Patents by Inventor Masahito Kato

Masahito Kato 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: 10128143
    Abstract: Temporary adhesive material for wafer processing, the temporary adhesive material being used for temporarily bonding support to wafer having circuit-forming front surface and back surface to be processed, including complex temporary adhesive material layer that has first temporary adhesive layer composed of thermosetting siloxane polymer layer (A), second temporary adhesive layer composed of thermosetting polymer layer (B), and third temporary adhesive layer composed of thermoplastic resin layer (C), wherein the polymer layer (A) is cured layer of composition containing (A-1) an organopolysiloxane having alkenyl group within its molecule, (A-2) an organopolysiloxane having R103SiO0.5 unit and SiO2 unit, (A-3) organohydrogenpolysiloxane having two or more Si—H groups per molecule, and (A-4) platinum-based catalyst.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: SHIN-ETSU CHEMICAL CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Masahito Tanabe, Michihiro Sugo, Hiroyuki Yasuda, Shohei Tagami, Hideto Kato
  • Publication number: 20180239276
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing a developer container including a frame configured to define a developer containing portion, a first electrode, and a second electrode arranged on a surface of the frame and having a surface opposed to the first electrode, a developer amount in the developer containing portion being detected based on a capacitance between the first electrode and the second electrode, the method including: holding a conductive resin member constituting the second electrode on a mold configured to mold the frame, a surface of the conductive resin member being in contact with a surface of the mold configured to mold a surface of the frame on a side of the developer containing portion; injecting a resin to be formed into the frame, into the mold on which the conductive resin member is held; and curing the resin to form the frame to which the second electrode is fixed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 18, 2018
    Publication date: August 23, 2018
    Inventors: Taku Watanabe, Masahito Kato, Go Shindo, Atsushi Toda, Katsuichi Abe, Motonari Ito, Akira Suzuki, Junichi Matsumura, Naoki Matsumaru
  • Patent number: 9989888
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing a developer container including a frame configured to define a developer containing portion, a first electrode, and a second electrode arranged on a surface of the frame and having a surface opposed to the first electrode, a developer amount in the developer containing portion being detected based on a capacitance between the first electrode and the second electrode, the method including: holding a conductive resin member constituting the second electrode on a mold configured to mold the frame, a surface of the conductive resin member being in contact with a surface of the mold configured to mold a surface of the frame on a side of the developer containing portion; injecting a resin to be formed into the frame, into the mold on which the conductive resin member is held; and curing the resin to form the frame to which the second electrode is fixed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Taku Watanabe, Masahito Kato, Go Shindo, Atsushi Toda, Katsuichi Abe, Motonari Ito, Akira Suzuki, Junichi Matsumura, Naoki Matsumaru
  • Publication number: 20180081300
    Abstract: A developer container includes: a housing chamber 147 which includes an opening 145 and which houses developer; a stirring member 160 which includes a sheet-like stirring portion 160b and a rotary shaft 160a to which the stirring portion 160b is attached; and a first electrode 143 and a second electrode 144 which are used to detect an amount of the developer and which are arranged with an interval therebetween, wherein an area X1 between the first electrode 143 and the second electrode 144 in the housing chamber 147 is positioned below the rotary shaft 160a of the stirring member 160, and the sheet-like stirring portion 160b comes into contact with the area X1 due to rotation of the stirring member 160.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 28, 2017
    Publication date: March 22, 2018
    Inventors: Masahito Kato, Kenta Shibukawa, Kazumi Yamauchi, Katsuichi Abe, Naoya Asanuma, Atsushi Toda, Yosuke Kishi, Naoki Fukushima
  • Patent number: 9880495
    Abstract: This disclosure provides a developer container in which a conductive resin sheet is used as an electrode for detecting an amount of developer by using electrostatic capacitance. A configuration in which an end of the conductive resin sheet in a longitudinal direction is provided outside an end of a sheet member in a longitudinal direction, or a configuration in which the sheet member starts contact with the conductive resin sheet from a second surface on the downstream side in a direction or rotation than a first surface are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Bunro Noguchi, Taku Watanabe, Masahito Kato
  • Publication number: 20180004124
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes an agitating member, a first electrode, a second electrode disposed with a gap from the first electrode such that the gap has a smallest portion located below a rotation center of the agitating member and a remote portion wider than the smallest portion and located above the smallest portion, and a frame body having a first wall surface having the first electrode disposed thereon and a second wall surface having the second electrode disposed thereon, and a developer detecting unit configured to detect an amount of developer from an output value output in accordance with a capacitance formed between the first electrode and the second electrode. The image forming apparatus performs correction and detects the amount of developer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 29, 2017
    Publication date: January 4, 2018
    Inventors: Kenta Shibukawa, Masahito Kato, Atsushi Toda, Taku Watanabe
  • Patent number: 9857767
    Abstract: A process cartridge includes a drum unit configured to rotatably hold a photosensitive drum, a developing unit that is assembled in such a manner as to be rotatable relative to the drum unit and includes a developing roller, gap maintaining members provided to the photosensitive drum or the developing roller on both end portions of the photosensitive drum in an axial direction, and urging members configured to bias the developing unit toward the drum unit. The urging members are respectively disposed on outer sides of the gap maintaining members disposed at both end portions in the axial direction. The drum unit or the developing unit includes an electric contact portion configured to come into contact with an electric contact of an image forming apparatus when the process cartridge is attached to the image forming apparatus, the electric contact portion being disposed between the gap maintaining members in the axial direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Naoya Asanuma, Go Torii, Junichi Matsumura, Masahito Kato, Atsushi Toda
  • Patent number: 9857730
    Abstract: A developer container includes: a housing chamber 147 which includes an opening 145 and which houses developer; a stirring member 160 which includes a sheet-like stirring portion 160b and a rotary shaft 160a to which the stirring portion 160b is attached; and a first electrode 143 and a second electrode 144 which are used to detect an amount of the developer and which are arranged with an interval therebetween, where in an area X1 between the first electrode 143 and the second electrode 144 in the housing chamber 147 is positioned below the rotary shaft 160a of the stirring member 160, and the sheet-like stirring portion 160b comes into contact with the area X1 due to rotation of the stirring member 160.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Masahito Kato, Kenta Shibukawa, Kazumi Yamauchi, Katsuichi Abe, Naoya Asanuma, Atsushi Toda, Yosuke Kishi, Naoki Fukushima
  • Patent number: 9727000
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes a potential detection portion that determines a surface potential of an image bearing member on the basis of an applied voltage value of a detection voltage applied to a voltage application member by a voltage application portion and a detected current value detected by a current detection portion in response to the applied voltage, and a control unit that sets an image formation condition for performing image formation in order to form a toner image on the image bearing member on the basis of the surface potential determined by the potential detection portion. When the surface potential is determined by the potential detection portion, the voltage application portion applies the detection voltage after applying, to the voltage application member, a voltage having an opposite polarity to an image formation voltage that is applied to the voltage application member during image formation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Masahito Kato, Kenta Shibukawa, Yusuke Jota, Atsushi Toda
  • Publication number: 20170108828
    Abstract: A process cartridge includes a drum unit configured to rotatably hold a photosensitive drum, a developing unit that is assembled in such a manner as to be rotatable relative to the drum unit and includes a developing roller, gap maintaining members provided to the photosensitive drum or the developing roller on both end portions of the photosensitive drum in an axial direction, and urging members configured to bias the developing unit toward the drum unit. The urging members are respectively disposed on outer sides of the gap maintaining members disposed at both end portions in the axial direction. The drum unit or the developing unit includes an electric contact portion configured to come into contact with an electric contact of an image forming apparatus when the process cartridge is attached to the image forming apparatus, the electric contact portion being disposed between the gap maintaining members in the axial direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 6, 2016
    Publication date: April 20, 2017
    Inventors: Naoya Asanuma, Go Torii, Junichi Matsumura, Masahito Kato, Atsushi Toda
  • Patent number: 9535355
    Abstract: Voltages are applied to an image bearing member using at least three application voltage values which are larger than a discharge start voltage value and which have different magnitudes, at least one of the application voltage values having a value at which a direction of a current corresponding to the one of the application voltage values is reverse to those of currents corresponding to the other application voltage values. A relation between the application voltage value and the detection current value in a discharge area is calculated based on at least three application voltage values Vd1, Vd2, Vd3 and at least three detection current values Id1, Id2, Id3 detected by a current detection portion in relation to at least three application voltage values Vd1, Vd2, Vd3 and a voltage value V0 at which the detection current value is zero is calculated based on the relation in the discharge area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Yusuke Jota, Atsushi Toda, Masahito Kato, Kenta Shibukawa
  • Publication number: 20160259263
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes a potential detection portion that determines a surface potential of an image bearing member on the basis of an applied voltage value of a detection voltage applied to a voltage application member by a voltage application portion and a detected current value detected by a current detection portion in response to the applied voltage, and a control unit that sets an image formation condition for performing image formation in order to form a toner image on the image bearing member on the basis of the surface potential determined by the potential detection portion. When the surface potential is determined by the potential detection portion, the voltage application portion applies the detection voltage after applying, to the voltage application member, a voltage having an opposite polarity to an image formation voltage that is applied to the voltage application member during image formation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 3, 2016
    Publication date: September 8, 2016
    Inventors: Masahito Kato, Kenta Shibukawa, Yusuke Jota, Atsushi Toda
  • Publication number: 20160259261
    Abstract: Voltages are applied to an image bearing member using at least three application voltage values which are larger than a discharge start voltage value and which have different magnitudes, at least one of the application voltage values having a value at which a direction of a current corresponding to the one of the application voltage values is reverse to those of currents corresponding to the other application voltage values. A relation between the application voltage value and the detection current value in a discharge area is calculated based on at least three application voltage values Vd1, Vd2, Vd3 and at least three detection current values Id1, Id2, Id3 detected by a current detection portion in relation to at least three application voltage values Vd1, Vd2, Vd3 and a voltage value V0 at which the detection current value is zero is calculated based on the relation in the discharge area.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 2, 2016
    Publication date: September 8, 2016
    Inventors: Yusuke Jota, Atsushi Toda, Masahito Kato, Kenta Shibukawa
  • Publication number: 20160223950
    Abstract: A developer container includes: a housing chamber 147 which includes an opening 145 and which houses developer; a stirring member 160 which includes a sheet-like stirring portion 160b and a rotary shaft 160a to which the stirring portion 160b is attached; and a first electrode 143 and a second electrode 144 which are used to detect an amount of the developer and which are arranged with an interval therebetween, where in an area X1 between the first electrode 143 and the second electrode 144 in the housing chamber 147 is positioned below the rotary shaft 160a of the stirring member 160, and the sheet-like stirring portion 160b comes into contact with the area X1 due to rotation of the stirring member 160.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 27, 2016
    Publication date: August 4, 2016
    Inventors: Masahito Kato, Kenta Shibukawa, Kazumi Yamauchi, Katsuichi Abe, Naoya Asanuma, Atsushi Toda, Yosuke Kishi, Naoki Fukushima
  • Publication number: 20160091821
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing a developer container including a frame configured to define a developer containing portion, a first electrode, and a second electrode arranged on a surface of the frame and having a surface opposed to the first electrode, a developer amount in the developer containing portion being detected based on a capacitance between the first electrode and the second electrode, the method including: holding a conductive resin member constituting the second electrode on a mold configured to mold the frame, a surface of the conductive resin member being in contact with a surface of the mold configured to mold a surface of the frame on a side of the developer containing portion; injecting a resin to be formed into the frame, into the mold on which the conductive resin member is held; and curing the resin to form the frame to which the second electrode is fixed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 3, 2015
    Publication date: March 31, 2016
    Inventors: Taku Watanabe, Masahito Kato, Go Shindo, Atsushi Toda, Katsuichi Abe, Motonari Ito, Akira Suzuki, Junichi Matsumura, Naoki Matsumaru
  • Patent number: 9250567
    Abstract: A developer container including a frame configured to define a developer containing portion, a first electrode, and a second electrode arranged on a surface of the frame and having a surface opposed to the first electrode, a developer amount in the developer containing portion being detected based on a capacitance between the first electrode and the second electrode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2016
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Taku Watanabe, Masahito Kato, Go Shindo, Atsushi Toda, Katsuichi Abe, Motonari Ito, Akira Suzuki, Junichi Matsumura, Naoki Matsumaru
  • Publication number: 20150086228
    Abstract: This disclosure provides a developer container in which a conductive resin sheet is used as an electrode for detecting an amount of developer by using electrostatic capacitance. A configuration in which an end of the conductive resin sheet in a longitudinal direction is provided outside an end of a sheet member in a longitudinal direction, or a configuration in which the sheet member starts contact with the conductive resin sheet from a second surface on the downstream side in a direction or rotation than a first surface are also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 23, 2014
    Publication date: March 26, 2015
    Inventors: Bunro Noguchi, Taku Watanabe, Masahito Kato
  • Publication number: 20150016829
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing a developer container including a frame configured to define a developer containing portion, a first electrode, and a second electrode arranged on a surface of the frame and having a surface opposed to the first electrode, a developer amount in the developer containing portion being detected based on a capacitance between the first electrode and the second electrode, the method including: holding a conductive resin member constituting the second electrode on a mold configured to mold the frame, a surface of the conductive resin member being in contact with a surface of the mold configured to mold a surface of the frame on a side of the developer containing portion; injecting a resin to be formed into the frame, into the mold on which the conductive resin member is held; and curing the resin to form the frame to which the second electrode is fixed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 2, 2014
    Publication date: January 15, 2015
    Inventors: Taku Watanabe, Masahito Kato, Go Shindo, Atsushi Toda, Katsuichi Abe, Motonari Ito, Akira Suzuki, Junichi Matsumura, Naoki Matsumaru
  • Patent number: 8615181
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes a rotatable drum; a developing device for developing a latent image formed on the drum into a developer image; and a cleaning blade for removing developer remaining on the drum after the developer image is transferred from the drum onto a developer image receiving member. After image formation, a predetermined amount of strain of the cleaning blade is released and the drum is subsequently rotated. The drum is subsequently rotated in a direction identical to a rotation direction of the drum during image formation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2013
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Norihito Naito, Takayoshi Kihara, Masahito Kato, Takashi Kase
  • Patent number: 8565632
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes an image bearing member for bearing a developer image; a developing device including a developer carrying member for forming the developer image on the image bearing member; a fixing device for fixing the developer image on a sheet material, on which the developer image has been transferred, by heating the sheet material; a memory medium for storing an operation hysteresis value, of the developing device, which varies depending on a state of an operation of the developing device from start of the operation; and a controller for controlling a temperature of the fixing device. The controller controls, when the operation hysteresis value stored in the memory medium reaches a preset threshold, the temperature of the fixing device so as to be lower than that before the operation hysteresis value reaches the preset threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2013
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Masahito Kato, Norihito Naito, Tomonori Matsunaga, Takahiro Ikeda