Patents by Inventor Kunio Sawai

Kunio 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: 8740169
    Abstract: This display screen turning apparatus includes a first rotation support portion formed to be horizontally rotatable with respect to a base and a second rotation support portion formed to be horizontally rotatable with respect to the base independently of the first rotation support portion, for horizontally rotating a display screen portion by rotating at least either the first rotation support portion or the second rotation support portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Assignee: Funai Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kunio Sawai, Katsuhiko Makino
  • Patent number: 8434953
    Abstract: This image generating apparatus comprises a chassis including a first mounting portion and a second mounting portion and a print head including a first arm and a second arm rotatably mounted on the first mounting portion and said second mounting portion respectively. The first arm and the second arm of the print head are provided with a first stop portion and a second stop portion regulating movement of the print head in the direction of a rotation axis respectively, while a first angular range in which the first arm is mountable on/dismountable from the first mounting portion is different from a second angular range in which the second arm is mountable on/dismountable from the second mounting portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2013
    Assignee: Funai Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Kunio Sawai
  • Patent number: 8157237
    Abstract: A display screen turning apparatus includes a base portion for placing a display screen portion thereon, a driving source and a transmission gear portion arranged inside the base portion, a display screen support member provided with an engaging member and supporting the display screen portion rotatably in a horizontal plane and rotatably with respect to a vertical plane and a rack plate arranged on the base portion and including a rack gear meshed with the transmission gear portion in a horizontal direction. The display screen support member is rotated in an anteroposterior direction with respect to the vertical plane by a prescribed angle with rotation of the engaging member of the display screen support member engaged with the rack plate following reciprocation of the rack plate in the horizontal plane with normal and reverse rotation of the driving source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2012
    Assignee: Funai Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kunio Sawai, Toshiharu Hibi
  • Patent number: 8132974
    Abstract: An image generating apparatus includes a print portion printing a paper, a platen roller arranged so as to be opposed to the print portion, a heat radiating member mounted on the print portion, radiating heat generated in the print portion, integrally provided with a plate-like support shaft as an axis of rotation and rotatable in a direction for coming into pressure contact with or separating from the platen roller, a regulating member regulating movement of the print portion in a printing direction of the paper, a chassis having a hole-shaped bearing receiving the plate-like support shaft, and a side plate mounted on the chassis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2012
    Assignee: Funai Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kunio Sawai, Takahiro Naito
  • Patent number: 8130488
    Abstract: A display screen turning apparatus includes a display screen support member provided with a first gear and supporting a display screen portion rotatably in a horizontal plane and rotatably with respect to a vertical plane and a rack plate provided with a second gear meshing with the first gear, wherein the first gear meshed with the second gear moves by movement of the second gear following linear movement of the rack plate in the horizontal plane, thereby rotating the display screen support member in an anteroposterior direction by a prescribed angle with respect to the vertical plane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2012
    Assignee: Funai Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kunio Sawai, Daisuke Shimizu
  • Patent number: 8094244
    Abstract: A display screen turning apparatus capable of improving assembling workability and suppressing jolting at a time of rotation is obtained. This display screen turning apparatus includes a rotating member mounted with a display screen portion and rotatable in a horizontal plane, a base provided with an upright portion rotatably holding the rotating member and having a first hole, a regulating member so mounted on the upright portion of the base as to prevent the rotating member from moving upward, and a stop member formed in a tapered shape by end surface portions, and holding a state where the regulating member is in contact with the rotating member by inserting the stop member into the first hole of the upright portion of the base and pressing the regulating member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2012
    Assignee: Funai Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kunio Sawai, Katsuyuki Yokota
  • Patent number: 8002223
    Abstract: This display support mechanism comprises a support shaft provided in the form of a plate, a display screen support member, having a first hole receiving the platelike support shaft, provided on the side of a display screen and a base support member, having a second hole receiving the platelike support shaft, provided on the side of a base, and at least either the first hole or the second hole receiving the platelike support shaft is provided in the form of a sector while the display screen support member is rotatable about the platelike support shaft serving as an axis of rotation in the angular range of the sector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2011
    Assignee: Funai Electric Co, Ltd.
    Inventors: Kunio Sawai, Katsuyuki Yokota
  • Patent number: 7980552
    Abstract: A paper feed cassette capable of inhibiting a paper from being warped in a direction substantially perpendicular to a paper feed direction while minimizing increase in the number of component and inhibiting the paper from being plastically deformed into a curved shape is obtained. The paper feed cassette includes a cassette body storing the paper, a first lift member for lifting up the paper so as to bring the paper into contact with a paper feed roller in printing, and a second lift member for lifting up the paper so as to produce bending caused by droop of the rear in the paper feed direction of the paper due to the paper's own weight in printing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2011
    Assignee: Funai Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Kunio Sawai
  • Patent number: 7950610
    Abstract: A display base including a torque limiter capable of inhibiting the number of components from increase and the torque limiter are obtained. This display base includes a driving source turning a display screen portion and a transmission gear portion for transmitting driving force of the driving source to a turning portion. The transmission gear portion includes a torque limiter having a driven gear member integrally provided with a plurality of support sections formed concentrically with rotational axis, a drive gear member fitted onto an outer peripheral surface of each of the support sections of the driven gear member, and a spring member pressing the support sections against the drive gear member by being press-fitted into an inner peripheral surface of each of the support sections of the driven gear member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2011
    Assignee: Funai Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Kunio Sawai
  • Patent number: 7922406
    Abstract: In this image generating apparatus, a driving gear portion is so formed that the diameter of the outer peripheral surface of a first toothless portion is smaller than the tip diameter of a first toothed portion, and so arranged that the first toothless portion thereof slides on a second toothed portion of a driven gear portion of a print head rotating member in the vicinity of a position where a print head presses a platen roller with a pressing portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2011
    Assignee: Funai Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kunio Sawai, Takahiro Naito
  • Patent number: 7869203
    Abstract: A display screen turning apparatus capable of improving assembling workability in assembling steps and suppressing jolting during rotation can be obtained. This display screen turning apparatus includes a rotating member mounted with a display screen and rotatable in a horizontal plane, a base, rotatably holding the rotating member, provided with an upright portion having a hole, a platelike spring of metal fitted onto the upright portion of the base for pressing the rotating member and a stop member inserted into the hole of the upright portion of the base for pressing the platelike spring and holding the platelike spring in a deflected state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2011
    Assignee: Funai Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kunio Sawai, Katsuyuki Yokota
  • Patent number: 7817410
    Abstract: A display screen turning apparatus includes a plate-shaped support shaft, a display screen support member, including a sectorial first hole, provided on the side of a display screen, serving as the rotation center, of the plate-shaped support shaft and a base support member, including a sectorial second hole, provided on the side of a base, while a first root portion of the sectorial first hole is arranged on the upper side of the first hole, a second root portion of the sectorial second hole is arranged on the lower side of the second hole, and a first side surface of the plate-shaped support shaft is inclined by a prescribed angle with respect to a vertical direction to come into contact with a first inner side edge of the sectorial second hole of the base support member when the display screen is vertically arranged with respect to a horizontal plane along with the display screen support member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2010
    Assignee: Funai Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Kunio Sawai
  • Patent number: 7774803
    Abstract: There is provided a disk loading apparatus capable of improving the stability in the centering operation at low cost only by changing the shape of the guide groove without adding extra parts or complicated structures. The disk loading apparatus includes a feed roller 2, a disk arm 4 adapted to move back and forth between an initial position where a disk 100 that is drawn by the feed roller 2 is received and a retracted position that corresponds to a chucking position for the disk, and a guide groove 5. The feed roller 2 has a function of centering the disk 100. The guide groove 5 includes slant wall surfaces 57 with the groove width therebetween decreasing progressively in the retracting direction of the disk arm 4, and receiving surfaces 58 for limiting the tilt angle of the disk arm 4.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2010
    Assignee: Funai Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kunio Sawai, Kazumasa Nasu, Katsuya Sakagami
  • Patent number: 7762513
    Abstract: A display screen turning apparatus includes a base portion for placing a display screen portion thereon, a transmission gear portion for transmitting driving force of a driving source arranged inside the base portion, a display screen support member supporting the display screen portion rotatably in a horizontal plane and a vertical plane, a rack plate arranged on the base portion and including a rack gear meshed with the transmission gear portion in a horizontal direction, and a coupling portion rotatably coupling the rack plate in the horizontal plane with respect to the display screen support member. The display screen support member is rotated in the anteroposterior direction with respect to the vertical plane by a prescribed angle through the coupling portion coupled to the rack plate following reciprocation of the rack plate in the horizontal plane with normal and reverse rotation of the driving source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2010
    Assignee: Funai Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kunio Sawai, Toshiharu Hibi
  • Patent number: 7762494
    Abstract: An image generating apparatus capable of stably taking up an ink sheet on a take-up bobbin with proper tensile force by performing proper torque control on the take-up bobbin is obtained. This image generating apparatus comprises a driving source transporting an ink sheet of an ink sheet cartridge and a take-up reel transmitting the driving force of the driving source to a take-up bobbin of the ink sheet cartridge and taking up the ink sheet on the take-up bobbin, while the take-up reel includes a reel member, integrally provided with a plurality of fragment portions concentrically with the rotation axis thereof, engaging with the take-up bobbin, a driving-side gear member fitted with the outer peripheral surfaces of the fragment portions of the reel member and a spring member press-fitted with the inner peripheral surfaces of the fragment portions of the reel member thereby bringing the fragment portions into pressure contact with the driving-side gear member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2010
    Assignee: Funai Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Kunio Sawai
  • Patent number: 7735821
    Abstract: An image generating apparatus capable of reducing the number of components and discharging a paper with a simple structure is obtained. This image generating apparatus comprises a feed roller for carrying a paper, a paper discharge roller coming into contact with the lower surface of the paper for discharging the paper carried by the feed roller and a paper support member arranged at a prescribed interval from the axial center of the paper discharge roller in a paper feed direction while supporting the upper surface of the paper so that the lower surface of the paper discharged by the paper discharge roller comes into contact with the paper discharge roller with prescribed contact force, and the paper discharge roller discharges the paper with frictional force generated between the paper discharge roller and the lower surface of the paper coming into contact with the paper discharge roller with the prescribed contact force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2010
    Assignee: Funai Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Kunio Sawai
  • Publication number: 20100091214
    Abstract: This display screen turning apparatus includes a first rotation support portion formed to be horizontally rotatable with respect to a base and a second rotation support portion formed to be horizontally rotatable with respect to the base independently of the first rotation support portion, for horizontally rotating a display screen portion by rotating at least either the first rotation support portion or the second rotation support portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 3, 2009
    Publication date: April 15, 2010
    Applicant: Funai Electric Co., Ltd
    Inventors: Kunio SAWAI, Katsuhiko Makino
  • Publication number: 20090284668
    Abstract: A display screen turning apparatus includes a display screen support member provided with a first gear and supporting a display screen portion rotatably in a horizontal plane and rotatably with respect to a vertical plane and a rack plate provided with a second gear meshing with the first gear, wherein the first gear meshed with the second gear moves by movement of the second gear following linear movement of the rack plate in the horizontal plane, thereby rotating the display screen support member in an anteroposterior direction by a prescribed angle with respect to the vertical plane.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 6, 2009
    Publication date: November 19, 2009
    Applicant: Funai Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kunio Sawai, Daisuke Shimizu
  • Patent number: 7597321
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus has a chassis, a feed roller rotatably supported by the chassis, a feed roller gear relatively unrotatably coupled to the feed roller, a motor that drives the feed roller, a drive gear that receives driving force from the motor, and an intermediate gear having a gear portion that engages the drive gear and the feed roller gear and an axle portion that is rotatably supported to the chassis via intermediate gear bearings. At least one of the intermediate gear bearings includes a substantially circular inner surface and a stepped portion that is depressed from the circular inner surface. The axle portion of the intermediate gear is supported by the stepped portion while the intermediate gear transmits driving force the motor from the drive gear to the feed roller gear during printing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2009
    Assignee: Funai Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Kunio Sawai
  • Patent number: 7593027
    Abstract: This image generating apparatus includes a chassis and a side plate, a cartridge stop member provided on a first side surface of the chassis integrally has a first shaft stop portion coming into contact with a first end surface of a shaft of a print head pressing member, and a side plate provided on a second side surface of the chassis integrally has a second shaft stop portion coming into contact with a second end surface of the shaft of the print head pressing member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2009
    Assignee: Funai Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kunio Sawai, Takahiro Naito