Patents by Inventor Kenji Kubo

Kenji Kubo 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).

  • Patent number: 10232716
    Abstract: A power supply device that converts inputted direct-current power to direct-current power with a predetermined voltage to supply the power to the outside includes a voltage conversion circuit that converts the voltage of the inputted direct-current power, a voltage measurement circuit that measures a voltage value indicating a voltage potential difference between a ground voltage potential in the power supply device and a ground point provided outside the power supply device and connected to the ground voltage potential via a ground strap cable, a current measurement circuit that measures a current value of a load current flowing when de direct-current power is supplied from the power supply device, and an arithmetic circuit that calculates a resistance value corresponding ground connection of the power supply device, based on the voltage value measured by the voltage measurement circuit and the current value measured by the current measurement circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Hitachi Automotive Systems, Ltd.
    Inventors: Katsuhiro Higuchi, Toshio Hiraishi, Kenji Kubo
  • Patent number: 10202041
    Abstract: A battery monitoring system, comprises a battery state detection circuit that detects battery states of a plurality of battery cells that are connected in series, based on respective cell voltages of the plurality of battery cells, and a control circuit that monitors state of a battery cell, based on each cell voltage of the plurality of battery cells. The control circuit inputs pseudo voltage information to the battery state detection circuit, and thereby diagnoses whether or not the battery state detection circuit is operating normally.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignees: Hitachi, Ltd., Hitachi Automotive Systems, Ltd.
    Inventors: Akihiko Kudo, Mutsumi Kikuchi, Gosuke Shibahara, Akihiko Emori, Yasuo Uemura, Tatsumi Yamauchi, Kenji Kubo, Masahito Sonehara, Masahiko Amano, Yoshinori Aoshima
  • Patent number: 9885148
    Abstract: A laminated sheet includes a base cloth layer having a porous structure obtained by impregnating a woven fabric, which has a tear strength by a trapezoid method of 150 N or more in the longitudinal direction and 100 N or more in the lateral direction, with a resin composition containing a polyurethane resin and an organic flame retardant, and a skin layer layered on the base cloth layer, and has plural air holes penetrating in the thickness direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignees: KYOWA LEATHER CLOTH CO., LTD., TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Koji Sugiura, Akinaka Fukumi, Kenji Kubo, Takanori Tatematsu
  • Publication number: 20170358987
    Abstract: An object of the present invention is to provide a highly efficient power supply device. A power supply device 1 according to the present invention includes a bidirectional DC-DC converter 3 and an insulated DC-DC converter 4. The bidirectional DC-DC converter 3 receives a main battery 5 and outputs a direct-current link voltage Vlink. The insulated DC-DC converter 4 receives the link voltage Vlink and supplies power to a load 7. The link voltage Vlink, which is an output of the bidirectional DC-DC converter 3, changes according to the output voltage of the insulated DC-DC converter 4.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 18, 2015
    Publication date: December 14, 2017
    Applicant: Hitachi Automotive Systems, Ltd.
    Inventors: Takayuki OOUCHI, Takae SHIMADA, Fumihiro SATO, Shintaro TANAKA, Kenji KUBO, Eigo KISHIMOTO
  • Publication number: 20170305126
    Abstract: A skin material containing, in the following order: a base fabric that is configured to contain fibers having a synthetic resin coating layer, wherein fibers adjacent to each other in the base fabric are at least partially fused with each other; and an adhesive layer and a skin layer, which are provided at a surface of at least one side of the base fabric in this order from the base fabric, the skin material having a plurality of ventilation holes passing through the skin material in a thickness direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 17, 2015
    Publication date: October 26, 2017
    Inventors: Masato TAKESHITA, Kenji KUBO
  • Publication number: 20170214254
    Abstract: A battery system includes a battery module that is constituted with a plurality of serially connected battery cells, a plurality of integrated circuits that group the battery cells so as to perform processing on battery cells in each group, a first transmission path through which a command signal is transmitted via a first insulating circuit from a higher-order control circuit that controls the integrated circuits to a highest-order integrated circuit of the integrated circuit, a second transmission path through which a data signal collected by the integrated circuits is transmitted from the highest-order integrated circuit to a lowest-order integrated circuit, and a third transmission path through which the data signal is transmitted from the lowest-order integrated circuit to the higher-order control circuit via a second insulating circuit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 10, 2017
    Publication date: July 27, 2017
    Inventors: Kenji KUBO, Akihiko KUDO, Mutsumi KIKUCHI, Gosuke SHIBAHARA
  • Patent number: 9647466
    Abstract: A battery system includes a battery module that is constituted with a plurality of serially connected battery cells, a plurality of integrated circuits that group the battery cells so as to perform processing on battery cells in each group, a first transmission path through which a command signal is transmitted via a first insulating circuit from a higher-order control circuit that controls the integrated circuits to a highest-order integrated circuit of the integrated circuit, a second transmission path through which a data signal collected by the integrated circuits is transmitted from the highest-order integrated circuit to a lowest-order integrated circuit, and a third transmission path through which the data signal is transmitted from the lowest-order integrated circuit to the higher-order control circuit via a second insulating circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignees: Hitachi, Ltd., Hitachi Automotive Systems, Ltd.
    Inventors: Kenji Kubo, Akihiko Kudo, Mutsumi Kikuchi, Gosuke Shibahara
  • Publication number: 20170117731
    Abstract: Provided is a power source device having a high efficiency. A power source device 1 includes an insulated AC-DC converter 2 which receives a voltage of an AC power source 10 and outputs a link voltage Vlink, a bidirectional DC-DC converter 3 which receives the link voltage Vlink to charge a main battery 5, an insulated DC-DC converter 4 which receives the link voltage Vlink to supply power to a load 7, an operation mode in which the power is supplied from the AC power source 10 to the main battery 5, and an operation mode in which the power is supplied from the main battery 5 to the load 7.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 16, 2015
    Publication date: April 27, 2017
    Applicant: HITACHI AUTOMOTIVE SYSTEMS, LTD.
    Inventors: Takae SHIMADA, Hiroyuki SHOJI, Takayuki OOUCHI, Fumihiro SATO, Kenji KUBO, Eigo KISHIMOTO
  • Publication number: 20160372250
    Abstract: To suppress a temperature increase of a transformer. A transformer includes a core, a primary winding, and a secondary winding. The core includes a primary core and a secondary core disposed on a side of the primary core. The primary winding includes a first primary winding wound around the primary core and the second primary winding wound around the secondary core and electrically connected in series to the first primary winding. The first primary winding is disposed such that a direction of a magnetic flux on an inner peripheral side of the first primary winding induced by the first primary winding is opposite to a direction of the magnetic flux on the inner peripheral side of the second primary winding induced, by the second primary winding. The secondary winding is wound such that a winding axial line of the first primary winding and a winding axial line of the second primary winding are formed on an inner peripheral side of the secondary winding.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 14, 2015
    Publication date: December 22, 2016
    Inventors: Tadahiko CHIDA, Mikito KOMATSU, Kenji KUBO
  • Publication number: 20160303977
    Abstract: A battery monitoring system, comprises a battery state detection circuit that detects battery states of a plurality of battery cells that are connected in series, based on respective cell voltages of the plurality of battery cells, and a control circuit that monitors state of a battery cell, based on each cell voltage of the plurality of battery cells. The control circuit inputs pseudo voltage information to the battery state detection circuit, and thereby diagnoses whether or not the battery state detection circuit is operating normally.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 28, 2016
    Publication date: October 20, 2016
    Inventors: Akihiko KUDO, Mutsumi KIKUCHI, Gosuke SHIBAHARA, Akihiko EMORI, Yasuo UEMURA, Tatsumi YAMAUCHI, Kenji KUBO, Masahito SONEHARA, Masahiko AMANO, Yoshinori AOSHIMA
  • Patent number: 9413256
    Abstract: An object is to suppress deterioration of a high-voltage side battery regardless of the magnitude of a load current. Provided is a control device of a DC-DC converter that is constituted by a primary side circuit that is electrically connected between an input side and a transformer, and a secondary side circuit that is electrically connected between an output side and the transformer. The control device includes a command generating unit 325 that sets an output current limiting value to a predetermined value on the basis of a detected input voltage, a duty generating unit 330 that calculates a duty configured to turn ON/OFF a switching element on the basis of the output current limiting value and a detected output current, and a switching signal generating unit 335 that generates a switching signal on the basis of the duty. The duty generating unit 330 generates the duty so that an output current is limited to the output current limiting value or less.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2016
    Assignee: Hitachi Automotive Systems, Ltd.
    Inventors: Hiroshi Tamura, Kenji Kubo, Takuma Ono, Susumu Sato, Satoshi Idei
  • Patent number: 9404975
    Abstract: A battery monitoring system, comprises a battery state detection circuit that detects battery states of a plurality of battery cells that are connected in series, based on respective cell voltages of the plurality of battery cells, and a control circuit that monitors state of a battery cell, based on each cell voltage of the plurality of battery cells. The control circuit inputs pseudo voltage information to the battery state detection circuit, and thereby diagnoses whether or not the battery state detection circuit is operating normally.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2016
    Assignees: Hitachi, Ltd., Hitachi Automotive Systems, Ltd.
    Inventors: Akihiko Kudo, Mutsumi Kikuchi, Gosuke Shibahara, Akihiko Emori, Yasuo Uemura, Tatsumi Yamauchi, Kenji Kubo, Masahito Sonehara, Masahiko Amano, Yoshinori Aoshima
  • Patent number: 9333874
    Abstract: A battery system for vehicle comprises a battery unit that is constituted with a plurality of serially connected cell groups each include a plurality of serially connected battery cells, integrated circuits that are each disposed in correspondence to one of the cell groups of the battery unit and each measure terminal voltages at the battery cells in the corresponding cell group, and a signal transmission path through which one of the integrated circuits is connected to another one of the integrated circuits or to a circuit other than that of the integrated circuits.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2016
    Assignees: Hitachi, Ltd., Hitachi Automotive Systems, Ltd.
    Inventors: Kenji Kubo, Akihiko Kudo, Mutsumi Kikuchi, Akihiko Emori
  • Patent number: 9281549
    Abstract: An electricity storage module includes: an electric storage unit block that is constituted by arraying a plurality of prismatic electric storage units through a holding member; and a cooling channel that is formed between the electric storage unit and the holding member, through which a cooling medium for cooling the electric storage unit flows. A part of a cooling medium inlet opening of the cooling channel is covered so that a flow speed of a cooling medium after flowing into the cooling channel is higher than a flow speed of a cooling medium before flowing into the cooling channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2016
    Assignee: HITACHI AUTOMOTIVE SYSTEMS, LTD.
    Inventors: Susumu Harada, Masayuki Nakamura, Kenji Kubo, Ryuji Kohno
  • Publication number: 20150372606
    Abstract: An object is to suppress deterioration of a high-voltage side battery regardless of the magnitude of a load current. Provided is a control device of a DC-DC converter that is constituted by a primary side circuit that is electrically connected between an input side and a transformer, and a secondary side circuit that is electrically connected between an output side and the transformer. The control device includes a command generating unit 325 that sets an output current limiting value to a predetermined value on the basis of a detected input voltage, a duty generating unit 330 that calculates a duty configured to turn ON/OFF a switching element on the basis of the output current limiting value and a detected output current, and a switching signal generating unit 335 that generates a switching signal on the basis of the duty. The duty generating unit 330 generates the duty so that an output current is limited to the output current limiting value or less.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 31, 2014
    Publication date: December 24, 2015
    Inventors: Hiroshi TAMURA, Kenji KUBO, Takuma ONO, Susumu SATO, Satoshi IDEI
  • Publication number: 20150299944
    Abstract: A laminated sheet includes a base cloth layer having a porous structure obtained by impregnating a woven fabric, which has a tear strength by a trapezoid method of 150 N or more in the longitudinal direction and 100 N or more in the lateral direction, with a resin composition containing a polyurethane resin and an organic flame retardant, and a skin layer layered on the base cloth layer, and has plural air holes penetrating in the thickness direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 13, 2013
    Publication date: October 22, 2015
    Applicants: KYOWA LEATHER CLOTH CO., LTD., TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Koji SUGIURA, Akinaka FUKUMI, Kenji KUBO, Takanori TATEMATSU
  • Publication number: 20150291041
    Abstract: A power supply device that converts inputted direct-current power to direct-current power with a predetermined voltage to supply the power to the outside includes a voltage conversion circuit that converts the voltage of the inputted direct-current power, a voltage measurement circuit that measures a voltage value indicating a voltage potential difference between a ground voltage potential in the power supply device and a ground point provided outside the power supply device and connected to the ground voltage potential via a ground strap cable, a current measurement circuit that measures a current value of a load current flowing when de direct-current power is supplied from the power supply device, and an arithmetic circuit that calculates a resistance value corresponding ground connection of the power supply device, based on the voltage value measured by the voltage measurement circuit and the current value measured by the current measurement circuit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 31, 2012
    Publication date: October 15, 2015
    Inventors: Katsuhiro HIGUCHI, Toshio HIRAISHI, Kenji KUBO
  • Patent number: 9130379
    Abstract: A vehicle power supply system comprises a battery module that includes a plurality of battery cells, battery cell control devices and a signal transmission path through which signals are transmitted. The battery cell control devices comprises a voltage measurement circuit that measures terminal voltages at the battery cells, an abnormality diagnosis circuit that diagnoses an abnormality in the battery cell control device, a timing control circuit that outputs a signal for instructing measurement phase and a signal for instructing diagnosis phase, and a communication circuit that outputs a signal indicating the terminal voltage and a signal based upon a diagnosis result by the abnormality diagnosis circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2015
    Assignees: Hitachi, Ltd., Hitachi Automotive Systems, Ltd.
    Inventors: Kei Sakabe, Akihiko Emori, Akihiko Kudo, Kenji Kubo, Youhei Kawahara, Mutsumi Kikuchi, Tatsumi Yamauchi
  • Publication number: 20150191102
    Abstract: A battery system for vehicle comprises a battery unit that is constituted with a plurality of serially connected cell groups each include a plurality of serially connected battery cells, integrated circuits that are each disposed in correspondence to one of the cell groups of the battery unit and each measure terminal voltages at the battery cells in the corresponding cell group, and a signal transmission path through which one of the integrated circuits is connected to another one of the integrated circuits or to a circuit other than that of the integrated circuits.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 18, 2015
    Publication date: July 9, 2015
    Inventors: Kenji KUBO, Akihiko KUDO, Mutsumi KIKUCHI, Akihiko EMORI
  • Patent number: 9035611
    Abstract: A battery system for a vehicle is provided with discharge circuits (R1, 129A through 129D, 128A through 128D) that discharge battery cells (BC1 through BC4) via measurement lines of those battery cells (BC1 through BC4).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignees: Hitachi, Ltd., Hitachi Automotive Systems, Ltd.
    Inventors: Mutsumi Kikuchi, Akihiko Kudo, Gosuke Shibahara, Yoshinori Aoshima, Kenji Kubo, Yasuo Uemura