Patents by Inventor Satoru Sugawara

Satoru Sugawara 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: 20200183314
    Abstract: An optical sensor includes a light source; and an optical detector detecting intensity of light that is reflected by a recording medium, the light from the light source and irradiated onto the recording medium. Further, when an incident angle of the light incident to the recording medium from the light source relative to a normal line of the recording medium is given as ?1, a formula 75°??1?85° is satisfied.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 12, 2020
    Publication date: June 11, 2020
    Applicant: RICOH COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventors: Toshihiro Ishii, Yoshihiro Oba, Fumikazu Hoshi, Satoru Sugawara
  • Patent number: 10606204
    Abstract: An optical sensor includes a light source; and an optical detector detecting intensity of light that is reflected by a recording medium, the light from the light source and irradiated onto the recording medium. Further, when an incident angle of the light incident to the recording medium from the light source relative to a normal line of the recording medium is given as ?1, a formula 75°??1?85° is satisfied.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: RICOH COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventors: Toshihiro Ishii, Yoshihiro Oba, Fumikazu Hoshi, Satoru Sugawara
  • Patent number: 10039452
    Abstract: An optical sensor includes an irradiation system including at least one light irradiator to irradiate light onto an object under test; and a detection system detecting the light that is irradiated from the irradiation system and is propagated in the object under test. Further, the light irradiator irradiates non-parallel plural light beams on a same position of the object under test.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: RICOH COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventors: Toshihiro Ishii, Yoichiro Takahashi, Satoru Sugawara, Takeaki Shimokawa, Okito Yamashita, Masaaki Sato
  • Patent number: 9831633
    Abstract: A disclosed surface-emitting laser module includes a surface-emitting laser formed on a substrate to emit light perpendicular to its surface, a package including a recess portion in which the substrate having the surface-emitting laser is arranged, and a transparent substrate arranged to cover the recess portion of the package and the substrate having the surface-emitting laser such that the transparent substrate and the package are connected on a light emitting side of the surface-emitting laser. In the surface-emitting laser module, a high reflectance region and a low reflectance region are formed within a region enclosed by an electrode on an upper part of a mesa of the surface-emitting laser, and the transparent substrate is slanted to the surface of the substrate having the surface-emitting laser in a polarization direction of the light emitted from the surface-emitting laser determined by the high reflectance region and the low reflectance region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: RICOH COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventors: Toshihiro Ishii, Satoru Sugawara, Yoshihiro Ohba, Kazuhiro Harasaka, Shunichi Sato, Kazuhiko Adachi
  • Publication number: 20170261903
    Abstract: An optical sensor includes a light source; and an optical detector detecting intensity of light that is reflected by a recording medium, the light from the light source and irradiated onto the recording medium. Further, when an incident angle of the light incident to the recording medium from the light source relative to a normal line of the recording medium is given as ?1, a formula 75°??1?85° is satisfied.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 19, 2017
    Publication date: September 14, 2017
    Applicant: RICOH COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventors: Toshihiro ISHII, Yoshihiro OBA, Fumikazu HOSHI, Satoru SUGAWARA
  • Patent number: 9696674
    Abstract: An optical sensor includes a light source; and an optical detector detecting intensity of light that is reflected by a recording medium, the light from the light source and irradiated onto the recording medium. Further, when an incident angle of the light incident the recording medium from the light source relative to a normal line of the recording medium is given as ?1, a formula 75°??1?85° is satisfied.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: RICOH COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventors: Toshihiro Ishii, Yoshihiro Oba, Fumikazu Hoshi, Satoru Sugawara
  • Patent number: 9678006
    Abstract: In an optical sensor, a light emission system emits an irradiated light of a linear polarization in a first polarization direction toward a surface of a target object having a sheet shape from an incident direction which is inclined with respect to a normal direction of the surface. A first light detection system includes a first light detector arranged on a first light path of a specular reflected light, which is emitted from the light emission system and is specularly reflected from the target object. A second light detection system includes a second light detector arranged on a second light path of a diffuse reflected light which is diffusely reflected from an incident plane on the target object. The second light detector receives second light passed by an optical element which passes a linear polarization component of a second polarization direction perpendicular to the first polarization direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: RICOH COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventors: Yoshihiro Ohba, Satoru Sugawara, Toshihiro Ishii, Fumikazu Hoshi
  • Patent number: 9627845
    Abstract: Disclosed is a method for manufacturing an optical unit, including a step of bringing two side face portions of a ceramic package into contact with two contact portions of a jig, a step of placing plural light-receiving and light-emitting elements in a predetermined region of the ceramic package with reference to the contact portions of the jig, and a step of connecting the plural light-receiving and light-emitting elements to a wiring line part formed in the ceramic package by using a bonding wire, wherein at least one of the plural light-receiving and light-emitting elements is placed between one of the two contact portions of the jig and another one of the plural light-receiving and light-emitting elements in the step of placing the plural light-receiving and light-emitting elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: RICOH COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventors: Masaki Hiroi, Satoru Sugawara
  • Patent number: 9570887
    Abstract: A disclosed vertical cavity surface emitting laser device emits light orthogonally in relation to a substrate and includes a resonator structure including an active layer; and semiconductor multilayer reflectors disposed in such a manner as to sandwich the resonator structure between them and including a confinement structure which confines an injected current and transverse modes of oscillation light at the same time. The confinement structure has an oxidized region which surrounds a current passage region. The oxidized region is formed by oxidizing a part of a selective oxidation layer which includes aluminum and includes at least an oxide. The selective oxidation layer is at least 25 nm in thickness. The semiconductor multilayer reflectors include an optical confinement reducing section which reduces optical confinement in a transverse direction. The optical confinement reducing section is disposed on the substrate side in relation to the resonator structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: RICOH COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventors: Naoto Jikutani, Shunichi Sato, Satoru Sugawara, Hiroshi Motomura
  • Publication number: 20160377540
    Abstract: In an optical sensor, a light emission system emits an irradiated light of a linear polarization in a first polarization direction toward a surface of a target object having a sheet shape from an incident direction which is inclined with respect to a normal direction of the surface. A first light detection system includes a first light detector arranged on a first light path of a specular reflected light, which is emitted from the light emission system and is specularly reflected from the target object. A second light detection system includes a second light detector arranged on a second light path of a diffuse reflected light which is diffusely reflected from an incident plane on the target object. The second light detector receives second light passed by an optical element which passes a linear polarization component of a second polarization direction perpendicular to the first polarization direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 9, 2016
    Publication date: December 29, 2016
    Applicant: RICOH COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventors: Yoshihiro OHBA, Satoru SUGAWARA, Toshihiro ISHll, Fumikazu HOSHI
  • Patent number: 9513218
    Abstract: An optical sensor includes a light source to illuminate a linear polarization in a first direction, a first optical detector disposed on a path of a light illuminated from the light source and specularly reflected by an object, a first optical element to separate the light reflected by the object into a linear polarization in the first direction and a linear polarization in a second direction orthogonal to the first direction, a second optical detector to receive the linear polarization in the second direction separated by the first optical element, and a processor to obtain an amount of the light specularly reflected by the object on the basis of an output signal of the first optical detector and an output signal of the second optical detector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Assignee: RICOH COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventors: Yoshihiro Ohba, Satoru Sugawara, Toshihiro Ishii, Fumikazu Hoshi
  • Patent number: 9513216
    Abstract: In an optical sensor, a light emission system emits an irradiated light of a linear polarization in a first polarization direction toward a surface of a target object having a sheet shape from an incident direction which is inclined with respect to a normal direction of the surface. A first light detection system includes a first light detector arranged on a first light path of a specular reflected light, which is emitted from the light emission system and is specularly reflected from the target object. A second light detection system includes a second light detector arranged on a second light path of a diffuse reflected light which is diffusely reflected from an incident plane on the target object. The second light detector receives second light passed by an optical element which passes a linear polarization component of a second polarization direction perpendicular to the first polarization direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Assignee: RICOH COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventors: Yoshihiro Ohba, Satoru Sugawara, Toshihiro Ishii, Fumikazu Hoshi
  • Publication number: 20160242647
    Abstract: An optical sensor includes an irradiation system including at least one light irradiator to irradiate light onto an object under test; and a detection system detecting the light that is irradiated from the irradiation system and is propagated in the object under test. Further, the light irradiator irradiates non-parallel plural light beams on a same position of the object under test.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 26, 2014
    Publication date: August 25, 2016
    Applicants: RICOH COMPANY, LTD., ADVANCED TELECOMMUNICATIONS RESEARCH INSTITUTE INTERNATIONAL
    Inventors: Toshihiro ISHII, Yoichiro TAKAHASHI, Satoru SUGAWARA, Takeaki SHIMOKAWA, Okito YAMASHITA, Masaaki SATO
  • Publication number: 20160149375
    Abstract: A disclosed surface-emitting laser module includes a surface-emitting laser formed on a substrate to emit light perpendicular to its surface, a package including a recess portion in which the substrate having the surface-emitting laser is arranged, and a transparent substrate arranged to cover the recess portion of the package and the substrate having the surface-emitting laser such that the transparent substrate and the package are connected on a light emitting side of the surface-emitting laser. In the surface-emitting laser module, a high reflectance region and a low reflectance region are formed within a region enclosed by an electrode on an upper part of a mesa of the surface-emitting laser, and the transparent substrate is slanted to the surface of the substrate having the surface-emitting laser in a polarization direction of the light emitted from the surface-emitting laser determined by the high reflectance region and the low reflectance region.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 20, 2016
    Publication date: May 26, 2016
    Applicant: RICOH COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventors: Toshihiro ISHll, Satoru SUGAWARA, Yoshihiro OHBA, Kazuhiro HARASAKA, Shunichi SATO, Kazuhiko ADACHI
  • Publication number: 20160109364
    Abstract: In an optical senor, a light emission system emits an irradiated light of a linear polarization in a first polarization direction toward a surface of a target object having a sheet shape from an incident direction which is inclined with respect to a normal direction of the surface. A first light detection system includes a first light detector arranged on a first light path of a specular reflected light, which is emitted from the light emission system and is specularly reflected from the target object. A second light detection system includes a second light detector arranged on a second light path of a diffuse reflected light which is diffusely reflected from an incident plane on the target object. The second light detector receives second light passed by an optical element which passes a linear polarization component of a second polarization direction perpendicular to the first polarization direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 21, 2015
    Publication date: April 21, 2016
    Applicant: RICOH COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventors: Yoshihiro OHBA, Satoru SUGAWARA, Toshihiro ISHll, Fumikazu HOSHI
  • Patent number: 9276377
    Abstract: A disclosed surface-emitting laser module includes a surface-emitting laser formed on a substrate to emit light perpendicular to its surface, a package including a recess portion in which the substrate having the surface-emitting laser is arranged, and a transparent substrate arranged to cover the recess portion of the package and the substrate having the surface-emitting laser such that the transparent substrate and the package are connected on a light emitting side of the surface-emitting laser. In the surface-emitting laser module, a high reflectance region and a low reflectance region are formed within a region enclosed by an electrode on an upper part of a mesa of the surface-emitting laser, and the transparent substrate is slanted to the surface of the substrate having the surface-emitting laser in a polarization direction of the light emitted from the surface-emitting laser determined by the high reflectance region and the low reflectance region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2016
    Assignee: RICOH COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventors: Toshihiro Ishii, Satoru Sugawara, Yoshihiro Ohba, Kazuhiro Harasaka, Shunichi Sato, Kazuhiko Adachi
  • Patent number: 9267886
    Abstract: In an optical sensor, a light emission system emits an irradiated light of a linear polarization in a first polarization direction toward a surface of a target object having a sheet shape from an incident direction which is inclined with respect to a normal direction of the surface. A first light detection system includes a first light detector arranged on a first light path of a specular reflected light, which is emitted from the light emission system and is specularly reflected from the target object. A second light detection system includes a second light detector arranged on a second light path of a diffuse reflected light which is diffusely reflected from an incident plane on the target object. The second light detector receives second light passed by an optical element which passes a linear polarization component of a second polarization direction perpendicular to the first polarization direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2016
    Assignee: RICOH COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventors: Yoshihiro Ohba, Satoru Sugawara, Toshihiro Ishii, Fumikazu Hoshi
  • Patent number: 9188530
    Abstract: A sensor is configured to include an optical sensor including a light source and a plurality of light receivers which receive light emitted from the light source and light regularly reflected and diffusely reflected by an object, a database including output data regarding multiple objects of known and different types from the plurality of light receivers when an incident direction of light emitted from the light source forms a first direction to the object and when the incident direction of light emitted from the light source forms a second direction which is orthogonal to the first direction, and a processor which controls the light emitted from the light source to illuminate an object of unknown type and specifies the type of the object by matching the output data of the plurality of light receivers to the database.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2015
    Assignee: RICOH COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventors: Fumikazu Hoshi, Satoru Sugawara, Toshihiro Ishii, Yoshihiro Ohba
  • Patent number: 9170190
    Abstract: A sensor device is disclosed, including a database, and a processing apparatus. The database includes, for multiple different first types of objects, a first output data which are output data of an optical system acquired beforehand for each of the first objects in a case in which a surface of one side of the first object is set as the detection surface; and a second output data which are output data of the optical detection system acquired beforehand for each of the first objects in a case in which a surface of an other side opposite to the one side of the first object is set as the detection surface. The processing apparatus matches measurement data with the database, the measurement data being the output data of the optical detection system which is acquired with respect to a second object, and determines a type of the second object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2015
    Assignee: RICOH COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventors: Kazuma Goto, Yoshihiro Oba, Fumikazu Hoshi, Toshihiro Ishii, Satoru Sugawara
  • Patent number: 9157853
    Abstract: A moisture sensor for detecting moisture content of an object includes a light source to emit light having an infrared wavelength that is absorbed by water; an optical system to receive the light from the light source and output linearly polarized light having a first polarization direction in a direction toward the object, and to receive light scattered from the object and output linearly polarized light having a second polarization direction perpendicular to the first polarization direction in another direction other than the direction toward the object; and a photodetector to receive the linearly polarized light having the second polarization direction output from the optical system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2015
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Toshihiro Ishii, Yoshihiro Oba, Fumikazu Hoshi, Satoru Sugawara