Patents by Inventor Kazuhiko Funabashi

Kazuhiko Funabashi 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: 20210213595
    Abstract: To provide a driver that can be reduced in the amount of gas to be injected into a pressure chamber. The driver has: an impactor configured to hit a stopper by moving from a first position toward a second position; a pressure chamber to be filled with gas for moving the impactor from the first position toward the second position; a control mechanism configured to move the impactor from the second position toward the first position; and a gas injection portion configured to inject gas into the pressure chamber, wherein the impactor is capable of taking a standby position between the second position and the first position, and the control mechanism is configured to stop the impactor at an adjustment position closer to the second position than the standby position before gas is injected into the pressure chamber.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 26, 2021
    Publication date: July 15, 2021
    Inventors: Toshinori YASUTOMI, Shinichirou SATOU, Kazuhiko FUNABASHI, Yuki MITOMA
  • Patent number: 10967491
    Abstract: To provide a driver that can be reduced in the amount of gas to be injected into a pressure chamber. The driver has: an impactor configured to hit a stopper by moving from a first position toward a second position; a pressure chamber to be filled with gas for moving the impactor from the first position toward the second position; a control mechanism configured to move the impactor from the second position toward the first position; and a gas injection portion configured to inject gas into the pressure chamber, wherein the impactor is capable of taking a standby position between the second position and the first position, and the control mechanism is configured to stop the impactor at an adjustment position closer to the second position than the standby position before gas is injected into the pressure chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: KOKI HOLDINGS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Toshinori Yasutomi, Shinichirou Satou, Kazuhiko Funabashi, Yuki Mitoma
  • Patent number: 10886764
    Abstract: A power tool includes: a battery connecting part to which one of a first battery pack and a second battery pack having capacity smaller than that of the first battery pack is detachably attachable; a motor driven by electric power supplied from the battery pack; current detection means configured to detect a discharge current flowing from the battery pack to the motor; cut-off controlling means configured to cut off the discharge current when the discharge current becomes equal to or larger than a current threshold; and battery type discrimination means configured to discriminate the battery pack connected to the battery connecting part. The current threshold when the second battery pack is connected to the battery connecting part is lower than that when the first battery pack is connected to the battery connecting part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: Koki Holdings Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yoshikazu Kawano, Kazuhiko Funabashi, Toshiaki Koizumi, Hironori Mashiko
  • Patent number: 10744633
    Abstract: In order to provide a tool in which a motor is assuredly prevented from being restarted when power is turned on again after a power supply interruption due to a contingency, a disk grinder 1 includes a motor 2 and a switch 12 switchable between an ON position at which the motor is driven by an operator and an OFF position at which the motor is stopped. Furthermore, first and second restart prevention means 60, 90 are provided to disable driving of the motor until the switch is turned again to the ON position when power supplied to the motor 2 falls below or under a predetermined value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: Koki Holdings Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Takuya Yoshinari, Yoshikazu Kawano, Kazuhiko Funabashi, Toshiaki Koizumi
  • Patent number: 10717138
    Abstract: A power tool includes a brushless motor, a rectifier circuit configured to rectify an AC voltage supplied from an AC power supply and output a rectified voltage, an inverter circuit configured to perform switching actions with respect to the rectified voltage to be supplied to the brushless motor, a controller configured to control the switching actions of the inverter circuit, a trigger having an operating part being operable by a user, a switch rendered ON and OFF in accordance with an operation performed in the operating part, wherein when the switch is ON, the inverter circuit is electrically connected to the AC power supply whereas when the switch is OFF, and the inverter circuit is electrically disconnected from the AC power supply, and a power supply circuit connected between the switch and the AC power supply and configured to supply a voltage to the controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: Koki Holdings Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Takuya Yoshinari, Kazuhiko Funabashi, Toshiaki Koizumi
  • Publication number: 20200227931
    Abstract: Provided are a battery pack and an electrical apparatus by which information can be transmitted at an appropriate timing from the battery pack to a device body. A battery pack (10) includes: a serial communication reception circuit (31) and a temperature information transmission circuit (32); an LS terminal that is selectively connected to the serial communication reception circuit (31) or the temperature information transmission circuit (32); a first switching circuit (21) that is provided between the LS terminal and the serial communication reception circuit (31) and the temperature information transmission circuit (32); and a V terminal that is connected to the first switching circuit (21). The first switching circuit (21) switches between connecting the serial communication reception circuit (31) or the temperature information transmission circuit (32) to the LS terminal according to a signal inputted from the V terminal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 27, 2018
    Publication date: July 16, 2020
    Applicant: Koki Holdings Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Satoshi YAMAGUCHI, Yasushi NAKANO, Hiroyuki HANAWA, Kazuhiko FUNABASHI
  • Publication number: 20200212505
    Abstract: A battery pack includes cell units in which upper and lower battery cells are connected in series, wherein an output of series-connection and an output of parallel-connection can be switched. The cell units are respectively provided with protection circuit ICs for monitoring the state of the battery cells, and only the protection circuit on the lower cell unit side is provided with a controller 350 including a microcomputer. To adjust the power consumption for the microcomputer only provided in the lower cell unit, the circuit on the upper cell unit side is provided with a current consumption control means including dummy loads. The current consumption control means is operated in conjunction with the start-up of the microcomputer in the controller so as to equalize power consumption on the upper cell unit side and the lower cell unit side.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 30, 2018
    Publication date: July 2, 2020
    Applicant: Koki Holdings Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yasushi Nakano, Satoshi YAMAGUCHI, Hiroyuki HANAWA, Kazuhiko FUNABASHI, Tomomasa NISHIKAWA, Shota KANNO, Toshio Mizoguchi, Takuya Teranishi
  • Publication number: 20200161609
    Abstract: The electrical apparatus, in which a series connection state and a parallel connection state of an upper cell unit including five battery cells and a lower cell unit can be automatically switched by means of a difference in a terminal shape on the electrical apparatus body side, has a terminal holder and holds apparatus side terminals. The terminal holder, which establishes an electrically connected state with the connection terminals of the battery pack, is provided with two parallel protruding parts that extend in the forward-backward direction, and second rail grooves fitted to the protruding parts on the electrical apparatus side. Due to the fitting, relative movement of the terminal holder and the battery pack in the vertical direction can be suppressed, and wear on the apparatus side terminals can be greatly suppressed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 29, 2018
    Publication date: May 21, 2020
    Applicant: Koki Holdings Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Takuhiro Murakami, Tomomasa NISHIKAWA, Shinji Watanabe, Junpei SATO, Hikaru Tamura, Shota KANNO, Toshio Mizoguchi, Yasushi Nakano, Hiroyuki HANAWA, Kazuhiko FUNABASHI, Masayuki Ogura, Takuya Teranishi, Junichi Toukairin, Shota Takeuchi, Yusuke FUNABIKI
  • Publication number: 20200127339
    Abstract: A battery pack which has cell units in which top-side and bottom-side battery cells are connected in series, and is capable of switching the connection state of the cell units, wherein a control unit monitors voltage imbalances between the cell units, and also monitors whether or not a cell unit contact failure has occurred. In order to stop a charging/discharging when a contact failure occurs, a signal (abnormality stoppage signal or charging stoppage signal) for stopping discharge is produced and outputted to the electrical device body-side.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 24, 2018
    Publication date: April 23, 2020
    Applicant: Koki Holdings Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yasushi Nakano, Satoshi YAMAGUCHI, Hiroyuki HANAWA, Kazuhiko FUNABASHI, Tomomasa NISHIKAWA, Shota KANNO, Toshio Mizoguchi
  • Patent number: 10630223
    Abstract: A power tool which brakes a motor without turning off a trigger switch when a trouble occurs in the motor is provided. The power tool (10) comprises: a motor (20) that rotates by supply of electricity from a power source (PS); a controller (38) for controlling the rotation of the motor; a switch (12) for switching on and off of power supply from the power source to the motor manually; first braking means (23) for braking the motor when the switch (12) is switched from on to off; and second braking means (23, 45) for braking the motor (20) on the basis of a prescribed signal from the controller when the switch (12) is in an on state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: Koki Holdings Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Satoshi Yamaguchi, Yoshikazu Kawano, Kazuhiko Funabashi
  • Patent number: 10551442
    Abstract: In order to enable easy determination of whether a battery pack possessed by a user is one to be guaranteed or not and clearly differentiate an old battery pack from a new battery pack not to allow the old battery pack to be used in the field, when a battery diagnosis device determines that the battery pack is one to be guaranteed, information held by the diagnosed battery pack is written into a second battery pack different from the diagnosed battery pack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: KOKI HOLDINGS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yuki Horie, Takao Aradachi, Kazuhiko Funabashi
  • Patent number: 10547182
    Abstract: When a main switch (12) is turned ON, an electric operating machine (1) is put in the standby mode. With a trigger (13) being pulled in the standby mode, a power supply circuit (16) applies a voltage to a drive part (30). The power supply circuit (16) adjusts the voltage applied to the drive part (30) for a voltage corresponding to the pulling rate of the trigger (13). When the current running toward the drive part (30) exceeds the rated value of the drive part (30), the power supply circuit (16) automatically stops power supply to the drive part (30). On the other hand, when the output voltage of a battery (50) drops and the battery (50) is put in an overdischarge state, power supply to the drive part (30) is automatically stopped. When it is detected that the battery (50) undergoes an abnormal event, power supply to the drive part (30) is automatically stopped.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Assignee: KOKI HOLDINGS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Nobuhiro Takano, Kazuhiko Funabashi, Hideyuki Tanimoto, Chikai Yoshimizu, Hiromi Ozawa, Yoshihiro Hoshi
  • Publication number: 20190337065
    Abstract: A power tool includes a brushless motor, a rectifier circuit configured to rectify an AC voltage supplied from an AC power supply and output a rectified voltage, an inverter circuit configured to perform switching actions with respect to the rectified voltage to be supplied to the brushless motor, a controller configured to control the switching actions of the inverter circuit, a trigger having an operating part being operable by a user, a switch rendered ON and OFF in accordance with an operation performed in the operating part, wherein when the switch is ON, the inverter circuit is electrically connected to the AC power supply whereas when the switch is OFF, and the inverter circuit is electrically disconnected from the AC power supply, and a power supply circuit connected between the switch and the AC power supply and configured to supply a voltage to the controller.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 3, 2019
    Publication date: November 7, 2019
    Inventors: Takuya Yoshinari, Kazuhiko Funabashi, Toshiaki Koizumi
  • Patent number: 10411620
    Abstract: To provide a power tool capable of suppressing torque ripple and reducing power consumption without demagnetizing the permanent magnets in the rotor. The power tool includes a brushless motor, converting means, voltage detecting, and means conduction switching means. The brushless motor includes: a stator including a plurality of windings; and a rotor rotatable relative to the stator. The converting means is configured to convert an AC voltage supplied from an AC power supply into a varying DC voltage. The voltage detecting means is configured to detect the varying DC voltage. The conduction switching means includes an output line for applying the varying DC voltage to the plurality of windings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: Koki Holdings Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kazutaka Iwata, Kazuhiko Funabashi
  • Publication number: 20190258797
    Abstract: Provided is an electric device, power device, electric device system, and management device capable of providing a theft prevention function that requires less effort as compared to the prior art. A power tool comprises a main power tool unit, and a battery pack 4 which can be attached to and removed from the main power tool unit. The main power tool unit and the battery pack each have a storage means for storing at least one authentication code and a communication means for transmitting and receiving the authentication code, and permit use when an authentication code received via the communication means matches at least one of the authentication codes stored in the storage means, and do not permit use when said authentication code does not match any of the authentication codes. The authentication code is set by a management device which is an external device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 6, 2017
    Publication date: August 22, 2019
    Applicant: Koki Holdings Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yuki HORIE, Yuta Noguchi, Kazuhiko FUNABASHI
  • Publication number: 20190259984
    Abstract: A battery pack houses first and second cell units that are composed of a plurality of cells, and has a positive electrode power source terminal and a negative electrode power source terminal. This battery pack is provided with a series connector capable of connecting, in series, the first and second cell units and a parallel connector capable of connecting, in parallel, the first and second cell units, and is capable of switching between a parallel connection voltage and a series connection voltage. In the case of attachment to the high voltage electrical device body, the series connector becomes conductive and the parallel connector pair is cut off by the action of the series/parallel switching terminal. In the case of attachment to a low voltage electrical device body, the state is returned to an initial state, the series connector is cut off, and the parallel connector pair becomes conductive.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 27, 2017
    Publication date: August 22, 2019
    Applicant: Koki Holdings Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Tomomasa NISHIKAWA, Takuya Teranishi, Naoto Wakatabe, Akira Matsushita, Masaru Hirano, Osamu Kawanobe, Nobuhiro TAKANO, Shinji Watanabe, Hiroyuki HANAWA, Takuhiro Murakami, SHOTA KANNO, Junpei Sato, Hikaru Tamura, Hayato Yamaguchi, Toshio Mizoguchi, Yasushi Nakano, Kazuhiko FUNABASHI, Masayuki Ogura, Yusuke FUNABIKI, Junichi Toukairin, Shota Takeuchi
  • Publication number: 20190259985
    Abstract: In an upper cell unit (2146) and a lower cell unit (2147) comprising five battery cells, positive electrode terminals (2162, 2172) are set apart and aligned vertically, and negative electrode terminals (2167, 2177) are set apart and aligned vertically. When an electrical device body is rated at 36V, device-side terminals are in contact only at the upper terminals (2162, 2167), and short circuiting of the lower terminals (2172, 2177) is effected using a short bar 2059. When the electrical device body is rated at 18V, the upper and lower terminals (2162 and 2172, 2167 and 2177) are simultaneously made to contact the device-side terminals, and the upper cell unit (2146) and the lower cell unit (2147) assume a parallel connected state. Thus, it is possible to automatically switch the output voltage when a battery pack is mounted according to the difference in terminal shape on the electrical device body side.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 27, 2017
    Publication date: August 22, 2019
    Applicant: Koki Holdings Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hiroyuki HANAWA, Tomomasa NISHIKAWA, SHOTA KANNO, Toshio Mizoguchi, Yasushi Nakano, Kazuhiko FUNABASHI, Takuya Teranishi, Naoto Wakatabe, Shinji Watanabe, Junpei Sato, Hikaru Tamura, Nobuhiro TAKANO, Osamu Kawanobe, Hayato Yamaguchi, Akira Matsushita, Masaru Hirano, Takuhiro Murakami, Masayuki Ogura, Yusuke Funabiki, Junichi Toukairin, Shota Takeuchi
  • Publication number: 20190250206
    Abstract: The failure diagnosis system is provided with an electric tool 1, and a diagnosis device 100 that can be connected with the electric tool 1. The diagnosis device 100 reads the usage history information of the electric tool 1 from the electric tool 1 to which the diagnosis device 100 has been connected, estimates a failure part of the electric tool 1 on the basis of the usage history information, and reports information indicating the failure part. The usage history information includes at least one of the motor operation time, the number of operations of a motor driving switch, the power supply voltage, a motor current, the motor temperature, the temperature of a motor driving circuit, whether or not the motor can be driven, the presence or absence of a high-temperature abnormality, the presence or absence of an overcurrent abnormality, and the presence or absence of an overvoltage abnormality.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 28, 2017
    Publication date: August 15, 2019
    Applicant: Koki Holdings Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yuta NOGUCHI, Yuki HORIE, Kazuhiko FUNABASHI
  • Patent number: 10320214
    Abstract: A power tool includes: a secondary battery; a drive unit; a detecting unit; and a control unit. The secondary battery has positive and negative terminals across which a battery voltage is developed. The drive unit is connected to the secondary battery. The detecting unit is configured to detect a current value and a voltage value supplied from the secondary battery to the drive unit. The control unit is configured to control an effective voltage and an effective current applied to the drive unit depending on a load imposed thereon to fall within an allowable power dissipation value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: Koki Holdings Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yuki Horie, Kazuhiko Funabashi, Nobuhiro Takano
  • Publication number: 20190168366
    Abstract: To provide a driver that can be reduced in the amount of gas to be injected into a pressure chamber. The driver has: an impactor configured to hit a stopper by moving from a first position toward a second position; a pressure chamber to be filled with gas for moving the impactor from the first position toward the second position; a control mechanism configured to move the impactor from the second position toward the first position; and a gas injection portion configured to inject gas into the pressure chamber, wherein the impactor is capable of taking a standby position between the second position and the first position, and the control mechanism is configured to stop the impactor at an adjustment position closer to the second position than the standby position before gas is injected into the pressure chamber.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 30, 2017
    Publication date: June 6, 2019
    Inventors: Toshinori YASUTOMI, Shinichirou SATOU, Kazuhiko FUNABASHI, Yuki MITOMA