Patents by Inventor Masanobu Koitabashi

Masanobu Koitabashi 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: 20210212554
    Abstract: An endoscope includes an insertion portion, an operation portion, a knob protruding from the operation portion to a first side in a direction intersecting a longitudinal direction, a universal cord protruding to a second side in the direction, and a power unit provided in a housing portion disposed on the operation portion on the second side so as not to stick out to the first side with respect to a center axis.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 29, 2021
    Publication date: July 15, 2021
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Ramiya UCHIDA, Masanobu KOITABASHI, Yasuhiro OKAMOTO
  • Patent number: 11060600
    Abstract: An external mechanism for endoscope includes: an abutment surface that is a first surface configured to cover a knob arranging surface at which a second bending operation knob is arranged in an operation portion of an endoscope; a wheel configured to engage with the second bending operation knob arranged at the knob arranging surface; a motor configured to generate a driving force for rotating the wheel; a housing case that houses the wheel and the motor; a case attaching/detaching and fixing section for detachably attaching the housing case to the operation portion of the endoscope; and a locking member provided at the housing case and configured to be locked on the knob arranging surface of the endoscope and a large-diameter portion end face adjacent to the knob arranging surface in the operation portion of the endoscope.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2021
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Ramiya Uchida, Masanobu Koitabashi, Yasuhiro Okamoto
  • Publication number: 20210105385
    Abstract: An external mechanism for an endoscope includes: a bending wheel configured to engage with a second UD knob of a second bending operation device provided in an operation portion of an endoscope; a motor portion configured to generate a driving force for rotating the bending wheel; a housing case housing the bending wheel and the motor portion and detachably attached to the operation portion, and an operation switch arranged outside the housing case and configured to output a control signal to the motor portion due to the operating element being operated, in which the operation switch is pivotally supported by the rotation shaft and rotates with respect to the housing case.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 10, 2020
    Publication date: April 8, 2021
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Ramiya UCHIDA, Masanobu KOITABASHI, Yasuhiro OKAMOTO
  • Publication number: 20210095753
    Abstract: An external mechanism for endoscope includes: an abutment surface that is a first surface configured to cover a knob arranging surface at which a second bending operation knob is arranged in an operation portion of an endoscope; a wheel configured to engage with the second bending operation knob arranged at the knob arranging surface; a motor configured to generate a driving force for rotating the wheel; a housing case that houses the wheel and the motor; a case attaching/detaching and fixing section for detachably attaching the housing case to the operation portion of the endoscope; and a locking member provided at the housing case and configured to be locked on the knob arranging surface of the endoscope and a large-diameter portion end face adjacent to the knob arranging surface in the operation portion of the endoscope.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 24, 2020
    Publication date: April 1, 2021
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Ramiya UCHIDA, Masanobu KOITABASHI, Yasuhiro OKAMOTO
  • Publication number: 20210063723
    Abstract: An external mechanism for endoscope includes a bending wheel, a motor, a housing case, and an operation switch, a case side fitting surface and a switch side fitting surface are formed flat to each other, and when a protrusion is provided on a contact surface of the housing case, a recess is provided on a contact surface of the operation switch, whereas when a protrusion is provided on the contact surface of the operation switch, a recess is provided on the contact surface of the housing case.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 13, 2020
    Publication date: March 4, 2021
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Ramiya UCHIDA, Masanobu KOITABASHI, Yasuhiro OKAMOTO
  • Patent number: 9986900
    Abstract: A first housing region A which is provided in the operation portion and in which a bending drive mechanism is housed, a second housing region B which is provided in the operation section and in which a flexible member is housed, and a third housing region C which is provided in the operation portion and in which an electric part is housed are provided, the first housing region A and the second housing region B are located to be lined up in an orthogonal direction Q, and the third housing region C is located to be adjacent to both of the first housing region A and the second housing region B so that a first boundary line T1 is orthogonal to a second boundary line T2.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Masanobu Koitabashi, Kazuhiko Hino, Shiho Kabasawa
  • Publication number: 20140200513
    Abstract: A first housing region A which is provided in the operation portion and in which a bending drive mechanism is housed, a second housing region B which is provided in the operation section and in which a flexible member is housed, and a third housing region C which is provided in the operation portion and in which an electric part is housed are provided, the first housing region A and the second housing region B are located to be lined up in an orthogonal direction Q, and the third housing region C is located to be adjacent to both of the first housing region A and the second housing region B so that a first boundary line T1 is orthogonal to a second boundary line T2.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 3, 2014
    Publication date: July 17, 2014
    Applicant: OLYMPUS MEDICAL SYSTEMS CORP.
    Inventors: Masanobu KOITABASHI, Kazuhiko HINO, Shiho KABASAWA
  • Patent number: 8578808
    Abstract: In the present invention, there are provided a movement member which includes an engaging section, which is engaged with an intermediate part of an operation shaft of a joystick device, and operates as one body with the operation shaft at a time of performing an inclining operation of the operation shaft, and a damper case in which the movement member is movably inserted, and which holds a viscous fluid which increases a sliding resistance of the movement member when the movement member is moved. Thereby, a desired operational sensation can be always obtained, and a stable bending operation can be performed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2013
    Assignee: Olympus Medical Systems Corp.
    Inventor: Masanobu Koitabashi
  • Patent number: 8517922
    Abstract: A socket section 72 for providing a first light guide 13 is supported movably in an endoscope main body 4, and a plug section 62 for fixing a second light guide 15 is disposed in an endoscope insertion section 5. The socket section 72 is configured to move freely in an insertion direction of the endoscope insertion section 5 and to a direction orthogonal with respect to the insertion direction. Furthermore, an attachment-detachment-detecting switch 33 is disposed in the endoscope main body 4 so as to detect that the endoscope insertion section 5 has been separated from the endoscope main body 4 before the plug section 62 is freely detached from the socket section 72. By this configuration, it is possible to attach the endoscope insertion section from the endoscope main body and detach them easily and reliably, in particular, to reduce loss of light caused by the attachment and the detachment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2013
    Assignee: Olympus Corporation
    Inventors: Masanobu Koitabashi, Mitsuhiro Ito, Yasukazu Kogen
  • Patent number: 8303487
    Abstract: An endoscope 2 includes an insertion body 3 equipped with a potentiometer 26 for detecting a bending state of a bending portion 3B which is allowed to be bent and inserted into a subject and an electric connector 18c for outputting an electric signal as a detection result of the potentiometer 26, and a motor unit 4 detachable with respect to the insertion body 3 via an attachment/detachment portion 14, which is equipped with an electric motor 23 for bending the bending portion 3B.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2012
    Assignee: Olympus Corporation
    Inventors: Haruhiko Ueno, Tatsuya Ishizuka, Yuichi Ikeda, Tatsuya Furukawa, Yutaka Masaki, Masanobu Koitabashi, Noriaki Kanazawa
  • Patent number: 8251892
    Abstract: An action display system includes an action instruction signal generating portion configured to generate an action instruction signal for instructing an action of an acting portion in response to an input to an input portion, an action control portion configured to control a drive portion such that the acting portion acts in accordance with the action instruction signal, the action control portion switchable between a regular mode to enable an action of the acting portion with the first and second degrees of freedom and an action disabled mode to disable an action of the acting portion with one degree of freedom, an image obtaining portion configured to obtain an image associated with an action state of the acting portion, and a display portion configured to display an index associated with the regular mode and the action disabled mode of the action control portion together with the image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2012
    Assignee: Olympus Medical Systems Corp.
    Inventors: Shoichi Amano, Seigo Ito, Atsushi Ogawa, Masanobu Koitabashi, Takashi Sawai, Harutaka Adachi
  • Patent number: 8221308
    Abstract: A direction of movement, an insertion amount and an insertion force amount at a time when an insertion section of an endoscope is inserted in a large intestine, which is an object of an inspection, are detected by detection unit. The direction of movement, the insertion amount and the insertion force amount of the insertion section are displayed on a display device which is separably disposed. Thereby, a high-precision insertion operation can simply and easily be realized, and a handling operability is improved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2012
    Assignee: Olympus Medical Systems Corp.
    Inventors: Toshiaki Noguchi, Akira Taniguchi, Masanobu Koitabashi, Kouji Nakamoto
  • Patent number: 8172748
    Abstract: An electric bending endoscope includes an elongate insertion portion provided with a bending portion, a drive unit, and an operation unit, wherein the drive unit and the operation unit respectively include a drive unit side electric contact portion and an operation unit side electric contact portion configured to be coupled to and separated from each other by moving the drive unit and the operation unit close to and apart from each other in a coupling and separation axial direction, and the drive unit and the operation unit includes a lock mechanism configured to lock and unlock the drive unit and the operation unit to and from each other with respect to the coupling and separating axial direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2012
    Assignee: Olympus Medical Systems Corp.
    Inventors: Harutaka Adachi, Masanobu Koitabashi, Shoichi Amano, Takashi Sawai, Seigo Ito, Atsushi Ogawa
  • Patent number: 8066633
    Abstract: An electric bending endoscope device includes an endoscope with a driving unit, a control unit and an operation portion with a bending instruction portion. The operation portion includes a correction algorithm calculating portion in which the output range of instruction signal of the joystick is converted to coincide with the predetermined output range of the bending instruction portion instruction-signal being the operation signal outputted by the operation portion according to the joystick being the bending instruction portion to be fitted to the operation portion, to generate the bending instruction portion operation-signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2011
    Assignee: Olympus Medical Systems Corp.
    Inventors: Seigo Itou, Masanobu Koitabashi
  • Patent number: 7828723
    Abstract: A power driven bending endoscope with detachable insertion portion 2 is formed of an insertion body 3 having a flexible bending portion 3B, and a motor unit 4 having an electric motor 23 for driving to bend the bending portion 3B and a potentiometer 26 for detecting a bending state of the bending portion 3B, which are detachably coupled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2010
    Assignee: Olympus Corporation
    Inventors: Haruhiko Ueno, Yuichi Ikeda, Tatsuya Ishizuka, Tatsuya Furukawa, Yutaka Masaki, Masanobu Koitabashi, Noriaki Kanazawa
  • Publication number: 20090247829
    Abstract: An electric bending endoscope includes an elongate insertion portion provided with a bending portion, a drive unit, and an operation unit, wherein the drive unit and the operation unit respectively include a drive unit side electric contact portion and an operation unit side electric contact portion configured to be coupled to and separated from each other by moving the drive unit and the operation unit close to and apart from each other in a coupling and separating axial direction, and the drive unit and the operation unit includes a lock mechanism configured to lock and unlock the drive unit and the operation unit to and from each other with respect to the coupling and separating axial direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 18, 2009
    Publication date: October 1, 2009
    Inventors: Harutaka Adachi, Masanobu Koitabashi, Shoichi Amano, Takashi Sawai, Seigo Ito, Atsushi Ogawa
  • Publication number: 20090149709
    Abstract: A central neutral position in a rotational movement range of a stick shaft of a joystick apparatus attached to a main body part of a remote controller operation portion and rotationally moving about a rotational movement supporting point is set to a tilt angle tilted toward a grip portion by a predetermined angle and the joystick apparatus is arranged to be tilted to the side of the grip portion, so that it is made easy for a finger of an operator to reach the stick shaft of the joystick apparatus even in a state that the operator has grasped the grip portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 9, 2009
    Publication date: June 11, 2009
    Inventor: Masanobu Koitabashi
  • Publication number: 20090131753
    Abstract: A pulling apparatus includes an input portion configured to be operated, a braking portion configured to apply a braking force to the input portion to generate a resistance force against to an operation to the input portion, a pulling portion configured to pull a pulling member, a pulling order generation portion configured to generate a control order signal to the pulling portion such that the pulling member is pulled by the pulling portion in accordance with an operation to the input portion, a pulling amount detecting portion configured to detect pulling amount of the pulling member, a pulling amount increase and decrease determination portion configured to determine an increase and decrease in the pulling amount detected by the pulling amount detecting portion, and a braking control portion configured to control the braking portion in accordance with a determination result obtained by the pulling amount increase and decrease determination portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 12, 2008
    Publication date: May 21, 2009
    Inventors: Shoichi AMANO, Seigo ITO, Atsushi OGAWA, Takashi SAWAI, Harutaka ADACHI, Masanobu KOITABASHI
  • Publication number: 20090131750
    Abstract: An action display system includes an action instruction signal generating portion configured to generate an action instruction signal for instructing an action of an acting portion in response to an input to an input portion, an action control portion configured to control a drive portion such that the acting portion acts in accordance with the action instruction signal, the action control portion switchable between a regular mode to enable an action of the acting portion with the first and second degrees of freedom and an action disabled mode to disable an action of the acting portion with one degree of freedom, an image obtaining portion configured to obtain an image associated with an action state of the acting portion, and a display portion configured to display an index associated with the regular mode and the action disabled mode of the action control portion together with the image.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 12, 2008
    Publication date: May 21, 2009
    Inventors: Shoichi AMANO, Seigo ITO, Atsushi OGAWA, Masanobu KOITABASHI, Takashi SAWAI, Harutaka ADACHI
  • Publication number: 20090082621
    Abstract: The present invention has an object to provide an electric bending endoscope apparatus with a configuration which is always capable of securing favorable operability at a time of using an endoscope without placing a weight burden on an operator when operating the endoscope, and for the purpose, the electric bending endoscope apparatus includes at least an electric bending endoscope that is configured by an elongated insertion portion which is inserted into a body cavity, a bending drive section which electrically drives a part of the insertion portion to bend, and an operation portion configured to be separate from the bending drive section and electrically connected to the bending drive section, and performs observation and treatment of an inside of the body cavity, a system controller which is electrically connected to the electric bending endoscope and centrally controls the electric bending endoscope, and an endoscope holding device configured by a bending drive unit which contains the bending drive secti
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 7, 2006
    Publication date: March 26, 2009
    Inventors: Yuichi Ikeda, Tatsuya Furukawa, Masanobu Koitabashi, Haruhiko Ueno, Noriaki Kanazawa, Tatsuya Ishizuka, Yutaka Masaki