Patents by Inventor Kouichi Watanabe

Kouichi Watanabe 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).

  • Publication number: 20100088617
    Abstract: Thumbnails of images including proper photographed dates are sorted for each image selection unit “days” and displayed on a display unit (15) of an album creating apparatus, and from the thumbnails sorted for each image selection unit “days”, the user is made to select thumbnails of arbitrary images to be arranged for each page unit corresponding to the image selection unit. A processing unit (17) of the album creating apparatus stores images of each date designated by thumbnails in a storage unit (16) in response to the pressing of a “Finish” button. The processing unit (17) of the album creating apparatus then creates album data for arranging and printing the designated images of each date by the page unit and outputs the album data to a print output unit (13). The print output unit (13) prints the pages of the album based on the album data.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 26, 2008
    Publication date: April 8, 2010
    Applicant: FUJIFILM CORPORATION
    Inventor: Kouichi Watanabe
  • Publication number: 20080303735
    Abstract: An antenna apparatus used in a wireless communication medium or a wireless communication medium processing apparatus constructed by a constitution of including a magnetic member in which a magnetic ceramic powder is used as a major component thereof and which is provided with flexibility, an antenna formed at a surface or inside of the magnetic member, and a matching circuit of the antenna formed at the surface or the inside of the magnetic member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 28, 2005
    Publication date: December 11, 2008
    Applicant: MATSUSHITA ELECTRIC INDUSTRIAL CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hidetsugu Fujimoto, Kongo Shiiba, Hiromi Sakita, Kouji Nishimura, Kouichi Watanabe, Hatsuhiro Yano, Yoshiniko Takayama, Yoshitaka Mizoguchi
  • Publication number: 20080149438
    Abstract: A damping valve (10) resists a flow of fluid from a first fluid chamber (41) to a second fluid chamber (42) which are separated by a piston (1). A partitioning member (24, 27-29, 52) partitions an inflow space. (A, B) of a passage (2) in the first fluid chamber (41). A spool (17, 31, 51) decreases a flow cross-sectional area of a flow path from the first fluid chamber (41) into the inflow space (A, B) according to a differential pressure between the fluid chambers. By ensuring a gap between the outer circumference of the valve disk (1) and the partitioning member (24, 27-29, 52) which permanently allows fluid to flow from the first chamber (41) into the inflow space (A, B), the damping force characteristic in a high speed region of piston displacement can be set independently of the damping force characteristic in other regions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 21, 2007
    Publication date: June 26, 2008
    Applicant: KAYABA INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Satoshi Chikamatsu, Kouichi Watanabe
  • Publication number: 20070030597
    Abstract: When the flying height of a magnetic head slider lowers, there arises the problem that the magnetic head slider assumes a forwardly falling attitude and a front edge portion of a leading end of the magnetic head slider comes into contact with a magnetic disk surface, causing damage to the disk surface. To address the problem, one aspect of the invention is directed to a magnetic head slider which includes an air bearing surface, a leading end and a trailing end. Three flying pads are formed on the air bearing surface and a step bearing surface is formed around the first and second flying pads near the leading end and a negative pressure groove for producing a negative pressure is formed in such a manner that the leading side is surrounded by the step bearing surface. The third flying pad is formed near the trailing end and is provided with a magnetic head. A step bearing is formed on the leading side of the third flying pad.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 8, 2006
    Publication date: February 8, 2007
    Applicant: Hitachi Global Storage Techologies Netherlands B. V.
    Inventors: Kouichi Watanabe, Sunao Yonekawa
  • Publication number: 20060082837
    Abstract: There is disclosed an image processing apparatus in which a control section selects an image processing program to be executed for image data input by an image input section and the program selected by the control section is set in a digital signal processing section. According to the image processing apparatus of this state, when the image data is input by the image input section, the digital signal processing section having the program selected by the control section set therein processes the image data input by the image input section.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 20, 2005
    Publication date: April 20, 2006
    Inventors: Yoshihito Hiroe, Naoya Murakami, Masami Taoda, Kouichi Watanabe, Eiichi Yamanishi
  • Patent number: 6892662
    Abstract: To provide a power steering device for a boat with an outboard motor which helps to realize easy drive with small steering force without taking waterproofness into consideration. A gear device (4) is provided for driving a link mechanism for turning and steering an outboard motor main body at the rear of the boat body through a cable by a steering wheel (2). A steering torque input to the gear device (4) by the steering wheel (2) is detected by a torque sensor (35) to assist-drive the gear device 4 in the steering direction by an electric motor (27), a helical pinion (25), and a helical wheel (26).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2005
    Assignee: Kayaba Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kouichi Watanabe, Koichiro Awano, Takashi Okumura
  • Publication number: 20050064979
    Abstract: In a bevel gear transmission (1), in a rotating shaft (3) connected to a bevel pinion (2), a portion distanced from the bevel pinion (2), in which a lubricating condition is severe, is supported by an angular ball bearing (6) with which lubrication performance is easily ensured, and the other portion is supported by a tapered roller bearing (5) which exhibits superior fatigue durability, load withstanding ability and rigidity.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 27, 2002
    Publication date: March 24, 2005
    Inventors: Tatsuji Suganuma, Takashi Matsuda, Kouichi Watanabe
  • Publication number: 20040173135
    Abstract: To provide a power steering device for a boat with an outboard motor which helps to realize easy drive with small steering force without taking waterproofness into consideration. A gear device (4) is provided for driving a link mechanism for turning and steering an outboard motor main body at the rear of the boat body through a cable by a steering wheel (2). A steering torque input to the gear device (4) by the steering wheel (2) is detected by a torque sensor (35) to assist-drive the gear device 4 in the steering direction by an electric motor (27), a helical pinion (25), and a helical wheel (26).
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 7, 2003
    Publication date: September 9, 2004
    Inventors: Kouichi Watanabe, Koichiro Awano, Takashi Okumura
  • Patent number: 6765703
    Abstract: This invention uses a 4-line color CCD sensor including four line sensors Y, R, G, and B. In a low-speed color read mode, outputs from these sensors are processed by A/D converters and subsequent processing units provided in one-to-one correspondence with the sensors. In a high-speed monochromatic read mode, an output from the Y sensor is divisionally processed by using A/D converters and subsequent processing units provided in one-to-one correspondence not only with the Y sensor but also with the other R, G, and B sensors. This provides an image reading apparatus usable in both the high-speed monochromatic mode and the low-speed color mode and capable of achieving high speed, high accuracy, and low cost.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2000
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2004
    Assignees: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba, Toshiba Tec Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Kouichi Watanabe
  • Patent number: 6622894
    Abstract: A motor (17a, 17b) opens and closes a shutter turnably mounted so as to open and close a discharge port relevant to a hopper, and generates a torque against a load in a gravity direction of materials dropped from a material supply mechanism to the hopper. A shutter control portion (19a, 19b, . . . 19h) sets a hold current applied to the motor from the start of loading relevant to the shutter caused by the materials to be dropped to a predetermined period, to a first hold current value for applying to the shutter a torque sufficient to bear the shock during charge of the materials.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2001
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2003
    Assignee: Anritsu Corporation
    Inventors: Iruru Matsunaga, Kouichi Watanabe, Kinya Ishida
  • Patent number: 6595403
    Abstract: The invention intends to reduce a frequency at which defects occur in a welding region during friction stir welding, and to improve the reliability of the welding region. The invention resides in a friction stir welding apparatus wherein a distance to the surfaces of the workpieces is detected by a detector, a change of the detected distance is found by a signal processing device, and a tool is rotated by a rotation driving device in a state where a vertical driving device is controlled by a control device so as to suppress the found change, whereby a plastic fluidity of the workpieces is caused to accomplish joining of the workpieces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2001
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2003
    Assignee: Hitachi, Ltd.
    Inventors: Hisanori Okamura, Masahiko Sakamoto, Kinya Aota, Isao Funyu, Kouichi Watanabe, Akihiro Sato, Masakuni Ezumi, Yasuo Ishimaru
  • Publication number: 20020158080
    Abstract: A motor (17a, 17b) opens and closes a shutter turnably mounted so as to open and close a discharge port relevant to a hopper, and generates a torque against a load in a gravity direction of materials dropped from a material supply mechanism to the hopper. A shutter control portion (19a, 19b, . . . 19h) sets a hold current applied to the motor from the start of loading relevant to the shutter caused by the materials to be dropped to a predetermined period, to a first hold current value for applying to the shutter a torque sufficient to bear the shock during charge of the materials.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 15, 2001
    Publication date: October 31, 2002
    Inventors: Iruru Matsunaga, Kouichi Watanabe, Kinya Ishida
  • Patent number: 6379820
    Abstract: A hot-dip Zn—Al—Mg plated steel sheet good in corrosion resistance and surface appearance that is a hot-dip Zn-base plated steel sheet obtained by forming on a surface of a steel sheet a hot-dip Zn—Al—Mg plating layer composed of Al: 4.0-10 wt. %, Mg: 1.0-4.0 wt. % and the balance of Zn and unavoidable impurities, the plating layer having a metallic structure including a primary crystal Al phase or a primary crystal Al phase and a Zn single phase in a matrix of Al/Zn/Zn2Mg ternary eutectic structure. To obtain a plating layer possessing this metallic structure, the cooling rate of the plating layer adhering to a steel strip extracted from a plating bath and the plating bath temperature are appropriately controlled in a continuous hot-dip plating machine and/or appropriate amounts of Ti and B are added to the bath.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2000
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2002
    Assignee: Nisshin Steel Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Atsushi Komatsu, Takao Tsujimura, Kouichi Watanabe, Nobuhiko Yamaki, Atsushi Andoh, Toshiharu Kittaka
  • Patent number: 6370343
    Abstract: Images to be printed include color images and monochromatic images in combination, the color and monochromatic images are transferred onto an intermediate transfer member, in such a manner that no image-bearable area of the intermediate transfer member is left unused. Before all the four colors of the color image are transferred to the intermediate transfer member, the printing of the monochromatic images are completed. A sheet bearing the printed monochromatic images are temporarily stacked and stored so that the sheets can be finally discharged in the original order of the images. In this manner, it is possible to make good use of the intermediate transfer member, thereby shortening the time required for image formation and improving the throughput of the printing operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2000
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2002
    Assignee: Toshiba Tec Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Kouichi Watanabe
  • Publication number: 20020027155
    Abstract: The invention intends to reduce a frequency at which defects occur in a welding region during friction stir welding, and to improve the reliability of the welding region. The invention resides in a friction stir welding apparatus wherein a distance to the surfaces of the workpieces is detected by a detector, a change of the detected distance is found by a signal processing device, and a tool is rotated by a rotation driving device in a state where a vertical driving device is controlled by a control device so as to suppress the found change, whereby a plastic fluidity of the workpieces is caused to accomplish joining of the workpieces.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 29, 2001
    Publication date: March 7, 2002
    Inventors: Hisanori Okamura, Masahiko Sakamoto, Kinya Aota, Isao Funyu, Kouichi Watanabe, Akihiro Sato, Masakuni Ezumi, Yasuo Ishimaru
  • Patent number: 6299050
    Abstract: The invention intends to reduce a frequency at which defects occur in a welding region during friction stir welding, and to improve the reliability of the welding region. The invention resides in a friction stir welding apparatus wherein a distance to the surfaces of the workpieces is detected by a detector, a change of the detected distance is found by a signal processing device, and a tool is rotated by a rotation driving device in a state where a vertical driving device is controlled by a control device so as to suppress the found change, whereby a plastic fluidity of the workpieces is caused to accomplish joining of the workpieces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2000
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2001
    Assignee: Hitachi, Ltd.
    Inventors: Hisanori Okamura, Masahiko Sakamoto, Kinya Aota, Isao Funyu, Kouichi Watanabe, Akihiro Sato, Masakuni Ezumi, Yasuo Ishimaru
  • Patent number: 6235410
    Abstract: A hot-dip Zn—Al—Mg plated steel sheet good in corrosion resistance and surface appearance that is a hot-dip Zn-base plated steel sheet obtained by forming on a surface of a steel sheet a hot-dip Zn—Al—Mg plating layer composed of Al: 4.0-10 wt. %, Mg: 1.0-4.0 wt. % and the balance of Zn and unavoidable impurities, the plating layer having a metallic structure including a primary crystal Al phase or a primary crystal Al phase and a Zn single phase in a matrix of Al/Zn/Zn2Mg ternary eutectic structure. To obtain a plating layer possessing this metallic structure, the cooling rate of the plating layer adhering to a steel strip extracted from a plating bath and the plating bath temperature are appropriately controlled in a continuous hot-dip plating machine and/or appropriate amounts of Ti and B are added to the bath.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 1998
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2001
    Assignee: Nisshin Steel Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Atsushi Komatsu, Takao Tsujimura, Kouichi Watanabe, Nobuhiko Yamaki, Atsushi Andoh, Toshiharu Kittaka
  • Patent number: 6118476
    Abstract: A CCD microscope includes: two polarized light illumination systems for irradiating polarized lights having vibrating directions in perpendicular to each other selectively to an object to be observed, and an analyser disposed on an optical path from the object to a CCD device for picking-up an image of the object, the analyser having a vibrating direction in parallel with the vibrating direction of the polarized light from one polarized light illumination system, and in perpendicular to the vibrating direction of the polarized light from the other polarized light illumination system. The surface state of the object is picked-up by a polarized light of one polarized light illumination system that is kept unchanged for the polarized state upon reflection on the surface, while the inner state of the object is picked-up by a polarized light of the other polarized light illumination system that is changed for the polarized state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 1998
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2000
    Assignee: Moritex Corporation
    Inventors: Yuhkoh Morito, Junichi Arai, Kouichi Watanabe
  • Patent number: 5865725
    Abstract: The present invention is characterized by arranging along the lengthwise direction within a lens barrel: a side view mirror or prism which reflects in the lengthwise direction of said lens barrel the optical image incident from a translucent window that opens to the tip side surface; an image focusing optical system which focuses that optical image; and a CCD element which captures the optical image focused by said image focusing optical system; and is characterized by mounting in the light route reaching from aforementioned side view mirror or prism to said CCD element optical image inversion mirror or prism which reflects the optical image inverted by said side view mirror or prism such that it faces said CCD element in a reinverted state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 1997
    Date of Patent: February 2, 1999
    Assignee: Moritex Corporation
    Inventors: Junichi Arai, Kazuhisa Shimada, Kouichi Watanabe
  • Patent number: D560070
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2008
    Assignee: Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hidetsugu Fujimoto, Kouji Nishimura, Kouichi Watanabe