Patents by Inventor Hiroyuki Sugiura

Hiroyuki Sugiura 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: 10302004
    Abstract: A water pump unit has, within a water pump case, a drive shaft for driving an impeller, and a transmission member for transmitting power of a power supply device to the drive shaft. The water pump unit is configured such that the water pump case receives therein and supports the drive shaft, the transmission member is supported by the water pump case by means of the drive shaft with a part of the transmission member protruding from within the water pump case, and an attachment surface of the water pump case, for joining the water pump case to the power supply device, is formed to extend along the transmission member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Sugiura, Hiroshi Yokota
  • Publication number: 20190145398
    Abstract: A tube pump having small driving energy is provided. The tube pump includes: a flexible tube for conveying a fluid; a holder part holding the tube so that the tube is at least partially bent; a driving part; and at least one pressing part, rotationally driven around a first central axis by the driving part, and pressing the tube along the bent portion of the tube held by the holder part while rotating around the first central axis, thereby conveying the fluid in the tube. The pressing part has an inclined plane inclined from the side of the tube toward the side of the pressing part in a radially outward direction with reference to the first central axis.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 2, 2018
    Publication date: May 16, 2019
    Applicant: SUMITOMO RUBBER INDUSTRIES, LTD.
    Inventors: MASAMUNE NAGAHAMA, HIROYUKI KANEKO, HIROYUKI SUGIURA
  • Patent number: 10273905
    Abstract: An exhaust emission control device for an internal combustion engine including multiple reed valve chambers which are provided to cylinder head portions of a multi-cylinder engine. The reed valve chambers are formed by covering recessed portions in the cylinder head portion with reed valve covers. Upstream sides of the reed valve chambers communicate with the atmosphere via a secondary air supply pipe. Downstream sides of the reed valve chambers communicate with exhaust ports via communication passages provided to the cylinder head portion. The reed valves are interposed between the upstream sides and the downstream sides of the reed valve chambers, and are opened by exhaust pulsation pressure. In the cylinder head portion, the multiple reed valve chambers are disposed with spaces therebetween. The reed valve covers communicate individually with the secondary air supply pipe, and the reed valve covers are connected in series by the secondary air supply pipe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yoshiyuki Ikebe, Hiroshi Yokota, Hiroyuki Sugiura
  • Publication number: 20190039198
    Abstract: A machining swarf detection apparatus that detects presence or absence of machining swarf in a machining chamber of a machine tool includes an illumination unit that illuminates line laser light onto a detection area in the machining chamber, an imaging unit that images the detection area and acquires an image as an inspection image, and an image processor (controller) that detects the presence or absence of the machining swarf based on an image of the line laser light imaged in the inspection image.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 2, 2018
    Publication date: February 7, 2019
    Inventor: Hiroyuki SUGIURA
  • Publication number: 20190003609
    Abstract: A shape-memory alloy valve device includes a shape-memory alloy wire configured to make a valve member perform an opening/closing operation and a valve actuation control unit configured to control an opening/closing operation of the valve member. The valve actuation control unit controls energization of the shape-memory alloy wire in accordance with an input valve open signal or an input valve close signal so as to make the shape-memory alloy wire contract by raising a temperature of the shape-memory alloy wire beyond an operating environmental temperature, thereby controlling valve opening/closing. A preheating unit heats the shape-memory alloy wire to a preset preheat set temperature by energizing the shape-memory alloy wire from a power circuit when the temperature of the shape-memory alloy wire which is measured by a temperature measurement unit is lower than the preheat set temperature.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 20, 2017
    Publication date: January 3, 2019
    Inventors: Naoya Asai, Hiroyuki Sugiura
  • Publication number: 20180371608
    Abstract: The purpose of the invention is to provide technology, which, in addition to being capable of forming thick hard carbon films of excellent durability even using PVD, is able to establish both chipping resistance and wear resistance in the formed hard carbon film and able to improve low friction properties and peeling resistance. Provided is a coating film to be coated on the surface of a substrate, the coating film having a total film thickness of greater than 1 ?m to 50 ?m wherein: when a cross-section is observed using bright field TEM images, white hard carbon layers that are shown as relatively white and black hard carbon layers that are shown as black are alternately laminated in the thickness direction; and the white hard carbon layers have regions that have grown in a fan-shape in the thickness direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 16, 2016
    Publication date: December 27, 2018
    Applicants: NIPPON ITF, INC., NIPPON PISTON RING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hideki MORIGUCHI, Akinori SHIBATA, Takehiko OOSHIRO, Yoshihiro ITO, Takahiro OKAZAKI, Hiroyuki SUGIURA
  • Publication number: 20180311777
    Abstract: A swarf handling apparatus installed in a machining tool that performs machining operation accompanied with production of stringy swarf includes a swarf catching device. The swarf catching device includes a holder unit that holds the stringy swarf when the stringy swarf makes contact with the holder unit. The swarf catching device causes the holder unit to be floated in a region around a machining point in such a manner that the position of the holder unit is varied relative to the machining point, for catching the stringy swarf in the holder unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 27, 2018
    Publication date: November 1, 2018
    Inventor: Hiroyuki SUGIURA
  • Publication number: 20180304440
    Abstract: A machine tool includes a main shaft unit; a polishing head for processing a workpiece; and an unnecessary byproduct leakage preventing unit for preventing leakage of abrasive resulting from processing at or around a part of the workpiece, the part being processed, and wherein the unnecessary byproduct leakage preventing unit includes a cover provided separately from the polishing head, the cover having a structure that is open in three directions and that has walls in another three directions such that a protection space where to hold a part of the workpiece is defined, the cover for receiving the abrasive, and a movement mechanism for moving the cover so as to stay apart from the workpiece while the workpiece is not being processed and so as to have a part of the workpiece held in the protection space while the workpiece is being processed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 23, 2018
    Publication date: October 25, 2018
    Inventors: Hiroyuki SUGIURA, Shoichi MORIMURA
  • Patent number: 10087513
    Abstract: A piston ring having a hard carbon film formed on at least an external peripheral sliding surface of a piston ring base material, the hard carbon film having an sp2 component ratio within a range of 40% to 80% inclusive as measured by a TEM-EELS spectrum which combines electron energy loss spectroscopy (EELS) with a transmission electron microscope (TEM), a hydrogen content being in a range of 0.1 at. % to 5 at. % inclusive, and an amount of macroparticles appearing on the surface being within a range of 0.1% to 10% inclusive by area ratio. The hard carbon film is formed on a hard carbon foundation film formed under low-speed film-forming conditions on the side of the piston ring base material, and the hard carbon foundation film is formed with an arc current value 80% or less of the arc current value during the formation of the hard carbon film.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: NIPPON PISTON RING CO., LTD
    Inventors: Takuya Ozaki, Hiroyuki Sugiura
  • Publication number: 20180180181
    Abstract: To provide a piston ring comprising a hard carbon film that is easy to form and exhibits excellent adhesion and wear resistance, and a manufacturing method therefor. The above-described problem is solved by means of a piston ring comprising a hard carbon film 50 formed on at least an outer peripheral sliding surface 11 of a piston ring base material 1, wherein the hard carbon film 50 is a laminated film comprising a plurality of layers, including an upper layer 5 with a lamination pitch within a range of 3 nm to 50 nm inclusive, a middle layer 4 with a lamination pitch less than that of the upper layer 5, and a lower layer 3 with a lamination pitch within the same range as that of the upper layer 5 and greater than that of the middle layer 4.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 29, 2016
    Publication date: June 28, 2018
    Applicant: NIPPON PISTON RING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Takuya OZAKI, Hiroyuki SUGIURA
  • Publication number: 20180180182
    Abstract: To provide a piston ring comprising a hard carbon film that is easy to form and exhibits excellent wear resistance. The above-described problem is solved by having a hard carbon film 4 formed on at least an outer peripheral sliding surface 11 of a piston ring base material 1, wherein the hard carbon film 4 is a laminated film comprising a plurality of layers, and is configured so as to contain boron within a range of an atomic density of 0.2×1022 atoms/cm3 to 2.0×1022 atoms/cm3 inclusive. This hard carbon film 4 may be configured to have an sp2 component ratio within a range of 40% to 80% inclusive, measured in a TEM-EELS spectrum formed by combining electron energy loss spectroscopy (EELS) with a transmission electron microscope (TEM), and a hydrogen content within a range of 0.1 atom % to 5 atom % inclusive. Further, a total thickness of this hard carbon film 4 may be configured to be within a range of 0.5 ?m to 20 ?m inclusive.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 29, 2016
    Publication date: June 28, 2018
    Applicant: NIPPON PISTON RING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Takuya OZAKI, Hiroyuki SUGIURA
  • Patent number: 9993821
    Abstract: For the present small solenoid valve, a stem is coupled to a solenoid plunger, and a valve body is attached to a distal end of the stem. A circular-ring shaped valve seat on which the valve body is seated is provided in a valve chamber of a valve casing, and a seal ring is externally fitted on the stem between the valve chamber and the solenoid plunger with an outer peripheral portion of the seal ring made to contact with an inner surface of the valve casing. The valve casing and the seal ring are made of a rubber-like polymer elastic body, a first port is connected to communicate with the valve chamber, and a second port is connected to communicate with an inner side of the valve seat. At actuation of the solenoid, when the stem moves in an axial direction, the seal ring follows the movement by only elastic deformation without sliding.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: TAKASAGO ELECTRIC, INC.
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Sugiura, Naoya Asai
  • Patent number: 9863534
    Abstract: A piston ring having a hard carbon coating film is provided that can be easily formed in the same batch, does not cause delamination, and is excellent in initial running-in and wear resistance. A hard carbon coating film is formed at least on an outer peripheral sliding surface of a piston ring base and contains substantially no hydrogen, wherein the hard carbon coating film has an sp2 content ratio ranging from 40% to 80% measured in a TEM-EELS spectrum where transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and electron energy-loss spectroscopy (EELS) are combined together, and an area ratio of contained macro particles on a surface of the hard carbon coating film ranges from 0.1% to 10.0%.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: NIPPON PISTON RING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Takuya Ozaki, Hiroyuki Sugiura
  • Patent number: 9840952
    Abstract: A breather chamber for an internal combustion engine wherein the breather chamber has a large size that is formed while an increase in the size of the internal combustion engine is suppressed. The breather chamber of an internal combustion engine includes looped cam chains for transmitting the power of a horizontally disposed crankshaft to camshafts provided in cylinder heads and includes cam chain chambers disposed alongside portions of cylinder block portions which intersect the direction of the crankshaft. The breather chamber is located on a side of a plane formed by a rotation locus of the cam chain in the direction of the crankshaft in the cam chain chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Sugiura, Hiroshi Yokota, Noriyuki Suzuki
  • Publication number: 20170306257
    Abstract: Provided are a coating film, a manufacturing method for the same, and a PVD device that not only sufficiently improve the balance of low-friction properties and wear resistance, but also improve chipping resistance and peeling resistance. This film is coated on a substrate surface, wherein the coating film has a hard carbon that presents relatively black and white when observed in a cross-sectional bright-field TEM image, a mesh-shaped hard carbon layer is formed using a PVD method, said layer having white-colored hard carbon in a mesh shape extending in the thickness direction and black-colored hard carbon dispersed into the cavities in the mesh, and the ID/IG ratio is 1-6 when the mesh-shaped hard carbon layer is measured using Raman spectroscopy, said ratio being the ratio of the Raman spectrum D band peak area intensity and G band peak area intensity.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 17, 2014
    Publication date: October 26, 2017
    Applicants: NIPPON ITF, INC., NIPPON PISTON RING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hideki MORIGUCHI, Tadashi SAITO, Yoshikazu TANAKA, Akinori SHIBATA, Tetsumi ARAHI, Katsuaki OGAWA, Takahiro OKAZAKI, Hiroyuki SUGIURA, Yoshihiro ITO
  • Publication number: 20170283935
    Abstract: Provided are a coating film, a manufacturing method for the same, and a PVD device that not only sufficiently improve the balance of low-friction properties and wear resistance, but also improve chipping resistance (defect resistance) and peeling resistance. This coating film coats a substrate surface, wherein a hard carbon layer is formed extending in columns-shape perpendicular to the substrate when observed in a cross-sectional bright-field TEM image, the hard carbon layer is formed using a PVD method, and the ID/IG ratio is 1-6 when the hard carbon layer is measured using Raman spectroscopy, said ratio being the ratio of the Raman spectrum D band peak area intensity and G band peak area intensity.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 17, 2014
    Publication date: October 5, 2017
    Applicants: NIPPON ITF, INC., NIPPON PISTON RING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hideki MORIGUCHI, Tadashi SAITO, Yoshikazu TANAKA, Tetsumi ARAHI, Katsuaki OGAWA, Takahiro OKAZAKI, Hiroyuki SUGIURA, Yoshihiro ITO
  • Patent number: 9739210
    Abstract: An engine including a motorized throttle valve that can implement mutually neighboring disposition of a throttle body and a cylinder head and can implement a good opening and closing responsibility thereof. A swelling portion is formed on a side wall of a valve chamber in such a manner so as to bite between those of throttle bodies which neighbor with each other in order to accept a protrusion of part of a valve system in a radial direction of first and second camshafts. An electric motor is disposed at one side of the group of the throttle bodies. A speed reduction mechanism, for transmitting output power of the electric motor to a valve shaft, is disposed between those throttle bodies, which neighbor with each other at a different location in the group of the throttle bodies, in a neighboring relationship with the valve chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Masahiro Kontani, Hiroyuki Sugiura
  • Publication number: 20170234205
    Abstract: A water pump unit has, within a water pump case, a drive shaft for driving an impeller, and a transmission member for transmitting power of a power supply device to the drive shaft. The water pump unit is configured such that the water pump case receives therein and supports the drive shaft, the transmission member is supported by the water pump case by means of the drive shaft with a part of the transmission member protruding from within the water pump case, and an attachment surface of the water pump case, for joining the water pump case to the power supply device, is formed to extend along the transmission member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 29, 2014
    Publication date: August 17, 2017
    Inventors: Hiroyuki SUGIURA, Hiroshi YOKOTA
  • Patent number: 9670804
    Abstract: An oil passage of an internal combustion engine including a crankcase, a cylinder block integrally connected to the crankcase, a piston operatively mounted within the cylinder block, a piston jet for providing oil to the piston within the cylinder block and a breather device integrally formed on the cylinder block wherein the breather device is in communication with the inside of the crankcase. An elevation of temperature of the oil which flows in an oil supply path is prevented thus allowing oil in the oil supply path to maintain a low temperature wherein the oil in the supply path is supplied to a piston jet formed on the internal combustion engine. An oil supply path through which oil is supplied to the piston jet is integrally formed on a wall body exposed to ambient air on a peripheral wall which forms the breather device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hodaka Mukouhara, Hiroyuki Sugiura
  • Patent number: 9644705
    Abstract: A damper unit of an internal combustion engine includes an input-side rotor, an output-side rotor, first coiled springs, second coiled springs, an input-side sliding contact surface, and a biasing member. The input-side rotor includes a first spring holder, a second spring holder, and a connecting portion. The second spring holder is arranged on a second side of the output-side rotor, has a facing side facing the output-side rotor, and has second spring accommodation portions on the facing side each of which accommodates each of the second coiled springs. The input-side sliding contact surface is provided in the second spring holder so as to be in sliding contact with an output-side sliding contact surface of the output-side rotor. The biasing member is provided between the first spring holder and the output-side rotor to press the output-side rotor toward the second spring holder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Takamori Shirasuna, Hiroyuki Sugiura, Mitsuyoshi Kamiya