Kazunori HIRATA 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).
Abstract: A process cartridge includes a seal member contacting an image bearing member upstream in the rotation direction of the image bearing member from a cleaning member and allowing the developer to move from upstream in the rotation direction from the contact part between the seal member and the image bearing to downstream from the contact part while regulating movement from downstream to upstream from the contact part. The developer has surface protrusions containing an organic silicon polymer, wherein either (i) the work function of the seal member is greater than the work function of the developer when the developer has a negative charging polarity and is smaller than the work function of the developer when the developer has a positive charging polarity, or (ii) the absolute value of the difference between the work function of the seal member and the work function of the developer is within a predetermined range.
Abstract: There is provided an imaging device that includes a pixel, the pixel comprising: a photodetector; a control transistor; a capacitor coupled to the photodetector; a reset transistor coupled between the control transistor and the capacitor; an amplifier transistor having a gate terminal coupled to the capacitor; and a select transistor coupled to the amplifier transistor; a first signal line coupled to the select transistor; and a first amplifying circuit including a first input terminal coupled to the first signal line and a second input terminal configured to receive a first reference signal and an output terminal coupled to the control transistor.
October 10, 2017
Date of Patent:
April 27, 2021
Sony Semiconductor Solutions Corporation
Abstract: A robot for transporting long and flexible food to a predetermined position, which includes: a base, a first and a second robot arm which are connected to the base, a robot hand provided to the first robot arm and configured to hold the food, an end effector provided to the second robot arm, and a control device configured to control an operation of the first robot arm and the second robot arm. The end effector is configured to support a longitudinal intermediate portion of the food in a state where the food is hung down from an end portion of the robot hand, and the control device controls the operation of the first robot arm and the second robot arm to transport the food in a state where the food is held by the robot hand and the longitudinal intermediate portion of the food is supported by the end effector.
Abstract: A box packing device includes a first arm, a first hand, and a controller. The first hand includes a hand base, a gripping mechanism at the hand base and including a gripper to grip an upper-end of a flap of a large box, and a holding mechanism at the hand base and including a holder to hold an inner box. The controller controls the operation of the first arm and the first hand so as to perform a developing operation in which the gripping part of the gripping mechanism moves in a horizontal plane so as to develop the large box while gripping the upper-end part of the flap part of the large box in a folded state, and an accommodating operation in which the holder of the holding mechanism accommodates the inner box into the developed large box while holding the inner box.
Abstract: In a box assembly device, a holding mechanism causes one of bottom boards to contact a first jig and folds the bottom board inside, while the holding mechanism holding the box material in a state where the box material is developed in a cylindrical shape from a folded state. The folding mechanism folds the bottom flap inside so as to overlap with one of the bottom boards. The holding mechanism causes the other bottom board to contact the second jig while holding the box material and folds the other bottom board inside and upwardly so as to overlap with the bottom flap to engage the bottom boards with each other.
Abstract: The present disclosure provides a connecting device and a connecting method which securely connect a workpiece to a connector. The connecting device includes a holding part configured to hold a workpiece, an abutting part against which the workpiece is abutted, and processing circuitry configured to control the holding part to hold the workpiece, control movement of the holding part, and control movement of the abutting part. The processing circuitry controls the holding part and the abutting part so that the holding part holds the workpiece abutted against an abutting position of the abutting part and so that the workpiece is connected to the connector.
Abstract: A workpiece inverting device includes a gripping part configured to rotatably grip a workpiece, a rotary body rotatable about a rotating shaft and connected to the gripping part, a strip member extending in a direction orthogonal to the rotating shaft, and an arm configured to move in one of a state in which a tip of the arm is provided with the gripping part and the rotary body and a state in which the tip of the arm is provided with the strip member. While the workpiece is gripped by the gripping member, the rotary body moves relative to the strip member in contact with the rotary body in the direction in which the strip member extends.
Abstract: A component inspecting device inspects presence or absence of an abnormal state of two linear wires based on changes in the amount of received light of a first light ray and a second light ray received by a first light receiver and a second light receiver, respectively when a component is moved such that the two linear wires in the normal state block the first light ray and the second light ray in a posture wherein an arrangement direction of the two linear wires crosses optical axes of the first light ray of the first light projector and the second light ray of the second light projector. This device can detect an abnormality such as a bend or the like of linear wires by a simple configuration and a simple operation in a component having two linear wires which have axis directions parallel to each other and have different lengths.
Abstract: A gripping device capable of securing an adequate holding allowance when gripping a soft bag-like object includes a base portion, a displacement portion capable of being displaced with respect to the base portion, finger portions capable of abutting on a grip target object to grip the grip target object, and a drive portion that drives the finger portions. The finger portions are supported by the displacement portion so as to be permitted to move in a direction of approaching each other.
Abstract: A robot (11) of the present invention includes: a first arm (13A); and a controller configured to control operation of the first arm. The first arm includes a first hand (18) at a distal end thereof, the first hand including a first gripper (22) for gripping a container (42) and a second gripper (23) for gripping a discharger (32). The controller is configured to control the first arm to: grip the discharger by the second gripper; then, grip and obtain the container from a container provider (19) and place the obtained container on a conveying body (51) at a container placing position on a moving path of the conveying body by the first gripper; and at a food/drink material filling position downstream of the container placing position on the moving path of the conveying body, cause the discharger gripped by the second gripper to discharge a food/drink material into the container to fill the container with the food/drink material.
Abstract: A food holding apparatus includes: a base portion; a holding portion at the base portion and configured to hold a side portion of the food; a placing portion at the base portion, the food being placed on the placing portion; and a control portion configured to control a movement of the holding portion and a movement of the placing portion. With the side portion of the food held by the holding portion, the control portion controls at least one of the movement of the holding portion relative to the base portion and the movement of the placing portion relative to the base portion to place the food on the placing portion.
Abstract: A lid tilted with a first end thereof facing downward in a gravity direction is brought into partial contact with a first end of a container body having an opening and a peripheral portion surrounding the opening, the first end of the container body being included in the peripheral portion and corresponding to the first end of the lid. The lid kept in partial contact with the first end of the peripheral portion of the container body is slid to a position where the first end of the lid is a contact portion at which the lid makes contact with the container body and where the first end of the lid is in contact with the first end of the peripheral portion of the container body. Thus, the container body is closed with the lid covering the opening of the container body.
Abstract: A component mounting device includes: a holding body, pressing mechanism to press the holding body to move on a given route, position detector to detect a position of the holding body, and controller to control the mechanism. The route including: a start position of the holding body at which an insertion pin held by the body is separated from an insertion hole of a substrate, a first position range wherein the insertion pin is partially inserted, and a section position range wherein the insertion pin is fully inserted. When the holding body is pressed by a first pressing force to move on the given route from the start position toward the second position range, the controller controls the pressing mechanism to press the holding body by a pressing force different from the first pressing force, when the holding body stops at a position before or within the first position range.
Abstract: A robot is a robot configured to convey an elongated object, and includes a first holding part and a second holding part configured to hold the elongated object extending in an up-and-down direction, at least one arm configured to move the first holding part and the second holding part, and a control device. The control device operates the arm so that the first holding part holds the elongated object at a position above a center-of-gravity position of the elongated object, the second holding part holds the elongated object at position below the center-of-gravity position, and the first holding part and the second holding part move while maintaining a state where the first holding part and the second holding part hold the elongated object.
Abstract: A robot is configured such that: a second hand of a second arm holds a container stack by gripping a top portion of a bottom container of the container stack; then, a first hand of a first arm holds the container stack by gripping a portion of the bottom container of the container stack, such that the portion gripped by the first hand is positioned lower than the portion gripped by the second hand; thereafter, the second hand of the second arm releases the top portion of the bottom container, and then holds the container stack by gripping the top portion of a second container from a bottom of the container stack; and subsequently, the first hand of the first arm moves the bottom container downward, and separates the bottom container from the container stack.
Abstract: A holding device for foods is configured to hold self-standable foods each having a front surface and a rear surface parallel to the front surface. The holding device for the foods includes a holding part configured to hold the foods in a standing state where the front surfaces face in a first direction and in a state where the foods are lined up in the first direction. The holding part includes a plurality of pairs of holding members each configured to pinch each of the foods from both sides in the first direction, and actuator members each configured to independently operate each of the pairs of holding members.
Abstract: A food cooking device includes a robot main body having a tray where food is placeable, a spatula configured to move the food in a given direction while contacting the food, a first robotic arm to which the tray is attached, and a second robotic arm to which the spatula is attached, and a control device configured to control operations of the robot main body. The device moves the tray to a given position, while the food is placed on a placement surface of the tray, and sweeps out the food placed on the placement surface of the tray in a direction outward of the placement surface by the spatula.
Abstract: A food holding apparatus configured to hold and release an ingredient having fluidity, including: a base; robot arm coupled to the base; end effector at a tip end of the arm; and controller configured to control an operation of the arm and of the end effector. The end effector includes: a base portion; rotational joint having a rotation axis parallel to a horizontal direction in at least one of postures of the arm; rotary portion rotatably coupled to the base portion by the rotational joint; and a tip end portion attached to the rotary portion and including a concave portion. The controller makes the rotational joint of the tip end portion in a predetermined reference state normally rotate to hold part of the ingredient, stored in a predetermined container, inside the concave portion, and makes the rotational joint of the tip end portion reversely rotate to release the ingredient.
Abstract: A holding device for food includes a second posture detecting part configured to detect that all the plurality of foods fed to the given positions are in the second posture, and a control part configured to control operation of the second holding part to hold the plurality of foods in the second posture so that the foods are piled up in the given direction, when the second posture detecting part detects that all the plurality of foods are in the second posture at the given positions.
Abstract: A boxing device includes a second suction unit that applies force to an inner wall surface of a box. The boxing device also includes a boxing device main body part capable of housing an object-to-be-housed in the interior of the box that has been positioned by being moved by the second suction unit applying force to the inner wall surface of the box.