Patents by Inventor Katsufumi Inoue

Katsufumi Inoue 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: 20200157988
    Abstract: An exhaust valve device includes a valve body, a valve seat, a support shaft, a coil spring, and a cushion member. The valve body is placed in an exhaust passage in a silencer, and configured to open and close the exhaust passage. The valve body abuts against the valve seat when the valve body is closed. The support shaft is fixed to the valve seat, and supports the valve body to be able to swing freely. The support shaft is inserted in the coil spring. The coil spring biases the valve body. The cushion member is interposed between the coil spring and the support shaft. The cushion member is rotatable relative to the support shaft.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 19, 2018
    Publication date: May 21, 2020
    Inventors: Katsufumi INOUE, Hiroaki MASUBUCHI, Yasunori KOZUKA, Shou UCHIDA, Youhei MAEZONO, Mizuki HAYASHIDA
  • Publication number: 20190209073
    Abstract: A swallowing diagnosis apparatus includes a controller which enables a first swallowing determination process of determining whether or not there is an aspiration risk in the swallowing on the basis of respiratory phases before and after a period in which swallowing has been estimated as having occurred; and a second swallowing determination process of extracting reference information including at least one of the sound information and the respiration information in a predetermined period including the period in which swallowing has been estimated as having occurred, obtaining a feature quantity from the extracted reference information, and performing a machine learning process on the obtained feature quantity to determine whether or not there is a possibility of dysphagia in the swallowing; and a display control process of causing a determination result obtained by the first swallowing determination process and a determination result obtained by the second swallowing determination process to be displayed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 12, 2019
    Publication date: July 11, 2019
    Applicants: OSAKA PREFECTURE UNIVERSITY PUBLIC CORPORATION, EuSense Medical Co., Ltd., HYOGO COLLEGE OF MEDICINE, J craft Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Michifumi Yoshioka, Katsufumi Inoue, Yoshitaka Oku
  • Patent number: 9922301
    Abstract: An information display method is disclosed in a control system in which a lighting mode is selected from among a plurality of lighting modes, and lighting equipment is controlled at a lighting target area in accordance with the selected lighting mode. The method comprising: generating each of the merchandising values representing an index for evaluating a performance of at least one store; classifying each of the merchandising values in according with each of time periods; obtaining lighting mode information from the control system, the lighting mode information indicating the lighting mode selected in each of the time periods; and transmitting to the terminal device, each of the classified merchandising values and each pieces of the obtained lighting mode information corresponding to each of the classified merchandising values, in each of the time periods.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY CORPORATION OF AMERICA
    Inventors: Toru Tanigawa, Masaki Takahashi, Kento Ogawa, Katsufumi Inoue
  • Patent number: 9799044
    Abstract: When there are no customers in a store, a laser is scanned along an aisle between product shelving units installed in the store, and if that laser is reflected midway in the optical path, it is determined that there is an object in the sensing range according to the laser. The determination result is then notified to a user by a site that corresponds to the position where the laser has been reflected being marked in a layout image that represents the product shelving units, displayed on a terminal device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY CORPORATION OF AMERICA
    Inventors: Masaki Takahashi, Toru Tanigawa, Kento Ogawa, Katsufumi Inoue
  • Publication number: 20150206188
    Abstract: An item presentation system detects a movement of a customer in a store, and includes a presentation apparatus that performs the item presentation in the store based on detection results. The item presentation method of the item presentation system includes: detecting a first movement indicating that the customer enters a predetermined area around a product shelf; detecting a second movement indicating that the customer reaches out one hand to a first item as one of the items displayed on the product shelf; starting to count time from a moment that the second movement is detected if the second movement is detected after the first movement is detected; and causing the presentation apparatus to perform the item presentation on the item to which the customer reaches out the hand in the product shelf if the time counted becomes equal to a predetermined period of time.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 26, 2014
    Publication date: July 23, 2015
    Applicant: Panasonic Intellectual Property Corporation of America
    Inventors: TORU TANIGAWA, MASAKI TAKAHASHI, KENTO OGAWA, KATSUFUMI INOUE
  • Publication number: 20150193716
    Abstract: An information display method is disclosed in a control system in which a lighting mode is selected from among a plurality of lighting modes, and lighting equipment is controlled at a lighting target area in accordance with the selected lighting mode. The method comprising: generating each of the merchandising values representing an index for evaluating a performance of at least one store; classifying each of the merchandising values in according with each of time periods; obtaining lighting mode information from the control system, the lighting mode information indicating the lighting mode selected in each of the time periods; and transmitting to the terminal device, each of the classified merchandising values and each pieces of the obtained lighting mode information corresponding to each of the classified merchandising values, in each of the time periods.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 22, 2014
    Publication date: July 9, 2015
    Inventors: TORU TANIGAWA, MASAKI TAKAHASHI, KENTO OGAWA, KATSUFUMI INOUE
  • Publication number: 20150186903
    Abstract: When there are no customers in a store, a laser is scanned along an aisle between product shelving units installed in the store, and if that laser is reflected midway in the optical path, it is determined that there is an object in the sensing range according to the laser. The determination result is then notified to a user by a site that corresponds to the position where the laser has been reflected being marked in a layout image that represents the product shelving units, displayed on a terminal device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 8, 2014
    Publication date: July 2, 2015
    Inventors: MASAKI TAKAHASHI, TORU TANIGAWA, KENTO OGAWA, KATSUFUMI INOUE
  • Patent number: 8647420
    Abstract: [Problem] To provide a system for recovering carbon dioxide from flue gas, in which a reboiler in a regenerator can be compactly installed, and a method therefor, in facilities where CO2 or the like contained in flue gas is recovered. [Solving Means] To include an absorber 1006 that absorbs CO2 contained in flue gas 1002, a regenerator 1008 that strips CO2 from CO2 absorbent (rich solution) 1007 to regenerate absorbent, internal shells 101 provided at a bottom of the regenerator 1008 with a predetermined interval therebetween, into which regenerated CO2 absorbent is introduced by a feeding unit 102 from a bottom side thereof so that the CO2 absorbent overflows from an upper end of the internal shell thereof toward the bottom of the regenerator, and a reboiler that is inserted into the internal shells 101 in a direction orthogonal to a vertical axis and includes a heat-transfer tube 103 that reboils absorbent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2014
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd.
    Inventors: Hiroshi Tsubone, Toyoshi Nakagawa, Takashi Kamijo, Tsuyoshi Oishi, Katsufumi Inoue, Osamu Miyamoto
  • Patent number: 8535428
    Abstract: To include an absorber (1006) that brings CO2 absorbent that absorbs CO2 contained in flue gas (1002) into contact with the flue gas to remove CO2 from the flue gas, a regenerator (1008) that strips CO2 from CO2 absorbent (rich solution), which is fed from the absorber through a first feed line L1 and has absorbed CO2, to regenerate CO2 absorbent, thereby acquiring regenerated CO2 absorbent (lean solution) (1009), falling film reboilers (1101-1 and 1101-2) that draw off CO2 absorbent (amine solution) (1033) from near the bottom of the regenerator and reheats regenerated CO2 absorbent via steam (1031), a first liquid-vapor separator (1103) that separates the CO2 absorbent reheated by the falling film reboilers into regenerated CO2 absorbent in which CO2 has been removed and vapor containing CO2, and a second feed line L2 for supplying the separated regenerated CO2 absorbent to the absorber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2013
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd.
    Inventors: Katsufumi Inoue, Takashi Kamijo, Tsuyoshi Oishi, Takahito Yonekawa, Hiroshi Tanaka
  • Patent number: 8496806
    Abstract: Provided is a dehydrator that requires no excessively large apparatus structure and achieves cost-saving while maintaining suction efficiency at a desired level by use of suction means. A dehydrator 100 for separating water from a target liquid 13 includes at least two water separation membrane units 1a and 1b which are provided in series in a flow direction of the target liquid 13. The water separation membrane unit 1a on an upstream side out of the water separation membrane units 1a and 1b is connected to suction means 7 for sucking a gas phase containing water through one condenser 4, and the one condenser 4 condenses water in the gas phase and thereby separates the water. The gas phase sucked by the suction means 7 from the one condenser 4 is transferred to at least one downstream condenser 8 provided downstream of the one condenser 4, and the downstream condenser 8 condenses water in the gas phase and thereby separates the water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2013
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd.
    Inventors: Atsuhiro Yukumoto, Hiroyuki Osora, Yoshio Seiki, Haruaki Hirayama, Yukio Tanaka, Hideo Kashiwagi, Katsufumi Inoue
  • Patent number: 8306315
    Abstract: Provided are a method of generating a low-capacity model capable of identifying an object with high accuracy, and creating an image database using the model, a processing program for executing the method, and a processing apparatus that executes the process. The method for compiling an image database that is used for a three-dimensional object recognition includes a step of extracting vectors as local descriptors from a plurality of images each image showing a three-dimensional object as seen from different viewpoints, a model creating step of evaluating the degree of contribution of each local descriptor to identification of the three-dimensional object, and creating a three-dimensional object model systematized to ensure approximate nearest neighbor search using the individual vectors which satisfy criteria, and a registration step of adding an object identifier to the created object model and registering the object model into an image database.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2012
    Assignee: Osaka Prefecture University Public Corporation
    Inventors: Katsufumi Inoue, Hiroshi Miyake, Koichi Kise
  • Publication number: 20120084305
    Abstract: The present invention aims to provide a method of compiling and retrieving an image database having excellent space efficiency, wherein an associative data structure is used in order to solve the foregoing problem.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 2, 2010
    Publication date: April 5, 2012
    Applicant: OSAKA PREFECTURE UNIVERSITY PUBLIC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Katsufumi Inoue, Koichi Kise
  • Publication number: 20110250120
    Abstract: [Problem] To provide a system for recovering carbon dioxide from flue gas, in which a reboiler in a regenerator can be compactly installed, and a method therefor, in facilities where CO2 or the like contained in flue gas is recovered. [Solving Means] To include an absorber 1006 that absorbs CO2 contained in flue gas 1002, a regenerator 1008 that strips CO2 from CO2 absorbent (rich solution) 1007 to regenerate absorbent, internal shells 101 provided at a bottom of the regenerator 1008 with a predetermined interval therebetween, into which regenerated CO2 absorbent is introduced by a feeding unit 102 from a bottom side thereof so that the CO2 absorbent overflows from an upper end of the internal shell thereof toward the bottom of the regenerator, and a reboiler that is inserted into the internal shells 101 in a direction orthogonal to a vertical axis and includes a heat-transfer tube 103 that reboils absorbent.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 7, 2011
    Publication date: October 13, 2011
    Applicant: MITSUBISHI HEAVY INDUSTRIES, LTD.
    Inventors: Hiroshi Tsubone, Toyoshi Nakagawa, Takashi Kamijo, Tsuyoshi Oishi, Katsufumi Inoue, Osamu Miyamoto
  • Publication number: 20110107916
    Abstract: To include an absorber (1006) that brings CO2 absorbent that absorbs CO2 contained in flue gas (1002) into contact with the flue gas to remove CO2 from the flue gas, a regenerator (1008) that strips CO2 from CO2 absorbent (rich solution), which is fed from the absorber through a first feed line L1 and has absorbed CO2, to regenerate CO2 absorbent, thereby acquiring regenerated CO2 absorbent (lean solution) (1009), falling film reboilers (1101-1 and 1101-2) that draw off CO2 absorbent (amine solution) (1033) from near the bottom of the regenerator and reheats regenerated CO2 absorbent via steam (1031), a first liquid-vapor separator (1103) that separates the CO2 absorbent reheated by the falling film reboilers into regenerated CO2 absorbent in which CO2 has been removed and vapor containing CO2, and a second feed line L2 for supplying the separated regenerated CO2 absorbent to the absorber.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 26, 2009
    Publication date: May 12, 2011
    Applicant: MITSUBISHI HEAVY INDUSTRIES, LTD.
    Inventors: Katsufumi Inoue, Takashi Kamijo, Tsuyoshi Oishi, Takahito Yonekawa, Hiroshi Tanaka
  • Publication number: 20110058733
    Abstract: Provided are a method of generating a low-capacity model capable of identifying an object with high accuracy, and creating an image database using the model, a processing program for executing the method, and a processing apparatus that executes the process. The method for compiling an image database that is used for a three-dimensional object recognition includes a steps of extracting vectors as local descriptors from a plurality of images each image showing a three-dimensional object as seen from different viewpoints, a model creating step of evaluating the degree of contribution of each local descriptor to identification of the three-dimensional object, and creating a three-dimensional object model systematized to ensure approximate nearest neighbor search using the individual vectors which satisfy criteria, and a registration step of adding an object identifier to the created object model and registering the object model into an image database.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 27, 2009
    Publication date: March 10, 2011
    Applicant: OSAKA PREFECTURE UNIVERSITY PUBLIC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Katsufumi Inoue, Hiroshi Miyake, Kouichi Kise
  • Publication number: 20100206789
    Abstract: Provided is a dehydrator that requires no excessively large apparatus structure and achieves cost-saving while maintaining suction efficiency at a desired level by use of suction means. A dehydrator 100 for separating water from a target liquid 13 includes at least two water separation membrane units 1a and 1b which are provided in series in a flow direction of the target liquid 13. The water separation membrane unit 1a on an upstream side out of the water separation membrane units 1a and 1b is connected to suction means 7 for sucking a gas phase containing water through one condenser 4, and the one condenser 4 condenses water in the gas phase and thereby separates the water. The gas phase sucked by the suction means 7 from the one condenser 4 is transferred to at least one downstream condenser 8 provided downstream of the one condenser 4, and the downstream condenser 8 condenses water in the gas phase and thereby separates the water.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 13, 2009
    Publication date: August 19, 2010
    Applicant: MITSUBISHI HEAVY INDUSTRIES, LTD.
    Inventors: Atsuhiro Yukumoto, Hiroyuki Osora, Yoshio Seiki, Haruaki Hirayama, Yukio Tanaka, Hideo Kashiwagi, Katsufumi Inoue
  • Publication number: 20050115070
    Abstract: A metal carrier includes a core (3) having a thinned film containing a metal catalyst. The core includes a first metal sheet (1) corrugated and having a crest with a first radius (R). The core includes a second metal sheet (2) flattened or corrugated smaller in corrugation height than the first metal sheet, The first and second metal sheets are stacked on each other to be wound up. The crest and second metal sheet are joined to each other, having a joint therebetween. A fillet of the catalyst is formed between the joint, the first metal sheet, and the second metal sheet, having an arced surface of a second radius (r) extending between the first and second metal sheets. The first radius is set substantially equal to the second radius.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 24, 2004
    Publication date: June 2, 2005
    Inventors: Tamotsu Sugimoto, Seiji Mashiko, Katsufumi Inoue, Teruhisa Kaneda, Shintaro Tabata
  • Patent number: 5740652
    Abstract: A method of installing a seismic damping wall where the seismic damping wall is attached to the upper floor beam prior to installing the upper floor beam. A hanging plate is placed in the chamber defined by a standing structure plate. The hanging plate is temporarily attached to the standing structure plate. The top edge of the hanging plate is affixed to a horizontal structural beam that upon installation in the building will be an upper floor structural beam. The combined unit, comprising the horizontal structural beam, the hanging plate and the standing plate structure, is placed in position and the horizontal structural beam on the upper floor is installed in the building structure. The chamber is filled with a viscous liquid. The hanging plate and the standing plate structure which were temporarily fastened together are separated from each other. The standing plate structure is lowered down toward the horizontal structural beam on the lower floor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 1996
    Date of Patent: April 21, 1998
    Assignee: Sumitomo Construction Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Katsufumi Inoue, Mitsuo Miyazaki, Masami Nomori, Fumiaki Arima