Patents by Inventor Nobuhiro Tani

Nobuhiro Tani 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: 10400310
    Abstract: A method for identifying and separating a rare earth ion. The method includes bringing one or more rare earth ions into contact with a mineralization agent capable of mineralizing the rare earth ions, wherein the one or more rare earth ions are separated as rare earth minerals, based on a mineralization tendency of the mineralization agent with respect to a rare earth ion series.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOYOTA CHUO KENKYUSHO
    Inventors: Takaaki Hatanaka, Takao Tani, Nobuhiro Ishida
  • Patent number: 10303107
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus has an apparatus body having an image forming portion capable of forming an image based on an image information, an operation unit disposed as a separate body from the apparatus body and operating the apparatus body, and a cable connecting the apparatus body and the operation unit and capable of conducting power. The cable has a length set so that the operation unit does not contact an installation surface on which the apparatus body is supported, according to which a freedom of placement of the operation unit is improved compared to a case where the operation unit is connected via an arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Takashi Fujita, Nobuhiro Tani
  • Patent number: 10226948
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes an image forming station for forming an image on the basis of image information; a top plate portion provided in an upper portion and including a stacking surface having a length in a predetermined direction longer than a length of a short side of a maximum size sheet on which the image forming station is capable of forming the image and shorter than a length of a long side of the maximum size sheet; a wall portion projected upwardly at a position of one end portion with respect to the predetermined direction of the top plate portion and provided with a wall surface inclined so as to form an obtuse angle between itself and the stacking surface of the top plate portion; and a connecting portion having a curved surface configured to connect the stacking surface and the wall surface with each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Takashi Fujita, Yoshiro Nishino, Nobuhiro Tani
  • Patent number: 10216136
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes an apparatus body, a movable unit relatively movable between a first position and a second position, a lock portion configured to lock the movable unit to the apparatus body and an urging portion. The lock portion includes a locked member provided on one of the movable unit and the apparatus body, and a locking member provided on the other of the movable unit and the apparatus body and configured to move between a lock position and a retracting position. The urging portion is configured to urge the movable unit located at a position between the first position and the second position, toward the first position. The position between the first position and the second position is a position at which the locking member in the lock position and the locked member contact each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Takayuki Suzuki, Takuya Matsumura, Nobuhiro Tani
  • Patent number: 10042322
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes an image forming unit configured to form an image on a sheet in accordance with inputted image data, an opening portion configured to allow airflow between an inside and an outside of the image forming apparatus, a detector disposed adjacent to the opening portion and configured to detect a temperature, a fan configured to suction air through the opening and to discharge air from the inside of the image forming unit to cool the image forming unit, a controller configured to control a rotational speed of the fan so as to rotate the fan at a first rotational speed, in an initial state of the image forming apparatus, after actuation of the image forming apparatus, and to rotate the fan at a second rotational speed, less than the first rotational speed, in a stand-by state waiting for the image data to be input after the initial state, and a setting portion configured to set an image forming condition of the image forming unit on the basis of an output of the detector acquired
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Nobuhiro Tani
  • Publication number: 20180017935
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes an apparatus body, a movable unit relatively movable between a first position and a second position, a lock portion configured to lock the movable unit to the apparatus body and an urging portion. The lock portion includes a locked member provided on one of the movable unit and the apparatus body, and a locking member provided on the other of the movable unit and the apparatus body and configured to move between a lock position and a retracting position. The urging portion is configured to urge the movable unit located at a position between the first position and the second position, toward the first position. The position between the first position and the second position is a position at which the locking member in the lock position and the locked member contact each other.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 5, 2017
    Publication date: January 18, 2018
    Inventors: Takayuki Suzuki, Takuya Matsumura, Nobuhiro Tani
  • Publication number: 20170115621
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus has an apparatus body having an image forming portion capable of forming an image based on an image information, an operation unit disposed as a separate body from the apparatus body and operating the apparatus body, and a cable connecting the apparatus body and the operation unit and capable of conducting power. The cable has a length set so that the operation unit does not contact an installation surface on which the apparatus body is supported, according to which a freedom of placement of the operation unit is improved compared to a case where the operation unit is connected via an arm.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 4, 2017
    Publication date: April 27, 2017
    Inventors: Takashi Fujita, Nobuhiro Tani
  • Patent number: 9575457
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus has an apparatus body having an image forming portion capable of forming an image based on an image information, an operation unit disposed as a separate body from the apparatus body and operating the apparatus body, and a cable connecting the apparatus body and the operation unit and capable of conducting power. The cable has a length set so that the operation unit does not contact an installation surface on which the apparatus body is supported, according to which a freedom of placement of the operation unit is improved compared to a case where the operation unit is connected via an arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Takashi Fujita, Nobuhiro Tani
  • Publication number: 20160376119
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes an image forming station for forming an image on the basis of image information; a top plate portion provided in an upper portion and including a stacking surface having a length in a predetermined direction longer than a length of a short side of a maximum size sheet on which the image forming station is capable of forming the image and shorter than a length of a long side of the maximum size sheet; a wall portion projected upwardly at a position of one end portion with respect to the predetermined direction of the top plate portion and provided with a wall surface inclined so as to form an obtuse angle between itself and the stacking surface of the top plate portion; and a connecting portion having a curved surface configured to connect the stacking surface and the wall surface with each other.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 23, 2016
    Publication date: December 29, 2016
    Inventors: Takashi Fujita, Yoshiro Nishino, Nobuhiro Tani
  • Publication number: 20160378060
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes an image forming apparatus capable of forming an image on a sheet; an opening for communicating between an inside and an outside; an ambient condition detector disposed adjacent to the opening to detect a temperature or humidity of a outside of the apparatus; an adjusting portion for adjusting an image forming condition on the basis of an output of the detector; a fan provided to suck through the opening and discharge the air from the inside of the apparatus; and an executing portion for controlling the fan to drive the fan at a first rotational frequency at least during a predetermined period of a period from start of the apparatus to a stand-by state in which an image forming operation is capable and to drive the fan at a second rotational frequency smaller than the first rotational frequency when the stand-by state is reached.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 24, 2016
    Publication date: December 29, 2016
    Inventor: Nobuhiro Tani
  • Patent number: 9420131
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes an apparatus body, an image forming portion contained within the apparatus body, a control board controlling the image forming portion, an electrical unit, a storage device attachable to /removable out of the electrical unit, and a storage portion. The electrical unit includes the control board disposed along a vertical direction, provided so as to project upward on an upper surface of the apparatus body, and disposed on a back side of the apparatus body on the upper surface of the apparatus body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2016
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Nobuhiro Tani, Takashi Fujita
  • Patent number: 9400466
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes a movable image-bearing member, a sensor opposed to the image-bearing member, a shutter member arranged between the image-bearing member and the sensor and capable of moving between an open position and a closed position, a rotatable cam configured to move the shutter member, and an execution portion configured to selectively execute a first mode in which the shutter member is opened or closed by rotating the cam within a first phase range and a second mode in which the shutter member is vibrated by rotating the cam at least through a second phase range different from the first phase range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2016
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Nobuhiro Tani, Tomoharu Kitajima
  • Patent number: 9383700
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus including a movable image bearing member, a sensor arranged so as to oppose the image bearing member, a shutter member movable between an opened position and a closed position, a vibration mechanism configured to apply vibration to the shutter member, and an executing portion configured to execute a vibrating action which applies vibrations to the shutter member by the vibration device based on image formation history information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2016
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Nobuhiro Tani, Tomoharu Kitajima, Tadashi Fukuda
  • Publication number: 20160085200
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus has an apparatus body having an image forming portion capable of forming an image based on an image information, an operation unit disposed as a separate body from the apparatus body and operating the apparatus body, and a cable connecting the apparatus body and the operation unit and capable of conducting power. The cable has a length set so that the operation unit does not contact an installation surface on which the apparatus body is supported, according to which a freedom of placement of the operation unit is improved compared to a case where the operation unit is connected via an arm.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 16, 2015
    Publication date: March 24, 2016
    Inventors: Takashi Fujita, Nobuhiro Tani
  • Publication number: 20160072973
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes an apparatus body, an image forming portion contained within the apparatus body, a control board controlling the image forming portion, an electrical unit, a storage device attachable to /removable out of the electrical unit, and a storage portion. The electrical unit includes the control board disposed along a vertical direction, provided so as to project upward on an upper surface of the apparatus body, and disposed on a back side of the apparatus body on the upper surface of the apparatus body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 2, 2015
    Publication date: March 10, 2016
    Inventors: Nobuhiro Tani, Takashi Fujita
  • Patent number: 9234746
    Abstract: Laser light is emitted to a sheet member wound on a forming drum in a range which includes the entire width of the sheet member and distance data on a distance to a reflecting surface is obtained, using a two-dimensional laser sensor which has a detection range along a drum circumferential direction, while moving either the two-dimensional laser sensor or the forming drum in a drum width direction. Further, the positions of width-directional opposite end sections of the sheet member are calculated on the basis of the obtained distance data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2016
    Assignee: TOYO TIRE & RUBBER CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hiroki Inoue, Kazuhiro Kobayashi, Nobuhiro Tani, Toshihide Suzuki
  • Publication number: 20150277320
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus including a movable image bearing member, a sensor arranged so as to oppose the image bearing member, a shutter member movable between an opened position and a closed position, a vibration mechanism configured to apply vibration to the shutter member, and an executing portion configured to execute a vibrating action which applies vibrations to the shutter member by the vibration device based on image formation history information.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 27, 2015
    Publication date: October 1, 2015
    Inventors: Nobuhiro Tani, Tomoharu Kitajima, Tadashi Fukuda
  • Publication number: 20150277319
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes a movable image-bearing member, a sensor opposed to the image-bearing member, a shutter member arranged between the image-bearing member and the sensor and capable of moving between an open position and a closed position, a rotatable cam configured to move the shutter member, and an execution portion configured to selectively execute a first mode in which the shutter member is opened or closed by rotating the cam within a first phase range and a second mode in which the shutter member is vibrated by rotating the cam at least through a second phase range different from the first phase range.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 24, 2015
    Publication date: October 1, 2015
    Inventors: Nobuhiro Tani, Tomoharu Kitajima
  • Patent number: 8660690
    Abstract: A robot control system has a portable operating device TP and a robot control device RC. The portable operating device TP is actuated by a rechargeable secondary battery and used to operate a robot R. The robot control device RC is capable of wireless communication with the portable operating device TP and performs automatic operation of the robot R based on teaching data provided by the portable operating device TP. The robot control system causes an emergency stop of the robot R when the wireless communication between the portable operating device TP and the robot control device RC is interrupted. The robot control system further includes a charging device CU, a connection monitoring section 12, and an automatic operation continuing section 11. The charging device CU charges the secondary battery by electrically connecting the portable operating device TP to the robot control device RC.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2014
    Assignees: Daihen Corporation, Nachi-Fujikoshi Corp.
    Inventors: Nobuhiro Tani, Yasuhiro Koujina, Yuji Nakatsugawa
  • Patent number: 8517920
    Abstract: An imaging-device driving unit comprising a detector and an exposure controller is provided. The imaging-device driving unit controls a CMOS imaging device amounted in an endoscope. The detector detects the pattern of emitted illumination light. The illumination light is emitted by a light source. The illumination light is shone on a subject. The CMOS imaging device is ordered to capture an optical image of the subject. The exposure controller orders the CMOS imaging device to perform the global exposure and the line exposure when the patterns of emitted illumination light detected by the detector are the first and second patterns, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2013
    Assignee: Hoya Corporation
    Inventors: Nobuhiro Tani, Noriko Iriyama