Patents by Inventor Masaru Koike

Masaru Koike 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: 20200232696
    Abstract: Cold air storage for in-vehicle use having a body duct 22 communicating with a back portion of a cold accumulating chamber 18 and extending to a ceiling portion of a cold storage chamber 3, an outlet 23 formed in the body duct and opening at the ceiling portion of the cold storage chamber, a fan 7 blowing cold air which has heat-exchanged with a cold accumulating agent 6 from the outlet through the body duct, a metal door duct member 24 attached to the inside of the door 8 with an interval, and a door duct 26 configured between the door duct member and the door. When the door closes a front opening portion of the cold storage chamber, an upper portion of the door duct communicates with the outlet and a lower portion of the door duct communicates with a front portion of the cold air accumulating chamber.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 12, 2018
    Publication date: July 23, 2020
    Inventors: Shigekazu KOIKE, Masaru OCHIAI, Hikaru SUDA, Masayuki SEKIGUCHI
  • Publication number: 20180215065
    Abstract: A knife assembly for use in a veneer cutting machine such as a rotary veneer lathe and a veneer slicer includes a knife blade, a knife blade holder and a knife adjusting bolt with a lock nut. The knife blade holder includes a holder block having formed therethrough a threaded hole through which the knife adjusting bolt is adjustably inserted. The holder block has a first support surface that is in supporting contact with a part of one surface of the knife blade on the side thereof where a bevel face of the knife blade is formed and a second support surface that is in supporting contact with a part of a base end surface located opposite from and extending parallel to a cutting edge of the knife blade.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 9, 2018
    Publication date: August 2, 2018
    Inventor: Masaru Koike
  • Patent number: 9764494
    Abstract: A method of cutting a wood block and a veneer lathe are disclosed. Two groups of first plural contact members and second plural contact members disposed around the wood block for supporting the wood block from the periphery thereof and each having a contact portion contactable with periphery of the wood block. The first and the second contact members are spaced away from each other along the spin axis of the wood block so as to form a space between any two adjacent contact members, respectively, and arranged in such a way that a part of the contact member of one group is insertable into the space between any two adjacent contact members of the other group when the wood block is cut to a predetermined reduced diameter so that the wood block is continued to be supported further.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: Meinan Machinery Works, Inc.
    Inventor: Masaru Koike
  • Patent number: 9527222
    Abstract: Method for manufacturing diagonal plywood is disclosed. The method uses a rectangular-shaped plywood board or a joined plywood board made of a plurality of plywood boards having the same thickness and joined together into a rectangular shape is prepared. The rectangular-shaped board or joined board is cut diagonally with respect to any pair of parallel sides of the board along diagonal parallel lines spaced at a predetermined interval into a plurality of cut boards having a shape of parallelogram or trapezoid. Subsequently, the cut boards are joined together side-to-side into a joined elongated board in such a way that the opposite parallel sides thereof form the elongated sides of the resulting joined elongated board. The joined elongated board is cut across the elongated sides thereof into a plurality of rectangular-shaped boards of any desired dimension.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Assignee: Meinan Machinery Works, Inc.
    Inventor: Masaru Koike
  • Patent number: 9079329
    Abstract: A method of cutting a wood block and a veneer lathe are disclosed. Two groups of first plural contact members and second plural contact members disposed around the wood block for supporting the wood block from the periphery thereof and each having a contact portion contactable with periphery of the wood block. The first and the second contact members are spaced away from each other along the spin axis of the wood block so as to form a space between any two adjacent contact members, respectively, and arranged in such a way that a part of the contact member of one group is insertable into the space between any two adjacent contact members of the other group when the wood block is cut to a predetermined reduced diameter so that the wood block is continued to be supported further.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2015
    Assignee: Meinan Machinery Works, Inc.
    Inventor: Masaru Koike
  • Publication number: 20150041021
    Abstract: A method of cutting a wood block and a veneer lathe are disclosed. Two groups of first plural contact members and second plural contact members disposed around the wood block for supporting the wood block from the periphery thereof and each having a contact portion contactable with periphery of the wood block. The first and the second contact members are spaced away from each other along the spin axis of the wood block so as to form a space between any two adjacent contact members, respectively, and arranged in such a way that a part of the contact member of one group is insertable into the space between any two adjacent contact members of the other group when the wood block is cut to a predetermined reduced diameter so that the wood block is continued to be supported further.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 28, 2014
    Publication date: February 12, 2015
    Inventor: Masaru Koike
  • Patent number: 8631900
    Abstract: A sound insulation floor structure comprises a floor backing member, a floor finishing layer, and an intermediate layer between the floor backing member and the floor finishing layer, the intermediate layer comprising a buffer member comprising a nonwoven structure. The nonwoven structure comprises a thermal adhesive fiber under moisture which is melt-bonded to a fiber of the nonwoven structure to fix the fibers. For example, the sound insulation floor structure may comprise, in sequence, a floor backing member 1, a buffer layer 2, an air layer 3, a hard layer 4, and a floor finishing layer 5. In the floor structure, a support member 6 is disposed between the buffer layer 2 and the hard layer 4. The support member may occupy 10 to 70% of a floor area. The sound insulation floor structure prevents subsidence of a floor member due to walking, achieves comfortableness to walk, and has improved floor impact sound insulation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2014
    Assignee: Kuraray Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Noboru Miyake, Masahiko Takamatsu, Hideki Kanezako, Kazutoshi Hirata, Kohei Hayashi, Sumito Kiyooka, Atsumi Adachi, Masaru Koike, Satoshi Koizumi
  • Patent number: 8387747
    Abstract: A soundproof panel comprising a nonwoven structural member and a board member is prepared. The nonwoven structural member comprises a thermal adhesive fiber under moisture which is melt-bonded to a fiber of the structural member to fix the fibers. The soundproof panel may be a soundproof panel 1 comprising a nonwoven structural member 2 and a honeycomb member 3 stacked thereto. Moreover, the soundproof panel may be a soundproof panel comprising a board-like nonwoven structural member and first and second surface members stacked to first and second sides of the board-like nonwoven structural member, respectively. Further, the soundproof panel may be a soundproof panel having first and second surface members stacked through a square-pole rail member comprising a nonwoven structural member. The soundproof panel of the present invention has toughness for the lightweight design and has excellent sound absorption and sound insulation properties.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2013
    Assignee: Kuraray Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Masaru Koike, Tomoaki Kimura, Masato Iizumi
  • Publication number: 20130025965
    Abstract: A sound insulation floor structure comprises a floor backing member, a floor finishing layer, and an intermediate layer between the floor backing member and the floor finishing layer, the intermediate layer comprising a buffer member comprising a nonwoven structure. The nonwoven structure comprises a thermal adhesive fiber under moisture which is melt-bonded to a fiber of the nonwoven structure to fix the fibers. For example, the sound insulation floor structure may comprise, in sequence, a floor backing member 1, a buffer layer 2, an air layer 3, a hard layer 4, and a floor finishing layer 5. In the floor structure, a support member 6 is disposed between the buffer layer 2 and the hard layer 4. The support member may occupy 10 to 70% of a floor area. The sound insulation floor structure prevents subsidence of a floor member due to walking, achieves comfortableness to walk, and has improved floor impact sound insulation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 3, 2011
    Publication date: January 31, 2013
    Applicant: KURARAY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Noboru Miyake, Masahiko Takamatsu, Hideki Kanezako, Kazutoshi Hirata, Kohei Hayashi, Sumito Kiyooka, Atsumi Adachi, Masaru Koike, Satoshi Koizumi
  • Publication number: 20120325371
    Abstract: Method for manufacturing diagonal plywood is disclosed. The method uses a rectangular-shaped plywood board or a joined plywood board made of a plurality of plywood boards having the same thickness and joined together into a rectangular shape is prepared. The rectangular-shaped board or joined board is cut diagonally with respect to any pair of parallel sides of the board along diagonal parallel lines spaced at a predetermined interval into a plurality of cut boards having a shape of parallelogram or trapezoid. Subsequently, the cut boards are joined together side-to-side into a joined elongated board in such a way that the opposite parallel sides thereof form the elongated sides of the resulting joined elongated board. The joined elongated board is cut across the elongated sides thereof into a plurality of rectangular-shaped boards of any desired dimension.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 31, 2012
    Publication date: December 27, 2012
    Applicant: Meinan Machinery Works, Inc.
    Inventor: Masaru Koike
  • Publication number: 20110266088
    Abstract: A soundproof panel comprising a nonwoven structural member and a board member is prepared. The nonwoven structural member comprises a thermal adhesive fiber under moisture which is melt-bonded to a fiber of the structural member to fix the fibers. The soundproof panel may be a soundproof panel 1 comprising a nonwoven structural member 2 and a honeycomb member 3 stacked thereto. Moreover, the soundproof panel may be a soundproof panel comprising a board-like nonwoven structural member and first and second surface members stacked to first and second sides of the board-like nonwoven structural member, respectively. Further, the soundproof panel may be a soundproof panel having first and second surface members stacked through a square-pole rail member comprising a nonwoven structural member. The soundproof panel of the present invention has toughness for the lightweight design and has excellent sound absorption and sound insulation properties.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 13, 2010
    Publication date: November 3, 2011
    Applicant: KURARAY KURAFLEX CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Masaru Koike, Tomoaki Kimura, Masato Iizumi
  • Publication number: 20110114223
    Abstract: A method of cutting a wood block and a veneer lathe are disclosed. Two groups of first plural contact members and second plural contact members disposed around the wood block for supporting the wood block from the periphery thereof and each having a contact portion contactable with periphery of the wood block. The first and the second contact members are spaced away from each other along the spin axis of the wood block so as to form a space between any two adjacent contact members, respectively, and arranged in such a way that a part of the contact member of one group is insertable into the space between any two adjacent contact members of the other group when the wood block is cut to a predetermined reduced diameter so that the wood block is continued to be supported further.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 18, 2010
    Publication date: May 19, 2011
    Applicant: Meinan Machinery Works, Inc.
    Inventor: Masaru Koike
  • Patent number: 7422042
    Abstract: An apparatus for centering a log to allow an optimum yield axis and a maximum radius of rotation of the log to be calculated more accurately than conventionally possible. The angle of rotation of a log M is detected by a rotation angle detector that is engaged with a preliminary axis c about which the log M is rotated. A contour of the log for calculating the optimum yield axis of the log and a contour for calculating the maximum radius of rotation of the log are measured separately. The contour for calculating the optimum yield axis is measured in a fixed-point manner by measuring the log at a plurality of certain measurement points with beam reflection scanners. The contour for calculating the maximum radius of rotation is measured in a comprehensive manner using swing-angle detectors engaged with contact-swinging detection members provided individually in the plural measurement sections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2008
    Assignee: Meinan Machinery Works, Inc.
    Inventors: Nobuyuki Moriyama, Kazuhito Mawatari, Fumihiro Mizutani, Yukinobu Kuno, Katsuya Matsumoto, Masaru Koike
  • Patent number: 7337813
    Abstract: A method of cutting a wood block for production of veneer by a rotary veneer lathe. The veneer lathe includes a veneer knife, a number of rotatable peripheral drive wheels placed parallel to the veneer knife and each having a number of tooth-like projections pierceable into a wood block for driving the wood block for rotation about its axis, and a guide member for guiding veneer peeled from the wood block. The cutting of the wood block is done at a first position of the peripheral drive wheels where the veneer peeled from the wood block is pierced by the projections to such an extent that substantial splits are formed in the veneer along wood grain thereof, and also at a second position where the projections provide no force to the veneer moving past the guide member that causes the substantial splits in the veneer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2008
    Assignee: Meinan Machinery Works, Inc.
    Inventor: Masaru Koike
  • Patent number: 7225843
    Abstract: A method of cutting a wood block for production of veneer by a rotary veneer lathe. The veneer lathe includes a veneer knife, a number of rotatable peripheral drive wheels placed parallel to the veneer knife and each having a number of tooth-like projections pierceable into a wood block for driving the wood block for rotation about its axis, and a guide member for guiding veneer peeled from the wood block. The cutting of the wood block is done at a first position of the peripheral drive wheels where the veneer peeled from the wood block is pierced by the projections to such an extent that substantial splits are formed in the veneer along wood grain thereof, and also at a second position where the projections provide no force to the veneer moving past the guide member that causes the substantial splits in the veneer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2007
    Assignee: Meinan Machinery Works, Inc.
    Inventor: Masaru Koike
  • Publication number: 20070074787
    Abstract: A method of cutting a wood block for production of veneer by a rotary veneer lathe. The veneer lathe includes a veneer knife, a number of rotatable peripheral drive wheels placed parallel to the veneer knife and each having a number of tooth-like projections pierceable into a wood block for driving the wood block for rotation about its axis, and a guide member for guiding veneer peeled from the wood block. The cutting of the wood block is done at a first position of the peripheral drive wheels where the veneer peeled from the wood block is pierced by the projections to such an extent that substantial splits are formed in the veneer along wood grain thereof, and also at a second position where the projections provide no force to the veneer moving past the guide member that causes the substantial splits in the veneer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 5, 2006
    Publication date: April 5, 2007
    Applicant: MEINAN MACHINERY WORKS, INC.
    Inventor: Masaru Koike
  • Publication number: 20060226380
    Abstract: A method of inspecting a broad article by using a plurality of line sensor cameras, more specifically a method of combining image data from such plural sensor cameras is disclosed. The line sensor cameras are disposed relative to the inspection surface of the broad article such that the sensor cameras have their own inspection ranges and also share in common a range which is overlapped by parts of the inspection ranges of the sensor cameras. A laser beam is projected to the overlapped range so that a line marking appears across the center of the overlapped range. The image data from any two adjacent line sensor cameras are combined through calculation in such a way that portions of data of images grabbed by the two adjacent sensor cameras are excluded on the basis of the line marking so that the inspection ranges of the two adjacent cameras cover complementarily the entire inspection range.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 11, 2005
    Publication date: October 12, 2006
    Applicant: MEINAN MACHINERY WORKS, INC.
    Inventors: Masaru Koike, Hirotaka Okamoto, Kouji Morita, Noriyuki Hiraoka
  • Publication number: 20050139287
    Abstract: A method of cutting a wood block for production of veneer by a rotary veneer lathe is disclosed. The veneer lathe includes a knife carriage which has a veneer knife mounted therein and having a cutting edge, a number of rotatable peripheral drive wheels disposed at a spaced interval in parallel relation to the cutting edge of the veneer knife and each having on the circumferential periphery a number of tooth-like projections pierceable into the wood block adjacent to the cutting edge of the veneer knife for driving the wood block from the periphery thereof for rotation about its axis, and a guide member disposed adjacent to the drive wheel for guiding veneer peeled from the wood block.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 20, 2004
    Publication date: June 30, 2005
    Applicant: MEINAN MACHINERY WORKS, INC.
    Inventor: Masaru Koike
  • Publication number: 20040211490
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for centering a log allow a optimum yield axis and a maximum radius of rotation of the log to be calculated more accurately than conventionally possible. The angle of rotation of a log M is detected by a rotation angle detector 6 that is engaged with a preliminary axis c about which the log M is rotated. A contour of the log for calculating the optimum yield axis of the log and a contour for calculating the maximum radius of rotation of the log are measured separately. The contour for calculating the optimum yield axis is measured in a fixed-point manner by measuring the log at a plurality of certain measurement points with beam reflection scanners 8 disposed at appropriate intervals along the axis of the log M.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 20, 2004
    Publication date: October 28, 2004
    Applicant: Meinan Machinery Works, Inc.
    Inventors: Nobuyuki Moriyama, Kazuhito Mawatari, Fumihiro Mizutani, Yukinobu Kuno, Katsuya Matsumoto, Masaru Koike
  • Patent number: 6778680
    Abstract: A peeler block is formed previously on its opposite end faces with markings the centers of which define an optimum axis about which the block should be rotated for achieving maximum yield in peeling veneer from the block in a rotary veneer lathe. An apparatus is disclosed herein which is designed to detecting such markings at two different detecting stations and finally positioning the block such that its optimum axis is set parallel to the axes of spindles of a rotary veneer lathe is disclosed. At the first station, the markings are detected by a first pair of image sensors such as CCD cameras having lenses with a short focal length hence wide-angle viewing capability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2001
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2004
    Assignee: Meinan Machinery Works, Inc.
    Inventor: Masaru Koike