Patents by Inventor Norio Kimura

Norio Kimura 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: 9966227
    Abstract: A technique capable of improving the ability to observe a specimen using an electron beam in an energy region which has not been conventionally given attention is provided. This specimen observation method comprises: irradiating the specimen with an electron beam; detecting electrons to be observed which have been generated and have obtained information on the specimen by the electron beam irradiation; and generating an image of the specimen from the detected electrons to be observed. The electron beam irradiation comprises irradiating the specimen with the electron beam with a landing energy set in a transition region between a secondary emission electron region in which secondary emission electrons are detected and a mirror electron region in which mirror electrons are detected, thereby causing the secondary emission electrons and the mirror electrons to be mixed as the electrons to be observed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: EBARA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Masahiro Hatakeyama, Takeshi Murakami, Yoshihiko Naito, Kenji Terao, Norio Kimura, Kenji Watanabe
  • Patent number: 9807267
    Abstract: An automatic document feeder includes: a recording-medium set unit, on which a recording medium is set; a recording-medium set detecting unit that detects whether the recording medium is set on the recording-medium set unit; a conveying unit that conveys the recording medium; a sheet-feeding cover section that constitutes part of the conveying unit and that includes an openable and closable sheet feeding cover; and a control unit that separately receives a power-on signal, which is output when a power source of an image forming device including the automatic document feeder is turned on, and an energy-saving return signal, which is output when a return is made from an energy saving state where a power source of part of the device is disconnected. When the power-on signal is received, the control unit performs an initialization operation to initialize each unit of the automatic document feeder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Limited
    Inventors: Hiroshi Kubo, Norio Kimura, Shinya Kitaoka, Atsushi Kanaya, Yoshito Suzuki
  • Publication number: 20170200622
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a vacuum evacuation system used to evacuate a processing gas from one or more process chambers for use in, for example, a semiconductor-device manufacturing apparatus. The vacuum evacuation system is a vacuum apparatus for evacuating a gas from a plurality of process chambers (1). The vacuum evacuation system includes a plurality of first vacuum pumps (5) coupled to the plurality of process chambers (1) respectively, a collecting pipe (7) coupled to the plurality of first vacuum pumps (5), and a second vacuum pump (8) coupled to the collecting pipe (7).
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 28, 2015
    Publication date: July 13, 2017
    Applicant: EBARA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Atsushi SHIOKAWA, Tetsuro SUGIURA, Shinichi SEKIGUCHI, Takashi KYOTANI, Tetsuo KOMAI, Norio KIMURA, Keiichi ISHIKAWA, Toru OSUGA
  • Patent number: 9648194
    Abstract: A document reading device including an image reader. The image reader includes a first reader to read a first image from a first face of a document fed by a document feeder and a second reader to read a second face of the document. An operation mode is switchable between a normal operation mode in which the image reader is in an operation enabled state and an energy-saving mode in which the image reader is in an operation stop state. In a return from the energy saving mode to the normal operation mode, the image reader performs a start-up operation including a first initial operation for returning the first reader to the normal operation mode and then performs a second initial operation for returning the second reader to the normal operation mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: RICOH COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventors: Norio Kimura, Takashi Fujii, Hiroshi Kubo, Shinya Kitaoka
  • Publication number: 20160198059
    Abstract: An automatic document feeder includes: a recording-medium set unit, on which a recording medium is set; a recording-medium set detecting unit that detects whether the recording medium is set on the recording-medium set unit; a conveying unit that conveys the recording medium; a sheet-feeding cover section that constitutes part of the conveying unit and that includes an openable and closable sheet feeding cover; and a control unit that separately receives a power-on signal, which is output when a power source of an image forming device including the automatic document feeder is turned on, and an energy-saving return signal, which is output when a return is made from an energy saving state where a power source of part of the device is disconnected. When the power-on signal is received, the control unit performs an initialization operation to initialize each unit of the automatic document feeder.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 17, 2015
    Publication date: July 7, 2016
    Applicant: Ricoh Company, Limited
    Inventors: Hiroshi KUBO, Norio KIMURA, Shinya KITAOKA, Atsushi KANAYA, Yoshito SUZUKI
  • Publication number: 20160170355
    Abstract: An automatic document feeder comprises: a first conveyance portion through which documents from a bundle of documents placed on a paper feeding tray are separated from one another and conveyed to a reading position; a second conveyance portion through which a document having been conveyed to the reading position is ejected onto a paper ejection tray; a detector that detects any one mode from a productivity mode and a silent mode; and a controller that controls, when the detector has detected the productivity mode, the first conveyance portion so as to bring a conveyance speed in the first conveyance portion to a first conveyance speed, and, when the detector has detected the silent mode, controls the first conveyance portion so as to bring a conveyance speed in the first conveyance portion to a second conveyance speed that is slower than the first conveyance speed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 23, 2015
    Publication date: June 16, 2016
    Applicant: Ricoh Company, Limited
    Inventors: Fumiyuki HEISHI, Takeshi AKAI, Atsushi KANAYA, Yoshito SUZUKI, Hiroshi KUBO, Shinya KITAOKA, Norio KIMURA
  • Patent number: 9220360
    Abstract: A beverage container includes a container main body, an inner lid portion that covers the container main body, a spout portion which is formed on the inner lid portion and through which a beverage is discharged, a spout blocking portion 3a that blocks the spout portion, an outer lid portion disposed so as to be able to engage with and disengage from the inner lid portion, a ventilation portion that allows air to flow between the inside and the outside of the container main body, and a vent blocking portion formed on the outer lid portion or the inner lid portion to block the ventilation portion when the outer lid portion is placed to close the inner lid portion. A cancellation operation portion which cancels engagement between the outer lid portion and the inner lid portion is formed, and the beverage container further includes a ventilation adjusting protruding portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2015
    Assignee: PIGEON CORPORATION
    Inventors: Keisuke Arai, Masakazu Yoshida, Norio Kimura
  • Patent number: 9219833
    Abstract: An automatic document feeder comprises: a feeding unit that causes an image of a first side of a document to be read by a first image reading unit; a second image reading unit that reads an image of a second side of the document; a release unit that supports a reading guide opposite to a reading surface of the second image reading unit and enables underneath of the reading surface to be released; and a paper ejection tray on which the document having been subjected to image reading and ejected from a paper ejection roller pair is accumulated, wherein an end fence that rises up at a document ejection direction upstream side of the paper ejection tray is configured of separate members that are an upper portion and a lower portion, and a rotational pivot of the release unit is provided downstream from the end fence in a feeding direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2015
    Assignee: RICOH COMPANY, LIMITED
    Inventors: Hiroshi Kubo, Takashi Fujii, Shinya Kitaoka, Norio Kimura
  • Patent number: 9194826
    Abstract: The electron beam apparatus is provided with a stage for mounting a sample thereon, a primary optical system for generating an electron beam having an irradiation area and irradiating the electron beam onto the sample, a secondary optical system for detecting electrons which have been generated through the irradiation of the electron beam onto the sample and have acquired structural information of the sample and acquiring an image of the sample about a viewing area and an irradiation area changing section for changing the position of the irradiation area with respect to the viewing area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2015
    Assignee: EBARA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Toru Kaga, Kenji Terao, Masahiro Hatakeyama, Kenji Watanabe, Yoshihiko Naito, Takeshi Murakami, Norio Kimura
  • Publication number: 20150264194
    Abstract: An automatic document feeder comprises: a feeding unit that causes an image of a first side of a document to be read by a first image reading unit; a second image reading unit that reads an image of a second side of the document; a release unit that supports a reading guide opposite to a reading surface of the second image reading unit and enables underneath of the reading surface to be released; and a paper ejection tray on which the document having been subjected to image reading and ejected from a paper ejection roller pair is accumulated, wherein an end fence that rises up at a document ejection direction upstream side of the paper ejection tray is configured of separate members that are an upper portion and a lower portion, and a rotational pivot of the release unit is provided downstream from the end fence in a feeding direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 4, 2015
    Publication date: September 17, 2015
    Applicant: Ricoh Company, Limited
    Inventors: Hiroshi KUBO, Takashi FUJII, Shinya KITAOKA, Norio KIMURA
  • Publication number: 20150256701
    Abstract: A document reading device including an image reader. The image reader includes a first reader to read a first image from a first face of a document fed by a document feeder and a second reader to read a second face of the document. An operation mode is switchable between a normal operation mode in which the image reader is in an operation enabled state and an energy-saving mode in which the image reader is in an operation stop state. In a return from the energy saving mode to the normal operation mode, the image reader performs a start-up operation including a first initial operation for returning the first reader to the normal operation mode and then performs a second initial operation for returning the second reader to the normal operation mode.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 4, 2015
    Publication date: September 10, 2015
    Applicant: RICOH COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventors: Norio KIMURA, Takashi FUJII, Hiroshi KUBO, Shinya KITAOKA
  • Patent number: 9105444
    Abstract: An electro-optical inspection apparatus is provided that is capable of preventing adhesion of dust or particles to the sample surface as much as possible. A stage (100) on which a sample (200) is placed is disposed inside a vacuum chamber (112) that can be evacuated to vacuum, and a dust collecting electrode (122) is disposed to surround a periphery of the sample (200). The dust collecting electrode (122) is applied with a voltage having the same polarity as a voltage applied to the sample (200) and an absolute value that is the same or larger than an absolute value of the voltage. Thus, because dust or particles such as particles adhere to the dust collecting electrode (122), adhesion of the dust or particles to the sample surface can be reduced. Instead of using the dust collecting electrode, it is possible to form a recess on a wall of the vacuum chamber containing the stage, or to dispose on the wall a metal plate having a mesh structure to which a predetermined voltage is applied.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2015
    Assignee: EBARA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kenji Watanabe, Masahiro Hatakeyama, Yoshihiko Naito, Tatsuya Kohama, Kenji Terao, Takeshi Murakami, Takehide Hayashi, Kiwamu Tsukamoto, Hiroshi Sobukawa, Norio Kimura
  • Patent number: 9075376
    Abstract: According to an embodiment, an ADF includes: a sheet-feed cover unit; a switch unit to be switched on or off depending on whether the sheet-feed cover unit is open or closed and including a first terminal, to which a first voltage, by which a driving motor is driven, is input, and a second terminal connected to the driving motor; and an open/close-detection circuit unit that includes a first switch circuit and a second switch circuit. The first switch circuit is switched on or off based on a threshold voltage that is larger than a second voltage to be generated in the driving motor by a jammed-document removing motion and smaller than the first voltage. The open/close-detection circuit unit detects that the sheet-feed cover unit is closed when the second switch circuit is energized, but detects that the sheet-feed cover unit is open when the second switch circuit is de-energized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2015
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Limited
    Inventors: Hiroaki Utagawa, Hiroshi Kubo, Shinya Kitaoka, Takehisa Shimazu, Takeshi Akai, Fumiyuki Heishi, Norio Kimura, Yoshito Suzuki, Jun Yamada
  • Patent number: 9074994
    Abstract: A method for inspecting a glass substrate for imprint including a glass substrate with a pattern surface and a transmissive conductive film coating at least part of the pattern surface, includes an electron beam irradiation step of irradiating the pattern surface of the glass substrate for imprint disposed on a stage with an electron beam having a predetermined irradiation area; an electron detection step of simultaneously detecting electrons from the pattern surface by the electron beam irradiation by means of a detection surface with a plurality of pixels; and a defect detection step of obtaining an image of the pattern surface based on the electrons detected by the detection surface and detecting a defect of the pattern surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2015
    Assignee: EBARA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Masahiro Hatakeyama, Norio Kimura
  • Publication number: 20150060666
    Abstract: A technique capable of improving the ability to observe a specimen using an electron beam in an energy region which has not been conventionally given attention is provided. This specimen observation method comprises: irradiating the specimen with an electron beam; detecting electrons to be observed which have been generated and have obtained information on the specimen by the electron beam irradiation; and generating an image of the specimen from the detected electrons to be observed. The electron beam irradiation comprises irradiating the specimen with the electron beam with a landing energy set in a transition region between a secondary emission electron region in which secondary emission electrons are detected and a mirror electron region in which mirror electrons are detected, thereby causing the secondary emission electrons and the mirror electrons to be mixed as the electrons to be observed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 5, 2014
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Applicant: EBARA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Masahiro Hatakeyama, Takeshi Murakami, Yoshihiko Naito, Kenji Terao, Norio Kimura, Kenji Watanabe
  • Patent number: 8937283
    Abstract: A technique capable of improving the ability to observe a specimen using an electron beam in an energy region which has not been conventionally given attention is provided. This specimen observation method comprises: irradiating the specimen with an electron beam; detecting electrons to be observed which have been generated and have obtained information on the specimen by the electron beam irradiation; and generating an image of the specimen from the detected electrons to be observed. The electron beam irradiation comprises irradiating the specimen with the electron beam with a landing energy set in a transition region between a secondary emission electron region in which secondary emission electrons are detected and a mirror electron region in which mirror electrons are detected, thereby causing the secondary emission electrons and the mirror electrons to be mixed as the electrons to be observed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2015
    Assignee: Ebara Corporation
    Inventors: Masahiro Hatakeyama, Takeshi Murakami, Yoshihiko Naito, Kenji Terao, Norio Kimura, Kenji Watanabe
  • Patent number: 8925913
    Abstract: A sheet conveying device such as a feed mechanism includes a pick-up roller and a cover member. The pick-up roller feeds, into an apparatus, a sheet such as a document on a placing table such as a document placing table on which the sheet is placed. The cover member such as a pick-up cover covers the pick-up roller. The cover member is supported at both ends thereof on a shaft of the pick-up roller or on shaft bearings that receive the shaft of the pick-up roller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Limited
    Inventors: Hiroshi Kubo, Shinya Kitaoka, Takehisa Shimazu, Takeshi Akai, Takuma Ariga, Fumiyuki Heishi, Michitaka Suzuki, Yoshito Suzuki, Norio Kimura, Hiroaki Utagawa, Kenji Hayasaka, Jun Yamada, Kenichiro Morita, Ikuhisa Okamoto, Satoshi Saito
  • Patent number: 8895960
    Abstract: A semiconductor device is provided and includes a field effect transistor having a gate electrode, a gate insulating layer, a channel forming region composed of an organic semiconductor material layer and a source/drain electrode made of a metal. A portion of the source/drain electrode in contact with the organic semiconductor material layer comprising the channel forming region is covered with an electrode coating material. Because the electrode coating material is composed of organic molecules having a functional group which can be bound to a metal ion and a functional group that binds to the source/drain electrode composed of the metal, low contact resistance and high mobility can be achieved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Masaki Murata, Nobuhide Yoneya, Norio Kimura
  • Patent number: 8840103
    Abstract: A sheet conveying device includes: a separation sheet feeding mechanism having a paper feeding belt and a separation roller; and an adjustment mechanism that changes contact state of the paper feeding belt to the separation roller by changing relative position of the paper feeding belt and the separation roller, and changes and adjusts separation performance of the separation roller for the subsequent sheet, wherein the adjustment mechanism includes a cam follower member changing the relative position of the feeding belt and the separation roller, the cam member includes a first cam face and a second cam face which are formed at each rotation radius position in accordance with the rotation angle position, and are spaced apart in the rotation radius direction, and the cam follower member has a contact unit guided by the first cam face and the second cam face.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2014
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Limited
    Inventors: Takashi Fukumoto, Mamoru Kambayashi, Michitaka Suzuki, Atsushi Fujita, Masataka Fukuchi, Ryuji Yoshida, Hideki Tobinaga, Norio Kimura, Kenichiro Morita, Koki Sakano, Takuya Sano, Takuya Morinaga, Takashi Nakano
  • Publication number: 20140166679
    Abstract: A beverage container includes a container main body, an inner lid portion that covers the container main body, a spout portion which is formed on the inner lid portion and through which a beverage is discharged, a spout blocking portion 3a that blocks the spout portion, an outer lid portion disposed so as to be able to engage with and disengage from the inner lid portion, a ventilation portion that allows air to flow between the inside and the outside of the container main body, and a vent blocking portion formed on the outer lid portion or the inner lid portion to block the ventilation portion when the outer lid portion is placed to close the inner lid portion. A cancellation operation portion which cancels engagement between the outer lid portion and the inner lid portion is formed, and the beverage container further includes a ventilation adjusting protruding portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 31, 2011
    Publication date: June 19, 2014
    Applicant: Pigeon Corporation
    Inventors: Keisuke Arai, Masakazu Yoshida, Norio Kimura