Patents by Inventor Makoto Yamamoto

Makoto Yamamoto 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: 9303756
    Abstract: A shift device capable of improving positioning accuracy of a center of pivot of a shift lever assembly is provided. The device includes a shift lever plate that is integrally provided with a supporting shaft and a supporting hole, and a shift lever assembly that is integrally provided with the other of the supporting shaft or the supporting hole. The shift lever assembly is supported by the shift lever plate so as to be capable of pivoting by insertion of the supporting shaft into the supporting hole from the axial direction, and operates a vehicle transmission. The shift device further includes a lever guide housing including a pressing tab that has both a pressing portion and a restricting portion engageable with the supporting shaft. When the supporting shaft is pressed by the pressing portion of the lever guide housing, the restricting portion of the pressing tab enters between the supporting shaft and the supporting member so as to restrict movement of the supporting shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2016
    Assignee: KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOKAI-RIKA-DENKI-SEISAKUSHO
    Inventor: Makoto Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 9268328
    Abstract: A production efficiency improving apparatus includes a first communicating means for communicating information with a plurality of processing apparatuses that process objects, and a second communicating means for communicating conveyance control information, with a conveyance system comprising conveyance apparatuses for conveying the objects between the plurality of processing apparatuses. A means for predicting, on the basis of information communicated by the first communicating means, the conveying timing at which the processing apparatus needs to send out processed objects, and the conveying timing at which the processing apparatus needs to bring in unprocessed objects. A generating means generates the control information such that the conveyance apparatus will arrive at the processing apparatus that is the destination of the communication of information at the predicted timing predicted by the means for predicting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2016
    Assignees: TOKYO ELECTRON LIMITED, MURATA MACHINERY, LTD., MA SOLUTIONS LIMITED, DAIFUKU CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Teruo Asakawa, Makoto Yamamoto, Akira Machida, Masaaki Kawaguchi
  • Patent number: 9212740
    Abstract: A shift device includes a knob rotated to select a mode of a vehicle transmission. A rotary detent member is rotated to a rotation position corresponding to the selected transmission mode. The rotary detent member is coaxial with the knob. A connecting member connects the knob and the rotary detent member when located at the first position. The connecting member is disconnected from the knob when located at the second position. A motor rotates the connecting member and the rotary detent member. During a normal operation in which a certain condition is unsatisfied, a control circuit controls the motor to hold the connecting member at the first position. When the certain condition is satisfied, the control circuit controls the motor to move the connecting member to the second position and move the rotary detent member to a rotation position corresponding to a parking mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2015
    Assignee: KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOKAI RIKA DENKI SEISAKUSHO
    Inventors: Hironori Watanabe, Makoto Yamamoto, Koji Imai, Munetoshi Makimura, Shosaku Watarai, Katsushi Miwa, Toshiharu Katagiri
  • Patent number: 9173727
    Abstract: In a shade guide, a plurality of shade tabs whose colors are mutually different are arranged regularly based on the colors. The arrangement of the plurality of shade tabs is an arrangement determined based on: S values and V values that are determined according to to which areas, from among areas partitioned by a plurality of straight lines in an L*-C* plane, the coordinates of the colors of the shade tabs belong, and H values that are determined according to to which areas, from among areas partitioned by a plurality of straight lines in an a*-b* plane, the coordinates belong. S groups, each of which is a shade tab group having a common S value, are arranged in the shade guide. V rows, each of which is a shade tab group having a common V value, are arranged in each S group. In each V row, the plurality of shade tabs have mutually different H values and are aligned in an order that is in accordance with the H values.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2015
    Assignee: SHOFU INC.
    Inventors: Makoto Yamamoto, Ryuichi Yosimoto, Noriyuki Negoro, Masuhito Yasui, Kouji Shou
  • Patent number: 9086427
    Abstract: An object of the invention is to provide an inertial sensor with small delay and high accuracy. An inertial sensor 1 includes an acceleration detecting element 2 that detects an acceleration of at least one axis of a vehicle; a first filter 6 that limits a detection signal of the acceleration to a first band; a second filter 7 that limits a detection signal of the acceleration to a second band; a vehicle control variable calculation section 8 that calculates a vehicle control variable Gxc on the basis of the detection signal of the acceleration limited to the second band; and a sensor signal output section 9 that outputs the detection signal of the acceleration limited to the first band and the vehicle control variable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2015
    Assignee: Hitachi Automotive Systems, Ltd.
    Inventors: Daisuke Maeda, Heewon Jeong, Masahide Hayashi, Makoto Yamamoto
  • Publication number: 20150152958
    Abstract: A shift device includes a knob rotated to select a mode of a vehicle transmission. A rotary detent member is rotated to a rotation position corresponding to the selected transmission mode. The rotary detent member is coaxial with the knob. A connecting member connects the knob and the rotary detent member when located at the first position. The connecting member is disconnected from the knob when located at the second position. A motor rotates the connecting member and the rotary detent member. During a normal operation in which a certain condition is unsatisfied, a control circuit controls the motor to hold the connecting member at the first position. When the certain condition is satisfied, the control circuit controls the motor to move the connecting member to the second position and move the rotary detent member to a rotation position corresponding to a parking mode.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 25, 2014
    Publication date: June 4, 2015
    Applicant: KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOKAI RIKA DENKI SEISAKUSHO
    Inventors: Hironori WATANABE, Makoto YAMAMOTO, Koji IMAI, Munetoshi MAKIMURA, Shosaku WATARAI, Katsushi MIWA, Toshiharu KATAGIRI
  • Publication number: 20150045937
    Abstract: A conveyance system includes storage racks that are provided near or adjacent to semiconductor manufacturing devices and store therein objects to be conveyed, a stacker crane that carries the objects into and out of the storage racks, vehicles that convey the objects, an ID tag reader that is provided to the stacker crane and reads ID tags of the objects; and a controller that is configured or programmed to, when identification information acquired by the ID tag reader R coincides with identification information contained in a conveyance command of an object, control the stacker crane to convey the object to a destination specified in the conveyance command. At least one section of each storage rack allows a gripper of each vehicle to take in and out the objects.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 7, 2013
    Publication date: February 12, 2015
    Inventor: Makoto Yamamoto
  • Publication number: 20150014042
    Abstract: A laminated electronic component is configured such that insulator layers and conductor patterns are laminated and a coil is formed in a laminate of the insulator layers and the conductor patterns by connecting the conductor patterns among the insulator layers, where the coil includes conductor pattern pairs each composed of two conductor patterns arranged so as to sandwich each insulator layer, and includes a first connecting portion connecting both end portions of the two conductor patterns so as to connect the two connecting patterns in parallel and a second connecting portion connecting a plurality of the conductor pattern pairs in series, where the first connecting portion and the second connecting portion are arranged so as to be displaced from each other in a direction of a line length of a coil pattern.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 9, 2014
    Publication date: January 15, 2015
    Inventors: Yutaka Noguchi, Makoto Yamamoto, Takeshi Kobayashi
  • Publication number: 20140345410
    Abstract: The present invention provides a shift device capable of improving positioning accuracy of a center of pivot of an operating member. In a shift lever device, a supporting shaft is formed to a retainer, and a supporting hole is formed to a shift lever plate. Furthermore, by sliding the retainer in the support shaft axial direction with respect to the shift lever plate, the supporting shaft is inserted into the supporting hole, and the shift lever plate is supported by the retainer so as to be capable of pivoting. Positioning accuracy of the supporting shaft 116 with respect to the retainer, and positioning accuracy of the supporting hole 16 with respect to the shift lever plate can be increased as a result. The positioning accuracy of the center of pivot of the retainer is thereby capable of being improved.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 21, 2014
    Publication date: November 27, 2014
    Applicant: KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOKAI-RIKA-DENKI-SEISAKUSHO
    Inventor: Makoto YAMAMOTO
  • Patent number: 8890646
    Abstract: A laminated-type electronic component including: plural magnetic material layers; plural conductive patterns; a laminated layer body formed by laminating the plural magnetic material layers and the plural conductive patterns; a coil formed in the laminated layer body by connecting the conductive patterns between the magnetic material layers; and at least one magnetic gap formed in the laminated layer body, wherein the magnetic gaps are formed of a compound of Ni and Cu.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignee: Toko, Inc.
    Inventors: Yutaka Noguchi, Makoto Yamamoto, Satoru Maeda
  • Publication number: 20140157319
    Abstract: A terminal (5) obtains, by communicating with a viewer history presence management server (101) that manages viewing histories of multiple users including the user of said terminal, viewing histories of the different users from the viewer history presence management server (101); generates GUI video data, in which more than one symbols respectively corresponding to more than one program content viewed by the other viewers are listed chronologically, on the basis of the viewing histories of the different users; and outputs the video data for presentation. In this case, upon receiving a specific symbol selected by the user among the one or more symbols contained in the GUI video data, the terminal (5) transmits a command to a receiver so as to switch the program to be reproduced at the receiver to the program content which corresponds to the specific symbol received by an operation reception unit (77).
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 18, 2012
    Publication date: June 5, 2014
    Applicant: JAPAN BROADCASTING CORPORATION
    Inventors: Toru Kimura, Shigeaki Mitsuya, Kinji Matsumura, Akitsugu Baba, Hiroshi Fujisawa, Masaru Takechi, Yasuaki Kanatsugu, Makoto Yamamoto, Hiroyuki Hamada
  • Patent number: 8676782
    Abstract: The present invention provides an information collection apparatus, an information collection method, and a program capable of collecting information from information resources on a network effectively as well as a search engine that searches the information resources collected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Seiji Hamada, Makoto Yamamoto
  • Publication number: 20140033849
    Abstract: A shift device provided with a shift lever that is movable from a home position to a plurality of mode selection positions including a travel mode selection position and a non-travel mode selection position. A lever holding mechanism holds the shift lever at the travel mode selection position when the shift lever is moved to the travel mode selection position and returns the shift lever from the non-travel mode selection position to the home position when the shift lever is moved to the non-travel mode selection position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 29, 2013
    Publication date: February 6, 2014
    Applicant: KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOKAI RIKA DENKI SEISAKUSHO
    Inventors: Makoto YAMAMOTO, Katsushi MIWA, Yohei NAKANO, Takehiro NIWA, Hironori WATANABE, Naomi ASAHINA
  • Publication number: 20140013889
    Abstract: A shift lever is movable from a home position in a left or rear direction. A reverse mode selection position is set in a route extending in the left direction from the home position. A drive mode selection position is set in a route extending in the rear direction from the home position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 1, 2013
    Publication date: January 16, 2014
    Inventors: Makoto YAMAMOTO, Katsushi MIWA
  • Publication number: 20140018955
    Abstract: A production efficiency improving apparatus includes a first communicating means for communicating information with a plurality of processing apparatuses that process objects, and a second communicating means for communicating conveyance control information, with a conveyance system comprising conveyance apparatuses for conveying the objects between the plurality of processing apparatuses. A means for predicting, on the basis of information communicated by the first communicating means, the conveying timing at which the processing apparatus needs to send out processed objects, and the conveying timing at which the processing apparatus needs to bring in unprocessed objects. A generating means generates the control information such that the conveyance apparatus will arrive at the processing apparatus that is the destination of the communication of information at the predicted timing predicted by the means for predicting.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 9, 2012
    Publication date: January 16, 2014
    Applicants: TOKYO ELECTRON LIMITED, DAIFUKU CO., LTD., MA SOLUTIONS LIMITED, MURATA MACHINERY, LTD.
    Inventors: Teruo Asakawa, Makoto Yamamoto, Akira Machida, Masaaki Kawaguchi
  • Publication number: 20130345901
    Abstract: An object of the invention is to provide an inertial sensor with small delay and high accuracy. An inertial sensor 1 includes an acceleration detecting element 2 that detects an acceleration of at least one axis of a vehicle; a first filter 6 that limits a detection signal of the acceleration to a first band; a second filter 7 that limits a detection signal of the acceleration to a second band; a vehicle control variable calculation section 8 that calculates a vehicle control variable Gxc on the basis of the detection signal of the acceleration limited to the second band; and a sensor signal output section 9 that outputs the detection signal of the acceleration limited to the first band and the vehicle control variable.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 11, 2012
    Publication date: December 26, 2013
    Applicant: Hitachi Automotive Systems, Ltd.
    Inventors: Daisuke Maeda, Heewon Jeong, Masahide Hayashi, Makoto Yamamoto
  • Publication number: 20130271254
    Abstract: A laminated-type electronic component including: plural magnetic material layers; plural conductive patterns; a laminated layer body formed by laminating the plural magnetic material layers and the plural conductive patterns; a coil formed in the laminated layer body by connecting the conductive patterns between the magnetic material layers; and at least one magnetic gap formed in the laminated layer body, wherein the magnetic gaps are formed of a compound of Ni and Cu.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 12, 2013
    Publication date: October 17, 2013
    Applicant: TOKO, INC.
    Inventors: Yutaka NOGUCHI, Makoto YAMAMOTO, Satoru MAEDA
  • Patent number: 8547059
    Abstract: A battery charging connector lock structure that locks a power feeding connector to a receptacle of a power receiving connector. The connector lock structure includes a restriction member that moves between a lock position, in which the restriction member restricts movement of a hook of the power feeding connector to prohibit removal of the power feeding connector from the receptacle, and an unlock position, in which the restriction member releases the hook to permit removal of the power receiving connector. The restriction member includes an extension. A stopper is coupled to the extension of the restriction member and moves the restriction member to the lock position or the unlock position. A drive source moves the stopper to move the restriction member to the lock position. An urging member is arranged on the extension of the restriction member to move the restriction member to the lock position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2013
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Tokai Rika Denki Seisakusho
    Inventors: Naoto Kurumizawa, Makoto Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 8384281
    Abstract: A matrix-type cold-cathode electron source device includes: an emitter array (3b) in which a plurality of emitters are arranged, and a gate electrode (5) opposed to the emitter array (3b). The gate electrode (5) includes: an emitter area gate electrode (5c) opposed to the emitter array (3b); a gate address electrode (5a) connecting the emitter area gate electrode (5c) to a gate signal wire (8a); and a high-resistance area (5b) disposed between the gate address electrode (5a) and the emitter area gate electrode (5c).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2013
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Makoto Yamamoto, Keisuke Koga
  • Patent number: 8294351
    Abstract: A matrix-type cold-cathode electron source device includes a mesh structure (8) on which through-holes (9) are formed and drive portions (7a, 7b). The through-hole (9) has an opening diameter of 1/N or less of the alignment pitch of electron source elements (4) and the drive portions (7a, 7b) drive the mesh structure (8) every 1/N of the alignment pitch of the electron source elements (4). Thus it is possible to increase a resolution without reducing the size of an electron source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2012
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Makoto Yamamoto, Keisuke Koga