Patents by Inventor Masato Kobayashi

Masato Kobayashi 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: 20200215832
    Abstract: A roll sheet with a continuous sheet wound in a roll form is rotated in a forward direction to supply the sheet to a printing unit. A sensor whose output is changed in accordance with a distance between the sensor and the sheet is used. A rotation direction of the roll sheet is switched from an opposite direction to the forward direction on the basis of the output of the sensor during rotation of the roll sheet in the opposite direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 20, 2020
    Publication date: July 9, 2020
    Inventors: Masato Eiyama, Yuki Igarashi, Masashi Kamada, Masashi Negishi, Ryoya Shinjo, Ryo Kobayashi, Tomohiro Suzuki, Tsutomu Obata
  • Patent number: 10703117
    Abstract: A roll sheet with a continuous sheet wound in a roll form is rotated in a forward direction to supply the sheet to a printing unit. A sensor whose output is changed in accordance with a distance between the sensor and the sheet is used. A rotation direction of the roll sheet is switched from an opposite direction to the forward direction on the basis of the output of the sensor during rotation of the roll sheet in the opposite direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Masato Eiyama, Yuki Igarashi, Masashi Kamada, Masashi Negishi, Ryoya Shinjo, Ryo Kobayashi, Tomohiro Suzuki, Tsutomu Obata
  • Publication number: 20200186663
    Abstract: An image processing method includes correcting a show-through of a document image, and setting a document type, wherein a correction amount for the document image is changed based on the set document type.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 25, 2019
    Publication date: June 11, 2020
    Inventor: Masato Kobayashi
  • Patent number: 10676091
    Abstract: A control apparatus for a vehicle includes a vehicle driving control portion configured to permit reverse driving of the vehicle in a reverse direction while the automatic transmission is placed in a forward-drive low-speed gear position, with the motor/generator being operated in a negative direction to generate a negative torque, and a transmission shifting control portion configured to implement a control for promotion to establish the forward-drive low-speed gear position, when switching from forward driving of the vehicle to its reverse driving of the vehicle is required in the process of a shifting action of the automatic transmission to the forward-drive low-speed gear position. The transmission shifting control portion implements the control for promotion to establish the forward-drive low-speed gear position, according to a state of control of the engaging-side coupling device to be brought into its engaged state for establishing the forward-drive low-speed gear position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignees: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA, AISIN AW CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hisashi Ishihara, Takahiro Kimura, Masato Yoshikawa, Nobufusa Kobayashi, Kenta Kumazaki, Kazuomi Okasaka, Atsushi Kayukawa, Daisuke Suyama, Mitsuru Maeda
  • Patent number: 10674041
    Abstract: An image capturing unit includes a sensor unit that image-captures a predetermined area including a subject; and a reference chart unit that is arranged in the predetermined area and captured with the subject by the sensor unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: RICOH COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventors: Nobuyuki Satoh, Yasuyuki Suzuki, Masato Kobayashi, Suguru Yokozawa, Tatsuhiko Okada, Mamoru Yorimoto, Daisaku Horikawa, Yuichi Sakurada
  • Patent number: 10641383
    Abstract: A control apparatus includes a shifting delay control portion configured to delay a moment of generation of a shift-down command to implement a power-on shift-down action of the step-variable transmission, with respect to a moment of determination to implement the power-on shift-down action, for thereby reducing a shifting shock of the step-variable transmission in the process of the power-on shift-down action. The shifting delay control portion adjusts a delay time from the moment of determination to implement the power-on shift-down action to the moment of generation of the shift-down command, on the basis of at least one of an output state of the drive power source; an inertia power required in the process of the power-on shift-down action; a consumption power to be consumed by the coupling devices; and a state of a battery to and from which an electric power is respectively supplied from and to the motor/generator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignees: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA, AISIN AW CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Shun Sato, Masato Yoshikawa, Nobufusa Kobayashi, Daisuke Suyama, Kazuomi Okasaka, Atsushi Kayukawa, Mitsuru Maeda
  • Patent number: 10636224
    Abstract: A characteristic evaluation device is for a gas turbine that includes a compressor, a combustor, and a turbine includes a processor. The processor calculates, in gas-turbine characteristics including characteristics of at least one of the compressor, the combustor, and the turbine, a correction value for correcting influence due to environmental conditions in which the gas turbine is placed based on operation data of the gas turbine. The processor also calculates the gas-turbine characteristics corrected based on the correction value, and evaluates the gas turbine by comparing the gas-turbine characteristics after correction with a predetermined reference value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems, Ltd.
    Inventors: Makoto Kishi, Keita Fujii, Shingo Ito, Junichi Kobayashi, Kwin Malhotra, Naoki Sakagami, Masato Araki
  • Patent number: 10611377
    Abstract: A control apparatus (80) for a vehicular drive system (12; 105) having a step-variable transmission portion (20; 110) which is shifted to a selected one of speed positions having respective speed ratio values, with engaging and releasing actions of coupling devices (B, C), and a drive power source portion (39; 103) operatively connected to an input shaft (30) of the step-variable transmission portion, the control apparatus being configured to implement a speed synchronizing control upon a shift-down action of the step-variable transmission portion in a coasting run of a vehicle (10; 100), wherein an input shaft speed of the step-variable transmission portion is raised with an input shaft torque transmitted from the drive power source portion to the input shaft, from a pre-shift-down synchronizing speed to a post-shift-down synchronizing speed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Jun Goto, Kenta Kumazaki, Masato Yoshikawa, Nobufusa Kobayashi, Hiromichi Kimura, Kazuyuki Shiiba, Tooru Matsubara, Takeshi Kitahata
  • Patent number: 10610964
    Abstract: A grain-oriented electrical steel sheet includes: a base steel sheet; a primary film formed on a surface of the base steel sheet; and a tension insulation coating formed on a surface of the primary film, in which a magnetic domain control is performed by irradiating the tension insulation coating with a laser from above. When a strip-like sample having a length of 300 mm in a direction parallel to a rolling direction of the grain-oriented electrical steel sheet and a length of 60 mm in a direction parallel to a transverse direction is extracted from the grain-oriented electrical steel sheet, a range from a surface of the tension insulation coating to a depth position of 5 ?m toward the base steel sheet side from an interface between the base steel sheet and the primary film is removed by pickling at least one surface of the sample, and a warpage amount of the sample is thereafter measured, the warpage amount satisfies predetermined conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: NIPPON STEEL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Satoshi Arai, Hideyuki Hamamura, Kenichi Murakami, Hiroyasu Fujii, Hideyuki Kobayashi, Norikazu Fujii, Masato Mizokami
  • Publication number: 20200105027
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus comprises a reading unit configured to read an image of an original; a correction unit configured to correct, based on variance values acquired for a pixel, the pixel in a region where a show-through has occurred, in the image read by the reading unit; a designation unit configured to designate a chromatic color; and a conversion unit configured to convert a pixel included in an image including the pixel corrected by the correction unit into one of a chromatic color and an achromatic color designated by the designation unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 13, 2019
    Publication date: April 2, 2020
    Inventor: Masato Kobayashi
  • Publication number: 20200101775
    Abstract: A power supply device includes a power supply line, control circuitry, and a first switch. The power supply line supplies voltage from a first power supply unit to a load. The control circuitry controls voltage supply from the first power supply unit. The first switch is connected between a second power supply unit and the control circuitry. The control circuitry causes the first power supply unit to start the voltage supply on condition that the first switch is in a closed state and a voltage of the power supply line is not greater than a first threshold voltage, and causes the first power supply unit to start the voltage supply on condition that the voltage of the power supply line is not greater than a second threshold voltage higher than the first threshold voltage when the first switch changes from an open state to the closed state.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 23, 2019
    Publication date: April 2, 2020
    Applicant: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Masato Kobayashi, Hirohito Murate, Seiichi Ishiduka
  • Patent number: 10597247
    Abstract: Automatic sheet feeding of an installed roll is performed more reliably. To this end, a leading end of a sheet is detected on the basis of a change in an output value of a sensor while causing a roll to rotate in a winding direction using a sensor capable of detecting a distance to the sheet separated from the roll. After the detection, the roll is caused to rotate in a feeding direction, and a feeding state of the sheet is determined on the basis of a change in the output value of the sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Masato Eiyama, Masashi Kamada, Yuki Igarashi, Masashi Negishi, Ryoya Shinjo, Ryo Kobayashi, Tomohiro Suzuki
  • Patent number: 10597021
    Abstract: A control apparatus for a vehicle includes a control portion configured to control an input torque to an automatic transmission such that a value representing a rotating state of an input rotary member of the automatic transmission coincides with a target value; a racing determining portion configured to determine whether a rotating speed of an engine is predicted to exceed a predetermined rotating speed when control is provided such that the value representing the rotating state of the input rotary member of the automatic transmission coincides with the target value during a power-on shift-down action of the automatic transmission; and an output limiting portion configured to limit the output torque of the engine to a predetermined torque or less if the rotating speed of the engine is predicted to exceed the predetermined rotating speed during the power-on shift-down action of the automatic transmission.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignees: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha, Aisin AW Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Munehiro Katsumata, Hiromichi Kimura, Kazuyuki Shiiba, Tooru Matsubara, Takeshi Kitahata, Kenta Kumazaki, Nobufusa Kobayashi, Masato Yoshikawa, Takahiro Kimura, Daisuke Suyama, Kazuomi Okasaka
  • Patent number: 10583825
    Abstract: A control apparatus for a hybrid vehicle, having an engine, an electric motor, and an automatic transmission which is placed in a selected speed position with engagement of selected at least one of coupling devices, includes: an input torque control portion controlling the electric motor for controlling an input torque transmitted to the automatic transmission during a shifting action of the automatic transmission, based on output torque of the engine and torque transmitted through the coupling devices, such that a value representing a rotating state of an automatic transmission input rotary member coincides with a target value. The input torque control portion controls the input torque to be not smaller than a predetermined lower limit, when a running state of the hybrid vehicle is switched from a power-on state to a power-off state during a shift-down action of the automatic transmission in the power-on state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignees: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha, Aisin AW Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Munehiro Katsumata, Hiromichi Kimura, Kazuyuki Shiiba, Tooru Matsubara, Takeshi Kitahata, Kenta Kumazaki, Nobufusa Kobayashi, Masato Yoshikawa, Takahiro Kimura, Daisuke Suyama, Kazuomi Okasaka
  • Patent number: 10569640
    Abstract: A vehicle control apparatus includes a shift control portion is configured, when determining that a shift-down action to establish one of gear positions in a transmission mechanism by release of an engagement device and engagement of a one-way clutch, is to be executed during decelerating run of the vehicle, to initiate execution of the shift-down action to establish the one of the of gear positions after an input torque inputted to the transmission mechanism becomes not lower than a predetermined negative value. The predetermined negative value is a predetermined minimum value that becomes not lower than a certain value at a point of time at which the release of the engagement device is completed in process of the shift-down action. The certain value is a value of the input torque enabling the one-way clutch to be automatically engaged.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Masayuki Baba, Nobufusa Kobayashi, Masato Yoshikawa, Kenta Kumazaki, Jun Goto
  • Patent number: 10543831
    Abstract: A control apparatus for a vehicle provided with a motor/generator functioning as a drive power source, and a mechanically operated transmission mechanism which constitutes a part of a power transmitting path between the motor/generator and drive wheels, the control apparatus including a motor/generator control portion configured to implement a regenerative torque control of the motor/generator so as to generate a regenerative torque according to a braking operation by an operator of the vehicle in a decelerating run of the vehicle, and a transmission shifting control portion configured to initiate a shift-down action of the mechanically operated transmission mechanism after a rate of change of the regenerative torque has been held within a predetermined range for at least a predetermined length of time, where a determination to implement the shift-down action is made in the process of the regenerative torque control of the motor/generator according to the braking operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Kenta Kumazaki, Hiromichi Kimura, Kazuyuki Shiiba, Tooru Matsubara, Takeshi Kitahata, Nobufusa Kobayashi, Masato Yoshikawa, Masayuki Baba, Shun Sato, Takahiro Kawaguchi
  • Patent number: 10539231
    Abstract: A shift control apparatus (80) for a vehicle (10; 100) provided with a drive power source (39; MG), and a step-variable transmission portion (20; 110) including a plurality of hydraulically operated coupling devices (CB), the shift control apparatus controlling the step-variable transmission portion to implement a shifting action with an engaging action of the engaging-side coupling device and a releasing action of the releasing-side coupling device, and including a shift control portion (82) to control a shift-down action of the step-variable transmission portion in a predetermined mode of hydraulic control of the engaging-side and releasing-side coupling devices, wherein the shift control portion controls the engaging-side and releasing-side coupling devices in a non-vehicle-driving control mode during the shift-down action of the step-variable transmission portion in a non-driving state of the vehicle, the shift control portion switching the mode of hydraulic control from the non-vehicle-driving control mo
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Nobufusa Kobayashi, Masato Yoshikawa, Kenta Kumazaki
  • Patent number: 10534510
    Abstract: An example system includes: a display processing unit performing processing of displaying on a display unit a home screen containing a selection image and a background image, the selection image being constructed from one or a plurality of images used for receiving selection operation, the background image serving as a background of the selection image; and a scroll operation reception unit receiving operation of scrolling the selection image displayed on the display unit. In accordance with the operation of scrolling received by the scroll operation reception unit, the display processing unit scrolls the selection image while animating the background image of the home screen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: NINTENDO CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Takahiro Takiguchi, Masayoshi Kobayashi, Masato Onishi
  • Publication number: 20190360448
    Abstract: To provide a novel ignition control device of an internal combustion engine capable of reducing the number of adjustment steps required for adjustment such as matching of a MOS gate voltage or the like without being affected by “device variation”.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 24, 2018
    Publication date: November 28, 2019
    Applicant: Hitachi Automotive Systems, Ltd.
    Inventors: Masato KITA, Yoichiro KOBAYASHI
  • Publication number: 20190343007
    Abstract: An electronic device includes: an electronic component; and a mounting member on which the electronic component is mounted. A center of gravity of the electronic component is at a position separated from the mounting member. The electronic device further includes: a rigid member having a frame shape, which is fixed to the mounting member and surrounds the electronic component in a direction perpendicular to a direction from the center of gravity of the electronic component to the mounting member; and a connecting member which connects the electronic component to the rigid member on a side opposite to the mounting member with respect to the electronic component.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 7, 2019
    Publication date: November 7, 2019
    Applicant: Omron Corporation
    Inventors: Satoru Sasaki, Tomoyoshi Kobayashi, Masato Kasashima, Akihiro Kojima