Patents by Inventor Junichi Hashimoto

Junichi Hashimoto 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: 11409230
    Abstract: A developing cartridge includes: a casing; a developing roller rotatable about an axis extending in a first direction; a first cam positioned at one end portion of the casing; a second cam positioned at another end portion of the casing; and a connection member connecting the first cam and the second cam to each other. The first cam is movable relative to the casing and the developing roller in the first direction between a first position and a second position, and the second cam is movable relative to the casing and the developing roller in the first direction between a third position and a fourth position. The second cam is movable from the third position to the fourth position due to a tensile force of the connection member in accordance with movement of the first cam from the first position to the second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2021
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2022
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Junichi Hashimoto, Yasushi Okabe
  • Publication number: 20220236689
    Abstract: A photosensitive drum is rotatable about a drum axis extending in a first direction. A frame includes a first side plate located at first end in the first direction and a second side plate spaced from the first side plate in the first direction. The frame rotatably supports the photosensitive drum between the first side plate and the second side plate in the first direction. The frame holds a developer cartridge. A lock lever is pivotable about a pivot axis extending in a second direction intersecting with the first direction. The lock lever is movable between a lock position at which the developer cartridge is locked on the frame and a release position at which the developer cartridge is unlocked from the frame.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 11, 2022
    Publication date: July 28, 2022
    Applicant: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Yuwen WANG, Junichi HASHIMOTO, Isao KISHI, Kazuaki OOKA
  • Publication number: 20220229381
    Abstract: A developing cartridge includes: a casing having a groove recessed inward; a developing roller having an outer circumferential surface; a blade; and a blade holder having a first plate and a second plate. The developing roller is rotatable about a rotational axis extending in a first direction. The blade regulates a thickness of toner layer on the outer circumferential surface. The blade has one end portion and another end portion in a second direction. The another end portion of the blade is positioned farther from the outer circumferential surface than the one end portion of the blade is from the outer circumferential surface. The first plate extends in the second direction and supports the another end portion of the blade. The second plate extends from the first plate in a third direction crossing the second direction to have a distal end portion positioned within the groove.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 7, 2022
    Publication date: July 21, 2022
    Applicant: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Yuwen WANG, Junichi HASHIMOTO
  • Patent number: 11373865
    Abstract: A method for manufacturing a semiconductor device includes: forming a first film on a substrate; forming a second film containing at least carbon on the first film; forming a hole in the second film; and forming a recess, which communicates with the hole, in the first film by etching using the second film as a mask. In this method, the second film includes a first layer formed on the first film, and a second layer formed on the first layer. The first layer having a higher oxygen concentration than the second layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2022
    Assignee: KIOXIA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Takehiro Kondoh, Junichi Hashimoto, Soichi Yamazaki, Yuya Matsubara
  • Patent number: 11367624
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, a method of manufacturing a semiconductor device includes forming a first film on a substrate. The method further includes forming a second film on the first film. The method further includes forming a recess in the first film using the second film as a mask. The second film includes a first layer having carbon and a second layer having carbon formed on the first layer. The second layer has a second carbon density lower than a first carbon density of the first layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2022
    Assignee: KIOXIA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Junichi Hashimoto, Kaori Narumiya, Kosuke Horibe, Soichi Yamazaki, Kei Watanabe, Yusuke Kondo, Mitsuhiro Omura, Takehiro Kondoh, Yuya Matsubara, Junya Fujita, Toshiyuki Sasaki
  • Publication number: 20220187760
    Abstract: A drum unit includes a photosensitive drum, a developing unit, a toner cartridge, a connector and a relay board. The photosensitive drum is rotatable about a first axis extending in an axial direction. The developing unit includes a magnetic roller, a developer container, a conveyer member and a toner sensor. The developer container accommodates therein carrier, and has an inlet. The conveyer member is positioned in the developer container, and configured to convey toner and the carrier from the inlet toward the magnetic roller. The toner cartridge accommodates therein toner and is attachable to the developer container to replenish toner in the developer container through the inlet. The connector is electrically connected to an image forming apparatus. The relay board electrically connects the toner sensor to the connector. The relay board is configured to transmit a detection signal from the toner sensor to the image forming apparatus.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 3, 2022
    Publication date: June 16, 2022
    Applicant: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Yuwen Wang, Takuya Amaike, Junichi Hashimoto
  • Patent number: 11353823
    Abstract: In an image forming apparatus, a process frame is movable into and out of a main casing in a first direction. The process frame includes a first wall and a second wall spaced apart from the first wall in a second direction. A first cartridge is detachably mountable to the process frame in a third direction crossing the second direction. A first electrode protrudes from an outer surface of the first cartridge outwardly in the second direction. In a state where the first cartridge is mounted to the process frame, the first cartridge is positioned between the first wall and second wall of the process frame in the second direction and a portion of the first wall aligns with the first electrode in the third direction such that the portion of the first wall is overlapped with the first electrode as viewed in the third direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2022
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Yasushi Okabe, Junichi Hashimoto
  • Publication number: 20220146960
    Abstract: A developing roller is located nearer a first end than a second end in a first direction. A first boss extends in a second direction and is movable together with a housing. The first boss bears the weight of a developer cartridge when the first boss is supported by a support surface of a first side plate of a drum unit, and is located away from the developing roller in the first direction and the third direction. A first pressure receiving surface is located farther away from the developing roller than the first boss in the third direction. The pressure receiving member receives a pressing force in the third direction from a pressing member of the first side plate of the drum unit. The first boss is located away from the developing roller in the first direction by a first distance. The first pressure receiving surface is located away from the developing roller in the first direction by the first distance or by a second distance smaller than the first distance.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 20, 2022
    Publication date: May 12, 2022
    Applicant: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Yuwen WANG, Kazuaki OOKA, Isao KISHI, Junichi HASHIMOTO
  • Publication number: 20220137549
    Abstract: A developing cartridge includes: a casing; a developing roller; a shaft; and a cam. The casing is configured to accommodate developer therein. The developing roller is rotatable about a first axis extending in an axial direction. The shaft extends along a second axis extending in the axial direction. The shaft is movable along the second axis. The cam is movable along the second axis in response to axial movement of the shaft. The cam has a cam surface non-parallel with the second axis.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 12, 2022
    Publication date: May 5, 2022
    Applicant: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Yuwen WANG, Junichi HASHIMOTO, Isao KISHI, Kazuaki OOKA
  • Patent number: 11320779
    Abstract: A photosensitive drum is rotatable about a drum axis extending in a first direction. A frame includes a first side plate located at first end in the first direction and a second side plate spaced from the first side plate in the first direction. The frame rotatably supports the photosensitive drum between the first side plate and the second side plate in the first direction. The frame holds a developer cartridge. A lock lever is pivotable about a pivot axis extending in a second direction intersecting with the first direction. The lock lever is movable between a lock position at which the developer cartridge is locked on the frame and a release position at which the developer cartridge is unlocked from the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2022
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Yuwen Wang, Junichi Hashimoto, Isao Kishi, Kazuaki Ooka
  • Patent number: 11323045
    Abstract: A vibration device that includes a flat plate that has a first main surface and a second main surface; a vibrator that is configured to vibrate along a first direction parallel to the first main surface; a connecting member that connects the vibrator to the first main surface of the flat plate; a support member having a cavity or a recess in a portion thereof facing the vibrator; and a cushioning material connecting the first main surface of the flat plate to the support member, the cushioning material being disposed so as to not overlap with the vibrator in a plan view of the vibration device. A combined length of the vibrator and the connecting member in a second direction perpendicular to the first main surface of the flat plate is larger than a length of the cushioning material in the second direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2022
    Assignee: MURATA MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jun Endo, Junichi Hashimoto, Shozo Otera, Toru Tominaga
  • Patent number: 11310657
    Abstract: A communication control device according to one embodiment of the present invention includes: a storage unit configured to store conditions for setting a profile used by a communication device for communication; a profile setting unit configured to start to set the profile for the communication device in a case in which a signal received from the communication device satisfies the conditions stored in the storage unit; and a condition setting unit configured to invalidate the conditions stored in the storage unit in a case in which the profile setting unit starts to set the profile and configured to validate conditions for setting a profile used by the communication device for communication in a case in which the profile setting unit has failed in setting the profile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2022
    Assignee: KDDI CORPORATION
    Inventors: Koichi Okita, Shingo Maruyama, Junichi Hashimoto
  • Patent number: 11300898
    Abstract: A developing cartridge includes: a casing having a groove recessed inward; a developing roller having an outer circumferential surface; a blade; and a blade holder having a first plate and a second plate. The developing roller is rotatable about a rotational axis extending in a first direction. The blade regulates a thickness of toner layer on the outer circumferential surface. The blade has one end portion and another end portion in a second direction. The another end portion of the blade is positioned farther from the outer circumferential surface than the one end portion of the blade is from the outer circumferential surface. The first plate extends in the second direction and supports the another end portion of the blade. The second plate extends from the first plate in a third direction crossing the second direction to have a distal end portion positioned within the groove.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2022
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Yuwen Wang, Junichi Hashimoto
  • Patent number: 11274003
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes: a belt unit including a transfer belt and a first memory that stores a first sheet conveying speed of the transfer belt; a second memory storing a first reference value and a second sheet conveying speed of the fixing unit a controller configured to: control at least one of the belt motor and the fixing motor to bring the speed difference between the sheet conveying speed of the transfer belt and the sheet conveying speed of the fixing unit closer to the first reference value by setting a rotational speed of the fixing motor based on the first reference value and a first speed difference between the first sheet conveying speed read from the first memory and the second sheet conveying speed read from the second memory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2022
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Junichi Hashimoto, Masafumi Inoue, Shuji Ota, Shuhei Hatano
  • Patent number: 11269292
    Abstract: A drum unit includes a photosensitive drum, a developing unit, a toner cartridge, a connector and a relay board. The photosensitive drum is rotatable about a first axis extending in an axial direction. The developing unit includes a magnetic roller, a developer container, a conveyer member and a toner sensor. The developer container accommodates therein carrier, and has an inlet. The conveyer member is positioned in the developer container, and configured to convey toner and the carrier from the inlet toward the magnetic roller. The toner cartridge accommodates therein toner and is attachable to the developer container to replenish toner in the developer container through the inlet. The connector is electrically connected to an image forming apparatus. The relay board electrically connects the toner sensor to the connector. The relay board is configured to transmit a detection signal from the toner sensor to the image forming apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2022
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Yuwen Wang, Takuya Amaike, Junichi Hashimoto
  • Publication number: 20220057744
    Abstract: The developing cartridge includes a casing, a developing roller, and a first inclined surface. The first inclined surface is positioned at an outer surface of one end portion of the casing in the second direction. The first inclined surface is fixed to the casing and is inclined relative to the first direction. The first inclined surface is movable in the first direction relative to the photosensitive drum between a first position and a second position together with the casing and the developing roller in a state where the developing cartridge 1 is attached to a drum cartridge. In a state where the first inclined surface is at the first position, the developing roller is in contact with the photosensitive drum. In a state where the first inclined surface is at the second position, the developing roller is in separation from the photosensitive drum.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 23, 2021
    Publication date: February 24, 2022
    Applicant: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Junichi HASHIMOTO, Yuwen WANG
  • Patent number: 11256208
    Abstract: A developing cartridge includes: a casing; a developing roller; a shaft; and a cam. The casing is configured to accommodate developer therein. The developing roller is rotatable about a first axis extending in an axial direction. The shaft extends along a second axis extending in the axial direction. The shaft is movable along the second axis. The cam is movable along the second axis in response to axial movement of the shaft. The cam has a cam surface non-parallel with the second axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2022
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Yuwen Wang, Junichi Hashimoto, Isao Kishi, Kazuaki Ooka
  • Patent number: 11249418
    Abstract: A developing roller is located nearer a first end than a second end in a first direction. A first boss extends in a second direction and is movable together with a housing. The first boss bears the weight of a developer cartridge when the first boss is supported by a support surface of a first side plate of a drum unit, and is located away from the developing roller in the first direction and the third direction. A first pressure receiving surface is located farther away from the developing roller than the first boss in the third direction. The pressure receiving member receives a pressing force in the third direction from a pressing member of the first side plate of the drum unit. The first boss is located away from the developing roller in the first direction by a first distance. The first pressure receiving surface is located away from the developing roller in the first direction by the first distance or by a second distance smaller than the first distance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2022
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Yuwen Wang, Kazuaki Ooka, Isao Kishi, Junichi Hashimoto
  • Publication number: 20220004143
    Abstract: A developing cartridge includes: a casing; a developing roller; a shaft extending in a first direction; a first inclined surface; a second inclined surface; an elastic member; and a first protrusion. The shaft is movable in the first direction relative to the casing and the developing roller, and is movable in the second direction together with the same. The first inclined surface is positioned at one end portion of the shaft, while the second inclined surface is positioned at another end portion of the shaft. The first and second inclined surfaces are inclined relative to the first direction. The first protrusion is movable in the first direction together with the second inclined surface. The shaft is movable from a first position to a second position when the second inclined surface receives a pressing force directed in a direction from the another end portion to the one end portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 16, 2021
    Publication date: January 6, 2022
    Applicant: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Yuwen Wang, Junichi Hashimoto
  • Publication number: 20220004118
    Abstract: A developing cartridge includes: a casing, a developing roller, a first agitator, a supply roller, and a second agitator. The casing is configured to accommodate toner. The developing roller is rotatable about a developing roller rotation axis extending in a first direction. The first agitator is configured to agitate the toner. The first agitator is rotatable about a first agitator rotation axis extending in the first direction. The supply roller is positioned between the first agitator and the developing roller. The supply roller is rotatable about a supply roller rotation axis extending in the first direction. The second agitator is positioned between the supply roller and the first agitator. The second agitator is rotatable about a second agitator rotation axis extending in the first direction. A rotation locus of the second agitator is positioned outside of a rotation locus of the first agitator.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 16, 2021
    Publication date: January 6, 2022
    Applicant: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Kazuaki OOKA, Junichi HASHIMOTO, Shota IRIYAMA, Keigo NAKAJIMA, Kengo YADA