Patents by Inventor Masahiro Uchida

Masahiro Uchida 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: 10355285
    Abstract: A membrane-electrode assembly including a catalyst layer that includes a catalyst-supporting carrier in which a catalyst is supported on a carrier made of an inorganic oxide, and a highly hydrophobic substance having a higher degree of hydrophobicity than the inorganic oxide, the catalyst layer being formed on at least one surface of a polymer electrolyte membrane. It is preferable that, in the membrane-electrode assembly, the degree of hydrophobicity of the highly hydrophobic substance is from 0.5 vol % to 45 vol % at 25° C., the degree of hydrophobicity being defined as a concentration of methanol (vol %) when a light transmittance of a dispersion obtained by dispersing the highly hydrophobic substance in a mixed solution of water and methanol reaches 80%.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignees: MITSUI MINING & SMELTING CO., LTD., UNIVERSITY OF YAMANASHI
    Inventors: Koji Taniguchi, Masahiro Watanabe, Makoto Uchida, Katsuyoshi Kakinuma
  • Patent number: 10333152
    Abstract: A fuel cell system and a method of operating the same is provided that is capable of reducing degradation of a cathode catalyst of a fuel cell. A fuel cell system is provided that includes a fuel cell having a catalyst used for an anode, wherein a carrier of the catalyst is composed of a material with a property where electric resistance in an oxygen containing atmosphere is greater than electric resistance in a hydrogen atmosphere; and a control device configured to control the fuel cell, when supply of fuel gas is stopped during stoppage of operation of the fuel cell, to consume all or part of the fuel gas in a fuel gas chamber, followed by introducing oxygen containing gas into the fuel gas chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: UNIVERSITY OF YAMANASHI
    Inventors: Makoto Uchida, Katsuyoshi Kakinuma, Masahiro Watanabe, Akihiro Iiyama
  • Publication number: 20190177813
    Abstract: A seamless steel pipe is provided that has a chemical composition which consists of, by mass %, C: 0.10 to 0.20%, Si: 0.05 to 1.0%, Mn: 0.05 to 1.2%, P?0.025%, S?0.005%, Cu?0.20%, N?0.007%, Ni: 0.20 to 0.50%, Cr: 0.30% or more and less than 0.50%, Mo: 0.30 to 0.50%, Nb: 0.01 to 0.05%, Al: 0.001 to 0.10%, B: 0.0005 to 0.0020%, Ti: 0.003 to 0.050%, V: 0.01 to 0.20%, a total of any one or more elements among Ca, Mg and REM: 0 to 0.025%, and the balance: Fe and impurities, and for which Pcm (=C+(Si/30)+(Mn/20)+(Cu/20)+(Ni/60)+(Cr/20)+(Mo/15)+(V/10)+5B)?0.30. The steel micro-structure includes, in area %, tempered martensite ?90%. The tensile strength is 980 MPa or more, and a Charpy impact value at ?40° C. using a 2 mm V-notch test specimen is 75 J/cm2 or more.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 28, 2017
    Publication date: June 13, 2019
    Inventors: Takeshi Miki, Yuji Arai, Yusuke Mihara, Yohsuke Uchida, Masahiro Yamazaki, Masayuki Yamamoto
  • Publication number: 20190086827
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes an image holding member, a charging device that charges a surface of the image holding member, an electrostatic charge image forming device that forms an electrostatic charge image on the charged surface of the image holding member, a developing device that has an electrostatic charge image developer containing an electrostatic charge image developing toner and that develops the electrostatic charge image to form a toner image on the surface of the image holding member, and a transfer device that transfers the toner image onto a recording medium, wherein the transfer device includes a belt member and a transfer member, the belt member has an outer surface that contacts the image holding member, and the belt member is winding around the image holding member and the transfer member; and the toner has a binder resin containing an amorphous polyester resin.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 2, 2018
    Publication date: March 21, 2019
    Applicant: FUJI XEROX CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Takafumi KOIDE, Masataka KURIBAYASHI, Yusuke FUKUDA, Katsuyuki KITAJIMA, Teppei YAWADA, Shota OSHIMA, Masahiro UCHIDA
  • Patent number: 10180650
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes an image holding member, a charging unit; an electrostatic image forming unit, a development unit, a transfer unit; a fixing unit, and a cleaning unit. A toner for electrostatic image development contains a binder resin containing an amorphous resin and a crystalline resin, and paraffin wax. The toner has a volume-average particle diameter of 6 ?m to 9 ?m, a shape factor SF1 of 140 or more, and a toluene insoluble content within a range of 25% to 40%. The melting temperature of the paraffin wax is 60° C. or more and 80° C. or less. The absolute value of difference between the melting temperature of the crystalline resin and the melting temperature of the paraffin is 10° C. or less.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: FUJI XEROX CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Masataka Kuribayashi, Masahiro Uchida, Takafumi Koide, Yusuke Fukuda, Katsuyuki Kitajima, Koji Funaba, Satomi Hara, Kana Yoshida
  • Patent number: 10175612
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes a transfer unit which includes a belt member having an outer peripheral surface which contacts an image holding member, and a transfer member, and the belt member is wound around both of the image holding member and the transfer member, wherein a toner to be used includes a binder resin containing an amorphous resin and a crystalline resin and has specific physical properties described in the specification, and paraffin wax having a melting temperature of 60° C. to 80° C., and an absolute value of a difference between the melting temperature of the crystalline resin and the melting temperature of the paraffin wax is 10° C. or less.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: FUJI XEROX CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Takafumi Koide, Masataka Kuribayashi, Masahiro Uchida, Yusuke Fukuda, Katsuyuki Kitajima, Koji Funaba, Kana Yoshida, Satomi Hara
  • Patent number: 10152008
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes an image holding member, a charging unit, an electrostatic charge image forming unit, a developing unit, a transfer unit, a fixing unit including a fixing belt, a pressurizing rotator that forms a nip by pressurizing an outer peripheral surface of the fixing belt, a sliding member that slides on an inner peripheral surface of the fixing belt in the nip, and a pressing member that presses the fixing belt in the direction of the pressurizing rotator, wherein a toner to be used includes a binder resin containing an amorphous resin and a crystalline resin and has specific physical properties described in the specification, and paraffin wax having a melting temperature of 60° C. to 80° C., and an absolute value of a difference between the melting temperature of the crystalline resin and the melting temperature of the paraffin wax is 10° C. or less.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: FUJI XEROX CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kana Yoshida, Masataka Kuribayashi, Masahiro Uchida, Takafumi Koide, Yusuke Fukuda, Katsuyuki Kitajima, Koji Funaba, Satomi Hara
  • Patent number: 10133221
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes a fixing unit including a fixing belt, a pressurizing rotator that forms a nip portion between the fixing belt and the pressurizing rotator by pressurizing an outer peripheral surface of the fixing belt, a first heating rotator that is provided so as to contact an inner peripheral surface of the fixing belt in the nip portion and heats the fixing belt, and a second heating unit that heats the fixing belt separately from the first heating rotator, wherein a toner to be used has physical properties described in the specification and includes an amorphous resin, a crystalline resin, and paraffin wax having a melting temperature of 60° C. to 80° C., and an absolute value of a difference in a melting temperature between the crystalline resin and the paraffin wax is 10° C. or less.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: FUJI XEROX CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Masahiro Uchida, Masataka Kuribayashi, Takafumi Koide, Yusuke Fukuda, Katsuyuki Kitajima, Satomi Hara, Kana Yoshida, Koji Funaba
  • Patent number: 10131504
    Abstract: A belt cleaner is provided which does not damage the belt surface during the scraping operation where tips on an arcuate scraper held in a holder are inclined and pushed against the belt surface with rotary shafts of the holder rotated by a resilient force. A scraper (20) is provided with a flat slope (29) extending in parallel with the belt surface from top edges of the tips (21) in the belt running direction (F), said flat slope (29) is made to contact with the belt surface in a manner of surface-contact connection when the tips are shifted up the posture from a vertical posture to an inclined posture, and a width (W) of said flat slope (29) in the belt running direction with respect to the thickness (t) of said tip (21) is formed under the condition of t<W.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: NIPPON TSUSHO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Masahiro Uchida, Nobuyoshi Fujisaki
  • Publication number: 20180282077
    Abstract: A belt cleaner is provided which does not damage the belt surface during the scraping operation where tips on an arcuate scraper held in a holder are inclined and pushed against the belt surface with rotary shafts of the holder rotated by a resilient force. A scraper (20) is provided with a flat slope (29) extending in parallel with the belt surface from top edges of the tips (21) in the belt running direction (F), said flat slope (29) is made to contact with the belt surface in a manner of surface-contact connection when the tips are shifted up the posture from a vertical posture to an inclined posture, and a width (W) of said flat slope (29) in the belt running direction with respect to the thickness (t) of said tip (21) is formed under the condition of t<W.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 19, 2017
    Publication date: October 4, 2018
    Applicant: Nippon Tsusho Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Masahiro Uchida, Nobuyoshi Fujisaki
  • Publication number: 20180275574
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes an image holding member, a charging unit, an electrostatic charge image forming unit, a developing unit, a transfer unit, a fixing unit including a fixing belt, a pressurizing rotator that forms a nip by pressurizing an outer peripheral surface of the fixing belt, a sliding member that slides on an inner peripheral surface of the fixing belt in the nip, and a pressing member that presses the fixing belt in the direction of the pressurizing rotator, wherein a toner to be used includes a binder resin containing an amorphous resin and a crystalline resin and has specific physical properties described in the specification, and paraffin wax having a melting temperature of 60° C. to 80° C., and an absolute value of a difference between the melting temperature of the crystalline resin and the melting temperature of the paraffin wax is 10° C. or less.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 9, 2018
    Publication date: September 27, 2018
    Applicant: FUJI XEROX CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kana YOSHIDA, Masataka KURIBAYASHI, Masahiro UCHIDA, Takafumi KOIDE, Yusuke FUKUDA, Katsuyuki KITAJIMA, Koji FUNABA, Satomi HARA
  • Publication number: 20180275594
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes an image holding member, a charging unit; an electrostatic image forming unit, a development unit, a transfer unit; a fixing unit, and a cleaning unit. A toner for electrostatic image development contains a binder resin containing an amorphous resin and a crystalline resin, and paraffin wax. The toner has a volume-average particle diameter of 6 ?m to 9 ?m, a shape factor SF1 of 140 or more, and a toluene insoluble content within a range of 25% to 40%. The melting temperature of the paraffin wax is 60° C. or more and 80° C. or less. The absolute value of difference between the melting temperature of the crystalline resin and the melting temperature of the paraffin is 10° C. or less.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 26, 2017
    Publication date: September 27, 2018
    Applicant: FUJI XEROX CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Masataka KURIBAYASHI, Masahiro UCHIDA, Takafumi KOIDE, Yusuke FUKUDA, Katsuyuki KITAJIMA, Koji FUNABA, Satomi HARA, Kana YOSHIDA
  • Publication number: 20180275568
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes a transfer unit which includes a belt member having an outer peripheral surface which contacts an image holding member, and a transfer member, and the belt member is wound around both of the image holding member and the transfer member, wherein a toner to be used includes a binder resin containing an amorphous resin and a crystalline resin and has specific physical properties described in the specification, and paraffin wax having a melting temperature of 60° C. to 80° C., and an absolute value of a difference between the melting temperature of the crystalline resin and the melting temperature of the paraffin wax is 10° C. or less.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 19, 2017
    Publication date: September 27, 2018
    Applicant: FUJI XEROX CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Takafumi KOIDE, Masataka KURIBAYASHI, Masahiro UCHIDA, Yusuke FUKUDA, Katsuyuki KITAJIMA, Koji FUNABA, Kana YOSHIDA, Satomi HARA
  • Publication number: 20180275575
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes a fixing unit including a fixing belt, a pressurizing rotator that forms a nip portion between the fixing belt and the pressurizing rotator by pressurizing an outer peripheral surface of the fixing belt, a first heating rotator that is provided so as to contact an inner peripheral surface of the fixing belt in the nip portion and heats the fixing belt, and a second heating unit that heats the fixing belt separately from the first heating rotator, wherein a toner to be used has physical properties described in the specification and includes an amorphous resin, a crystalline resin, and paraffin wax having a melting temperature of 60° C. to 80° C., and an absolute value of a difference in a melting temperature between the crystalline resin and the paraffin wax is 10° C. or less.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 13, 2018
    Publication date: September 27, 2018
    Applicant: FUJI XEROX CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Masahiro UCHIDA, Masataka KURIBAYASHI, Takafumi KOIDE, Yusuke FUKUDA, Katsuyuki KITAJIMA, Satomi HARA, Kana YOSHIDA, Koji FUNABA
  • Patent number: 10036980
    Abstract: A developing device includes a container that contains a developer containing a toner therein, a supply tank that is provided adjacent to the container and is supplied with the toner at a supply point within the supply tank, a transport member that is rotatably driven within the supply tank to transport the toner to the container, and an annular member, wherein the annular member has an inner diameter larger than a diameter of a rotatably-driven shaft in the transport member, the rotatably-driven shaft extends through the annular member, and the annular member is held in a partial section in a longitudinal direction of the rotatably-driven shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: FUJI XEROX CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Tatsuhiro Igarashi, Manabu Furuki, Masahiro Uchida, Makoto Kamisaki, Teppei Yawada, Jun Sekiya, Koji Funaba
  • Patent number: 9932145
    Abstract: A system and a method for automatically packaging item(s) are disclosed, as well as associated packages. The method includes generally four steps. First, an outer tray containing one or more item(s) is received. Second, an inner tray is placed in the outer tray over the one or more item(s), and the inner tray includes a plurality of preformed columnar compartments. Third, the inner tray and the outer tray are sealed to form at least a partial vacuum between an exterior surface of the inner tray and an interior surface of the outer tray. The item(s) are firmly secured in the at least partial vacuum such that the item(s) will not shift within the package during shipment. Fourth, a cover is placed over the inner tray to close the plurality of preformed columnar compartments to thereby form a plurality of air compartments, which collectively protect the item(s) from external impact.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Kijin Jeon, Masahiro Uchida
  • Patent number: 9929392
    Abstract: An electrochemical device includes a power generating element, an outer package, a current collector, and a movement restricting member. The power generating element includes a main portion and a terminal portion. The main portion includes an electrode prepared by forming an active material layer on a metal foil surface of the electrode. The terminal portion is provided on a side of the main portion. The outer package houses the power generating element. The current collector is connected to the terminal portion of the power generating element. The movement restricting member includes a holding portion arranged between the side of the main portion of the power generating element and an inner surface of the outer package opposite the side of the main portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: GS YUASA INTERNATIONAL LTD.
    Inventors: Shogo Waki, Hideki Masuda, Masahiro Uchida, Syun Ito, Seiichi Irie
  • Publication number: 20180069226
    Abstract: An electrochemical device includes a power generating element including a main portion and a terminal portion, the main portion including an electrode prepared by forming an active material layer on a metal foil surface, the terminal portion being provided on a side of the main portion, the terminal portion including layers of metal foils, an outer package including a container and a lid, the container including a side wall and a bottom wall and housing the power generating element, the lid being formed with a terminal, a current collector including a leg portion to which the layers of metal foils are attached, and a movement restricting member being arranged between the terminal portion of the power generating element and an inner surface of the side wall opposite the terminal portion. The movement restricting member includes a holding portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 30, 2017
    Publication date: March 8, 2018
    Inventors: Shogo WAKI, Hideki Masuda, Masahiro Uchida, Syun Ito, Seiichi Irie
  • Patent number: 9897965
    Abstract: An image forming device includes an image carrier, a charging device that charges the surface of the image carrier, an electrostatic image forming device that forms an electrostatic image on the surface of the image carrier, a developing device that uses a developer containing toner particles and external additives adhering to the surface of the toner particle to develop the electrostatic image into a toner image, a transfer device that transfers the toner image to a recording medium, a cleaning device having a blade that cleans off residual toner from the image carrier, a suction device that suctions all or part of residual toner excepting the external additives released from the surface of the toner particles, and a fixing device that fixes the toner image to the recording medium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: FUJI XEROX CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Teppei Yawada, Manabu Furuki, Masahiro Uchida, Masashi Ikeda, Makoto Kamisaki, Tatsuhiro Igarashi
  • Patent number: 9891554
    Abstract: A developing device includes a container chamber that contains developer containing carrier and toner; a supply portion that is adjacent to the container chamber and to which supplying toner or supplying developer, which contains the supplying toner and supplying carrier, is supplied at a supplying position in the supply portion; a transporting member that transports the supplying toner or the supplying developer toward the container chamber in the supply portion; and a guide capable of guiding the developer to the supplying position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: FUJI XEROX CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Tatsuhiro Igarashi, Manabu Furuki, Masahiro Uchida, Makoto Kamisaki, Teppei Yawada