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: 11060905
    Abstract: A laser device includes: a laser resonator for emitting a laser beam; a condenser lens for collecting the laser beam emitted from the laser resonator; an optical fiber for transmitting the laser beam collected by the condenser lens; at least one light sensor opposing a light receiving surface of the condenser lens and outside an optical path of the laser beam, the at least one light sensor detecting an amount of return light from the condenser lens; and a controller for determining a presence of an abnormality when a value of the amount detected by the at least one light sensor is greater than a predetermined maximum threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2021
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jingbo Wang, Doukei Nagayasu, Yoshiaki Takenaka, Hitoshi Nishimura, Makoto Ryudo, Kiyotaka Eizumi, Hideaki Yamaguchi, Ryo Ishikawa, Masatoshi Nishio, Takasi Kakutani, Yasushi Mukai, Mitsuru Mukai, Hiroyuki Hayashikawa
  • Patent number: 11021838
    Abstract: A sheet material has good mechanical properties, flexibility, lightweight properties, and quality, and also relates to a production method therefor. The sheet material includes, as constitutional components, an elastic polymer and nonwoven fabric composed mainly of ultrafine hollow fiber with an average monofilament diameter in the range of 0.05 to 10 ?m, the ultrafine hollow fiber containing 2 to 60 hollows.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Assignee: Toray Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Hajime Nishimura, Yukihiro Matsuzaki, Makoto Nishimura, Makoto Kaneko
  • Patent number: 10945557
    Abstract: A cooker includes: a main body; a container inside the main body; a stirring body having a blade for stirring an object to be cooked in the container and a magnet at a position facing an inner bottom part of the container; a magnetic field generator inside the main body and configured to generate a rotating magnetic field so that a rotational force of the rotating magnetic field acts on the magnet; and a controller inside the main body and configured to control the magnetic field generator so that: (i) a direction of rotation of the rotating magnetic field is switched between a forward rotation direction and a reverse rotation direction that is reverse to the forward rotation direction; and (ii) a number M of rotations in the reverse rotation direction is less than a number N of rotations in the forward rotation direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Makoto Nishimura, Katsuyuki Ohta
  • Publication number: 20210070024
    Abstract: A composite sheet material includes a skin sheet and a woven fabric, wherein the skin sheet is formed by impregnating an elastic polymer into a base material consisting of an entangled fiber network, such as a nonwoven fabric, and wherein the composite sheet material has high thermal resistance and high formability suitable for integral molding. The composite sheet material is a composite sheet material including a skin sheet attached with a woven fabric through an adhesive resin layer, wherein the skin sheet is made of an entangled fiber network including ultra-fine fibers with an average single fiber diameter of 0.1 to 8 ?m and of an elastic polymer, and wherein the woven fabric includes polyester fibers in which the polyester contains a 1,2-propanediol-derived component at a concentration of 1 to 500 ppm.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 2, 2018
    Publication date: March 11, 2021
    Inventors: Shunichi Kimura, Gen Koide, Makoto Nishimura
  • Patent number: 10746097
    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: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: Kobe Steel, Ltd.
    Inventors: Yohei Kubo, Masatake Toshima, Makoto Nishimura, Masaki Matsukuma, Hiroki Saruta, Kanami Sakamoto
  • Patent number: 10729285
    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: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Katsuyuki Ohta, Makoto Nishimura
  • Patent number: 10610050
    Abstract: A heating cooker with a stirring function includes a stirring body configured to stir cooking materials that include liquid and a solid and are housed in a cooking container. The stirring body includes a housing rotatably mounted to a center of a bottom surface of the cooking container, and a lower blade that extends from an outer peripheral surface of the housing toward an inner peripheral surface of the cooking container and is configured to push at least one of the cooking materials that is positioned near the bottom surface of the cooking container toward the inner peripheral surface of the cooking container. The stirring body further includes an upper blade that extends from the outer peripheral surface of the housing toward the inner peripheral surface of the cooking container and is configured to cause at least one of the cooking materials that is near a liquid surface to sink toward the bottom surface of the cooking container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Katsuyuki Ohta, Makoto Nishimura
  • Patent number: 10602868
    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: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Katsuyuki Ohta, Makoto Nishimura
  • Publication number: 20200095725
    Abstract: The present invention provides a sheet-like material in which a plant-derived raw material of low environmental impact is used. The invention also provides a sheet-like material that ideally has a uniform and refined nap and a sheet-like material that is strong, has excellent shape stability, is lightweight and is very pliable. This sheet-like material is characterized in being made of nonwoven fabric that is made of polyester microfiber containing a 1,2-propanediol-derived component in an amount prescribed in the present application and a polyurethane elastomer resin containing structural monomers prescribed in the present application.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 27, 2018
    Publication date: March 26, 2020
    Applicant: Toray Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Takanori Furui, Makoto Kaneko, Ryuji Shikuri, Gen Koide, Hirohito Yamamoto, Makoto Nishimura, Jun Yoshida
  • Patent number: 10576412
    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: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignees: 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: 20190375935
    Abstract: The present invention provides a sheet-like material having soft texture, durability capable of withstanding practical use, and abrasion resistance. The sheet-like material of the present invention is a sheet-like material containing a nonwoven fabric composed of an ultrafine fiber having an average single fiber diameter 0.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 6, 2018
    Publication date: December 12, 2019
    Applicant: Toray Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Ryuji Shikuri, Makoto Nishimura, Yukihiro Matsuzaki, Satoshi Yanagisawa
  • Patent number: 10480121
    Abstract: A sheet like article produced from a polyurethane resin has a carbonate group and an oxycarbonyl group as ester groups and has uniform, elegant surface quality, a flexible, highly crease recoverable texture, and high resistance to light and hydrolysis, and also provided is a production method therefore. The sheet like article is produced by adding, as a binder, a polyurethane resin that meets requirements (I) and (II) to a fibrous base material formed mainly of ultrafine fibers: (I) a polyurethane resin such that the polyurethane resin contains, in its interior, an oxycarbonyl group and a carbonate group as ester groups; (II) a polyurethane resin such that the sum of the content of the urethane group and the content of the urea group in the polyurethane resin is 7.0 to 11.0 mass %.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: Toray Industries, Inc
    Inventors: Shunichiro Nakai, Hisashi Murahara, Yukihiro Matsuzaki, Makoto Nishimura
  • Publication number: 20190323170
    Abstract: An automobile instrument panel surface material includes a microfiber having an average single fiber diameter of 0.3 to 7 ?m; and polyurethane, the automobile instrument panel surface material having nap formed of the microfiber, the automobile instrument panel surface material having, of light fastnesses measured according to a light fastness measurement method of JIS L 0843:2006 under conditions of a xenon arc intensity of 110 MJ/m2, a fading by gray scale evaluation of grade 3.5 or higher, the automobile instrument panel surface material having a glass haze of 10.0% or less as measured according to a glass haze evaluation method of ISO 6452:2007 under conditions of a heating temperature of 100° C. and a heating time of 20 hours.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 22, 2017
    Publication date: October 24, 2019
    Inventors: Satoshi Yanagisawa, Akihiro Tanabe, Makoto Nishimura
  • Patent number: 10449495
    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: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: Kobe Steel, Ltd.
    Inventors: Akira Kishimoto, Akira Matsuoka, Norihide Maeda, Makoto Nishimura
  • 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
    Assignee: TORAY INDUSTRIES, INC.
    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
    Inventors: MAKOTO NISHIMURA, KATSUYUKI OHTA
  • 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.
    Inventors: KATSUYUKI OHTA, MAKOTO NISHIMURA
  • 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