Patents by Inventor Masashi Kitamura

Masashi Kitamura 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: 10765323
    Abstract: In one embodiment, the invention can be an electric toothbrush including a trajectory detecting module configured to detect a trajectory of movement of a brush, the trajectory including a plurality of positions; an attitude detecting module configured to detect an attitude of the brush; a site estimating module configured to estimate a brushing site for each of the plurality of positions of the trajectory, each estimated brushing site being based on the trajectory detected by the trajectory detecting module; and a back most tooth detecting module configured to detect a back most tooth based on a change of the attitude detected by the attitude detecting module; wherein the site estimating module is further configured to correct the estimated brushing site for each of the plurality of positions of the trajectory based on the estimated site of the detected back most tooth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignees: Colgate-Palmolive Company, Omron Healthcare Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hideaki Yoshida, Mamoru Katano, Masashi Kitamura
  • Patent number: 10743649
    Abstract: The plaque detecting device of the present invention comprises a light emitting unit (450) which irradiates ultraviolet or blue excitation light (L) toward the tooth surface (99a), and a first and second light receiving units (402) which receive radiated light (L?) from the tooth surface (99a). The first light receiving unit extracts the spectral component of a first wavelength region including the wavelength range of fluorescent light specific to plaque from the radiated light (L?), and obtains a first output value corresponding to the intensity of that spectral component. The second light receiving unit extracts, from the radiated light (L?), the spectral component of a second wavelength region containing the wavelength range of the fluorescent light specific to enamel and having a predetermined lower limit wavelength below the lower limit wavelength of the first wavelength region, and obtains a second output value corresponding to the intensity of this spectral component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: Colgate Palmolive Company
    Inventors: Hideyuki Yamashita, Kosuke Abe, Hideaki Yoshida, Yasuhiro Kawabata, Masashi Kitamura
  • Publication number: 20200207126
    Abstract: A printing unit includes a head unit; a platen unit separately combined with the head unit; a fixed blade provided to the platen unit; a movable blade, which is provided to the head unit and is relatively movable with respect to the fixed blade; a drive mechanism, which includes a drive rack coupled to the movable blade, and moves the movable blade between a standby position being separated from the fixed blade and a cutting position at which the movable blade rides on the fixed blade; an operation lever being movable between a lock position and a releasing position; and a return mechanism configured to move the movable blade from the cutting position toward the standby position side through intermediation of the drive rack in association with the operation lever.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 11, 2019
    Publication date: July 2, 2020
    Inventors: Masashi Kitamura, Tomohiro Murata, Akio Naito, Kouji Kawaguchi
  • Publication number: 20200180023
    Abstract: A process abnormality detection system for a three-dimensional additive manufacturing device which performs additive modeling by emitting a beam to a powder bed determines that a laying abnormality of the powder bed is occurring if at least one of a first condition that an average height of the powder bed from a reference position is out of a first predetermined range or a second condition that a height variation of the powder bed is out of a second predetermined range is satisfied, on the basis of a detection result of a shape measurement sensor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 8, 2017
    Publication date: June 11, 2020
    Inventors: Ryuichi NARITA, Toshiya WATANABE, Akio KONDOU, Masashi KITAMURA, Hidetaka HARAGUCHI, Shuji TANIGAWA, Claus THOMY, Henry KOEHLER, Michael KALMS
  • Publication number: 20190338382
    Abstract: A method of heat-treating for a metal molded article includes: a shape holding layer formation step of forming on a shape holding layer having a melting point higher than a solidus temperature Ts of a composition of the metal molded article on a surface of the metal molded article by treating the metal molded article; and a first heat-treatment step of performing a first heat treatment on the metal molded article at a first temperature T1, after forming the shape holding layer. When a reference temperature Ta is a temperature lower than the solidus temperature Ts by 100° C., and Tm is the melting point of the shape holding layer, the shape holding layer formation step and the first heat-treatment step are performed so as to satisfy an expression Ta?T1?Tm.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 31, 2018
    Publication date: November 7, 2019
    Inventors: Kousuke FUJIWARA, Hidetaka HARAGUCHI, Shuji TANIGAWA, Masashi KITAMURA, Masaki TANEIKE, Nobuhiko SAITO, Toshinobu OHARA
  • Publication number: 20190335890
    Abstract: The plaque detecting device of the present invention comprises a light emitting unit (450) which irradiates ultraviolet or blue excitation light (L) toward the tooth surface (99a), and a first and second light receiving units (402) which receive radiated light (L?) from the tooth surface (99a). The first light receiving unit extracts the spectral component of a first wavelength region including the wavelength range of fluorescent light specific to plaque from the radiated light (L?), and obtains a first output value corresponding to the intensity of that spectral component. The second light receiving unit extracts, from the radiated light (L?), the spectral component of a second wavelength region containing the wavelength range of the fluorescent light specific to enamel and having a predetermined lower limit wavelength below the lower limit wavelength of the first wavelength region, and obtains a second output value corresponding to the intensity of this spectral component.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2017
    Publication date: November 7, 2019
    Applicants: Omron Healthcare Co., Ltd., Colgate-Palmolive Company
    Inventors: Hideyuki YAMASHITA, Kosuke ABE, Hideaki YOSHIDA, Yasuhiro KAWABATA, Masashi KITAMURA
  • Publication number: 20190299527
    Abstract: A three-dimensional additive manufacturing apparatus for additive manufacturing by irradiating a powder bed placed in a build surface area with is configured to project a fringe pattern over the build surface area and detect unevenness in the build surface area, based on image data obtained by capturing an image of the fringe pattern. The projection unit and the imaging unit are disposed so as to avoid an irradiation region of the beam.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 18, 2019
    Publication date: October 3, 2019
    Inventors: Masashi KITAMURA, Koji TSUKIMOTO, Ryuichi NARITA, Michael KALMS, Claus THOMY
  • Publication number: 20190276923
    Abstract: Provided is a method for manufacturing a metal molded article capable of suppressing leaching of a molten liquid that may be created due to heat treatment of a metal member, from the metal member. The method for manufacturing a metal molded article includes the steps of: applying a ceramic coating to a metal member; and performing heat treatment of the metal member to which the ceramic coating has been applied.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 4, 2019
    Publication date: September 12, 2019
    Inventors: Shuji TANIGAWA, Masashi KITAMURA, Kosuke FUJIWARA, Toshinobu OHARA, Masaki TANEIKE, Takahiro FUKUDA
  • Publication number: 20190275779
    Abstract: An additive manufacturing method of manufacturing a product by laminating metal includes: laminating the metal so as to form a half-finished product of the product and a support; and spraying dry ice pellets having a particle shape to the support, after the laminating.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 6, 2018
    Publication date: September 12, 2019
    Inventors: Shuji TANIGAWA, Masashi KITAMURA, Yasuyuki FUJIYA, Shuho TSUBOTA
  • Patent number: 10366814
    Abstract: The present invention provides a permanent magnet with a composition ratio of RXT(100-X-Y)CY having a main phase with Nd5Fe17 type crystal structure, wherein: R is one or more rare earth elements including Sm as a necessary element, and the rare earth elements are Sm, Y, La, Pr, Ce, Nd, Eu, Gd, Tb, Dy, Ho, Er, Tm, Yb and Lu; and T is one or more transition metal elements including Fe or a combination of Fe and Co as necessary elements; and 15<X<40, 5<Y<15, 1.5<(100-X-Y)/X<4.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: TDK CORPORATION
    Inventors: Masashi Ito, Tomoko Kitamura, Masaki Tomita
  • Publication number: 20190193329
    Abstract: A selective beam additive manufacturing device includes: a powder-bed forming unit capable of forming a powder bed on a base plate capable of moving up and down inside a frame; a manufacturing-beam emission unit capable of emitting a manufacturing beam onto a powder bed; a heating-beam emission unit capable of emitting a heating beam whose output is lower than that of the manufacturing beam onto the powder bed; and a control device. The control device is configured to be capable of: controlling the manufacturing-beam emission unit such that the manufacturing-beam emission unit emits the manufacturing beam onto the powder bed along a setting route corresponding to a shape of a target object to be manufactured; and controlling the manufacturing-beam emission unit such that the heating-beam emission unit emits the heating beam onto the powder bed along the setting route.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 5, 2017
    Publication date: June 27, 2019
    Inventors: Hidetaka HARAGUCHI, Masashi KITAMURA, Shuji TANIGAWA
  • Publication number: 20190187278
    Abstract: An ultrasound probe of an ultrasound diagnostic apparatus, includes: a plurality of ultrasound transducers that perform mutual conversion between an ultrasound wave and an electrical signal; a switching circuit that selectively switches ultrasound transducers to be electrically connected to a transmitting/receiving circuit among the plurality of ultrasound transducers; and a matching circuit that is provided at one of a preceding stage and a subsequent stage of the switching circuit, is connected to a position connected directly to the switching circuit, and performs impedance matching between the switching circuit and a circuit disposed at one of the preceding stage and the subsequent stage of the switching circuit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 6, 2018
    Publication date: June 20, 2019
    Inventors: Masashi OZAWA, Yuiko KITAMURA, Kaoru OKADA
  • Publication number: 20190084044
    Abstract: A member joining method is for joining a first member with a second member by welding. The method includes performing welding of the first member and the second member from a side of high-temperature use environmental surfaces of the first member and the second member under a condition in which the first member abuts on the second member through hooked portions, each hooked portion being provided on an abutment surface, on which the first member and the second member under abutting, of each of the first member and the second member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 18, 2018
    Publication date: March 21, 2019
    Inventors: Shuji TANIGAWA, Masahiko MEGA, Masashi KITAMURA
  • Publication number: 20190005420
    Abstract: Provided are a management support device, a management support method, and a program for calculating managerial index values based on financial data and outputting multiple analytical results. A management support device 10 includes: a data acquisition device 30 that acquires financial data to analyze; a business analyzer 32 configured to calculate managerial index values based on the acquired financial data, and based on a database 23 relating managerial index values and analytical results, and the calculated managerial index values, analyze the target business operation; an output device 28 that outputs the analytical results from the analytical function 32. The database 23 stores multiple relations of managerial index values and analytical results. The analytical function 32 determines the multiple analytical results corresponding to the calculated managerial index values. The web control function 28 outputs the multiple calculated analytical results.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 25, 2018
    Publication date: January 3, 2019
    Inventors: Tadasuke FUJIMOTO, Tetsuya MATSUZAWA, Masashi KITAMURA, Kazuaki MURATA
  • Publication number: 20180199819
    Abstract: In one embodiment, the invention can be an electric toothbrush including a trajectory detecting module configured to detect a trajectory of movement of a brush, the trajectory including a plurality of positions; an attitude detecting module configured to detect an attitude of the brush; a site estimating module configured to estimate a brushing site for each of the plurality of positions of the trajectory, each estimated brushing site being based on the trajectory detected by the trajectory detecting module; and a back most tooth detecting module configured to detect a back most tooth based on a change of the attitude detected by the attitude detecting module; wherein the site estimating module is further configured to correct the estimated brushing site for each of the plurality of positions of the trajectory based on the estimated site of the detected back most tooth
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 9, 2016
    Publication date: July 19, 2018
    Applicants: Colgate-Palmolive Company, OMRON HEALTHCARE CO., LTD
    Inventors: Hideaki YOSHIDA, Mamoru KATANO, Masashi KITAMURA, Toshifumi MATSUMOTO, Sakae MORIKAWA
  • Publication number: 20180177575
    Abstract: An electric toothbrush that detects plaque on the teeth, ensures accurate plaque detection, and performs cleaning of plaque. The electric toothbrush may include a body having a gripping part and a stem with a brush unit detachably coupled to the body. The electric toothbrush may include a light emitting element for emitting light onto the tooth and a light receiving element for receiving light that reflects off of the tooth. A controller may be included to determine an amount of plaque on the tooth based on the amount of reflected light detected. The electric toothbrush may also include a fluid dispensing system that dispenses fluid based on the amount of reflected light detected. In some aspects, the electric toothbrush may operate in multiple oscillation modes, and it may only dispense fluid in some of the modes but not all of the modes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 9, 2016
    Publication date: June 28, 2018
    Applicants: Colgate-Palmolive Company, OMRON HEALTHCARE CO., LTD
    Inventors: Hideaki YOSHIDA, Mamoru KATANO, Masashi KITAMURA, Sakae MORIKAWA
  • Patent number: 9492094
    Abstract: In a blood pressure monitor, when a main unit is mounted on a mounting surface such as a desk, a bulging region of a first tube and a bulging region of a second tube, both located at a rear surface of the main unit, come into contact with the mounting surface. This can avoid the main unit from sliding even when the main unit is pulled by the first and second tubes. Consequently, a blood pressure monitor has a configuration in which the main unit is less likely to slide over the mounting surface even when the main unit is pulled by tubes connected to the main unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2016
    Assignee: OMRON HEALTHCARE Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Masashi Kitamura, Kai Zhong, Chun-Peng Zhang
  • Patent number: 9385581
    Abstract: The present invention is intended to provide a magnetic gear structure that realizes a magnetic gear that transmits a torque efficiently by reducing eddy currents generated in the interior of magnets. In order to solve the subject described above, in the magnetic gear structure, a structure in which magnets are arranged in the interior of an iron core in an inner rotor portion. Bonded magnets formed by molding, for example, NdFeB powder may be used as the magnets. Since the influence of the eddy current on the side of an outer rotor having a larger pole number is large, a structure in which the magnets are arranged in the interior only of an outer rotor portion having a larger pole number is also applicable. In addition, the magnets to be embedded may be divided into a plurality of pieces. The finer the division of the magnets, the less eddy currents are generated, so that a method of further fining down and assembling the same is also effective.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2016
    Assignee: Hitachi, Ltd.
    Inventors: Yuji Enomoto, Junnosuke Nakatsugawa, Norihisa Iwasaki, Masashi Kitamura
  • Patent number: 9143025
    Abstract: A magnetic gear mechanism including a simplified assembly of a magnetic flux modulating section in the magnetic gear mechanism which improves the strength thereof. In the magnetic flux modulating section of the magnetic gear mechanism, the magnetic flux modulating section being formed of a magnetic member and a non-magnetic member, a piece of the magnetic member and a piece of the non-magnetic member are separately produced. The piece of the magnetic member is sandwiched between circumferential projections provided in pieces of the non-magnetic member, and the magnetic member and the non-magnetic member and bearing holding sections form a structure in which the magnetic member and the non-magnetic member are fitted into the bearing holding sections by using recessed portions provided in the bearing holding sections and axial projections provided in the pieces of the non-magnetic member. This structure simplifies production and improves strength.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2015
    Assignee: HITACHI, LTD.
    Inventors: Norihisa Iwasaki, Yuji Enomoto, Junnosuke Nakatsugawa, Masashi Kitamura, Kinya Kobayashi, Hironori Matsumoto
  • Patent number: 8781763
    Abstract: A method for analyzing an operating point of a permanent magnet performs electromagnetic field analysis based on a B-H curve of the permanent magnet and element data concerning a finite number of elements into which the permanent magnet is divided to obtain the operating point of the permanent magnet. The method includes the steps of storing data of inputted B-H curve; obtaining magnetic flux densities and magnetic fields in plural regions of the permanent magnet by performing the electromagnetic field analysis based on the data of the B-H curve; and obtaining the operating point of each of the elements based on the result of the electromagnetic field analysis by employing a variable, the variable continuously varying in a first quadrant, in a second quadrant, in a third quadrant, and over these quadrants of the B-H curve and linearly varying with respect to the magnetic flux density and magnetic field.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignee: Hitachi, Ltd.
    Inventors: Shigeru Kakugawa, Masashi Kitamura, Kohji Maki, Shinji Sugimoto