Patents by Inventor Junya Azami

Junya Azami 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: 20220196605
    Abstract: A device includes a sensor including an emission unit which emits ultrasonic waves and a reception unit which receives the ultrasonic waves, the emission unit and the reception unit being arranged opposite each other across a conveyance path through which a recording material is conveyed, an instruction unit which supplies, to the emission unit, a first drive input or a second drive input larger than the first drive input, and a detection unit which detects information about a grammage of the recording material based on a first value obtained by the reception unit receiving ultrasonic waves emitted from the emission unit with the first drive input supplied thereto and coming not through the recording material and a second value obtained by the reception unit receiving ultrasonic waves emitted from the emission unit with the second drive input supplied thereto and coming through the recording material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 9, 2021
    Publication date: June 23, 2022
    Inventors: Masafumi Monde, Junya Azami, Hiromitsu Kumada, Ryuichi Araki, Mayumi Sakai
  • Patent number: 11256205
    Abstract: A recording material determination apparatus includes a transmission unit, a reception unit, and a determination unit. The transmission unit transmits an ultrasonic wave to a recording material. The reception unit vibrates when the reception unit receives the ultrasonic wave having been transmitted from the transmission unit and having passed through the recording material, and outputs a signal corresponding to a vibration state. The determination unit determines a basis weight of the recording material in accordance with the signal output from the reception unit. A resonance frequency of the reception unit differs from a resonance frequency of the transmission unit, and the reception unit is capable of receiving a sound wave in an ultrasonic range and a sound wave in an audible range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2022
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Junya Azami, Masafumi Monde, Hiromitsu Kumada, Yuka Fujii, Mizuki Ishimoto
  • 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: 20210255094
    Abstract: A housing includes a first opening and a second opening, and encloses a light-emitting element and a first light receiving unit. The first opening is provided in a first light guide path, and is arranged so that light output from the light-emitting element travels toward a target surface. The second opening is provided in a second light guide path arranged between the target surface and the first light receiving unit. The first opening is an exit opening of a through-hole provided penetrating through the housing, and a shape of the through-hole is a shape in which diffracted light of the +1st order and higher orders and diffracted light of the ?1st order and higher orders produced at the target surface to be irradiated are not incident on the first light receiving unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 11, 2021
    Publication date: August 19, 2021
    Inventors: Kazushi Ino, Takuya Mukaibara, Junya Azami, Kazutaka Yaguchi, Hiroshi Kita
  • Publication number: 20210255102
    Abstract: A housing includes a first opening and a second opening, and encloses a light-emitting element, a first light receiving unit, and a second light receiving unit. The first opening is provided in a first light guide path arranged between the light-emitting element and a first irradiated region of the target surface, and is arranged so that light output from the light-emitting element travels toward the first irradiated region. The second opening is provided in a second light guide path arranged between the first irradiated region and the first light receiving unit, and is arranged so that diffused reflection light from the toner image passes through when the toner image passes the first irradiated region.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 11, 2021
    Publication date: August 19, 2021
    Inventors: Kazushi Ino, Takuya Mukaibara, Kazutaka Yaguchi, Junya Azami, Hiroshi Kita
  • 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: 20210124298
    Abstract: A recording material determination apparatus includes a transmission unit, a reception unit, and a determination unit. The transmission unit transmits an ultrasonic wave to a recording material. The reception unit vibrates when the reception unit receives the ultrasonic wave having been transmitted from the transmission unit and having passed through the recording material, and outputs a signal corresponding to a vibration state. The determination unit determines a basis weight of the recording material in accordance with the signal output from the reception unit. A resonance frequency of the reception unit differs from a resonance frequency of the transmission unit, and the reception unit is capable of receiving a sound wave in an ultrasonic range and a sound wave in an audible range.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 31, 2020
    Publication date: April 29, 2021
    Inventors: Junya Azami, Masafumi Monde, Hiromitsu Kumada, Yuka Fujii, Mizuki Ishimoto
  • 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
  • Patent number: 10915052
    Abstract: A recording material determination apparatus includes a transmission unit, a reception unit, and a determination unit. The transmission unit transmits an ultrasonic wave to a recording material. The reception unit vibrates when the reception unit receives the ultrasonic wave having been transmitted from the transmission unit and having passed through the recording material, and outputs a signal corresponding to a vibration state. The determination unit determines a basis weight of the recording material in accordance with the signal output from the reception unit. A resonance frequency of the reception unit differs from a resonance frequency of the transmission unit, and the reception unit is capable of receiving a sound wave in an ultrasonic range and a sound wave in an audible range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Junya Azami, Masafumi Monde, Hiromitsu Kumada, Yuka Fujii, Mizuki Ishimoto
  • Patent number: 10884256
    Abstract: A collimator lens to be held by a holder member, includes a lens portion including an area through which light passes, and a protruding portion protruding from the lens portion. The lens portion is formed on an outer peripheral surface of the collimator lens and includes a bonded portion to be bonded and fixed onto a bonding portion, which is formed on the holder member, through an adhesive. The protruding portion includes a plane formed on an outer peripheral surface of the protruding portion. The plane is formed at a position where a normal line to the plane intersects with the bonded portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Kunihiro Niwa, Junya Azami
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20200209794
    Abstract: A recording material determination apparatus includes a transmission unit, a reception unit, and a determination unit. The transmission unit transmits an ultrasonic wave to a recording material. The reception unit vibrates when the reception unit receives the ultrasonic wave having been transmitted from the transmission unit and having passed through the recording material, and outputs a signal corresponding to a vibration state. The determination unit determines a basis weight of the recording material in accordance with the signal output from the reception unit. A resonance frequency of the reception unit differs from a resonance frequency of the transmission unit, and the reception unit is capable of receiving a sound wave in an ultrasonic range and a sound wave in an audible range.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 17, 2019
    Publication date: July 2, 2020
    Inventors: Junya Azami, Masafumi Monde, Hiromitsu Kumada, Yuka Fujii, Mizuki Ishimoto
  • Publication number: 20190033611
    Abstract: A collimator lens to be held by a holder member, includes a lens portion including an area through which light passes, and a protruding portion protruding from the lens portion. The lens portion is formed on an outer peripheral surface of the collimator lens and includes a bonded portion to be bonded and fixed onto a bonding portion, which is formed on the holder member, through an adhesive. The protruding portion includes a plane formed on an outer peripheral surface of the protruding portion. The plane is formed at a position where a normal line to the plane intersects with the bonded portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 5, 2018
    Publication date: January 31, 2019
    Inventors: Kunihiro Niwa, Junya Azami
  • Patent number: 10095153
    Abstract: An optical scanning apparatus includes a light source for emitting a beam in accordance with image information; a controller substrate for controlling the light source; a deflector for scanningly deflecting the beam; an optical device for directing the deflected beam onto a member-to-be-scanned; a casing supporting the substrate, the deflector and the optical device, wherein the substrate is provided with a projected portion projecting relative to the casing; and a connector for removably connecting a cable for supplying a signal to the light source, the connector being provided on a side of the projected portion where the controller substrate is supported by the casing. The cable is insertable and removable relative to the connector in a direction parallel with a surface of the projected portion provided with the connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Tomoyuki Kawano, Junya Azami
  • Publication number: 20170299974
    Abstract: An optical scanning apparatus includes a light source for emitting a beam in accordance with image information; a controller substrate for controlling the light source; a deflector for scanningly deflecting the beam; a optical device for directing the deflected beam onto a member-to-be-scanned; a casing supporting the substrate, the deflector and the optical device, wherein the substrate is provided with a projected portion projecting relative to the casing; and a connector for removably connecting a cable for supplying a signal to the light source, the connector being provided on a side of the projected portion where the controller substrate is supported by the casing. The cable is insertable and removable relative to the connector in a direction parallel with a surface of the projected portion provided with the connector.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 17, 2017
    Publication date: October 19, 2017
    Inventors: Tomoyuki Kawano, Junya Azami
  • Patent number: 9571688
    Abstract: An optical scanning apparatus includes first and second light source units including respective light sources; a rotating polygon mirror that performs deflection scanning of laser beams emitted from the light sources included in the first and second light source units; and a positioning member including a first abutting portion on which the first light source unit abuts and a second abutting portion on which the second light source unit abuts, the positioning member positioning the first and second light source units. The first and second light source units are positioned by the positioning member and arranged next to each other in a rotation axis direction of the rotating polygon mirror. The positioning member is a single member disposed between the first and second light source units in the rotation axis direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Taku Murotani, Kunihiro Niwa, Junya Azami, Tetsuya Nishiguchi, Hisanori Kobayashi