Patents by Inventor Masahiro Kawanishi

Masahiro Kawanishi 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: 11036173
    Abstract: An image reading device includes a reading main unit including a document platen capable of being loaded with a document, a document cover configured to press the document against the document platen, and a hinge mechanism configured to move between a first position and a second position with respect to the reading main unit, wherein the reading main unit includes a first abutment portion capable of abutting the document cover, and wherein an open angle of the document cover with respect to the document platen is regulated to a first angle by abutment between the document cover and the first abutment portion when the hinge mechanism is in the first position, and the open angle is regulated to a second angle larger than the first angle by a regulation portion provided in the hinge mechanism when the hinge mechanism is in the second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2021
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Masahiro Kawanishi, Kazuyuki Morinaga
  • Publication number: 20210039903
    Abstract: It is aimed to downsize of the entire apparatus without setting the swing angle of a swing member to be unnecessarily large. A pickup roller, which is for feeding a document disposed on a feeding tray, is supported by a pickup arm that is swingable about a rotation shaft. Depending on the rotational direction of the rotation axis, the pickup arm swings between the first position, in which the pickup roller is in contact with the document on the feeding tray, and the second position, in which the pickup roller is above and not in contact with the feeding tray. An arm member is rotated by rotation of the rotation axis after the pickup arm swings to the second position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 24, 2020
    Publication date: February 11, 2021
    Inventors: Yuya Yasuda, Masahiro Kawanishi
  • Patent number: 10427412
    Abstract: An object is to provide a liquid ejecting apparatus that enables a liquid storage container to be properly and easily refilled with a liquid from a liquid refilling container without causing color mixture in the liquid storage container. The liquid ejecting apparatus includes liquid storage containers each configured to feed the liquid to a liquid ejecting portion and liquid refilling containers each configured to refill the liquid storage container with the liquid. A first fitting unit is provided around a liquid injection port in each of the liquid storage containers. A second fitting unit is provided around a liquid pour-out port in each of the liquid refilling containers. The second fitting unit is fitted to the first fitting unit to enable the liquid to be delivered from the liquid pour-out port to the liquid injection port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Kyoshiro Okude, Masateru Komori, Masato Koshimizu, Tsuyoshi Saeki, Yukimichi Kimura, Masahiro Kawanishi, Masaaki Matsuura, Katsuyuki Yokoi, Akira Shiba, Ryo Shimamura, Kazuya Yoshii, Norihiro Ikebe, Takeho Miyashita, Tomoki Yamamuro, Atsushi Arai, Masatoshi Ohira, Tatsuaki Orihara, Hirofumi Okuhara, Kazumasa Matsushita, Misato Furuya
  • Publication number: 20190265629
    Abstract: An image reading device includes a reading main unit including a document platen capable of being loaded with a document, a document cover configured to press the document against the document platen, and a hinge mechanism configured to move between a first position and a second position with respect to the reading main unit, wherein the reading main unit includes a first abutment portion capable of abutting the document cover, and wherein an open angle of the document cover with respect to the document platen is regulated to a first angle by abutment between the document cover and the first abutment portion when the hinge mechanism is in the first position, and the open angle is regulated to a second angle larger than the first angle by a regulation portion provided in the hinge mechanism when the hinge mechanism is in the second position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 25, 2019
    Publication date: August 29, 2019
    Inventors: Masahiro Kawanishi, Kazuyuki Morinaga
  • Patent number: 10214032
    Abstract: Provided is a printing apparatus enabling a user to easily perform jam processing. The printing apparatus includes a printing unit, a cassette in which a plurality of sheets to be printed by the printing unit are mounted, and which is capable of being drawn out from the device by a user, a roller pair which is capable of being in an abutting state and a separate state and transports the sheet supplied from the cassette by interposing the sheet, in the abutting state, and a mechanism which changes the roller pair from the abutting state to the separate state as the cassette is drawn out.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Masaaki Matsuura, Katsuyuki Yokoi, Masateru Komori, Masato Koshimizu, Tsuyoshi Saeki, Kyoshiro Okude, Yukimichi Kimura, Masahiro Kawanishi
  • Patent number: 10160612
    Abstract: Provided is a sheet conveying apparatus that includes a conveying unit capable of changing its posture through rotation, and forms a sheet conveyance path capable of conveying a sheet without fail regardless of which posture the conveying unit is in. A first conveying unit is capable of being in a first posture and in a second posture by rotating from the first posture. In a case where the first conveying unit is in the first posture, a sheet conveyance path is formed in which the first conveyance path, the second conveyance path, and the third conveyance path are connected in this order. In a case where the first conveying unit is in the second posture, a sheet conveyance path is formed in which the first conveyance path and the third conveyance path are connected in this order.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Masahiro Kawanishi, Kazuyuki Morinaga, Kuniaki Sato, Makoto Takemura
  • Publication number: 20180009613
    Abstract: Provided is a sheet conveying apparatus that includes a conveying unit capable of changing its posture through rotation, and forms a sheet conveyance path capable of conveying a sheet without fail regardless of which posture the conveying unit is in. A first conveying unit is capable of being in a first posture and in a second posture by rotating from the first posture. In a case where the first conveying unit is in the first posture, a sheet conveyance path is formed in which the first conveyance path, the second conveyance path, and the third conveyance path are connected in this order. In a case where the first conveying unit is in the second posture, a sheet conveyance path is formed in which the first conveyance path and the third conveyance path are connected in this order.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 23, 2017
    Publication date: January 11, 2018
    Inventors: Masahiro Kawanishi, Kazuyuki Morinaga, Kuniaki Sato, Makoto Takemura
  • Publication number: 20170361631
    Abstract: Provided is a printing apparatus enabling a user to easily perform jam processing. The printing apparatus includes a printing unit, a cassette in which a plurality of sheets to be printed by the printing unit are mounted, and which is capable of being drawn out from the device by a user, a roller pair which is capable of being in an abutting state and a separate state and transports the sheet supplied from the cassette by interposing the sheet, in the abutting state, and a mechanism which changes the roller pair from the abutting state to the separate state as the cassette is drawn out.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 2, 2017
    Publication date: December 21, 2017
    Inventors: Masaaki Matsuura, Katsuyuki Yokoi, Masateru Komori, Masato Koshimizu, Tsuyoshi Saeki, Kyoshiro Okude, Yukimichi Kimura, Masahiro Kawanishi
  • Publication number: 20170326882
    Abstract: An object is to provide a liquid ejecting apparatus that enables a liquid storage container to be properly and easily refilled with a liquid from a liquid refilling container without causing color mixture in the liquid storage container. The liquid ejecting apparatus includes liquid storage containers each configured to feed the liquid to a liquid ejecting portion and liquid refilling containers each configured to refill the liquid storage container with the liquid. A first fitting unit is provided around a liquid injection port in each of the liquid storage containers. A second fitting unit is provided around a liquid pour-out port in each of the liquid refilling containers. The second fitting unit is fitted to the first fitting unit to enable the liquid to be delivered from the liquid pour-out port to the liquid injection port.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 9, 2017
    Publication date: November 16, 2017
    Inventors: Kyoshiro Okude, Masateru Komori, Masato Koshimizu, Tsuyoshi Saeki, Yukimichi Kimura, Masahiro Kawanishi, Masaaki Matsuura, Katsuyuki Yokoi, Akira Shiba, Ryo Shimamura, Kazuya Yoshii, Norihiro Ikebe, Takeho Miyashita, Tomoki Yamamuro, Atsushi Arai, Masatoshi Ohira, Tatsuaki Orihara, Hirofumi Okuhara, Kazumasa Matsushita, Misato Furuya
  • Patent number: 9670026
    Abstract: A reading apparatus includes a reading unit configured to read a document, a feeding tray on which the document to be read by the reading unit is stacked, a feeding roller that feeds the document from the feeding tray to a position where the document is read by the reading unit, a feeding pressure plate that presses the document against the feeding roller so that the document is pinched between the feeding roller and the feeding pressure plate, and a discharge roller that discharges the document read by the reading unit to underneath the feeding pressure plate, wherein a position of the discharge roller moves depending on a number of documents pinched between the feeding roller and the feeding pressure plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Hikaru Watanabe, Masahiro Kawanishi, Takashi Awai, Toshihide Wada, Makoto Takemura, Haruo Ishizuka
  • Patent number: 9538032
    Abstract: A simple configuration is used to reduce an impact applied to a reading sensor when the open/close unit is opened/closed. A back face CIS unit is retained to be movable with regard to a pressure plate so that the back face CIS unit can have a corrected posture when the pressure plate is closed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Haruo Ishizuka, Masahiro Kawanishi, Kuniaki Sato, Toshihide Wada, Kazuyuki Morinaga, Makoto Takemura
  • Publication number: 20160257517
    Abstract: A reading apparatus includes a reading unit configured to read a document, a feeding tray on which the document to be read by the reading unit is stacked, a feeding roller that feeds the document from the feeding tray to a position where the document is read by the reading unit, a feeding pressure plate that presses the document against the feeding roller so that the document is pinched between the feeding roller and the feeding pressure plate, and a discharge roller that discharges the document read by the reading unit to underneath the feeding pressure plate, wherein a position of the discharge roller moves depending on a number of documents pinched between the feeding roller and the feeding pressure plate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 29, 2016
    Publication date: September 8, 2016
    Inventors: Hikaru Watanabe, Masahiro Kawanishi, Takashi Awai, Toshihide Wada, Makoto Takemura, Haruo Ishizuka
  • Patent number: 9369598
    Abstract: A reading apparatus includes an auto document feeder configured to be openable and closable around a hinge with respect to a unit including an image sensor. The auto document feeder includes a roller configured to move a document relative to the image sensor, a motor, a gear train configured to transmit a rotation of a rotational shaft of the motor to the roller, and an encoder unit configured to detect rotation information of the motor, and including a sensor and a code wheel. An orientation of the rotational shaft is substantially parallel to a rotational axis of the hinge, and the gear train is arrayed in a direction of an extension of the rotational shaft. A gear that is a part of the gear train is attached to one end of the rotational shaft, and the code wheel is attached to the other end thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2016
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Akihiro Tomoda, Masahiro Kawanishi, Takashi Awai, Tadashi Hanabusa, Haruo Ishizuka
  • Patent number: 9325875
    Abstract: A reading control apparatus that causes a reading apparatus including a light source and a sensor configured to receive light reflected by an original, to read the original, executes control for changing the irradiation angle of the light source with respect to the original. The control is executed to change the irradiation angle for one light source. Read images of the original corresponding to respective changed irradiation angles are acquired based on reflected beams that correspond to the respective irradiation angles and have been received by the sensor. The region of a correction target on the original is detected based on the acquired read images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2016
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Masahiro Kawanishi
  • Publication number: 20160057300
    Abstract: A simple configuration is used to reduce an impact applied to a reading sensor when the open/close unit is opened/closed. A back face CIS unit is retained to be movable with regard to a pressure plate so that the back face CIS unit can have a corrected posture when the pressure plate is closed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 6, 2015
    Publication date: February 25, 2016
    Inventors: Haruo Ishizuka, Masahiro Kawanishi, Kuniaki Sato, Toshihide Wada, Kazuyuki Morinaga, Makoto Takemura
  • Publication number: 20150264214
    Abstract: A reading control apparatus that causes a reading apparatus including a light source and a sensor configured to receive light reflected by an original, to read the original, executes control for changing the irradiation angle of the light source with respect to the original. The control is executed to change the irradiation angle for one light source. Read images of the original corresponding to respective changed irradiation angles are acquired based on reflected beams that correspond to the respective irradiation angles and have been received by the sensor. The region of a correction target on the original is detected based on the acquired read images.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 4, 2015
    Publication date: September 17, 2015
    Inventor: Masahiro Kawanishi
  • Patent number: 9132670
    Abstract: Provided are an image scanning device that can prevent a rise in the temperature and overloading or overheating of a conveying motor during continuous conveying of document sheets, and a conveying device that includes the image scanning device. According to the present invention, the temperature of a drive motor and the temperature of the periphery of the drive motor are predicted, and based on the predicted values, the conveying mode is selected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2015
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Haruo Ishizuka, Masahiro Kawanishi, Takashi Awai, Tadashi Hanabusa, Akihiro Tomoda
  • Patent number: 9124747
    Abstract: An image reading device includes: a sensor unit; a first reading part at which the sensor unit reads a document through a first transparent member; a second reading part at which the sensor unit reads a document through a second transparent member different from the first transparent member; and a color reference, wherein measurement of the color reference is able to be performed through the first transparent member by the sensor unit for calibration for reading at the first reading part, and measurement of the color reference is able to be performed through the second transparent member by the sensor unit for calibration for reading at the second reading part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2015
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Masahiro Kawanishi, Hikaru Watanabe, Haruo Ishizuka, Takashi Awai, Toshihide Wada, Makoto Takemura
  • Publication number: 20150055198
    Abstract: An image reading device includes: a sensor unit; a first reading part at which the sensor unit reads a document through a first transparent member; a second reading part at which the sensor unit reads a document through a second transparent member different from the first transparent member; and a color reference, wherein measurement of the color reference is able to be performed through the first transparent member by the sensor unit for calibration for reading at the first reading part, and measurement of the color reference is able to be performed through the second transparent member by the sensor unit for calibration for reading at the second reading part.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 23, 2014
    Publication date: February 26, 2015
    Inventors: Masahiro Kawanishi, Hikaru Watanabe, Haruo Ishizuka, Takashi Awai, Toshihide Wada, Makoto Takemura
  • Patent number: 8964197
    Abstract: A reading apparatus includes an image sensor, a movement mechanism including a motor that relatively moves between a document and the image sensor, an encoder that detects information about the relative movement, and a control unit that controls driving of the motor and reading by the image sensor based on the detection by the encoder, wherein when a read-suspension event occurs during the reading, the control unit performs control such that the reading is continued while decelerating the motor, a relative position of a last read pixel with respect to a read position by the image sensor is monitored based on the detection by the encoder, and the driving of the motor is stopped when the read position is determined to reach a stop position set within the last read pixel, and the motor is driven again to resume the reading with a pixel next to the last read pixel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Masahiro Kawanishi, Takashi Awai, Tadashi Hanabusa, Akihiro Tomoda, Haruo Ishizuka