Patents by Inventor Masao Fujimoto

Masao Fujimoto 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: 20240055930
    Abstract: In an electronic control device E1 according to the present invention, a first board 50 and a second board 60 are connected to each other via connection members 801, 802. Thus, with the connection members 801, 801, it is possible to fix the first board 50 and the second board 60 without sacrificing areas for mounting electronic components on the first board 50 and the second board 60. Accordingly, it is possible to ensure sufficient mounting areas on the first board 50 and the second board 60, which contributes to downsizing the electronic control device E1.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 10, 2021
    Publication date: February 15, 2024
    Applicant: HITACHI ASTEMO, LTD.
    Inventors: Hiroshi SATO, Kohtaro SHIINO, Yuichi YANAGISAWA, Susumu KANEKO, Masao FUJIMOTO
  • Patent number: 11863045
    Abstract: An electric power steering device includes a motor housing of an electric motor. An annular seal accommodating portion is formed around an external terminal forming part of a connector assembly, and filled with a liquid sealing agent. A fixing member fixes the connector assembly to a fixing part of an end face part of the motor housing. A liquid sealing agent guiding passage is formed with the annular seal accommodating portion, and allows the liquid sealing agent to flow to the fixing member. A metal cover includes: a bottom part including: an exposure hole through which the external terminal forming part is exposed to outside; and an annular reinforcing projecting portion formed at an edge of the exposure hole, and accommodated in the annular seal accommodating portion; and a lateral peripheral part angled from the bottom part, and forming an opening for fixation to the end face part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2024
    Assignee: HITACHI ASTEMO, LTD.
    Inventor: Masao Fujimoto
  • Publication number: 20230307995
    Abstract: A fuse circuit element (32) of a fuse module 22 for fail-safe is mounted on a fuse circuit board (31), and connected to wire terminal portions (36) made of respective wire one ends of stator coils. The fuse circuit board (31) has, as main terminals (33), through holes (33a) and land portions (33b), and the wire terminal portions (36) are soldered or welded with the wire terminal portions (36) inserted into the through holes (33a). The fuse circuit board (31) is supported in a cantilever manner by a pedestal portion (52) , and a space (53) is secured between the fuse circuit board (31) and a surface (51) of a housing (7) around the main terminals (33). With this, soldering or welding can be performed without heat escaping during soldering or welding by the space (53).
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 27, 2021
    Publication date: September 28, 2023
    Applicant: Hitachi Astemo, Ltd.
    Inventors: Masao FUJIMOTO, Yuuichi YANAGISAWA, Akira ISHII
  • Publication number: 20230299647
    Abstract: A stator (1B) has stator coils (U1, V1 and W1) of a first system and stator coils (U2, V2 and W2) of a second system, and the coils are supplied with power from inverter modules (21). A fuse module (22) has two fuse circuit elements (32) corresponding to respective systems. Phase lines of U, V and W of each fuse circuit element (32) are connected together at a neutral point (40), and a fuse (38) is interposed between the neutral point (40) and each coil. By supplying power to a heater (39) accommodated in the fuse circuit element (32) from a control terminal (34), the fuse (38) is blown out.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 27, 2021
    Publication date: September 21, 2023
    Applicant: Hitachi Astemo, Ltd.
    Inventors: Masao FUJIMOTO, Yuuichi YANAGISAWA, Akira ISHII
  • Patent number: 11597430
    Abstract: Heat radiation base body 23 that is adjacent to electric motor unit EM and extends in direction of rotation shaft 50 of electric motor is provided close to rotation shaft 50 of electric motor. Board 24 of one electronic control unit of redundant system is fixed to heat radiation base body along direction in which heat radiation base body 23 extends with thermal conduction to heat radiation base body 23 allowed. Board 26 of the other electronic control unit of redundant system is fixed to heat radiation base body so as to face to board 24 of one electronic control unit of redundant system, with thermal conduction to heat radiation base body 23 allowed. Size reduction of electric drive device in radial direction can be achieved. Since heat radiates to housing of electric motor unit through heat radiation base body, heat from board can radiate efficiently to the outside.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2023
    Assignee: HITACHI ASTEMO, LTD.
    Inventor: Masao Fujimoto
  • Publication number: 20220009544
    Abstract: An electric power steering device includes a motor housing of an electric motor. The motor housing includes an end face part opposite to an output part of a rotating shaft of the electric motor. An electronic control part is arranged at the end face part. A connector assembly is arranged on a side of the electronic control part opposite to a side of the electronic control part that faces the end face part. A metal cover for the electronic control part includes a bottom part and a lateral peripheral part. The bottom part includes: an exposure hole through which an external terminal forming part is exposed to outside; and an annular reinforcing projecting portion formed at an edge of the exposure hole. The lateral peripheral part is angled from the bottom part, and forms an opening through which the lateral peripheral part is fixed to the end face part.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 23, 2019
    Publication date: January 13, 2022
    Applicant: HITACHI ASTEMO, LTD.
    Inventor: Masao FUJIMOTO
  • Publication number: 20210376690
    Abstract: An electric power steering device includes a motor housing of an electric motor. An annular seal accommodating portion is formed around an external terminal forming part of a connector assembly, and filled with a liquid sealing agent. A fixing member fixes the connector assembly to a fixing part of an end face part of the motor housing. A liquid sealing agent guiding passage is formed with the annular seal accommodating portion, and allows the liquid sealing agent to flow to the fixing member. A metal cover includes: a bottom part including: an exposure hole through which the external terminal forming part is exposed to outside; and an annular reinforcing projecting portion formed at an edge of the exposure hole, and accommodated in the annular seal accommodating portion; and a lateral peripheral part angled from the bottom part, and forming an opening for fixation to the end face part.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 23, 2019
    Publication date: December 2, 2021
    Applicant: HITACHI ASTEMO, LTD.
    Inventor: Masao FUJIMOTO
  • Patent number: 11052841
    Abstract: Heat radiation base body 23 that is adjacent to electric motor unit EM and extends in direction of rotation shaft of electric motor is provided close to rotation shaft of electric motor. Board 24 of one electronic control unit of redundant system is fixed to heat radiation base body along direction in which heat radiation base body 23 extends with thermal conduction to heat radiation base body 23 allowed. Board 26 of the other electronic control unit of redundant system is fixed to heat radiation base body so as to face to board 24 of one electronic control unit of redundant system, with thermal conduction to heat radiation base body 23 allowed. Rotation position detection circuit board 22 to which neutral terminals 31 of electric motor for each phase are connected is provided between heat radiation base body 23 and motor housing 20.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Assignee: HITACHI AUTOMOTIVE SYSTEMS, LTD.
    Inventors: Masao Fujimoto, Keiji Hamada, Tomio Sakashita
  • Patent number: 11040738
    Abstract: An electric drive device has a motor housing accommodating therein an electric motor; a pair of supporting stems arranged so as to face to each other on an end surface, which is an opposite side to an output shaft portion of a rotation shaft of the electric motor, of the motor housing and extending in a direction of the rotation shaft which is an opposite direction to the output shaft portion; a heat radiation base body arranged between the pair of supporting stems and extending in the same direction as those of the supporting stems; fixing bolts screwed into the heat radiation base body from a radially outer side to a radially inner side through the supporting stems and connecting the supporting stems and the heat radiation base body; one electronic control unit of a redundant system, arranged along a direction in which the heat radiation base body extends and having a board that is fixed to the heat radiation base body with thermal conduction to the heat radiation base body allowed; and the other electronic
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2021
    Assignee: Hitachi Astemo, Ltd.
    Inventors: Masao Fujimoto, Keiji Hamada
  • Publication number: 20200239065
    Abstract: Heat radiation base body 23 that is adjacent to electric motor unit EM and extends in direction of rotation shaft 50 of electric motor is provided close to rotation shaft 50 of electric motor. Board 24 of one electronic control unit of redundant system is fixed to heat radiation base body along direction in which heat radiation base body 23 extends with thermal conduction to heat radiation base body 23 allowed. Board 26 of the other electronic control unit of redundant system is fixed to heat radiation base body so as to face to board 24 of one electronic control unit of redundant system, with thermal conduction to heat radiation base body 23 allowed. Size reduction of electric drive device in radial direction can be achieved. Since heat radiates to housing of electric motor unit through heat radiation base body, heat from board can radiate efficiently to the outside.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 13, 2020
    Publication date: July 30, 2020
    Applicant: HITACHI AUTOMOTIVE SYSTEMS, LTD.
    Inventor: Masao FUJIMOTO
  • Patent number: 10668943
    Abstract: A heat radiation base body extending in a direction of a rotation shaft of an electric motor close to the rotation shaft is provided at an end surface of a motor housing accommodating the electric motor. A board of one electronic control unit of a redundant system is fixed to the heat radiation base body along the direction in which heat radiation base body extends with thermal conduction allowed. A board of the other electronic control unit of redundant system is fixed to the heat radiation base body along a direction in which the heat radiation base body extends, so as to face the board of one electronic control unit, with thermal conduction allowed. A cover covering these is fixed to an end surface of the motor housing without a bolt. Thus, a housing accommodating the electronic control unit is not necessary. A sealing part is only the connecting portion between the motor housing and cover, thereby eliminating additional structure of the sealing part, sealing component required for seal and bolt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: Hitachi Automotive Systems, Ltd.
    Inventor: Masao Fujimoto
  • Patent number: 10668944
    Abstract: An electric drive device has a motor housing accommodating an electric motor, a heat radiation base body fixed to an end surface, which is opposite side to an output shaft portion of a motor rotation shaft, of the motor housing and extending in a rotation shaft direction that is opposite side to output shaft portion, one electronic control unit of redundant system, arranged along direction in which heat radiation base body extends and having board, fixed to the heat radiation base body with thermal conduction to heat the radiation base body allowed, and the other electronic control unit of redundant system, arranged along direction in which the heat radiation base body extends and having a board, fixed to the heat radiation base body with thermal conduction to heat radiation base body allowed. Boards of both electronic control units are fixed to the heat radiation base body with boards slanting with respect to an extension direction of the heat radiation base body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: Hitachi Automotive Systems, Ltd.
    Inventors: Masao Fujimoto, Keiji Hamada
  • Patent number: 10654517
    Abstract: Heat radiation base body 23 that is adjacent to electric motor unit EM and extends in direction of rotation shaft 50 of electric motor is provided close to rotation shaft 50 of electric motor. Board 24 of one electronic control unit of redundant system is fixed to heat radiation base body along direction in which heat radiation base body 23 extends with thermal conduction to heat radiation base body 23 allowed. Board 26 of the other electronic control unit of redundant system is fixed to heat radiation base body so as to face to board 24 of one electronic control unit of redundant system, with thermal conduction to heat radiation base body 23 allowed. Size reduction of electric drive device in radial direction can be achieved. Since heat radiates to housing of electric motor unit through heat radiation base body, heat from board can radiate efficiently to the outside.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: HITACHI AUTOMOTIVE SYSTEMS, LTD.
    Inventor: Masao Fujimoto
  • Patent number: 10251271
    Abstract: A stress mitigation region is formed in which a predetermined number of stress mitigation holes penetrating through a wiring are disposed is formed in a proximity of a bonding portion of an electronic component via which the electronic component is bonded to the wiring with an electrically conductive bonding agent. Accordingly, even if a stress is generated in the wiring due to a heat, the stress mitigation holes are deformed so that the stress acted upon the electrically conductive bonding agent becomes small and a generation of cracks in the electrically conductive bonding agent can be suppressed. In addition, the stress mitigation holes are made circular so that concentrations of a current and the stress can be reduced and the generation of the cracks in the wiring can be suppressed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: HITACHI AUTOMOTIVE SYSTEMS, LTD.
    Inventors: Tomishige Yatsugi, Masao Fujimoto
  • Publication number: 20190023305
    Abstract: A heat radiation base body extending in a direction of a rotation shaft of an electric motor close to the rotation shaft is provided at an end surface of a motor housing accommodating the electric motor. A board of one electronic control unit of a redundant system is fixed to the heat radiation base body along the direction in which heat radiation base body extends with thermal conduction allowed. A board of the other electronic control unit of redundant system is fixed to the heat radiation base body along a direction in which the heat radiation base body extends, so as to face the board of one electronic control unit, with thermal conduction allowed. A cover covering these is fixed to an end surface of the motor housing without a bolt. Thus, a housing accommodating the electronic control unit is not necessary. A sealing part is only the connecting portion between the motor housing and cover, thereby eliminating additional structure of the sealing part, sealing component required for seal and bolt.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 16, 2017
    Publication date: January 24, 2019
    Applicant: Hitachi Automotive Systems , Ltd.
    Inventor: Masao FUJIMOTO
  • Publication number: 20190016374
    Abstract: An electric drive device has a motor housing accommodating therein an electric motor; a pair of supporting stems arranged so as to face to each other on an end surface, which is an opposite side to an output shaft portion of a rotation shaft of the electric motor, of the motor housing and extending in a direction of the rotation shaft which is an opposite direction to the output shaft portion; a heat radiation base body arranged between the pair of supporting stems and extending in the same direction as those of the supporting stems; fixing bolts screwed into the heat radiation base body from a radially outer side to a radially inner side through the supporting stems and connecting the supporting stems and the heat radiation base body; one electronic control unit of a redundant system, arranged along a direction in which the heat radiation base body extends and having a board that is fixed to the heat radiation base body with thermal conduction to the heat radiation base body allowed; and the other electronic
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 16, 2017
    Publication date: January 17, 2019
    Inventors: Masao FUJIMOTO, Keiji HAMADA
  • Publication number: 20180244301
    Abstract: An electric drive device has a motor housing accommodating an electric motor, a heat radiation base body fixed to an end surface, which is opposite side to an output shaft portion of a motor rotation shaft, of the motor housing and extending in a rotation shaft direction that is opposite side to output shaft portion, one electronic control unit of redundant system, arranged along direction in which heat radiation base body extends and having board, fixed to the heat radiation base body with thermal conduction to heat the radiation base body allowed, and the other electronic control unit of redundant system, arranged along direction in which the heat radiation base body extends and having a board, fixed to the heat radiation base body with thermal conduction to heat radiation base body allowed. Boards of both electronic control units are fixed to the heat radiation base body with boards slanting with respect to an extension direction of the heat radiation base body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 16, 2017
    Publication date: August 30, 2018
    Inventors: Masao FUJIMOTO, Keiji HAMADA
  • Patent number: 10044248
    Abstract: In an electric driving apparatus and an electric power steering apparatus, an electronic control assembly is divided into a power-supply circuit unit mounted on a metal substrate, a power-conversion circuit unit mounted on a metal substrate, and a control circuit unit mounted on a resin substrate. A power-supply-connector wiring part, which supplies electric power from the power-supply circuit unit to the power-conversion circuit unit and the control circuit unit, and a signal-transmission-connector wiring part, which transmits signals to be input to or output from the control circuit unit, are embedded in a synthetic-resin connector terminal assembly arranged on an outer peripheral side of each of the metal substrates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: Hitachi Automotive Systems, Ltd.
    Inventor: Masao Fujimoto
  • Patent number: 10014745
    Abstract: The present invention is configured such that an electronic control assembly is divided into a power-supply circuit unit mounted on a metal substrate, a power-conversion circuit unit mounted on a metal substrate, and a control circuit unit mounted on a resin substrate; a power-supply-connector wiring part, which supplies electric power from the power-supply circuit unit to the power-conversion circuit unit and the control circuit unit, and a signal-transmission-connector wiring part, which transmits signals to be input to or output from the control circuit unit, are embedded in a connector terminal assembly; and connector terminals of the power-supply-connector wiring part and the signal-transmission-connector wiring part, which are exposed from the connector terminal assembly, are directly connected to the corresponding circuit units.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: Hitachi Automotive Systems, Ltd.
    Inventor: Masao Fujimoto
  • Publication number: 20180178739
    Abstract: Heat radiation base body 23 that is adjacent to electric motor unit EM and extends in direction of rotation shaft of electric motor is provided close to rotation shaft of electric motor. Board 24 of one electronic control unit of redundant system is fixed to heat radiation base body along direction in which heat radiation base body 23 extends with thermal conduction to heat radiation base body 23 allowed. Board 26 of the other electronic control unit of redundant system is fixed to heat radiation base body so as to face to board 24 of one electronic control unit of redundant system, with thermal conduction to heat radiation base body 23 allowed. Rotation position detection circuit board 22 to which neutral terminals 31 of electric motor for each phase are connected is provided between heat radiation base body 23 and motor housing 20.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 16, 2017
    Publication date: June 28, 2018
    Applicant: HITACHI AUTOMOTIVE SYSTEMS, LTD.
    Inventors: Masao FUJIMOTO, Keiji HAMADA, Tomio SAKASHITA