a packaging bag p based on an image photographed of the packaging bag p to be inspected, and a marking device 50 which records an inspection result from the inspection device on the packaging bag p. After the packaging bag p, which has a seal section S formed by pressure bonding an overlapping portion of a packaging paper, is inspected at the inspection device 20, a stamp which indicates the inspection result thereof is output by a marking device 50 onto the seal section S.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 21, 2016
    Publication date: January 12, 2017
    Applicant: YUYAMA MFG. CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hirokazu Amano, Hiromichi Tsuda, Yasuyuki Yoshikawa, Hirokazu Chihara, Dai Shimizube
  • Publication number: 20160114925
    Abstract: A system for individually packaging medicine is provided with a medicine inspection device that is capable of performing inspection of medicine that is individually packaged using a device for individually packaging medicine or the like. The control device of the medicine inspection device is provided with an inspection database in which images of medicine are stored as master images and is capable of carrying out an inspection task using image matching processing that involves an image acquired by imaging. The control is also capable of performing similarity determination for determining whether a medicine that is similar to a medicine that is packaged in an individual wrapper is present in the inspection database in a state in which the reference scope of the inspection database is restricted.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 20, 2014
    Publication date: April 28, 2016
    Inventors: Hiroyuki YUYAMA, Hirokazu AMANO, Hiromichi TSUDA, Dai SHIMIZUBE
  • Patent number: 9299212
    Abstract: A medication dispensing device has: a medication preparation unit provided with a storage section that can store and discharge one package at a time of a solid medication supplied by a medication supply unit; and a counting unit that can count the solid medication discharged from the storage section. The counting unit is provided with: a monitoring platform on which the solid medication discharged from the storage section rests; an vibration unit that can vibrate the monitoring platform horizontally; an imaging unit that can image the solid medication on the monitoring platform that has been vibrated; and an image recognition unit that can count the solid medication on the basis of the image obtained by the imaging unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2016
    Assignee: YUYAMA MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hirokazu Amano, Norifumi Oike, Yasuyuki Morita
  • Patent number: 9233767
    Abstract: A medicine inspection device includes: an inspection unit on which a medicine for inspection is disposed, the medicine being contained in a sachet; an imaging unit capable of photographing the sachet disposed on the inspection unit; and a medicine information detector capable of detecting at least either of a quantity or type of the medicine based on an image obtained by the imaging unit. The inspection unit includes a backlight with illumination areas located dottedly per predetermined pitch which is capable of illuminating the sachet from backside when photographing. The medicine information detector is further configured to implement: a basic image acquisition process for acquiring a basic image; an inspection area defining process for defining the area of inspection; an inspection image acquisition process for acquiring the inspection image; and an image inspection process for performing image inspection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2016
    Assignee: YUYAMA MFG. CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hirokazu Amano, Koji Ito, Hiromichi Tsuda, Yasuyuki Yoshikawa, Keigo Nakamura, Dai Shimizube
  • Publication number: 20160005160
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention provide a high accuracy medicament inspection device and system to inspect medicaments enclosed in a package with a printing area. The medicament inspection device implements a medicament information detection process that includes: a medicament candidate area extraction step extracting a dark colored area in a back side illuminated image as a medicament candidate area A (assumed presence of medicament); a print candidate area extraction step extracting an area containing the print on the package based on a front side illuminated image as a print candidate area B; a print area identification step specifying an area corresponding to the print contained in the print candidate area B based on the brightness distribution of the back side illuminated image as a print area C; and a medicament area identification step identifying a medicament area X by subtracting the print area C from the medicament candidate area A.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 21, 2013
    Publication date: January 7, 2016
    Inventors: Koji Ito, Hiromichi Tsuda, Hirokazu Amano, Yasuyuki Yoshikawa, Mei Zhang
  • Publication number: 20150266604
    Abstract: [Problem] To provide a medicinal agent inspection system capable of appropriately outputting an inspection result while minimizing damage and the like to a packaging bag and a medicinal agent. [Resolution Means] A medicinal agent inspection system 10 includes an inspection device 20 which inspects a numerical quantity and/or a type of a medicinal agent contained in a packaging bag p based on an image photographed of the packaging bag p to be inspected, and a marking device 50 which records an inspection result from the inspection device on the packaging bag p. After the packaging bag p, which has a seal section S formed by pressure bonding an overlapping portion of a packaging paper, is inspected at the inspection device 20, a stamp which indicates the inspection result thereof is output by a marking device 50 onto the seal section S.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 20, 2013
    Publication date: September 24, 2015
    Applicant: YUYAMA MFG. CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hirokazu Amano, Hiromichi Tsuda, Yasuyuki Yoshikawa, Hirokazu Chihara, Dai Shimizube
  • Patent number: 8966863
    Abstract: A medicine inspection device includes an inspection unit for inspecting a medicine disposed on the inspection unit; a vibrator to impart vibration to the medicine disposed on the inspection unit; and a shooting unit capable of photographing the medicine disposed on the inspection unit. The medicine inspection device further includes a medicine information detector capable of detecting at least the quantity or type of the medicine based on an image obtained by the shooting unit and a distribution detector which is configured to detect a distribution of the medicine on the inspection unit based on the image obtained by the shooting unit. The inspection unit includes a plurality of inspection areas where the vibrator independently provides vibration to each inspection area. The medicine inspection device is characterized by operating the vibrator so as to provide vibration in the inspection areas chosen based on the detection result of the distribution detector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Yuyama Mfg. Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hirokazu Amano, Koji Ito, Hiromichi Tsuda, Yasuyuki Yoshikawa, Keigo Nakamura, Dai Shimizube
  • Patent number: 8943779
    Abstract: A medicine inspection device includes an inspection unit for inspecting a medicine disposed on the inspection unit; a vibrator to impart vibration to the medicine disposed on the inspection unit; and a shooting unit capable of photographing the medicine disposed on the inspection unit. The medicine inspection device further includes a medicine information detector capable of detecting at least the quantity or type of the medicine based on an image obtained by the shooting unit and a distribution detector which is configured to detect a distribution of the medicine on the inspection unit based on the image obtained by the shooting unit. The inspection unit includes a plurality of inspection areas where the vibrator independently provides vibration to each inspection area. The medicine inspection device is characterized by operating the vibrator so as to provide vibration in the inspection areas chosen based on the detection result of the distribution detector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: Yuyama Mfg. Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hirokazu Amano, Koji Ito, Hiromichi Tsuda, Yasuyuki Yoshikawa, Keigo Nakamura, Dai Shimizube
  • Patent number: 8726971
    Abstract: A shutter (S) including a plurality of support portions (10) provided in array in a sliding direction of the shutter, a hinge portion (20) for connecting adjoining two support portions (10), and slide supporting portions (30) provided at both ends of each support portion (10) so as to face a pair of guiderails. Each slide supporting portion (30) has a pair of first and second abutting portions (32 and 34) formed in array in the sliding direction for slidably engaging with the guiderail. Each support portion (10) is supported by the pair of guiderails at three or more out of a total of four first and second abutting portions (32 and 34) when a load is applied to the shutter from the outside.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: INOAC Corporation
    Inventors: Fumitoshi Sato, Yoshitaka Uramoto, Hirokazu Amano
  • Patent number: RE45846
    Abstract: To prevent disalignment of the edges of a folded sheet by smoothly feeding the sheet to a packaging unit while keeping tension fluctuations to a minimum when the sheet is unwound from a paper roll set in a paper feed unit even though the paper roll diameter decreases gradually as the sheet is unwound. A sheet length measuring sensor or rotary encoder is provided in the paper feed path through which the packaging sheet is fed toward the packaging unit. An angle sensor is provided which includes Hall element sensors provided on a support shaft and magnets provided on a core pipe of the paper roll. Any change in the signals from one of these sensors relative to the signal from the other sensor is used to calculate the paper roll winding length, and the sheet tension is adjusted to an optimum, constant level by controlling the sheet braking force stepwise according to the roll diameter measured by the sensors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2016
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Yuyama Seisakusho
    Inventors: Shoji Yuyama, Hiroshi Nose, Itsuo Yasunaga, Naomichi Etou, Hirokazu Amano
  • Patent number: RE45949
    Abstract: To prevent disalignment of the edges of a folded sheet by smoothly feeding the sheet to a packaging unit while keeping tension fluctuations to a minimum when the sheet is unwound from a paper roll set in a paper feed unit even though the paper roll diameter decreases gradually as the sheet is unwound. A sheet length measuring sensor or rotary encoder is provided in the paper feed path through which the packaging sheet is fed toward the packaging unit. An angle sensor is provided which includes Hall element sensors provided on a support shaft and magnets provided on a core pipe of the paper roll. Any change in the signals from one of these sensors relative to the signal from the other sensor is used to calculate the paper roll winding length, and the sheet tension is adjusted to an optimum, constant level by controlling the sheet braking force stepwise according to the roll diameter measured by the sensors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2016
    Assignee: YUYAMA MFG. CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Shoji Yuyama, Hiroshi Nose, Itsuo Yasunaga, Naomichi Etou, Hirokazu Amano