Patents by Inventor Manabu Yamada

Manabu Yamada 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: 11957177
    Abstract: A smoking system includes a consumable containing a smokable substance and a device that includes a chamber receiving the consumable and heats and atomizes the smokable substance of the consumable received in the chamber. The chamber includes an opening through which the consumable is inserted and a holding unit that holds the consumable. The holding unit includes a first pressing unit which presses a part of the consumable. The consumable includes a first portion having a first hardness and a second portion having a second hardness, in which the second portion is a different portion from the first portion in the insertion direction of the consumable. When the consumable is positioned at the desired position in the chamber, the consumable is positioned such that at least a part of the first portion is pressed against the first pressing unit, while at the same time, at least a part of the second portion is pressed against the first pressing unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2023
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2024
    Assignee: JAPAN TOBACCO INC.
    Inventors: Manabu Yamada, Yasunobu Inoue, Tateki Sumii
  • Patent number: 11944126
    Abstract: An inhalation component generation device includes a load configured to vaporize or atomize an inhalation component source with electric power from a power supply, and a control unit configured to be capable of acquiring a voltage value of the power supply. The control unit is configured to be capable of estimating or detecting at least one of degradation and failure of the power supply based on a time period required for the voltage value of the power supply to reach an upper limit from a lower limit of a predetermined voltage range during charging of the power supply.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2024
    Assignee: JAPAN TOBACCO INC.
    Inventors: Takeshi Akao, Hajime Fujita, Manabu Yamada
  • Publication number: 20240103400
    Abstract: Provided is a developer replenishing container including: a developer containing part capable of containing a developer; a discharge port through which the developer contained in the developer containing part is discharged; a conveyance part conveying the developer in the developer containing part by rotating; and a displacement part displaceable in conjunction with rotation of the conveyance part in the developer in a vicinity of the discharge port, and including a moving member capable of reciprocating in conjunction with the rotation of the conveyance part and a biasing member which biases the moving member and which is expandable according to movement of the moving member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 3, 2023
    Publication date: March 28, 2024
    Inventors: Nobuyuki Yomoda, Yusuke Yamada, Ayatomo Okino, Manabu Jimba, Akihito Kamura
  • Publication number: 20240090575
    Abstract: This aerosol generation system including an elongated heat generation unit that, when energized, generates heat to heat an aerosol generating substrate from the inside thereof; and a pair of metal plates disposed to respectively cover the facing surfaces of the heating unit along the elongated shape. The electrical resistance value of the heating unit in the direction in which the pair of metal plates faces each other is 100 to 1400 times the electrical resistance value of each of the pair of metal plates in the longitudinal direction of the elongated shape.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 24, 2023
    Publication date: March 21, 2024
    Applicant: JAPAN TOBACCO INC.
    Inventors: Manabu YAMADA, Yasunobu INOUE
  • Publication number: 20240081408
    Abstract: An aerosol generation system that generates aerosol by heating an aerosol generation product containing an aerosol source, and comprises: an accommodation part that has an internal space and an opening through which the internal space communicates with the outside, and that accommodates the aerosol generation product inserted into the internal space though the opening; a first electrically-insulating part, which is an electrically-insulating film-like member disposed outward of the accommodation part; an electrical resistance part that is disposed outward of the first electrically-insulating part and generates heat when energized; and a heat radiation suppressing part that is disposed further outward than the electrical resistance part and suppresses heat radiation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 22, 2023
    Publication date: March 14, 2024
    Applicant: JAPAN TOBACCO INC.
    Inventors: Manabu YAMADA, Yasunobu INOUE
  • Publication number: 20240081409
    Abstract: This aerosol generation system including a heating unit for heating an aerosol generation component, and an electric power supply unit for supplying electric power to the heating unit. The heating unit has a ceramic part, an electricity-resistant part that is disposed inside the ceramic part and that generates heat due to the electric power supplied from the electric power supply unit, and a metal electrode that is disposed in close contact with the vicinity of the ceramic part and that electrically connects the electricity-resistant part and the electric power supply unit. The heating unit is inserted into the aerosol generation component.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 24, 2023
    Publication date: March 14, 2024
    Applicant: JAPAN TOBACCO INC.
    Inventors: Manabu YAMADA, Yasunobu INOUE
  • Patent number: 11925750
    Abstract: An inhalation device that makes it possible to reduce the possibility of a user neglecting to replenish the remaining amounts of elements required for inhalation of aerosol or aerosol imparted with flavor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2024
    Assignee: JAPAN TOBACCO INC.
    Inventors: Manabu Yamada, Manabu Takeuchi, Hirofumi Matsumoto
  • Patent number: 11925211
    Abstract: A smoking system includes a consumable containing a smokable substance and a device that includes a chamber receiving the consumable and heats and atomizes the smokable substance of the consumable received in the chamber. The chamber includes an opening through which the consumable is inserted and a holding unit that holds the consumable. The holding unit includes a first pressing unit which presses a part of the consumable. The consumable includes a first portion having a first hardness and a second portion having a second hardness, in which the second portion is a different portion from the first portion in the insertion direction of the consumable. When the consumable is positioned at the desired position in the chamber, the consumable is positioned such that at least a part of the first portion is pressed against the first pressing unit, while at the same time, at least a part of the second portion is pressed against the first pressing unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2023
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2024
    Assignee: JAPAN TOBACCO INC.
    Inventors: Manabu Yamada, Yasunobu Inoue, Tateki Sumii
  • Publication number: 20240074483
    Abstract: Provided is a tobacco sheet for non-combustion heating type flavor inhalers, which has high bulkiness. The tobacco sheet for non-combustion heating type flavor inhalers contains a tobacco raw material, in which the cross-sectional surface of the tobacco sheet when observed in the direction of thickness of the tobacco sheet has a corrugated shape.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 24, 2023
    Publication date: March 7, 2024
    Applicant: JAPAN TOBACCO INC.
    Inventors: Akihiro KOIDE, Kimitaka UCHII, Manabu YAMADA, Hiroshi SHIBUICHI, Tetsuya MOTODAMARI, Toru SAKURAI
  • Publication number: 20240074510
    Abstract: An inhaler device configured to consume an accumulated capacity to contribute to generation of aerosol or aerosol imparted with flavor, a sensor configured to detect a predefined variable, an interface configured to make a notification to an inhaler of the aerosol, and a controller configured to cause the interface to function in a first mode when a detected or estimated capacity is smaller than a threshold and the variable satisfies a predefined condition for requesting the generation of the aerosol.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 9, 2020
    Publication date: March 7, 2024
    Applicant: JAPAN TOBACCO INC.
    Inventors: Manabu YAMADA, Manabu TAKEUCHI, Hirofumi MATSUMOTO
  • Publication number: 20240074482
    Abstract: Provided is a tobacco sheet having high swelling property for a non-combustion heating type flavor inhaler. The tobacco sheet for a non-combustion heating type flavor inhaler includes tobacco powder having a cumulative 90% particle size (D90) of 200 ?m or more in a volume-based particle size distribution measured by a dry laser diffraction method.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 24, 2023
    Publication date: March 7, 2024
    Applicant: Japan Tobacco Inc.
    Inventors: Akihiro KOIDE, Kimitaka UCHII, Takahiro MATSUDA, Ayaka HASHIMOTO, Manabu YAMADA, Hiroshi SHIBUICHI, Tetsuya MOTODAMARI, Toru SAKURAI
  • Publication number: 20240074495
    Abstract: A power supply unit for an aerosol generating device, includes a power supply, a heater connector connected to a heater configured to heat an aerosol source by consuming power supplied from the power supply, a case which constitutes a surface of the power supply unit, and a sensor which is disposed in the vicinity of the case and is configured to output a value related to a temperature of the case. Protection control for prohibiting one or both of charging of the power supply and discharging from the power supply to the heater is executed based on an output value of the sensor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 5, 2023
    Publication date: March 7, 2024
    Applicant: Japan Tobacco Inc.
    Inventors: Manabu YAMADA, Tatsunari AOYAMA, Hiroshi KAWANAGO, Hiroki NAKAAE, Toru NAGAHAMA, Yuki NISHIMURA, Takashi FUJIKI, Yuki MASUDA, Ryo YOSHIDA
  • Patent number: 11924554
    Abstract: An imaging system (100) includes an imaging unit (140) configured to capture an image of a target object while the imaging unit (140) being mounted on a movable apparatus (500); and an exposure condition determination unit (161) configured to determine any one of a fixed exposure condition and an automatic exposure (AE) condition, as an exposure condition, based on a distance detected between the movable apparatus (500) and the target object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2024
    Assignee: RICOH COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventors: Manabu Yamada, Yuji Yamanaka, Taro Kikuchi, Keito Sawada, Shusaku Takasu
  • Publication number: 20240065328
    Abstract: An aerosol generation system including a power supply unit that supplies power, and a heating unit that heats a base material containing an aerosol source. The heating unit is inserted in the base material and includes an electrical resistor that generates heat by using the power supplied from the power supply unit, a rigid body, and an electrical insulator disposed between the electrical resistor and the rigid body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 19, 2023
    Publication date: February 29, 2024
    Applicant: JAPAN TOBACCO INC.
    Inventors: Manabu YAMADA, Yasunobu INOUE
  • Publication number: 20240065327
    Abstract: This aerosol generation system is provided with a power supply unit for supplying electric power; a heating unit for heating a substrate containing an aerosol source; and a holding unit for holding the heating unit. The heating unit is inserted into the substrate and comprises: an electric resistor that generates heat using electric power supplied from the power supply unit; a rigid body; and an electric insulator disposed between the electric resistor and the rigid body. The rigid body has a first portion extending in a first direction in which the substrate is inserted or removed and a second portion extending in a second direction different from the first direction. The holding unit holds the second portion of the rigid body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 19, 2023
    Publication date: February 29, 2024
    Applicant: JAPAN TOBACCO INC.
    Inventors: Manabu YAMADA, Yasunobu INOUE
  • Publication number: 20240069513
    Abstract: Appropriately generate or update algorithms for a water circulation management system. In a filter management server having a processor for managing the water circulation management system equipped with various sensors including a treated water sensor and a drainage water sensor, for treating drainage water using one or more filters, the processor acquires, using the various sensors, predetermined information necessary for analysis of each of performance of the filters and status of use by a user of a water utilization unit. The processor generates, by analyzing the predetermined information and based on information from the various sensors, information related to timing of replacement of the one or more filters, and user use information including use status of a water utilization unit by the user and water use information including water pollution degree. The processor executes control to notify the user of the water use information and the user use information.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 25, 2023
    Publication date: February 29, 2024
    Applicant: WOTA CORP.
    Inventors: Riki KITAGAWA, Shohei OKUDERA, Manabu NISHIO, Ryo YAMADA
  • Publication number: 20240065329
    Abstract: Provided is an aerosol generation system capable of controlling the temperature distribution in a substrate to be heated. This aerosol generation system comprises: an elongated heat generation unit that, when energized, generates heat to heat an aerosol generating substrate from the inside thereof; and a pair of metal plates disposed to respectively cover the facing surfaces of the heat generation unit along the elongated shape. The heat generation unit includes at least two regions having different heat quantities.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 23, 2023
    Publication date: February 29, 2024
    Applicant: JAPAN TOBACCO INC.
    Inventors: Manabu YAMADA, Yasunobu INOUE
  • Publication number: 20240065319
    Abstract: A placement portion for an article to be accommodated is disposed in a housing, and the article to be accommodated is accommodated thereon even in a case where a dividing surface of the housing is caused to have a deviation from a plane at which the largest opening can be secured.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 24, 2023
    Publication date: February 29, 2024
    Applicant: Japan Tobacco Inc.
    Inventors: Yuki MASUDA, Manabu Yamada
  • Publication number: 20240049768
    Abstract: Provided is a tobacco sheet for non-combustion heating type flavor inhalers, which has high bulkiness. The tobacco sheet for non-combustion heating type flavor inhalers contains a fibrous material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 24, 2023
    Publication date: February 15, 2024
    Applicant: Japan Tobacco Inc.
    Inventors: Akihiro KOIDE, Kimitaka UCHII, Takahiro MATSUDA, Ayaka HASHIMOTO, Manabu YAMADA, Hiroshi SHIBUICHI, Tetsuya MOTODAMARI, Toru SAKURAI
  • Publication number: 20240049772
    Abstract: Provided is a non-combustion-heating flavor inhalation article that achieves a uniform balance of each component supplied to a user from the beginning to the end of use. The non-combustion-heating flavor inhalation article includes an aerosol producing rod and a mouthpiece segment. The aerosol producing rod includes a first segment including an aerosol producing base material and a second segment including a flavor component. The mouthpiece segment includes a cooling segment and a filter segment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 24, 2023
    Publication date: February 15, 2024
    Applicant: Japan Tobacco Inc.
    Inventors: Manabu YAMADA, Hiroshi SHIBUICHI