Patents by Inventor Takuji Fujiwara

Takuji Fujiwara 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: 10876488
    Abstract: A failure diagnosis device for an in-cylinder pressure sensor is provided, which includes an in-cylinder pressure sensor, and an engine controller comprised of circuitry configured to execute a diagnosis module into which a signal of the sensor is inputted, to diagnose a failure of the sensor based on the signal. The diagnosis module includes a reading module configured to read the signal of the sensor within a specific crank angle range, a reference phase determining module configured to determine a reference phase that is a phase of a pressure change accompanying a volume change of the combustion chamber, and a failure determining module configured to determine that the sensor has failed, when the failure determining module determines a phase of the read signal of the sensor is delayed by an amount exceeding a predefined threshold from the determined reference phase.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: Mazda Motor Corporation
    Inventors: Shoji Fujiwara, Hidetoshi Hashimoto, Takuji Okumura, Shigeru Nakagawa, Yasushi Torii, Masayuki Kinoshita, Yuichiro Tsumura, Daisuke Tanaka, Taiki Maiguma
  • Patent number: 10815917
    Abstract: A failure diagnosis system for an in-cylinder pressure sensor is provided, which includes an in-cylinder pressure sensor, a fuel injection valve, an engine controller including an engine control module and a diagnosis module. The engine control module controls the fuel injection valve to stop the supply of fuel to the engine, when a fuel cut condition is satisfied while the automobile travels. The diagnosis module includes a limiting module configured to limit an execution of the failure diagnosis of the in-cylinder pressure sensor until the diagnosis module determines that a given period has lapsed after the stop of fuel supply to the engine. The diagnosis module reads a signal of the in-cylinder pressure sensor when the given period has lapsed after the stop of the fuel supply to the engine, and diagnoses the failure of the in-cylinder pressure sensor based on the read signal of the in-cylinder pressure sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: Mazda Motor Corporation
    Inventors: Shoji Fujiwara, Hidetoshi Hashimoto, Takuji Okumura, Shigeru Nakagawa, Yasushi Torii, Masayuki Kinoshita, Yuichiro Tsumura, Daisuke Tanaka, Taiki Maiguma
  • Patent number: 10767592
    Abstract: A failure diagnosis device for an in-cylinder pressure sensor includes an in-cylinder pressure sensor, and a controller comprised of circuitry configured to execute a diagnosis module into which a signal of the in-cylinder pressure sensor is inputted and configured to diagnose a failure of the sensor based on the signal. The diagnosis module includes a reading module configured to read the signals of the in-cylinder pressure sensor at a first timing that is a timing retarded by a specific crank angle from a compression top dead center, and at a second timing that is a timing advanced by the specific crank angle from the compression top dead center, and a failure determining module configured to determine that the in-cylinder pressure sensor has failed when the failure determining module determines that a difference between signal values at the first timing and at the second timing exceeds a predefined threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: Mazda Motor Corporation
    Inventors: Shoji Fujiwara, Hidetoshi Hashimoto, Takuji Okumura, Shigeru Nakagawa, Yasushi Torii, Masayuki Kinoshita, Yuichiro Tsumura, Daisuke Tanaka, Taiki Maiguma
  • Publication number: 20200200112
    Abstract: An abnormality diagnosis device of an in-cylinder pressure sensor is provided. The device carries out a performance determination in which a performance quality of the sensor is determined based on an electric signal inputted from the sensor. The device carries out a first determination in which the performance determination is performed at a given timing, a performance recovery in which a given deposit removal control is executed in which a deposit accumulating inside the combustion chamber is removed when the performance quality of the in-cylinder pressure sensor is determined to fall below a given reference value, and a second determination in which the performance determination is carried out again after the performance recovery. In the second determination, the in-cylinder pressure sensor is diagnosed as abnormal when the performance quality of the sensor is determined to fall below the given reference value.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 25, 2019
    Publication date: June 25, 2020
    Inventors: Shoji Fujiwara, Hidetoshi Hashimoto, Takuji Okumura, Shigeru Nakagawa, Yasushi Torii, Masayuki Kinoshita, Yuichiro Tsumura, Daisuke Tanaka, Taiki Maiguma
  • Publication number: 20200072148
    Abstract: A failure diagnosis system for an in-cylinder pressure sensor is provided, which includes an in-cylinder pressure sensor, a fuel injection valve, an engine controller including an engine control module and a diagnosis module. The engine control module controls the fuel injection valve to stop the supply of fuel to the engine, when a fuel cut condition is satisfied while the automobile travels. The diagnosis module includes a limiting module configured to limit an execution of the failure diagnosis of the in-cylinder pressure sensor until the diagnosis module determines that a given period has lapsed after the stop of fuel supply to the engine. The diagnosis module reads a signal of the in-cylinder pressure sensor when the given period has lapsed after the stop of the fuel supply to the engine, and diagnoses the failure of the in-cylinder pressure sensor based on the read signal of the in-cylinder pressure sensor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 2, 2019
    Publication date: March 5, 2020
    Inventors: Shoji Fujiwara, Hidetoshi Hashimoto, Takuji Okumura, Shigeru Nakagawa, Yasushi Torii, Masayuki Kinoshita, Yuichiro Tsumura, Daisuke Tanaka, Taiki Maiguma
  • Publication number: 20200072150
    Abstract: A failure diagnosis device for an in-cylinder pressure sensor includes an in-cylinder pressure sensor, and a controller comprised of circuitry configured to execute a diagnosis module into which a signal of the in-cylinder pressure sensor is inputted and configured to diagnose a failure of the sensor based on the signal. The diagnosis module includes a reading module configured to read the signals of the in-cylinder pressure sensor at a first timing that is a timing retarded by a specific crank angle from a compression top dead center, and at a second timing that is a timing advanced by the specific crank angle from the compression top dead center, and a failure determining module configured to determine that the in-cylinder pressure sensor has failed when the failure determining module determines that a difference between signal values at the first timing and at the second timing exceeds a predefined threshold.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 2, 2019
    Publication date: March 5, 2020
    Inventors: Shoji Fujiwara, Hidetoshi Hashimoto, Takuji Okumura, Shigeru Nakagawa, Yasushi Torii, Masayuki Kinoshita, Yuichiro Tsumura, Daisuke Tanaka, Taiki Maiguma
  • Publication number: 20200072149
    Abstract: A failure diagnosis device for an in-cylinder pressure sensor is provided, which includes an in-cylinder pressure sensor, and an engine controller comprised of circuitry configured to execute a diagnosis module into which a signal of the sensor is inputted, to diagnose a failure of the sensor based on the signal. The diagnosis module includes a reading module configured to read the signal of the sensor within a specific crank angle range, a reference phase determining module configured to determine a reference phase that is a phase of a pressure change accompanying a volume change of the combustion chamber, and a failure determining module configured to determine that the sensor has failed, when the failure determining module determines a phase of the read signal of the sensor is delayed by an amount exceeding a predefined threshold from the determined reference phase.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 2, 2019
    Publication date: March 5, 2020
    Inventors: Shoji Fujiwara, Hidetoshi Hashimoto, Takuji Okumura, Shigeru Nakagawa, Yasushi Torii, Masayuki Kinoshita, Yuichiro Tsumura, Daisuke Tanaka, Taiki Maiguma
  • Patent number: 10497392
    Abstract: To improve general versatility regarding a disk cartridge. A disk conveyor apparatus includes: a disk holder that holds at least a part of a disk cartridge in which disk-shaped recording media are accommodated inside a case body in a state where the disk-shaped recording media are accommodated, and is moved in at least a direction of a center axis of the disk-shaped recording media; a movement mechanism that causes the disk holder to move in the direction of the center axis of the disk-shaped recording media; and a feeder mechanism that feeds the disk-shaped recording media toward a disk drive apparatus from the case body, the disk holder being capable of holding different types of disk cartridges, a movement position of the disk holder being set by operating the movement mechanism in accordance with the type of the disk cartridge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Takuji Nakamura, Jiro Fujiwara, Takashi Yamamoto, Satoshi Moriyama, Masaya Orime, Hideki Yoneoka, Kiyoshi Yamauchi
  • Patent number: 5839988
    Abstract: A control system of an automatic transmission includes a torque converter, a lock-up clutch for directly connecting input and output members of the torque converter, a pressure control valve which changes a hydraulic pressure to control an engaging force of the lock-up clutch, and a pressure regulator, disposed in an engaging passage, which supplies hydraulic pressure to engage a frictional element. The pressure regulator adjusts a primary pressure and produces an output hydraulic pressure corresponding to a control pressure introduced into a control port of the pressure regulator. A control pressure supply device is provided for introducing the control pressure, controlled by the pressure control valve, into the control port of the pressure regulator. The number of parts can be reduced without producing any inconvenience.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 1994
    Date of Patent: November 24, 1998
    Assignee: Mazda Motor Corporation
    Inventors: Toshihisa Marusue, Takuji Fujiwara, Kazunori Enokido, Tatsutoshi Mizobe, Hiroaki Yokota, Shinya Kamada
  • Patent number: 5580333
    Abstract: An automatic transmission control system for selectively locking and unlocking a plurality of frictional coupling elements is provided within an automatic transmission so as to place the automatic transmission into one of various possible gears. The control locks a specific one of the frictional coupling elements with locking pressure when the automatic transmission performs a specific gear shift and unlocks it by reducing the locking pressure when causing it to perform, an opposite gear shift reverse to the specific gear shift. The locking pressure is increased by way of a relatively high level of shelf pressure during the specific gear shift and reduced by way of a relatively low level of shelf pressure during the opposite gear shift.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 1994
    Date of Patent: December 3, 1996
    Assignee: Mazda Motor Corporation
    Inventors: Toshihisa Marusue, Takuji Fujiwara, Kazunori Enokido, Tatsutoshi Mizobe, Hiroaki Yokota, Shinya Kamada
  • Patent number: 5349885
    Abstract: An automatic transmission includes a multi-speed transmission gear mechanism having an input shaft, an output shaft and a plurality of friction coupling elements. A hydraulic control system selectively supplies a hydraulic pressure to the friction coupling elements, thereby selectively applying the friction coupling elements to cause the transmission gear mechanism to shift to a speed which is determined according to a predetermined shift pattern. The control system sets a target hydraulic pressure to be applied to the friction coupling elements according to the kind of the shift to be effected and the engine load, and, when it is detected that the transmission gear mechanism is to make a backout upshift due to reduction in the engine load, increases the target hydraulic pressure by an amount which is determined according to the throttle opening and the turbine speed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 1992
    Date of Patent: September 27, 1994
    Assignee: Mazda Motor Corporation
    Inventors: Hiroshi Yoshimura, Kazuo Sasaki, Kenji Kurisu, Takuji Fujiwara, Mitsutoshi Abe
  • Patent number: 5339935
    Abstract: A control system for a torque converter includes a lock-up clutch provided in the torque converter for connecting input and output members of the torque converter directly, and a shift valve having first and second spools disposed in series in a sleeve for shifting an introduction of an engaging and releasing pressure acting on the lock-up clutch in accordance with positions of the first and second spools. The first spool is subjected to a first hydraulic pressure at one end thereof. The second spool is subjected to a second hydraulic pressure at one end thereof opposite to the one end of the first spool. The first and second spools are subjected to a third hydraulic pressure therebetween. The control system further has a first control device for controlling the first hydraulic pressure, and an adjusting valve for controlling the releasing pressure of the lock-up clutch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 1992
    Date of Patent: August 23, 1994
    Assignee: Mazda Motor Corporation
    Inventors: Kozo Ishii, Kazuo Takemoto, Takuji Fujiwara, Tatsutoshi Mizobe, Fumiaki Baba, Shigeru Nagayama, Osamu Watanabe, Koichiro Takeuchi
  • Patent number: 5213013
    Abstract: A hydraulic pressure control system for an automatic transmission includes a multiple transmission gear mechanism having a plurality of gear stages and frictional elements for switching power transmitting paths in the transmission gear mechanism, a hydraulic control mechanism for controlling engagement and disengagement of the frictional elements to establish one of said gear stages, and a line pressure control device for controlling line pressure of the hydraulic control mechanism. A speed detecting device for detects a speed of an input element of the transmission gear mechanism during shift operation of the shift gear stage in the transmission gear mechanism, and a compensation device compensates the line pressure in accordance with signal from the speed detecting device. The line pressure is compensated by a learning control to reduce a torque shock due to the shift operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 1991
    Date of Patent: May 25, 1993
    Assignee: Mazda Motor Corporation
    Inventors: Takuji Fujiwara, Kozo Ishii, Kazuo Takemoto, Hiroshi Yoshimura
  • Patent number: 5211082
    Abstract: A control apparatus for an automatic transmission has a control unit which, when a selector lever is shifted from a forward drive gear range to a reverse gear range when the vehicle speed is not lower than a first predetermined speed, prevents the gear stage from being changed to that corresponding to the reverse gear range until the vehicle speed has fallen to a speed not greater than a second predetermined speed lower than the first predetermined speed. The control unit allows the gear stage to be changed to that corresponding to the reverse gear range if the selector lever is shifted to the reverse gear range when the vehicle speed is lower than the first predetermined speed. This control apparatus, therefore, ensures that the gear stage can be changed to that corresponding to the reverse gear range only when the driver intentionally shifts the selector lever from one of the forward drive gear ranges to the reverse gear range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 1991
    Date of Patent: May 18, 1993
    Assignee: Mazda Motor Corporation
    Inventors: Kazuo Sasaki, Takuji Fujiwara, Tatsutoshi Mizobe
  • Patent number: 5176046
    Abstract: A control system for an automatic transmission has a shift gear mechanism with a plurality of frictional elements, including a low reverse brake which is selectively actuated for switching a power transmitting path to establish a desired shift stage. A hydraulic control circuit controls supply of a hydraulic fluid to and relief of the fluid from an actuator for the frictional element. An accumulator is provided in a hydraulic passage communicated with the low reverse brake for obviating a shock as the low reverse brake is engaged. Back pressure of the accumulator is controlled when a first shift gear stage is established through the engagement of the low reverse brake. A torque shock can be suppressed when the first stage is established in an L-range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 1991
    Date of Patent: January 5, 1993
    Assignee: Mazda Motor Corporation
    Inventors: Takuji Fujiwara, Tatsutoshi Mizobe, Fumiaki Baba, Masahito Kitada, Shinya Kamada, Koichiro Takeuchi
  • Patent number: 5121656
    Abstract: A shift control system for an automatic transmission including a shift gear mechanism for providing a plurality of shift stages of different speed ratios, a plurality of frictional elements to be selectively actuated for switching a power transmitting path to establish a desired shift stage, range selecting device for selecting a shift range at least between a forward and a reverse ranges through a manual operation of a driver, control device for providing the shift gear mechanism with a specific shift stage in which an input member and output member of the shift gear mechanism are rotated together with each other in the case where the reverse range is selected during a forward movement and thereafter a forward range is selected again, the specific shift stage being provided for a predetermined time period after the forward range is selected again. A double lock condition of the shift gear mechanism can be avoided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 1991
    Date of Patent: June 16, 1992
    Assignee: Mazda Motor Corporation
    Inventors: Fumiaki Baba, Masahito Kitada, Shinya Kamada, Koichiro Takeuchi, Takuji Fujiwara, Tatsutoshi Mizobe
  • Patent number: 5115897
    Abstract: A fluid coupling for an automatic transmission includes an input element, an output element and a lockup clutch and is connected to a transmission mechanism. The lockup clutch can engage and disengage to operatively connect and disconnect the input element and the output element with and from each other. Further the lockup clutch can engage in slipping engagement to connect the input element and the output element in such a way as to allow the input element and the output element to rotate relative to each other to some extent. A control system causes the lockup clutch to engage in slipping engagement with a substantially fixed engaging force when the transmission mechanism upshifts while the lockup clutch is in slipping engagement, and to disengage when the transmission mechanism downshifts while the lockup clutch is in slipping engagement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 1990
    Date of Patent: May 26, 1992
    Assignee: Mazda Motor Corporation
    Inventors: Hiroshi Yoshimura, Takuji Fujiwara, Kozo Ishii
  • Patent number: 5109734
    Abstract: A hydraulic control system for an automatic transmission including a shift gear mechanism having a plurality of frictional elements to be selectively actuated for switching a power transmitting path to establish a desired shift stage, a manual valve for manually selecting a shift range among a plurality of shift ranges providing predetermined shift stages, a 1-2 shift valve for making a shift operation between a first stage and a second stage, a 2-3 shift valve for making a shift operation between the second stage and a third stage, a low stage frictional element for establishing a lower shift stage, a low stage hydraulic circuit for controlling the low stage frictional element by introducing a hydraulic pressure through the manual valve and the 1-2 shift valve, a high stage frictional element for establishing a higher shift stage, a high stage hydraulic circuit for controlling the high stage frictional element by introducing a hydraulic pressure through the manual valve, the 1-2 shift valve and the 2-3 shift
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 1991
    Date of Patent: May 5, 1992
    Assignee: Mazda Motor Corporation
    Inventor: Takuji Fujiwara
  • Patent number: 5105926
    Abstract: A slip control system for a torque converter of an automatic transmission includes lock-up clutch device provided in a torque converter for connecting an input and output members of the torque converter directly. A torque detecting device detects a transmitted torque introduced into the output member of the torque converter, a speed difference setting device sets a target value of a rotation speed difference between the input and output members, a pressure difference control device controls a pressure difference between a releasing chamber and an engaging chamber of the lock-up clutch device, based on a predetermined relationship between the input torque and the speed difference so as to accomplish the target value of the speed difference, and a speed difference detecting device detects an actual speed difference between the input and output members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 1991
    Date of Patent: April 21, 1992
    Assignee: Mazda Motor Corporation
    Inventors: Hiroshi Yoshimura, Takuji Fujiwara, Kozo Ishii, Kazuo Takemoto
  • Patent number: 5101686
    Abstract: An automatic transmission includes a transmission mechanism providing a high speed gear ratio and a low speed gear ratio, a hydraulic control circuit having a cutback device settable in one of a cutback execution state and a cutback suspension state, a primary control device for setting the cutback device in the cutback execution state when the gear ratio is a low speed, and setting the cutback device in the cutback suspension state when the gear ratio is a high speed, a secondary control device for setting the cutback device in the cutback suspension state when the gear ratio is a high speed, and a selection device for selecting the primary control device when the oil temperature is lower than a predetermined value, and selecting the secondary control device when the oil temperature is higher than the predetermined value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 1990
    Date of Patent: April 7, 1992
    Assignee: Mazda Motor Corporation
    Inventors: Takuji Fujiwara, Kouzou Ishii