Patents by Inventor Naoto Matsumoto

Naoto Matsumoto 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: 7054909
    Abstract: In a control system for an automatic vending machine with a controlled device, a terminal control unit controls the controlled device in accordance with a control program. A main control unit is connected to the terminal control unit through a transmission path and controls the terminal control unit through communication with the terminal control unit. The main control unit is provided with a transfer arrangement for transferring a new control program to the terminal control unit through the transmission path. The terminal control unit is provided with a memory and a rewriting arrangement connected to the memory. The memory is for memorizing the first-mentioned control program as a memorized control program. The rewriting arrangement is for rewriting the memorized control program into the new control program at need.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2000
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2006
    Assignee: Sanden Corporation
    Inventors: Masaru Ohkubo, Yoshiaki Inokuma, Akiyoshi Kosano, Naoto Matsumoto, Kazuyasu Ushigome
  • Patent number: 6865445
    Abstract: When a coin(s) is inserted and an article selection button is further pressed, article carrying-out processing is started, and an article carrying-out device performs a carrying-out operation. An article is dropped and received in a receiving section by this carrying-out operation. When the article is received in the receiving section, the article collides with the receiving section, and vibrations are generated. The vibrations are detected by a vibration detection unit, and it is judged that the article is received in the receiving section. In the series of article carrying-out operations, when unexpected vibrations are applied to the receiving section after the article carrying-out processing is started, since a microcomputer excludes the vibrations, only vibrations at the time of receiving the article can be detected accurately.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2005
    Assignee: Sanden Corp.
    Inventors: Tomomi Yamaguchi, Naoto Matsumoto, Yoshiaki Inokuma, Akiyoshi Kosano, Kazuyasu Ushigome
  • Publication number: 20040199286
    Abstract: To provide a commodity price setting method and a commodity price setting system in an automatic vending machine, which can reduce wrong setting of a commodity price and with which an operator can easily set and confirm a commodity price. Since a numerical value of a commodity price is formed by multiplying a minimum currency value in an inputting apparatus and this numerical value is inputted in a storage device, a set value can always be a multiple of a minimum currency value with a minimum unit of the set value as the minimum currency value. Therefore, a fraction less than the minimum currency value that cannot be used in the automatic vending machine is never set as a commodity price, and confusion and wrong operation such as a customer trying to insert an unusable currency can be surely prevented.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 20, 2004
    Publication date: October 7, 2004
    Applicant: Sanden Corporation
    Inventors: Kazuyasu Ushigome, Naoto Matsumoto
  • Publication number: 20040079758
    Abstract: When a coin(s) is inserted and an article selection button is further pressed, article carrying-out processing is started, and an article carrying-out device performs a carrying-out operation. An article is dropped and received in a receiving section by this carrying-out operation. When the article is received in the receiving section, the article collides with the receiving section, and vibrations are generated. The vibrations are detected by a vibration detection unit, and it is judged that the article is received in the receiving section. In the series of article carrying-out operations, when unexpected vibrations are applied to the receiving section after the article carrying-out processing is started, since a microcomputer excludes the vibrations, only vibrations at the time of receiving the article can be detected accurately.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 23, 2003
    Publication date: April 29, 2004
    Applicant: Sanden Corporation
    Inventors: Tomomi Yamaguchi, Naoto Matsumoto, Yoshiaki Inokuma, Akiyoshi Kosano, Kazuyasu Ushigome
  • Patent number: 6498965
    Abstract: A rewriting program is transferred from a main control apparatus to a terminal control apparatus and the terminal control apparatus executes the rewriting program. The rewriting program receives a new control program from the main control apparatus and rewrites a control program with a received new control program. This makes it possible to easily and reliably rewrite the control program even if a specification of the control program is changed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2001
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2002
    Assignee: Sanden Corp.
    Inventors: Naoto Matsumoto, Kazuyasu Ushigome, Tomonobu Sato, Masaru Ohkubo
  • Publication number: 20010042671
    Abstract: To provide a commodity price setting method and a commodity price setting system in an automatic vending machine, which can reduce wrong setting of a commodity price and with which an operator can easily set and confirm a commodity price. Since a numerical value of a commodity price is formed by multiplying a minimum currency value in an inputting apparatus and this numerical value is inputted in a storage device, a set value can always be a multiple of a minimum currency value with a minimum unit of the set value as the minimum currency value. Therefore, a fraction less than the minimum currency value that cannot be used in the automatic vending machine is never set as a commodity price, and confusion and wrong operation such as a customer trying to insert an unusable currency can be surely prevented.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 16, 2001
    Publication date: November 22, 2001
    Inventors: Kazuyasu Ushigome, Naoto Matsumoto
  • Publication number: 20010044675
    Abstract: A rewriting program is transferred from a main control apparatus to a terminal control apparatus and the terminal control apparatus executes the rewriting program. The rewriting program receives a new control program from the main control apparatus and rewrites a control program with a received new control program. This makes it possible to easily and reliably rewrite the control program even if a specification of the control program is changed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 8, 2001
    Publication date: November 22, 2001
    Inventors: Naoto Matsumoto, Kazuyasu Ushigome, Tomonobu Sato, Masaru Ohkubo
  • Publication number: 20010012975
    Abstract: The present invention provides a vending machine control program rewriting system that facilitates the rewriting of a control program in the vending machine. The vending machine comprises a communication controller which receives a new control program sent from a host computer 200 at a remote location. The memory storing the control program is a rewritable memory. The current control program in the rewritable memory is easily rewritten to the new one of the control program sent from the host computer. The control program rewrite is readily performed, making it possible to greatly reduce the time and trouble required for updating the control program in the vending machine.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 15, 2000
    Publication date: August 9, 2001
    Inventor: Naoto Matsumoto
  • Patent number: 5595516
    Abstract: A catalytic exhaust system for an outboard motor wherein the catalyst is positioned in the drive shaft housing to remove this source of heat from the power head. However, the catalyst is contained within a sealed compartment in the drive shaft housing lower unit. In order to protect the catalyst from water, a trap section is positioned in the power head and this is water cooled by a source of water which has not passed through the engine for its cooling prior to delivery to the trap section. In addition, the guide plate that separates the power head from the drive shaft housing and through which the exhaust gases pass is also water cooled. An arrangement is incorporated for permitting replacement and servicing of the catalytic converter. Although both above the water and below the water exhaust gas discharges are employed, all gases flowing to the atmosphere must pass through the catalytic converter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 1995
    Date of Patent: January 21, 1997
    Assignee: Sanshin Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Naoto Matsumoto, Hiroaki Fujimoto
  • Patent number: 5562510
    Abstract: A catalytic exhaust system for an outboard motor wherein the catalyst is positioned in the drive shaft housing to remove this source of heat from the power head. However, the catalyst is contained within a sealed compartment in the drive shaft housing lower unit. In order to protect the catalyst from water, a trap section is positioned in the power head and this is water cooled by a source of water which has not passed through the engine for its cooling prior to delivery to the trap section. In addition, the guide plate that separates the power head from the drive shaft housing and through which the exhaust gases pass is also water cooled. An arrangement is incorporated for permitting replacement and servicing of the catalytic converter. Although both above the water and below the water exhaust gas discharges are employed, all gases flowing to the atmosphere must pass through the catalytic converter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 1995
    Date of Patent: October 8, 1996
    Assignee: Sanshin Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Takehisa Suzuki, Naoto Matsumoto
  • Patent number: 4963110
    Abstract: A number of embodiments of outboard motors including external expansion chambers for the exhaust system that are contained within the powerhead externally of the engine and internally of its protective cowling. In some embodiments exhaust gases are delivered to this external expansion chamber through a flexible conduit and in others through internal passages of the engine and outboard motor construction. In some embodiments the exhaust gases are discharged from the external expansion chamber to the atmosphere through an above the water exhaust gas discharge and in other embodiments the external expansion chamber functions only as a Helmholz resonator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 1988
    Date of Patent: October 16, 1990
    Assignee: Sanshin Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Hiroaki Otani, Naoto Matsumoto