Patents by Inventor Koji Obayashi

Koji Obayashi 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: 10889870
    Abstract: In this steel component, the concentration of C in a surface layer is 0.85 mass % or more to 1.2 mass % or less, which is higher than the concentration of C in a starting material steel, the surface layer has a volume ratio of a retained-austenite structure higher than 0% and lower than 10%, the remainder of the surface layer is a martensitic structure, the area fraction of grain boundary carbides in the surface layer is lower than 2%, a layer inside the surface layer is higher than the surface layer in a volume ratio of a retained-austenite structure, and in the layer inside the surface layer, the remainder is a martensitic structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignees: AISIN AW CO., LTD., NIPPON STEEL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Koji Obayashi, Kazuaki Okada, Keisuke Matsuzaka, Masashi Sakakibara, Manabu Kubota, Kei Miyanishi, Tatsuya Koyama
  • Publication number: 20200216002
    Abstract: A power supply system having a plurality of power systems is provided with a power output section in each of the power systems, an electrical load in each of the power systems, operating from power supplied by the power output section, main paths that connect the power output sections of adjacent ones of the power systems, an inter-system switch that establishes a conducting condition between the adjacent power systems by being turned on and establishes a disconnected condition between the adjacent power systems by being turned off, and an intra-system switch in each of the power systems, which is disposed on the main path between the power output section and the inter-system switch, and which establishes a conducting condition between the power output section and the electrical load by being turned on and establishes a disconnected condition between the power output section and the electrical load by being turned off.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 20, 2020
    Publication date: July 9, 2020
    Applicant: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Koji MAZAKI, Kazuyoshi OBAYASHI, Tadatoshi ASADA
  • Patent number: 10661740
    Abstract: A bumper reinforcement includes a front wall, a rear wall, and a connection wall. Intermediate portions, in an extending direction, of the front wall and the rear wall are parallel to each other. An end portion, in the extending direction, of the front wall is bent toward the rear wall when viewed from the intermediate portion of the front wall. An end portion, in the extending direction, of the connection wall includes a front part and a rear part, and each of the front and rear parts extends from an inside to an outside in the vehicle width direction. A distance between a front end of the rear part and the rear wall gradually decreases in a direction from a base end of the rear part toward a distal end thereof. The front part is provided so as to extend along the front end of the rear part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignees: Aisin Seiki Kabushiki Kaisha, Aisin Keikinzoku Kabushiki Kaisha, Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Shunji Shibata, Kiyoichi Kita, Jun Shobo, Kyosuke Matsui, Tamaki Obayashi, Yuta Takanami, Hirofumi Shibata, Koji Saeki
  • Publication number: 20190078171
    Abstract: In this steel component, the concentration of C in a surface layer is 0.85 mass % or more to 1.2 mass % or less, which is higher than the concentration of C in a starting material steel, the surface layer has a volume ratio of a retained-austenite structure higher than 0% and lower than 10%, the remainder of the surface layer is a martensitic structure, the area fraction of grain boundary carbides in the surface layer is lower than 2%, a layer inside the surface layer is higher than the surface layer in a volume ratio of a retained-austenite structure, and in the layer inside the surface layer, the remainder is a martensitic structure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 8, 2017
    Publication date: March 14, 2019
    Applicants: AISIN AW CO., LTD., NIPPON STEEL & SUMITOMO METAL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Koji OBAYASHI, Kazuaki OKADA, Keisuke MATSUZAKA, Masashi SAKAKIBARA, Manabu KUBOTA, Kei MIYANISHI, Tatsuya KOYAMA
  • Patent number: 9441723
    Abstract: A steel gear 1 includes a generally cylindrical outer peripheral ring portion 2, on an outer peripheral surface 20a of which a toothed shape 10 is formed, and a flange portion 3 provided to extend radially inward from an inner peripheral surface 20b of the outer peripheral ring portion 2. The outer peripheral ring portion 2 includes a first projecting portion 21 that projects toward one side in the axial direction with respect to a coupling position at which the first projecting portion 21 is coupled to the flange portion 3, and a second projecting portion 22 that projects toward the other side in the axial direction with respect to a coupling position at which the second projecting portion 22 is coupled to the flange portion 3. The axial length of the first projecting portion 21 is longer than the axial length of the second projecting portion 22.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2016
    Assignee: AISIN AW CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Koji Obayashi, Keita Taguchi, Yasutaka Miyake, Takaaki Ogiso
  • Patent number: 9388476
    Abstract: A steel gear includes a substantially cylindrical outer peripheral ring portion having a toothed shape formed on its outer peripheral surface; and a flange portion extended radially inward from an inner peripheral surface of the outer peripheral ring portion. The steel gear has a thermal history layer formed in the outer peripheral ring portion, and the depth of the thermal history layer in the direction inward from the tooth bottom of the toothed shape of the outer peripheral surface is greater in the first protruding portion and the second protruding portion than in the coupling portion with the flange portion, and is substantially the same between the first protruding portion and the second protruding portion. As a result, even if the “carburization/slow cooling/high-frequency quenching treatment” is used as a manufacturing method of the steel gear, the steel gear has high dimensional accuracy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2016
    Assignee: AISIN AW CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Koji Obayashi, Keita Taguchi, Yasutaka Miyake, Takaaki Ogiso
  • Patent number: 9328811
    Abstract: A drive plate includes a disk-shaped plate portion; and a tooth-shaped portion formed at an outer peripheral end of the plate portion. The plate portion and the tooth-shaped portion are integrally shaped from a single steel plate material. The plate portion and the tooth-shaped portion include a carburized layer provided over an entire surface layer of the plate portion and the tooth-shaped portion, the carburized layer having a carbon concentration higher than that of a center portion of the plate portion and the tooth-shaped portion in a thickness direction. The carburized layer of the plate portion is higher in hardness than the center portion of the plate portion in the thickness direction. The carburized layer of the tooth-shaped portion has been subjected to a quenching process, and is further higher in hardness than the carburized layer of the plate portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2016
    Assignee: AISIN AW CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Daisuke Iwata, Tomoyuki Hori, Naoki Yokoyama, Koji Obayashi, Keita Taguchi, Hiroshi Shibata
  • Patent number: 9034116
    Abstract: A manufacturing method for a composite steel part including manufacturing a first steel part by preparing an intermediate product in which an extra portion is added, and heating the intermediate product to an austenitizing temperature in a carburizing atmosphere to form a carburized layer, cooling the intermediate product at a rate less than a cooling rate at which martensitic transformation is caused and in which the intermediate product is cooled to a temperature equal to or less than a temperature at which structure transformation due to the cooling is completed, heating the intermediate product to an austenitizing range by high-density energy and thereafter cooled at a rate equal to or more than the cooling rate at which martensitic transformation is caused to form a carburized quenched portion, cutting the extra portion of the intermediate product, and welding the first steel part and the second steel part to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: AISIN AW CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Koji Obayashi, Daisuke Kasai, Keita Taguchi, Takaaki Ogiso, Tsutomu Sato
  • Patent number: 8956467
    Abstract: A manufacturing method for a composite steel part including preparing an intermediate product in which an extra portion, which has a thickness equal to or more than that of a carburized layer to be formed in a subsequent carburizing step, has been added to a welding expected portion, carburizing the intermediate product by heating to an austenitizing temperature or more in a carburizing atmosphere, then cooling the intermediate product at a cooling rate less than a rate at which martensitic transformation occurs and without completing structural transformation due to the cooling, quenching a portion of the intermediate product after heating to an austenitizing range by high-density energy and thereafter cooling to cause martensitic transformation to form a carburized quenched portion, removing an extra portion of the intermediate product; and then welding a second steel part to the welding expected portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: Aisin AW Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Koji Obayashi, Mamoru Takeuchi, Ryuta Sugiyama, Ken Shimizu, Koichi Kato
  • Publication number: 20150020924
    Abstract: A manufacturing method for a composite steel part including manufacturing a first steel part by preparing an intermediate product in which an extra portion is added, and heating the intermediate product to an austenitizing temperature in a carburizing atmosphere to form a carburized layer, cooling the intermediate product at a rate less than a cooling rate at which martensitic transformation is caused and in which the intermediate product is cooled to a temperature equal to or less than a temperature at which structure transformation due to the cooling is completed, heating the intermediate product to an austenitizing range by high-density energy and thereafter cooled at a rate equal to or more than the cooling rate at which martensitic transformation is caused to form a carburized quenched portion, cutting the extra portion of the intermediate product, and welding the first steel part and the second steel part to each other.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 10, 2014
    Publication date: January 22, 2015
    Inventors: Koji OBAYASHI, Daisuke KASAI, Keita TAGUCHI, Takaaki OGISO, Tsutomu SATO
  • Patent number: 8733199
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing a gear, and the resulting gear, the method resulting such that the surface layer portions of the tooth portions and a tooth root portion are made to be a carburized layer, the remaining portion of the tooth portions and a portion of a disk portion lying below the carburized layer be a quench-hardened layer, and a region of the disk portion lying deeper than the quench-hardened layer be an unquenched layer. The gear is manufactured using raw material steel having the following chemical composition: C: 0.1% to 0.40% (% by mass), Si: 0.35% to 3.0%, Mn: 0.1% to 3.0%, Cr: less than 0.2%, Mo: 0.1% or less, P: 0.03% or less, S: 0.15% or less, Al: 0.05% or less, N: 0.03% or less, and Fe and unavoidable impurities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Assignees: Aisin AW Co., Ltd., Nippon Steel Corporation
    Inventors: Koji Obayashi, Keita Taguchi, Susumu Kato, Shuji Kozawa, Manabu Kubota, Yuji Adachi, Hirokazu Sato
  • Publication number: 20130319154
    Abstract: A steel gear 1 includes a generally cylindrical outer peripheral ring portion 2, on an outer peripheral surface 20a of which a toothed shape 10 is formed, and a flange portion 3 provided to extend radially inward from an inner peripheral surface 20b of the outer peripheral ring portion 2. The outer peripheral ring portion 2 includes a first projecting portion 21 that projects toward one side in the axial direction with respect to a coupling position at which the first projecting portion 21 is coupled to the flange portion 3, and a second projecting portion 22 that projects toward the other side in the axial direction with respect to a coupling position at which the second projecting portion 22 is coupled to the flange portion 3. The axial length of the first projecting portion 21 is longer than the axial length of the second projecting portion 22.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 1, 2012
    Publication date: December 5, 2013
    Applicant: AISIN AW CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Koji Obayashi, Keita Taguchi, Yasutaka Miyake, Takaaki Ogiso
  • Publication number: 20130312560
    Abstract: A steel gear includes a substantially cylindrical outer peripheral ring portion having a toothed shape formed on its outer peripheral surface; and a flange portion extended radially inward from an inner peripheral surface of the outer peripheral ring portion. The steel gear has a thermal history layer formed in the outer peripheral ring portion, and the depth of the thermal history layer in the direction inward from the tooth bottom of the toothed shape of the outer peripheral surface is greater in the first protruding portion and the second protruding portion than in the coupling portion with the flange portion, and is substantially the same between the first protruding portion and the second protruding portion. As a result, even if the “carburization/slow cooling/high-frequency quenching treatment” is used as a manufacturing method of the steel gear, the steel gear has high dimensional accuracy.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 1, 2012
    Publication date: November 28, 2013
    Applicant: AISIN AW CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Koji Obayashi, Keita Taguchi, Yasutaka Miyake, Takaaki Ogiso
  • Publication number: 20120297910
    Abstract: A drive plate includes a disk-shaped plate portion; and a tooth-shaped portion formed at an outer peripheral end of the plate portion. The plate portion and the tooth-shaped portion are integrally shaped from a single steel plate material. The plate portion and the tooth-shaped portion include a carburized layer provided over an entire surface layer of the plate portion and the tooth-shaped portion, the carburized layer having a carbon concentration higher than that of a center portion of the plate portion and the tooth-shaped portion in a thickness direction. The carburized layer of the plate portion is higher in hardness than the center portion of the plate portion in the thickness direction. The carburized layer of the tooth-shaped portion has been subjected to a quenching process, and is further higher in hardness than the carburized layer of the plate portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 16, 2012
    Publication date: November 29, 2012
    Applicant: AISIN AW CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Daisuke IWATA, Tomoyuki HORI, Naoki YOKOYAMA, Koji OBAYASHI, Keita TAGUCHI, Hiroshi SHIBATA
  • Publication number: 20120267009
    Abstract: A manufacturing method for a composite steel part including preparing an intermediate product in which an extra portion, which has a thickness equal to or more than that of a carburized layer to be formed in a subsequent carburizing step, has been added to a welding expected portion, carburizing the intermediate product by heating to an austenitizing temperature or more in a carburizing atmosphere, then cooling the intermediate product at a cooling rate less than a rate at which martensitic transformation occurs and without completing structural transformation due to the cooling, quenching a portion of the intermediate product after heating to an austenitizing range by high-density energy and thereafter cooling to cause martensitic transformation to form a carburized quenched portion, removing an extra portion of the intermediate product; and then welding a second steel part to the welding expected portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 6, 2012
    Publication date: October 25, 2012
    Applicant: AISIN AW CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Koji OBAYASHI, Mamoru TAKEUCHI, Ryuta SUGIYAMA, Ken SHIMIZU, Koichi KATO
  • Publication number: 20120267010
    Abstract: A manufacturing method for a composite steel part including manufacturing a first steel part by preparing an intermediate product in which an extra portion is added, and heating the intermediate product to an austenitizing temperature in a carburizing atmosphere to form a carburized layer, cooling the intermediate product at a rate less than a cooling rate at which martensitic transformation is caused and in which the intermediate product is cooled to a temperature equal to or less than a temperature at which structure transformation due to the cooling is completed, heating the intermediate product to an austenitizing range by high-density energy and thereafter cooled at a rate equal to or more than the cooling rate at which martensitic transformation is caused to form a carburized quenched portion, cutting the extra portion of the intermediate product, and welding the first steel part and the second steel part to each other.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 6, 2012
    Publication date: October 25, 2012
    Applicant: AISIN AW CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Koji OBAYASHI, Daisuke KASAI, Keita TAGUCHI, Takaaki OGISO, Tsutomu SATO
  • Publication number: 20120247619
    Abstract: A carburized steel member is manufactured by specific carburizing, cooling, and quenching steps. The steel member contains: C: 0.1% to 0.4%, Si: 0.35% to 3.0%, Mn: 0.1% to 3.0%, P: 0.03% or less, S: 0.15% or less, Al: 0.05% or less, and N: 0.03% or less, and a content of Cr is less than 0.2%, a content of Mo is 0.1% or less, and remainder is constituted of Fe and unavoidable impurities. A surface layer thereof includes: a first layer having a carbon concentration of 0.60 mass % to 0.85 mass % and including a martensitic structure in which no grain boundary oxide layer caused by Si exists; a second layer having a carbon concentration of 0.1 mass % to 0.4 mass % and including a martensitic structure; and a third layer having a carbon concentration of 0.1 mass % to 0.4 mass % and including no martensitic structure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 8, 2011
    Publication date: October 4, 2012
    Applicants: NIPPON STEEL CORPORATION, AISIN AW CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Koji Obayashi, Keita Taguchi, Susumu Kato, Shuji Kozawa, Manabu Kubota, Yuji Adachi, Hirokazu Sato
  • Publication number: 20120247249
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing a gear, and the resulting gear, the method resulting such that the surface layer portions of the tooth portions and a tooth root portion are made to be a carburized layer, the remaining portion of the tooth portions and a portion of a disk portion lying below the carburized layer be a quench-hardened layer, and a region of the disk portion lying deeper than the quench-hardened layer be an unquenched layer. The gear is manufactured using raw material steel having the following chemical composition: C: 0.1% to 0.40% (% by mass), Si: 0.35% to 3.0%, Mn: 0.1% to 3.0%, Cr: less than 0.2%, Mo: 0.1% or less, P: 0.03% or less, S: 0.15% or less, Al: 0.05% or less, N: 0.03% or less, and Fe and unavoidable impurities.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 8, 2011
    Publication date: October 4, 2012
    Applicants: NIPPON STEEL CORPORATION, AISIN AW CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Koji Obayashi, Keita Taguchi, Susumu Kato, Shuji Kozawa, Manabu Kubota, Yuji Adachi, Hirokazu Sato
  • Patent number: 7380416
    Abstract: The present invention provides a A metal conduit for molten glass and a vacuum degassing apparatus are disclosed, which are capable of coping with extension and contraction, and vibration. By disposing at least one convex portion 20 so to have a height of 4 mm or above in a radial direction and continuously extend in a peripheral direction, it is possible to absorb thermal expansion and contraction without changing the entire length of the metal conduit 10 and to suppress from the metal conduit 10 from vibrated even when molten glass 121 is conveyed by the metal conduit. By employing the metal conduit 10 stated earlier in an upstream conveying pipe 130A, an uprising pipe 122U, a vacuum degassing vessel 120, a downfalling pipe 122L, a downstream conveying pipe 130B or the like in a vacuum degassing apparatus 30, it is possible to cope with thermal expansion and contraction, and vibration caused when conveying molten glass 121.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2008
    Assignee: Asahi Glass Company, Limited
    Inventors: Naruaki Tomita, Yasuharu Hirahara, Kazuo Hamashima, Koji Obayashi
  • Publication number: 20050268663
    Abstract: The present invention provides a metal conduit for molten glass and a vacuum degassing apparatus, which are capable of coping with extension and contraction, and vibration. By disposing at least one concave portion 20 so to have a height of 4 mm or above in a radial direction and continuously extend in a peripheral direction, it is possible to absorb thermal expansion and contraction without changing the entire length of the metal conduit 10 and to suppress from the metal conduit 10 from vibrated even when molten glass 121 is conveyed by the metal conduit. By employing the metal conduit 10 stated earlier in an upstream conveying pipe 130A, an uprising pipe 122U, a vacuum degassing vessel 120, a downfalling pipe 122L, a downstream conveying pipe 130B or the like in a vacuum degassing apparatus 30, it is possible to cope with thermal expansion and contraction, and vibration caused when conveying molten glass 121.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 4, 2005
    Publication date: December 8, 2005
    Applicant: ASAHI GLASS COMPANY, LIMITED
    Inventors: Naruaki Tomita, Yasuharu Hirahara, Kazuo Hamashima, Koji Obayashi