Patents by Inventor Satoru Kudo

Satoru Kudo 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: 10634812
    Abstract: A method for operating a light curtain arrangement for monitoring a safety area is provided. The light curtain arrangement includes a plurality of first light emitter elements placed at an emitter side of the safety area, and a plurality of second light receiver elements placed at a receiver side of the safety area. The method includes the steps of: assigning a plurality of dedicated light emitter elements to a respective one light receiver element, wherein the assigned light emitter elements form an array; and activating the dedicated light emitter elements of a respective array to contemporaneously emit light, and at the same time, receiving the emitted light from the activated light emitter elements by the respective light receiver element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: OMRON Corporation
    Inventors: Enzo Romano, Paolo Viviani, Maurizio Cambursano, Pasqualino Brunetti, Gianmarco Grange, Keisaku Kikuchi, Satoru Shimokawa, Kazuhiro Kudo, Kazunori Osako
  • Patent number: 10513193
    Abstract: A charging/discharging device includes an electricity storage unit provided in transport equipment, a power conversion unit for performing conversion of power exchanged between the electricity storage unit and an external power system, and a control unit for controlling an operation of the power conversion unit in accordance with a reception signal. A server device that manages charge/discharge of the electricity storage unit performs demand/supply prediction of power in the power system, decides a time, at which discharge of the electricity storage unit to the power system or charge of the electricity storage unit by power supplied from the power system is performed, and transmits an instruction including the decided time, at which the discharge or the charge is performed, to the charging/discharging device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2019
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jun Kudo, Satoru Shinzaki, Keiichiro Honma
  • Patent number: 10511171
    Abstract: A charging/discharging device includes an electricity storage unit provided to a transport equipment, a power conversion unit that performs conversion of power exchanged between the electricity storage unit and an external power system, a reception unit that receives an instruction transmitted from a server device that decides a time at which discharge of the electricity storage unit to the power system or charge of the electricity storage unit by power supplied from the power system is performed, the instruction including the time at which the discharge or the charge is performed, and a control unit that starts up or stops based on the time indicated by the instruction received in the reception unit and controls an operation of the power conversion unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jun Kudo, Keiichiro Honma, Satoru Shinzaki
  • Patent number: 10452939
    Abstract: A monitoring system, a monitoring device, and a monitoring method are provided. The monitoring system includes a detection part that detects a position of a worker intruded into a work area, a first specifying part that specifies a worker movable area on the basis of a position of the worker, an image capturing part that captures an image of an area including at least the worker movable area and a predetermined robot occupied area, a second specifying part that specifies a robot movable area from the image of the area, a third specifying part that specifies a human body area of the worker from the image of the area, a measuring part that measures the distance between the robot movable area and the human body area, and a restricting part that restricts movement of the robot when the distance is equal to or less than a predetermined distance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: OMRON Corporation
    Inventors: Yoshiharu Tani, Toshiyuki Higuchi, Ikuo Matsukawa, Kazuhiro Kudo, Tetsuya Akagi, Satoru Shimokawa, Kazushige Matsuoka
  • Patent number: 10414283
    Abstract: A V2G system includes: a power system; a charging/discharging device including an electricity storage unit, a power conversion unit that converts power transferred between the electricity storage unit and the power system, a reception unit, and a control unit that controls an operation of the power conversion unit based on a received signal; and a server device that manages charging and discharging of the electricity storage unit. The server device determines a period of time during which power is discharged from the electricity storage unit to the power system or during which the electricity storage unit is charged using power supplied from the power system, and transmits an instruction including the period of time to the charging/discharging device. The control unit of the charging/discharging device starts up or stop based on the period of time indicated by the instruction from the server device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jun Kudo, Keiichiro Honma, Satoru Shinzaki
  • Patent number: 10343718
    Abstract: A driver assistance system for a vehicle executes, as steering control using an EPS device, automated steering control for causing an actual steering angle of a wheel to approach a target steering angle and steering angle return control for returning the actual steering angle to a neutral point in response to a steering operation by a driver being ended during non-automated steering control. Under comparison in a condition where a first angle difference is equal to a second angle difference, the driver assistance system is configured, in reverting to the automated steering control after a steering intervention of the driver is performed during the automated steering control and causing the actual steering angle to approach the target steering angle, to change the actual steering angle with a change rate that is lower than that in returning the actual steering angle to the neutral point during the steering angle return control.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Yoshio Kudo, Yoji Kunihiro, Satoru Yabe
  • Publication number: 20190202492
    Abstract: A steer-by-wire system includes a steering reaction torque generation device mechanically separated from a turning device for turning wheels and configured to apply a reaction torque to a steering wheel. The steering reaction torque generation device has a duplex configuration including a first system and a second system, each system including a reaction torque motor. When both systems are normal, a control device generates the reaction torque having a normal characteristic by controlling an operation of the reaction torque motor of at least one system. In a case of single failure where one of the systems fails, the control device generates the reaction torque having a first characteristic by controlling an operation of the reaction torque motor of another of the systems. The reaction torque having the first characteristic is different from the reaction torque having the normal characteristic with respect to a same steering angle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 31, 2018
    Publication date: July 4, 2019
    Applicant: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Satoru NIWA, Toru TAKASHIMA, Tetsuya MORINO, Yoshio KUDO
  • Patent number: 9847528
    Abstract: A predoping material is used for an alkali metal ion electric storage device and is represented by Formula (1): RSM)n??(1) where M represents lithium or sodium; n represents an integer of 2 to 6; and R represents an aliphatic hydrocarbon, optionally substituted aromatic hydrocarbon, or optionally substituted heterocycle having 1 to 10 carbon atoms).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2017
    Assignee: SUBARU CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yasuyuki Kiya, Takahito Sakuraba, Satoru Kudo, Ken Baba
  • Patent number: 9231238
    Abstract: In an electric storage device, lithium electrodes are disposed on respective outermost portions of an electrode laminated unit in which a positive electrode and a negative electrode are laminated alternately via positive/negative electrode separators. The lithium electrode includes lithium metal serving as a lithium ion supply source, and a lithium electrode separator (a non-woven fabric separator) constituted by a non-woven fabric that satisfies the following conditions: (a) an average fiber diameter of 0.1 ?m to 10 ?m; and (b) a thickness of 5 ?m to 500 ?m is provided. By forming the lithium electrode separator that contacts the lithium electrode including the lithium ion supply source from a non-woven fabric in this manner, a dramatic improvement can be achieved in the cycle characteristic of the electric storage device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2016
    Assignee: FUJI JUKOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Sawako Noda, Kunio Nakazato, Hideo Yanagita, Satoru Kudo
  • Publication number: 20140292281
    Abstract: A predoping material is used for an alkali metal ion electric storage device and is represented by Formula (1): R?SM)n??(I) where M represents lithium or sodium; n represents an integer of 2 to 6; and R represents an aliphatic hydrocarbon, optionally substituted aromatic hydrocarbon, or optionally substituted heterocycle having 1 to 10 carbon atoms).
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 26, 2014
    Publication date: October 2, 2014
    Applicant: FUJI JUKOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Yasuyuki KIYA, Takahito SAKURABA, Satoru KUDO, Ken BABA
  • Publication number: 20110236763
    Abstract: In an electric storage device, lithium electrodes are disposed on respective outermost portions of an electrode laminated unit in which a positive electrode and a negative electrode are laminated alternately via positive/negative electrode separators. The lithium electrode includes lithium metal serving as a lithium ion supply source, and a lithium electrode separator (a non-woven fabric separator) constituted by a non-woven fabric that satisfies the following conditions: (a) an average fiber diameter of 0.1 ?m to 10 ?m; and (b) a thickness of 5 ?m to 500 ?m is provided. By forming the lithium electrode separator that contacts the lithium electrode including the lithium ion supply source from a non-woven fabric in this manner, a dramatic improvement can be achieved in the cycle characteristic of the electric storage device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 3, 2011
    Publication date: September 29, 2011
    Applicant: FUJI JUKOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Sawako Noda, Kunio Nakazato, Hideo Yanagita, Satoru Kudo
  • Publication number: 20080093914
    Abstract: A wheel bearing device, includes a cylindrical bearing body having a wheel side hub part and a constant velocity joint outer ring part which are formed integrally with each other, a hub bearing having an externally fitted member fitted onto the bearing body and rolling elements, and a nut member fixing the bearing body to the hub bearing supported on a vehicle body side by tightening it to the screw part of the bearing body after the bearing body is press-fitted into the through-hole of the externally fitted member from the wheel side.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 11, 2005
    Publication date: April 24, 2008
    Inventors: Toru Mabuchi, Satoru Kudo
  • Patent number: 7065862
    Abstract: A fixing band-tightening apparatus comprises a holding section for gripping a shaft section at both ends in an axial direction, the holding section being provided rotatably in a circumferential direction in accordance with a driving action of a rotary driving source, a stopper section arranged in a lateral direction substantially horizontal with respect to the holding section, for positioning a projection of a fixing band in the lateral direction except for a vertical direction, and a band-tightening section for forcibly nipping the projection of the fixing band positioned by the stopper section to tighten the fixing band.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2000
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2006
    Assignee: Honda Giken Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Tomohiko Yamamoto, Satoru Kudo, Hiroshi Sato, Yasuhisa Nagayama
  • Patent number: 6752721
    Abstract: A variety of cutout surfaces are formed on trunnions by cutting out parts of a spherical surface of each of the trunnions, to which no torque is applied. The cutout surfaces comprise a pair of opposite flat surface sections, bores, recesses or wide flat surfaces, and curved surface sections, for example.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2004
    Assignee: Honda Giken Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Tsutomu Kawakatsu, Shouichi Nakao, Satoru Kudo
  • Patent number: 6725530
    Abstract: A fixing band-tightening apparatus comprises a holding section for gripping a shaft section at both ends in an axial direction, the holding section being provided rotatably in a circumferential direction in accordance with a driving action of a rotary driving source, a stopper section arranged in a lateral direction substantially horizontal with respect to the holding section, for positioning a projection of a fixing band in the lateral direction except for a vertical direction, and a band-tightening section for forcibly nipping the projection of the fixing band positioned by the stopper section to tighten the fixing band.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2004
    Assignee: Honda Giken Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Tomohiko Yamamoto, Satoru Kudo, Hiroshi Sato, Yasuhisa Nagayama
  • Patent number: 6694592
    Abstract: A fixing band-tightening apparatus comprises a holding section for gripping a shaft section at both ends in an axial direction, the holding section being provided rotatably in a circumferential direction in accordance with a driving action of a rotary driving source, a stopper section arranged in a lateral direction substantially horizontal with respect to the holding section, for positioning a projection of a fixing band in the lateral direction except for a vertical direction, and a band-tightening section for forcibly nipping the projection of the fixing band positioned by the stopper section to tighten the fixing band.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2004
    Assignee: Honda Giken Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Tomohiko Yamamoto, Satoru Kudo, Hiroshi Sato, Yasuhisa Nagayama
  • Patent number: 6682434
    Abstract: A constant velocity universal joint includes an inner roller and a trunnion. The inner roller has a chamfered portion formed by an inclined surface inclined at an angle not less than an assembling angle &thgr;. The inclined surface extends from a starting point defined by a crossing point of a spherical recess of the inner roller and a short radius r of an elliptic cutout formed on the inner roller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2004
    Assignee: Honda Giken Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Tsutomu Kawakatsu, Satoru Kudo, Shouichi Nakao
  • Patent number: 6676527
    Abstract: When forcibly mounting a fixture attached with a joint boot on an outer circumferential surface of an outer cup, a thick-walled section is pressed between an inclined surface of the outer cup and an annular stepped section of the fixture. Accordingly, the thick-walled section is elastically deformed and in close contact with the inclined surface for effecting sealing function.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2004
    Assignee: Honda Giken Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Satoru Kudo, Yasuhisa Nagayama, Masafumi Yamamoto
  • Publication number: 20030126738
    Abstract: A fixing band-tightening apparatus comprises a holding section for gripping a shaft section at both ends in an axial direction, the holding section being provided rotatably in a circumferential direction in accordance with a driving action of a rotary driving source, a stopper section arranged in a lateral direction substantially horizontal with respect to the holding section, for positioning a projection of a fixing band in the lateral direction except for a vertical direction, and a band-tightening section for forcibly nipping the projection of the fixing band positioned by the stopper section to tighten the fixing band.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 21, 2003
    Publication date: July 10, 2003
    Applicant: Honda Giken Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Tomohiko Yamamoto, Satoru Kudo, Hiroshi Sato, Yasuhisa Nagayama
  • Publication number: 20030126737
    Abstract: A fixing band-tightening apparatus comprises a holding section for gripping a shaft section at both ends in an axial direction, the holding section being provided rotatably in a circumferential direction in accordance with a driving action of a rotary driving source, a stopper section arranged in a lateral direction substantially horizontal with respect to the holding section, for positioning a projection of a fixing band in the lateral direction except for a vertical direction, and a band-tightening section for forcibly nipping the projection of the fixing band positioned by the stopper section to tighten the fixing band.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 21, 2003
    Publication date: July 10, 2003
    Applicant: Honda Giken Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Tomohiko Yamamoto, Satoru Kudo, Hiroshi Sato, Yasuhisa Nagayama