Patents by Inventor Teruaki Itoh

Teruaki Itoh 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: 20220168788
    Abstract: According to an embodiment, a label peeling device includes a container holding portion configured to hold a specimen container, and a cutter holder configured to detachably hold a cutter, to apply a blade of the cutter to a side surface of the specimen container held by the container holding portion with a label being attached to the side surface, and to move along an axial direction of the specimen container, thereby peeling the label attached to the side surface of the specimen container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 12, 2021
    Publication date: June 2, 2022
    Inventor: Teruaki Itoh
  • Patent number: 11305940
    Abstract: A holder transport apparatus according to an embodiment includes, an elevator device comprising a conveyance member which includes an ascending path and a descending path arranged along an ascending and descending circulation path that circulates, and a plurality of support plates which are attached to the conveyance member and support a holder which holds a sample container in an erect state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2022
    Assignee: AOI SEIKI CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Teruaki Itoh
  • Publication number: 20220011294
    Abstract: According to an aspect of the invention, a specimen information detection apparatus includes, an image capture device configured to capture an image of a specimen container that contains a specimen, an illumination device configured to irradiate the specimen container with light sideways with respect to an image capturing direction when the image is captured, and an information processing portion configured to detect a state in the specimen container through image processing based on image information of the specimen container acquired by capturing the image of the specimen container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 7, 2021
    Publication date: January 13, 2022
    Inventor: Teruaki Itoh
  • Publication number: 20210373043
    Abstract: According to an embodiment, a detection apparatus includes an inclination sensor arranged to be capable of inclining according to an outer shape of a specimen container, the inclination sensor configured to detect inclination information, and an information processor configured to detect posture information of the specimen container based on the inclination information.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 26, 2021
    Publication date: December 2, 2021
    Inventor: Teruaki Itoh
  • Publication number: 20210214166
    Abstract: A holder transport apparatus according to an embodiment includes, an elevator device comprising a conveyance member which includes an ascending path and a descending path arranged along an ascending and descending circulation path that circulates, and a plurality of support plates which are attached to the conveyance member and support a holder which holds a sample container in an erect state.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 29, 2021
    Publication date: July 15, 2021
    Inventor: Teruaki ITOH
  • Patent number: 10988316
    Abstract: A holder transport apparatus according to an embodiment includes, an elevator device comprising a conveyance member which includes an ascending path and a descending path arranged along an ascending and descending circulation path that circulates, and a plurality of support plates which are attached to the conveyance member and support a holder which holds a sample container in an erect state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: AOI SEIKI CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Teruaki Itoh
  • Publication number: 20210063425
    Abstract: A specimen processing apparatus includes; a first image acquisition portion configured to capture an image of a specimen container and acquire a first image of an outer peripheral surface of the specimen container; a label removal portion configured to remove at least a part of a label attached to the outer peripheral surface of the specimen container; a second image acquisition portion configured to acquire a second image of the specimen container from which the at least part of the label is removed; and a label printing portion configured to prepare a copy label based on the first image.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 27, 2020
    Publication date: March 4, 2021
    Inventor: Teruaki ITOH
  • Publication number: 20190329983
    Abstract: A holder transport apparatus according to an embodiment includes, an elevator device comprising a conveyance member which includes an ascending path and a descending path arranged along an ascending and descending circulation path that circulates, and a plurality of support plates which are attached to the conveyance member and support a holder which holds a sample container in an erect state.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 24, 2019
    Publication date: October 31, 2019
    Inventor: Teruaki ITOH
  • Patent number: 10402614
    Abstract: According to an embodiment, a sample processing apparatus includes an image capture unit which captures an image of a sample container, and a sorting unit which performs a sorting process for the sample container based on a type of the sample container detected from the image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: AOI SEIKI CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Teruaki Itoh
  • Patent number: 10343796
    Abstract: According to an embodiment, a cap-closing apparatus includes, a holding mechanism section configured to be capable of holding a cap which is attached to an opening of a specimen container that is formed to be capable of containing a specimen, a moving mechanism section configured to move the cap, a rotating mechanism section configured to rotate the cap, a torque detector configured to detect a torque at a time of rotation, and a controller configured to control an amount of rotation of the rotating mechanism section, based on the torque detected by the torque detector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: AOI SEIKI CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Teruaki Itoh
  • Patent number: 10183817
    Abstract: A container collecting device which stacks and collects containers each formed by closing a small-diameter side of a tapered cylinder. The container collecting device comprises that a guide cylinder having an inner diameter larger than the largest outer diameter of the container and extending in a gravity direction, and a supporter that supports the container at a lower end of the guide cylinder; and an actuator to move the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: IDS Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Teruaki Itoh
  • Patent number: 10094845
    Abstract: According to an embodiment, a sample processing apparatus includes a detection section configured to detect pose information regarding a sample container which is configured to house a sample; and a raising section which turns the sample container in a predetermined direction based on the pose information regarding the sample container to raise the sample container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: AOI SEIKI CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Teruaki Itoh
  • Patent number: 9889453
    Abstract: A centrifugal separation apparatus includes a plurality of centrifugal separators each comprising a rotator which supports a plurality of sample containers containing a sample therein, a base in which the centrifugal separators are arranged in columns and stages and a route is defined therein, the centrifugal separators being movable inside the base, and a movement mechanism that sequentially move the centrifugal separators along the route in the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: AOI SEIKI CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Teruaki Itoh
  • Patent number: 9776811
    Abstract: A conveying device includes a carrier which includes a holder side member; a conveying passage which guides conveyance of the carrier; a spirally-shaped spiral member which is arranged below the carrier and extends along the conveying passage, the spiral member causing between the spiral member and the holder side member a first force which acts in a direction away from the holder side member or a second force which acts to draw in the holder side member; a partition wall portion which is provided between the carrier and the spiral member and partitions the carrier and the spiral member; and a rotary unit which rotates the spiral member axis-wise thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: AOI SEIKI CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Teruaki Itoh
  • Patent number: 9766258
    Abstract: A carrying apparatus includes a holder which houses an object to be carried and which comprises a holder side member; a carrying path which guides the movement of the holder; a helical member which generates, between the holder side member and the helical member, a first force in a direction to depart from the holder side member or a second force to attract the holder side member and which is disposed along the carrying path; and a rotation unit which rotates the helical member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: AOI SEIKI CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Teruaki Itoh
  • Publication number: 20170185815
    Abstract: According to an embodiment, a sample processing apparatus includes an image capture unit which captures an image of a sample container, and a sorting unit which performs a sorting process for the sample container based on a type of the sample container detected from the image.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 28, 2016
    Publication date: June 29, 2017
    Inventor: Teruaki ITOH
  • Publication number: 20170021367
    Abstract: A centrifugal separation apparatus includes a plurality of centrifugal separators each comprising a rotator which supports a plurality of sample containers containing a sample therein, a base in which the centrifugal separators are arranged in columns and stages and a route is defined therein, the centrifugal separators being movable inside the base, and a movement mechanism that sequentially move the centrifugal separators along the route in the base.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 21, 2016
    Publication date: January 26, 2017
    Inventor: Teruaki ITOH
  • Patent number: 9519001
    Abstract: A carrying apparatus includes a holder which houses an object to be carried and which comprises a holder side member; a carrying path which guides the movement of the holder; a helical member which generates, between the holder side member and the helical member, a first force in a direction to depart from the holder side member or a second force to attract the holder side member and which is disposed along the carrying path; and a rotation unit which rotates the helical member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2016
    Assignee: AOI SEIKI CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Teruaki Itoh
  • Publication number: 20160289011
    Abstract: A conveying device includes a carrier which includes a holder side member; a conveying passage which guides conveyance of the carrier; a spirally-shaped spiral member which is arranged below the carrier and extends along the conveying passage, the spiral member causing between the spiral member and the holder side member a first force which acts in a direction away from the holder side member or a second force which acts to draw in the holder side member; a partition wall portion which is provided between the carrier and the spiral member and partitions the carrier and the spiral member; and a rotary unit which rotates the spiral member axis-wise thereof.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 29, 2016
    Publication date: October 6, 2016
    Inventor: Teruaki ITOH
  • Publication number: 20160272348
    Abstract: According to an embodiment, a cap-closing apparatus includes, a holding mechanism section configured to be capable of holding a cap which is attached to an opening of a specimen container that is formed to be capable of containing a specimen, a moving mechanism section configured to move the cap, a rotating mechanism section configured to rotate the cap, a torque detector configured to detect a torque at a time of rotation, and a controller configured to control an amount of rotation of the rotating mechanism section, based on the torque detected by the torque detector.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2016
    Publication date: September 22, 2016
    Inventor: Teruaki ITOH