Patents by Inventor Kenji Shimizu

Kenji Shimizu 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: 9959895
    Abstract: A method for manufacturing a magnetic recording medium is provided. An orientation control layer is deposited on a non-magnetic substrate to control an orientation of a layer located directly thereon, and a perpendicular magnetic layer whose easy axis of magnetization is mainly oriented perpendicular to the non-magnetic substrate is deposited thereon. In depositing the orientation control layer, a first granular structure layer containing Ru or a material mainly made of Ru and a first oxide having a melting point of 1000 degrees C. or lower are deposited by sputtering. In depositing the perpendicular magnetic layer, a second granular structure layer containing magnetic particles and a second oxide having a melting point of 1000 degrees C. or lower are deposited by sputtering, and the magnetic particles are grown so as to form a columnar crystal continuing in a thickness direction. The columnar crystal includes crystal grains constituting the orientation control layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: SHOWA DENKO K.K.
    Inventors: Ken Inoue, Kenji Shimizu, Gohei Kurokawa, Haruhisa Ohashi
  • Patent number: 9799501
    Abstract: A sample mounting plate has: a substrate made of alumina ceramic which exhibits white; and a cover layer which is laminated so as to cover the front surface of the substrate and which has multiple grooves formed in some areas. The cover layer has: a conductive interference layer which exhibits conductivity and is configured so as to exhibit a prescribed color (such as navy blue) through light interference and which is laminated on the substrate; and a water-repellent layer which exhibits higher water repellency than that of the substrate and is laminated on at least a part of the conductive interference layer and on which a sample is to be mounted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignees: CITIZEN FINEDEVICE CO., LTD., CITIZEN WATCH CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kazuhiro Toriumi, Mitsunori Miyamoto, Kenji Shimizu
  • Patent number: 9778634
    Abstract: A control method for controlling at least one of a plurality of apparatuses. The control method includes: displaying candidate information and obtaining, via a network, an operation history of each of the apparatuses. The method includes generating a control signal for performing a predetermined control on a target apparatus, when the user confirms that the predetermined control is to be performed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY CORPORATION OF AMERICA
    Inventors: Chikara Yoshida, Masayuki Kozuka, Toshihisa Nakano, Tsutomu Sekibe, Jun Yamaguchi, Kazushige Yamada, Kenji Shimizu, Masaki Takahashi, Yuri Nishikawa, Motoji Ohmori, Hiroyuki Takemura, Takeshi Hosaka
  • Patent number: 9718275
    Abstract: A liquid discharge apparatus includes a head, a head holder, a carriage, a supply tube, a reference member, a first guide, and a second guide. The supply tube is led out from the carriage and extended to a first side of the head holder opposite a second side of the head holder at which the head holder is hooked on the reference member. The supply tube is disposed in a state in which, in plan view, the supply tube projects from an entry portion of the second guide beyond an end of the head holder in a main scanning direction. At least a portion of the first guide to guide the supply tube is disposed closer to the head holder, in plan view, than a position at which the supply tube projects farthest beyond the end of the head holder in the main scanning direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: RICOH COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventor: Kenji Shimizu
  • Publication number: 20170206558
    Abstract: A beacon system improves relevance of content delivered to a display device. The beacon system includes transmitters at different locations, first and second servers, and a portable terminal. The portable terminal receives a unique beacon ID signal from one of the transmitters at a first location, generates a first request signal from the unique beacon ID signal, and transmits the first request signal to the first server. The first server generates a first response signal in response to the first request signal. The portable terminal receives the first response signal, generates a second request signal from the first response signal, and transmits the second request signal to the second server. The second server generates a second response signal in response to the second request signal. The portable terminal receives the second response signal and displays content that is relevant to the first location on a display unit thereof.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 13, 2017
    Publication date: July 20, 2017
    Inventors: Yumiko OOKUMA, Masanori SANBE, Kenji SHIMIZU
  • Publication number: 20170185079
    Abstract: A numerical controller that controls a machine based on a program includes a manual program execution instruction unit that gives instructions for advancing and reversing execution of the program in a manual manner, a program manual execution unit that sequentially executes the program, and a block information notification unit that identifies a block in the program the execution of which is about to be started, based on execution status of the program reported from the program manual execution unit, and that makes notification in accordance with an attribute of the identified block.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 21, 2016
    Publication date: June 29, 2017
    Applicant: FANUC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kenji Shimizu, Kazuo Sato, Hideaki Maeda
  • Patent number: 9621433
    Abstract: A control method used in a remote control system according to the present disclosure includes: a step of displaying candidates for a target apparatus to be controlled among apparatuses on a user interface region of a display unit of an information terminal; a step of obtaining, via a network, control indexes used to determine a display mode for the user interface region; a step of displaying, on the user interface region, one or more control menus in a display mode determined based on a selected target apparatus and the control indexes; a step of generating a control signal for causing the target apparatus to perform an operation according to control corresponding to a control menu, when the control menu is selected from the one or more displayed control menus; and a step of transmitting the control signal to the target apparatus via the network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY CORPORATION OF AMERICA
    Inventors: Chikara Yoshida, Kazushige Yamada, Kenji Shimizu, Masaki Takahashi, Yuri Nishikawa, Masayuki Kozuka, Toshihisa Nakano, Tsutomu Sekibe, Motoji Ohmori, Hiroyuki Takemura, Jun Yamaguchi, Takeshi Hosaka
  • Publication number: 20170080525
    Abstract: A method for laser-welding metal plate laminates that is a laser welding method for laminating and bonding at least two metal plates, the method includes providing a protruding portion to one of the two metal plates; and causing the protruding portion to contact the other metal plate, and irradiating the protruding portion with laser beam so as to melt the protruding portion while applying force between the two metal plates to apply pressure to a contact portion of the protruding portion and the other metal plate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 13, 2015
    Publication date: March 23, 2017
    Applicant: SHIROKI CORPORATION
    Inventors: Atsuo NODA, Kenji SHIMIZU
  • Patent number: 9509023
    Abstract: When a battery is supported on a cooling plate, since a heat transfer sheet, which is deformable by pressure, is held between the cooling plate and a cooling surface of the battery, it is possible to efficiently transfer the heat of the battery from the cooling surface to the cooling plate via the heat transfer sheet, thereby enhancing the effect in cooling the battery. Since the heat transfer sheet includes a plurality of through holes, compared with a case in which a heat transfer sheet does not include the through hole, the reaction force generated by restoration of the compressively deformed heat transfer sheet to its original shape is decreased, thus reducing the load acting on a mounting flange securing the battery to the cooling plate and thereby preventing the mounting flange from being broken.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Goichi Katayama, Takeshi Ueda, Tooru Ohgaki, Arihisa Kimura, Shuji Sasaki, Kenji Shimizu
  • Publication number: 20160339722
    Abstract: A liquid discharge apparatus includes a head, a head holder, a carriage, a supply tube, a reference member, a first guide, and a second guide. The supply tube is led out from the carriage and extended to a first side of the head holder opposite a second side of the head holder at which the head holder is hooked on the reference member. The supply tube is disposed in a state in which, in plan view, the supply tube projects from an entry portion of the second guide beyond an end of the head holder in a main scanning direction. At least a portion of the first guide to guide the supply tube is disposed closer to the head holder, in plan view, than a position at which the supply tube projects farthest beyond the end of the head holder in the main scanning direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 24, 2016
    Publication date: November 24, 2016
    Applicant: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventor: Kenji SHIMIZU
  • Patent number: 9457542
    Abstract: A joined body of dissimilar aluminum alloy materials includes a first Al—Mg—Si aluminum alloy material, a second Al—Mg—Si aluminum alloy material, and a single Al—Mg aluminum alloy material. The joined body of dissimilar aluminum alloy materials is formed by welding the first Al—Mg—Si aluminum alloy material and the second Al—Mg—Si aluminum alloy material to the single Al—Mg aluminum alloy material. The Al—Mg aluminum alloy material and the first Al—Mg—Si aluminum alloy material are joined by arc welding. The Al—Mg aluminum alloy material and the second Al—Mg—Si aluminum alloy material are joined by friction-stir welding.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2016
    Assignee: SHIROKI CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kenji Shimizu, Shigenobu Ohsawa, Jiro Yoshihara
  • Patent number: 9416868
    Abstract: A shift-by-wire controller is applied to a shift-by-wire system which switches a shift range of an automatic transmission by a driving force of a motor, and drives the motor according to an input signal. The shift-by-wire controller includes a position sensor, a position acquirement portion acquiring a switching edge corresponding to a position where the shift range is switched from the position sensor, an encoder detecting a rotational position of the motor, a determining portion determining whether the rotational position can be acquired as a present-position from the encoder, and a position determination portion. When the determining portion determines that the present-position cannot be acquired, the position determination portion drives the motor to switch the shift range, and determines a position of the motor based on the switching edge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2016
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yoshihiro Yatou, Kenji Shimizu
  • Patent number: 9403390
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes at least one recording head, at least one head holder, a carriage, a reference member, a sub-reference member, and an adjuster. The at least one recording head includes a plurality of nozzles to discharge droplets. The at least one head holder holds the at least one recording head. The carriage holds the at least one head holder and movable in a main scanning direction. The reference member is provided at the carriage and arranged along the main scanning direction. The sub-reference member is provided at the carriage in separation from the reference member. The adjuster adjusts parallelism of the sub-reference member to the reference member. The at least one head holder is supported by and detachable from the reference member, positioned in contact with the sub-reference member, and held in the carriage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2016
    Assignee: RICOH COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventors: Soichi Saiga, Shinichiro Naruse, Kenji Shimizu
  • Publication number: 20160155158
    Abstract: An information distribution server includes a content sending unit, a measurement data reception unit, an advertisement effect processing unit, an effect measurement database, a data input unit, a template selection unit and a content generation unit. The measurement data reception unit receives measurement information for measuring the advertisement effect of the content data during a content distribution period. The advertisement effect processing unit determines whether or not advertisement effect is high with use of the measurement data collected by carrying out the content distribution, where the content distribution is carried out by changing a screen template in a same setting. The effect measurement database stores the determined advertisement effect together with measurement information for each screen template.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 4, 2016
    Publication date: June 2, 2016
    Inventor: Kenji Shimizu
  • Patent number: 9348445
    Abstract: Provided are an information processing device, an information processing method, and an information processing program, which simply switch to a display method which a user desires. When an information processing device (100) in which two touch panels (40, 50) are rotatably connected by a hinge (30) is in a two-screen state, the current screen mode is switched to another screen mode by carrying out a re-fold operation which, via a prescribed angle within a prescribed time, returns the information processing device (100) to an original state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2016
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY CORPORATION OF AMERICA
    Inventors: Yuji Kunitake, Ryo Yokoyama, Kenji Shimizu
  • Patent number: 9346339
    Abstract: [PROBLEM TO BE SOLVED] To provide a vehicle door, in which the arrangement of the reinforcing bracket is not limited, and the strength of the joined portion between the door frame and the door panel can be improved. The vehicle door has a portion of a door frame that forms a window opening inserted into the inside of a door panel. The door frame is provided with a stepped portion which separates a surface area on the frame forming portion side and a surface area on the insertion portion side from each other; the surface area on the insertion portion side that is continuous with the stepped portion is formed as an inner-panel facing surface facing the inner panel; the inner-panel facing surface is shifted in a direction away from the inner panel by the stepped portion; and the reinforcing bracket is made to overlap the shifted inner-panel facing surface therealong.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2016
    Assignee: SHIROKI CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kenji Shimizu, Hiroaki Yamazaki, Shigenobu Ohsawa
  • Publication number: 20160141166
    Abstract: A sample mounting plate has: a substrate made of alumina ceramic which exhibits white; and a cover layer which is laminated so as to cover the front surface of the substrate and which has multiple grooves formed in some areas. The cover layer has: a conductive interference layer which exhibits conductivity and is configured so as to exhibit a prescribed color (such as navy blue) through light interference and which is laminated on the substrate; and a water-repellent layer which exhibits higher water repellency than that of the substrate and is laminated on at least a part of the conductive interference layer and on which a sample is to be mounted.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 24, 2014
    Publication date: May 19, 2016
    Inventors: Kazuhiro TORIUMI, Mitsunori MIYAMOTO, Kenji SHIMIZU
  • Patent number: D761699
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2016
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Tokumaru Watanabe, Kenji Shimizu
  • Patent number: D781755
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Tokumaru Watanabe, Kenji Shimizu
  • Patent number: D814362
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yasuka Mori, Kenji Shimizu