Patents by Inventor Shinji Sato

Shinji Sato 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: 20220011366
    Abstract: A failure diagnosing device of a drive mechanism of a mechanical apparatus with a body including a motor, a speed reducer configured to slow down rotational power of the motor, and an operation part configured to operate by the slowed rotational power, and a vibration-proof controller configured to perform a vibration-proof control to prevent vibration of the body, the mechanism including the speed reducer and the motor. The device sends a command for suspending the vibration-proof control to the controller, then identifies an acceleration-and-deceleration period during which operation of the mechanical apparatus of which the control is suspended accelerates and decelerates, and determines whether the mechanism indicates a sign of failure based on a change in a frequency spectrum of load current of the motor or a current value having a correlation with the load current to a change in a rotational speed of the motor during the acceleration-and-deceleration period.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 12, 2019
    Publication date: January 13, 2022
    Applicant: KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Yuki KATO, Eiji SATO, Tetsuya TAGUCHI, Shinji KITAMURA, Makoto KAWAI
  • Patent number: 11205820
    Abstract: In an upper cell unit (2146) and a lower cell unit (2147) comprising five battery cells, positive electrode terminals (2162, 2172) are set apart and aligned vertically, and negative electrode terminals (2167, 2177) are set apart and aligned vertically. When an electrical device body is rated at 36V, device-side terminals are in contact only at the upper terminals (2162, 2167), and short circuiting of the lower terminals (2172, 2177) is effected using a short bar 2059. When the electrical device body is rated at 18V, the upper and lower terminals (2162 and 2172, 2167 and 2177) are simultaneously made to contact the device-side terminals, and the upper cell unit (2146) and the lower cell unit (2147) assume a parallel connected state. Thus, it is possible to automatically switch the output voltage when a battery pack is mounted according to the difference in terminal shape on the electrical device body side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 21, 2021
    Assignee: Koki Holdings Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Hanawa, Tomomasa Nishikawa, Shota Kanno, Toshio Mizoguchi, Yasushi Nakano, Kazuhiko Funabashi, Takuya Teranishi, Naoto Wakatabe, Shinji Watanabe, Junpei Sato, Hikaru Tamura, Nobuhiro Takano, Osamu Kawanobe, Hayato Yamaguchi, Akira Matsushita, Masaru Hirano, Takuhiro Murakami, Masayuki Ogura, Yusuke Funabiki, Junichi Toukairin, Shota Takeuchi
  • Publication number: 20210379685
    Abstract: A method for manufacturing an additively-manufactured object, includes: an additively-manufacturing step of building a layered body by depositing a weld bead obtained by melting and solidifying a filler metal, the layered body having an opening along a forming direction of the weld bead and an internal space surrounded by the weld bead; and a closing step of forming a closing wall portion connecting an edge portion of the opening with the weld bead for closing. In the additively-manufacturing step, the opening is formed with a width dimension larger than a bead width of the weld bead, and in the closing step, the closing wall portion having a width dimension larger than the bead width is formed by the weld bead to close the opening.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 21, 2019
    Publication date: December 9, 2021
    Applicant: KABUSHIKI KAISHA KOBE SEIKO SHO (KOBE STEEL, LTD.)
    Inventors: Shinji SATO, Takeshi YAMADA, Tatsuya FUJII, Masatoshi HIDA, Shuo HUANG, Eisuke KUROSAWA
  • Publication number: 20210349072
    Abstract: Herein provided are methods for evaluating cellulose nanofiber dispersions, comprising the steps of: (1) preparing a cellulose nanofiber dispersion; (2) adding a color material into the cellulose nanofiber dispersion; and (3) observing the cellulose nanofiber dispersion to which a colored pigment has been added with a light microscope. The methods allow for easy evaluation of whether or not agglomerates of cellulose nanofibers exist in cellulose nanofiber dispersions, which cannot be visually determined.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 13, 2021
    Publication date: November 11, 2021
    Inventors: Takeshi Nakatani, Shinji Sato, Koji Kimura
  • Patent number: 11105789
    Abstract: Provided is method for evaluating a cellulose nanofiber (CNF) dispersion, the method including: (1) a step of preparing 1.0 mass % of a CNF aqueous dispersion; (2) a step of adding a coloring material into the CNF aqueous solution and stirring with a vortex mixer; (3) a step of sandwiching a film of the coloring material-containing CNF aqueous dispersion between two glass plates such that said film has a thickness of 0.15 mm; (4) a step of observing, with a microscope, the film of the coloring material-containing CNF aqueous dispersion sandwiched between the two glass plates; (5) a step of sorting observed aggregates by size (diameter along major axis) thereof; and (6) a step of calculating a CNF dispersion index from the number of sorted aggregates and evaluating the dispersibility of the CNF aqueous dispersion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Assignee: NIPPON PAPER INDUSTRIES CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Takeshi Fujii, Fumiko Iwahori, Kaori Yamabe, Takeshi Nakatani, Shinji Sato, Koji Kimura
  • Patent number: 11092587
    Abstract: Herein provided are methods for evaluating cellulose nanofiber dispersions, comprising the steps of: (1) preparing a cellulose nanofiber dispersion; (2) adding a color material into the cellulose nanofiber dispersion; and (3) observing the cellulose nanofiber dispersion to which a colored pigment has been added with a light microscope. The methods allow for easy evaluation of whether or not agglomerates of cellulose nanofibers exist in cellulose nanofiber dispersions, which cannot be visually determined.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Assignee: NIPPON PAPER INDUSTRIES CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Takeshi Nakatani, Shinji Sato, Koji Kimura
  • Publication number: 20210229182
    Abstract: A method for manufacturing an additively-manufactured object in which deposition is performed by melting and solidifying a metal depending on three-dimensional shape data of a target shape, includes: acquiring the three-dimensional shape data; creating a deposition plan in which a formation track and a heating condition of the metal are determined; determining a difference between a shape of the additively-manufactured object that thermally contracts by cooling after deposition and a shape of the three-dimensional shape data by an operation; modifying the deposition plan until the difference falls within a predetermined allowable range; and additively manufacturing the additively-manufactured object based on the deposition plan in which the difference falls within the allowable range.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 31, 2019
    Publication date: July 29, 2021
    Applicant: KABUSHIKI KAISHA KOBE SEIKO SHO (KOBE STEEL, LTD.)
    Inventors: Takemasa YAMASAKI, Tatsuya FUJII, Shinji SATO, Takeshi YAMADA
  • Publication number: 20210178502
    Abstract: A method for producing a built-up object by melting and solidifying a filler metal to form weld beads on a base surface along a track for a torch and form the built-up object formed by the weld beads is provided. The built-up object includes a bead formation portion where a gravitational influence is maximum. The method includes: forming a supporting bead having a higher viscosity during weld-bead formation than other weld beads in the bead formation portion; and forming the other weld beads overlying the supporting bead.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 30, 2018
    Publication date: June 17, 2021
    Applicant: KABUSHIKI KAISHA KOBE SEIKO SHO (KOBE STEEL, LTD.)
    Inventors: Takemasa YAMASAKI, Tatsuya FUJII, Shinji SATO, Takeshi YAMADA
  • Patent number: 10988549
    Abstract: A method for producing a dry solid of cellulose nanofiber, the method comprising (A) preparing a dispersion in which cellulose nanofiber with an average fiber diameter of 2 to 500 nm is dispersed in a mixed solvent of water and a water-soluble organic solvent; and (B) drying the dispersion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: NIPPON PAPER INDUSTRIES CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Takeshi Nakatani, Shinji Sato
  • Publication number: 20210114112
    Abstract: A method for depositing an additively-manufactured object using three-dimensional shape data indicating a shape of the additively-manufactured object, includes: dividing the shape of the additively-manufactured object of the three-dimensional shape data, into a plurality of polygon faces; extracting a column of plural polygon faces and sequentially providing index numbers from a start polygon face; detecting a terminal polygon face based on directions of a pair of adjacent polygon faces; providing a bead formation ON flag to polygon faces other than the terminal polygon face, and a bead formation OFF flag to the terminal polygon face; producing a bead map in which the index numbers and the flags provided to the polygon faces are associated with one another; referring to the bead map to obtain a bead continuous formation pass; and continuously forming the bead along the bead continuous formation pass.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 25, 2019
    Publication date: April 22, 2021
    Applicant: KABUSHIKI KAISHA KOBE SEIKO SHO (KOBE STEEL, LTD.)
    Inventors: Takemasa YAMASAKI, Tatsuya FUJII, Shinji SATO, Takeshi YAMADA
  • Publication number: 20210113837
    Abstract: A nerve stimulating apparatus includes a plurality of stimulating units configured to respectively apply stimuli to a plurality of nerve regions branching from a particular nerve region of a living body, and a stimulation timing controller configured to set generating timings of respectively generating the stimuli at the plurality of stimulating units. The stimulation timing controller sets the generating timings of generating the stimuli at the plurality of stimulating units based on response results of the particular nerve region, the response results being obtained in response to the stimuli that are respectively generated at the plurality of stimulating units and that are respectively applied to the plurality of nerve regions, and the response results being measured by a biometric information measuring apparatus that measures biometric information.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 13, 2020
    Publication date: April 22, 2021
    Applicants: Ricoh Company, Ltd., National University Corporation Tokyo Medical and Dental University
    Inventors: Shinji SATO, Sukchan KIM, Taishi WATANABE, Yuki MITANI, Yuki MIYANO, Shigenori KAWABATA, Toru SASAKI
  • Publication number: 20210080931
    Abstract: Using three-dimensional shape data, the shape of a blade, which is an additive manufacturing product, is divided into multiple layers according to the height of a bead. Each layer of the additive manufacturing product that has been divided into multiple layers is divided by fitting regions of a set shape. By determining connecting lines for connecting the divided regions to each other and computing the extension directions of protrusions, planned lines for bead formation along said extension directions are determined. The additive manufacturing product is shaped by forming beads along planned bead formation lines.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 19, 2019
    Publication date: March 18, 2021
    Applicant: KABUSHIKI KAISHA KOBE SEIKO SHO (KOBE STEEL, LTD.)
    Inventors: Takemasa YAMASAKI, Tatsuya FUJII, Shinji SATO, Takeshi YAMADA
  • Publication number: 20200408985
    Abstract: A plastic optical fiber is excellent in translucency, heat resistance, resistance to environment and the like, and has highly excellent flexibility. The plastic optical fiber contains a core and at least one layer of cladding, wherein the bending elastic modulus of the innermost layer of the cladding is 20 to 70 MPa, the glass transition temperature of the innermost layer of the cladding is 10° C. or lower, and the storage elastic modulus of the innermost layer of the cladding at 30° C. is 1×106 Pa to 4×107 Pa.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 13, 2019
    Publication date: December 31, 2020
    Inventors: Satoshi Matsuba, Masaaki Umehara, Shinji Sato, Hideki Kojima, Yasushi Sawamura
  • Publication number: 20200391316
    Abstract: A method for producing a built-up object, includes: producing maps beforehand, the maps indicating bead heights BH and bead widths BW corresponding to a base-surface inclination angle ? and a track inclination angle ?, in which the base-surface inclination angle is an angle between a base surface on which the weld beads are to be formed and a vertical direction, and the track inclination angle is an angle between a track direction of the torch and a vertical direction on the base surface; selecting a bead height BH0 and a bead width BW0 from the maps correspondingly to the base-surface inclination angle ? and the track inclination angle ? in forming a weld bead on the base surface; and forming the weld bead based on the selected bead height BH0 and bead width BW0.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 6, 2018
    Publication date: December 17, 2020
    Applicant: KABUSHIKI KAISHA KOBE SEIKO SHO (KOBE STEEL, LTD.)
    Inventors: Takemasa YAMASAKI, Shinji SATO, Takeshi YAMADA, Tatsuya FUJII
  • Publication number: 20200376601
    Abstract: A method for manufacturing a built-up object, in which the built-up object includes a plurality of blades provided around a shaft body at circumferential intervals, and concave portions provided between adjacent ones of the blades, each of the concave portions having a curved shape in a section perpendicular to an axial direction, the method includes: a building step of depositing weld beads obtained by melting and solidifying a filler material on a circumferential surface of a base material having a circular shape in a sectional view and having a larger diameter than a bottom portion circle passing through bottom portions of the concave portions, thereby forming built-up portions to serve as the blades; and a cutting step of cutting parts of surfaces of the built-up portions and the circumferential surface of the base material, thereby forming the blades and the concave portions between the blades.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 8, 2019
    Publication date: December 3, 2020
    Applicant: KABUSHIKI KAISHA KOBE SEIKO SHO (KOBE STEEL, LTD.)
    Inventors: Shinji SATO, Takeshi YAMADA, Takemasa YAMASAKI
  • Patent number: 10850218
    Abstract: A cellulose nanofiber with little contaminants and a high transparency is provided. A filtration method of a cellulose nanofiber dispersion including a step of filtering a cellulose nanofiber dispersion under elevated or reduced pressure by at least one of the filtration processes: (A) a filtration process using a filter aid; (B) a filtration process using a filter media selected from the group consisting of a metal porous filter media, an inorganic material porous filter media, and a polymer porous filter media; and (C) a filtration process using both the filter aid and the filter media.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignee: NIPPON PAPER INDUSTRIES CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Takeshi Nakayama, Shinji Sato, Masato Yamaguchi, Satoshi Takaichi
  • Patent number: 10829840
    Abstract: A steel sheet for hot pressing includes in a chemical composition, in percent by mass, C of 0.1% to 0.4%, Si of greater than 0% to 2.0%, Mn of 0.5% to 3.0%, P of greater than 0% to 0.015%, S of greater than 0% to 0.01%, B of 0.0003% to 0.01%, N of greater than 0% to 0.05%, Al in a content of 2×[N]% to 0.3% at a Si content of greater than 0.5% to 2.0%; or Al in a content of (0.20+2×[N]?0.40×[Si]N)% to 0.3% at a Si content of 0% to 0.5%, where [N] and [Si] are contents of N and Si, respectively, in mass percent, with the remainder being iron and inevitable impurities, where contents of Ti, Zr, Hf, and Ta, of the inevitable impurities, are each controlled to 0.005% or lower. The steel sheet includes nitride-based inclusions with an equivalent circle diameter of 1 ?m or more in a number density of 0.10 per square millimeter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignees: voestalpine Stahl GmbH, Kobe Steel, Ltd.
    Inventors: Toshio Murakami, Junya Naitou, Keisuke Okita, Shushi Ikeda, Shinji Sato, Andreas Pichler, Thomas Kurz
  • Publication number: 20200324356
    Abstract: A method for producing an additively manufactured object includes melting and solidifying a filler metal to form weld beads and depositing the weld beads adjoining each other, thereby forming a weld-bead layer, and repeatedly depositing a next weld-bead layer on the formed weld-bead layer to conduct additive manufacturing. The method includes a bead formation step of forming a new weld bead so as to fill a recess formed by at least three of the already formed weld beads, in a cross-section perpendicular to a longitudinal direction of the weld beads.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 30, 2018
    Publication date: October 15, 2020
    Applicant: KABUSHIKI KAISHA KOBE SEIKO SHO (KOBE STEEL, LTD.)
    Inventors: Takemasa YAMASAKI, Tatsuya FUJII, Shinji SATO, Takeshi YAMADA
  • Publication number: 20200301064
    Abstract: A plastic optical fiber for a medical device lighting decreases the cost of a lens and simplify the design of a lighting apparatus, wherein the plastic optical fiber for a medical device includes a core composed of a (co)polymer containing methyl methacrylate as a main component and is characterized by including a cladding material composed of a copolymer having a fluorine weight composition ratio of 60 to 74%, and by having a theoretical numerical aperture, NA, of 0.48 to 0.65 and, thus, the plastic optical fiber has a high numerical aperture and also has excellent translucency and flexibility.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 18, 2018
    Publication date: September 24, 2020
    Inventors: Hideki Kojima, Hironobu Maeda, Shinji Sato, Hidekazu Kunieda, Satoshi Matsuba
  • Publication number: 20200282497
    Abstract: A method for designing an additively-manufactured object includes: a slicing step of slicing a shape of the additively-manufactured object into weld bead layers each having a height corresponding to one bead layer using data of the shape of the additively-manufactured object, thereby generating a plurality of virtual bead layers; a reference direction setting step of setting, as a reference direction, a direction in which the sliced layer of the additively-manufactured object is continuously provided and extended in an intermediate layer disposed at a deposition-direction center of the plurality of virtual bead layers; and a bead adjusting step of adjusting a bead size of the weld bead to be formed in the plurality of virtual bead layers depending on a bead shape in a section perpendicular to the reference direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 29, 2018
    Publication date: September 10, 2020
    Applicant: KABUSHIKI KAISHA KOBE SEIKO SHO (KOBE STEEL, LTD.)
    Inventors: Takemasa YAMASAKI, Tatsuya FUJII, Shinji SATO, Takeshi YAMADA