Patents by Inventor Makoto Imai

Makoto Imai 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: 8254133
    Abstract: Provided is a power module capable of welding a snubber capacitor without causing melting damage to a resin housing by welding heat. When leads of a snubber capacitor are respectively welded to upper surfaces of the specific portions of a P-pole bus bar and an N-pole bus bar, the welding heat generated at the specific portions of the P-pole bus bar and the N-pole bus bar is respectively radiated from openings, through which the lower surfaces of the specific portions of the P-pole bus bar and the N-pole bus bar are exposed. As a result, the snubber capacitor can be later appended by welding without causing melting damage to the resin housing due to the welding heat. During welding, a separate cooling head is inserted into the openings to forcibly cool the lower surfaces of the specific portions of the P-pole bus bar and the N-pole bus bar respectively, so that the melting damage to a resin housing can be more reliably avoided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2012
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Makoto Imai
  • Publication number: 20120212170
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an inverter device including an upper arm switching circuit, a lower arm switching circuit, a control unit that controls the upper arm switching circuit and the lower arm switching circuit, a plurality of voltage-driven switching elements forming the upper arm switching circuit, a plurality of current-driven switching elements forming the lower arm switching circuit, and a bootstrap circuit that applies a driving voltage to the switching elements of the upper arm switching circuit and the lower arm switching circuit. With this configuration, the circuit loss is reduced and thus efficiency is improved.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 6, 2010
    Publication date: August 23, 2012
    Applicant: PANASONIC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Keizou Matsui, Makoto Imai
  • Publication number: 20120071685
    Abstract: Methods for producing compounds having activity as an ?2? ligand are provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 23, 2011
    Publication date: March 22, 2012
    Applicant: Daiichi Sankyo Company, Limited
    Inventors: Yutaka Kitagawa, Makoto Imai
  • Publication number: 20120058345
    Abstract: Low-gloss flexible clear coast can include a base formula that includes a base resin and a cross-linker, a silica-based flattener, wherein the silica-based flattener comprises from 5 parts by weight per 100 parts by weight of the base formula to 20 parts by weight per 100 parts by weight of the base formula, one or more flattener enhancing agents, wherein the one or more flattener enhancing agents comprise 0.25 parts by weight per 100 parts by weight of the base formula to 5 parts by weight per 100 parts by weight of the base formula, and possess 90° flexibility and a 60° gloss finish from 22 gloss units to 34 gloss units.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 8, 2010
    Publication date: March 8, 2012
    Applicants: NB Coatings, Inc., Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Yuko Nagata Gidcumb, Scott Dale Kubish, Joe Mecozzi, Makoto Imai
  • Publication number: 20120025391
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a semiconductor device including: an input terminal receiving, if a preceding-stage semiconductor device is layered on a predetermined one of an upper layer and a lower layer, a bit train outputted from the preceding-stage semiconductor device; a semiconductor device identifier hold block holding a semiconductor device identifier for uniquely identifying the semiconductor device; a semiconductor device identifier computation block executing computation by using the semiconductor device identifier to update the semiconductor device identifier held in the semiconductor device identifier hold block according to a result of the computation; a control block once holding data of a bit train entered from the input terminal to control updating of the semiconductor device identifier executed by the semiconductor device identifier computation block based on the held data; and an output terminal outputting the bit train held in the control block to a succeeding-stage semiconductor device layered on a
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 17, 2011
    Publication date: February 2, 2012
    Applicant: Sony Corporation
    Inventor: Makoto Imai
  • Patent number: 8013410
    Abstract: An imaging device includes a lens (3), an optical filter (5), a semiconductor imaging element (4) having a light receiving section, and a tridimensional substrate (2) on which the semiconductor imaging element (4) and the optical filter (5) are mounted, wherein the tridimensional substrate (2) has an opening (14) corresponding to the light receiving section of the semiconductor imaging element (4), the semiconductor imaging element (4) and the optical filter (5) are located on one side of the opening (14), the lens (3) is located on the other side of the opening (14), and the semiconductor imaging element (4) and the optical filter (5) are fixed to the tridimensional substrate (2) under the condition that the semiconductor imaging element (4) and the optical filter (5) are curved, and have respective centers moved in a direction away from the lens (3).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2011
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Makoto Imai, Hiroshi Nishizawa
  • Publication number: 20110192838
    Abstract: Disclosed is an inductive heating device which can lower losses in the device and readily provide cooling, wherein a controller is operated in a first control mode which controls the operation so that a unipolar first switching element and a unipolar second switching element conduct alternately when one of a bipolar third switching element and a bipolar fourth switching element is conducting and the other is disconnected when an aluminum object to be heated is heated, and in a second control mode in which the conduction of the first switching element and the fourth switching element and the conduction of the second switching element and the third switching element alternate when an iron object to be heated is heated.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 13, 2009
    Publication date: August 11, 2011
    Applicant: PANASONIC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Atsushi Fujita, Makoto Imai, Hideki Sadakata, Yuta Miura, Shinichiro Sumiyoshi
  • Patent number: 7979982
    Abstract: A vehicle-mounted camera (1) comprises a lower case (2) constituting a part of a case, an upper case (3) provided with lenses (3a, 3b) constituting the case integrally with the lower case (2), an imaging element (4) for converting light passing through the lenses (3a, 3b) into an electrical signal, an MID-mounting substrate (6) with the imaging element (4) mounted, substrate mounting bosses (3c, 3d) for mounting the MID-mounting substrate (6) to the upper case (3), and spacers (7a, 7b) interposed between the MID-mounting substrate (6) and the substrate mounting bosses (3c, 3d) for adjusting the clearance between the lenses (3a, 3b) and the light receiving plane of the imaging element (4), structured to fix the lower case (2) to the upper case (3) while the MID-mounting substrate (6) mounted with the imaging element (4) is being fixed to the upper case (3) by the substrate mounting bosses (3c, 3d).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2011
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Tatsuhiko Inagaki, Makoto Imai, Hldetoshi Mimura
  • Publication number: 20110168694
    Abstract: An induction heating cooker includes a top plate adapted to have an object placed thereon, plural heating coils provided below a lower surface of the top plate, an inverter for supplying high-frequency power to the heating coils, a data memory, and a controller controlling the inverter. The data memory stores first and second heating coil patterns. Each of the first and second heating coil patterns defines one or more heatable regions and one or more non-heatable regions. The controller selects a heating coil pattern from the first and second coil patterns. The controller controls the inverter such that high-frequency power can be supplied to one or more first heating coils out of the plural heating coils located in the one or more heatable regions of the selected heating coil pattern.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 25, 2009
    Publication date: July 14, 2011
    Applicant: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Hideki Sadakata, Atsushi Fujita, Makoto Imai, Yuta Miura, Shinichiro Sumiyoshi
  • Publication number: 20100308995
    Abstract: An odor generation alarm and a method for informing an unusual situation having a high attention attracting effect and a high degree of safety are provided. An odor generation alarm includes an odorant receptacle, a drive section, a detector and a circuit section which is a controller. The odorant receptacle contains an odorant. A concentration of the odorant in air at which a person can no longer tolerate a strength of smell is lower than a no observed effect concentration of the odorant. The drive section causes the odorant to be emitted from the odorant receptacle. The detector detects occurrence of an unusual situation, and outputs a detection signal. When the detection signal from the detector is inputted, the controller causes the drive section to emit the odorant in accordance with the detection signal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 5, 2009
    Publication date: December 9, 2010
    Inventors: Hideaki Goto, Tomo Sakai, Koichiro Mizoguchi, Yukinobu Tajima, Makoto Imai
  • Patent number: 7830610
    Abstract: A lens is provided which is configured so that the dimensional accuracy of the lens surface can be evaluated easily and accurately, and the control of the accuracy of the lens can be easily performed. The lens comprises a lens effective part having lens surfaces formed around an optical axis as the center and an edge part in a doughnut shape as viewed in a plan view, which is extended along the outer periphery of the lens effective part. The edge part and the lens effective part are molded simultaneously, and annular indices around the optical axis as the center, with which the dimensional accuracy of the lens surfaces can be detected, are formed on both the surfaces of the edge part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2010
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Hiroshi Nishizawa, Makoto Imai
  • Publication number: 20100236063
    Abstract: A vehicle-mounted camera (1) comprises a lower case (2) constituting a part of a case, an upper case (3) provided with lenses (3a, 3b) constituting the case integrally with the lower case (2), an imaging element (4) for converting light passing through the lenses (3a, 3b) into an electrical signal, an MID-mounting substrate (6) with the imaging element (4) mounted, substrate mounting bosses (3c, 3d) for mounting the MID-mounting substrate (6) to the upper case (3), and spacers (7a, 7b) interposed between the MID-mounting substrate (6) and the substrate mounting bosses (3c, 3d) for adjusting the clearance between the lenses (3a, 3b) and the light receiving plane of the imaging element (4), structured to fix the lower case (2) to the upper case (3) while the MID-mounting substrate (6) mounted with the imaging element (4) is being fixed to the upper case (3) by the substrate mounting bosses (3c, 3d).
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 5, 2009
    Publication date: September 23, 2010
    Applicant: PANASONIC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Tatsuhiko Inagaki, Makoto Imai, HIdetoshi Mimura
  • Patent number: 7768149
    Abstract: Inverter circuits formed of a plurality of power semiconductor devices are stored in a casing of a power module. An output terminal provided at one end side of the casing is connected to one inverter circuit. An output terminal provided at the other end side of the casing is connected to another inverter circuit. An output terminal configured to allow electric connection with an output terminal located at the opposite side by a busbar is further provided at each one end side and the other end side. By disposing the busbar appropriately, output from both inverter circuits can be provided from any of the one end side and the other end side. An output terminal configuration can be realized that allows improvement in the degree of freedom for arrangement and versatility in circuit designing with respect to the position relationship with the electric load.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2010
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Makoto Imai, Masaharu Matsui
  • Publication number: 20100172117
    Abstract: Provided is a power module capable of welding a snubber capacitor without causing melting damage to a resin housing by welding heat. When leads of a snubber capacitor are respectively welded to upper surfaces of the specific portions of a P-pole bus bar and an N-pole bus bar, the welding heat generated at the specific portions of the P-pole bus bar and the N-pole bus bar is respectively radiated from openings, through which the lower surfaces of the specific portions of the P-pole bus bar and the N-pole bus bar are exposed. As a result, the snubber capacitor can be later appended by welding without causing melting damage to the resin housing due to the welding heat. During welding, a separate cooling head is inserted into the openings to forcibly cool the lower surfaces of the specific portions of the P-pole bus bar and the N-pole bus bar respectively, so that the melting damage to a resin housing can be more reliably avoided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 12, 2008
    Publication date: July 8, 2010
    Applicant: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Makoto Imai
  • Publication number: 20100130768
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a hydrodehalogenation method in which a halogen atom on a carbon atom of an organic compound is removed by substituting the halogen atom with a hydrogen atom, and to a method for producing a dehalogenated compound.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 5, 2006
    Publication date: May 27, 2010
    Applicant: Daiichi Sankyo Company, Limited
    Inventors: Koji Sato, Makoto Imai
  • Publication number: 20100025789
    Abstract: An imaging device includes a lens (3), an optical filter (5), a semiconductor imaging element (4) having a light receiving section, and a tridimensional substrate (2) on which the semiconductor imaging element (4) and the optical filter (5) are mounted, wherein the tridimensional substrate (2) has an opening (14) corresponding to the light receiving section of the semiconductor imaging element (4), the semiconductor imaging element (4) and the optical filter (5) are located on one side of the opening (14), the lens (3) is located on the other side of the opening (14), and the semiconductor imaging element (4) and the optical filter (5) are fixed to the tridimensional substrate (2) under the condition that the semiconductor imaging element (4) and the optical filter (5) are curved, and have respective centers moved in a direction away from the lens (3).
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 4, 2007
    Publication date: February 4, 2010
    Applicant: PANASONIC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Makoto Imai, Hiroshi Nishizawa
  • Publication number: 20100025792
    Abstract: Degradation of a picked-up image quality occurs because of entry or a move of dust in the internal space of an image pickup apparatus. An image pickup apparatus for decreasing degradation of the image quality by capturing dust is provided. An image pickup apparatus 18 having a lens block 19 containing a lens 2, a semiconductor image pickup device 4 mounted on one face of a board 1, and a translucent member 5 mounted on an opposite face is characterized in that it has a gap 24 to allow a solution 23 with an adhesive dissolved to penetrate outside an optically effective range outside the space surrounded by the semiconductor image pickup device 4, the translucent member 5, and the board 1.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 9, 2008
    Publication date: February 4, 2010
    Applicant: PANASONIC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kiyohiko Yamada, Makoto Imai, Hiroshi Nishizawa
  • Publication number: 20090168204
    Abstract: A lens is provided which is configured so that the dimensional accuracy of the lens surface can be evaluated easily and accurately, and the control of the accuracy of the lens can be easily performed. The lens comprises a lens effective part having lens surfaces formed around an optical axis as the center and an edge part in a doughnut shape as viewed in a plan view, which is extended along the outer periphery of the lens effective part. The edge part and the lens effective part are molded simultaneously, and annular indices around the optical axis as the center, with which the dimensional accuracy of the lens surfaces can be detected, are formed on both the surfaces of the edge part.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 5, 2006
    Publication date: July 2, 2009
    Applicant: PANASONIC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hiroshi Nishizawa, Makoto Imai
  • Publication number: 20080308218
    Abstract: Provided is a method and device for producing, efficiently with high productivity, a winding liner with a spacer for an unvulcanized strip rubber member as well as a method and device for producing a spacer member for the winding liner. A plate-shaped strip material (RW) is unwound from a material unwinding roll (16), then caused to pass between forming gears (19a and 19b) of a forming device (19) so as to be continuously formed in a shape of protrusions and recesses. An adhesive member (14) is attached to a surface of each of the strip spacer members (12a and 12b) each formed in the shape of protrusions and recesses. Then, the adhesive surfaces of the respective spacer members (12a and 12b) are continuously stuck along the longitudinal side edge portions of a plate-shaped base member (11) unwound from an unwinding device (45).
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 13, 2007
    Publication date: December 18, 2008
    Applicant: THE YOKOHAMA RUBBER CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Shinji Kashima, Makoto Imai, Arata Murakami
  • Publication number: 20080136258
    Abstract: Inverter circuits formed of a plurality of power semiconductor devices are stored in a casing of a power module. An output terminal provided at one end side of the casing is connected to one inverter circuit. An output terminal provided at the other end side of the casing is connected to another inverter circuit. An output terminal configured to allow electric connection with an output terminal located at the opposite side by a busbar is further provided at each one end side and the other end side. By disposing the busbar appropriately, output from both inverter circuits can be provided from any of the one end side and the other end side. An output terminal configuration can be realized that allows improvement in the degree of freedom for arrangement and versatility in circuit designing with respect to the position relationship with the electric load.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 22, 2006
    Publication date: June 12, 2008
    Applicant: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Makoto Imai, Masaharu Matsui