Patents by Inventor Hirotaka Shiomichi

Hirotaka Shiomichi 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: 20220404755
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes: a plurality of members for forming an image; a transmitting unit configured to transmit a sonic wave; a receiving unit configured to receive a first sonic wave that has been transmitted from the transmitting unit and has passed through a sheet and a second sonic wave that is generated from at least one of the plurality of members; a detection unit configured to detect information regarding a type or state of the sheet based on the first sonic wave; and a determination unit configured to determine a state of a member that has generated the second sonic wave based on the second sonic wave.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 24, 2022
    Publication date: December 22, 2022
    Inventors: Yohei Suzuki, Junya Azami, Seiji Hara, Atsunobu Mori, Masafumi Monde, Tatsuya Hotogi, Hirotaka Shiomichi
  • Publication number: 20220299924
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes a first detector detecting an operation sound based on a sound wave received by a receiver; a second detector detecting basis weight of recording material based on an ultrasonic wave transmitted from a transmitter and received by the receiver; a switching unit that switches destination of a reception signal from the receiver between a first path to the first detector and a second path to the second detector; and a controller that controls the switching unit such that the reception signal is output to the first path at a first timing and to the second path at a second timing. When a predetermined condition is satisfied, the controller controls the switching unit such that the reception signal is output to the second path at the first timing or to the first path at the second timing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 9, 2022
    Publication date: September 22, 2022
    Inventors: Atsunobu Mori, Yohei Suzuki, Seiji Hara, Yasuhisa Matsumoto, Junya Azami, Masafumi Monde, Hirotaka Shiomichi, Tatsuya Hotogi
  • Patent number: 11442387
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes a plurality of members for forming an image; a transmitting unit configured to transmit a sonic wave; a receiving unit configured to receive a first sonic wave that has been transmitted from the transmitting unit and has passed through a sheet and a second sonic wave that is generated from at least one of the plurality of members; a detection unit configured to detect information regarding a type or state of the sheet based on the first sonic wave; and a determination unit configured to determine a state of a member that has generated the second sonic wave based on the second sonic wave.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2021
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2022
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Yohei Suzuki, Junya Azami, Seiji Hara, Atsunobu Mori, Masafumi Monde, Tatsuya Hotogi, Hirotaka Shiomichi
  • Patent number: 11385587
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes a first detector detecting an operation sound based on a sound wave received by a receiver; a second detector detecting basis weight of recording material based on an ultrasonic wave transmitted from a transmitter and received by the receiver; a switching unit that switches destination of a reception signal from the receiver between a first path to the first detector and a second path to the second detector; and a controller that controls the switching unit such that the reception signal is output to the first path at a first timing and to the second path at a second timing. When a predetermined condition is satisfied, the controller controls the switching unit such that the reception signal is output to the second path at the first timing or to the first path at the second timing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2021
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2022
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Atsunobu Mori, Yohei Suzuki, Seiji Hara, Yasuhisa Matsumoto, Junya Azami, Masafumi Monde, Hirotaka Shiomichi, Tatsuya Hotogi
  • Publication number: 20210311424
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes a first detector detecting an operation sound based on a sound wave received by a receiver; a second detector detecting basis weight of recording material based on an ultrasonic wave transmitted from a transmitter and received by the receiver; a switching unit that switches destination of a reception signal from the receiver between a first path to the first detector and a second path to the second detector; and a controller that controls the switching unit such that the reception signal is output to the first path at a first timing and to the second path at a second timing. When a predetermined condition is satisfied, the controller controls the switching unit such that the reception signal is output to the second path at the first timing or to the first path at the second timing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 25, 2021
    Publication date: October 7, 2021
    Inventors: Atsunobu Mori, Yohei Suzuki, Seiji Hara, Yasuhisa Matsumoto, Junya Azami, Masafumi Monde, Hirotaka Shiomichi, Tatsuya Hotogi
  • Publication number: 20210132535
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes a plurality of members for forming an image; a transmitting unit configured to transmit a sonic wave; a receiving unit configured to receive a first sonic wave that has been transmitted from the transmitting unit and has passed through a sheet and a second sonic wave that is generated from at least one of the plurality of members; a detection unit configured to detect information regarding a type or state of the sheet based on the first sonic wave; and a determination unit configured to determine a state of a member that has generated the second sonic wave based on the second sonic wave.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 8, 2021
    Publication date: May 6, 2021
    Inventors: Yohei Suzuki, Junya Azami, Seiji Hara, Atsunobu Mori, Masafumi Monde, Tatsuya Hotogi, Hirotaka Shiomichi
  • Publication number: 20210082796
    Abstract: The circuit board includes a plurality of bonding pads having a first bonding pad and a second bonding pad configured to supply a ground potential; a first ground wiring connected to the first bonding pad; a second ground wiring connected to the second bonding pad; and a first extension pad connected to the first ground wiring and a second extension pad connected to the second ground wiring, the first extension pad and the and second extension pad being provided in a different area from an area in which the plurality of bonding pads is provided, the first extension pad and the and second extension pad being connectable through a wire.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 8, 2020
    Publication date: March 18, 2021
    Inventors: Hirotaka Shiomichi, Satoshi Akiyama, Atsunobu Mori
  • Patent number: 10928765
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes a plurality of members for forming an image; a transmitting unit configured to transmit a sonic wave; a receiving unit configured to receive a first sonic wave that has been transmitted from the transmitting unit and has passed through a sheet and a second sonic wave that is generated from at least one of the plurality of members; a detection unit configured to detect information regarding a type or state of the sheet based on the first sonic wave; and a determination unit configured to determine a state of a member that has generated the second sonic wave based on the second sonic wave.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Yohei Suzuki, Junya Azami, Seiji Hara, Atsunobu Mori, Masafumi Monde, Tatsuya Hotogi, Hirotaka Shiomichi
  • Publication number: 20200310318
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes: a plurality of members for forming an image; a transmitting unit configured to transmit a sonic wave; a receiving unit configured to receive a first sonic wave that has been transmitted from the transmitting unit and has passed through a sheet and a second sonic wave that is generated from at least one of the plurality of members; a detection unit configured to detect information regarding a type or state of the sheet based on the first sonic wave; and a determination unit configured to determine a state of a member that has generated the second sonic wave based on the second sonic wave.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2020
    Publication date: October 1, 2020
    Inventors: Yohei Suzuki, Junya Azami, Seiji Hara, Atsunobu Mori, Masafumi Monde, Tatsuya Hotogi, Hirotaka Shiomichi
  • Patent number: 10761470
    Abstract: A printing apparatus is provided. The apparatus comprises a light-emitting element, a light-receiving element including a first terminal and a second terminal, a reference current generator supplying a reference current, a comparator comparing a monitor current with the reference current, the light-receiving element supplying the monitor current to the second terminal in accordance with a light emission amount, a driver driving the light-emitting element based on an output of the comparator, and a reference voltage controller. The comparator includes a first input terminal connected to the second terminal and a second input terminal. The reference voltage controller supplies a reference voltage selected from at least two voltage values to the second input terminal, and to control the voltage of the second terminal to be a voltage according to the reference voltage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Wataru Endo, Masanobu Ohmura, Hirotaka Shiomichi
  • Patent number: 10714527
    Abstract: A photoelectric conversion apparatus is provided. The apparatus comprises a substrate including two light receiving regions in which light receiving devices are arranged; electrode pads arranged on the substrate; and a readout circuit arranged on the substrate and configured to read out signals from the light receiving regions. The electrode pads include an output pad for outputting a signal, and a power supply pad for supplying power to the light receiving regions or the readout circuit. Each of the light receiving regions has a shape in which a first direction is taken as a longitudinal direction, the light receiving regions are arranged along a second direction with an interval therebetween, the second direction intersecting the first direction, and one or more pads of the electrode pads is sandwiched by the light receiving regions in the second direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Hirotaka Shiomichi, Wataru Endo
  • Publication number: 20200089155
    Abstract: A printing apparatus is provided. The apparatus comprises a light-emitting element, a light-receiving element including a first terminal and a second terminal, a reference current generator supplying a reference current, a comparator comparing a monitor current with the reference current, the light-receiving element supplying the monitor current to the second terminal in accordance with a light emission amount, a driver driving the light-emitting element based on an output of the comparator, and a reference voltage controller. The comparator includes a first input terminal connected to the second terminal and a second input terminal. The reference voltage controller supplies a reference voltage selected from at least two voltage values to the second input terminal, and to control the voltage of the second terminal to be a voltage according to the reference voltage.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 4, 2019
    Publication date: March 19, 2020
    Inventors: Wataru Endo, Masanobu Ohmura, Hirotaka Shiomichi
  • Patent number: 10483922
    Abstract: A photoelectric conversion device is provided. The device comprises a light receiving element, first and second transimpedance amplifiers configured to receive a signal of the light receiving element and output a voltage, a differential operation amplifier configured to perform a differential amplification for outputs of the first and second transimpedance amplifiers and a switching unit. The switching unit includes an output switching unit configured to switch connections between a first state where the light receiving element and the first transimpedance amplifier are connected and a second state where the light receiving element and the second transimpedance amplifier are connected, and a capacitance adjusting unit connected to an input terminal of each of the first and second transimpedance amplifiers and configured to adjust a capacitance value of the first and transimpedance amplifier and/or a capacitance value of the second transimpedance amplifier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Masanori Shibata, Hirotaka Shiomichi
  • Patent number: 10220636
    Abstract: A drive apparatus includes a light emitting device, a light receiving device configured to receive light emitted by the light emitting device, a comparison circuit configured to compare a light quantity of light detected by the light receiving device with a target value indicating a light quantity of light to be emitted by the light emitting device and generate a control signal corresponding to a comparison result, and a drive circuit configured to supply a drive signal corresponding to the control signal to the light emitting device. The drive circuit includes a gain changing switch configured to change, in accordance with the target value, a gain of the drive circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Wataru Endo, Hirotaka Shiomichi
  • Publication number: 20180254298
    Abstract: A photoelectric conversion apparatus is provided. The apparatus comprises a substrate including two light receiving regions in which light receiving devices are arranged; electrode pads arranged on the substrate; and a readout circuit arranged on the substrate and configured to read out signals from the light receiving regions. The electrode pads include an output pad for outputting a signal, and a power supply pad for supplying power to the light receiving regions or the readout circuit. Each of the light receiving regions has a shape in which a first direction is taken as a longitudinal direction, the light receiving regions are arranged along a second direction with an interval therebetween, the second direction intersecting the first direction, and one or more pads of the electrode pads is sandwiched by the light receiving regions in the second direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 8, 2018
    Publication date: September 6, 2018
    Inventors: Hirotaka Shiomichi, Wataru Endo
  • Publication number: 20180241357
    Abstract: A photoelectric conversion device is provided. The device comprises a light receiving element, first and second transimpedance amplifiers configured to receive a signal of the light receiving element and output a voltage, a differential operation amplifier configured to perform a differential amplification for outputs of the first and second transimpedance amplifiers and a switching unit. The switching unit includes an output switching unit configured to switch connections between a first state where the light receiving element and the first transimpedance amplifier are connected and a second state where the light receiving element and the second transimpedance amplifier are connected, and a capacitance adjusting unit connected to an input terminal of each of the first and second transimpedance amplifiers and configured to adjust a capacitance value of the first and transimpedance amplifier and/or a capacitance value of the second transimpedance amplifier.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 9, 2018
    Publication date: August 23, 2018
    Inventors: Masanori Shibata, Hirotaka Shiomichi
  • Publication number: 20170341413
    Abstract: A drive apparatus includes a light emitting device, a light receiving device configured to receive light emitted by the light emitting device, a comparison circuit configured to compare a light quantity of light detected by the light receiving device with a target value indicating a light quantity of light to be emitted by the light emitting device and generate a control signal corresponding to a comparison result, and a drive circuit configured to supply a drive signal corresponding to the control signal to the light emitting device. The drive circuit includes a gain changing switch configured to change, in accordance with the target value, a gain of the drive circuit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 18, 2017
    Publication date: November 30, 2017
    Inventors: Wataru Endo, Hirotaka Shiomichi
  • Patent number: 9632450
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus incudes a driving unit configured to drive a light-emitting element for emitting a laser beam; a rotational polygon mirror scans a photosensitive member with the laser beam. The driving unit executes a first adjustment for causing the light-emitting element to emit light at a first light emission intensity to adjust a first driving current, and a second adjustment for causing the light-emitting element to emit light at a second light emission intensity to adjust a second driving current. During a time period after the polygon mirror has started rotating until a predetermined speed is reached, the driving unit performs the first adjustment and the second adjustment, after the polygon mirror has started rotating and before performing the first adjustment, performs the second adjustment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Hirotaka Shiomichi
  • Publication number: 20160103400
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus incudes a driving unit configured to drive a light-emitting element for emitting a laser beam; a rotational polygon mirror scans a photosensitive member with the laser beam. The driving unit executes a first adjustment for causing the light-emitting element to emit light at a first light emission intensity to adjust a first driving current, and a second adjustment for causing the light-emitting element to emit light at a second light emission intensity to adjust a second driving current. During a time period after the polygon mirror has started rotating until a predetermined speed is reached, the driving unit performs the first adjustment and the second adjustment, after the polygon mirror has started rotating and before performing the first adjustment, performs the second adjustment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 21, 2015
    Publication date: April 14, 2016
    Inventor: Hirotaka Shiomichi
  • Patent number: 9250557
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes a driving unit configured to drive a light-emitting element for emitting a laser beam; a rotational polygon mirror scans a photosensitive member with the laser beam. The driving unit executes a first adjustment for causing the light-emitting element to emit light at a first light emission intensity to adjust a first driving current, and a second adjustment for causing the light-emitting element to emit light at a second light emission intensity to adjust a second driving current. During a time period after the polygon mirror has started rotating until a predetermined speed is reached, the driving unit performs the first adjustment and the second adjustment, after the polygon mirror has started rotating and before performing the first adjustment, performs the second adjustment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2016
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Hirotaka Shiomichi