Patents by Inventor Makoto Nishimura

Makoto Nishimura 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: 10438947
    Abstract: A semiconductor device of the present invention achieves improved avoidance of a parasitic operation in a circuit region while achieving miniaturization of the semiconductor device and a reduction in the amount of time for manufacturing the semiconductor device. The semiconductor device according to the present invention includes an IGBT disposed on a first main surface of a semiconductor substrate provided with a drift layer of a first conductivity type; a thyristor disposed on the first main surface of the semiconductor substrate; a circuit region; a hole-current retrieval region separating the IGBT and the circuit region in a plan view; and a diffusion layer of a second conductivity type, the diffusion layer being disposed on a second main surface of the semiconductor substrate. The IGBT has an effective area equal to or less than an effective area of the thyristor in a plan view.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventors: Kazuhiro Nishimura, Makoto Ueno, Masataka Mametuka
  • Publication number: 20190298055
    Abstract: Top panel height adjustable furniture (1) includes a top panel (2) that has an upper surface (3) and a lower surface (4); a support body (5) that is connected to the top panel (2) and is capable of extending or contracting in a panel thickness direction of the top panel (2); a sensor (11) that detects contact of a user on the upper surface (3) side of the top panel (2) and contact of the user on the lower surface (4) side of the top panel (2); and a control unit that controls, based on a detection result of the sensor (11), an extending/contracting operation of the support body (5) such that the support body (5) contracts when it is detected that the user has made contact with the top panel (2) on the upper surface (3) side of the top panel (2) and that the support body (5) extends when it is detected that the user has made contact with the top panel (2) on the lower surface (4) side of the top panel (2).
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 12, 2017
    Publication date: October 3, 2019
    Inventors: Takayuki YAMAMOTO, Makoto TAKAHASHI, Masaharu SUGA, Sumio NISHIMURA, Noriya MIKAMI
  • Publication number: 20190293873
    Abstract: There is provided an optical axis alignment mechanism between the laser oscillator and the optical fiber. The laser oscillator emits laser light, which then emerges from the emission end of the optical fiber via the axis alignment mechanism. Part of the laser light is received on the light-receiving surface of the CCD camera of a laser light evaluator. Thus, the laser light evaluator acquires a light intensity distribution. The light intensity distribution is used by the optical axis alignment mechanism to align the axis of the laser oscillator with the axis of the optical fiber.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 29, 2017
    Publication date: September 26, 2019
    Inventors: Kiyotaka EIZUMI, Makoto RYUDO, Doukei NAGAYASU, Hitoshi NISHIMURA, Jingbo WANG, Masatoshi NISHIO, Hideaki YAMAGUCHI, Yoshiaki TAKENAKA, Ryo ISHIKAWA
  • Publication number: 20190278026
    Abstract: A fiber coupling device (100) includes the following components: a wedge plate (102) for receiving light and refracting the light in a predetermined direction, a condenser lens (104) for collecting the light refracted by the wedge plate (102); and an optical fiber (107) having an incident surface for receiving the light collected by the condenser lens (104). The wedge plate (102) is held rotatable around the optical axis (200) of the light incident on the wedge plate (102). The light refracted by the wedge plate (102) and collected by the condenser lens (104) is incident on a different point on the incident surface depending on the rotation angle of the wedge plate (102).
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 30, 2019
    Publication date: September 12, 2019
  • Publication number: 20190271588
    Abstract: A laser device includes the following components: a laser resonator for emitting a laser beam; a condenser lens (21) for collecting the laser beam emitted from the laser resonator; an optical fiber (7) for transmitting the laser beam collected by the condenser lens (21); at least one light sensor (5) opposing a light receiving surface of the condenser lens (21) and outside the optical path of the laser beam, the at least one light sensor (5) detecting the amount of return light from the condenser lens (21); and a controller for determining the presence of an abnormality when the value of the amount detected by any of the at least one light sensor (5) is greater than the predetermined maximum threshold.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 21, 2019
    Publication date: September 5, 2019
  • Publication number: 20190262938
    Abstract: Laser processing device (1) includes: laser-beam switching apparatus (70) that switches between a first optical path and a second optical path as an optical path along which a laser beam is to travel, the first optical path including first fiber (11), the second optical path including second fiber (21) that has a core diameter that is larger than a core diameter of first fiber (11); and processing head (80) that illuminates a same processed point on workpiece (900) with a laser beam that has passed through the first optical path or the second optical path. When illumination with laser beam that has passed through the first optical path is performed for a predetermined period of time, laser-beam switching apparatus (70) switches from the first optical path to the second optical path.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 10, 2019
    Publication date: August 29, 2019
  • Patent number: 10361465
    Abstract: A secondary battery is disclosed. The secondary battery has a bipolar electrode, an electrolyte layer, and a porous insulator. The bipolar layer includes a positive electrode layer formed on one surface of a collector foil and a negative electrode formed on the other surface of the collector foil. The electrolyte layer is famed at least on a surface of at least one of the positive electrode layer and the negative electrode layer. The porous insulator is formed to a lateral surface of at least one of the positive electrode layer, the negative electrode layer, and the electrolyte layer. The electrolyte layer is laminated by at least one layer relative to the bipolar electrode to configure a bipolar battery. The porous insulator also includes an inorganic particle and a reactive agent for lowering a fluidity of the liquid electrolyte bleeding from the electrolyte layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: HITACHI, LTD.
    Inventors: Shimpei Amasaki, Yusuke Kaga, Kazuaki Naoe, Makoto Abe, Etsuko Nishimura, Akihiko Noie
  • Patent number: 10354821
    Abstract: To provide a gas circuit breaker designed to achieve further improvement in interruption performance for a small to medium current. The gas circuit breaker according to the present invention includes: an operation mechanism 1; a heat puffer chamber 19; a machine puffer chamber 32; a release valve 34; a movable main contact 5 and movable arc contact 11; a stationary main contact 6 and stationary arc contact 12; a movable-side leading conductor 14; and a stationary-side leading conductor 15, and features: a separation cylinder 21 for radially partitioning the heat puffer chamber 19; an inner circumferential flow path 24 formed on an inner circumferential side of the separation cylinder 21; and a check valve 22 for opening or closing a communication hole 23.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: Hitachi, Ltd.
    Inventors: Toshiaki Sakuyama, Ryoichi Shiobara, Hajime Urai, Makoto Hirose, Masanao Terada, Takahiro Nishimura
  • Publication number: 20190202952
    Abstract: A molding material comprising a pellet group of at least 20 saponified ethylene-vinyl ester-based copolymer pellets, wherein at least 95% of the pellets have a surface that is substantially a single closed surface, and when a maximum outer diameter of a pellet is taken as a long diameter and a minimum diameter in a cross section having the greatest area among the cross sections perpendicular to the long diameter is taken as a short diameter, the average value of the long diameter/short diameter ratio of at least 20 pellets taken from the pellet group is 1.6 or less and the standard deviation of the long diameter/short diameter ratio of the at least 20 pellets is 0.13 or less.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 6, 2019
    Publication date: July 4, 2019
    Inventors: Daichi NISHIMURA, Makoto HATANAKA, Shintaro USUI
  • Patent number: 10301770
    Abstract: Provided is an environmentally friendly process for producing a sheet-shaped material having both an elegant, napped appearance and a soft texture, which qualities have not been achieved concurrently, and also exhibiting good abrasion resistance. The process of the present invention for producing a sheet-shaped material includes the successive steps of (a) adding a polyvinyl alcohol having a degree of saponification of 98% or more and a degree of polymerization of 800 to 3,500 to a fibrous substrate in an amount of 0.1 to 50% by mass relative to the total mass of fibers in the fibrous substrate; (b) adding a waterborne polyurethane to the fibrous substrate with the added polyvinyl alcohol; and (c) removing the polyvinyl alcohol from the fibrous substrate with the added waterborne polyurethane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Inventors: Gen Koide, Shunichiro Nakai, Satoshi Yanagisawa, Makoto Nishimura, Takahiro Tsuchimoto
  • Publication number: 20190125124
    Abstract: Heating/stirring cooker includes: main body; container that is disposed inside main body and accommodates an object to be cooked; stirring body that is disposed inside container so as to be detachable from container, stirring body having blade for stirring the object to be cooked in container and magnet disposed at a position facing an inner bottom part of container in a state in which stirring body is disposed inside container; magnetic field generator that is disposed inside main body and generates a rotating magnetic field so that a rotational force of the rotating magnetic field acts on magnet; and controller that is disposed inside main body and controls magnetic field generator.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 12, 2017
    Publication date: May 2, 2019
  • Patent number: 10272358
    Abstract: A distillation apparatus includes a separator, a cooler, a heater, and a heat collection circuit. The heat collection circuit includes a circulation channel, a compressor, an expanding mechanism, a storing section capable of storing a working medium in a liquid state, and a circulation-amount adjusting section that adjusts a circulation amount of the working medium. The circulation-amount adjusting section adjusts an outflow amount of the working medium, which is stored in the storing section, to the circulation channel or an inflow amount of the working medium, which is circulating in the circulation channel, to the storing section such that the circulation amount increases or decreases according to an increase or a decrease in a flow rate of the first output fluid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Kobe Steel, Ltd.
    Inventors: Akira Kishimoto, Keiichiro Tomari, Masatake Toshima, Makoto Nishimura
  • Publication number: 20180311610
    Abstract: A gas treatment device uses a gas to be treated which contains an acid compound that dissolves into water to produce acid and a treatment liquid which absorbs the acid compound to phase-separate, to separate an acid compound from the gas to be treated. The gas treatment device includes an absorber which brings the gas to be treated into contact with the treatment liquid; a regenerator 14 which heats the treatment liquid contacting the gas to be treated to separate an acid compound; and a liquid feeding portion which feeds the treatment liquid contacting the gas to be treated in the absorber to the regenerator. In the absorber, the treatment liquid contacting the gas to be treated phase-separates into a first phase portion having a high acid compound content and a second phase portion having a low acid compound content. The liquid feeding portion is configured to introduce, into the regenerator, the treatment liquid with the phase-separated first phase portion and second phase portion mixed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 27, 2018
    Publication date: November 1, 2018
    Applicants: Kabushiki Kaisha Kobe Seiko Sho (Kobe Steel, Ltd.), NATIONAL UNIVERSITY CORPORATION NAGOYA UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: Akira KISHIMOTO, Akira MATSUOKA, Katsuya AKIYAMA, Makoto NISHIMURA, Hiroshi MACHIDA, Tsuyoshi YAMAGUCHI, Takehiro ESAKI, Hirotoshi HORIZOE
  • Publication number: 20180279832
    Abstract: A heating/stirring cooker includes a stirring body. The stirring body is detachably attached to the interior of a container, and stirs the food. The stirring body includes a blade, a permanent magnet, a magnetic metal plate, a storage, and a clutch. The blade stirs the food. When the stirring body is attached to the container, the permanent magnet is located opposite the inner bottom surface of the container and receives a rotating magnetic field. The magnetic metal plate is provided on the permanent magnet and inhibits magnetic flux leakage. The storage has a perimeter on which the blade is formed, and movably stores the permanent magnet. The clutch transmits the rotational force of the rotating magnetic field to the storage, only when a claw is in engagement with a notch. The stirring body generates high rotational force when attached and suppresses the impact of the magnetic field when detached.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 5, 2016
    Publication date: October 4, 2018
    Applicant: Panasonic Intellectual Property Management Co., Ltd.
  • Publication number: 20180266315
    Abstract: A compressed air energy storage power generation device includes a first heat exchanger, a heat storage tank, a second heat exchanger, a heating unit, a first power distributor, and a controller. The first heat exchanger performs heat exchange between the compressed air from a compressor and the heating medium. The heat storage tank stores the heating medium heatexchanged by the first heat exchanger. The second heat exchanger performs heat exchange between the compressed air from an accumulator tank and the heating medium from the heat storage tank. The first power distributor distributes the generated power of the power generator to a power system and the heating unit. When the internal pressure of the accumulator tank reaches a predetermined pressure and the generated power is larger than the power demand, the controller supplies a part or all of the generated power to the heating unit by the first power distributor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 14, 2015
    Publication date: September 20, 2018
    Applicant: Kabushiki Kaisha Kobe Seiko Sho (Kobe Steel, Ltd.)
    Inventors: Yohei KUBO, Masatake TOSHIMA, Makoto NISHIMURA, Masaki MATSUKUMA, Hiroki SARUTA, Kanami SAKAMOTO
  • Publication number: 20180235287
    Abstract: A garment serves for easy removal of dirt adhering to the screen of a smart watch, wristwatch, etc. worn by the user. The garment is one used as long-sleeved outerwear provided with a sheet-like article formed of ultrafine fibers with an average monofilament diameter of 0.1 ?m or more and 7 ?m or less and attached to the inside and/or outside of a cuff.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 4, 2016
    Publication date: August 23, 2018
    Inventors: Masaru Ueno, Yukihiro Matsuzaki, Makoto Nishimura
  • Patent number: 10045403
    Abstract: A microwave heating device of the present invention comprises a heating chamber housing an object to be heated, a microwave generation portion generating a microwave, a waveguide portion propagating the microwave, and a plurality of microwave radiating portions radiating the microwave in the heating chamber, wherein the microwave radiating portions are arranged in a direction orthogonal to a direction of electric field and to a direction of propagation within the waveguide portion, and centers of the microwave radiating portions are arranged at positions corresponding to approximate node positions of the electric field within the waveguide portion. The microwave heating device is enabled to make uniform heat distribution in the object to be heated, without using a driving mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Inventors: Daisuke Hosokawa, Koji Yoshino, Makoto Nishimura, Masafumi Sadahira, Tomoya Fujinami, Tomotaka Nobue, Yoshiharu Omori
  • Publication number: 20180193798
    Abstract: A gas treatment system includes an absorber, a liquid separator, a regenerator, a circulation mechanism and a heat transfer apparatus. The absorber contacts the gas with the treatment liquid. The liquid separator separates the treatment liquid having been in contact with the gas into a first phase portion having a high content of the acidic compound and a second phase portion having a low content of the acidic compound. The regenerator heats the first phase portion to eliminate the acidic compound from the first phase portion. The circulation mechanism recycles the second phase portion and the treatment liquid from which the acidic compound has been eliminated by the regenerator, in the absorber as a treatment liquid with which the gas is to be contacted. The heat transfer apparatus transfers heat from the treatment liquid discharged by the absorber and from the gas having undergone separation of the acidic compound, to the treatment liquid in the regenerator.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 18, 2016
    Publication date: July 12, 2018
    Applicant: KABUSHIKI KAISHA KOBE SEIKO SHO (Kobe Steel, Ltd.)
    Inventors: Akira KISHIMOTO, Akira MATSUOKA, Norihide MAEDA, Makoto NISHIMURA
  • Patent number: 9970129
    Abstract: The present invention provides a conjugated fiber suitable for use as a crimped fiber capable of producing an artificial leather having highly dense texture and good quality. The present invention also provides a base body for an artificial leather and an artificial leather produced by using such conjugated fiber. The conjugated fiber of the present invention includes a conjugated fiber comprising a readily soluble polyester component and a less readily soluble component, and the readily soluble polyester component comprises a copolymerized polyester having 5 to 10% by mole of 5-sodium sulfoisophthalate copolymerized therewith and the readily soluble polyester component contains a polyalkylene glycol. The polyalkylene glycol is in the form of streaks extending in longitudinal direction of the fiber in the longitudinal cross section of the conjugated fiber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Inventors: Hajime Nishimura, Yukihiro Matsuzaki, Makoto Nishimura
  • Publication number: 20170360237
    Abstract: A stirring body of the present invention includes housing rotatably mounted to a center of a bottom surface of a cooking container, and blade that extends from an outer peripheral surface of housing toward an inner peripheral surface of the cooking container and curves convexly toward a downstream side of a rotating direction in a plan view. Blade has front edge positioned on the downstream side in the rotating direction, and rear edge positioned on an upstream side in the rotating direction relative to front edge. A leading end portion of blade curves along the inner peripheral surface of the cooking container in the plan view and slopes upward toward the upstream side in the rotating direction. Front edge is positioned below rear edge near housing and is positioned above rear edge near leading end portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 3, 2016
    Publication date: December 21, 2017
    Inventors: Katsuyuki OHTA, Makoto NISHIMURA