Kenji Sugiyama 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).
Abstract: An image forming apparatus may include a mechanism for forming a corrugated shape in a sheet to be conveyed. The mechanism may include various components include one or more pressing portions, one or more ribs, one or more discharge rollers, a switching mechanism and the like. In one arrangement, ribs and pressing portions configured to create the corrugated shape may be disposed at various locations upstream or downstream of the platen, recording portion and/or nozzles thereof. In one example, pressing portions may be disposed both upstream and downstream of the nozzles of the recording portion to maintain a corrugated shape in the conveyed sheet. Various other configurations may be used.
Abstract: A low-pressure casting mold includes at least upper and lower molds 4U, 4L forming a cavity 3 and sprue pieces 8, 9 that have cylindrical shapes and that are disposed at different positions of the lower mold 4L. The sprue pieces 8, 9 include sprues 8A, 9A open to the cavity 3 and basins 8B, 9B, and the basins 8B, 9B have different volumes according to the position of the sprue pieces in the lower mold 4. Equalization of the solidification time of molten metal at the sprues 8A, 9A is achieved along with the less influence on the structure of the lower mold 4L and a stalk and the improved flexibility in apparatus design.
Abstract: A substrate work system including an information management device to manage traceability information of configuration items that configure a circuit board product; an imaging device to image an identification code attached to the configuration item; and an imaging control device to read the identification code imaged by the imaging device, and transmit a serial number recorded in the identification code to the information management device.
Abstract: A developing apparatus, includes: a developer bearing member configured to bear a developer; and a regulating member that is disposed in contact with a surface of the developer bearing member, and configured to regulate the developer borne on the developer bearing member. On the surface of the developer bearing member, a conductive portion having a first surface roughness and first electric resistance, and a dielectric portion having a second surface roughness, which is smaller than the first surface roughness, and second electric resistance, which is larger than the first electric resistance, are disposed. In a case where the developer borne on the developer bearing member is charged by friction with the regulating member, a charging polarity of the dielectric portion is the same polarity as a charging polarity of the developer.
Abstract: An occupant restraint system for a vehicle includes: a seat belt device configured w restrain an occupant seated on a vehicular seat with a webbing, in which one end of the webbing is wound around a winding device and the other end is fixed to one of the vehicular seat and a vehicle body, and the seat belt device is configured so that a motor provided in the winding device is driven to wind the webbing; and an electronic control unit configured to drive the motor so that a prescribed amount of the webbing is wound, when a first condition is satisfied.
Abstract: A printing apparatus according to an embodiment of this invention brings, out of a cleaning unit that cleans a transfer member in contact with a transfer member and an application unit that applies a reactive liquid with ink to the transfer member, the cleaning unit into contact with the transfer member to clean the transfer member by the cleaning unit at the start of the printing operation. Alternatively, out of the application unit and an absorbing unit that absorbs a liquid component from the reactive liquid applied by the application unit in contact with the transfer member, the printing apparatus brings the application unit into contact with the transfer member to apply the reactive liquid by the application unit.
Abstract: A display system includes: a display that displays an image; and a display controller that causes the display to display a first image resembling roads around a vehicle and a second image resembling a recommended lane determined on the basis of a route to a destination set by the vehicle among the roads around the vehicle. The display controller causes the display to display the second image and a third image guiding a course of the vehicle when the vehicle has reached a second position located a predetermined distance before a first position at which the vehicle has to make a turn in the route to the destination.
Abstract: To provide prepreg having high thermostability and a molded body (fiber reinforced composite) obtained from the prepreg, the prepreg is formed by impregnating a reinforced fiber having an elastic modulus of 100 to 900 GPa with an epoxy resin composition including the following Components A to D so as to have a resin content within a range of 25 to 50 mass %: Component A: an epoxy resin having an oxazolidone ring structure in a molecule thereof; Component B: an epoxy resin that is liquid at 30° C.; Component C: a diblock copolymer having a B-M structure, wherein M is a block including at least 50 mass % of methyl methacrylate, B is a block immiscible with the epoxy resins and the block M, a glass transition temperature of the block B being 20° C. or lower; and Component D: dicyandiamide, or an amine curing agent that is a derivative of dicyandiamide.
Abstract: A mounting device provided with: a collecting section configured to move a component for which imaging conditions are defined as a range including multiple values to an arrangement position in a state with multiple of the components collected; an imaging section configured to image the multiple components held by the collecting section; and a control section configured to, when the collecting section is holding the multiple components that include imaging conditions with ranges that are not the same, cause the imaging section to image the multiple components using imaging conditions with a shared value among the ranges defined for the multiple components held by the collecting section.
Abstract: A display system includes a display that displays a first image simulating a road on which a host vehicle is traveling, and a display controller that causes the display to display a second image simulating a recommended lane given to a controller that performs driving control of the host vehicle at a position associated with the first image, and to display a third image simulating a target trajectory generated by the controller that performs driving control of the host vehicle at a position associated with the first image, wherein the display controller changes the third image to an image simulating the target trajectory for lane change without changing a display position of the second image when the controller executes driving control for causing the host vehicle to return to an original lane after causing the host vehicle to perform lane change.
Abstract: A display system includes: a first display unit (400) that displays an image indicating a driving assist state of a vehicle which includes an automated driving state; a second display unit (400) that displays an image that resembles a road on which the vehicle travels; and a display control unit (120) that allows the second display unit to display approximately the entire region of a region corresponding to a recommended lane applied to a control unit that performs the automated driving in a predetermined color, and allows a target trajectory generated by the control unit that performs the automated driving to be displayed in a region narrower than the recommended lane.
Abstract: A system for creating component shape data for image processing to be used when performing image recognition of a component to be mounted by a component mounter, the system including: a display section; a wire frame drawing section configured to draw a wire frame on top of the component image, and to move a position of a side of the wide frame in accordance with a drag operation of an operator; a minimum unit specifying section configured to specify a minimum unit for when measuring the shape data of the measurement target portion surrounded by the wire frame; and a component shape data creation section configured to create the component shape data for image processing by measuring with an accuracy using the minimum unit specified by the minimum unit specifying section for the shape data of the measurement target portion surrounded by the wire frame.
Abstract: According to an embodiment of this invention, a printing apparatus capable of cleaning a transfer member continuously while downsizing the apparatus and a cleaning method of the same are provided. The printing apparatus includes a cleaning roller configured to apply a cleaning liquid to the transfer member while rotating in contact with the transfer member, a liquid tank configured to reserve the cleaning liquid so that a part of the cleaning roller is immersed in the cleaning liquid, and a removal unit configured to remove a blot by contacting the surface of the cleaning roller which rotates in the liquid tank.
Abstract: A self-localization estimation unit of a self-localization estimation device determines, based on mutual relationships between the in-lane position and the absolute position including the error, whether there is lane-relevant candidate information, the lane-relevant candidate information representing that one or more in-vehicle positions are each estimated to be in which of lanes identified by the lane information; and estimates, based on a result of the determination of whether there is lane-relevant candidate information, a localization of the own vehicle corresponding to the map information.
Abstract: A self-localization estimation device includes: a map-information acquisition unit that acquires map information including lane information for specifying lanes in which vehicles are enabled to travel; a position calculation unit that calculates an own-vehicle absolute position being an absolute position of an own vehicle in response to navigation signals received from a plurality of navigation satellites, the position calculation unit including a self-location measurement unit, a vehicle-momentum measurement unit, and dead reckoning unit; and a position estimation unit that estimates, based on the map information and the own-vehicle absolute position, a corrected own-vehicle position being a corrected position of the own vehicle. The position estimation unit estimates the corrected own-vehicle position by superimposing a reliability of the map information and a reliability of the own-vehicle absolute position on each other.
Abstract: A connector connecting structure can block liquid leakage outside a liquid-filled case and reduce the size of the device including a number of elements and a liquid sealed case and the number of electrical connection points. A connector connecting structure is provided with a connector AT connector (first connector) fixed to an AT case, an ECU connector (second connector) connected to the AT connector (first connector), a first sealing member sealing a space between the AT case (liquid sealed case) and the AT connector (first connector), and a second sealing member sealing a space between an ECU side housing (second housing) and a male-type terminal (second terminal).
Abstract: An inkjet printing apparatus includes a printhead configured to form an image by discharging ink to a transfer member, a transfer unit configured to transfer the image from the transfer member to a print medium, and an application unit configured to apply a first liquid to the transfer member prior to formation of the image by the printhead. The inkjet printing apparatus also includes a first drying unit configured to dry the first liquid applied to the transfer member by the application unit by blowing air using a first air blower before the ink is discharged by the printhead to the transfer member.
Abstract: The film cover constituting the instant film pack includes a cover member, a pair of accompanying prevention ribs, a pair of outer light shielding ribs, and a pair of inner light shielding ribs. The accompanying prevention ribs are arranged in parallel with a discharge direction from a distal end of the film cover in the discharge direction. Similarly to the accompanying prevention ribs, since the outer light shielding ribs are formed on a front surface of the cover member, the outer light shielding ribs together with the accompanying prevention ribs can prevent the film unit from accompanying. A tilt surface of which a protruding height gradually decreases toward a distal end from a proximal end of the cover member is formed on the accompanying prevention rib.
Abstract: A printing apparatus includes a transfer member that rotates, a printhead that forms an image on the transfer member, and a transfer unit that transfers the image to a print medium. An application unit, provided at a downstream side of an area, at which the transfer unit transfers the image to the print medium, in a rotation direction of the transfer member, applies a cleaning liquid to a region on the transfer member after the image is transferred to the print medium. In addition, a collecting unit, provided between the printhead and the application unit, in the rotation direction of the transfer member, includes a collection roller that rotates in contact with the transfer member, in a direction opposite to the rotation direction of the transfer member, for collecting the cleaning liquid applied to the transfer member by the application unit.
Abstract: Provided is a beverage composition, including: non-polymer catechins; and caffeine, the beverage composition satisfying the following requirements (A), (B), and (C): (A) a mass ratio of caffeine/non-polymer catechins is 0.180 or less; (B) particles contained in the beverage composition have an average particle size of 3 ?m or less; and (C) a turbidity is 30 NTU or more.