Patents by Inventor Kenji Aoki

Kenji Aoki 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: 20240036504
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes a first roller pair including a first roller and a second roller, a first driving unit, a second roller pair, a second driving unit, an image forming unit, and a control unit configured to execute a first mode and a second mode. The second mode includes (1) a first processing, (2) a second processing, and (3) a third processing of controlling the first driving unit such that the rotational speed of the first roller pair becomes faster than the second rotational speed. The first mode includes (1) a fourth processing, (2) a fifth processing, and (3) a sixth processing of controlling the first driving unit such that the rotational speed of the first roller pair is decelerated from the first rotational speed to equal to or less than the second rotational speed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 20, 2023
    Publication date: February 1, 2024
    Inventors: Kengo SATO, Kenji AOKI
  • Publication number: 20240032786
    Abstract: A controller of an ophthalmic apparatus finely drives and roughly drives a drive unit of an optometry unit. In a case where a tilt operation of tilting the operation stick within a predetermined range is detected by an operation detection unit, the controller finely drives the drive unit by controlling the drive unit in response to the detected tilt operation, and finely changes a position of the optometry unit. In a case where at least one of a tilt operation of tilting the operation stick over a predetermined range and an operation of a rough movement operation unit is detected by the operation detection unit, the controller roughly drives the drive unit by controlling the drive unit in response to the detected operation, and roughly changes the position of the optometry unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 28, 2023
    Publication date: February 1, 2024
    Applicant: NIDEK CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kenji Aoki, Koji Hamaguchi, Kenji Nakamura, Hiroyuki Umano, Yuuto Yoshimura
  • Publication number: 20240002182
    Abstract: A sheet conveyance apparatus includes a first roller pair, a second roller pair, an abutment portion, an oblique feeding portion, a detection portion, a moving portion a contact/separation portion, and a control portion. If a first sheet whose length is a first length is conveyed, the control portion causes the moving portion to move the first roller pair, and then causes the first sheet to be conveyed from the first roller pair to the oblique feeding portion through the second roller pair that is in the separation state, and if a second sheet whose length is a second length shorter than the first length is conveyed, the control portion causes the moving portion to move the first roller pair, and then causes the second sheet to be conveyed from the first roller pair to the oblique feeding portion via the second roller pair that is in the contact state.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 21, 2023
    Publication date: January 4, 2024
    Inventors: Kenji AOKI, Kengo SATO
  • Publication number: 20230418173
    Abstract: A toner comprising a toner particle, the toner particle comprises a binder resin. The binder resin comprises an amorphous resin A and a crystalline resin C. T1, T2 and T3 satisfy specific relationships, where, in a viscoelasticity measurement of the toner, T1 (° C.) represents a temperature at which a storage elastic modulus G? is 3.0×107 Pa, T2 (° C.) represents temperature at which the storage elastic modulus G? is 1.0×107 Pa, and T3 (° C.) represents a temperature at which the storage elastic modulus G? is 3.0×106 Pa. A storage elastic modulus G? (100) at 100° C. is in a specific range. In an observation of a cross section of the toner, a matrix-domain structure having a matrix by the crystalline resin C and domains by the amorphous resin A is observed, an area ratio and a number-basis average surface area of the domains are in specific ranges.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 22, 2023
    Publication date: December 28, 2023
    Inventors: TAKASHI MATSUI, KENJI AOKI, YUHEI TERUI, MARIKO YAMASHITA
  • Publication number: 20230418175
    Abstract: A toner comprising a toner particle, the toner particle comprising a binder resin, the binder resin comprises a crystalline resin A, the crystalline resin A comprises a monomer unit (a) having specific structure, when, in measurement of viscoelasticity of the toner, T1 (° C.) represents a temperature at which a storage elastic modulus G? of the toner is 1.0×107 Pa, tan ?(T1) represents a ratio (tan ?) of a loss elastic modulus G? of the toner to the storage elastic modulus G? of the toner at the temperature T1 (° C.), and tan ?(T1-10) represents tan ? at a temperature T1-10 (° C.), the T1, the tan ?(T1), and the tan ?(T1-10) satisfy specific relationship, and the toner particle comprises a linear fatty acid metal salt having a valency of 2 or more.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 22, 2023
    Publication date: December 28, 2023
    Inventors: KENTARO YAMAWAKI, SHOTARO NOMURA, KENJI AOKI, YU YOSHIDA
  • Publication number: 20230418172
    Abstract: A nonmagnetic toner comprises a nonmagnetic toner particle. The nonmagnetic toner particle comprises a crystalline resin A, an amorphous resin B, and a colorant. The crystalline resin A has a monomer unit (a). the amorphous resin B has a monomer unit (b). A content of the crystalline resin A in the nonmagnetic toner is 10.0 to 58.0 mass %. The sum of the contents of the crystalline resin A and the amorphous resin B in the nonmagnetic toner is 65.0 mass % or more. A content of the monomer unit (a) in the crystalline resin A is 50.0 to 100.0 mass %. Using SPA [(J/cm3)0.5] for a SP value of the crystalline resin A and using SPB [(J/cm3)0.5] for a SP value of the amorphous resin B, SPA and SPB satisfy 0.15?SPB?SPA?2.00.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 22, 2023
    Publication date: December 28, 2023
    Inventors: SHINTARO NOJI, MARIKO YAMASHITA, KENJI AOKI, YUHEI TERUI, TAKASHI MATSUI
  • Publication number: 20230418177
    Abstract: A toner comprising a toner particle, the toner particle comprising a binder resin, wherein T1, T2, T3, tan ?(T2), and tan ?(T2?10) satisfy expressions (1) to (4): T3?T1?10 ??(1) 50?T2?70 ??(2) 0.30?tan ?(T2)?1.00 ??(3) 1.00?tan ?(T2)/tan ?(T2?10)?1.90 ??(4). Where, in measurement of viscoelasticity of the toner, T1(° C.) represents a temperature at which a storage elastic modulus G? is 3.0×107 Pa, T2(° C.) represents a temperature at which the storage elastic modulus G? is 1.0×107 Pa, T3(° C.) represents a temperature at which the storage elastic modulus G? is 3.0×106 Pa, tan ?(T2) represents a ratio (tan ?) of a loss elastic modulus G? to the storage elastic modulus G? at the temperature T2(° C.), and tan ?(T2?10) represents the ratio (tan ?) at a temperature: T2?10(° C.).
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 22, 2023
    Publication date: December 28, 2023
    Inventors: KENJI AOKI, MARIKO YAMASHITA, YUHEI TERUI, TAKASHI MATSUI
  • Publication number: 20230418174
    Abstract: A toner comprising a toner particle, the toner particle comprising a resin, wherein, where a chloroform-soluble component of the resin is analyzed by gradient LC analysis using acetonitrile as a poor solvent and chloroform as a good solvent for the chloroform-soluble component of the resin, a peak detected in a range of a ratio of chloroform in the mobile phase of 50.0 to 75.0% by volume and a peak detected in a range of a ratio of chloroform in the mobile phase of 75.0 to 95.0% by volume satisfy a specific relationship.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 22, 2023
    Publication date: December 28, 2023
    Inventors: YUHEI TERUI, KENJI AOKI, SHINTARO NOJI, YU YOSHIDA, MARIKO YAMASHITA
  • Publication number: 20230418176
    Abstract: A magnetic toner comprising a toner particle, the toner particle comprising a magnetic body, a crystalline resin A, and an amorphous resin B. The crystalline resin A has a monomer unit (a). The amorphous resin B has a monomer unit (b). A content of the crystalline resin A in the toner is 6.2 to 77.0 mass %. The sum of contents of the crystalline resin A and the amorphous resin B in the toner is 30.0 mass % or more. A content of the monomer unit (a) in the crystalline resin A is 50.0 to 100.0 mass %. Using SPA [(J/cm3)0.5] for a SP value of the crystalline resin A and using SPB [(J/cm3)0.5] for a SP value of the amorphous resin B, SPA and SPB satisfy 0.15?SPB?SPA?2.00.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 22, 2023
    Publication date: December 28, 2023
    Inventors: MARIKO YAMASHITA, TAKASHI MATSUI, KENJI AOKI, YUHEI TERUI, SHINTARO NOJI
  • Publication number: 20230391168
    Abstract: A glass for a vehicle, includes: a glass plate; a ceramic color layer formed on a surface of the glass plate; and a conductive layer formed on a surface of the ceramic color layer, the conductive layer including silver, in which the ceramic color layer is a sintered layer including a glass frit and a pigment, the glass frit includes Bi, a lead-free solder layer is formed on at least a partial region of a surface of the conductive layer including silver, and a Bi/Ag mass ratio in an outermost surface of the conductive layer including silver is less than 0.10.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 18, 2023
    Publication date: December 7, 2023
    Applicant: AGC Inc.
    Inventors: Yuukou MINAMIYA, Kenji AOKI
  • Patent number: 11602820
    Abstract: In a polishing apparatus an optical connector polishing jig holds the MT ferrule provided at the connection end portion of the optical connector, the optical connector polishing jig includes: a cylinder base; a cylinder shaft held on the cylinder base to be capable of moving in the up-down direction; and a set block connected to an end of the cylinder shaft and having a hole into which the MT ferrule is inserted and in which fixing means for adjusting the pressing force and fixing the MT ferrule is inserted, and a surface of the fixing means that comes into contact with the MT ferrule has a protrusion that partially protrudes to apply a pressing force to the MT ferrule such that when the MT ferrule is fixed, an end surface of the MT ferrule is slightly deformed and a center portion of the end surface in a longitudinal direction swells.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2023
    Assignee: NTT ADVANCED TECHNOLOGY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Naoki Sugita, Toshinori Kimura, Masaaki Konishi, Kenji Aoki
  • Publication number: 20220342329
    Abstract: A toner comprising a toner particle comprising a binder resin, wherein the binder resin comprises a resin A and a resin B, in a differential scanning calorimetric measurement, a peak top temperature of the largest endothermic peak is present within a specific temperature range and an endothermic amount of an endothermic peak derived from the resin A is 30 to 70 J/g per 1 g of the toner, a ratio of content of the resin A in the toner particle is 60.0 to 90.0 mass %, the resin A comprises 40.0 to 70.0 mass % of a monomer unit (a) represented by formula (1) below, and the resin B comprises 5.0 to 30.0 mass % of a monomer unit (b) represented by formula (2) below: in formulae (1) and (2), R1 and R2 denote a hydrogen atom or a methyl group, n and m denote a specific integer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 7, 2022
    Publication date: October 27, 2022
    Inventors: Yuna Yamamoto, Takashi Matsui, Kenji Aoki, Yu Yoshida
  • Publication number: 20220334507
    Abstract: A toner having a toner particle having a binder resin, wherein in differential scanning calorimetry using the toner as a sample, a peak temperature of an endothermic peak derived from the binder resin at a first temperature rise is from 50° C. to 70° C., and an endothermic quantity per 1 g of the toner is from 30 J/g to 70 J/g, and when acetonitrile is used as a poor solvent and chloroform is used as a good solvent for a chloroform-soluble component of the binder resin, and a component eluted during a linear change from a mobile phase composition of 100% by volume of acetonitrile to a mobile phase composition of 100% by volume of chloroform is gradient LC analyzed, a specific relationship between the peaks is satisfied.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 6, 2022
    Publication date: October 20, 2022
    Inventors: Kenji Aoki, Takashi Matsui, Yu Yoshida, Yuna Yamamoto
  • Publication number: 20220326633
    Abstract: A toner comprising a toner particle comprising a binder resin and a release agent, wherein the binder resin comprises a crystalline resin A, the crystalline resin A comprises a monomer unit derived from a monomer (a), the monomer (a) is at least one selected from the group consisting of (meth)acrylic acid esters having an alkyl group with 18 to 36 carbon atoms, the peak temperature and endothermic quantity at an endothermic peak derived from the crystalline resin A in DSC measurements using the toner satisfy specific relationships, and the release agent is at least one selected from the group consisting of hydrocarbon-based waxes and ester waxes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 3, 2022
    Publication date: October 13, 2022
    Inventors: Kenji Aoki, Takashi Matsui, Takayuki Toyoda, Tsutomu Shimano, Shohei Shibahara, Yuna Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 11448980
    Abstract: A toner comprising a toner particle comprising a binder resin and an azo dye, wherein the binder resin comprises a polymer A, the polymer A is a polymer having a monomer unit derived from methacrylonitrile, and a relationship among an amount of substance (mol) of the monomer unit derived from methacrylonitrile, an amount of substance (mol) of the azo dye, and the number of azo groups in the azo dye in the toner particle satisfies formula below: [(amount of substance of azo dye (mol))×(number of azo groups in azo dye)/(amount of substance of monomer unit derived from methacrylonitrile (mol))]?0.500.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2022
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Takashi Matsui, Noritaka Toyoizumi, Tsutomu Shimano, Kenji Aoki, Shohei Shibahara, Yuna Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 11393658
    Abstract: The invention provides a charged particle beam apparatus capable of observing a sample even when light is emitted from the sample, and a sample observation method using the charged particle beam apparatus. The charged particle beam apparatus includes: a charged particle beam source configured to irradiate a sample with a charged particle beam; a detector configured to detect charged particles emitted from the sample; and a control device configured to generate an image based on an output signal from the detector. The charged particle beam apparatus further includes a filter configured to allow at least a part of the charged particles emitted from the sample to transmit through the filter and configured to shield light emitted from the sample. The filter covers a detection surface of the detector expected from the sample.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2022
    Assignee: Hitachi High-Tech Corporation
    Inventors: Yuki Tani, Kunji Shigeto, Kenji Aoki
  • Publication number: 20220220346
    Abstract: Provided is a conductive adhesive sheet that has excellent connection stability even containing conductive particles in a small proportion. The inventive conductive adhesive sheet contains a binder component and conductive particles. The conductive particles are distributively arranged. Assume that all the conductive particles are regularly arranged; and that an optional region of the conductive adhesive sheet is viewed in plan view so that a distribution number Np of the distributed conductive particles be 9 to 25, a condition: 1.5X?Y?100X is met, where X represents the average of equivalent circle diameters of the distributed conductive particles; and Y represents the center-to-center distance between adjacent two of the distributed conductive particles, which are regularly arranged in the plan view. The ratio N/Np is 1.0 to 100.0, where N represents the number of the primary particles in the optional region.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 20, 2020
    Publication date: July 14, 2022
    Inventors: Yuusuke HARUNA, Kenji AOKI, Hiroshi TAJIMA, Sougo ISHIOKA
  • Publication number: 20220219280
    Abstract: An embodiment of the invention of this application provides a polishing pad that eliminates a gap between an optical connector and a polishing film during polishing. A polishing pad of the embodiment is used by being placed between a polishing platen and a polishing sheet in a case of performing spherical polishing of an end surface of an optical connector including an optical fiber and a ferrule. The optical connector polishing pad of the embodiment has rebound resilience higher than 20%. The optical connector polishing pad of the embodiment can be formed from a urethane-based material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 20, 2020
    Publication date: July 14, 2022
    Inventors: Kenji Aoki, Masaaki Konishi, Naoki Sugita
  • Publication number: 20220187725
    Abstract: A toner contains a toner particle containing a resin component and a wax. The resin component contains a vinyl polymer A having a monomer unit A represented by the formula (A): In a luminance histogram created from STEM observation, the total pixel value C in luminance 0 to 9 and the total pixel value A in luminance 0 to 245 satisfy 0.000?C/A?0.250. When the pixel value in luminance 10 to 245 has a maximum value P at luminance X, luminance M-luminance N ranges from 120 to 235, wherein the luminance M denotes a luminance at which the pixel value falls below 20% of P for the first time from the luminance X to 245, and the luminance N denotes a luminance at which the pixel value falls below 20% of the P for the first time from the luminance X to 10.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 8, 2021
    Publication date: June 16, 2022
    Inventors: Yuna Yamamoto, Shohei Shibahara, Kenji Aoki, Tsutomu Shimano, Takashi Matsui, Takayuki Toyoda
  • Publication number: 20220128916
    Abstract: A toner comprises a toner particle comprising a resin A and a resin B, wherein the resin A has a structure represented by a predetermined general formula, and the resin B has a monomer unit represented by a predetermined general formula, and a toner manufacturing method comprises a step of dispersing a toner base particle comprising the resin B in an aqueous medium to obtain a toner slurry, and a step of adding a radical polymerization initiator and a monomer composition comprising a monomer represented by a predetermined general formula to the resulting toner slurry to form the resin A on a surface of the toner base particle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 15, 2021
    Publication date: April 28, 2022
    Inventors: Yu Yoshida, Takashi Matsui, Kenji Aoki, Tsuneyoshi Tominaga, Shohei Shibahara, Mariko Yamashita, Yuna Yamamoto, Kenji Ookubo, Takashi Kenmoku, Taku Shimoda, Masashi Kawamura