Patents by Inventor Masahiro Hirano

Masahiro Hirano 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).

  • Publication number: 20130291750
    Abstract: This invention discloses a registration method for a printing press. The method includes the steps of storing the conditions of a sheet, and the position of at least one of a plurality of plate cylinders at the time of final printing in a storage unit in association with each other. The plurality of plate cylinders are configured to print images of different colors. The method also includes the steps of, in printing on a sheet to be printed, searching the information stored in the storage unit for a sheet with conditions, at least some of which are common to those of the sheet to be printed, and moving at least one plate cylinder to the position associated with the found conditions of the sheet. A registration apparatus for a printing press is also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 1, 2013
    Publication date: November 7, 2013
    Applicant: KOMORI CORPORATION
    Inventor: Masahiro Hirano
  • Publication number: 20130131966
    Abstract: An internal combustion engine (2) of a vehicle (1A, 1B) is automatically stopped when a first automatic stopping condition is established while the vehicle is stationary or a second automatic stopping condition is established while the vehicle travels. The first automatic stopping condition requires a road gradient equal to or smaller than a first gradient threshold, and the second automatic stopping condition requires the road gradient equal to or smaller than a second gradient threshold. By setting the second gradient threshold at a smaller value than the first gradient threshold, a feeling of unease experienced by a driver when the engine is stopped on a slope is reduced.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 22, 2011
    Publication date: May 23, 2013
    Inventor: Masahiro Hirano
  • Publication number: 20130124072
    Abstract: When a first automatic stopping condition is established while a vehicle (1A, 1B) is stationary or a second automatic stopping condition is established during travel, an internal combustion engine (2) of the vehicle is automatically stopped. The first automatic stopping condition is established when a battery voltage or a battery state of charge of a battery (21) equals or exceeds a first threshold, and the second automatic stopping condition is established when the battery voltage or the battery state of charge of the battery (21) equals or exceeds a second threshold. By setting the second threshold to be greater than the first threshold, opportunities for automatically stopping the internal combustion engine (2) are secured while satisfying a power requirement of an electrical load (26, 27) during restarting of the internal combustion engine (2).
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 21, 2011
    Publication date: May 16, 2013
    Inventor: Masahiro Hirano
  • Patent number: 8435473
    Abstract: Disclosed is a superconducting compound which has a structure obtained by partially substituting oxygen ions of a compound, which is represented by the following chemical formula; LnTMOPh [wherein Ln represents at least one element selected from Y and rare earth metal elements (La, Ce, Pr, Nd, Sm, Eu, Gd, Tb, Dy, Ho, Er, Tm, Yb and Lu), TM represents at least one element selected from transition metal elements (Fe, Ru, Os, Ni, Pd and Pt), and Pn represents at least one element selected from pnictide elements (N, P, As and Sb)] and has a ZrCuSiAs-type crystal structure (space group P4/nmm), with at least one kind of monovalent anion (F?, Cl? or Br?). The superconducting compound alternatively has a structure obtained by partially substituting Ln ions of the compound with at least one kind of tetravalent metal ion (Ti4+, Zr4+, Hf4+, C4+, Si4+, Ge4+, Sn4+ or Pb4+) or a structure obtained by partially substituting Ln ions of the compound with at least one kind of divalent metal ion (Mg2+, Ca2+, Sr2+ or Ba2+).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2013
    Assignee: Japan Science and Technology Agency
    Inventors: Hideo Hosono, Yoichi Kamihara, Masahiro Hirano, Toshio Kamiya, Hiroshi Yanagi
  • Patent number: 8420236
    Abstract: A magnetic semiconductor material contains at least one type of transition metals (Mn2+, Fe3+, Ru3+, Re2+, and Os3+) having five electrons in the d atomic orbital as a magnetic ion, in which the magnetic semiconductor material exhibits n-type electrical conduction by injection of an electron carrier and p-type electric conduction by injection of a hole carrier. A specific example is a layered oxy-pnictide compound represented by LnMnOPn (wherein Ln is at least one type selected from Y and rare earth elements of La, Ce, Pr, Nd, Sm, Eu, Gd, Tb, Dy, Ho, Er, Tm, Yb, and Lu, and Pn is at least one selected from pnicogen elements of N, P, As, Bi, and Sb). A high-sensitivity magnetic sensor, current sensor, or memory device can be made by using a magnetic pn homojunction structure made of thin films composed of the magnetic semiconductor material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2013
    Assignee: Japan Science and Technology Agency
    Inventors: Hideo Hosono, Masahiro Hirano, Hidenori Hiramatsu, Toshio Kamiya, Hiroshi Yanagi, Eiji Motomitsu
  • Publication number: 20130061769
    Abstract: An ink film thickness distribution forming method in an ink supply apparatus including an ink fountain. A plurality of ink fountain keys are arranged in the ink fountain. Ink is supplied to an ink fountain roller in accordance with the opening ratios of the plurality of ink fountain keys. Ink is transferred to an ink ductor roller from the ink fountain roller. Ink from the ink doctor roller is transferred to an ink roller group including at least one ink form roller. A throw-off operation of the ink form roller positioned at an end of the ink roller group is performed after the end of a print job. The ink roller group is divided into a plurality of roller subgroups after the end of the print job. The ink in at least one of roller subgroups is removed. An ink film thickness distribution forming apparatus is also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 30, 2012
    Publication date: March 14, 2013
    Inventors: Masahiro HIRANO, Hiromichi Totsuka
  • Publication number: 20130061768
    Abstract: An ink film thickness distribution correction method in an ink supply apparatus including an ink fountain storing an ink, a plurality of ink fountain keys, an ink fountain roller to which the ink is supplied from the ink fountain, an ink ductor roller to which the ink is transferred from the ink fountain roller, and an ink roller group including at least one ink form roller to which the ink transferred to the ink ductor roller is supplied. A throw-off operation of the ink form roller positioned at the end of the ink roller group is performed during test printing or final printing. An ink film thickness distribution correction apparatus is also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 30, 2012
    Publication date: March 14, 2013
    Inventors: Masahiro Hirano, Hiromichi Totsuka
  • Patent number: 8288321
    Abstract: Provides a new non-oxide system compound material superconductor as an alternative of the perovskite type copper oxides superconductor. Layered compounds which are represented by chemical formula AF(TM)Pn (wherein, A is at least one selected from a group consisting of the second family elements in the long form periodic table, F is a fluorine ion, TM is at least one selected from a group of transition metal elements consisting of Fe, Ru, Os, Ni, Pd, and Pt, and Pn is at least one selected from a group consisting of the fifteenth family elements in the long form periodic table), having a crystal structure of ZrCuSiAs type (space group P4/nmm) and which become superconductors by doping trivalent cations or divalent anions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2012
    Assignee: Japan Science and Technology Agency
    Inventors: Hideo Hosono, Hiroshi Yanagi, Toshio Kamiya, Satoru Matsuishi, Sungwng Kim, Seok Gyu Yoon, Hidenori Hiramatsu, Masahiro Hirano, Takatoshi Nomura, Yoichi Kamihara
  • Patent number: 8251035
    Abstract: An engine control apparatus is provided that controls an engine which is restarted using an AC motor. The engine control apparatus comprises an engine rotational direction determining section, a restart command determining section and an engine restart prohibiting section. The engine rotational direction determining section is configured to determine a rotational direction of the engine. The restart command determining section is configured to determine if a restart command occurred while a rotational speed of the engine is decreasing due to an idle stop command. The engine restart prohibiting section is configured to selectively prohibit the engine from being restarted by the AC motor in response to the restart command upon determining the engine is rotating backward.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2012
    Assignee: Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Masahiro Hirano, Yasushi Takeda
  • Patent number: 8201903
    Abstract: An ink supply amount adjustment method for a printing press includes steps of measuring the density value of each density measurement patch printed in a range corresponding to each ink fountain key on a printed printing sheet, obtaining the opening ratio of each ink fountain key in preliminary ink feeding, based on the difference between the measured density value of a patch and a preset reference density value, and the current opening ratio of each ink fountain key or image data in the range corresponding to each ink fountain key, and performing the ink feed operation of an ink ductor roller while printing is suspended, after setting the opening ratio of each ink fountain key to the obtained opening ratio in preliminary ink feeding. An ink supply amount adjustment apparatus for a printing press is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2012
    Assignee: Komori Corporation
    Inventor: Masahiro Hirano
  • Publication number: 20120012838
    Abstract: A switching element of LCDs or organic EL displays which uses a thin film transistor device, includes: a drain electrode, a source electrode, a channel layer contacting the drain electrode and the source electrode, wherein the channel layer comprises indium-gallium-zinc oxide having a transparent, amorphous state of a composition equivalent to InGaO3(ZnO)m (wherein m is a natural number less than 6) in a crystallized state, and the channel layer has a semi-insulating property represented by an electron mobility of more than 1 cm2/(V·sec) and an electron carrier concentration is less than 1018/cm3, a gate electrode, and a gate insulating film positioned between the gate electrode and the channel layer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 23, 2011
    Publication date: January 19, 2012
    Applicant: JAPAN SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY AGENCY
    Inventors: Hideo Hosono, Masahiro Hirano, Hiromichi Ota, Toshio Kamiya, Kenji Nomura
  • Publication number: 20110201162
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an amorphous oxide and a thin film transistor using the amorphous oxide. In particular, the present invention provides an amorphous oxide having an electron carrier concentration less than 1018/cm3, and a thin film transistor using such an amorphous oxide. In a thin film transistor having a source electrode 6, a drain electrode 5, a gate electrode 4, a gate insulating film 3, and a channel layer 2, an amorphous oxide having an electron carrier concentration less than 1018/cm3 is used in the channel layer 2.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 29, 2011
    Publication date: August 18, 2011
    Applicant: JAPAN SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY AGENCY
    Inventors: Hideo Hosono, Masahiro Hirano, Hiromichi Ota, Toshio Kamiya, Kenji Nomura
  • Publication number: 20110187940
    Abstract: A display apparatus includes: a main body comprising a display panel; a front panel surrounding the display panel and comprising a front face having a joining surface which is formed with a recess; and a decorative plate that is joined to the joining surface of the front panel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 11, 2010
    Publication date: August 4, 2011
    Inventor: Masahiro Hirano
  • Publication number: 20110155085
    Abstract: An engine control apparatus is provided that controls an engine which is restarted using an AC motor. The engine control apparatus comprises an engine rotational direction determining section, a restart command determining section and an engine restart prohibiting section. The engine rotational direction determining section is configured to determine a rotational direction of the engine. The restart command determining section is configured to determine if a restart command occurred while a rotational speed of the engine is decreasing due to an idle stop command. The engine restart prohibiting section is configured to selectively prohibit the engine from being restarted by the AC motor in response to the restart command upon determining the engine is rotating backward.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 29, 2010
    Publication date: June 30, 2011
    Applicant: NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Masahiro HIRANO, Yasushi TAKEDA
  • Publication number: 20110111965
    Abstract: Provides a new non-oxide system compound material superconductor as an alternative of the perovskite type copper oxides superconductor. Layered compounds which are represented by chemical formula AF(TM)Pn (wherein, A is at least one selected from a group consisting of the second family elements in the long form periodic table, F is a fluorine ion, TM is at least one selected from a group of transition metal elements consisting of Fe, Ru, Os, Ni, Pd, and Pt, and Pn is at least one selected from a group consisting of the fifteenth family elements in the long form periodic table), having a crystal structure of ZrCuSiAs type (space group P4/nmm) and which become superconductors by doping trivalent cations or divalent anions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 9, 2009
    Publication date: May 12, 2011
    Applicant: JAPAN SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY AGENCY
    Inventors: Hideo Hosono, Hiroshi Yanagi, Toshio Kamiya, Satoru Matsuishi, Sungwng Kim, Seok Gyu Yoon, Hidenori Hiramatsu, Masahiro Hirano, Takatoshi Nomura, Yoichi Kamihara
  • Publication number: 20110101352
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an amorphous oxide and a thin film transistor using the amorphous oxide. In particular, the present invention provides an amorphous oxide having an electron carrier concentration less than 1018/cm3, and a thin film transistor using such an amorphous oxide. In a thin film transistor having a source electrode 6, a drain electrode 5, a gate electrode 4, a gate insulating film 3, and a channel layer 2, an amorphous oxide having an electron carrier concentration less than 1018/cm3 is used in the channel layer 2.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 5, 2011
    Publication date: May 5, 2011
    Applicant: JAPAN SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY AGENCY
    Inventors: Hideo Hosono, Masahiro Hirano, Hiromichi Ota, Toshio Kamiya, Kenji Nomura
  • Publication number: 20110045985
    Abstract: A superconductor which comprises a new compound composition substituting for perovskite copper oxides. The superconductor is characterized by comprising a compound which is represented by the chemical formula A(TM)2Pn2 [wherein A is at least one member selected from the elements in Group 1, the elements in Group 2, or the elements in Group 3 (Sc, Y, and the rare-earth metal elements); TM is at least one member selected from the transition metal elements Fe, Ru, Os, Ni, Pd, or Pt; and Pn is at least one member selected from the elements in Group 15 (pnicogen elements)] and which has an infinite-layer crystal structure comprising (TM)Pn layers alternating with metal layers of the element (A).
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 20, 2009
    Publication date: February 24, 2011
    Applicant: JAPAN SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY AGENCY
    Inventors: Hideo Hosono, Hiroshi Yanagi, Toshio Kamiya, Satoru Matsuishi, Sungwng Kim, Seok Gyu Yoon, Hidenori Hiramatsu, Masahiro Hirano, Yoichi Kamihara, Takatoshi Nomura
  • Patent number: 7892458
    Abstract: In an electride C12A7 provided by replacing free oxygen in 12CaO.7Al2O3 with electrons, a material having metallic electroconductivity and an electric conductivity of more than 5×102 S/cm at room temperature could not have been produced without difficulties. An electride 12CaO.7Al2O3, which has metallic electroconductivity and has an electric conductivity of more than 5×102 S/cm at room temperature, can be produced by heat-treating titanium metal vapor and 12CaO.7Al2O3 single crystal, sinter, or thin film at a temperature above 600° C. and below 1,450° C. for less than 240 hours. Further, thermoelectric field electron release can also be realized using an electron release chip fabricated from the electride.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2011
    Assignee: Japan Science and Technology Agency
    Inventors: Hideo Hosono, Sungwng Kim, Katsurou Hayashi, Masashi Miyakawa, Satoru Matsuishi, Toshio Kamiya, Masahiro Hirano, Yoshitake Toda
  • Publication number: 20110032289
    Abstract: An ink supply amount adjustment method for a printing press includes steps of measuring the density value of each density measurement patch printed in a range corresponding to each ink fountain key on a printed printing sheet, obtaining the opening ratio of each ink fountain key in preliminary ink feeding, based on the difference between the measured density value of a patch and a preset reference density value, and the current opening ratio of each ink fountain key or image data in the range corresponding to each ink fountain key, and performing the ink feed operation of an ink ductor roller while printing is suspended, after setting the opening ratio of each ink fountain key to the obtained opening ratio in preliminary ink feeding. An ink supply amount adjustment apparatus for a printing press is also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 5, 2010
    Publication date: February 10, 2011
    Inventor: Masahiro Hirano
  • Patent number: 7867546
    Abstract: A non-fat or low-fat food and beverage product having low calories is provided. The product offers a flavor, body and fat's texture. The food and beverage product includes a fat-like texture substance containing inulin as a main ingredient and polyglutamic acid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2011
    Assignee: The Coca-Cola Company
    Inventors: Masahiro Hirano, Akifumi Tsuruta