Patents by Inventor Kenji Sawai

Kenji Sawai 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: 11297195
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus includes: a processor configured to: acquire information on a folding manner in which a folding device folds a medium; and when the folding manner does not allow reading of a folding position of the medium with the medium folded, cause a display to display information so as to prompt a user to unfold and read the medium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2022
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Business Innovation Corp.
    Inventors: Shogo Tanaka, Kenji Sawai
  • Patent number: 11258911
    Abstract: An image processing device includes a processor configured to: obtain image information obtained by reading a sheet that is folded with an intention that a folding line is formed at a position apart from a sheet center position in a specific direction by a predetermined distance, using an image reading device in a state in which a short folded piece of the sheet faces a sensor surface; obtain positions of two edges that are opposite to each other across a folding back of the sheet in the image information; and detect a deviation amount of the folding line based on the positions of the two edges and the predetermined distance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2022
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Business Innovation Corp.
    Inventors: Kenji Sawai, Shogo Tanaka
  • Publication number: 20220030127
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus includes: a processor configured to: acquire information on a folding manner in which a folding device folds a medium; and when the folding manner does not allow reading of a folding position of the medium with the medium folded, cause a display to display information so as to prompt a user to unfold and read the medium.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 4, 2021
    Publication date: January 27, 2022
    Applicant: FUJIFILM BUSINESS INNOVATION CORP.
    Inventors: Shogo TANAKA, Kenji SAWAI
  • Publication number: 20220030126
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus includes: a processor is configured to: read an image of at least one of a first surface or a second surface of a medium with the medium folded; discriminate whether the image is of the first surface or the second surface based on an identification image in the image; specify, based on the image, a surface on which a folding deviation occurs; and determine a correction direction of the folding deviation according to whether the surface on which the folding deviation occurs is the first surface or the second surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 4, 2021
    Publication date: January 27, 2022
    Applicant: FUJIFILM BUSINESS INNOVATION CORP.
    Inventors: Shogo TANAKA, Kenji SAWAI
  • Publication number: 20220021775
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes: a folder configured to fold a medium by forming a fold such that a side of the medium is aligned with a predetermined first position on the medium; and an image forming device configured to form a first image on a region different from a region located within a predetermined range from the first position, on at least a part of the side of the medium before the medium is folded by the folder.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 22, 2021
    Publication date: January 20, 2022
    Applicant: FUJIFILM BUSINESS INNOVATION CORP.
    Inventors: Kenji SAWAI, Shogo TANAKA
  • Patent number: 11146693
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus includes a processor configured to: acquire image information obtained by reading a folded sheet with an image reading device in a state where the folded sheet is unfolded; acquire first and second distances in the image information, the first and second distances being distances from first and second positions to a predetermined reference of the sheet, respectively, the first and second positions on a folding line of the sheet being separated by a predetermined distance; and detect an inclination of the folding line of the sheet based on the first and second distances.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2021
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Business Innovation Corp.
    Inventors: Shogo Tanaka, Kenji Sawai
  • Publication number: 20210289077
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus includes a processor configured to: acquire image information obtained by reading a folded sheet with an image reading device in a state where the folded sheet is unfolded; acquire first and second distances in the image information, the first and second distances being distances from first and second positions to a predetermined reference of the sheet, respectively, the first and second positions on a folding line of the sheet being separated by a predetermined distance; and detect an inclination of the folding line of the sheet based on the first and second distances.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 16, 2020
    Publication date: September 16, 2021
    Applicant: FUJIFILM BUSINESS INNOVATION CORP.
    Inventors: Shogo TANAKA, Kenji SAWAI
  • Publication number: 20210289095
    Abstract: An image processing device includes a processor configured to: obtain image information obtained by reading a sheet that is folded with an intention that a folding line is formed at a position apart from a sheet center position in a specific direction by a predetermined distance, using an image reading device in a state in which a short folded piece of the sheet faces a sensor surface; obtain positions of two edges that are opposite to each other across a folding back of the sheet in the image information; and detect a deviation amount of the folding line based on the positions of the two edges and the predetermined distance.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 3, 2020
    Publication date: September 16, 2021
    Applicant: FUJIFILM BUSINESS INNOVATION CORP.
    Inventors: Kenji SAWAI, Shogo TANAKA
  • Publication number: 20210289094
    Abstract: An image processing device includes: a processor configured to obtain a positional deviation amount of an actual folding line from an expected folding line on a test sheet, and generate, based on the positional deviation amount, sheet image information including image data representing an image to be formed on a sheet, so as to change a position of the image.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 20, 2020
    Publication date: September 16, 2021
    Applicant: FUJIFILM BUSINESS INNOVATION CORP.
    Inventors: Kenji SAWAI, Shogo TANAKA
  • Publication number: 20210105377
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus includes a processor configured to: acquire image information obtained by an image reading apparatus including an illumination unit having an uneven balance in an amount of light in a sub-scanning direction; and specify a position of a folding line in a sheet from the acquired image information. The acquiring by the processor includes acquiring first image information obtained by reading the sheet in a first state in which the folding line in the sheet is positioned in a direction intersecting the sub-scanning direction of the image reading apparatus, and second image information obtained by reading the sheet in a second state in which the sheet is directed to an opposite side to a side in the first state. The specifying by the processor includes specifying the position of the folding line in the sheet based on the first image information and the second image information.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 12, 2020
    Publication date: April 8, 2021
    Applicant: FUJI XEROX CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Kenji SAWAI
  • Patent number: 10927389
    Abstract: A method of producing a chemical product by continuous fermentation utilizes a separation membrane under conditions at a pH of not more than 3.5, wherein yeast having vanillin resistance is used to enable efficient production of a chemical product without leaving a large amount of fermentation feedstock unused, is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: Toray Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Koji Kobayashi, Kenji Sawai, Katsushige Yamada
  • Publication number: 20200325097
    Abstract: Lactic acid is obtained by a method including (A) a step of continuous fermentation wherein a fermentation culture medium of a microorganism having an ability of lactic acid fermentation is filtered through a porous membrane having an average pore size of not less than 0.01 ?m and less than 1 ?m with a transmembrane pressure difference within the range of 0.1 to 20 kPa, and the permeate is collected, while retaining the non-permeated liquid in or returning the non-permeated liquid to the culture, and adding a fermentation feedstock to the culture; (B) a step of filtering the permeate obtained in Step (A) through a nanofiltration membrane; and (C) a step of distilling the permeate obtained in Step (B) under a pressure of not less than 1 Pa and not more than atmospheric pressure, at 25° C. to 200° C. to recover lactic acid.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 14, 2020
    Publication date: October 15, 2020
    Inventors: Kenji Sawai, Hideki Sawai, Takashi Mimitsuka, Masateru Ito, Katsushige Yamada, Kenji Kawamura, Shin-ichi Minegishi, Izumi Na kagawa, Tatsuya Nagano
  • Patent number: 10683254
    Abstract: Lactic acid is obtained by a method including (A) a step of continuous fermentation wherein a fermentation culture medium of a microorganism having an ability of lactic acid fermentation is filtered through a porous membrane having an average pore size of not less than 0.01 ?m and less than 1 ?m with a transmembrane pressure difference within the range of 0.1 to 20 kPa, and the permeate is collected, while retaining the non-permeated liquid in or returning the non-permeated liquid to the culture, and adding a fermentation feedstock to the culture; (B) a step of filtering the permeate obtained in Step (A) through a nanofiltration membrane; and (C) a step of distilling the permeate obtained in Step (B) under a pressure of not less than 1 Pa and not more than atmospheric pressure, at 25° C. to 200° C. to recover lactic acid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 25, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: Toray Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Kenji Sawai, Hideki Sawai, Takashi Mimitsuka, Ito Masateru, Katsushige Yamada, Kenji Kawamura, Shin-ichi Minegishi, Izumi Nakagawa, Tatsuya Nagano
  • Patent number: 10428358
    Abstract: A method of producing a chemical product includes cultivating microorganisms or culture cells in a fermentation tank; transferring a culture liquid from the fermentation tank to a membrane separation tank to filter the culture liquid through a separation membrane; and collecting a fermentation product from a filtration liquid as the chemical product while refluxing an unfiltered culture liquid that has not been filtered to be joined to the culture liquid on an upstream side of the membrane separation tank, wherein one portion of the culture liquid to be transferred from the fermentation tank is allowed to bypass the membrane separation tank depending on a pressure at a culture liquid flow-in side of the membrane separation tank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: Toray Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Takashi Mimitsuka, Kentaro Ishii, Ken Morita, Masashi Higasa, Kenji Sawai, Hideki Sawai, Katsushige Yamada, Shinichi Minegishi
  • Patent number: 10378029
    Abstract: A method produces a chemical product by continuous fermentation including filtering a culture liquid of a microorganism(s) through a separation membrane, retaining unfiltered liquid in, or refluxing unfiltered liquid to, the culture liquid, adding a fermentation feedstock to the culture liquid, and recovering a product in the filtrate, wherein the microorganism(s) is/are a microorganism(s) that undergo(es) catabolite repression, and the fermentation feedstock comprises hexose and pentose.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: Toray Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Koji Kobayashi, Shiomi Watanabe, Kyohei Isobe, Kenji Sawai, Kyungsu Na, Shingo Hiramatsu, Katsushige Yamada
  • Publication number: 20190093132
    Abstract: A method of producing a chemical product includes culturing a microorganism with a fermentation feedstock containing cane molasses as a main component; filtering the resulting culture liquid through a separation membrane to recover a filtrate which contains the chemical product and from which the microorganism has been separated; retaining or returning an unfiltered liquid containing the microorganism, in or to the culture liquid; and adding an additional fermentation feedstock to the culture liquid to carry out continuous fermentation; in which the microorganism cultured causes a centrifugal supernatant of the culture liquid to contain particles having an average particle diameter of 100 nm or more.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 16, 2017
    Publication date: March 28, 2019
    Inventors: Kenji Sawai, Takashi Mimitsuka, Kaoru Amagai, Shota Sekiguchi, Katsushige Yamada
  • Patent number: 10093948
    Abstract: A method of producing alcohol from cellulose-containing biomass includes steps (1) to (8): step (1): pretreating a cellulose-containing biomass; step (2): saccharifying the pretreated cellulose-containing biomass obtained in step (1) with a saccharification enzyme; step (3): removing a saccharification residual solid from a saccharification treated product obtained in step (2); step (4): culturing an alcohol fermentation microorganism with an aqueous sugar solution obtained in step (3) as a fermentation raw material; step (5): removing the alcohol fermentation microorganism from a culture liquid containing the alcohol fermentation microorganism obtained in step (4); step (6): distilling the alcohol fermentation liquid obtained in step (5) to recover alcohol; step (7): passing and filtering a distillation residual liquid obtained in step (6) through a reverse osmosis membrane; and step (8): performing treatment of discharging a retentate obtained in step (7).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: Toray Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Takashi Mimitsuka, Katsushige Yamada, Kenji Sawai, Koji Kobayashi
  • Patent number: 10072275
    Abstract: A method of producing 2,3-butanediol includes the steps of: culturing a microorganism belonging to the genus Zymobacter in a fermentation feedstock containing a carbon source (Step A); and purifying 2,3-butanediol from culture liquid obtained in this step (Step B). In this method, the carbon source contains pentose, and the microorganism belonging to the genus Zymobacter has a capacity to metabolize pentose.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: Toray Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Kyohei Isobe, Kenji Sawai, Kenji Kawamura, Katsushige Yamada, Hideshi Yanase
  • Publication number: 20170268023
    Abstract: A method of producing alcohol includes culturing a microorganism capable of producing alcohol as a major product from a material containing pentose, wherein the microorganism is a microorganism having an enhanced Entner-Doudoroff (ED) pathway, and alcohol yield from xylose or arabinose based on sugar consumption is improved compared to alcohol yield based on sugar consumption before enhancement of the ED pathway.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 10, 2015
    Publication date: September 21, 2017
    Applicant: Toray Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Kaoru Amagai, Kenji Sawai, Ryota Aiba, Katsushige Yamada
  • Patent number: 9587253
    Abstract: The invention provides a method of producing a chemical product through continuous fermentation which includes filtering a culture of a microorganism or cultured cells with a separation membrane to recover a product from a filtrate and simultaneously retaining a nonfiltered fluid in, or refluxing it to, the culture, and adding fermentation materials to the culture, wherein a porous membrane having an average pore size of 0.01 ?m or more to less than 1 ?m is used as the separation membrane and the filtration is conducted with a transmembrane pressure difference in the range of 0.1 to 20 kPa. According to this method, the fermentation productivity of the chemical product can be largely elevated at high stability and a low cost.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: Toray Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Hideki Sawai, Katsushige Yamada, Takashi Mimitsuka, Kenji Sawai, Tetsu Yonehara, Yohito Ito, Masahiro Henmi