Patents by Inventor Kazuhiko Sannomiya

Kazuhiko Sannomiya 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: 20220161339
    Abstract: A machine tool and a control device for the machine tool for shortening the machining time of a workpiece in a case where the relative and reciprocal vibration of workpiece holder and tool post in the radial direction of the workpiece is stopped during a period from an initial point until when the workpiece and the cutting tool come into contact with each other is provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 22, 2020
    Publication date: May 26, 2022
    Applicants: CITIZEN WATCH CO., LTD., CITIZEN MACHINERY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Kazuhiko SANNOMIYA
  • Patent number: 11338404
    Abstract: A machine tool and a control apparatus thereof include an amplitude control unit to control the amplitude of reciprocal vibration by a vibration unit. The amplitude control unit is configured to reduce the amplitude of the reciprocal vibration by the vibration unit as a cutting tool is fed in a feeding direction when the cutting tool reaches a predetermined cutting tool work stopping position on a workpiece in the feeding direction (Z-axis direction) to prevent the cutting tool from cutting the workpiece beyond the cutting tool work stopping position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2022
    Assignees: CITIZEN WATCH CO., LTD., CITIZEN MACHINERY CO., LTD
    Inventors: Kazuhiko Sannomiya, Takaichi Nakaya
  • Publication number: 20210370455
    Abstract: A control device for a machine tool and a machine tool capable of easily performing cutting with vibration according to the amount of feed is provided. The control device includes a control section for controlling the relative rotation and feeding of a cutting tool and a material, the control section performing cutting with vibration of the cutting tool relative to the material by combining a forward feed movement in the machining direction, in which the cutting tool machines the material, and a return movement in the counter-machining direction. A return movement setting section sets a pulse-like signal including a command for moving a cutting tool in the machining direction and a command for the return movement. A forward feed setting section makes the cutting tool reach a change point by combining the movement in the machining direction on the basis of the return movement setting section and the forward feed movement.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 27, 2019
    Publication date: December 2, 2021
    Applicants: CITIZEN WATCH CO., LTD., CITIZEN MACHINERY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kazuhiko SANNOMIYA, Takaichi NAKAYA
  • Patent number: 10814401
    Abstract: A vibration cutting insert includes a top surface having a rake face and a breaker face, a first side surface, a second side surface, and a bottom surface. In a cross section which includes a bisector of an angle formed between a first ridgeline and a second ridgeline when viewed in a direction from the top surface toward the bottom surface, and which is parallel to the direction from the top surface toward the bottom surface, a rake angle formed between the rake face and a plane parallel to the bottom surface has a positive angle. The angle formed between the first ridgeline and the second ridgeline is an acute angle. The rake face constitutes a cylindrical surface. The breaker face constitutes a flat surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignees: Sumitomo Electric Hardmetal Corp., Citizen Machinery Co., Ltd., Citizen Watch Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Tomoyuki Fukuyama, Kazuhiko Sannomiya
  • Publication number: 20200282502
    Abstract: A machine tool includes: a cutting tool; rotating means; feeding means; and vibration means for reciprocatingly vibrating the cutting tool and the workpiece relative to each other; wherein the cutting process is carried out by a relative rotation of the workpiece and the cutting tool, and feeding of the cutting tool, to thereby move the cutting tool continuously along a plurality of predetermined movement paths each having a different machining feeding direction. The machine tool further includes vibration restriction means that operates as the movement of the cutting tool changes from one movement path of two consecutive movement paths to the other movement path, for restricting the reciprocating vibration for a predetermined period from the movement starting position of the movement paths, and starting the reciprocating vibration after the lapse of said predetermined period.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 4, 2018
    Publication date: September 10, 2020
    Applicants: CITIZEN WATCH CO., LTD., CITIZEN MACHINERY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Takaichi NAKAYA, Kazuhiko SANNOMIYA, Hiroshi SHINOHARA
  • Patent number: 10744567
    Abstract: The invention provides a control apparatus for a machine tool, which can perform reciprocating vibration in consideration of a vibration frequency, increase flexibility in machining a workpiece, and perform vibration cutting by means of an external spindle or the like without rotating a spindle. The control apparatus and the machine tool include control means. The control means includes an imaginary spindle regarded as a spindle for rotating a workpiece W or a cutting tool. The control means sets the number of rotations of the imaginary spindle and the number of reciprocating vibrations in accordance with a vibration frequency attributable to a cycle during which an operation instruction can be issued.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignees: CITIZEN WATCH CO., LTD., CITIZEN MACHINERY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kazuhiko Sannomiya, Takaichi Nakaya
  • Patent number: 10744611
    Abstract: In a machine tool, under user set conditions, a cutting tool is fed in a feeding direction while the cutting tool is moved repetitively to cut a workpiece smoothly while separating chips easily. In the machine tool and a control apparatus thereof, control means is configured to set the number of rotations of relative rotation for executing machining of a workpiece, and the number of repetitions of repetitive movement during one rotation of the relative rotation in accordance with a repetitive movement frequency attributable to a cycle during which an operation instruction can be issued.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignees: Citizen Watch Co., Ltd., Citizen Machinery Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Takaichi Nakaya, Kazuhiko Sannomiya, Hiroshi Shinohara
  • Patent number: 10671046
    Abstract: A numerical control device is for machining a machining object by moving a tool and the machining object relative to each other along a movement path while applying vibration, by use of a drive axis provided for the tool or the machining object. The device includes a storage unit that holds an invalid frequency region, and a vibration condition determining unit to determine a frequency for the vibration, based on a rotational speed of a main shaft for rotating the machining object, a number of vibrations of the vibration in each one rotation of the main shaft, and the invalid frequency region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignees: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation, CITIZEN WATCH CO., LTD., CITIZEN MACHINERY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Mitsuo Watanabe, Masakazu Sagasaki, Hitoshi Matsumoto, Takanori Shinohara, Kazuhiko Sannomiya, Yuki Hirata
  • Patent number: 10625355
    Abstract: A numerical control apparatus includes: a drive unit controlling a main shaft rotating a workpiece, a first drive shaft feeding a cutting tool relatively to the workpiece along a perpendicular direction to a lead direction of a thread, and a second drive shaft feeding the cutting tool relatively to the workpiece along the lead direction; and a vibration unit superimposing, on movement of the first drive shaft, vibration having a period having a predetermined ratio with a rotation period of the main shaft, and forms a thread on the workpiece by moving the cutting tool and the workpiece relative to each other and performing cut processes on the workpiece. The numerical control apparatus includes a thread-cutting vibration adjustment unit controlling the drive unit to shift phase of the vibration with respect to phase of the main shaft by a predetermined vibration phase shift amount every time in the cut processes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignees: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation, CITIZEN WATCH CO., LTD, CITIZEN MACHINERY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Mitsuo Watanabe, Masakazu Sagasaki, Yuki Hirata, Kazuhiko Sannomiya, Takaichi Nakaya
  • Patent number: 10610993
    Abstract: A control apparatus for machine tool, in accordance with user set conditions, feeds a cutting tool in a feeding direction while reciprocatively vibrating the cutting tool, smoothly cuts a workpiece, and achieves a machined surface having an improved appearance. In a machine tool and a control apparatus thereof, a control means is configured to set the number of rotations of relative rotation and the number of vibrations of reciprocating vibration during one rotation of the relative rotation in accordance with a vibration frequency attributable to a cycle during which an operation instruction can be issued, and the control means includes adjusting means configured to adjust the number of rotations or the number of vibrations set by the control means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignees: Citizen Watch Co., Ltd., Citizen Machinery Co. Ltd.
    Inventors: Takaichi Nakaya, Kazuhiko Sannomiya, Ayako Kitakaze
  • Patent number: 10589367
    Abstract: A machine forms threads on a workpiece by relatively feeding the workpiece and a cutting tool in a feeding direction while relatively rotating the workpiece and the cutting tool, and by performing a helical cutting work multiple times while carrying out relative reciprocal vibration of the workpiece and the cutting tool in a radial direction of the workpiece. The machine tool or a control device of the machine tool includes a vibration setting unit to set a pattern of vibration during each cutting work accompanied by the reciprocal vibration so that a cut portion of one cutting work partially includes a portion that has been cut in another cutting work. The machine tool and the control device prevent a long, continuous chip from becoming entangled with a workpiece or a cutting tool in the process of forming threads on the workpiece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignees: Citizen Watch Co., Ltd., Citizen Machinery Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kazuhiko Sannomiya, Takaichi Nakaya
  • Publication number: 20190291188
    Abstract: A vibration cutting insert includes a top surface having a rake face and a breaker face, a first side surface, a second side surface, and a bottom surface. In a cross section which includes a bisector of an angle formed between a first ridgeline and a second ridgeline when viewed in a direction from the top surface toward the bottom surface, and which is parallel to the direction from the top surface toward the bottom surface, a rake angle formed between the rake face and a plane parallel to the bottom surface has a positive angle. The angle formed between the first ridgeline and the second ridgeline is an acute angle. The rake face constitutes a cylindrical surface. The breaker face constitutes a flat surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 17, 2017
    Publication date: September 26, 2019
    Inventors: Tomoyuki Fukuyama, Kazuhiko Sannomiya
  • Patent number: 10414010
    Abstract: In a machine tool and a control apparatus thereof, a repetitive movement unit is configured so that the cutting tool performs one repetitive movement with respect to multiple relative rotations between the workpiece and the cutting tool and so that a rotation angle of the relative rotation between the workpiece and the cutting tool during relative movement at a second speed is smaller than a rotation angle of the relative rotation during relative movement at a first speed in one repetitive movement. This configuration limits degradation of machining efficiency when the cutting tool machines the workpiece by performing one repetitive movement with respect to multiple relative rotations between the workpiece and the cutting tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignees: Citizen Watch Co., Ltd., Citizen Machinery Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kazuhiko Sannomiya, Hitoshi Matsumoto, Nobuyoshi Imasaki
  • Patent number: 10293409
    Abstract: In an embodiment, a machine tool includes two fixed modules and two movable modules each of which having a main spindle, a headstock, and a tool post being integrally formed, and a bed on which these are installed. The movable modules are provided on the bed to be movable in the Y-axis direction, the fixed modules are fixed on the bed on the opposite sides of the these movable modules, and a recess is provided next to the fixed module, the recess being formed by cutting out the bed. The movable modules are movable such that the axis lines of the main spindles of the movable modules are aligned with the axis line of the main spindle of the fixed module or the fixed module. The movable module is movable to the opposite position of the recess.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignees: CITIZEN WATCH CO., LTD., CITIZEN MACHINERY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Takaichi Nakaya, Mamoru Kubota, Sakae Nakazawa, Kazuhiko Sannomiya
  • Patent number: 10268176
    Abstract: To provide a machine tool and a control device for the machine tool that can smoothly cut a workpiece while segmenting chips by feeding a cutting tool in a feed direction while reciprocally vibrating the cutting tool along the feed direction on the basis of a condition set by a user. The machine tool (100) or the control device (C) includes the control section (C1) that determines a number of rotations of the relative rotation and a number of vibrations of the reciprocal vibration per rotation of the relative rotation when the workpiece (W) is machined in accordance with a vibration frequency dependent on a period in which an operating instruction can be executed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignees: Citizen Watch Co., Ltd., Citizen Machinery Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kazuhiko Sannomiya, Hitoshi Matsumoto, Takanori Shinohara, Hiroshi Shinohara, Toshinari Oyama, Nobuyoshi Imasaki
  • Patent number: 10241493
    Abstract: To provide a machine tool and a control device for the machine tool that can smoothly cut a workpiece while segmenting chips by feeding a cutting tool in a feed direction while reciprocally vibrating the cutting tool along the feed direction on the basis of a condition set by a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignees: Citizen Watch Co., Ltd., Citizen Machinery Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Ayako Kitakaze, Masahiro Muramatsu, Toshinari Oyama, Kazuhiko Sannomiya
  • Patent number: 10213889
    Abstract: In a machine tool and a control apparatus thereof, a repetitive movement unit is configured so that the cutting tool performs one repetitive movement with respect to multiple relative rotations between the workpiece and the cutting tool and so that a rotation angle of the relative rotation between the workpiece and the cutting tool during relative movement at a second speed is smaller than a rotation angle of the relative rotation during relative movement at a first speed in one repetitive movement. This configuration limits degradation of machining efficiency when the cutting tool machines the workpiece by performing one repetitive movement with respect to multiple relative rotations between the workpiece and the cutting tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignees: Citizen Watch Co., Ltd., Citizen Machinery Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kazuhiko Sannomiya, Hitoshi Matsumoto, Nobuyoshi Imasaki
  • Publication number: 20190001455
    Abstract: In a machine tool and a control apparatus thereof, a repetitive movement unit is configured so that the cutting tool performs one repetitive movement with respect to multiple relative rotations between the workpiece and the cutting tool and so that a rotation angle of the relative rotation between the workpiece and the cutting tool during relative movement at a second speed is smaller than a rotation angle of the relative rotation during relative movement at a first speed in one repetitive movement. This configuration limits degradation of machining efficiency when the cutting tool machines the workpiece by performing one repetitive movement with respect to multiple relative rotations between the workpiece and the cutting tool.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 3, 2018
    Publication date: January 3, 2019
    Inventors: Kazuhiko Sannomiya, Hitoshi Matsumoto, Nobuyoshi Imasaki
  • Publication number: 20180345434
    Abstract: In a machine tool, under user set conditions, a cutting tool is fed in a feeding direction while the cutting tool is moved repetitively to cut a workpiece smoothly while separating chips easily. In the machine tool and a control apparatus thereof, control means is configured to set the number of rotations of relative rotation for executing machining of a workpiece, and the number of repetitions of repetitive movement during one rotation of the relative rotation in accordance with a repetitive movement frequency attributable to a cycle during which an operation instruction can be issued.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 7, 2016
    Publication date: December 6, 2018
    Inventors: Takaichi Nakaya, Kazuhiko Sannomiya, Hiroshi Shinohara
  • Publication number: 20180281090
    Abstract: A numerical control apparatus includes: a drive unit controlling a main shaft rotating a workpiece, a first drive shaft feeding a cutting tool relatively to the workpiece along a perpendicular direction to a lead direction of a thread, and a second drive shaft feeding the cutting tool relatively to the workpiece along the lead direction; and a vibration unit superimposing, on movement of the first drive shaft, vibration having a period having a predetermined ratio with a rotation period of the main shaft, and forms a thread on the workpiece by moving the cutting tool and the workpiece relative to each other and performing cut processes on the workpiece. The numerical control apparatus includes a thread-cutting vibration adjustment unit controlling the drive unit to shift phase of the vibration with respect to phase of the main shaft by a predetermined vibration phase shift amount every time in the cut processes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 28, 2014
    Publication date: October 4, 2018
    Applicants: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation, CITIZEN WATCH CO., LTD., CITIZEN MACHINERY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Mitsuo WATANABE, Masakazu SAGASAKI, Yuki HIRATA, Kazuhiko SANNOMIYA, Takaichi NAKAYA