Patents by Inventor Kenji Kikuchi

Kenji Kikuchi 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: 20220253001
    Abstract: A powder container contains powder and is attached to an image forming apparatus including: a conveying nozzle to convey the powder; a powder receiving hole of the conveying nozzle to receive the powder from the powder container; an apparatus main-body gear to transmit a driving force to the powder container; and a container receiving section including the conveying nozzle and receiving the powder container. The powder container includes: an opening at one end of the powder container in a longitudinal direction; a nozzle receiver at the opening to receive the conveying nozzle; a conveyor to convey the powder; and a container gear to drive the conveyor by meshing with the apparatus main-body gear. The container gear is to mesh with the apparatus main-body gear at a position closer to the opening than the powder receiving hole in the longitudinal direction. The opening is to mate with the container receiving section.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 27, 2022
    Publication date: August 11, 2022
    Applicant: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Kenji KIKUCHI, Shinji TAMAKI, Hiroshi HOSOKAWA, Shunji KATOH, Michiharu SUZUKI, Hideo YOSHIZAWA, Shingo KUBOKI
  • Patent number: 11411428
    Abstract: In a power converter including: a first DC-DC converter, an inverter, and a control circuit, a second DC-DC converter that controls an input and an output of a power storage unit is connectable to a DC bus. The control circuit deactivates a reverse power flow suppression function for suppressing a reverse power flow from the inverter to a power system when the second DC-DC converter is not connected to the DC bus and activates the reverse power flow suppression function when the second DC-DC converter is connected to the DC bus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2022
    Assignee: Panasonic Intellectual Property Management Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kota Maeba, Akihiro Kikuchi, Wataru Horio, Hiroyuki Fujii, Kenji Hanamura, Tomoki Ito
  • Publication number: 20220244661
    Abstract: A powder conveying device includes: a conveying nozzle, provided with a powder receiving opening; an open/close member to open/close the powder receiving opening; a flange provided to the open/close member; a biasing member to bias the open/close member; and a container setting section to which a part of a powder container is to be fit. The powder container includes: a conveyor to convey the powder from a second end of the powder container to a first end; a container opening protruding from the first end; a nozzle receiving opening into which the conveying nozzle is to be inserted; and a butting portion provided in the container opening, to butt against the flange. When the powder container is attached to the powder conveying device, the container opening is fitted to the container setting section, and the flange and the biasing member are housed in an inner space of the container opening.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 14, 2022
    Publication date: August 4, 2022
    Applicant: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Hiroshi HOSOKAWA, Shunji KATO, Shinji TAMAKI, Hiroshi IKEGUCHI, Seiji TERAZAWA, Junji YAMABE, Kaori MITSUISHI, Toshihide TOMOTAKA, Tsunehiro WATANABE, Kenji KIKUCHI
  • Publication number: 20220244673
    Abstract: Provided is an electrophotographic electroconductive member, including: an electroconductive support; an electroconductive layer; and a surface layer in order, wherein an impedance is 1.0×103? to 1.0×108? at an outer surface of the electroconductive member, in the surface layer, an electronic electroconductive agent is dispersed, the electroconductive layer has a matrix containing a cross-linked product of a first rubber and domains each containing a cross-linked product of a second rubber and electroconductive particles, and wherein, and wherein among the domains observed in specified observation regions, 80% by number or more of the domains satisfy (1) and (2): (1) a proportion of sectional areas of the electroconductive particles with respect to the domain is 20% or more; (2) A/B is 1.00 to 1.10 when A is a perimeter of the domain and B is an envelope perimeter.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 11, 2022
    Publication date: August 4, 2022
    Inventors: Kenji Takashima, Kazuhiro Yamauchi, Satoru Nishioka, Yuichi Kikuchi, Takumi Furukawa, Masaki Yamada
  • Publication number: 20220244658
    Abstract: Provided is an electrophotographic electro-conductive member including a support having an electro-conductive outer surface, and an electro-conductive layer. The electro-conductive layer has a matrix containing a crosslinked product of a first rubber and domains containing a crosslinked product of a second rubber and an electron conductive agent. When measuring an impedance by applying alternating voltage between the outer surface of the support and a platinum electrode on an outer surface of the electro-conductive layer while changing a frequency, a slope at specific frequencies is ?0.8 to ?0.3 in a double logarithmic plot, and an impedance at specific frequency range is 1.0×104? to 1.0×1011?. When measuring an impedance by applying alternating voltage between the outer surface of the support and a platinum electrode on an outer surface of the electrophotographic electro-conductive member while changing a frequency, an impedance at specific frequency range is 1.0×105? to 1.0×1011?.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 11, 2022
    Publication date: August 4, 2022
    Inventors: Masaki Yamada, Yuichi Kikuchi, Kenji Takashima, Tetsuo Hino, Kazuhiro Yamauchi, Takumi Furukawa
  • Patent number: 11397388
    Abstract: A process for producing an electrophotographic electroconductive member having an electroconductive support and an electroconductive layer in the order mentioned. The electroconductive layer has a matrix including a crosslinked product of a first rubber, and a domain including a crosslinked product of a second rubber and an electroconductive particle, the process including the steps of: providing a rubber mixture for forming the domain, including carbon black and the second rubber by kneading the carbon black and the second rubber; providing a rubber mixture for forming the matrix, including the first rubber; kneading the rubber mixture for forming the domain and the rubber mixture for forming the matrix to prepare a rubber composition having a matrix-domain structure; forming a layer of the rubber composition on a surface of the electroconductive support; and curing the layer of the rubber composition on the surface of the electroconductive support to form the electroconductive layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2021
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2022
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Satoru Nishioka, Masahiro Kurachi, Kenji Takashima, Yuichi Kikuchi, Kazuhiro Yamauchi, Kana Sato, Takumi Furukawa, Hiroaki Watanabe, Kenya Terada, Yuya Tomomizu, Toshimitsu Nakazawa
  • Patent number: 11397391
    Abstract: A powder conveying device includes: a conveying nozzle, provided with a powder receiving opening; an open/close member to open/close the powder receiving opening; a flange provided to the open/close member; a biasing member to bias the open/close member; and a container setting section to which a part of a powder container is to be fit. The powder container includes: a conveyor to convey the powder from a second end of the powder container to a first end; a container opening protruding from the first end; a nozzle receiving opening into which the conveying nozzle is to be inserted; and a butting portion provided in the container opening, to butt against the flange. When the powder container is attached to the powder conveying device, the container opening is fitted to the container setting section, and the flange and the biasing member are housed in an inner space of the container opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2022
    Assignee: RICOH COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventors: Hiroshi Hosokawa, Shunji Kato, Shinji Tamaki, Hiroshi Ikeguchi, Seiji Terazawa, Junji Yamabe, Kaori Mitsuishi, Toshihide Tomotaka, Tsunehiro Watanabe, Kenji Kikuchi
  • Publication number: 20220229379
    Abstract: Used is an electro-conductive member for electrophotography including: a support having an electro-conductive outer surface; and an electro-conductive layer on the outer surface of the support, wherein the electro-conductive layer includes: a matrix containing a first crosslinked rubber product and having a volume resistivity greater than 1.0×1012 ?cm; and domains dispersed in the matrix, wherein the domain includes a second crosslinked rubber product and an electron conductive agent; and the electro-conductive layer includes a region T in which the volume resistivity of the matrix decreases in a depth direction from the outer surface of the electro-conductive member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 1, 2022
    Publication date: July 21, 2022
    Inventors: Shota Kaneko, Yuichi Kikuchi, Kenji Takashima, Masahiro Kurachi, Kazuhiro Yamauchi, Satoru Nishioka, Hiroaki Watanabe
  • Patent number: 11390358
    Abstract: A wide range of existing bicycles can be converted into electric power assisted bicycles with ease. The bicycle electric power assist device comprises a housing (52) configured to be attached to a frame (18) of a bicycle (10), an electric motor (54) attached to the housing (52), a battery (102) configured to be mounted to the frame and serves as a power source for the electric motor, an annular rotational output member (81) rotationally driven by the electric motor (54), the rotational output member being rotatably mounted on the housing and positioned around a crank axis line which is a rotational center line A of a crankshaft (24) and a crank arm (26) for a pedal of the bicycle, and a connecting member (90) connecting the rotational output member (81) to the crankshaft (24) or the crank arm (26) in a torque transmitting relationship.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2022
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kenji Tsukamoto, Yoshihiro Namiki, Satoshi Honda, Hiroyuki Kikuchi
  • Patent number: 11384249
    Abstract: An aqueous ink jet composition contains at least one disperse dye selected from the group consisting of C.I. Disperse Yellow 54, C.I. Disperse Red 60, and C.I. Disperse Blue 359, and a styrene maleic acid-based dispersing agent represented by Formula (1).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2022
    Assignee: SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kenji Kitada, Hiroko Hayashi, Yasunari Ikeda, Hirofumi Hokari, Hisashi Okamura, Kenta Kikuchi, Seiji Kagami, Shinichi Naito
  • Patent number: 11385559
    Abstract: Provided is an electrophotographic electroconductive member including an electroconductive support and an electroconductive layer on the support, an electroconductive member is used, in which an electroconductive layer has a matrix comprising a first rubber, and domains dispersed in the matrix, the domains each comprising a second rubber and an electronic electroconductive agent, and for impedance measured by applying an AC voltage with an amplitude of 1 V to the electroconductive layer while varying frequencies between 1.0×10?2 Hz to 1.0×107 Hz under a specific environment, when a double logarithmic plot with a frequency on an abscissa and an impedance on an ordinate is obtained, a slope on a high frequency side is ?0.8 or more and ?0.3 or less, and the impedance a low frequency side is from 1.0×103 to 1.0×107?.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2022
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Yuichi Kikuchi, Satoru Nishioka, Kenji Takashima, Kazuhiro Yamauchi, Masahiro Kurachi, Takumi Furukawa, Hiroaki Watanabe, Kenya Terada, Yuya Tomomizu, Toshimitsu Nakazawa
  • Publication number: 20220214645
    Abstract: A photosensitive member cartridge detachably mountable to a main assembly of an image forming apparatus for forming an image, includes a frame; a photosensitive drum on which and which is provided in the frame; a transfer member for transferring an image formed on the drum onto the sheet; a mounting portion for detachably mounting a developing cartridge including a developer carrying member onto the drum and a memory for storing information; a first electrical contact provided on the frame and electrically connectable with a main assembly electrical contact provided in the main assembly when the cartridge is mounted to the main assembly; and a second electrical contact provided on the frame for electrically connecting the memory and the first electrical contact portion with each other when the developing cartridge is mounted to the mounting portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 24, 2022
    Publication date: July 7, 2022
    Inventors: Jun Miyamoto, Masao Uyama, Kenji Matsuda, Ken Kikuchi, Jun Miyazaki
  • Patent number: 11370310
    Abstract: A vehicle power supply system includes: a main battery; a sub-battery with output voltage; a power converter having an input end connected to the main battery and an output end connected to a motor and converting output power of the main battery to driving power for the motor; a voltage converter connected between the main battery and the sub-battery and stepping down the voltage of the main battery to the voltage of the sub-battery; a charging inlet connected to the main battery and connecting to a power supply device outside a vehicle; a capacitor connected between a positive electrode and a negative electrode of the input end; and a coil connected between the main battery and the voltage converter. The coil is connected to the capacitor not via a charging power path from the charging inlet to the main battery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2022
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Takaji Kikuchi, Kenji Funahashi, Yuji Toba, Daisuke Hoshino
  • Patent number: 11372347
    Abstract: A powder container contains powder and is attached to an image forming apparatus including: a conveying nozzle to convey the powder; a powder receiving hole of the conveying nozzle to receive the powder from the powder container; an apparatus main-body gear to transmit a driving force to the powder container; and a container receiving section including the conveying nozzle and receiving the powder container. The powder container includes: an opening at one end of the powder container in a longitudinal direction; a nozzle receiver at the opening to receive the conveying nozzle; a conveyor to convey the powder; and a container gear to drive the conveyor by meshing with the apparatus main-body gear. The container gear is to mesh with the apparatus main-body gear at a position closer to the opening than the powder receiving hole in the longitudinal direction. The opening is to mate with the container receiving section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2022
    Assignee: RICOH COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventors: Kenji Kikuchi, Shinji Tamaki, Hiroshi Hosokawa, Shunji Katoh, Michiharu Suzuki, Hideo Yoshizawa, Shingo Kuboki
  • Patent number: 11370688
    Abstract: Provided is a method of molding an optical element to obtain the molded optical element. The method includes: preparing a die set including an upper die having an upper molding surface, a lower die having a lower molding surface, a side die in which a through hole is formed, and a sleeve configured to accommodate the upper die, the lower die, and the side die; disposing a mold material on the lower molding surface after inserting the lower die into the through hole of the side die; heating the mold material; press molding the mold material with the upper die and the lower die to integrally move the side die and the lower die with respect to the upper die and the sleeve; and pushing the optical element upward by raising the lower die with respect to the side die and the sleeve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2022
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Kenji Kikuchi
  • Patent number: 11347163
    Abstract: A powder conveying device includes: a conveying nozzle, provided with a powder receiving opening; an open/close member to open/close the powder receiving opening; a flange provided to the open/close member; a biasing member to bias the open/close member; and a container setting section to which a part of a powder container is to be fit. The powder container includes: a conveyor to convey the powder from a second end of the powder container to a first end; a container opening protruding from the first end; a nozzle receiving opening into which the conveying nozzle is to be inserted; and a butting portion provided in the container opening, to butt against the flange. When the powder container is attached to the powder conveying device, the container opening is fitted to the container setting section, and the flange and the biasing member are housed in an inner space of the container opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2022
    Assignee: RICOH COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventors: Hiroshi Hosokawa, Shunji Kato, Shinji Tamaki, Hiroshi Ikeguchi, Seiji Terazawa, Junji Yamabe, Kaori Mitsuishi, Toshihide Tomotaka, Tsunehiro Watanabe, Kenji Kikuchi
  • Patent number: 11314185
    Abstract: A system with a container including a protrusion, and a receiver to receive the container. The receiver includes a slide block that is movable relative to a body of the receiver, the slide block including two surfaces, a first surface, initially contacted by the protrusion of the container during insertion of the container into the receiver, having a first slope to resist movement of the container towards the receiver, and a second surface, subsequently contacted by the protrusion of the container during the insertion of the container into the receiver, having a second slope to interact with the protrusion of the container to assist movement of the container towards the receiver. This construction provides the user with a changing insertion force to indicate proper mounting of the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2022
    Assignee: RICOH COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventors: Nobuo Takami, Noriyuki Kimura, Eisuke Hori, Hideki Kimura, Kenji Kikuchi, Yuji Suzuki
  • Patent number: 11231661
    Abstract: A powder conveying device includes: a conveying nozzle, provided with a powder receiving opening; an open/close member to open/close the powder receiving opening; a flange provided to the open/close member; a biasing member to bias the open/close member; and a container setting section to which a part of a powder container is to be fit. The powder container includes: a conveyor to convey the powder from a second end of the powder container to a first end; a container opening protruding from the first end; a nozzle receiving opening into which the conveying nozzle is to be inserted; and a butting portion provided in the container opening, to butt against the flange. When the powder container is attached to the powder conveying device, the container opening is fitted to the container setting section, and the flange and the biasing member are housed in an inner space of the container opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2022
    Assignee: RICOH COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventors: Hiroshi Hosokawa, Shunji Kato, Shinji Tamaki, Hiroshi Ikeguchi, Seiji Terazawa, Junji Yamabe, Kaori Mitsuishi, Toshihide Tomotaka, Tsunehiro Watanabe, Kenji Kikuchi
  • Publication number: 20210405553
    Abstract: A powder conveying device includes: a conveying nozzle, provided with a powder receiving opening; an open/close member to open/close the powder receiving opening; a flange provided to the open/close member; a biasing member to bias the open/close member; and a container setting section to which a part of a powder container is to be fit. The powder container includes: a conveyor to convey the powder from a second end of the powder container to a first end; a container opening protruding from the first end; a nozzle receiving opening into which the conveying nozzle is to be inserted; and a butting portion provided in the container opening, to butt against the flange. When the powder container is attached to the powder conveying device, the container opening is fitted to the container setting section, and the flange and the biasing member are housed in an inner space of the container opening.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 14, 2021
    Publication date: December 30, 2021
    Applicant: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Hiroshi HOSOKAWA, Shunji KATO, Shinji TAMAKI, Hiroshi IKEGUCHI, Seiji TERAZAWA, Junji YAMABE, Kaori MITSUISHI, Toshihide TOMOTAKA, Tsunehiro WATANABE, Kenji KIKUCHI
  • Patent number: 11209748
    Abstract: A powder conveying device includes: a conveying nozzle, provided with a powder receiving opening; an open/close member to open/close the powder receiving opening; a flange provided to the open/close member; a biasing member to bias the open/close member; and a container setting section to which a part of a powder container is to be fit. The powder container includes: a conveyor to convey the powder from a second end of the powder container to a first end; a container opening protruding from the first end; a nozzle receiving opening into which the conveying nozzle is to be inserted; and a butting portion provided in the container opening, to butt against the flange. When the powder container is attached to the powder conveying device, the container opening is fitted to the container setting section, and the flange and the biasing member are housed in an inner space of the container opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2021
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2021
    Assignee: RICOH COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventors: Hiroshi Hosokawa, Shunji Kato, Shinji Tamaki, Hiroshi Ikeguchi, Seiji Terazawa, Junji Yamabe, Kaori Mitsuishi, Toshihide Tomotaka, Tsunehiro Watanabe, Kenji Kikuchi