Patents by Inventor Masaki Ban

Masaki Ban 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: 7621440
    Abstract: The type and number of denomination of notes and the identification method of authentic notes differs for every country. The development of such identification device for these currencies in each country increases the manufacturing cost, and the processing time increases when the types of notes to be authenticated are increased. The present invention provides a paper sheet identifier device, which includes a main board for operating common processes independent from specific notes and sub-boards in parallel operation, allowing sub-boards connected to the main board to be added or replaced in accordance with the type and number of denomination of notes in a country along with the authentication method. The present invention improves the processing speed by parallelizing the identification processes, and the efficiency of updating the device specification when a new note is issued.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2009
    Assignees: Hitachi Asahi Electronics Co., Ltd., Hitachi-Omron Terminal Solutions Corp.
    Inventors: Toshiaki Nakamura, Toshiro Uemura, Eiji Mizuno, Tatsuhiko Kagehiro, Masaki Ban
  • Patent number: 6961112
    Abstract: The present invention has its object to provide a method of spraying particles by which predetermined quantities of particles can be disposed on specified electrodes, in particular a method of spraying particles by which spacers can be sprayed in interelectrode gaps selectively even in the case of substrates comprising pattern-forming transparent electrodes, such as those used in liquid crystal display devices, and a method of producing liquid crystal display devices of high contrast and high display uniformity by which spacers can be disposed in interelectrode gaps without sacrificing the aperture ratio and by which spacers can be disposed on the substrate without irregularity to attain a uniform cell thickness over the whole substrate, as well as a particle spraying apparatus and a liquid crystal display device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2005
    Assignees: Sekisui Chemical Co., Ltd., Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Kazuya Yoshimura, Makoto Nakahara, Takatoshi Kira, Daisuke Ikesugi, Akihiko Tateno, Hiroyuki Nakatani, Masaki Ban, Hiroshi Murata, Masaaki Kubo
  • Publication number: 20050201609
    Abstract: The type and number of denomination of notes and the identification method of authentic notes differs for every country. The development of such identification device for these currencies in each country increases the manufacturing cost, and the processing time increases when the types of notes to be authenticated are increased. The present invention provides a paper sheet identifier device, which includes a main board for operating common processes independent from specific notes and sub-boards in parallel operation, allowing sub-boards connected to the main board to be added or replaced in accordance with the type and number of denomination of notes in a country along with the authentication method. The present invention improves the processing speed by parallelizing the identification processes, and the efficiency of updating the device specification when a new note is issued.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 19, 2004
    Publication date: September 15, 2005
    Inventors: Toshiaki Nakamura, Toshiro Uemura, Eiji Mizuno, Tatsuhiko Kagehiro, Masaki Ban
  • Patent number: 6930746
    Abstract: The present invention has its object to provide a method of spraying particles by which predetermined quantities of particles can be disposed on specified electrodes, in particular a method of spraying particles by which spacers can be sprayed in interelectrode gaps selectively even in the case of substrates comprising pattern-forming transparent electrodes, such as those used in liquid crystal display devices, and a method of producing liquid crystal display devices of high contrast and high display uniformity by which spacers can be disposed in interelectrode gaps without sacrificing the aperture ratio and by which spacers can be disposed on the substrate without irregularity to attain a uniform cell thickness over the whole substrate, as well as a particle spraying apparatus and a liquid crystal display device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2005
    Assignees: Sekiusi Chemical Co., Ltd., Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Kazuya Yoshimura, Makoto Nakahara, Takatoshi Kira, Daisuke Ikesugi, Akihiko Tateno, Hiroyuki Nakatani, Masaki Ban, Hiroshi Murata, Masaaki Kubo
  • Patent number: 6910331
    Abstract: To provide a Stirling engine and a control unit for a Stirling engine capable of disposing a displacer unit and a power cylinder unit separately from each other, thereby increasing the degree of freedom of layout thereof. A displacer unit and a power cylinder unit of a Stirling engine E are disposed separately from each other. A compression chamber of the displacer unit is connected to an operation chamber of the power cylinder unit via a pressure conduit. A control actuator capable of arbitrarily controlling the displacer piston of the displacer unit is connected to the displacer piston.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2005
    Assignee: Honda Giken Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Masahiro Asai, Masaki Ban
  • Publication number: 20040257520
    Abstract: The present invention has its object to provide a method of spraying particles by which predetermined quantities of particles can be disposed on specified electrodes, in particular a method of spraying particles by which spacers can be sprayed in interelectrode gaps selectively even in the case of substrates comprising pattern-forming transparent electrodes, such as those used in liquid crystal display devices, and a method of producing liquid crystal display devices of high contrast and high display uniformity by which spacers can be disposed in interelectrode gaps without sacrificing the aperture ratio and by which spacers can be disposed on the substrate without irregularity to attain a uniform cell thickness over the whole substrate, as well as a particle spraying apparatus and a liquid crystal display device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 15, 2004
    Publication date: December 23, 2004
    Applicants: Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha, Sekisui Chemical Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kazuya Yoshimura, Makoto Nakahara, Takatoshi Kira, Daisuke Ikesugi, Akihiko Tateno, Hiroyuki Nakatani, Masaki Ban, Hiroshi Murata, Masaaki Kubo
  • Patent number: 6790281
    Abstract: The present invention provides a finely-divided powder spray apparatus having a spray nozzle pipe for discharging finely-divided powders from the tip together with a gas stream, which is disposed at a prescribed distance from the member to be sprayed and inclined in a prescribed direction to the member; and a moving-speed control means which controls the moving-speed of the tip of the spray nozzle pipe in accordance with the quadratic function, which indicates the reduction rate of the density of the deposited finely-divided powders based on the distance between a peak point of the density of the finely-divided powders deposited on the member to be sprayed in a trial spray and a spray point at which an extension from the spray nozzle pipe intersects with the member to be sprayed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2001
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2004
    Assignee: Nisshin Engineering Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shin Doi, Masaki Ban, Goro Watanabe
  • Patent number: 6744485
    Abstract: The present invention has its object to provide a method of spraying particles by which predetermined quantities of particles can be disposed on specified electrodes, in particular a method of spraying particles by which spacers can be sprayed in interelectrode gaps selectively even in the case of substrates comprising pattern-forming transparent electrodes, such as those used in liquid crystal display devices, and a method of producing liquid crystal display devices of high contrast and high display uniformity by which spacers can be disposed in interelectrode gaps without sacrificing the aperture ratio and by which spacers can be disposed on the substrate without irregularity to attain a uniform cell thickness over the whole substrate, as well as a particle spraying apparatus and a liquid crystal display device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2004
    Assignees: Sekiusi Chemical Co., Ltd., Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Kazuya Yoshimura, Makoto Nakahara, Takatoshi Kira, Daisuke Ikesugi, Akihiko Tateno, Hiroyuki Nakatani, Masaki Ban, Hiroshi Murata, Masaaki Kubo
  • Patent number: 6740439
    Abstract: To generate mechanical energy and electrical energy efficiently, by combining a Stirling engine and a fuel cell. A solid electrolyte type fuel cell FC is disposed between an air passage for supplying air to a heater of a Stirling engine E and a fuel passage for supplying fuel. Air and the fuel react with each other in the solid electrolyte type fuel cell FC to generate electrical energy, an off gas containing the unreacted fuel discharged from the solid electrolyte type fuel cell FC is supplied to the heater of the Stirling engine E and subjected to catalytic combustion. The resulting heat is used to operate the Stirling engine E to generate mechanical energy. The solid electrolyte type fuel cell FC is arranged in an annular-shape and so disposed as to surround the heater. The heat of reaction generated in the solid electrolyte type fuel cell FC acts on the heater, thereby contributing to elevation of the temperature of the heater.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2004
    Assignee: Honda Giken Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Masaki Ban, Masahiro Asai
  • Patent number: 6649221
    Abstract: Provided is a spacer microparticle spraying apparatus capable of selectively disposing spacer microparticles in electrode gaps where no pixels are present even on a substrate carrying an array of stripe electrodes in use for the STN liquid crystal display device, to a spacer particle spraying method and a method of manufacturing a liquid crystal display device which utilize said apparatus. The spacer microparticle spraying apparatus for selective disposition of a charged spacer microparticle on a substrate carrying a plurality of electrodes includes a spraying chamber adapted to accommodate the substrate, a spacer microparticle supply means for supplying the spacer microparticle into the spraying chamber and spraying it on the substrate, and a voltage application means for applying voltages to the electrodes disposed on the substrate, wherein the voltage application means is capable of applying different levels of voltages to the electrodes respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2000
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2003
    Assignees: Sekisui Chemical Co., Ltd., Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha, Nisshin Engineering, Inc.
    Inventors: Akihiko Tateno, Hiroyuki Nakatani, Kazuya Yoshimura, Makoto Nakahara, Takatoshi Kira, Daisuke Ikesugi, Masaki Ban, Hiroshi Murata, Masaaki Kubo
  • Patent number: 6645252
    Abstract: A drive unit for a prosthetic limb for driving a prosthetic limb with comfort for a long time. A Stirling engine is composed of a displacer unit mounted at an arbitrary portion other than prosthetic limb bodies and a power cylinder unit mounted between the prosthetic limb bodies and for bending/stretching the prosthetic limb bodies and relative to each other. A compression chamber of the displacer unit is connected to an operation chamber of the power cylinder unit via a flexible pressure conduit. A combustor for heating an expansion chamber disposed in a displacer cylinder of the displacer unit is provided around a head portion of the displacer cylinder. A fuel supply device is connected to the combustor. An actuator for arbitrarily driving a displacer piston of the displacer unit is connected to the displacer piston.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2003
    Assignee: Honda Giken Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Masahiro Asai, Masaki Ban
  • Publication number: 20030206264
    Abstract: The present invention has its object to provide a method of spraying particles by which predetermined quantities of particles can be disposed on specified electrodes, in particular a method of spraying particles by which spacers can be sprayed in interelectrode gaps selectively even in the case of substrates comprising pattern-forming transparent electrodes, such as those used in liquid crystal display devices, and a method of producing liquid crystal display devices of high contrast and high display uniformity by which spacers can be disposed in interelectrode gaps without sacrificing the aperture ratio and by which spacers can be disposed on the substrate without irregularity to attain a uniform cell thickness over the whole substrate, as well as a particle spraying apparatus and a liquid crystal display device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 12, 2003
    Publication date: November 6, 2003
    Applicants: Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha, Sekisui Chemical Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kazuya Yoshimura, Makoto Nakahara, Takatoshi Kira, Daisuke Ikesugi, Akihiko Tateno, Hiroyuki Nakatani, Masaki Ban, Hiroshi Murata, Masaaki Kubo
  • Patent number: 6639644
    Abstract: This invention has its object to provide a method of liquid display device production which enables spacer disposition in interelectrode spaces not having electrode, namely at black matrix sites, in STN type and TFT type liquid crystal display devices and further enables even spacer disposition to attain a uniform cell thickness all over the substrate to thereby produce liquid crystal display devices of high contrast and high display uniformity stably and in good yields, with a reduced spray step tact time, as well as liquid crystal display devices produced by such method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2000
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2003
    Assignees: Sekisui Chemical Co., Ltd., Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Akihiko Tateno, Hiroyuki Nakatani, Kazuya Yoshimura, Makoto Nakahara, Takatoshi Kira, Daisuke Ikesugi, Masaki Ban, Hiroshi Murata, Masaaki Kubo
  • Patent number: 6616761
    Abstract: The present invention provides a finely-divided powder spray apparatus having a spray nozzle pipe for discharging spacers for liquid crystal displays from the tip together with a gas flow, which is disposed at a prescribed distance from a member to be sprayed, and comprising: a touch panel which enters control factors for controlling the moving-speed of the tip of the spray nozzle pipe at individual spray points the surface of the glass substrate; and an actuator driver which controls the moving speed of the tip of the spray nozzle pipe in accordance with the control factor entered by the touch panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2001
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2003
    Assignees: Nisshin Seifun Group Inc., Nisshin Engineering Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shin Doi, Masaki Ban, Goro Watanabe
  • Patent number: 6618112
    Abstract: The present invention has its object to provide a method of spraying particles by which predetermined quantities of particles can be disposed on specified electrodes, in particular a method of spraying particles by which spacers can be sprayed in interelectrode gaps selectively even in the case of substrates comprising pattern-forming transparent electrodes, such as those used in liquid crystal display devices, and a method of producing liquid crystal display devices of high contrast and high display uniformity by which spacers can be disposed in interelectrode gaps without sacrificing the aperture ratio and by which spacers can be disposed on the substrate without irregularity to attain a uniform cell thickness over the whole substrate, as well as a particle spraying apparatus and a liquid crystal display device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2000
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2003
    Assignees: Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha, Sekisui Chemical Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kazuya Yoshimura, Makoto Nakahara, Takatoshi Kira, Daisuke Ikesugi, Akihiko Tateno, Hiroyuki Nakatani, Masaki Ban, Hiroshi Murata, Masaaki Kubo
  • Patent number: 6578359
    Abstract: To generate electric power efficiently with a thermoelectromagnetic generator using the heat regenerator of a Stirling engine. When a high-temperature operating gas and a low-temperature operating gas alternately pass through a heat regenerator of a Stirling engine, the temperature of the heat regenerator increases and decreases periodically. A thermoelectromagnetic generator G integrally associated with the heat regenerator has a yoke making up a closed magnetic circuit passing through the heat regenerator, a permanent magnet for supplying magnetic fluxes to the magnetic circuit, and an induction coil responsive to changes in the magnetic fluxes of the magnetic circuit. The heat regenerator which is made of a ferromagnetic material has a Curie temperature which is present in a range of varying temperatures of the heat regenerator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2003
    Assignee: Honda Giken Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Masaki Ban, Masahiro Asai
  • Patent number: 6571552
    Abstract: An exhaust gas recovery system for an internal combustion engine recovers the high heat energy generated by an exhaust gas clarification catalytic converter intermediately disposed in the exhaust system of the internal combustion engine as electrical energy without causing an increase in exhaust gas resistance. A stack device in a heat-driven type sound wave generating portion is provided at a one end of a resonance pipe. The resonance pipe is disposed adjacently to an exhaust gas clarification catalytic converter intermediately disposed in the exhaust system. A first end portion of the stack is heated by the heat generated by the catalytic converter, thereby providing the stack with a temperature gradient. A transducer for converting a sound wave generated by the sound wave generating portion attendant on the temperature gradient into electrical energy is provided at the other end portion of the resonance pipe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2001
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2003
    Assignee: Honda Giken Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Masaki Ban, Akio Matsuzaki
  • Patent number: 6543216
    Abstract: To provide a heating device for an external combustion engine, which is capable of improving the stabilization of combustion in a controlled state with a relatively small quantity of heat and for controlling the properties of an exhaust gas. An increased long-time operation of the external combustion engine is achieved by the present invention. A heating device for an external combustion engine includes a combustion housing provided for surrounding a heating portion of an external combustion engine. An fuel-air mixer is provided at one end of the combustion housing and an exhaust pipe provided at the other end of the combustion housing. An oxidation catalyst is disposed in the combustion housing for accelerating the combustion of a fuel-air mixture of fuel and air supplied through the fuel-air mixer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2003
    Assignee: Honda Giken Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Masahiro Asai, Masaki Ban
  • Publication number: 20020152750
    Abstract: To provide a Stirling engine and a control unit for a Stirling engine capable of disposing a displacer unit and a power cylinder unit separately from each other, thereby increasing the degree of freedom of layout thereof. A displacer unit and a power cylinder unit of a Stirling engine E are disposed separately from each other. A compression chamber of the displacer unit is connected to an operation chamber of the power cylinder unit via a pressure conduit. A control actuator capable of arbitrarily controlling the displacer piston of the displacer unit is connected to the displacer piston.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2002
    Publication date: October 24, 2002
    Inventors: Masahiro Asai, Masaki Ban
  • Publication number: 20020124561
    Abstract: To generate electric power efficiently with a thermoelectromagnetic generator using the heat regenerator of a Stirling engine. When a high-temperature operating gas and a low-temperature operating gas alternately pass through a heat regenerator of a Stirling engine, the temperature of the heat regenerator increases and decreases periodically. A thermoelectromagnetic generator G integrally associated with the heat regenerator has a yoke making up a closed magnetic circuit passing through the heat regenerator, a permanent magnet for supplying magnetic fluxes to the magnetic circuit, and an induction coil responsive to changes in the magnetic fluxes of the magnetic circuit. The heat regenerator which is made of a ferromagnetic material has a Curie temperature which is present in a range of varying temperatures of the heat regenerator.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 12, 2002
    Publication date: September 12, 2002
    Inventors: Masaki Ban, Masahiro Asai