Patents by Inventor Maki Ito

Maki Ito 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: 20150133611
    Abstract: A high molecular weight polycarbonate resin is continuously produced by subjecting an aromatic polycarbonate prepolymer and an aliphatic diol compound to a linking and highly polymerizing reaction. Even an aliphatic diol compound having a comparatively low boiling point can be allowed to efficiently contribute to the linking and highly polymerizing reaction. An aromatic polycarbonate prepolymer is produced by a polycondensation reaction between an aromatic dihydroxy compound and a diester carbonate, adding an aliphatic diol compound having an aliphatic group bonding to a terminal hydroxyl group to obtain a prepolymer mixture, and subjecting the resulting prepolymer mixture to a linking and highly polymerizing reaction under reduced pressure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 14, 2013
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Applicant: MITSUBISHI GAS CHEMICAL COMPANY, INC.
    Inventors: Yoshinori Isahaya, Atsushi Hirashima, Hidefumi Harada, Maki Ito, Jun-ya Hayakawa, Takehiko Isobe, Taichi Tokutake, Yousuke Shinkai
  • Patent number: 9028055
    Abstract: The nonaqueous ink composition for ink jet printing contains a compound represented by General Formula (1) below, and a heterocyclic compound selected from lactones and lactams. (In Formula (1), R1 represents an alkyl group having 1 to 4 carbon atoms, and R2 and R3 represent a methyl group or an ethyl group.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Kenichiro Kubota, Makoto Nagase, Maki Ito, Keiji Iida, Akihito Sao
  • Patent number: 8969505
    Abstract: A branched aromatic polycarbonate resin having a degree of branching (N value) controlled within a specific range is manufactured by subjecting an aromatic polycarbonate prepolymer that has a branched structure introduced using a specific amount of a branching agent to molecular-weight-increasing linking reaction with an aliphatic diol compound in the presence of a transesterification catalyst under the condition of a reduced pressure. The amount (A) of the branching agent used is adjusted on the basis of the correlation between the amount (A) of the branching agent used and the N value of the branched aromatic polycarbonate resin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Gas Chemical Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Yoshinori Isahaya, Atsushi Hirashima, Hidefumi Harada, Maki Ito, Jun-ya Hayakawa, Takehiko Isobe, Taichi Tokutake, Yousuke Shinkai
  • Patent number: 8939559
    Abstract: A non-aqueous cleaning liquid which is used for cleaning an ink flow path, through which a non-aqueous ink is circulated, in an ink jet recording apparatus including the ink flow path and with which a container composed of polyolefin is filled, includes a pigment and an organic solvent. In the non-aqueous cleaning liquid, a content of the pigment is 0.001% by mass to 0.5% by mass and an average particle size (d50) of the pigment is 10 nm to 500 nm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Keiji Iida, Kenichiro Kubota, Akihito Sao, Makoto Nagase, Maki Ito
  • Publication number: 20140371404
    Abstract: The present invention provides an improved method for continuously producing a high-molecular-weight polycarbonate resin by carrying out a linking and highly-polymerizing reaction of an aromatic polycarbonate prepolymer with an aliphatic diol compound wherein the retention time of the reaction mixture in the linking and highly-polymerizing reactor is shortened to achieve excellent performance.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 27, 2012
    Publication date: December 18, 2014
    Inventors: Yoshinori Isahaya, Atsushi Hirashima, Hidefumi Harada, Maki Ito, Jun-ya Hayakawa, Takehiko Isobe, Taichi Tokutake, Yousuke Shinkai
  • Publication number: 20140206826
    Abstract: The present inventions provide a novel polycarbonate copolymer having high fluidity and high molecular weight which is formed of a structural unit derived from an aliphatic diol compound and a structural unit derived from an aromatic dihydroxy compound, having a structure represented by the formula (III): having the content of the structural unit derived from the aliphatic diol compound of 1-30 mol %, having the Q-value (280° C., 160 kg load) in the range from 0.02 to 1.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 18, 2012
    Publication date: July 24, 2014
    Applicant: MITSUBISHI GAS CHEMICAL COMPANY, INC.
    Inventors: Yoshinori Isahaya, Atsushi Hirashima, Hidefumi Harada, Maki Ito, Jun-ya Hayakawa, Takehiko Isobe, Taichi Toku take, Yousuke Shinkai
  • Publication number: 20130317182
    Abstract: [Problem] To provide a process for manufacturing, easily and using a conventional branching agent, a branched aromatic polycarbonate resin which has both a sufficiently high molecular weight and a desired degree of branching. [Solution] A branched aromatic polycarbonate resin having a degree of branching (N value) controlled within a specific range is manufactured by subjecting an aromatic polycarbonate prepolymer that has a branched structure introduced using a specific amount of a branching agent to molecular-weight-increasing linking reaction with an aliphatic diol compound in the presence of a transesterification catalyst under the condition of a reduced pressure. The amount (A) of the branching agent used in adjusted on the basis of the correlation between the amount (A) of the branching agent used and the N value of the branched aromatic polycarbonate resin.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 9, 2012
    Publication date: November 28, 2013
    Applicant: MITSUBISHI GAS CHEMICAL COMPANY, INC.
    Inventors: Yoshinori Isahaya, Atsushi Hirashima, Hidefumi Harada, Maki Ito, Jun-ya Hayakawa, Takehiko Isobe, Taichi Tokutake, Yousuke Shinkai
  • Patent number: 7562451
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing an actuator device configured to prevent separation of a vibration plate and to enhance durability and reliability, and a liquid-jet apparatus are provided. The method includes the steps of forming a vibration plate on one surface of a substrate, and forming a piezoelectric element having a lower electrode, a piezoelectric layer, and an upper electrode on the vibration plate. The step of forming a vibration plate at least includes an insulation film forming step of forming an insulation film made of zirconium oxide by forming a zirconium layer on the one surface side of the substrate in accordance with a sputtering method and subjecting the zirconium layer to thermal oxidation by inserting the substrate formed with the zirconium layer to a thermal oxidation furnace heated to a temperature greater than or equal to 700° C. at a speed greater than or equal to 200 mm/min.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2009
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Maki Ito, Masami Murai, Xin-Shan Li, Toshinao Shinbo
  • Patent number: 7411339
    Abstract: A manufacturing method of a liquid jet head having increased the durability and reliability thereof by preventing delamination of a vibration plate is provided. At least the following two steps are included: a vibration plate forming step which includes at least a step of forming a zirconium layer on one side of a passage-forming substrate by sputtering so that a degrees of orientation to a (002) plane of the surface becomes equal to 80% or more, as well as forming an insulation film made of zirconium oxide and constituting a part of the vibration plate by subjecting the zirconium layer to thermal oxidation; and a piezoelectric element forming step of forming piezoelectric elements on the vibration plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2008
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Li Xin-Shan, Hironobu Kazama, Masami Murai, Koji Sumi, Maki Ito, Toshiaki Yokouchi
  • Patent number: 7357490
    Abstract: Provided are an actuator device, a liquid jet head and a liquid jet apparatus, which can improve reliability by preventing peeling-off of respective films forming a vibration plate. The vibration plate has a first oxide film (elastic film 50) formed on the one surface of a passage-forming substrate 10, and a second oxide film (insulation film 55) formed on the first oxide film 50 by use of a sputtering method. In only a part of an interface between the first and second oxide films 50 and 55, an altered layer is formed which has a first element that is a constituent element other than oxygen included in the first oxide film 50 and a second element that is a constituent element other than oxygen included in the second oxide film 55, and which is a layer in which a proportion of the first element is lower than that in the first oxide film 50 and a proportion of the second element is lower than that in the second oxide film 55.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2008
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Maki Ito, Xin-Shan Li, Masami Murai
  • Publication number: 20080034563
    Abstract: A manufacturing method of a liquid jet head having increased the durability and reliability thereof by preventing delamination of a vibration plate is provided. At least the following two steps are included: a vibration plate forming step which includes at least a step of forming a zirconium layer on one side of a passage-forming substrate by sputtering so that a degrees of orientation to a (002) plane of the surface becomes equal to 80% or more, as well as forming an insulation film made of zirconium oxide and constituting a part of the vibration plate by subjecting the zirconium layer to thermal oxidation; and a piezoelectric element forming step of forming piezoelectric elements on the vibration plate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 18, 2007
    Publication date: February 14, 2008
    Applicant: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Li Xin-Shan, Hironobu Kazama, Masami Murai, Koji Sumi, Maki Ito, Toshiaki Yokouchi
  • Patent number: 7320163
    Abstract: A step of forming a vibration plate includes a step of forming an insulation film in order to cause the surface roughness Ra of the insulation film to be in the range of 1 nm to 3 nm: the insulation film being made of zirconia which has been obtained by depositing a zirconium layer, and accordingly by the thermally oxidizing the zirconium layer at a predetermined temperature, and the insulation film constituting the uppermost surface of the vibration plate. In addition, a step of forming a piezoelectric elements includes: a step of applying titanium (Ti) onto a lower electrode by use of a sputtering method, and of forming a seed titanium layer thereon; and a step of forming a piezoelectric precursor film by applying a piezoelectric material onto the seed titanium layer, and of forming a piezoelectric layer by baking, and crystallizing, the piezoelectric precursor layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2008
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Li Xin-Shan, Masami Murai, Toshinao Shinbo, Maki Ito
  • Patent number: 7268472
    Abstract: An intermediate film (15, 12, 53) is formed on a substrate (11, 52), a bottom electrode (13, 542) is formed on top of this intermediate film, a ferroelectric film (24) or piezoelectric film (543) is formed on top of this bottom electrode by an ion beam assist method, and a top electrode (25, 541) is formed on top of this ferroelectric film or piezoelectric film. The ferroelectric film or piezoelectric film is formed by PZT, BST or a relaxer material. As a result of the use of an ion beam assist method in the formation of any one of the intermediate film, bottom electrode, ferroelectric film or piezoelectric film, a piezoelectric device or ferroelectric device which has a piezoelectric film or ferroelectric film with an in-plane orientation can be manufactured with good efficiency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2007
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Takamitsu Higuchi, Setsuya Iwashita, Hiromu Miyazawa, Koji Sumi, Masami Murai, Maki Ito, Li Xin-Shan
  • Patent number: 7252354
    Abstract: A liquid-ejecting apparatus according to which targeted good characteristics can be obtained, and moreover the scope for material selection can be broadened is provided. The liquid-ejecting apparatus contracts a pressure chamber and thus ejects liquid through application of voltage to a piezoelectric body, and is such that the driving waveform applied to the piezoelectric body during the liquid ejecting operation comprises a high potential period (a2) in which a voltage exhibiting an electric field strength exceeding the coercive electric field of the piezoelectric body is applied, and a reverse potential period (a6) in which a voltage such that the potential becomes of the opposite polarity to the polarity in the high potential period or the potential becomes zero is applied.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2007
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Maki Ito, Masami Murai, Shiro Yazaki
  • Publication number: 20070084033
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing an actuator device configured to prevent separation of a vibration plate and to enhance durability and reliability, and a liquid-jet apparatus are provided. The method includes the steps of forming a vibration plate on one surface of a substrate, and forming a piezoelectric element having a lower electrode, a piezoelectric layer, and an upper electrode on the vibration plate. The step of forming a vibration plate at least includes an insulation film forming step of forming an insulation film made of zirconium oxide by forming a zirconium layer on the one surface side of the substrate in accordance with a sputtering method and subjecting the zirconium layer to thermal oxidation by inserting the substrate formed with the zirconium layer to a thermal oxidation furnace heated to a temperature greater than or equal to 700° C. at a speed greater than or equal to 200 mm/min.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 9, 2004
    Publication date: April 19, 2007
    Inventors: Maki Ito, Masami Murai, Xin-Shan Li, Toshinao Shinbo
  • Publication number: 20060132549
    Abstract: A method for producing an actuator device, comprising the steps of: forming a vibration plate on one surface of a substrate; and forming piezoelectric elements, each of which composes a lower electrode, a piezoelectric layer, and an upper electrode, on the vibration plate, and wherein the step of forming the vibration plate has an insulation film formation step including at least a film forming step of forming a zirconium layer on the one surface of the substrate, and a thermal oxidation step of thermally oxidizing the zirconium layer at a predetermined thermal oxidation temperature to form an insulation film comprising a zirconium oxide layer and, simultaneously, adjusting a stress of the insulation film.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 7, 2005
    Publication date: June 22, 2006
    Inventor: Maki Ito
  • Publication number: 20050210645
    Abstract: An object of the present invention is to provide a method of manufacturing an actuator device, and a liquid jet head, which can improve characteristics of a piezoelectric layer constituting piezoelectric elements and can stabilize the characteristics of the piezoelectric layer. A step of forming a vibration plate includes a step of forming an insulation film in order to cause the surface roughness Ra of the insulation film to be in the range of 1 nm to 3 nm: the insulation film being made of zirconia which has been obtained by depositing a zirconium layer, and accordingly by the thermally oxidizing the zirconium layer at a predetermined temperature, and the insulation film constituting the uppermost surface of the vibration plate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 10, 2005
    Publication date: September 29, 2005
    Inventors: Li Xin-Shan, Masami Murai, Toshinao Shinbo, Maki Ito
  • Publication number: 20050190239
    Abstract: Provided are an actuator device, a liquid jet head and a liquid jet apparatus, which can improve reliability by preventing peeling-off of respective films forming a vibration plate. The vibration plate has a first oxide film (elastic film 50) formed on the one surface of a passage-forming substrate 10, and a second oxide film (insulation film 55) formed on the first oxide film 50 by use of a sputtering method. In only a part of an interface between the first and second oxide films 50 and 55, an altered layer is formed which has a first element that is a constituent element other than oxygen included in the first oxide film 50 and a second element that is a constituent element other than oxygen included in the second oxide film 55, and which is a layer in which a proportion of the first element is lower than that in the first oxide film 50 and a proportion of the second element is lower than that in the second oxide film 55.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 14, 2005
    Publication date: September 1, 2005
    Applicant: SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION
    Inventors: Maki Ito, Li Xin-Shan, Masami Murai
  • Publication number: 20050168524
    Abstract: A manufacturing method of a liquid jet head having increased the durability and reliability thereof by preventing delamination of a vibration plate is provided. At least the following two steps are included: a vibration plate forming step which includes at least a step of forming a zirconium layer on one side of a passage-forming substrate by sputtering so that a degrees of orientation to a (002) plane of the surface becomes equal to 80% or more, as well as forming an insulation film made of zirconium oxide and constituting a part of the vibration plate by subjecting the zirconium layer to thermal oxidation; and a piezoelectric element forming step of forming piezoelectric elements on the vibration plate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 24, 2004
    Publication date: August 4, 2005
    Inventors: Li Xin-Shan, Hironobu Kazama, Masami Murai, Koji Sumi, Maki Ito, Toshiaki Yokouchi
  • Patent number: 6919564
    Abstract: Inspection method, apparatus, and system for a circuit pattern, in which when various conditions which are necessary in case of inspecting a fine circuit pattern by using an image formed by irradiating white light, a laser beam, or a charged particle beam are set, its operating efficiency can be improved. An inspection target region of an inspection-subject substrate is displayed, and a designated map picture plane and an image of an optical microscope or an electron beam microscope of a designated region are displayed in parallel, thereby enabling a defect distribution and a defect image to be simultaneously seen. Item names of inspecting conditions and a picture plane to display, input, or instruct the contents of the inspecting conditions are integrated, those contents are overlapped to the picture plane and layer-displayed, and all of the item names are displayed in parallel in a tab format in the upper portion of the picture plane of the contents.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2005
    Assignee: Hitachi, Ltd.
    Inventors: Yasuhiko Nara, Kazuhisa Machida, Mari Nozoe, Hiroshi Morioka, Yasutsugu Usami, Takashi Hiroi, Kohichi Hayakawa, Maki Ito