Patents by Inventor Norio Tanaka

Norio Tanaka 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: 20170149992
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, an image forming apparatus includes a setting unit configured to apply a setting selected from at least a decolorable recording agent including a decolorable color material and a non-decolorable recording agent including a non-decolorable color material, for a sheet feeding cassette; and a display unit configured to display sheet feeding cassettes whose settings match a user-selected recording agent differently from sheet feeding cassettes whose settings do not match the user-selected recording agent.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 30, 2016
    Publication date: May 25, 2017
    Inventor: Norio TANAKA
  • Patent number: 9618892
    Abstract: According to embodiments, an image forming apparatus has a cassette section for holding sheets, a conveying section for conveying the sheet, an image forming section that forms the image on the sheet conveyed by the conveying section, a determining section that determines the type of the sheet fed from the cassette, and a display section that displays different messages corresponding to the type of the sheet if a jam of the sheet has occurred while the sheet is conveyed in the conveying section. The source of a sheet for printing thereon may be changed if a threshold number of paper jams occur using paper fed from a particular cassette.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignees: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba, Toshiba TEC Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Norio Tanaka
  • Publication number: 20170045855
    Abstract: According to embodiments, an image forming apparatus has a cassette section for holding sheets, a conveying section for conveying the sheet, an image forming section that forms the image on the sheet conveyed by the conveying section, a determining section that determines the type of the sheet fed from the cassette, and a display section that displays different messages corresponding to the type of the sheet if a jam of the sheet has occurred while the sheet is conveyed in the conveying section. The source of a sheet for printing thereon may be changed if a threshold number of paper jams occur using paper fed from a particular cassette.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 1, 2016
    Publication date: February 16, 2017
    Inventor: Norio TANAKA
  • Patent number: 9539686
    Abstract: There is provided a machining apparatus in which movement of a machining point is a little, restriction on the machining operation of an articulated robot is a little and movement of a worker for the teaching operation is a little. The machining apparatus has an articulated robot which is controlled in attitude according to a teaching operation and has a catch instrument for catching a workpiece at an arm tip thereof, and a machining unit equipped at a fixed portion located within an arm reachable zone of the articulated robot, wherein the machining unit has a working tool having a profiling portion where a machining target portion of the workpiece caught by the catch instrument of the articulated robot is pressed according to the attitude control of the articular robot, and a floating mechanism that pushes the working tool in a press direction of the workpiece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2017
    Assignee: NIHON SHORYOKU KIKAI CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Norio Tanaka
  • Patent number: 9513590
    Abstract: According to embodiments, an image forming apparatus has a cassette section for holding sheets, a conveying section for conveying the sheet, an image forming section that forms the image on the sheet conveyed by the conveying section, a determining section that determines the type of the sheet fed from the cassette, and a display section that displays different messages corresponding to the type of the sheet if a jam of the sheet has occurred while the sheet is conveyed in the conveying section. The source of a sheet for printing thereon may be changed if a threshold number of paper jams occur using paper fed from a particular cassette.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Assignees: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba, Toshiba Tec Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Norio Tanaka
  • Publication number: 20160236287
    Abstract: A cutter blade and a processing device enable processing of a composite material, for example, FRP, without using an expensive cutter blade and employing a special processing method. In a processing device (1) in which pneumatic cylinders (5A, 5A) are provided in a six-axis vertical articulated robot (3) and a cutter blade (10) is provided in the six-axis vertical articulated robot (3) via the pneumatic cylinders (5A, 5A), the cutter blade (10) includes: profiling portion (10B) that corresponds to a resin molding (20); and a cutting edge portion (10A) including a blade edge positioned in the vicinity of the profiling portion (10B) and having a wedge angle ((3) of 15° to 120°, the profiling portion (10B) and the cutting edge portion (10A) being integrated.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 11, 2013
    Publication date: August 18, 2016
    Inventor: Norio TANAKA
  • Publication number: 20160184905
    Abstract: A machining apparatus capable of performing chamfering with high precision is provided. A machining unit 13 is provided at a distal end portion 12a of an arm 12 of an articulated robot 11, and the machining unit 13 includes a profiling roller 57, which serves as a roller that abuts against a part to be profiled Wd of a workpiece W, and a rotatable tool 41 having an axis line 41a having a distance between the rotatable tool 41 and the profiling roller 57 in conformity with a width of the workpiece W (width of a band-like portion Wc) and extending in parallel with an axis line 57a corresponding to a support axis of the profiling roller 57, and the rotatable tool 41 includes cutting blades 41b or blade portions 73 and 73 as chamfering blades.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 9, 2013
    Publication date: June 30, 2016
    Inventor: Norio TANAKA
  • Patent number: 9321193
    Abstract: It is aimed to provide a resin product manufacturing system, a manufacturing method, a resin molding machine and a mold capable of easily manufacturing a burr-free finished product in injection molding or the like. In a resin product manufacturing system for forming an intermediate product by a resin molding machine and manufacturing a finished product by deburring the intermediate product by a deburring device, the resin molding machine is provided with a mold including a storing portion for storing an overflow resin (burr) formed at a site corresponding to the entire periphery of an intermediate product in a matching surface, the intermediate product having the overflow resin (burr) integrally formed over the entire periphery thereof is formed by the mold, and the deburring device cuts the overflow resin (burr) integrally formed over the entire periphery of the intermediate product together with the burr to manufacture a finished product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2016
    Assignee: NIHON SHORYOKU KIKAI CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Norio Tanaka, Yoshiyasu Horiuchi
  • Publication number: 20150190896
    Abstract: There is provided a machining apparatus in which movement of a machining point is a little, restriction on the machining operation of an articulated robot is a little and movement of a worker for the teaching operation is a little. The machining apparatus has an articulated robot which is controlled in attitude according to a teaching operation and has a catch instrument for catching a workpiece at an arm tip thereof, and a machining unit equipped at a fixed portion located within an arm reachable zone of the articulated robot, wherein the machining unit has a working tool having a profiling portion where a machining target portion of the workpiece caught by the catch instrument of the articulated robot is pressed according to the attitude control of the articular robot, and a floating mechanism that pushes the working tool in a press direction of the workpiece.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 29, 2012
    Publication date: July 9, 2015
    Applicant: NIHON SHORYOKU KIKAI CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Norio Tanaka
  • Patent number: 8806999
    Abstract: There is provided a deburring system for enabling perfect automation of deburring with which burr of a resin molded article is substantially perfectly removed after the resin molded article is manufactured at low cost not by using an expensive resin molding machine, but by using a conventional general-purpose molding machine. Furthermore, there are provided a deburring apparatus and a cutter blade with which burr of a resin molded article having an unstable shape can be easily and cleanly removed from the root thereof without using any expensive control device and any positioning device and also without using any expensive copying device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: Nihon Shoryoku Kikai Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Norio Tanaka
  • Patent number: 8798465
    Abstract: An optical path switching type optical signal transmission/reception apparatus includes a one-to-seven compatible optically controlled optical path switching apparatus 100 that is connected to a host optical signal transmission/reception apparatus 1 via an optical fiber, a total of seven subordinate optical communication adapters 110 connected via optical fibers, user side devices 160 connected to respective subordinate optical communication adapters via an electric circuit, an optical transmission/reception control circuit provided in each of the total of seven subordinate user side optical communication adapters 110, and including an uplink optical signal transmission mechanism, a downlink optical signal reception mechanism, a control light source that can generate control light to drive the optical path switching apparatus 100, in which a wavelength of the generated control light is different from a wavelength of signal light, and an optical communication oriented transmission/reception mechanism using the
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignees: Dainichiseika Color & Chemicals Mfg. Co., Ltd., Inter Energy Co., Ltd., National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology
    Inventors: Norio Tanaka, Shigeru Takarada, Hirobumi Watanabe, Shiro Futaki, Ichiro Ueno, Takashi Hiraga, Noritaka Yamamoto
  • Publication number: 20140212153
    Abstract: According to the exemplary embodiments, there is provided an image forming apparatus that has an image forming mode and an image erasing mode. The image forming apparatus has a display unit configured to perform an error display at the time of conveyance failure of a recording medium in the image forming mode and at the time of conveyance failure of the recording medium in the image erasing mode. In the image forming apparatus, the display unit changes the content of the error display at the time of conveyance failure of the recording medium in the image forming mode and at the time of conveyance failure of the recording medium in the image erasing mode.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 27, 2013
    Publication date: July 31, 2014
    Applicants: TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAISHA, KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOSHIBA
    Inventor: Norio Tanaka
  • Patent number: 8740608
    Abstract: There is provided a workpiece removal and finishing device that can easily, accurately, continuously and quickly perform a series of works for processing a workpiece of resin removed from a molding machine. The workpiece removal and finishing device for processing the workpiece of resin removed from the molding machine 41 has a workpiece removal robot 100 for directly or indirectly removing the workpiece from molds 2, 3, and a processing robot 200 for processing the workpiece. A processing tool which can profile the workpiece is secured to the arm tip of the processing robot 200 through a floating mechanism to be adaptable to thermal contraction of the workpiece, and the workpiece can processed by the profiling-capable processing tool provided to the arm tip 200A of the processing robot 200 while the workpiece removed by the workpiece removal robot 100 is positioned and held by the workpiece removal robot 100.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Assignee: Nihon Shoryoku Kikai Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Norio Tanaka, Atsushi Ikeda, Takaaki Hoshi
  • Patent number: 8659818
    Abstract: An optical-path-switching apparatus according to the present invention includes a reducing optical system capable of guiding signal light and control light along the direction of gravity into a thermal-lens-forming optical element having an incidence plane positioned to be perpendicular to the direction of gravity in such a way as to differentiate respective convergence points in a direction perpendicular to the optical axis. The apparatus further includes a light-receiving unit configured to converge or condense straight-traveling signal light in the absence of irradiation with the control light and signal light whose optical path has been switched due to irradiation with the control light using the same optical element. Further, the apparatus includes a wedge-type prism provided at a passing position of the optical-path-switched signal light to increase the distance between the optical axis of the optical-path-changed signal light and the optical axis of the straight-traveling signal light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2014
    Assignees: National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, Inter Energy Co., Ltd., Dainichiseika Color & Chemical
    Inventors: Ichiro Ueno, Takashi Hiraga, Noritaka Yamamoto, Hirobumi Watanabe, Shiro Futaki, Noriyasu Shiga, Norio Tanaka, Shigeru Takarada
  • Patent number: 8632377
    Abstract: An ultrasonic trimming method is composed of steps, driving a cutter blade having a flat plate shape and supported by an arm at an end of an articulated robot via an ultrasonic oscillator, the cutter blade being driven by the arm while the cutter blade is ultrasonically vibrated; cutting a workpiece secured by a workpiece securing portion; and during, operation for cutting, moving the cutter blade held attached to the articulated robot to the position at where the cutting edge is brought into contact with the grindstone, maintaining the cutter blades attitude such that a plane containing the cutting edge thereof contacts the grindstone, and grinding the cutter blade by pressing the cutter blade against a grinding member by the arm while the cutter blade is ultrasonically vibrated, the grinding member being disposed within a movable range of the cutter blade driven by the articulated robot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2014
    Assignee: Nihon Shoryoku Kikai Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Norio Tanaka
  • Publication number: 20140017352
    Abstract: There is provided a workpiece removal and finishing device that can easily, accurately, continuously and quickly perform a series of works for processing a workpiece of resin removed from a molding machine. The workpiece removal and finishing device for processing the workpiece of resin removed from the molding machine 41 has a workpiece removal robot 100 for directly or indirectly removing the workpiece from molds 2, 3, and a processing robot 200 for processing the workpiece. A processing tool which can profile the workpiece is secured to the arm tip of the processing robot 200 through a floating mechanism to be adaptable to thermal contraction of the workpiece, and the workpiece can processed by the profiling-capable processing tool provided to the arm tip 200A of the processing robot 200 while the workpiece removed by the workpiece removal robot 100 is positioned and held by the workpiece removal robot 100.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 2, 2012
    Publication date: January 16, 2014
    Applicant: NIHON SHORYOKU KIKAI CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Norio Tanaka, Atsushi Ikeda, Takaaki Hoshi
  • Patent number: 8591285
    Abstract: An ultrasonic trimming apparatus is composed of an articulated robot, a cutting apparatus, and a grindstone. The cutting apparatus is composed of an ultrasonic oscillator supported by the end portion of the robot, a cutter blade which is supported by the ultrasonic oscillator, and a workpiece securing portion which secures a workpiece. The grindstone is disposed within the movable range of the cutter blade driven by the robot and is placed in a position at which the cutter blade can pressure contact the cutter blade. The cutter blade is ultrasonically vibrated by the ultrasonic oscillator and is ground while being pressed against the grindstone by means of the articulated robot. The ultrasonic trimming apparatus efficiently cuts a sheet material composed of soft material such as plastic, fabric, or rubber, a composite material, or a material containing glass fiber even when the material has a three-dimensional shape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2013
    Assignee: Nihon Shoryoku Kikai Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Norio Tanaka
  • Publication number: 20130272725
    Abstract: According to embodiments, an image forming apparatus has a cassette section for holding sheets, a conveying section for conveying the sheet, an image forming section that forms the image on the sheet conveyed by the conveying section, a determining section that determines the type of the sheet fed from the cassette, and a display section that displays different messages corresponding to the type of the sheet if a jam of the sheet has occurred while the sheet is conveyed in the conveying section. The source of a sheet for printing thereon may be changed if a threshold number of paper jams occur using paper fed from a particular cassette.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 16, 2013
    Publication date: October 17, 2013
    Applicant: Toshiba Tec Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Norio TANAKA
  • Publication number: 20130247727
    Abstract: An ultrasonic trimming method is composed of steps, driving a cutter blade having a flat plate shape and supported by an arm at an end of an articulated robot via an ultrasonic oscillator, the cutter blade being driven by the arm while the cutter blade is ultrasonically vibrated; cutting a workpiece secured by a workpiece securing portion; and during, operation for cutting, moving the cutter blade held attached to the articulated robot to the position at where the cutting edge is brought into contact with the grindstone, maintaining the cutter blades attitude such that a plane containing the cutting edge thereof contacts the grindstone, and grinding the cutter blade by pressing the cutter blade against a grinding member by the arm while the cutter blade is ultrasonically vibrated, the grinding member being disposed within a movable range of the cutter blade driven by the articulated robot.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 30, 2013
    Publication date: September 26, 2013
    Applicant: Nihon Shoryoku Kikai Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Norio Tanaka
  • Patent number: 8512094
    Abstract: An ultrasonic trimming method is composed of steps, driving a cutter blade having a flat plate shape and supported by an arm at an end of an articulated robot via an ultrasonic oscillator, the cutter blade being driven by the arm while the cutter blade is ultrasonically vibrated; cutting a workpiece secured by a workpiece securing portion; and during, operation for cutting, moving the cutter blade held attached to the articulated robot to the position at where the cutting edge is brought into contact with the grindstone, maintaining the cutter blades attitude such that a plane containing the cutting edge thereof contacts the grindstone, and grinding the cutter blade by pressing the cutter blade against a grinding member by the arm while the cutter blade is ultrasonically vibrated, the grinding member being disposed within a movable range of the cutter blade driven by the articulated robot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2013
    Assignee: Nihon Shoryoku Kikai Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Norio Tanaka